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Pakistan ‘concerned’ over rising militancy along Pak-Afghan border: Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed concern over the uptick in militancy along its border with Afghanistan. In an interview with the leading American magazine, Newsweek, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Munir Akram warned that unless the economic situation improves in Afghanistan, the Taliban may begin to lose members to more militant groups like ISIS or ISIL. He said Pakistan is determined to deal with terrorist outfits such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Balochistan Liberation Army and the regional ISIS Khorasan branch internally. Munir Akram stressed the need to find an effective strategy to deal with the situation in Afghanistan where the Taliban need to be convinced to deal with all of the terrorist movements. He said such efforts on the part of the Talib...

PM consistently maintained that Pakistan, India must resolve issues through dialogue: PM office

ISLAMABAD: The Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office has said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has repeatedly stated on record that talks between Pakistan and India can only take place after India reverses its illegal action of August 5, 2019 and without India's revocation of this step, negotiations are not possible. In response to the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's interview to Al Arabiya channel, the Spokesman said the Prime Minister has consistently maintained that Pakistan and India must resolve their bilateral issues, especially the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue and peaceful means. He said the settlement of the Kashmir dispute must be in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Spokesman said that the Prim...

JAC condemns killing of Latif Afridi

KARACHI: Members of the joint action committee for human rights (JAC) Karachi on Tuesday expressed deep sorrow and grief over the brutal murder of prominent human rights activist Lala Latif Afridi. In a statement, the JAC highly condemned the murder. The JAC lauded the services of the late Afridi. He was a voice for democracy and human rights and always challenged the dictatorship. His brutal murder is an irreparable loss to civil society. He was elected president of the SCBA in 2020. Afridi also served as the president of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association five times. He also served as a member of the national assembly between 1997 and 1999. He was the first provincial president of the ANP from 1986 to 1989 and was also the ANP General Secretary from 2005 to 2007. He was the fo...

HEC ponders possibility of holding SGAT for GIL overseas students

ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has devised a fair mechanism to provide an opportunity to the students of unrecognized colleges of Global Institute Lahore for recognition of their degrees. HEC, through Education Testing Council (ETC), will conduct Special Graduate Assessment Test (SGAT) for the students. HEC is also exploring the possibility of holding tests for the overseas students of Global Institute in the designated regions viz. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, subject to receipt of a considerable number of applications -- minimum 100 students from a city. According to details, Global Institute, Lahore is a recognized chartered Institution in the private sector established vide Punjab Act II of 2011. As per law, the Institu...

Two robbers killed in alleged police encounter

SADIQABAD: Two robbers were shot dead and three police officials injured in an alleged encounter near Sadiqabad on Tuesday. Police said dead bodies and the injured have been shifted to hospital. The injured officials include Aamir, Sakhawat and Asad. In another incident, a man was shot dead by some gunmen in New Karachi Bilal Colony. The deceased has been identified as Aziz Noor Muhammad. According to police, the victim was sitting outside his residence when the suspects opened fire at him and fled. Police said the murder seems to be due to personal rivalry as the suspects did not rob the victim.

Ranikhet disease kills five peacocks; hundreds other fall sick in Tharparkar

MITHI: Five peacocks died while hundreds fell sick due to the fatal Newcastle disease, locally known as Ranikhet in Bhalwan village of Nagarparkar Tehsil in Tharparkar district, according to a report on Tuesday. Peacocks, who are the guardians of Thar’s natural beauty and who enhance the beauty of the desert with their vibrant and vivid hues, fell prey to the contagious avian disease. According to the local residents, the wildlife department has not given any treatment to the affected peacocks and majority of the peacocks are currently dying as a result of the disease's spread. Rather locals are treating the ailing peacocks using home remedies. They appealed the wildlife department to take immediate steps to save the endangered species of peacocks. It merits here to mention that when...