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Opposition protests against PPP-led govt in Sindh Assembly over Rangers’ powers extension

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly session on Monday was adjourned amid chants by opposition parties protesting against the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government for not raising the issue of extending Rangers’ special powers in the province. Sindh Assembly speaker Agha Siraj Durrani adjourned the session till Tuesday morning. The provincial assembly’s agenda for Monday listed the resolution on ratifying Article 147 of the Constitution, which would extend special powers for the paramilitary Rangers in province, on number 11. Earlier, when the Assembly’s session began after a four-month hiatus the members ofRead More

Twelve ‘militants’ killed in Balochistan’s Awaran district

Three FC men injured in a suicide attack in Kurram Agency

QUETTA: Security forces claimed to have killed at least 12 suspected militants during a search operation in Balochistan’s Awaran district on Monday. “12 militants belonging to an outlawed organisation were killed after exchange of fire with security forces, a huge cache of weapons was recovered from their custody,” a security official who requested anonymity said. The incident occurred as security forces were busy during a search operation in Barnat and other parts of the Awaran district. Elsewhere, Frontier Corps arrested two suspected militants with their link to another outlawed militantRead More

Federal govt spends Rs9bn annually on Karachi operation, asserts Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday claimed that the federal government is spending about Rs9 billion annually on Karachi operation. In an apparent reply to his critics, Nisar said that some forces in the Sindh government are trying to give impression that the federal government is not spending a single penny on Karachi operation. “I must clarify that aside from spending a huge amount on intelligence agencies in the province, the federal government is spending about Rs9 billion annually on Rangers in Sindh,” said Nisar inRead More

Nawaz in China to attend SCO summit

China waited for PML-N rule

ZHENGZHOU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday arrived in China on a two-day visit to represent Pakistan at the 14th Heads of Government Council meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Upon his arrival in Zhengzhou city of China’s Henan province, Zhang Weining, the vice governor of the province received him at the airport. Nawaz Sharif will deliver a speech at the 14th SCO Heads of Government Council Meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow), which is scheduled to be attended by prime ministers of Russian Federations, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Chinese Premier Li KeqiangRead More

New Delhi will only discuss Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, says Indian envoy

ISLAMABAD: India’s representative to Pakistan said on Monday that his country was only prepared to discuss the part of Kashmir controlled by Islamabad in upcoming peace talks, presenting a potential stumbling block days after the dialogue was announced. High commissioner T.C.A. Raghavan made the remarks about the disputed territory during a lecture in the Pakistani capital, after a breakthrough visit by India’s foreign minister at which the resumption of ministerial talks was announced. According to a joint statement, the two sides will talk about peace and security as well asRead More

At least 42 killed in Argentine police bus crash, 9 injured

BUENOS AIRES: A bus carrying Argentine border patrol officers crashed into a ravine in the northern province of Salta on Monday, killing 42 people, while nine were being treated for injuries, provincial emergency official Francisco Marinaro told local television. “We have 42 dead so far,” he said in a TV interview from the scene, where an overturned bus was shown, swarmed with emergency workers. Nine people were rescued and being treated in local clinics. “The bus fell about 18 metres,” Marinaro said. The vehicle was part of a three-bus convoyRead More