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Changing the meaning of life for girls -- one truck at a time | Education
Changing the meaning of life for girls -- one truck at a time

The colourful images painted onto trucks encourage education for girls and advocate against forced marriages.

Iranian 'cyber terrorism' targets Pakistanis on social media, news websites | Security
Iranian 'cyber terrorism' targets Pakistanis on social media, news websites

Officials are taking steps to counter a coordinated and long-running Iranian online propaganda and disinformation campaign in Pakistan.

In photos: Peshawar's shelters provide accommodations, hope for homeless | Society
In photos: Peshawar's shelters provide accommodations, hope for homeless

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has established five shelter homes under Prime Minister Imran Khan's 100-day plan. They accommodate about 450 homeless.

Pakistan investigates possible Iran role in 2011 attacks on Saudis | Terrorism
Pakistan investigates possible Iran role in 2011 attacks on Saudis

Suspects arrested in connection with the attacks are members of the al-Mehdi faction of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP), a proscribed Iran-backed Shia terrorist group, say Pakistani officials.

Once powerful media outlets of ISIS now second-rate | Media
Once powerful media outlets of ISIS now second-rate

The military, ideological and cyber wars being waged against ISIS have greatly impaired the group's media capabilities.

Taliban arms cache points to Iran's efforts to expand Afghan war | Security
Taliban arms cache points to Iran's efforts to expand Afghan war

Iran's financial and military support for the Taliban across Afghanistan is meant to prolong and expand the Afghan war, officials say.

Council of Islamic Ideology urges stricter penalties for illegal fatwas | Crime & Justice
Council of Islamic Ideology urges stricter penalties for illegal fatwas

The body is denouncing clerics who pronounce fatwas that favour suicide attacks or falsely label individuals as non-Muslims.

In photos: Pakistanis prepare for Christmas | Religion
In photos: Pakistanis prepare for Christmas

Christmas trees, colourful lights and glittery decorations signal the start of Christmas celebrations.

KP Police launch communication project at University of Peshawar | Security
KP Police launch communication project at University of Peshawar

The Police Assistance Lines (PAL) are direct forms of communication between the police and students and faculty at the University of Peshawar to help them in police-related matters.

Balochistan authorities arrest 7 Iranians travelling on phony Pakistani passports | Crime & Justice
Balochistan authorities arrest 7 Iranians travelling on phony Pakistani passports

Pakistan officials are investigating whether the Iranian suspects were linked with Iranian intelligence, an official from the Federal Investigation Agency said.

Pakistan's ambitious housing programme seeks to build 5 million homes | Economy
Pakistan's ambitious housing programme seeks to build 5 million homes

The Naya Pakistan Housing Programme will directly benefit 170 industries, according to economists.

KP's first-ever burn and trauma centre starts helping patients | Health
KP's first-ever burn and trauma centre starts helping patients

The 120-bed facility has 50 reserved beds for burn and trauma patients, who previously had to travel outside the province to receive treatment.

More than a quarter of the Afghan-Pakistan border fence completed | Security
More than a quarter of the Afghan-Pakistan border fence completed

By 2019, a total of 830km of fence is expected to be completed, sealing off the border of the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Eleven years after its founding, TTP is near disintegration | Terrorism
Eleven years after its founding, TTP is near disintegration

Crushed by more than a decade of operations, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is unraveling, and the Pakistani government and army are ensuring it won't make a return.

Pakistan eyes 'sin tax' on tobacco, sugary drinks to fund public health | Health
Pakistan eyes 'sin tax' on tobacco, sugary drinks to fund public health

The tax was recommended by the World Health Organisation; any proceeds from it will go to improving public health.

Mandatory verification in process in bid to weed out fake bank accounts | Technology
Mandatory verification in process in bid to weed out fake bank accounts

Banks operating in Pakistan have started to conduct biometric verification of account holders, meant to weed out phony accounts and to contain money laundering.

Pakistan moves toward cleaner, cost-effective brick making | Environment
Pakistan moves toward cleaner, cost-effective brick making

A government ban on traditional brick kilns through December has workers concerned for their future as officials search for alternative technologies.

Pakistani scholars promote Paigham-e-Pakistan as means to counter extremism | Tolerance
Pakistani scholars promote Paigham-e-Pakistan as means to counter extremism

Hundreds of Pakistani religious leaders and scholars gathered at a conference in Quetta in December to promote Paigham-e-Pakistan, a fatwa that condemns suicide attacks and terrorism.

Youth network in Peshawar encourages religious harmony | Religion
Youth network in Peshawar encourages religious harmony

Khwendo Kor, a non-profit, is working through its growing network to overcome religious intolerance by advancing interfaith relations and societal harmony.

Pakistani youth organisation helps terrorism's widows | Society
Pakistani youth organisation helps terrorism's widows

The Youth Anti-Terrorism Organisation is planning to build apartments for widows facing financial difficulties after losing their primary breadwinners to terrorism.

Afghan refugees find inspiration in new Peshawar cricket league | Refugees
Afghan refugees find inspiration in new Peshawar cricket league

'Peace is our motive,' said the organiser of the tournament.

Crackdown on TLP sparks mass exodus from movement | Protests
Crackdown on TLP sparks mass exodus from movement

TLP leaders are being charged with sedition and terrorism over protests and inciting violence after the Supreme Court acquitted a Christian woman of blasphemy.

KP Police conduct counter-terrorism training in Chitral's snow-clad mountains | Terrorism
KP Police conduct counter-terrorism training in Chitral's snow-clad mountains

The special exercises occurred at the more than 9,000-feet high in the mountains of Shogoor valley.

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