After Syria, Iraq, IS makes inroads in Pakistan

PESHAWAR/DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan’s Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and ruthless Islamic State fighters, who have captured…

Pakistan’s polarised media

At the beginning of the week, when we scan the news media around the globe to decide what media story to go with, wires started dropping about protesters occupying Pakistan’s state broadcaster PTV. The story is part of a new political power struggle in which the country’s top news channels are fighting a proxy war of their own. For three…

UPDATE 1-India says Pakistan border clashes “extremely serious and provocative”

By Rajesh Kumar Singh Aug 30 (Reuters) – Clashes along India’s border with Pakistan are “extremely serious and provocative” and not conducive to improving relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday. The comments came nearly two weeks after New Delhi called off top level diplomatic talks, protesting against Pakistan’s meetings with separatists from the disputed…

Army Chief, PM Nawaz agree to resolve current crisis soon

The meeting took place at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.  ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday, Dunya News reported. Both discussed country’s prevailing political situation including protests outside the Parliament House. The Prime Minister and Army Chief also discussed overall security situation…

People’s mandate stolen in 2013 elections, says ex-ECP additional secretary

ISLAMABAD: Former additional secretary of the Election commission of Pakistan Muhammad Afzal Khan has alleged that the general elections in May 2013 were rigged and that the people’s mandate was ‘stolen’. He said that former chief justices Iftikhar Chaudhry and Tassadduq Jillani were also involved in rigging the vote. Khan made the allegation during an interview on a private television…

No Justification for Protests: Nawaz Sharif Tells Agitating Leaders

Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said there was no justification for the protests as he has accepted all constitutional demands of protesters after opposition leader Imran Khan asked him to quit for 30 days to allow a probe into alleged rigging in the 2013 polls. “Instead of wasting their energies in protests, the demonstrators should play their…

Controversial Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Indian connection

Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri along with cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has virtually taken Pakistan by storm demanding the resignation of the democratically elected Nawaz Sharif government. But a little-known fact is that Qadri also has a strong Indian connection. As a report in a prominent Indian newspaper suggests, he has more than 10,000 followers in India and his popularity is…

Anup Chetia willing to be repatriated to India: Report

ULFA leader Anup Chetia, currently in jail in Bangladesh, has expressed willingness to be repatriated to India — where he is wanted for murder, abductions and extortion — if there were no legal complications, a media report said on Friday. Indian High Commission’s official J P Singh met Chetia yesterdaat the Kashimpur Central Jail and spoke to the ULFA leader in…

India, Pakistan face trust deficit

New Delhi: It was Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s first public statement, since the Foreign Secretary level talks were called off. And he made it clear that for his government, it wasn’t a question of an “either-Or” when it comes to speaking to Kashmiri separatist leaders, which of course was the Indian position. “In Pakistan there is national consensus to…

Jammu Kashmir a disputed territory, not ‘integral part’ of India: Pakistan

FO says Pakistan never accepted so-called ‘accession instrument’ ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said that Jammu Kashmir was a disputed territory and it’s not an integral part of India as claimed by the administration in New Delhi.   “We do not accept so-called accession of Jammu Kashmir to India as it is a disputed territory and we don’t accept Jammu…

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