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Security forces intercepted and killed a ‘high-value target’ of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) said to be involved in the killings of over 100 members of the Hazara community as well as police personnel, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported early Thursday. Col Sohail Abid of Military Intelligence...

Finally after a year-long debate in the parliament on much-awaited merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the government on Wednesday passed the buck to the next government on the decision regarding the controversial issue. It is believed that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) made this decision apparently...

A house divided

May 18, 2018

As ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif continues his tirade against the ‘invisible forces’, the possibility of a rupture within the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) is becoming more realistic. In an interview published in Daily Dawn on last Saturday, Nawaz was quoted as saying, “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them...

Gaza carnage

May 17, 2018

The barbarity unleased by Israeli forces on innocent, unarmed Palestinian citizens in Gaza should be enough to jolt the international community from its criminal silence on the slaughter of Palestinians. Last December, US President Donald Trump announced the embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, delivering on his election campaign promise. The decision broke...

Chaos in ranks

May 16, 2018

The interview of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to English Daily Dawn has descended the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) into chaos. As some of the party leaders including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in damage control mode, the ousted Prime Minister is not only sticking to his guns but dragging himself and...

The most essential sectors for the prosperity of our country are unfortunately the most disregarded in Pakistan. Both health and education sectors in Pakistan are in dismal state. As far as the health sector goes in its 70-year history, Pakistan’s varying governments, be it civil or military have not considered health as the priority. Exchanges around health strategy...

The Federal capital has become a hub of numerous problems; however there are two that have become a serious headache for the residents. The first problem is the commercial use of residential properties and the second being the issue of encroachments. Despite strict guidelines and laws of the Capital Development Authority in the last decade hundreds of commercial establishments...

Water management

May 13, 2018

It is saddening to know that nothing much is being done to deal with the ongoing water crisis country is facing. especially now with an impending dry season threatening to linger for two months and severely impacting agricultural and resultant economic output targets. It seems that issues like water management and environment degradation are not on the priority list of...

Honor killings

May 12, 2018

The mysterious murder of Sana Cheema, a 27-year-old Italian woman of Pakistani origin has now been confirmed as a case of ‘honor killing’. The young woman was killed by her father and brother as per police. An Italian newspaper, Giornale di Brescia, had first reported that Sana Cheema was killed for ‘honour’. Sana’s friend claimed that she wanted to marry someone...

President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, isolating the United States from its Western allies. The decision, while long anticipated and widely telegraphed, leaves the 2015 agreement reached by seven countries after more than two years of grueling...

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