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At least 453 killed, 719 injured in Haj stampede at Mina

MINA: At least 453 pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a crush at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Makkah, where some two million people are performing Haj. Teams on the ground are leading pilgrims to safety away from the stampede by means of alternate routes. ─ Photo: Civil Defence Service official Twitter. The Saudi civil defence directorate Tweeted ... Read More »

At least 310 killed, 450 injured in Haj stampede at Mina

MINA: At least 310 pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a crush at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Makkah, where some two million people are performing Haj, the Saudi civil defence directorate reported. Teams on the ground are leading pilgrims to safety away from the stampede by means of alternate routes. ─ Photo: Civil Defence Service official Twitter. ... Read More »

Pakistan will continue working for restoring peace in region: Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will continue playing its due role for peace in the region, Radio Pakistan reported on its website on Tuesday. Talking to media persons in London, Nawaz said Pakistan is a responsible country and is playing its due role in the region correctly. Nawaz said the government is pursuing agenda for the country’s prosperity. He ... Read More »

Russia deploys 28 combat planes in Syria: US officials

WASHINGTON: Russia has deployed 28 combat planes in Syria, United States (US) officials said Monday, confirming the latest move in Moscow’s increasing military presence in the war-torn nation. Washington in recent weeks has expressed growing concern over Russia’s moves to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and warned that militarily backing his regime risks further hampering efforts at bringing peace. Experts ... Read More »

Four army officers including DG ISPR Asim Bajwa made three-star generals

ISLAMABAD: A high-level promotion board on Tuesday approved promotion to the rank of Lieutenant-General of four Major-Generals including Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Asim Bajwa. The board headed by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also promoted Major-General Amir Riaz, Major-General Sadiq Ali and Major-General Umar Farooq Durrani. Major-General Amir Riaz is currently serving as Director General Military ... Read More »

Afghan president calls Nawaz, condemns attack on PAF camp in Peshawar

Ghani reiterates his govt's stance that "Afghanistan will never allow its land to be used against Pakistan by anyone”. —AP ISLAMABAD: The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday evening and condemned the recent terrorist attack on PAF base near Peshawar, said a statement issued by PM House. According to details provided in the statement, ... Read More »

Gen Raheel endorses death sentences of nine hardened terrorists: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday approved the death sentences of nine ‘hardcore terrorists’ involved in various heinous terrorism activities, said a statement released by head of military’s media wing on Twitter. The director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj Gen Asim Bajwa, tweeted that the army chief confirmed the death sentences of nine ... Read More »

Pakistan to go ‘soft’ on Afghanistan over PAF attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday decided against lodging a strong protest with Afghanistan over the Badhaber attack, sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune. “Due to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s weak writ, Pakistan’s protest with Afghanistan on Badhaber attack will be more harmful than beneficial,” said a source who attended a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in ... Read More »

PM chairs high-level meeting to review security situation

The meeting is also discussing border management strategy and effective implementation of the National Action Plan in order to curb terrorism. —APP/File ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is presiding over a high-level meeting, attended by the top military and civilian leadership, to review overall security situation in the country here on Monday, said a report published on Radio Pakistan. Chief ... Read More »

Afghanistan to be provided evidence of Badaber attack

It is not the first incident that terrorists had links within Afghanistan, said National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz. —Reuters/File ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday that initial investigation into the attack on a PAF camp near Peshawar had proved terrorists’ contacts within Afghanistan. “There are evidences that terrorists had telephonic ... Read More »