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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi admits group in retreat as losses mount worldwide | Security
ISIS leader al-Baghdadi admits group in retreat as losses mount worldwide

The jihadist leader warned his deputies -- one of whom was killed days later -- of an approaching rebellion by group members.

Peshawar residents, tourists throng to renovated Ghanta Ghar neighbourhood | Society
Peshawar residents, tourists throng to renovated Ghanta Ghar neighbourhood

Renovations of Mughal-era structures in Peshawar have transformed the local scene.

Imran Khan's new government promises 4 'E's' policy to fight terrorism | Security
Imran Khan's new government promises 4 'E's' policy to fight terrorism

The 2018 manifesto of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf pledges to Expose, Enforce, Eliminate and Educate in order to counter terrorism and militancy.

Pink buses to offer women safe public transportation in KP | Women's Rights
Pink buses to offer women safe public transportation in KP

Observers say the new service is a great initiative and will protect working women and female students who often endure sexual harassment on buses.

In photos: Pakistani Hindus celebrate sister-brother bonds during Rakhi | Religion
In photos: Pakistani Hindus celebrate sister-brother bonds during Rakhi

The festival, which fell on August 26 this year, draws Pakistanis of all religious beliefs and promotes inter-faith harmony, say observers.

800 police officers sacked in KP for corruption and abuse of power | Crime & Justice
800 police officers sacked in KP for corruption and abuse of power

Peshawar's police chief aims to improve the intelligence and investigative capabilities of the police.

Synchronised efforts along Afghan-Pakistani border raise hopes of polio eradication | Health
Synchronised efforts along Afghan-Pakistani border raise hopes of polio eradication

Vaccination teams from both countries meet at transit points at the Torkham, Kharlachi, Ghulam Khan and Chaman border crossings and share data about child vaccination and registration.

Police launch 'Ice-Free Peshawar' campaign in crackdown on crystal meth | Crime & Justice
Police launch 'Ice-Free Peshawar' campaign in crackdown on crystal meth

The effort involves raids against dealers and manufacturers as well as an awareness campaign, say police.

Thespianz Foundation eyes US donors to promote performing arts in Pakistan | Society
Thespianz Foundation eyes US donors to promote performing arts in Pakistan

The Karachi-based non-profit is set to launch a fundraising drive in the United States in September. The group uses performing arts to raise awareness of social issues and improve lives.

Pakistani, Afghan youth jointly celebrate each other's independence day | Society
Pakistani, Afghan youth jointly celebrate each other's independence day

The joint celebrations on August 14 and 19 in Peshawar and at the Torkham border crossing are a sign of warming relations between the two neighbours, observers say.

In photos: Peshawar residents prepare for Eid ul Adha | Religion
In photos: Peshawar residents prepare for Eid ul Adha

Eid ul Adha will be celebrated on August 22 in Pakistan.

Khan highlights development, corruption fight in 1st speech as prime minister | Politics
Khan highlights development, corruption fight in 1st speech as prime minister

He spoke for more than an hour, repeating many of his campaign pledges to build an Islamic welfare state but also touching on problems rarely mentioned by Pakistani prime ministers such as child sex abuse and climate change.

Pakistan looks on in hope as Imran Khan becomes prime minister | Politics
Pakistan looks on in hope as Imran Khan becomes prime minister

Khan's government faces myriad challenges ranging from population growth to simmering extremism, but many are hoping he can steer the country in the right direction.

New era of peace in Waziristan highlighted during Gomal University visit | Security
New era of peace in Waziristan highlighted during Gomal University visit

Acquainting youth from Pakistan's tribal and settled areas with each other will help prevent extremist tendencies and promote peace, say officials and locals.

In photos: addressing water shortages in tribal areas | Environment
In photos: addressing water shortages in tribal areas

Wells must be dug 450 feet deep in some areas of Mohmand District, a difficult job for local tribesmen. The KP government is stepping up help.

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day amid surge of democratic hope | Society
Pakistan celebrates Independence Day amid surge of democratic hope

Pakistanis have extra reason to celebrate on this Independence Day with the 2nd peaceful transfer of power in the country's history.

'Iran is our enemy', says Afghan general | Security
'Iran is our enemy', says Afghan general

Iran's support for the Taliban is aimed at hindering key infrastructure projects and antagonising the United States, local officials say.

Observers applaud Imran Khan's diplomatic stance toward US | Diplomacy
Observers applaud Imran Khan's diplomatic stance toward US

The cross-border movement of militants to and from Afghanistan has strained Pakistani-US relations in recent years.

Pakistani authorities try to curtail rapid population growth | Society
Pakistani authorities try to curtail rapid population growth

Authorities are launching information campaigns and sending ulema to inform the public about family planning and population management.

Pakistan commits to action plan for leaving terror financing 'grey list' | Terrorism
Pakistan commits to action plan for leaving terror financing 'grey list'

A 26-point action plan covers the 15-month period from June 2018 to September 2019, which is when the FATF will review Pakistan's efforts.

Makran residents protest Iranian power cuts as financial crisis looms | Economy
Makran residents protest Iranian power cuts as financial crisis looms

Iran has cut off electricity to Balochistan's coastal areas, sparking protests and fueling anti-Iranian sentiment, observers say.

Security forces hunt for militants behind arson of Gilgit-Baltistan schools | Security
Security forces hunt for militants behind arson of Gilgit-Baltistan schools

More than 12 police units in the Darail, Chilas and Tangir areas are searching for the militants behind the burning of 12 schools last week.

Pakistanis and Afghans welcome Imran Khan's vision of improved relations | Elections
Pakistanis and Afghans welcome Imran Khan's vision of improved relations

Pakistani prime minister-elect Imran Khan in his election victory speech vowed to improve relations with Afghanistan with an emphasis on open borders and free trade.

Afghan patients find relief following Pakistan's decision to soften visa restrictions | Health
Afghan patients find relief following Pakistan's decision to soften visa restrictions

Easing access for Afghan patients traveling across the border for treatment has allowed them to arrive for appointments on time and receive much needed health care.

Pakistani voters reject extremists in favour of young, educated candidates | Elections
Pakistani voters reject extremists in favour of young, educated candidates

Just two of the 1,500 candidates fielded by Islamic fundamentalist parties won seats in the general elections in an apparent rejection of radicalism.

Newsbrief

US officials, including Pompeo, to visit Pakistan in September for talks Iranian foreign minister arrives in Pakistan for talks Imran Khan reiterates corruption fight as priority Imran Khan, Bajwa vow to work together for lasting peace Imran Khan reiterates call for dialogue with India Pompeo expected to visit Islamabad in September Pakistan's new foreign minister seeks 'uninterrupted' dialogue with India Newly elected members of 15th National Assembly take oath Blast at coal mine outside Quetta kills at least 8 Incoming Pakistani government to accept $4 billion loan from Islamic Development Bank Pakistani opposition parties protest alleged election rigging Police begin investigating destruction of 12 Gilgit-Baltistan schools Iran halts majority of power supplies to Pakistan's coastal areas