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Judge shot by own guards: Nisar

Judge shot by own guards: Nisar | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, who was killed in the attack on the district courts in Islamabad on Monday, was shot by his own guards, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan revealed during the National Assembly session on Thursday. Nisar revealed that judge Awan had suffered
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NATO’s strategic ace: Vladimir Putin

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was on the road to irrelevance. The most successful military alliance in history has lacked a real enemy since the Soviet Union disintegrated a quarter of a century ago. After a dozen years of war in Afghanistan, NATO’s role is coming to an
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Terrorists trained in Afghanistan staging attacks: Ashrafi

Terrorists trained in Afghanistan staging attacks: Ashrafi | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: While vehemently condemning the terrorist attacks in the country Pakistan Ulema Council head Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that he strongly condemned all forms of violence in the country and offers his undeterred support for maintaining peace in the country, while claiming terrorists
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IHC committee halts probe into Islamabad attack

IHC committee halts probe into Islamabad attack | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday halted the proceedings of its enquiry committee constituted to probe the terrorist attack at the Islamabad District Courts till the finalisation of the Supreme Court suo motu proceedings.“The Supreme Court has already taken suo motu
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Terrorism and children

We hardly see reports in newspapers or on TV channels about the psychological impact of militancy on children even though we see regular reports of attacks on schools in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Since there are no reports on the emotional trauma children
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Govt must hit back, crush the terrorists

Govt must hit back, crush the terrorists | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
KARACHI: MQM chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the terrorist attack on the Islamabad district courts and asked the government to hit back at the terrorists and crush them. In a statement issued on Monday, Altaf Hussain expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the killing of innocent people by the
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‘Foreign hand’ wants to sabotage peace process

‘Foreign hand’ wants to  sabotage peace process | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Taliban-nominated committee member Maulana Samiul Haq said on Monday that some neighbouring countries, India and United States want to damage the peace process. Talking to newsmen at the Islamabad airport soon after arrival from Saudi Arabia, Maulana Sami said Islamabad court attack was
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Terror strike jolts Islamabad

Terror strike jolts Islamabad | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Gunmen burst into a courthouse complex in the heart of federal capital on Monday, spraying bullets at everyone, hurling hand grenades and later exploding their suicide vests. At least 11 people, including a senior judge, were killed and another 25 injured in the early morning strike, in
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Ceasefire?

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP’s) announcement of a one month ceasefire, ostensibly to give the stalled peace talks another chance, was punctuated by the attack on an anti-polio team in Khyber Agency that left 13 people dead and 11 injured. Most of the dead and injured were from
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Al Qaeda splinter group denies killing Islamist rival in Syria

Al Qaeda splinter group denies killing Islamist rival in Syria | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
BEIRUT: An al Qaeda splinter group in Syria has denied it was behind the killing of a prominent al Qaeda figure last week and appeared to reject an ultimatum from rival fighters to accept mediation or face all-out assault.The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was responding to the killing
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Iran backtracks on reports of border guards’ release

Iran backtracks on reports of border guards’ release | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
DUBAI: The status of five kidnapped Iranian border guards remains unclear, Iran said on Sunday, retracting earlier reports by Iranian military officials that they had been freed in Pakistan.“Until now, reports about the fate of the five border guards are not reliable,” an Iranian
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A day after Taliban ceasefire: jets bomb Taliban hideout; five killed

A day after Taliban ceasefire: jets bomb Taliban hideout; five killed | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR: Warplanes bombed the hideout of a militant leader, killing five insurgents, the military said on Sunday, only a day after the Pakistani Taliban declared a one-month ceasefire to pursue stalled peace talks with the government.The target of the attack, Mullah Tamanchey, directed a deadly
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Danger ahead for planned Philippine Muslim peace deal

Danger ahead for planned Philippine Muslim peace deal | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino is on the brink of an accord to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest rebellions, but renegade guerrillas, hostile politicians and the nation’s highest court lie in potential ambush.After completing negotiations last month, Aquino is
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Govt announces ‘direct negotiations’ with TTP

Govt announces ‘direct negotiations’ with TTP | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday announced that direct peace negotiations would be held with the Taliban to make the process resulted-oriented.Winding up debate on the National Internal Security Policy in the National Assembly on Thursday, he said the
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A faux ceasefire

Just as the Pakistani state was finally inching towards a limited military action against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in North Waziristan (NW) came yet another political tour de force by the Taliban. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government seems ecstatic about the ceasefire
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Govt urged to call joint sitting of parliament on terrorism challenge

Govt urged to call joint sitting of parliament on terrorism challenge | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: A key government ally, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), chief Mahmood Khan Ackakzai on Wednesday demanded the government call a joint sitting of parliament to hold a thorough discussion on the issue of terrorism in the country.Achakzai made the demand when the National Assembly
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Roadside bomb kills six soldiers in Kurram as violence spirals

Roadside bomb kills six soldiers  in Kurram as violence spirals | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR: A roadside bomb on Wednesday killed six soldiers in tribal areas, officials said, the latest violence to hit the country since a ceasefire between the government and Taliban insurgents began.The remote-controlled device hit a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps as it was moving from
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Imran asks govt to start dialogue with TTP without reservations

Imran asks govt to start dialogue with TTP without reservations | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has asked the government to start a dialogue with the Taliban without any fear and reservation.He termed the announcement by the banned TTP as foundation of peace in the country. He was talking to opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian
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Taliban should nab the perpetrators of attack

Taliban should nab the  perpetrators of attack | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Condemning the terrorist attack at the Islamabad courts complex and security forces in Khyber Agency, PTI chief Imran Khan said on Monday that the Taliban should be given the responsibility of nabbing those involved in terrorist attacks. Talking to media persons at the airport, Imran
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Forces out to undermine govt’s peace efforts: PM

Forces out to undermine govt’s peace efforts: PM | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Responding to the audacious terrorist attack at an Islamabad court, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday claimed that efforts are being made to undermine the government’s efforts for peace. The prime minister’s comments came after he chaired a high level meeting which
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13 killed as twin blasts hit anti-polio team in Jamrud

13 killed as twin blasts hit anti-polio team in Jamrud | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
LANDIKOTAL: At least 13 people, including 12 security personnel, were killed and 11 others injured when two roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency exploded on Saturday, according to security officials and hospital sources.Some 12 personnel of the Khyber
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Rangers no substitute for police

The callous killing of a man in Karachi by a Sindh Ranger has been met with public anger and agitation. Reports say the man was killed during an altercation between him and his wife on a street. The Ranger was apparently stationed in a kiosk, from where he had a clear view of the fracas, and fired
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Imran asks govt to start dialogue with TTP without reservations

Imran asks govt to start dialogue with TTP without reservations | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has asked the government to start a dialogue with the Taliban without any fear and reservation.He termed the announcement by the banned TTP as foundation of peace in the country. He was talking to opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian
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New security policy aims to reform madrassas

New security policy aims to reform madrassas | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan plans to bring all of its madrassas under the national education system within one year under a landmark security policy aimed at combating extremism.The first “National Internal Security Policy”, a copy of which was seen by AFP on Sunday, says that some of the
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Govt halts air strikes; will only retaliate to violence

Govt halts air strikes; will only retaliate to violence | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: In a balancing act, the federal government on Sunday matched the Taliban’s one-month ceasefire with announcement to suspend airstrikes in the volatile tribal areas that have left more than 100 terrorists dead so far.The announcement by the government to ground its fighter jets
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