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FC foils a major terrorist incident in Bajaur Agency2017/07/26
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ISLAMABAD: A day after a deadly suicide blast in Lahore, Frontier Corps (FC) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) conducted on Tuesday an intelligence-based operation (IBO), foiling a major terrorist activity in Bajaur Agency, the military's media wing reported ...

Senior diplomat Abdul Basit takes early retirement2017/07/26
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has taken premature retirement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
The veteran diplomat had submitted an application to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his early retirement which has been approved with effect from August 1.
Basit was set to retire from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2018.He is being replaced by Sohail Mahmood, who is currently serving as Ambassador to Turkey, a private television channel reported Tuesday.
Although there is no reason provided for Basit's retirement, it is widely known that he was displeased about the appointment of junior officer Tehmina Janjua as the foreign secretary.
Basit along with several other senior officers including Ghalib Iqbal and Abrar Hussain were sidelined for the coveted post. He has refused to serve under a junior officer and has ultimately decided to take early retirement.
Abdul Basit joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1982 and has held several diplomatic assignments at several Pakistani missions abroad.
Prior to his appointment as the High Commissioner to India in 2014, Basit had served as Pakistan's Ambassador to Germany from May 2012 till March 2014. During his career, he has been posted at Moscow, New York, Sanaa, Geneva and London. - NNI

US admits sacrifices of people, armed forces of Pakistan2017/07/26
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, and US National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster, had a telephonic conversation Tuesday evening.
The two leaders discussed matters of bilateral interest. Both leaders recalled their meeting in Washington D.C. on 25th April 2017 in which they had held a detailed discussion on working together to take the bilateral relationship further.
General McMaster expressed his condolences to the people and government of Pakistan on the deaths of victims in the suicide blast in Lahore yesterday. He said that the US recognizes the sacrifices of the people and armed forces of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
The Finance Minister said that, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, fully supported by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa and all the armed forces, Pakistan is strongly committed to defeating the menace of terrorism. He said that it is Pakistan's national resolve. He stressed that the civil and military leadership is committed to not allowing Pakistan's soil to be used against any other country.
In this regard, the Finance Minister also referred to the meeting of General Bajwa with US Commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, on Monday, and said that it was very useful and productive. - NNI

Petition in LHC to deploy Rangers in Punjab2017/07/26
LAHORE: In the wake of Lahore blast that left over 26 people dead and dozens others injured, a petition calling for enforcement of the National Action Plan (NAP) and deployment of paramilitary troops in Punjab province was filed in Lahore High Court on Tuesday.
Judicial Activism Panel petitioned the high court, contending that the Punjab government has failed to implement the NAP in letter and spirit. As a result, incidents like the one that occurred yesterday took place, it added.
The petitioner said the civil and military leadership had unanimously devised the NAP to counter extremism and terrorism, but the Punjab government was not implementing it in violation of the Constitution.
It said Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and other ministers remained focused on the Panama Papers case while the people of the province were left at the mercy of terrorists. The petitioner pleaded with the court to issue directives to the government to strictly implement the NAP and deploy paramilitary troops in the province so that lives and properties of people could be secured.
Following the Army Public School Peshawar massacre in which approximately 132 children and nine others were killed, the civil and military leadership had devised a counter-terrorism strategy in the shape of the National Action Plan (NAP) to deal with the menace of terrorism.
Establishing military courts for speedy prosecution of terror suspects, reforming the madressahs, censoring hate literature, banning organisations which incite sectarian violence were the key points of the NAP. - NNI

Imran submits his income tax returns in SC2017/07/26
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's ineligibility case was heard by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday in which Imran's counsel Naeem Bukhari said his client did not have any source of income besides professional cricket, and submitted income tax returns as well.
Naeem Bukhari added that Imran also earned money through ads and news articles ...

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