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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Eight bullet-riddled bodies uncovered in Balochistan

QUETTA, Dec 21 (INP): Levies personnel found eight bullet-riddled bodies in Balochistan’s Ziarat and Pishin districts on Sunday. Levies sources told media persons that three bodies were found from Sanjavi area in Ziarat and three from Saranan area of Pishin district, while two other bodies were found from the Khanozai and Hikalzai areas of Pishin. “All the victims had received multiple bullets from close range,” Levies said, adding that the bodies were yet to be identified. The bodies were taken to a hospital for identification. A large number of law enforcers reached the sites from where the bodies were found as an investigation into the incident was undertaken. There was no...

PAT stages nationwide rallies against school massacre

LAHORE/MULTAN/ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (INP): Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)Sunday staged nationwide rallies against the massacre of schoolchildren in Peshawar. In Multan, dozens of PAT workers, including women, took out a rally from Ghanta Ghar Chowk to Nawan Shehr. Participants of the rally condemned Taliban and prayed for the victims of the attack. A rally was also taken out in Jhang, where participants carrying placards and banners marched from Majid Amjal Park to Fawara Chowk. Women and children were among the participants. Similar rallies were staged in many cities of Punjab including Lahore. In Islamabad, the PAT activists held a demonstration at Aabpara Chowk where they chanted slogans against terrorists and demanded strict action against them. Young Parliamentarians and National Awami...

People chant “Death to terrorists” outside Army Public School; pray, resolve to fight terror at stricken school

PESHAWAR, Dec 21 (INP): Thousands of people visited the Army Public School Peshawar on Sunday to mourn more than 140 people, mostly children, massacred by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists and demanded action against militants. Men, women and children...

Karachi, parts of Sindh, Balochistan plunge into darkness; Supply restored after 10 hours

KARACHI, Dec 21 (INP): A major power breakdown early Sunday morning plunged into darkness over 80 percent areas of Karachi and parts of  interior Sindh and Balochistan provinces  and suspending water supply, operations in hospitals and other functions. The supply...

Notables of society to be included for protection of human rights: SSP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (NNI): Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Islamabad Asmat Ullah Junejo has said that notables of the society will be included for protection of human rights and to solve public problems on priority basis. It was stated by him while addressing to the members of Citizen Police Coordination Committees working in various police stations of Islamabad. In the beginning the participants including police officials prayed for innocent school children and other who lost their lives in Peshawar incident. On this occasion SP Saddar Muhammad Ilyas, SP City Rizwan Umar Gondal, SP Industrial Area Liaqat Hayat Niazi and other police officials were also present. On the special directions...

IG NH&MP Cheema promotes 104 officials to next rank

ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (INP): Inspector General (IG) National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) Zulfiqar Ahmed has issued the directives of promoting 104 officials to next ranks. The decision of promotions of officials was taken during meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee of NH&MP held at its headquarters with Zulfiqar Cheema in chair on Sunday. Those who got promotions including 26 Sub-Inspectors, 35 head-constables and 43 constables who have been promoted to the rank of Inspector/Senior Patrol Officer, Sub-Inspector/Patrol Officer and Head-constable/Assistant Patrol Officer, respectively. Newly, promoted officers will undergo a special training program focusing on developing and enhancing traits like honesty, courtesy, integrity and help.  Speaking on the occasion, the...

Art exhibition concludes at RAC

RAWALPINDI, DEC 21 (DNA) -A three day art exhibition by refugee children of Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran and Iraq concluded on Sunday which was arranged by ICMC and Rawalpindi Arts Council. More than 160 paintings besides craft pieces like decorated pottery, stone paintings,...

Twins of Faith Family Festival concludes

ISLAMABAD: A two-day international festival titled ‘Twins of Faith Family Festival’ concluded here at Pak-China Friendship Centre on Sunday. The theme of the ‘Twins of Faith Family Festival’ was ‘Family Matters’. Twins of Faith Family Festival, which was...

Jordan hangs 11 men after eight-year death penalty moratorium

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AMMAN: Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder by hanging on Sunday, the interior ministry said, as it ended an informal eight-year moratorium on the death penalty. “Eleven criminals convicted in...

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Roadside bomb kills seven civilians in Afghanistan

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KUNAR: At least seven people including children were killed when a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, the latest civilian casualties which soared to a record high this year. The explosion occurred late Saturday when the pickup truck was driving from Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, to Nari district close...

Israel won’t accept ‘unilateral’ recognition of Palestine: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel would never accept the “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state, after a draft resolution calling for a final peace deal was submitted to the United Nations. In...

Afghan army halts transport for soldiers after wave of bus bombs

KABUL: Afghanistan’s army has stopped taking soldiers to and from work in the capital, deeming it too dangerous after a string of bomb attacks on buses carrying soldiers killed more than a dozen of them, an official said on Tuesday. The...

Two bomb attacks kill 15 students, 10 others in Yemen

SANAA: Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Houthi rebels checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital on Tuesday as a school bus was traveling nearby, killing at least 25 people including at least 15 primary school...

Living in the Drone Age

  VIVEK WADHWA The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released a report detailing more than 190 safety incidents involving drones and commercial aircraft. In response, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has vowed to push legislation that would crack down on the commercial use of drones,...

Pakistan’s Energy Crises— Brief Chronicle

Sustainable and affordable energy supply is necessary for the socio-economic development of a country. Pakistan’s current energy mix includes hydel, thermal (coal, gas and furnace oil), nuclear, and recently renewable energy for electricity generation; and gasoline, diesel, and CNG for transport applications....

Hezbollah, not IS, is the problem in Lebanon

ABDULRAHMAN ALRASHED   Some thought that the arrest of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s ex-wife and daughter in Lebanon was the weapon that would finally force the most famous terrorist in the world to kneel. However,...

CIA torture: Is it time to move on?

GWYNNE DYER   When somebody says it is time to move on, it means there is something deeply embarrassing that they don’t want to discuss in public. President Barack Obama said that about the Senate...

Protests of civil society against extremism supporters

The wake of the horror in Peshawar left behind a serene moment of clarity for the nation. All over Pakistan, on anonymous street corners and busy thoroughfares, there were oases of burning cadles. A much fragmented society was for once united behind a similar objective: eradication of extremism. It was...

Genuine counterterrorism strategy to eliminate terrorism

The whole country is in mourning after the tragic and brutal events in Peshawar as the terrorist targeted a school which caused the 141 deaths of the innocent children and staff members of the school. It is the largest terrorist attack in the history of the country which has left everyone in shock. The...

Largest ever terrorists attack: Peshawar bleeds

Gunmen stormed an army-run school in a heavily-guarded area of Peshawar, killing 132 schoolchildren, nine staff member and injuring 122 more, according to DG ISPR. Security forces arrived at the Army Public...

Establishing tradition of politics of chaos

As many as three people died on Monday as they could not reach to the nearby hospitals due to the road blockades because of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) shut down of Lahore to demonstrate a protest against...