Public Opinion

Terrorists suffer serious setback in operation near Afghan border: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: The military provided an update of the ongoing Operation Khyber-I Operation on Monday, saying terrorists suffered a serious setback and large casualties during the operation Sunday night. According to Director-General of the ISPR Asim Bajwa, significant effects were achieved in air strikes against terrorists, with militants fleeing Sokh, one of the central areas targeted in the operation. Ops ZarbeAzb:Khyber update;Significant ...

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Word around town: Celebrities on Cricket World Cup 2015

Humaima Malik – Actor   I am a huge cricket fan and tend to get very emotional and sad after Pakistan loses a match. Ever since the World Cup began, I have only watched one match which was India VS Pakistan. After we lost the match I was really disappointed and stopped watching matches as I don’t want to go ...

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With lobbying and hope, wait for new policy continues

ISLAMABAD:  The government has been engaged in the process of finalising a new auto policy for the past six months in the backdrop of hectic lobbying by industry players, but has not been able to come up with a document that could satisfy both the investors and consumers alike. Pakistan’s market has ample room for expansion, which is reflected in ...

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Insensitive news anchors

KARACHI: The way news is broadcast in Pakistan is very awkward. When viewing broadcasts, we often come across heartbreaking news of bloodshed and loss of innocent lives reported by anchors in a manner ostensibly aimed at breaking the viewers’ hearts all over again. News that is gory and saddening should be reported with respect, compassion and with a sense of mourning. ...

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Karachi bombings

Two bombings within hours of each other once again mark Karachi as the most dangerous city in the country; the city where being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have fatal consequences. The first blast of March 20 was at a mosque of the Bohra community. The Bohras are a small and peaceful community, with their presence ...

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Akhiyan: the vision of love

KARACHI:  Until now, the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) International Theatre Festival has staged mostly experimental plays by international artists but on Thursday, the audiences were treated to parallel theatre with Azad Theatre’s Punjabi play Akhiyan. Directed by Malik Aslam, the play is a stage adaptation of the 1930 made-for-radio production written by Rafi Peer. The play revolves around ...

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Netanyahu row casts doubt on Obama pledge to ‘have Israel’s back’

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama, who once famously said he would “always have Israel’s back,” may be rethinking that promise as aides begin weighing options in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. Following Obama’s warning that the United States would “reassess” its relationship with Israel, the administration is not only ...

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LG election: Sindh, Punjab govts continue to dither

ISLAMABAD:  The Sindh government told the apex court on Wednesday that the province is set to hold the Local Government (LG) elections after February 2016 while the Punjab government said it has removed all anomalies and now the election authorities would initiate the process of delimitation in the province. However, expressing concerns over the delay in LG polls in Punjab ...

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Corporate results: UBL’s earnings increase 17.8%, clock in at Rs21.9b

KARACHI:  The profit of United Bank (UBL) for 2014 increased to Rs21.9 billion, up 17.8% from earnings of Rs18.6 billion in the preceding year. In its financial results sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) on Wednesday, UBL also announced a final cash dividend of Rs4 per share in addition to the interim dividend of Rs7.5 per share already paid ...

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Politics and lying

Grandmother told me in my youth that there were two types of political scandals, and it was either sex or money and never both together. If it was sex it was the Conservative Party and if it was money then it was those Commies in the Labour Party. And none of them tell the truth quoth she, not ever. Never ...

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