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Sadiq Sanjrani sworn in as new Senate chairman

Balochistan independent Senator Sadiq Sanjrani has been elected as Senate Chairman as he bagged 57 votes out of the total 103, DawnNewsTV reported. The election of Sanjrani marks a historic development as he has become first ever Senate chairman from Balochistan. Polling took place via a secret ballot. After the chairman is …

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Every attempt for moderation in Pakistan leaves more space for extremists to manoeuvre

Nadeem F. Paracha Ever since the demise of General Zia in 1988, and the end of his dictatorship — which has often been blamed for unleashing the genie of religious extremism in Pakistan — many post-Zia governments, as well as the military establishment, have attempted to put the genie back …

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Chinese prisoners working on CPEC in Pakistan: Yousuf Talpur

TNN Islamabad: Nawab Mohammad Yousuf Talpur, a National Assembly member of opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said at a recent meeting of parliamentary committee said, “I have learnt that prisoners have been brought from Chinese jails and they are constructing roads. They can be involved in crimes so there should …

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Baloch Culture Day celebrated across Balochistan

QUETTA: People celebrated Baloch Culture Day with more zeal on Friday to show veteran Baloch culture to the rest of the world by organizing cultural shows, display of Balochi costumes with Balochi folk music including Balochi Chaap. People in the provincial capital including women, children specially Baloch youth hit the streets with …

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Senate elections and power manoeuvres in Balochistan

THE political environment in Balochistan has been heating up since the end of February, as nearly all senior politicians from various political parties have arrived in Quetta city ahead of the Senate elections. Prominent among them is the province’s former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, who was forced to resign …

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The birth of Bangladesh: Who is to be blamed?

By Hassan Hamdam Bangladesh comprised of eastern regions of divided Bengal. In the schema of dividing India and creating Pakistan on religious ground, this part of Bengal was incorporated in Pakistan and for a while, it was known as East Pakistan. After a bloody civil war, with the help of …

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Analysis: Why is Russia warming up to Pakistan?

AP As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for “not taking action on some of the entities and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN”, regional alliances are shifting — and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate …

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US general dispels impression of friction with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general has dispelled the impression that the United States and Pakistan were on a collision course, saying they valued the military-to-military relationship with Pakistan. Gen Joseph Votel — who as head of the Central Command is responsible for all US military operations in the Pakistan-Afghan region …

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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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