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Mere firearms can’t defeat terrorism: Raza Rabbani

Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani while ruling out a defeat of terrorism with the help of ‘arms and security agencies’ stressed that the country can only be saved through national unity.

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Parties give go-ahead to China-Pak corridor

Doubts expres­sed by the political leadership over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were partially addressed by the government on Thursday and an all-party conference held at the prime minister’s office gave a go-ahead to the project.

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Ex-minister arrested on charge of corruption

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC)  arrested former provincial minister and provincial PPP information secretary Liaquat Shabab on the charge of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

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Nine arrested during police search operation in Karachi

Nine people including a suspect involved in target killings were arrested during an early morning search operation by police in Karachi. According to the police, the suspects were taken into custody from Gharibabad and Ishaqabad areas of the city.

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SHC issues notices to Sindh govt, FIA in Axact fake degree scam

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the provincial government, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the home secretary over alleged fake degree scam involving Pakistani IT company, Axact. The notices were issued to all parties for appearance before the court on May 26 by a two-member bench of the high court, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.

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Court extends interim bail of Mirza till May 30

The Anti Terrorism Court on Tuesday extended interim bail of former Home Minister Sindh, Zulfiqar Mirza till May 30. Mirza appeared before the ATC after his interim bail expired today. The court had granted bail to him till May 19 against surety bonds worth Rs100,000 each in the three pending cases against him.
Three cases have been registered against Zulfiqar Mirza under the Anti-terrorism Act 1997 over charges of attempting murder, attacking a police station and forcibly shutting down shops in a market in the Badin district.

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FBR launches probe into Axact’s tax practices

Looks like the whistle blown by Declan Walsh’s investigative report in the New York Times in connection with the online businesses of Axact has opened a Pandora’s Box as one shocking development leads to another. Now the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has set into motion a process of investigation into the alleged flouting of tax laws by Axact – a company that calls itself Pakistan’s biggest in terms of IT service provider.

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PM, Army Chief discuss national security, RAW involvement

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM’s House, where they exchanged views on national security issues. Sources said, in the meeting at PM House, General Raheel and Nawaz Sharif discussed prevailing law and order situation in the country.

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Imran vows to bring Zahra Shahids killers to justice

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Monday vowed that his party would bring the arrested killers of slain PTI leader Zahra Shahid to justice – two years after the senior leader was gunned down in Karachi. 60-year-old Shahid, a former senior vice president of the PTI's Sindh chapter and a founding member of the party, was shot dead on May 18, 2013 near her residence in Karachi when she was  returning from a protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

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MoU signed between Pakistan, Afghanistan intelligence agencies

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) late on Monday, according to an ISPR statement. Director General Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that the MoU includes intelligence sharing, as well as complimentary and coordinated operations on respective sides.

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Farooq Sattar questions legality of Saulat Mirza’s statement

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr. Farooq Sattar on Monday questioned as to what is the legality of Saulat Mirza’s ‘unconstitutional statement’. “It seems as if MQM was used in a trade to protect the ruling government,” he said in a statement issued here today.

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MQM inducts four members in Rabita Committee

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday endorsed the party’s decision of inducting four more members in the Rabita (coordination) Committee. The decision was taken at a meeting of Rabita Committee, simultaneously held in Karachi and London, headed by the committee’s senior deputy convener, Nadeem Nusart.

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TIU conference declares suicide bombers ‘hellbound’

Participants of an Islamic conference held under the auspices of Tanzeem Ittehad-e-Ummat (TIU) on Sunday declared suicide attackers as ‘hellbound’. “The elements involved in sectarian killings are sinners, for they have committed Fasad-fil-Arz,” said a TUI communiqué issued on the heels of a conference organized in the provincial capital.

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Accountability court clears Nawaz, Shahbaz in Ittefaq Foundries case

An accountability court in Rawalpindi  cleared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Shairf in the Ittefaq Foundries case.Rejecting a request by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to reopen the reference, accountability court judge Sohail Nasir cleared the prime minister, his brother Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, their deceased brother Abbas Sharif and late father Mohammad Sharif in the case.

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Guards to be withdrawn from houses of VIPs for election duty

Police authorities have decided to withdraw security guards from the houses of VIPs to perform duty on the polling day to provide security to people during the local government elections in the province.

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Cases against Dr Mirza not politically motivated, says Siyal

Newly appoi­n­t­ed Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal has said that the Rangers-led operation against terrorists will continue and criminals will be crushed with an iron hand. He rejected the allegation that the cases recently registered against his predecessor Dr Zulfikar Ali Mirza and his associates were politically motivated, and also pledged that transparency and merit would be upheld in the transfer and posting of police officers as well as in the recruitment process

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Asif Ali Zardari slams PTIs KP govt

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday came heavily on Imran Khan and his PTI party for what he said doing nothing for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the last three years. Addressing party workers in Peshawar he said: "We know exactly how tsunami that rose from Karachi receded in Khyber Pakhutunkhwa".

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Axact to face legal action if allegations proved: Khawaja Asif

Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Tuesday said investigations were underway into the Axact fake degree scam and if fraud gets proven action will be taken against the company under the law. Talking to media persons here, the Minister, however, said that Axact will be allowed an opportunity to clarify its position over allegations of involvement in the issuance of fake degrees.

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Four terrorists behind Safoora bus attack arrested: CM Sindh

Security forces have arrested four militants involved in the terrorist attack on a Ismaili community bus in Karachi which claimed 46 lives, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah said on Tuesday. Speaking to media representatives here, he said that the four arrested men have also confessed to being involved in the gruesome attack on the minority community.

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Two convicts executed in Mach, Faisalabad jails

A convict on death row, Muhammad Musa was hanged early morning on Wednesday at Mach Central Jail in Balochistan. Musa had committed a murder in 2005 in Quetta.
 

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Zardari rules out possibility of Governor rule in Sindh

Former president of Pakistan and co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari ruled out on Monday possibility of Governor rule in Sindh province. In a statement issued here, he also dismissed possibility of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s resignation. “There will be no Governor rule and change of chief minister,” he said.

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My apologies to those who felt hurt by my words: Pervez Rashid

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervez Rashid on Monday said he offers his apologies to anyone who might have felt hurt by his statement. Speaking on a point of order raised in the Senate by Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman, the Minister said he has great respect for ‘Ulema-e-Haq’ but he opposed ‘Ulema-e-Su’ who had a role in ‘fueling terrorism’.

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Phenomenal achievements made in counter terror ops: Army Chief

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif on Monday termed the achievements as phenomenal in the ongoing military operations against terrorists. Addressing the closing ceremony for the 4th Army Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Championship here, General Sharif declared strategic knowledge and operational preparedness of soldiers as indispensable for making big gains in war against terrorism.

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Drone strike in North Waziristan kills four

A fresh drone strike in Shawal area of North Waziristan killed four people late on Monday. According to sources, two missiles fired by the drone at a house also injured several others, besides demolishing the house.

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Siraj urges for apolitical police force in Karachi

Urging for an apolitical police force in Karachi, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq on Sunday said that ‘a party’ has recruited thousands in the police department on political grounds. Speaking during an Ulema Convention, he said that a unanimous education syllabus till tenth grade in the country was more important than the ‘atomic bomb’.

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