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Friday, January 8th, 2016


Shia protesters oppose Pak’s involvement in Saudi-led coalition

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of people joined a Shia-led protest in Islamabad on Friday against the government’s decision to join Saudi Arabia’s 34-country coalition against extremism, as Riyadh’s foreign minister ended a two-day visit to the country. The protesters presented a memorandum to the Foreign Office spokesman demanding Pakistan to drop out of the alliance, which was announced in December and is seen as the latest sign of a more assertive foreign policy by the Saudi kingdom, the dominant Muslim power in the Middle East. “Neither the Pakistan army nor the nationRead More

Pak pledges to cooperate with Indian attack investigation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday reiterated its commitment to cooperate with India on Pathankot terror attack in a bid to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism from the region. The decision was taken after the country’s top civil and military leadership held a meeting under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad to review the regional situation. While the meeting expressed Pakistan’s condemnation of the January 2 terror incident at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot, it also reviewed progress made on the information shared with Islamabad byRead More

Another child dies in Tharparkar, toll rises to 17

THARPARKAR, Jan 08 (DNA): As many as seventeen children have died of malnutrition and other causes in the Tharparkar area of the southern region of Sindh during last eight days. The plight of children in southern Sindh province highlights the provincial government’s incompetence to deal with the situation. Tharparkar district in the famous Thar Desert spans over 120,000 square miles across the Indo-Pak subcontinent. Though only 15 per cent of the desert lies in Pakistan, high rates of child mortality largely due to acute malnutrition pose a major challenge toRead More

Over 30 militants killed in North Waziristan air strikes

Eleven militants killed in Khyber Agency airstrikes: ISPR

PESHAWAR: More than 30 suspected militants were killed in military air strikes in the North Waziristan tribal area on Friday, security sources said. The strikes were carried out in the Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan, destroying several militant hideouts, sources added. The conflict zone is off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of those killed. Pakistan Army is currently engaged in operation Zarb-i-Azb, a military offensive launched in North Waziristan in 2014 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi’s international airport and theRead More

Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Dhoni

NEW DELHI: A court in India has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for appearing in an 2013 advertisement which depicted the 34-year-old as a Hindu deity. Dhoni, who was presented as the Hindu God ‘Vishnu’ on the cover of a magazine under the title ‘God of big deals’, is been ordered to appear before a court in Andhra Pradesh’s district of Anantapur before February 25, after a petition by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Shyam Sunder was accepted by the judge. The India captain wasRead More

US says Pakistan to determine own timeline for Pathankot probe

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WASHINGTON: A US State Department spokesman on Thursday said it was up to the Pakistan government to determine how long it would take to investigate the attack on the Pathankot air base following information provided by India. The statement comes as India on Thursday said it was awaiting Pakistan’s response on the information provided on the Pathankot incident, following which it will decide on the resumption of bilateral talks scheduled for later this month. India’s foreign ministry said Islamabad has been given actionable intelligence that those who planned the assault cameRead More