Going around in circles: The lack of a coherent policy

Cross-border violations on both sides of the Line of Control seem to be in full swing as of now, with allegations of cross-border firing and infiltration being the most common complaints. They come at a time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just wrapped up his visit to Kargil, in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Modi’s . . . → Read More: Going around in circles: The lack of a coherent policy

Is PML-N Government digging it’s own grave?

Ayaz Amir

Islamabad diary

Calling on the army to protect Islamabad, from dangers yet to be adequately defined, is no one-off affair. It is the latest addition to a pattern we have seen growing rather dramatically over the last three months: the army’s influence on the rise, its profile getting bigger, even as civilian . . . → Read More: Is PML-N Government digging it’s own grave?

FORK TONGUED PALEFACES

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA man and now affiliated with a Washington think-tank is no friend of Pakistan. This much was always clear from his writings. Now an article written by him and published in India’s Hindustan Times seems to indicate that he is no friend of India’s either. What he has proposed as an . . . → Read More: FORK TONGUED PALEFACES

Senate seeks report on Monday court attack, Islamabad

The upper house of parliament on Monday directed government to submit today (Tuesday) a detailed report identifying lapses on part of the authorities that enabled terrorists to carry out the attack in a district court complex in the capital city. . . . → Read More: Senate seeks report on Monday court attack, Islamabad

No Pakistanis allowed, in heart of Islamabad

Fine French dining in the heart of Pakistan? Sounds great — that is unless you’re Pakistani and you’re not allowed.

Say, what?

That’s right, restaurant owner Philippe Lafforgue, opened the 20-seat “La Maison” last October with the controversial policy.

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34 dead in 7.9 earthquake

A major earthquake struck a region near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, killing 34 people in different parts of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said.

The worst-hit areas from the 7.8 magnitude quake were reported to be close to the Pakistan-Iran border.

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Govt appoints 41 ministers to 36 embassies

By Mubarak Zeb Khan

ISLAMABAD: With less than 33 days left of its tenure, the PPP-led coalition government has posted 41 trade ministers, commercial counsellors and commercial secretaries to 36 countries, including the US and Russia.

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Parliamentary commission approves draft bill for new province

By Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary commission approved on Saturday the draft of a constitutional amendment bill seeking creation of a new province to be called ‘Bahawalpur Janoobi Punjab’, comprising three southern divisions and two western districts of Punjab.

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Capture the Cold

Pakistani commuters travel during a cold and foggy morning in Islamabad on January 8, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Foggy cold weather likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, K-P, Larkana and Sukkur division over next 24 hours.

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Book fairs set up in 11 cities

By Aroosa Shaukat

LAHORE: Aiming to entice more young readers by portraying books not just as sources of learning but also of fun and entertainment, organisers launched the month-long Oxford Book Fair 2012 in 11 cities and 14 locations across the country on Monday.

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