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Missing persons’ case: Top court issues notices to top military, civilian officials

ISLAMABAD:  A two-member bench of the Supreme Court issued notices to top military and civilian officials, including General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the Masood Janjua disappearance case hearing on the plea of Amina Janjua. The notices were issued following the submission of a fake affidavit in the apex court. The bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat ...

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Huddled up: Big issues at the UN summit

UNITED NATIONS:  More than 130 heads of state are due to start speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. There is no specific debate about the 30-month-old Syria conflict at but it will be raised by nearly everyone who speaks. A picture of US President Obama shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Rowhani would flash around ...

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Talking to Taliban is not for us to decide: High priests

KARACHI:  Sitting side by side at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Monday, the top prelates of the Church of Pakistan and the Catholic Church said it was up to the government whether to hold dialogue with the terrorists or to proceed with an operation. “This is a political question,” Archbishop, Joseph Coutts responded to a question. He further said, “Being ...

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Local bodies’ elections: Provinces told to submit responses on LB polls

ISLAMABAD:  The Supreme Court on Monday asked the advocates general of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan to submit written statements regarding the deadline of local bodies’ (LB) elections in the country. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed the hearing on the matter and directed the Additional Attorney General of Pakistan to submit a ...

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Reshuffle: Top military commanders transferred

ISLAMABAD:  In a major reshuffle before his retirement, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Monday, approved several transfers and postings of some of the top military officials. According to the sources, Lieutenant Gen Naweed Zaman has been appointed as the corps commander, Lahore. He was serving as Military Secretary at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, and will now replace ...

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Rape cases: ‘DNA test not admissible as primary evidence’

ISLAMABAD:  First, it said that DNA tests are not admissible as evidence in rape cases. Then it went back, and instead blamed the media for ‘irresponsible reporting’. On Monday, however, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) ruled against the admissibility of the DNA test as ‘primary evidence’. Not only that, the council also ruled against death penalty for anyone making ...

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Gunfire erupts after Kenya says all hostages freed in mall siege

KENYA: A heavy burst of gunfire was heard from the Kenyan shopping mall in Nairobi where at least 62 people were killed in an attack by the Somali al Shabaab group, suggesting that the complex had not yet been secured, a Reuters witness said on Tuesday. Kenyan troops had claimed earlier today that they were in “control” of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall three days after ...

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NAB, IB officers hold dual citizenship

ISLAMABAD:  In a rare disclosure, the government informed lawmakers on Monday that senior officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are among the 80 government employees who possess dual nationality. IB Assistant Director Zafar Iqbal holds dual citizenship of Canada, a cabinet secretariat minister in charge informed the National Assembly (NA) in a written reply. ...

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Grand conspiracy?: Fazl says Upper Dir, church blasts ‘well-planned’

QUETTA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has termed the attacks on a Peshawar church a national incident, and said that it has made the nation bow its head in shame. Addressing a press conference here, Fazl condemned the suicide attacks, calling the act malicious and discreetly timed to coincide with the departure of the PM to the United Nations ...

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Milking the exchequer: AGP catches 18 senior bureaucrats illegally availing Rs7.6mn

ISLAMABAD:  In a shocking revelation, the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that 18 top bureaucrats of the country, including top management of the finance ministry, illegally availed budget honorariums amounting to Rs7.6 million in 2011-12. These grade 21 and 22 officers, according to the latest audit report on the affairs of the finance ...

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Analysis: Diagnosis first, dialogue later

The September 22 deadly twin suicide bombings at a church in Peshawar left no ambiguity about it – the nature of these strikes manifests a campaign targeting innocent Pakistani citizens, irrespective of faith, caste or creed, as well as the entire security apparatus. The masterminds of attacks on mosques, temples, churches, and even military men and security installations have no ...

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Peshawar church attack: Two girls died thirsty, recalls priest

PESHAWAR:  There were whispers of another blast near Gora Qabristan around noon, where Christians were protesting. Panic ensued and all those present were asked to leave the premises. However, journalists at the site assured people there had been no blast, trying to pacify them. The scores of protesters stopped running. People felt a calming, yet chilling, relief. “No one knows ...

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Maldives postpones election run-off

The Maldives Supreme Court has postponed the second round of the presidential election, due to have taken place on Saturday.

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