Fasihur Rehman Khan

  • One cannot predict these days whether Premier Sharif is about to crack a joke of sort or adding a tactful interjection to a major policy statement in a smooth manner. Wednesday was one of these days. Just when many in the press gallery were naively sure about the launch of a full fledge military ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistani security apparatus is these days keenly and minutely observing the near future course of action and designs of al-Qaeda elements in North Waziristan as intermittent targeted operation against the militant groups operating under the banner of Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ...

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  • Islamabad - As Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) prepares for a long haul in North Waziristan, a new amalgam of foreign fighters in collaboration with remnants of Al-Qaeda stationed in this tribal area is fast spreading influence and operations between Mir Ali and Miranshah, and eliminating ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - As the military takes on selective militant hideouts in North Waziristan and elsewhere, tensions are on the rise between TTP and other Taliban groups that don’t want confrontation with the Pakistani military after having secured peace deal with it in 2007-8. Already, a tense ...

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  • NEW DELHI - India wants resolution of all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, says Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh.“We need to break down the old barriers. India wants progress with Pakistan in all segments of life and resolution of disputes, but without the ...

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  • New Delhi  - Gas pipeline projects from Iran or Central Asia can increase inter-dependence between India and Pakistan and compel both the countries to cooperate even under compulsion, believes Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.“We have not backtracked from the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - It may be called typical bureaucratic lethargy or inefficiency that in this technical age an all-purpose official website of the government of Pakistan, which also serves as information hub for the local and foreign media as well as outside the world, is not aware of the actual ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Dissatisfied with the output of some ministers, the PML-N government is contemplating a mini reshuffle in the federal cabinet with an aim to reallocate portfolios of some ministers and bring in some junior ministers to improve working of key ministries, it was reliably learnt. But there ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former PPP premiers – Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf – worked under the shadow of Presidency as their political boss was pulling strings of the government. Yet they remained glued to the Lower House of the Parliament. At times, Gilani seemed so keen or obsessed ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Two key men of security detail of former President Pervez Musharraf have recently got multiple visas for the United States as his close aide indicates his team is gearing up for a foreign sojourn, possibly across the Atlantic. The two security aides who were part of the security team of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - With an aim to disassociate himself from the November 3, 2007 imposition of emergency, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is these days busy giving final touches to his autobiography expected to hit the stands within a few weeks, it was learnt. An important portion of the autobiography ...

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  • Is something cooking up in the influential drawing rooms of the capital and provincial metropolis of Lahore, becoming an immediate cause of concern about the strategists of the PML-N government? The brains of premier Sharif-led dispensation have already sprung into action to estimate tentacles of ...

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  • Unlike the hustle bustle filled, somewhat noisy proceedings of the National Assembly, Senate session seems too serious a business for the press corps, especially young guns, to enjoy. But the technocrat-politician lot, mostly grey haired breed, is these days coming up with back to back issues of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD NOTES As opposition voices concern day in and day out about the lack of interest being shown by the premier in parliamentary proceedings, some ruling party insiders believe re-invigorating debate and decision making inside the parliament may actually lessen their political woes and soften ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Was it impact of the close door government briefing or of-late realisation in the Insafiyan camp that the seemingly uncontrollable NATO supply blockade related rhetoric of Imran Khan finally got a reality check? There were no fire works as the firebrand PTI supremo stood up to address ...

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  • PARLIAMENT GALLERYISLAMABAD - For the third straight-day running, the PPP-led Senate opposition looked impatiently from their mock Senate tent towards the premier to intervene for the required face saving to enable their safe return to the cozy Senate hall. No matter how serious they posed or what ...

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  • ISLAMABAD  - They made it a day with taxpayers’ hard-earned money, but nothing doing. The duo of honourable senators, Aitzaz Ahsan and Raza Rabbani, got more media coverage from the mock Upper House proceedings than they would have got in the actual House. Both deserve all the kudos for ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Imran Khan is a strange phenomenon in Pakistani politics. Unorthodox, sentimental, brave – a recipe for disaster in modern day pragmatic politics as some old guards may put it. But this man bounces from the brink against odds as he takes the initiative, and somehow, lady luck ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - These are strange times. Just when everyone in the government machinery wanted us to believe that the recent American visit of premier Nawaz Sharif was a thumping success, it turned out to be a rude awakening for none else but the premier and his aides. The American drone in pursuit of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD NOTES Now there is another somewhat ‘meaningful’ twist over the two key four-star military appointments Premier Nawaz Sharif has to take simultaneously as per the government’s own announcement. Though his close circles keep meaningfully mum over the issue as a matter of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should not get carried away by the upcoming photo opportunity with the Indian premier in New York; instead, he should press for meaningful talks on the core Kashmir issue which is the mother of all disputes between the two countries, Kashmiri Hizbul ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Premier Nawaz Sharif was visibly a happy man. Perhaps for the first time since taking oath, he could be seen wearing a broad smile as he braced Mamnoon Hussain, a man of his choice to be the next head of the state, in the National Assembly Hall declared a polling station for ...

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  • Islamabad- For the first time during the last six years President Zardari sounded like a powerless traditional head of State who didn’t want to indulge in any controversy and wrapped up his address to the joint sitting of Parliament in a shortest possible time. No extempore rhetoric, he ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The new federal cabinet seems a mix match of experienced and able old hands with a cautious experimentation of new faces, comprising mainly Punjab legislators from where PML-N returned triumph in the elections. The premier had little or no chance to pick and choose from Sindh, ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Nawaz Sharif had a victorious entry into the National Assembly Hall minutes before the procedure to elect him as leader of the house began. Much more confident smiley, and less tense as compared with his last two appearances – on oath taking as a member and then on the occasion ...

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  • Islamabad- First he didn’t try traditional tactics to install a government of his own in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa even when Maulana Fazlur Rehman tried his best to provoke him, then he didn’t avail a chance to grab the top provincial slot in Balochistan when the mighty yet egoistic Murri ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - About to make history on his way to become third-time prime minister of the country, Nawaz Sharif seemed too serious, focused and sometimes indulged in deep thoughts as he sat on one of the front seats in the National Assembly. The Lion from Lahore didn’t roar or smile ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Political heavyweights from the mainstream, nationalists and religious parties will prominently figure in the 14th National Assembly of the country as members are all set to take oath on Saturday (today) at its first session.The administration of oath to the newly elected members (323 ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The PML-N leadership has finalised the name of former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali as next speaker of the National Assembly, it has been learnt. Jamali, an old guard, returned successful from his hometown National Assembly constituency as an independent candidate in ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The incoming Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif is all set to come up with a small Punjab cabinet consisting of around 12 ministers, in the first phase.Party sources said the Punjab cabinet, with chances of final expansion in a few weeks time, will be small in size. And the demanding ...

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