Bombing at Afghan president’s rally claims 30 lives, Ghani unhurt

KABUL: Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 30 people in Afghanistan on Tuesday, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt. The attacks happened 11 days before Afghanistan’s presidential elections, which Taliban commanders have vowed to violently disrupt, and follow collapsed peace talks between the United States and the insurgent group....

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Justice Faez Isa’s request for new bench to be referred to chief justice

ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday decided to send the matter of forming a new bench to hear the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa to the chief justice. This was decided after Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Sardar Tariq Masood decided to recuse themselves from the seven-member bench — headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising...

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PM Khan telephones Saudi crown prince to condemn attack on oil facilities

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday night phoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to condemn the attack on the Kingdom's oil facilities, Radio Pakistan reported. The premier, during the conversation with MBS, vowed to support Saudi Arabia against any terrorist attack and reiterated that Pakistan will stand by Saudi Arabia in case of any threat to the sanctity...

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Trump blames Iran for Saudi oil attacks but says he does not want war

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that it looks like Iran is behind the attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict. A day after saying the United States was “locked and loaded” to...

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European Parliament to discuss ongoing crackdown in occupied Kashmir today

The European Parliament is expected to hold discussions today on the ongoing crackdown, human rights violations, and torture of detainees in occupied Kashmir by Indian security forces. The military curfew and communications blackout in Indian-occupied Kashmir has entered the 44th consecutive day today. Yesterday, the India Supreme Court had ordered New Delhi to restore normalcy in the area. Earlier this...

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IMF mission to hold talks with govt officials today

ISLAMABAD: A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in Islamabad on Monday on five-day visit to discuss the financial bailout plan with the economic team of Pakistan. Led by Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, the mission will hold discussions with Pakistani authorities on fiscal issues, suggest ways to cut the fiscal deficit...

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ECP dismisses petition to remove Maryam Nawaz as PML-N vice president

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif from holding party office. ECP verdict ruled that Maryam can stay on as vice president of the PML-N. A three-member bench of the ECP had earlier reserved the verdict in the disqualification on Monday....

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