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Hostile forces attempting to destabilise Balochistan: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Director-General ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor has said that hostile forces are attempting to destabilise Balochistan province now that Pakistani forces had improved the security situation in the tribal areas. Maj-Gen Ghafoor said this on Saturday after 10 Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom in two separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan province and in North Waziristan tribal district from across the Pak-Afghan ... Read More »

The soldiers were on regular duty patrolling the border near Gurbaz area of North Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border when the terrorists targeted them. The martyred included Havaldar Khalid, Sepoy Naveed, Sepoy Bachal, Sepoy Ali Raza, Sepoy M Babar, Sepoy Ahsan, the ISPR said. In the other incident, four security personnel including an officer were martyred when terrorists opened fire on Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan troops near Turbat of the province. According to the ISPR, the attack took place when the FC Balochistan troops were carrying out a combing and sensitisation operation between Hushab and Turbat area. The four martyred personnel includes Captain Aqib, Sepoy Nadir, Sepoy Atif Altaf and Sepoy Hafeezullah, the ISPR said. Following the deadly attacks, Director-General ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor said hostile forces were attempting to destabilise Balochistan province now that Pakistani forces had improved the security situation in the tribal areas. The martyrdom of the soldiers is “the sacrifice Pakistan (is) making for peace in the region”, the DG ISPR said in a tweet. “While security of tribal areas has been improved with efforts now focused to solidify border, inimical forces are attempting to destabilise Balochistan,” he said. “Their efforts shall IA (Inshallah) fail,” he said.

PM Imran salutes armed forces personnel, condoles with families of martyrs ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday saluted the armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe. The prime minister said this in a tweet after 10 Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom in two separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan province and ... Read More »

If Shehbaz Sharif doesn’t go to court, I will: Shahzad Akbar

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to PM Shahzad Akbar said that if former chief minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif does not appear before the court then he will personally take the issue published in Daily Mail report to the court. Akbar was addressing a press conference, where he said that the publication only published ‘five percent of the case while 95 percent is ... Read More »

FixIt founder Alamgir Khan arrested after clash with PPP workers

Alamgir Khan, the founder of the #FixIt campaign and a National Assembly member who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, was beaten and arrested by the police on Sunday after he tried to hold a protest outside the residence of Minister for Local Government Saeed Ghani. The incident took place when Khan and his supporters clashed with PPP workers as ... Read More »

Six Pakistan Army soldiers , Four FC personnel, including officer, martyred in North Waziristan And Baluchistan terrorist attacks

MIRANSHAH: Six Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred in North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday when terrorists opened fire on them from across the Pak-Afghan border. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the incident happened when the soldiers were on regular duty patrolling the border near Gurbaz area of North Waziristan tribal district near the Pak-Afghan border. The martyred included ... Read More »

Heavy rains claim five lives in KP, cause power failure in parts of Lahore

LAHORE/PESHAWAR: Heavy rains lashed parts of the country, claiming five lives and injuring 18 people in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to a Provincial Disaster Management Authority’s report on Sunday. Rains lashed several areas of Lahore, due to which residents had to suffer prolonged power outage. In Tajpura area, highest level of rain was recorded, which was 54 milimetre. ... Read More »

The Canadian government has decided to expand the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme to include international students from Pakistan, enabling them to get a student visa in ‘less than three weeks’. Pakistan was recently included in the SDS programme by the Canadian Immigration Department, according to a press release issued on July 26. The Canadian government had initiated the programme for students from India, China, Philippines and Vietnam last year. “The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available to study permit applicants who are living in Pakistan,” the press release stated, adding that most SDS applications from countries already part of the programme were being processed in under three weeks. “SDS applications require prospective students to provide more up-front information to officers, including meeting language test requirements in English or French and providing additional information that shows their ability to finance their education. With additional information, officers can process applications more efficiently,” it read. According to the press release, the expansion of the SDS supported the Canadian government’s “goal of attracting students from a more diverse range of countries”. “Many international students who graduate from a program in Canada often become eligible for a post-graduation work permit. With a Canadian education and skilled work experience in Canada, former international students are well positioned for success in applying for permanent residence through Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.” “In 2018, in fact, nearly 54,000 former students transitioned to permanent residence, an all-time high,” the press release added. High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar welcomed the decision, adding that it would facilitate students who desired to study in Canada. He appreciated the goodwill gesture of the Canadian government and appreciated the special efforts of Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and the members of the Canadian Parliament for fulfilling their commitment. The high commissioner, in his meetings with the Canadian officials, had urged them to include Pakistani students in the SDS programme as “academically, Pakistani students are second to none”.

The Canadian government has decided to expand the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme to include international students from Pakistan, enabling them to get a student visa in ‘less than three weeks’ Pakistan was recently included in the SDS programme by the Canadian Immigration Department, according to a press release issued on July 26. The Canadian government had initiated the programme ... Read More »

PTA chief recommends blocking social media in Pakistan over blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) Chairperson Amir Azeem Bajwa has recommended that the government block social media websites in the country. Briefing a Senate Standing Committee, Bajwa said there was blasphemous content on social media and several fake accounts. He added that the majority of websites were being operated from outside the country. The PTA chairperson called on the ... Read More »

Karachi cop channels police stories into gritty novels

KARACHI: His father was assassinated by a notorious Karachi hitman, while his police partner was murdered by the Taliban. Personal tragedy haunts the hard-boiled novels that are turning top cop Omar Shahid Hamid into one of Pakistan’s most popular English-language authors. For nearly two decades Hamid has worn a badge in Karachi, the mega port city on the Arabian Sea ... Read More »

Trump to visit Pakistan soon, says PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: US President Donald Trump will visit Pakistan soon, Prime Minister Imran Khan told a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, terming his visit to the United States “successful”. The trip to Washington was successful in its own way, Imran said, adding that Islamabad was victorious in having itself acknowledged on an equal level. Pakistan played its role to the full extent ... Read More »

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