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  • ISLAMABAD - Neither Pakistan nor the United States wants complete withdrawal of the allied forces from Afghanistan due to the ‘complications’ that may recur in the post drawdown period, a top defence official said Tuesday.“Not only us but they (US) are also fully cognisant of the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Senior officials from the military's security agencies are scheduled to show up at an all important meeting of the National Assembly's defence panel today to brief the legislators on prevalent security issues concerning the Western border.To be chaired by the Member National Assembly ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - With the de-escalation in tension between the security forces and the militants, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency and other tribal agencies have started returning homes as the United Nations and humanitarian partners seek over $300 million for the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Some 10,000 Afghan settlers are reported to have left North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and other parts of FATA to go back to Afghanistan in the backdrop of the displacements triggered due to the launch of surgical strikes in the northwest.These Afghans are among the foreigners who had ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The top military brass, at a Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) meeting on Wednesday, resolved to fight terrorism under a comprehensive strategy within the policy parameters set by the political leadership.The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement after the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The federal government has, so far, no plan to engage the United Nations and its humanitarian partners for provision of humanitarian assistance to more than 25,000 relocated locals in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) who are to be declared as internally displaced persons ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Two more major generals have retired from the service and the number of military’s two-star generals who reached the age of superannuation over a week becomes five.The total number of major generals having retired in the ongoing year now stands at six.Major General Syed Jamal ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - In an unprecedented move, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has notified the promotions of a record number of 350 officers, the highest number ever in the history of Pakistan’s commercial aviation regulator.The said officers were awaiting promotions for the last many years. ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - In the backdrop of unease within the troops over the sudden halt in the surgical strikes on militant targets in the northwest, the country’s top military brass met Friday in Rawalpindi to discuss professional matters at a prescheduled corps commanders meeting.The 170th Corps ...

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  • ISLAMABAD- Pakistan’s military chief on Tuesday left for United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a two-day tour, his first in the present official capacity and second to an Arab country in less than a month.Conspicuously, the visit takes place against the backdrop of the reports that Saudi Arabia has ...

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  • ISLAMABAD- It may have taken a few rounds of surgical assaults on part of the state security apparatus to get Taliban feel the heat, but it is probably too late for the terrorist outfit to mend faces and make up with the state after more than enough of the innocent blood has been spilled. A subtle ...

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  • ISLAMABAD- Three of the senior most two-star generals have retired from the service while fresh postings have been assigned to four newly promoted major generals following an important reshuffle at the two-star general level at the Pakistan Army.Ahead of an expected ground action in the North ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - China and Pakistan have agreed to hold joint military exercise YOUYI-V in China in the ongoing year with the related specifications to be finalised during the visit of Chinese defence minister to Islamabad, it was learnt on Friday.The exercise is expected to be held anytime this year in ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - In the seventh surgical mission in a week, the second in a settled area, the security forces on Thursday were reported to have killed at least 11 militants from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in their ongoing drive against terrorism in the terror-infected north-western belt of the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - At least 135 militants have so far been taken out in the security forces ongoing drive against terrorists in Fata (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), with two surgical missions in Waziristan region on Tuesday resulting in the reported elimination of 34 militants According to informed ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - In third major aerial operation in as many days, at least nine terrorists from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan including a commander were reported dead in Hangu on Saturday as the security forces stretched the surgical strikes’ outreach from tribal agencies to the militancy-infected ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s military chief on Friday visited the corps headquarters of a paramilitary force in Peshawar, as the army and paramilitary troops are pre-positioned for ground reinforcements, a day after the aerial strikes in north-western belt reportedly killed over 50 ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Up to 50 militants were reportedly taken out in the air strikes by security forces in two tribal agencies as the defence minister reiterated that state forces would give a befitting response to every incident of aggression. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Army led these ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Renewing the commitments on putting in collective efforts to net the runaway militants taking refuge across the respective sides of the Pak-Afghan border, the Pakistan and United States military commands are said to have reiterated to strengthen cooperation on this count.The maiden ...

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  • Islamabad  - The unabated wave of deadly attacks on security forces and civilians in different parts of the country has prompted the top security bosses to review the security strategy to neutralise the hostile militant factions sabotaging the peace initiatives.Amid no let-up in terror ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - The gradually fizzling ‘dialogue process’ that envisages making peace with the hardcore terrorists seems heading towards its eventual outcome after Pakistan’s security apparatus has come down hard on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the notorious terrorist ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - In the wake of prevailing terror threats, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) conducted a fire-fighting exercise here on Wednesday that has been declared as mandatory under the United Nations rules, in an attempt to augment its rescue and fire fighting service (RFFS) ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan’s top defence functionary has regretted over what he believes is the Afghan factor instrumental in adversely shaping the relationship between Pakistan and the Western military alliance.  “Unfortunately, over the last decade or so, the relationship between ...

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  • KARACHI  - MQM gave 24-hour ultimatum to the government to disclose the whereabouts of their 45 workers who went missing during the targeted operation.MQM’s Coordination Committee in a press conference on Tuesday said, “The police department would have to take action against the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - As many as 30 brigadiers were elevated to the rank of two-star general as the Army Promotion Board met here at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Tuesday on the second and final day of a top-level military commanders meeting.The promoted officers include nine from Infantry, five each ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - The army commanders have pledged to follow the policy of ceasefire during peace talks with the militants in line with the government’s decision, while reiterating to retaliate in response to any direct attack on the security personnel from Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif is said to have discussed with the Saudi authorities the generalities of a joint military exercise that may take place this year, during his maiden official visit to Saudi Arabia concluded Friday.Pakistan and Saudi ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - While the incumbent management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) claims to have saved millions of rupees with the closure of loss-making flying routes and offline stations abroad, the PIA personnel unions oppose this move. This is the second time the PIA unions look to stand at ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - At least five two-star generals are expected to get promotions to the next rank with as many three-star generals are retiring from the service in the ongoing year.Anytime in the coming months, the Army Promotion Board is to take up the cases concerning the promotions of five ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Even after almost eight months of their formation, the election tribunals (ETs) have failed to dispose of more than half of the petitions they were assigned to hear with regard to the last year’s general elections.Out of the total 405 petitions received by the 14 ETs set up by the ...

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