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A ” King’s party” in Balochistan is to be announced

QUETTA: A new  Party is being launched in Balochistan. The Provincial Chief Minister, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo is likely to announce the formation of new political party in Balochistan in Press Conference, on Wednesday. It is learnt here on Tuesday that the “leaders”  after long discussion finalized the name of …

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Trump White House divided over Pakistan: report

WASHINGTON: The Trump White House is divided over how to deal with Pakistan, with some officials favouring a hardline approach and others warning against alienating a nuclear-armed country of 200 million people, the US media reported on Tuesday. The divide — reported by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine — is reflected in …

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Big powers endorse ‘Afghan-led’ peace effort

TASHKENT: The five permanent members of the United Nations Secu­rity Council and more than a dozen other national delegations declared on Tuesday their support for the peace process in Afghanistan after talks that Taliban did not attend. The more than 20 signatories of a declaration, including the United States, Russia, …

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Punjab University restores admission of 17 Baloch and Pakhtun students

LAHORE: The Punjab University Discipline Committee on Tuesday restored admission of 17 students – 13 from the Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) and four others from Pakhtun and Baloch councils. Up to 12 students were injured when IJT and Pakhtun Council activists had clashed over holding an event in January last. …

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Serious crisis waiting to happen on the eve of 2018 general elections in Pakistan

Zahid Hussain THE countdown has begun. Just two months are left to the end of the five-year term of the National Assembly, and the ensuing elections may well lead to the second democratic transition from one elected government to another. It would certainly be a milestone in the country’s rocky …

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Pakistan defends nuclear safety record after US sanctions companies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has defended its record on nuclear safety after the United States sanctioned seven Pakistani companies over alleged links to the nuclear trade, saying the suspicions over the companies should not be used to discredit it. Ties between the Washington and Islamabad have frayed in recent years over Pakistan’s …

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Trump administration weighing unprecedented political penalties on Pakistan: Report

WASHINGTON: The Trumpadministration is considering “unprecedented political penalties” on Pakistan for harbouring Afghan militants waging war on the US-backed Afghan government, a media report said on Monday. While the report by Foreign Policy news portal gives no timeline for such an action, it says there is growing frustration among lawmakers, and …

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Balochistan National Party protests against adding Balochistan area to Sindh in new delimitation

KHUZDAR: Several political parties have condemned the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to add an area of Balochistan’s NA-260 constituency to a Sindh constituency under its new delimitation. The Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) called a protest in this regard in Khuzdar town on Saturday, which was attended by leaders …

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US sanctions seven Pakistani firms for ‘nuclear trade’

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has added seven Pakistani companies to a list of foreign entities that presumably pose a significant risk to the national security and policy interests of the United States by allegedly engaging in nuclear trade. The move could undermine Pakistan’s ambition of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group …

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Lawmakers urge to increase seats for Balochistan province

QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly has passed a resolution demanding an increase of 20 seats in its current 65-member legislature after it surfaced that the new delimitation in the province was flawed, on Saturday. Balochistan Provincial Assembly Session was held at Balochistan Assembly here today, presided by Speaker Raheela Khan Durrani. The …

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