Security Six years on, analysts credit Operation Zarb-e-Azb with drop in terrorism 2020-07-10 Some 30,000 troops, backed by the air force, took part in the offensive that aimed to wipe out the hideouts of local and transnational militant groups in North Waziristan. Health 2020-07-09 Vaccination of children in tribal districts marches on despite pandemic A five-day anti-polio campaign in South Waziristan is set to begin July 20. Diplomacy 2020-07-08 Pakistan ramps up engagement with Kabul to encourage Afghan peace process Pakistan could be key in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, say observers. Terrorism 2020-07-07 KP Police's new research wing aimed at bolstering fight against terrorism In addition to focusing on anti-terrorism strategies and crimes including child abuse, the directorate will work on improving policing in the newly merged districts. Media 2020-07-06 Coronavirus disinformation emanating from Russia, China gains foothold abroad Whether it is distorted coverage or outright conspiracy theories, Russian and Chinese content seeks to discredit democracies and create confusion about the coronavirus pandemic. Security 2020-07-03 Unchecked Chinese profiteering blamed for rise of militancy in Balochistan China is relentlessly plundering the resources of Balochistan, said one lawmaker, and many locals are turning to violence to air their grievances. In your opinion, China's investment in Pakistan is: - mostly beneficial for Pakistan - benefits Chinese interests at the expense of Pakistan - serves both countries equally - mostly detrimental for Pakistan - I don't know View Results SPOTLIGHT Pakistan ramps up engagement with Kabul to encourage Afghan peace process Pakistan could be key in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, say observers. Security 2020-07-02 Empty promises: Taliban's refusal to disavow al-Qaeda reflects non-commitment to peace The militant group has not lived up to its commitments to sever its relationship with the terrorist outfit, a key element to lasting peace in Afghanistan. Human Rights 2020-07-01 Tehran's virus missteps stir worries over health of Pakistani inmates in Iran Pakistani authorities have boosted their efforts to convince the Iranian government to repatriate prisoners. Tolerance 2020-06-30 Police station named after Rahman Baba to honour poet's message of peace The poet is revered everywhere for his poetry of love and peace, officials say. Connect with Us Subscribe to the Pakistan Forward newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Terrorism 2020-06-29 Security personnel thwart major attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange Law enforcement personnel and private security killed four Baloch militants, preventing them from entering the building. Health 2020-06-26 Faulty results from Chinese-made COVID-19 test kits causing havoc for patients, doctors Over 500 patients have been given either false positives or false negatives from Chinese-made test kits in the past few weeks alone from just one laboratory in KP. Crime & Justice 2020-06-26 Terror financing convictions highlight efforts to meet FATF requirements More than a dozen defendants have been convicted of terror financing this month. Analysis 2020-06-25 The Putin regime: a perennial malign actor on world stage Undermining governments, fomenting unrest, spreading disinformation and supporting the indiscriminate killing of innocents around the world are the unfortunate hallmarks of the Kremlin. Terrorism 2020-06-25 United States doubles reward to $10 million for capture of ISIS leader Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi issued edicts justifying the abduction and enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women and girls among other crimes against humanity. Diplomacy 2020-06-24 Pakistan denounces Iran-backed Houthis for attacks on Saudi Arabia The Houthis' drone attack on a military airport in Saudi Arabia on June 16 is just the latest in a series of strikes on the kingdom. The rebel group has the backing of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Terrorism 2020-06-23 Authorities intensify crackdown on Sindhi militant outfits after recent attacks The Sindhudesh Liberation Army claimed responsibility for three attacks June 19 against Rangers in Sindh Province. Security 2020-06-22 Local youth tap social media to rebrand Waziristan as tourist destination Tourists are reluctant to visit Waziristan because of its former association with terrorism, but efforts by local youth to promote a different image of the region are beginning to bear fruit. Security 2020-06-19 Tribal areas see drastic drop in crime since police took over enforcement A new reports details how terrorism, extortion, targeted killings and other crimes have sharply declined in the Newly Merged Districts this year. Terrorism 2020-06-18 Pakistan meets most FATF requirements on terror financing, ministry says The FATF placed Pakistan on its grey list in June 2018 for failing to take action against money laundering and terror financing. Security 2020-06-17 Where is Haibatullah? Absences fuel speculation Afghan Taliban leader may be dead The Taliban's top leader has been absent from important meetings and has not been seen in public for three months, leading some insiders to say he has died from COVID-19. Science & Technology 2020-06-16 Tribal residents welcome development of high-speed mobile broadband Officials hope that by the end of summer residents of the region will have access to some of the country's fastest internet connections. Education 2020-06-15 Officials warn over dubious medical degrees from Chinese, Russian schools The substandard medical education offered by some schools in these countries is endangering lives, according to the Pakistani government. Media 2020-06-12 Twitter deletes 170,000 accounts linked to Chinese disinformation campaigns The move by the influential social media giant comes amid growing evidence Beijing is employing massive resources in an attempt to sway public opinion with false information. Terrorism 2020-06-12 Arrest of TTP's Karachi commander deemed 'great blow' to terrorist group Jan Alam masterminded a number of attacks on security personnel and politicians. Diplomacy 2020-06-11 Pakistan's new special envoy for Afghanistan welcomed on both sides of the border Veteran diplomat Mohammad Sadiq is expected to help improve Pak-Afghan relations and facilitate the Afghan peace process. Security 2020-06-10 UN report unveils depth of Taliban's continuing relations with al-Qaeda The Taliban, despite pledging to turn their backs on terrorist groups, have enabled al-Qaeda to gain strength in Afghanistan under Taliban protection, according to UN monitors. Security 2020-06-10 Terrorist behind 2008 kidnapping of Canadian journalist killed by KP police Multiple counter-terrorism operations in Bannu and Peshawar resulted in 3 terrorists dead and 8 suspects arrested. Crime & Justice 2020-06-09 Authorities arrest high-profile Taliban money launderer Haji Khairullah Barakzai and his partner operated hawala and hundi through Afghanistan, Pakistan and Dubai and provided financial assistance to the Taliban. Security 2020-06-08 As peace accord splinters Taliban, concerns grow over ISIS-Haqqani Network ties Because of major defeats on the battlefield, ISIS and the Haqqani Network have joined forces to carry out attacks, while disgruntled Taliban members are looking for other opportunities. Health 2020-06-08 Chinese firm sold half-million 'fake' COVID-19 masks meant to protect doctors The company falsely claimed the masks met the N95 standard for medical personnel working with coronavirus patients, and also falsely claimed they were officially certified.