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Of three Thari women, revenge and a cell phone

KARACHI:  Pictures of a Thari woman lying on the desert sand, her face in obvious agony, surface for anyone who has recently searched the internet with the keywords ‘Tharparkar gang rape’. But the pictures tell an incomplete story, as do the headlines. This story is of not one but three women. Behind the crimes are a cell phone and men ...

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Targeted operation: Karachi shuts down as MQM leader arrested

KARACHI:  The targeted operation in Karachi intensified on Wednesday with the arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s former provincial lawmaker, Nadeem Hashmi, over his alleged involvement in the murders of two policemen. After his arrest, parts of Karachi were shut down – and buses stopped running, vehicles were torched and ‘unidentified’ people forced shops to close down. Hashmi was arrested by ...

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Trust-building?: Taliban confirm, military denies prisoners swap

ISLAMABAD / DERA ISMAIL KHAN:  The Pakistani military and Taliban militants exchanged prisoners on Wednesday as a confidence building measure ahead of possible peace talks, The Associated Press reported quoting intelligence officials. The military, however, denied the exchange which reportedly included six militants of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and two paramilitary Frontier Corps soldiers. The swap occurred in the ...

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United we stand: Doctors meet IG, discuss security issues

KARACHI: A delegation of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), comprising Prof. S Tipu Sultan and Prof. M Idrees Adhi, met Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahid Nadeem Baloch on Wednesday at the Central Police Office. The delegation discussed the issues of lawlessness, insecurity, target killings, kidnapping and extortion by criminal groups in the city and the province. Senior members of ...

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Missing containers case: Probe finds no evidence of arms smuggling

KARACHI:  A commission set up by the Supreme Court to investigate the alleged disappearance of Nato arms shipments from Karachi port has found no evidence of arms smuggling, The Express Tribune has learnt. The director general Rangers had told the top court on August 30 that around 19,000 shipping containers, containing weapons and vehicles, had gone missing during the tenure ...

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VIDEO: In line with Catalans’ human chain

Thousands of supporters of Catalonia’s independence from Spain have formed a 400km (250 mile) human chain which stretches across the north-eastern province.

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Teaching about 9/11

The new North Tower is finally high enough to partially restore the skyline I used to see when I stepped outside my home in Greenwich Village. My daughter Luna was born in 2005, four years after the 9/11 attacks. I would have to find a way to explain them.

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Eidul azha: Livestock minister to post doctors at cattle markets

KARACHI:  Sindh minister for livestock and fisheries, Jam Khan Shoro, directed his officials on Wednesday to make sure that they deploy veterinary doctors at all cattle markets of the province ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. “If any cattle head is found infected with any disease, then it will not be sold,” the provincial minister said while addressing a high-level meeting at the ...

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IOC elects Rogge’s successor

German Thomas Bach was elected as the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) president in succession to Jacques Rogge following a ballot of the 94 members of the IOC in Buenos Aires Tuesday.

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Busted: 18 arrested, weapons and narcotics seized

SARGODHA:  The district police claimed to have arrested 18 people, including a woman, in separate raids on Wednesday, and seized heavy quantity of narcotics and weapons from them. Police said eight people were arrested for carrying narcotics.  They were identified as Muhammad Akhtar of Sheller Colony, Muhammad Shahbaz of Chak 74-SB, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Asad of Jhal Chakian, Aliya ...

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Protest demonstration: Irrigation dept employees demand sacking of top official

SUKKUR: A large number of employees of the irrigation department staged a sit-in protest outside the office of the Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (Sida) in Ghotki against the sacking of four of their colleagues, on Wednesday. The protesters have threatened to stage a sit-in outside the commissioner’s office in Sukkur if the termination orders were not withdrawn by Monday. The ...

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