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Three Shia Hazaras among five dead in Quetta gun attack

Saleem Shahid Five people, among them three members of the Shia Hazara community, were killed and another was injured when their vehicle came under fire on Kasi Road here on Monday. Police said two men on a motorbike opened fire on the van carrying vegetable sellers to the Hazar Ganji ...

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Praetorian rule of law

Tariq Khosa The question many are asking these days is: ‘Who is running the country?’ The political headquarters of the federal government in ‘Punjab House’ from where a disqualified former prime minister is calling the shots or GHQ? The answer lies in who said what recently. An annoyed interior minister ...

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Why China Deserts Pakistan at BRICS?

What is Chinese strategy behind the sudden shift in terror policy at BRICS summit? Pakistan is central to China’s global ambitions, but up to a point.  By now China has spun its web around Pakistan so tightly that it fears not its escape. It may therefore, feel free to keep ...

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Pakistan military admits ISI has links to militants

Omer Farooq Khan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military on Thursday admitted that its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has links to “militants”, saying this does not mean it supports terrorist organisations, while also asserting that Milli Muslim League — the political wing of banned Jamaat-ud Dawa — is free to contest elections. Milli ...

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Mistrust between Rangers, civil admin widens, Rangers unilaterally withdraw Parliament House security

By Imran Mukhtar & Tahir Niaz The misunderstanding between the Rangers, a paramilitary force, and the civilian administration have widened further following the former’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from security duties of the Parliament. Meanwhile, the interior ministry has sought an explanation from director general (DG) Rangers Punjab over the ...

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Can a Civilian ever Control Pakistan’s ISI?

Manzoor Ahmed The government of Pakistan recently announced that it was proposing to increase the number of civilian Director Generals in the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate from one to four. This decree was made by the new and interim Prime Minister Abbasi. The response of the ISPR was that as the ...

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