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August 22, 2017 8:19 AM China defends ally Pakistan after Trump criticism

BEIJING: China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s “safe havens” for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to “harbour terrorists”. Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would 33

August 22, 2017 7:31 AM Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "un-Islamic". India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times 3

August 22, 2017 5:28 AM Ataturk Avenue: Concerns voiced over road-widening project

ISLAMABAD: Despite reservations expressed by the environmentalists, the capital authorities on Monday initiated developmental work on the widening of Ataturk Avenue. Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz performed the groundbreaking of the project. Speaking on the occasion, the CDA chairman said that all ongoing 1

August 22, 2017 1:58 AM Army denies tiff in civil-military ties

ISPR announces completion of Khyber IV operation, Says RAW, NDS backing terrorists, No terror outfit in country has organised infrastructure anymore Islamabad - The Pakistan Army announced the successful completion of Operation Khyber-IV near Afghan border on Monday, hours before Trump was to deliver a speech outlining new US strategy on Afghanistan 1

August 22, 2017 12:00 AM ‘Islam has nothing to do with terrorism’

LAHORE: Religious scholars should come forward to educate people with real message of Islam and Islamic values all over the world. The entire Muslim Ummah has been confronting challenges because of misleading propaganda being made public against Islam, said Pakistan Ulema Council chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. Addressing “Stability of Pakistan 2

August 21, 2017 9:39 PM Rajgal cleansed of terrorists as military concludes Operation Khyber-IV

ISLAMABAD: The army on Monday announced the successful completion of its ground offensive in Khyber Agency’s Rajgal Valley, a rugged and difficult terrain that was seen as key infiltration point for terrorist groups including Da’ish to cross over from neighbouring Afghanistan to Pakistan. In over a month-long campaign supported by Pakistan Air Force 1 1

August 21, 2017 7:05 PM BLOG: The time has come to celebrate cricket’s homecoming!

Within days of assuming charge, energetic chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi has announced two major steps towards restoration of international cricket in Pakistan. First, a short visit by the Sri Lankan team and, second, a tour by the West Indian cricket team. Sethi was already working on the project of World XI team’s tour to Pakistan 1

August 21, 2017 10:02 AM Pakistani premier vows to strengthen ties with Turkey

Turkey's ambassador to Pakistan meets new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad The government and people of Pakistan greatly value brotherly ties with Turkey, and remain keen to further strengthen relations with the Turkish government, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Monday. Abbasi made the remarks during his meeting with Turkish 1

August 21, 2017 1:03 AM 65,155 take medical colleges admission test amid tight security

LAHORE - As many as 65,155 candidates (41,563 females and 23,592 males) appeared in the medical and dental colleges admission test for Punjab that was conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore simultaneously in 13 cities of the province amid tight security on Sunday. Last year, 56,272 candidates appeared in the test. The test started 3

August 21, 2017 1:02 AM Nisar admits differences with PML-N leaders

ISLAMABAD - Admitting to having differences with party policies, which prevented him from rejoining the federal cabinet, the former interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, stopped short of disclosing them as he said the PML-N was passing through a crucial time. Addressing a press conference on Sunday at the Punjab House, the former interior minister 1