Asif Mehmood

The Prime Minister, finally awakening from an apparently deep slumber, has ordered an operation (sic); would it suffice to restore peace to the terror hit Pakistan is anybody’s guess because the issue is not merely restoring the rule of law; it is of social, moral, intellectual and institutional disorder as well and what we need is not only a halfhearted operation but also a complete regeneration of our society and outright reconstruction of our state...

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Execution of 8 labourers: Accused killed, another injured

HUB: One alleged militant was killed in an exchange of fire between police and the armed men while another arrested in Sakran area of Lasbela on Monday. Police sources said that acting on a tip off about presence of militants in village Goth Ramazan Marri who had allegedly shot dead eight labourers of a poultry farm police teams conducted the raid. An exchange of fire took place between the armed men and police that killed one armed man and injured another, police said. The injured man was taken into custody.INP   ...

Two killed in firing on seminary

BANNU (INP): Two persons including a young student were killed and another injured when unknown miscreants opened firing at a seminary here on Monday. Police said that unidentified armed men sprayed bullets at the seminary situated in Miriyan area of Bannu. A young student among two persons were killed in the attack and another student of seminary sustained wounds. The attackers managed to flee from the scene after committing the crime. The bodies and injured were shifted to hospital for medico-legal formalities. Police claimed that the incident was outcome of old rivalry and the attackers wanted to kill a seminary teacher identified as Muhammad Idrees who survived in the assault. ...

Four shot dead over children dispute

HARIPUR (INP): Four persons were killed and four others sustained injuries in exchange of firing between two armed groups over children dispute at Ghazi Tarbela in Haripur district. The shootout between Malik Azhar and Babar Sultan groups started at village Qaziyan...

10 killed in road accident in Lasbela

HUB (INP): At least 10 people, including two women, were killed and 25 others sustained injuries in a collision between a passenger coach and a truck on RCD Highway near Othal area of Lasbela district in the wee hours of Monday. According to police sources, the passenger...

4500 suggestions received by Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms: NA Speaker

All election petitions to be disposed of by end of 2014: Sheikh Aftab ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed Monday that all election petitions are expected to be disposed off by the end of the year. Replying to questions Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said in all 403 election petitions were filed after the last general election. Out of them, 317 petitions have been disposed off by the election tribunals and 86 are still pending. To another question, he said it is effort of the parliamentary committee on Electoral Reforms to complete its task at the earliest. The Speaker told the House that the committee formed an eleven member’s sub-committee...

RCCI Trust to establish a hospital and a School in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI (INP): President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Syed Asad Mashadi has said that RCCI Trust will establish a school and a hospital initially to provide free health and education facilities for poor. RCCI Trust is a collective step of the business community of region to provide basic amenities of life to have-nots. He stated this while addressing the traders and industrialists in a meeting held here at the Chamber on Monday. Senior Vice President Mian Humayun Pervaz, Vice President Saboor Malik, members’ executive committee and other members of the Chamber were also present on the occasion. Asad Mashadi said that Islam teaches us about brotherhood and humanity; it is the duty of haves to distribute some share from their wealth to have-nots. He said that establishment...

Punjab centralizing issuance of driving licenses

RAWALPINDI (INP): Punjab government has decided to centralize the issuance of driving licenses for which training has started for the officials to be deployed at the facility. The driving licenses would be dispatched to the applicants through courier at the residential...

Naval Chief discusses major projects with Dar

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, HI(M) paid a courtesy call on Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Monday. The Minister felicitated Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah on assuming his responsibilities as Chief of Naval staff and...

Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani

Iraq

SURUC: In a significant shift, Turkey’s top diplomat announced on Monday that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border...

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Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

Mideast Iraq

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber has targeted a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers, Iraqi officials said. A police officer said the attacker blew up his explosives-laden vest as people were leaving the al-Khairat mosque in Baghdad’s Sinak commercial area following noon prayers on Monday. He said at least 25 people were wounded...

Death toll in India from cyclone Hudhud climbs to 41

BHUBANESWAR: The death toll from a cyclone that hit India’s east coast last week has risen to 41, as authorities struggle to restore power, transport and communication links and shelter 150,000 people forced to abandon their homes. Cyclone...

Hopes fade for 40 missing after Nepal blizzard

KATHMANDU: Hopes faded on Sunday for survivors of one of Nepal’s worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed...

India test-fires nuclear-capable cruise missile

India on Friday test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile from Balasore in Odisha state, the Times of India (ToI) reported. The missile, with the name of Nirbhay, has a range of over 700 kilometres, the ToI said, adding that today’s...

The game-changing election for Africa

Ayesha Kajee   When the results from yesterday’s elections in Mozambique are tallied, ruling party Frelimo may well find itself having to eat humble pie. Despite its confident assertions of retaining its dominance, the former liberation-movement-turned-ruling-party faces significant erosion...

Escaping Kobane: Relief and guilt

Wasiq Mami   My name is Wasiq Mami and I’m 45 years old. I am originally from Kobane but I managed to make it across the border to Turkey six days ago. Everyone wasn’t so lucky. I’ve come to the border now to offer some bread and food to my relatives on the Syrian side but the...

Effective doctrine for dealing with terrorism

Gwynne Dyer   There was a time, as recently as 25 years ago, when military staff colleges around the world taught a reasonably effective doctrine for dealing with terrorism. Then it was forgotten,...

From empires to statelets

Joseph A. Kechichian   A few weeks ago, voters in Scotland rejected independence by 55 per cent to 45 per cent, after a bitter campaign that aimed to end what many perceived as one of the longest...

Political uproar: What’s in the offing?

The government seems totally paralyzed in dealing with the multiple challenges the country is faced with. The law and order situation is getting from bad to worst again across the country. The incumbent government had failed to fulfill the promises it made to the general public. The loadshedding, gas...

Confrontational politics only beneficial to anti state elements

Pakistan has urged the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and stop India from unprovoked shelling along the Line of Control and Working Boundary. PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz in a telephonic conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...

Bilawal address: A declaration of war or …

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) succeeded to hold huge rally to make its Chairman Bilawal Bhttoo Zardari’s entry into the country politics. He started his journey from Bilawal House to Mazar Quiad on...

Indian aggression and hidden agenda

Unprovoked Indian aggression on Line of Control in AJK and in Sialkot sector must not be taken lightly as it could be a tactic to escalate the violation on bigger scale to gain the hidden broader agenda. After...