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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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Re-centralisation

Cyril Almeida  THE danger is greater when the goal is bigger, the aim wider. And the goal just became a whole lot bigger. It started with Nawaz, but now it’s out there — the boys want more. A whole lot more. Chicken or egg — did the get-Nawaz plan spawn …

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From Bajwa doctrine, judicial activism to executive’s shrinking domain in Pakistan

Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Bajwa doctrine goes beyond the military’s constitutional mandate, and at times so does the judicial activism of Hon’ble Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Both overstep the civil government’s domain, yet it becomes difficult to defend the latter’s case convincingly when the executive too failed to deliver and …

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Concern over plea against Justice Isa’s appointment as Supreme Court judge

ISLAMABAD: The legal fraternity of Balochistan has expressed concern over the hearing of a petition against the appointment of Justice Qazi Faez Isa as the chief justice of the Balochistan High Court and his elevation to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Balochistan Bar Council is not only pondering over …

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No positive response from Pakistan on South Asia strategy: Afghan NSA

WASHINGTON: There has been no positive response from Pakistan on the South Asia strategy of Trump administration, which has a significant impact on the reduction of violence and capabilities of the terrorists in this war-torn country, a top Afghan official said today. Welcoming the South AsiaStrategy announced by President Donald Trump last August, …

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Pakistan could become like ‘Iran or North Korea on steroids’: New US NSA

NEW DELHI: The US’s new National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton, known for being an extreme hawk in diplomatic circles, may not be as hard on Pakistan as his President Donald Trump wants him to be. Media interviews with Bolton – named NSA yesterday – from the recent past suggest that while he believes Pakistan does need …

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‘CPEC offers great economic potential’: Report

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and several other international development agencies have observed that the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) offers enormous economic potential for Pakistan. The participant agencies — Britain’s Department for International Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency — have discussed several economic …

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Pakistan asked India to review short-sighted approach to CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has asked India to benefit from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, instead of criticising it. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he advised New Delhi to review its short-sighted approach towards the project. He said the “CPEC is purely an …

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