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Passport must for Pakistanis to cross over into Afghanistan now

LANDI KOTAL: Possession of Pakistani passport was made mandatory on Sunday for cross-border movement by Pakistani nationals at Torkham border after expiry of the deadline on December 31. Authorities had made announcements through loudspeakers and displayed banners at prominent places at the border to apprise Pakistani nationals about the new ...

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CTD plans to deradicalise around 300 militants held in Sindh’s prisons

KARACHI: Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department is planning to deradicalise and rehabilitate an estimated 300 militants held in different jails of the province with the help of qualified psychologists, it emerged on Sunday. Under the proposed initiative, the CTD would conduct psychological profiling of the arrested militants to ascertain the possible ...

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2016: The year of the CPEC

It was conceived back in the 1990s, and the first approach to Pakistan from China about connecting China’s western provinces to the Arabian Sea came in 1999. Gwadar port was built in the mid-2000s, and many of the MoUs were signed after 2010. The key agreement for the projects to ...

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Isolating the wrong bug

Bilaterally, 2016 was about India trying to isolate Pakistan over terrorism, but failing to convince any big player to stand with Delhi. Chinese President Xi Jinping, for instance, all but snubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Goa summit of the five-nation BRICS leaders. He did not see the need ...

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UK queen misses another New Year event due to poor health

UK’s Queen Elizabeth II has missed a New Year’s Day church service due to what the Buckingham Palace described as a “lingering heavy cold,” a week after the 90-year-old monarch missed a Christmas Day service for the first time in decades. The queen was slated to attend the New Year’s ...

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Democratic lawmakers to take on 8 of Trump’s appointments.

Democratic lawmakers are set to take on eight of the appointments by US President-elect Donald Trump for his cabinet ahead of his inauguration later this month. In a Sunday statement, incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer from New York told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, that ...

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Trump spokesman on Russia: President –elect is winning

US President –elect Donald Trump is gaining wins both at home and abroad, says his spokesman while talking about Russia. During an interview in a Sunday segment of ABC’s “This Week,” Sean Spicer indicated that Russia’s announced delay for retaliation against Washington over the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic personnel ...

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Iran to preserve strategic ties with Syria: Velayati

A senior Iranian official has hailed the Syrian army’s latest triumph over foreign-backed terrorists in the flashpoint city of Aleppo, stressing that Tehran is set to maintain its “strategic ties” with Damascus. Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made the ...

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Syria at forefront of fight against terrorism, Zionism: Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has hailed the recent advances by the Syrian army and pro-government forces against foreign-backed terrorists, saying Syria is the flag-bearer of the war on terrorism and Zionism. In a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Tehran on Sunday, Larijani stressed the importance of ...

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Terrorism facing final defeat in Mideast: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says terrorism is on the verge of ultimate defeat in the Middle East, stressing the complementary role of diplomacy and resistance in defeating terrorists. Addressing the Iranian people in a live televised speech on Sunday, the Iranian president stressed the importance of fighting terrorism as a ...

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