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Pak declares Wani as ‘martyr’; to observe July 19 as black day

Islamabad: Further needling India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday declared slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr” and said July 19 will be observed as black day to express solidarity with people of Kashmir. Addressing a special cabinet meeting in Lahore to discuss the situation in Kashmir, Sharif

All eyes on Amir as Pakistan return to Lord’s

London: Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir will hope to put the 2010 spot-fixing scandal behind him once and for all when he returns to the scene of the crime in Thursday’s first Test against England at Lord’s. Six years ago, during a Lord’s Test against England, Amir and Pakistan new-ball partner Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no-balls on

Mastermind of Pakistan army school massacre killed in Afghanistan

Islamabad: The mastermind behind the December 2014 massacre at Peshawar’s Army Public School, has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, senior Pakistani security officials claimed. The officials told Dawn on Monday that Umar Mansour was killed, along with another militant leader Qari Saifullah, in the US drone attack in the Bandar area

Pakistan influencing Wani’s sympathisers, says Naidu

New Delhi: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday accused Pakistan of influencing sympathisers of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in Kashmir, and warned it of a policy rethink on Delhi’s part. “Some people, inspired by our neighbour, are trying to create disturbances. This is not going to help,” the

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10 killed, 100 hurt in Pak while performing bike stunts on Eid

Lahore: At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured while performing dangerous stunts by riding bikes rashly in between the traffic in Pakistan’s different cities on the occasion of Eid, officials said today. Seven persons lost their lives while performing stunts on motorcycles in Punjab province’s Faisalabad, two in Bahawalpur and

31 people killed in floods in north-west Pakistan

Peshawar: At least 31 people, including eight security officials, were on Sunday killed after torrential rain hit the south-west of Chitral district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, triggering flash floods in the area, officials said. Around 30 houses were demolished in the rainstorm caused by continuous heavy rainfall in the area near the Pak-Afghan

31 people killed in floods in north-west Pakistan

Peshawar: At least 31 people, including eight security officials, were on Sunday killed after torrential rain hit the south-west of Chitral district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, triggering flash floods in the area, officials said. Around 30 houses were demolished in the rainstorm caused by continuous heavy rainfall in the area near the Pak-Afghan

Rajnath may visit Pakistan for SAARC meet

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh islikely to travel to Pakistan in August to attend the SAARC Home Interior/Home Ministers’ conference. Asked whether the Home Minister will travel to Pakistan to attend the SAARC Interior/Home Minister’s conference, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the issue was “under consideration”. However, a confirmation will come from

India, Pak must decide pace, scope of dialogue on Kashmir: US

Washington: Asserting that India and Pakistan must engage in “direct dialogue” to reduce tensions, the US has said it is for the two countries to determine the pace, scope and character of talks on the Kashmir issue. “The normalisation of relations between Pakistan and India is vital to both countries and the region,” State Department

Pakistan market blast kills 3, 20 injured

Islamabad: At least three people were killed and 28 others, including women and children, injured in a major explosion in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Friday, the media reported. The dead and injured, all passers-by and shopkeepers, were taken to the Civil Hospital Quetta. At least three people were in critical condition. According to Deputy Inspector General

India is biggest threat to Pakistan: Bajwa

Islamabad: India poses the “biggest threat”to Pakistan which has forced the country to make its defence mechanism ‘India-specific’, a top Pakistan army official has said. Pakistan Army spokesperson Asim Bajwa said that efforts are going on to engage India. However, the long-standing issue of Kashmir is the cause of tensions between the two nations, he

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Away from limelight, a Muslim spreads yoga in Pakistan

New Delhi: In the world of yoga, Pakistan has produced an unsung yogi: Shamshad Haider, popularly known as Yogi Haider. In a country where Islamic right wingers very often call the shots, Haider, 47, has quietly succeeded in attracting tens of thousands to yoga, achieving a feat that once seemed near impossible. On June 21,

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‘Udta Punjab’ gets ‘A’ certificate in Pakistan after deep cuts, beeps

New Delhi: Bollywood’s drug-themed movie “Udta Punjab”, which braved a tough battle for release in India, will now see the light of the day in Pakistan, albeit with cuts — and mutes on expletives and references to the country. “All the foul language, including swearing at and derogatory words, remarks have been muted along with

Six Taliban commanders surrender in Pakistan

Islamabad: Six top Taliban commanders,including former chief of the terror group Hakimullah Mehsud’s brother and uncle, along with 30 militants have surrendered to security forces in Pakistan, officials said today. The rebel leaders laid down arms in Khurram tribal agency on Saturday night after coming back from Afghanistan. Those surrendered include Ejaz Mehsud and Khair

530 Sikh pilgrims to visit Pakistan

Islamabad: At least 530 Sikh pilgrims were issued visa for Pakistan to attend an event to mark the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the eastern city of Lahore. As per 1974 bilateral protocol between Islamabad and New Delhi, Pakistan High Commission in India has issued the visas from June 21 to 30, a

Pakistan raises drone strikes issue at UN

Geneva: Pakistan has asked UN Human Rights Council that its mechanisms should respond to human rights violations and the loss of precious lives due to drone strikes on its territory, it was officially announced on Thursday. In a meeting of the UN Human Rights council in Geneva, Pakistan’s permanent representative Tehmina Janjua stressed that the

US Senate passes $800 mn Pakistan fund

Washington: The US Senate has passed its draft of the National Defence Authorisation Bill, including a provision to set up a new fund to reimburse Pakistan for its efforts in the war against terrorism. The Senate version authorised $800 million under a provision called the `Pakistan Security Enhancement Authorisation’, Dawn online reported on Thursday. It

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Policeman arrested for torturing Hindu man in Pakistan

Islamabad: A police constable in Pakistan who tortured a Hindu man for selling edibles before Iftar, was arrested following a social media campaign calling for justice for the old man. According to the police, Ali Hassan, the policeman, posted in Ghotki district was arrested on the charges of torturing and injuring Gokal Das, an octogenarian,

30 dead as rain, thunderstorm hit Islamabad

Islamabad: At least 30 people, including women and children, were killed and scores of others injured in the wake of heavy rainfall and thunderstorm that hit upper parts of Pakistan, it was reported on Thursday. In Islamabad, 11 people died an 69 others were injured when torrential rains lashed the city, rescue services said, adding

Pak accuses India of ‘running away’ from talks

Washington: The US has called for improvement in bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan, expressing concern over nuclear and missile developments in South Asia, saying a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbours is important. “We are concerned by nuclear and missile developments in South Asia,” a State Department Spokesman said when asked