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Zimbabwe tour

THIS is a big moment for Pakistan cricket. The Zimbabweans are here. There is an ex-executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board who is obliged to acknowledge all the congratulatory messages on Twitter for apparently having played a part in bringing international teams back to Pakistan. Then the current PCB chief ...

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Railway decay seems reversing

KARACHI: “If you find a train arriving late, set your watch right,” remarked a smart young porter hurrying down the platform overloaded with several pieces of a passenger’s luggage. “Trains don’t arrive late these days!” I recently set off from Rawalpindi by Tezgam for Karachi. Exactly at 8.30am it whistled ...

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Footprints: Sympathy for the model

THE special court for customs, excise and taxation has been derided by beat reporters for being a place where nothing exciting ever happens. But then, the court has probably never seen a suspect as glamorous as Ayyan Ali before, and on days when she is due to appear here, the ...

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Pakistan wants durable peace with India: Asif

SIALKOT: Minister for Defence and Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif said on Sunday that the government wanted durable peace with all its neighbours, including India, despite the fact that the latter was supporting terrorism in Pakistan. Addressing a public meeting in Kingra-Pasrur village along the Sialkot Working Boundary, he ...

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Where’s the government?

THE Karachi corps commander’s unprecedented public comments on much that ails the megacity has underlined a basic question: where is the government? Not the governments over the decades that have failed Karachi, according to Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, but the one that has been elected in Sindh to consecutive terms. ...

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Investigators suspect IS hand in Safoora Goth carnage

KARACHI: Police investigators are slowly arriving at the conclusion that the self-styled Islamic State militant group was behind the Safoora Goth carnage, it emerged on Friday. The attackers left an IS pamphlet at the crime scene before fleeing on motorcycles. Forty-three people, including 17 women, belonging to the Shia Ismaili ...

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Analysis: Rise of the black banners?

  IN the aftermath of the massacre of members of the Shia Ismaili community in Karachi, it would appear that the black banners of the Daulat-i-Islamia (self-styled Islamic State or IS) have finally arrived in the region. Pamphlets left behind at the scene of the attack were backed hours later ...

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