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Pakistan to free captured Indian pilot in goodwill gesture | Diplomacy
Pakistan to free captured Indian pilot in goodwill gesture

The release of the pilot may be the first step in defusing tensions between the neighbours.

KP works to preserve local fish as overfishing, pollution take toll | Environment
KP works to preserve local fish as overfishing, pollution take toll

Officials are seeking to bolster fish populations, thus aiding the cause of food security and reducing discontent that can breed militancy.

Khan calls for talks with India after aerial confrontation sharpens tensions | Diplomacy
Khan calls for talks with India after aerial confrontation sharpens tensions

With both sides claiming to have downed the other's warplanes after a suicide bombing killed 40 Indian troops, world powers are calling for cooler heads to prevail.

Sindh residents show solidarity at 2nd anniversary of Sufi shrine bombing | Security
Sindh residents show solidarity at 2nd anniversary of Sufi shrine bombing

Pakistanis of diverse religious beliefs visited the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine to remember a deadly suicide attack there in February 2017.

Appeals for restraint after India launches air strike into Pakistan | Diplomacy
Appeals for restraint after India launches air strike into Pakistan

India, which claimed the strike hit a militant camp in Balakot, had warned of retaliation after a recent suicide bombing in Kashmir killed 40 Indian security personnel.

Website helps women report sexual harassment at work, public places | Women's Rights
Website helps women report sexual harassment at work, public places

The Ab Aur Nahin website connects women with lawyers and counsellors across Pakistan free of charge.

Iran attempts to shift blame to Pakistan for terrorist attack on IRGC | Security
Iran attempts to shift blame to Pakistan for terrorist attack on IRGC

Iran's own policies and security failures are responsible for the February 13 suicide bombing claimed by Jaish al-Adl, Pakistani officials and analysts say.

Police exercises, building audits shore up security in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa | Security
Police exercises, building audits shore up security in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The exercises and security audits will help police respond more effectively to any terrorist attack, officials say.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plants public orange trees in 'Fruit For All' drive | Economy
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plants public orange trees in 'Fruit For All' drive

The drive is aimed at making KP self-sufficient in producing fruit, meeting the food requirements of children and providing access to fruit for the general public.

UN urges Pakistan, India to defuse tensions over Kashmir | Diplomacy
UN urges Pakistan, India to defuse tensions over Kashmir

The flareup along the Pakistan-India border could undermine peace efforts in Afghanistan, diplomats warn.

Crown prince's visit to Islamabad solidifies ties between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia | Diplomacy
Crown prince's visit to Islamabad solidifies ties between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman pledged $20 billion in investment projects and ordered the immediate release of over 2,000 Pakistanis from Saudi jails.

Clashes between Afghan Taliban, ISIS intensify as both pursue spies | Security
Clashes between Afghan Taliban, ISIS intensify as both pursue spies

While the increasingly paranoid Taliban and ISIS try to wipe out spies in their own ranks, Afghan forces are launching robust operations against both groups, military officials say.

Pope and top Muslim cleric call for freedom of belief, tolerance | Religion
Pope and top Muslim cleric call for freedom of belief, tolerance

The joint statement is considered an 'important step forward in the dialogue between Christians and Muslims'.

Peshawar education board exempts children of terror victims from fees | Education
Peshawar education board exempts children of terror victims from fees

The move shows appreciation for those who give their lives in the fight against terrorism and financially supports children affected by militancy, officials say.

Eyeing investment deals, Pakistan prepares for Saudi crown prince's visit | Diplomacy
Eyeing investment deals, Pakistan prepares for Saudi crown prince's visit

The two-day state visit is set to start February 16.

KP draft law seeks to regulate charities, prevent misuse of donations for terrorism | Crime & Justice
KP draft law seeks to regulate charities, prevent misuse of donations for terrorism

If passed, the law would establish a commission to register charities and oversee the collection of donations.

Pakistan String Puppetry Festival brings message of tolerance, harmony to Karachi | Tolerance
Pakistan String Puppetry Festival brings message of tolerance, harmony to Karachi

The Thespianz Theatre plans to organise a total of 330 shows in 11 locations throughout Karachi from January 14 through July 31.

Khan honours polio workers who braved waist-deep snow in Swat Valley | Health
Khan honours polio workers who braved waist-deep snow in Swat Valley

A viral video showing a polio worker wade through deep snow to vaccinate children has drawn praise for the 'unsung heroes' seeking to eradicate the disease.

Ghani fired Mohaqiq to counter Iranian influence in Afghanistan | Security
Ghani fired Mohaqiq to counter Iranian influence in Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani fired Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq in a move observers say was more than just political and was aimed at protecting Afghanistan's national interests.

Facebook removes fake Iranian accounts targeting Afghanistan, Pakistan | Technology
Facebook removes fake Iranian accounts targeting Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan were among the countries targeted by almost 800 pages, groups and accounts Facebook identified as part of a disinformation operation 'directed from Iran'.

Pakistani court orders military, intelligence agencies to stay out of politics | Crime & Justice
Pakistani court orders military, intelligence agencies to stay out of politics

The high court cited the constitutional prohibition on political activity by the armed forces.

Khan expands Sehat Sahulat Programme to nation's poorest citizens | Health
Khan expands Sehat Sahulat Programme to nation's poorest citizens

The programme, launched in KP two years ago, is being expanded to provide free health care to 80 million Pakistanis living under the poverty line.

Student trip to Tirah Valley sends message of peace, rehabilitation | Youth
Student trip to Tirah Valley sends message of peace, rehabilitation

The opening up of the tribal area represents a victory against militants and an opportunity for economic development, tribal elders say.

Eyeing more trade, Pakistan prepares to keep border with Afghanistan open 24/7 | Business
Eyeing more trade, Pakistan prepares to keep border with Afghanistan open 24/7

High-level officials have inspected security arrangements, while traders on both sides of the border are optimistic for a boost in business.

KP prepares to extend local government system to tribal districts | Politics
KP prepares to extend local government system to tribal districts

Local elections in the former tribal districts will be held in the coming months, officials say.

Bilateral co-operation allows Afghan doctors to get helping hand from Pakistan | Health
Bilateral co-operation allows Afghan doctors to get helping hand from Pakistan

Current efforts are part of a series of aid and development projects worth $500 million that started in 2007 under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme.

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