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...

Govt signals talks on PM’s resignation demand

LAHORE/ KARACHI: The federal government has reportedly expressed its willingness to consider PTI chief Imran Khan’s most pressing demand – the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – in a key development that may pave the way to end the current political stalemate. According to sources, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leadership has considered veteran politician Khursheed Shah’s proposal that government should hold out some assurances to Imran Khan about Prime Minister’s resignation. The government has been refusing to consider Khan’s key demand but sources said the ruling clique is now willing to hold dialogue with the chest-thumping PTI chairman on his foremost...

Zardari tasks Shah to help defuse deadlock

KARACHI (INP): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik has said that the responsibility to resolve the current political deadlock lies with the government. “The government should have handled the long march in such a way that it didn’t come to this point,” the former minister said,...

PTI supporters hold countrywide protests

MULTAN (INP): Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took out rallies in Multan and Quetta on Friday to express solidarity with the party’s main sit-in in Islamabad. According to reports, large numbers of PTI’s supporters gathered at Nawan Shehr Chowk in Multan...

Pakistan Navy inducts second batch of Alouette Helicopters into its Fleet

KARACHI (INP): In order to further enhance effectiveness of Naval Aviation, Pakistan Navy has inducted a second batch of Alouette Helicopters into its Fleet Air Arm in a ceremony held at Naval Aviation Base Friday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila...

Hamas kills 17 suspected informers for Israel

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GAZA: Hamas has killed 17 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, a day after Israel killed three of the group’s top military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip,...

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To counter China, India deploys Akash missiles in northeast

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NEW DELHI (INP): After basing its most potent Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at Tezpur and Chabua, India has now begun deploying six Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) squadrons in the northeast to deter Chinese jets, helicopters and drones against any misadventure in the region, Times of India reported on Friday. Defence ministry sources said IAF has started getting...

Taliban kill five policemen

KABUL (INP): At least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed in an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) operation in southern Zabul province on Thursday, local officials said on Friday. Six other insurgents were injured in the operation....

Bus falls down gorge in northern India, killing 22

NEW DELHI: A crowded minibus veered off a mountain road and fell into a gorge Thursday, killing at least 22 people in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, a district official said. Santu Lal said police and volunteers pulled...

Bangladesh charges 13 Islamists over deadly 2001 attack

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Thursday charged 13 Islamists with murder over a 2001 bomb blast at a political rally in Dhaka that left five people dead. A judge ruled the head of the Harkat ul Jihad al Islami (HuJI) outfit, and four other...

Media failure: Is it technology or freedom?

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi A remarkable journalist once said it perfectly. “You are the ones who have let readers down,” he said as he stood up between the thousands of journalists attending the international press conference just like himself. The man accused newspapers of repeatedly stating the obvious...

Trouble amid plenty in Africa

David Miliband Africa is changing dramatically, and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama’s recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200...

Tough task of salvaging Iraq

Osama Al Sharif The almost impossible task of salvaging Iraq has begun along two distinct, but interconnected, courses: Political and military. Last week’s decision by former Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki...

Avoiding the inevitable; Credit definitely goes to marchers

Salman Tanvir   ISLAMABAD: Ignoring the warning of the interior minister, Ch Nisar, the activists of PAT and PTI made their ways to the red zone Tuesday night. The federal government demonstrated...

Political impasse amidst threats and confusion

The Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan Friday disclosed that a vehicle loaded with explosives and two suicide bombers have entered into the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad which forced the government to place containers for the security of the marchers. He lamented the threatening gestures...

US must not intervene into external politics

The White House statement in which it was told that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected head of the government of Pakistan, with the State Department also stating that Washington does not support any extra constitutional changes to the democratic system. The White House Spokesman...

Parallel politics in Pakistan

Mahir Ali It might have made slightly more sense had the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) announced the resignation of its elected representatives from all assemblies but one before Imran Khan embarked...

True essence of democracy; Let the ego go

The National Assembly Wednesday was unanimous in defending the sanctity of the Parliament, constitution and reposed confidence on the leadership of PM Nawaz Sharif. Debating on country’s latest political...