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Taliban Leader Feared Pakistan Before He Was Killed

By CARLOTTA GALL and RUHULLAH KHAPALWAK KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — In the hours before he was killed in an American drone strike, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, then the Taliban leader, knew something was wrong. He was on his way home from a secret visit to Iran in May 2016, driving across ...

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Taliban are sowing terror in remote, new areas of Afghanistan

By Pamela Constable and Sayed Salahuddin KABUL — First, the insurgent fighters attacked a security checkpoint, shooting half a dozen local militiamen. Then, officials said, they entered Mirza Oleng, a village in the rugged hills of northwestern Sar-e Pol province, and started grabbing civilians — men, women and children. When ...

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Pakistan says FIF to be retained on watch list

Zahid Gishkori ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to retain the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) on watch list as the state believes that a subsidiary charity of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is engaged in certain activities which undermine ‘peace and security.’ “Now, whereas, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub ...

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Women MPs for probe into Gulalai’s allegations

by  Javaid-ur-Rahman ISLAMABAD – Former PTI member MNA Ayesha Gulalai Wazir’s allegations against Imran Khan and his other party leaders will now formally be discussed in the parliament, as Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) has planned to form a committee to thoroughly probe the accusations. The lawmakers from both sides of ...

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Women in jihad

Naimat Khan KARACHI: Counter-terrorism experts interpret the recently launched women’s magazine of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as an attempt by the banned outfit to tap into women’s familial and social networks in a bid to facilitate operations of its male members. They say that the recent success in military operations have ...

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Education spending in AJK

By Dr Pervez Tahir Like other regions without a provincial status, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) is also overseen by a federal ministry. However, it has a well-established executive and legislature. There were, therefore, no serious problems of obtaining information. As a matter of fact, the AJK government publishes three ...

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Pak’s terrorist haven label a warning to China

Manzoor Ahmed Once a staunch ally, the United States has finally accepted, and declared that Pakistan was one of the few countries in the world which continued to provide safe havens to terrorist groups. This is a clear warning and signal to China which claims Pakistan to be its new ...

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Terrorism in Bangladesh under the guise of politics

Tahseen Ali The western media and several otherwise well-intentioned nongovernmental organizations routinely criticize Bangladesh for taking actions against leaders of the country’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or BNP. They assume that accusing opposition party members with crimes is automatically undemocratic and undermines the rule of law. In ...

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