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4 security personnel killed in Quetta blast

At least four security officials lost their lives and several others suffered injuries as a result of an explosion in the outskirts of Quetta, DawnNews reported. The blast targeted a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost in the Darvaish Belili area of the provincial capital. There were also reports of firing in the area …

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Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

AFP KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognizing them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US. Civilian casualties have soared in recent months as the Taliban increasingly targets towns and cities in …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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China’s flagship port in Balochistan shackled by heavy security

BEIJING: (Bloomberg) For the thousands of attendees it was meant to be a conference to showcase China’s flagship Belt and Road project in Pakistan — the port in southwestern Gwadar that gives Beijing access to the Arabian sea. In the evenings the almost 8,000 delegates were wowed with cultural shows and a firework …

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2 policemen killed in Quetta attack

Two police officials were martyred when assailants opened fire at the vehicle of Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Hameedullah Dasti on Quetta’s Samungli Road Wednesday morning, DawnNewsTVreported. The DSP narrowly escaped in the incident, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Razzaq Cheema said, adding that the two policemen guarding Dasti died on the spot. …

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Naming the University: walkout from Balochistan Assembly

QUETTA: Legislators belonging to the opposition Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) walked out of the Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday evening in protest against the tabling of a bill seeking to replace the name of Sibi University with Mir Chakar Khan Rind University. The bill was moved by Education Minister Tahir …

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‘Balochistan is being discriminated against in a systematic way’

KARACHI: “There is a colonial pattern of control visible in Balochistan which has resulted in the largest province of Pakistan not only lagging behind, but falling further behind,” said Dr Kaiser Bengali, economist and former adviser to the Balochistan chief minister, at the Arts Council here on Tuesday. He was …

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Russia vetoes UN resolution linking Iran with terror activities in Yemen

By Richard Roth and Steve George, CNN   (CNN)Russia vetoed a United Nations draft resolution Monday that would have linked Iran with the transfer of Iranian-made arms to Houthi militias in Yemen. The UK-proposed draft, which was strongly backed by the United States and its allies, was blocked by Russia …

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Children of Balochistan remain ‘the most abandoned’ of all Pakistani children, reveals Alif Ailaan report

KARACHI:  The provision of education is a political issue in Pakistan, and politicians influence each and every aspect of the delivery of this service to the people. As elected representatives take the most important decisions related to education, from framing the policy debate to managing the finances, it is quite …

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Pakistan yet to receive list of actions to stay off FATF terror finance list

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will develop a strategy to avoid being put on a global terror financing watchlist, the finance minister said Monday, after China and Saudi Arabia deserted Islamabad over the issue at a recent meeting in Paris. Members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an anti money-laundering watchdog based in …

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