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HIV Infections On The Rise In Balochistan

Physicians in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan say HIV infection rates are rapidly rising in the impoverished region reeling from violence and poor healthcare. Despite a lack of extensive testing data, healthcare professionals have noted a rise in both HIV infection rates and cases of AIDS. The vast and sparsely …

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Pakistan seeks $1b budgetary support from ADB

NADI, FIJI:  Pakistan’s economy is going through tough times and as per the norm the country is back on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) doorstep. Technical teams of the IMF and Pakistan are locked in negotiations for a bailout package and hope to strike a deal by May 10. A …

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PTM itself ‘not an issue’ but few individuals exploiting sentiments of terrorism victims: COAS

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that while the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) is itself “not an issue”, certain individuals “playing in foreign hands” are exploiting the sentiments of people who have suffered hardships because of terrorism. The army chief’s remarks, which he made while …

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Balochistan govt approves special security division for Quetta

QUETTA: The Balochistan cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to establish a special division of police force for Quetta to ensure security and protection of people. Official sources said that under the new special security division, over 1,300 vacancies of ranks of Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) to constables would …

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Pakistan military can’t handle growing Pashtun storm, so it’s blaming countries like India

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement is difficult for India to support because the movement owes its success to the absence of foreign funding or support. Kriti Shah Pakistan’s Pashtuns have stirred up a storm again and the army is now desperate to control it. The DG ISPR, Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson …

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Pak Sees India As “Existential Threat”, Obsessed With It: Ex-US Spy Chief

Former CIA acting director Michael Morell says Pakistan has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” against India. Washington:  Pakistan, obsessed with India as a perceived existential threat, has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” against India, a former top American spymaster has said. Former CIA acting director Michael …

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Report: Iran Escalates Targeting of Non-Shiite Muslims, Other Religious Minorities

A U.S. government body that monitors global religious freedom says conditions in Iran worsened last year, with escalated government targeting of non-Shi’ite Muslims and minority Baha’is and Christians. In its annual report published Monday, the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said Iran merits designation as one of …

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Taliban Reject US, Afghan Demands for Cease-Fire

ISLAMABAD —  An Afghan grand assembly, or loya jirga, ended Friday with the delegates in Kabul demanding peace with the Taliban, as President Ashraf Ghani promised to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, which begins in a few days. The Afghan Taliban, for their part, responded harshly to demands …

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Iran Sinks in Press Freedom Index After Jailing More Journalists

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders says Iran has slipped further toward the bottom of its World Press Freedom index because of an increase in arrests of Iranian journalists and citizen-journalists. In its annual press freedom ranking published Thursday, the Paris-based group also known as RSF said Iran dropped six …

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پاکستانی صحافی پابندیوں سمیت معاشی عدم تحفظ کا شکار

کراچی —  پاکستان سمیت دنیا بھر میں آج آزادی صحافت کا عالمی دن منایا جا رہا ہے اور ہر سال کی طرح یہ بحث بھی جاری ہے کہ کیا پاکستان میں صحافت آزاد ہے؟ ایک سال کے دوران پاکستان کی میڈیا انڈسٹری شدید دباؤ کا شکار رہی ہے۔ بڑی تعداد …

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