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Pakistan

The distrust continues

VIOLENCE on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border continues. It is a dangerous trend that has evolved in recent years with no end in sight. As the foreign ministries of the two countries sparred over the implications of Punjabi Taliban leader Asmatullah Muawiya's announcement that his group will no longer commit violence inside Pakistan, but continues to believe in jihad elsewhere, Pakistani security personnel came under attack from Afghan-based anti-Pakistan militants. While a further escalation in tensions seems unlikely —...

Who should blink first: Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan?

THE deadly floods sweeping through Kashmir in both India and Pakistan have brought the two hostile neighbours closer together. In a gesture of goodwill, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif offering assistance in the relief efforts for the victims of the unprecedented floods. But will the calamity bring Sharif's adversaries at home closer to him? Imran Khan, a cricketer-turned politician, and Tahirul-ul-Qadri, a cleric, started a protest march in August to oust Nawaz...

Army, protesters and the government

AN emphatic set of statements by DG ISPR Gen Asim Bajwa during a press conference on Friday may help roll back some of the persisting criticism that the army leadership is directly or indirectly backing the anti-government protesters camped out on Constitution Avenue in the federal capital. At the very least, whatever the truth to criticism directed at the army previously, it appears that the army leadership has, going forward, decided against direct intervention or open involvement in the ongoing...

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda South Asia arm claims Karachi attack

Al-Qaeda's new South Asia branch has claimed responsibility for a raid on a Karachi naval yard that left a sailor and three attackers dead, adding they had help from former military officials, reports Al Jazeera. It is the first attack claimed by the fighter network's new wing, whose creation was announced by chief Ayman...

Malala attack suspects arrested

Malala attack suspects arrested

Pakistan's army says it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot by the Taliban in the country's northwest. Army spokesman Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, said Friday that the detained men attacked Yousafzai, then 16, on orders from...

Floods In India, Pakistan

Death toll tops 400

Death toll tops 400

Emergency workers yesterday battled to reach hundreds of thousands of people marooned by floods in India and Pakistan that have claimed more than 400 lives, as anger grew over the speed of the rescue effort. The army said it was airlifting boats to the worst-hit areas of Indian Kashmir, where whole villages have been...

Pakistan spinner Ajmal banned over bowling action

Pakistan spinner Ajmal banned over bowling action

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal has been suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action. The 36-year-old off-spinner was reported last month after match officials raised concerns during the first Test against Sri Lanka. Analysis of Ajmal's action revealed that "all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees" by which the arm is allowed to...

IS makes inroads in South Asia

Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and ruthless Islamic State fighters, who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in a drive to set up a self-declared caliphate. "IS [Islamic State] is an Islamic Jihadi organisation...

Single permit for vehicles across Saarc

In a bid to facilitate easy movement of both passenger and goods vehicles across the Saarc countries with a single permit, member countries are likely to finalise the draft terms and conditions in the next two days. However, what may come as a setback to this endeavour is the absence of any representative from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives to the summit, which is being held at Neemrana in Rajasthan. Sources said while the first two countries had earlier communicated their...

India mulls legalising one lakh 'refugees'

In the first step to grant Indian citizenship to nearly one lakh Hindu refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Indian home ministry yesterday approved setting up of a task force to monitor and expedite processing of their citizenship and long-term visa applications. Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed matters relating to grant of citizenship, that takes a long time, for completion of the entire process and decided to set up the task force. "In this regard, the Ministry of Home Affairs has...

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