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Two martyred, many injured in Quetta blast inside mosque

QUETTA: On Friday, at least two people embraced martyrdom and several sustained injuries in an explosion in a mosque in Quetta’s Pashtoon Abad area on Friday. Rescue sources said, 15 people were injured in the blast with three said to be in critical condition at Quetta's Civil hospital. Police said the blast occurred inside Masjid Rahmania during Friday's prayers. According...

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Army chief stresses need for resolution of Kashmir dispute

In his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif highlighted on Thursday the need for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Regional security incl Afgn&India &need&measures 4 regional stability dominated discussion.#COAS Highlighted need 4 resolution of Kashmir-2 According to the ISPR, army chief, who is on a five-day official visit to the...

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Army Chief discusses defence ties, regional security with US military officials

WASHINGTON: Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif held meetings with top US defence officials at the Pentagon Tuesday, with defence cooperation between the two countries dominating the discussion. According to a series of tweets posted by Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa, Gen Raheel on Tuesday met US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter and Deputy Secretary of...

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SC overrules SHC order to demolish Moon Garden Flats

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday suspended the Sindh High Court order to seal and demolish the Moon Gardens residential complex in Karachi. Supreme Court instructed the builder of the complex to deposit security of 50 million rupees in cash as well as a Rs 50 million bank guarantee in the next 15 days. The Sindh High Court...

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At least 12 dead as Jaffar Express derails in Bolan

QUETTA: At least 12 people were killed and 100 others were injured when four bogies of the Jaffar Express derailed in Ab-i-gum area of Bolan district Tuesday. The dead were identified as the driver and the assistant driver of the train. The incident took place due to the failure of train's breaks when it was en route Rawalpindi from Quetta....

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PM stops PCB to decide on India series without permission

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Monday told Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to make any decisions regarding India series without his permission. According to details, PM Nawaz has told the PCB not to make any decisions regarding India series without his permission. Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had also said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to...

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France bombs IS HQ in Raqqa, hunts attacker who got away

PARIS: France launched "massive" air strikes on the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group's de facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a militant training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa in Syria, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned. Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in...

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Obama vows to ‘redouble’ efforts in fight against IS after Paris carnage

ANTALYA: President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble US efforts to eliminate the self-styled Islamic State group and end the Syrian civil war that has fueled its rise, denouncing the extremist group's horrifying terror spree in Paris as “an attack on the civilised world.” Opening two days of talks with world leaders in Turkey, Obama pledged solidarity with France in...

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ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attacks which leaves 160 dead

PARIS: Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday, killing at least 160 people in what a shaken President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack. Four of the suspected attackers are among the dead, including three who were inside the Bataclan concert hall which was stormed by armed police...

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Rangers, police deployed outside Maulana Abdul Aziz’s residence

ISLAMABAD: Rangers and police on Friday have been deployed outside Maulana Abdul Aziz’s residence after he announced to start a movement. The authorities have decided to arrest Lal Masjid imam as he announced to lead a rally. Earlier, the imam came under fire for his remarks over Peshawar Army Public School (APS) massacre. Civil society had taken to the streets...

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Six injured in Lyari grenade attack

KARACHI: At least six people have been injured in a grenade attack in Nayabad locality of Karachi's Lyari area on Friday. According to police, two attackers riding a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade at people standing at a local water pumping station. At least five people were wounded as a result of the explosion. Rescue immediately reached the location and...

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World Bank approves $500 million as budgetary support for Pakistan

The World Bank has approved five hundred million dollars as budgetary support to Pakistan for energy sector reforms. The approval comes in the wake of wide ranging reforms in the energy sector carried out by the government. This is also an expression of confidence of the World Bank in government's reforms policy.

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Karachi operation will continue till elimination of last terrorist: Rangers

KARACHI: Dismissing perception propagated in a section of media about relatively slowed speed of ongoing operation in the city in the recent past, a spokesman of Sindh Rangers on Thursday said the operation is in full swing and will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist and target killer. According to the spokesman, the explanation was being issued to...

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PPP lawmakers criticize ISPR’s statement over ‘poor governance’

ISLAMABAD: Discussion about good governance seeped into Senate on Thursday after National Assembly (NA) saw criticism over Pakistan Army’s statement. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has recommended the government to call an in-camera session. Senate saw a strong criticism over Pakistan Army’s statement over civil affairs. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senators criticised the army. Farhatullah Babar said that poor governance is...

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‘China values efforts of Pak Army in fighting terrorism’

RAWALPINDI: A high level Chinese Military delegation headed by Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission, General Fan Changlong called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi on Thursday. They discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security, steps for regional stability and enhanced bilateral defence collaboration. General Raheel Sharif said that Pak–China relations are all weather and based...

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NA passes amendment in Pakistan Army Bill 2015

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 aimed at protecting court officials and witnesses and indemnity against prosecution in any other court of law. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal piloted the bill to further amend the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 in the House. New section 2C is inserted after section 2B in...

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Army’s top brass discuss internal and external security situation

RAWALPINDI: A Corps Commanders Conference was held at the General Headquarters on Tuesday, ISPR said in a statement. The meeting was chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif. According to the ISPR an exhaustive review of professional matters, internal and external security situation was discussed. The Corps Commanders Conference also deliberated on ongoing and future operations against...

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