Archive for 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August Submit Diplomacy 2020-01-31 Religious delegation draws contempt for visit to Iran under false pretenses A delegation purporting to represent Pakistan's Milli Yakjehti Council offered condolences to Tehran for the killing of commander Soleimani, a man responsible for bloodshed across the region. Terrorism 2020-01-31 Details emerge on identity of new ISIS leader Previously named as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, the terrorist leader is now said to be an Iraqi Turkmen named Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi. Health 2020-01-30 Peace opens door for HIV/AIDS awareness in tribal districts Militancy contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the tribal districts. Now health authorities are working to raise awareness and provide testing and treatment for local residents. Society 2020-01-29 New app marks beginning of digital effort to protect children in KP The 'Mera Bacha Alert' app launched last November allows parents to quickly report missing children and cases of child abuse. Politics 2020-01-28 Controversial Afghan politician fails to drum up support for Tehran in Pakistan Mohammad Mohaqiq recently led a 10-member delegation to Pakistan to lobby for Iran's interests. His efforts failed miserably, analysts say. Elections 2020-01-27 Iran's president denounces country's conservative rulers after candidates banned The Guardian Council, a body close to the country's hardliners, blocked almost 10,000 candidates from contesting upcoming polls in what the president has called a threat to the nation. Economy 2020-01-27 New dry port in Azakhel set to bolster Pak-Afghan trade The facility is being hailed by the business community, which has deemed it a positive development for the promotion of trade within the country and the region. Terrorism 2020-01-24 Threat of sectarian conflict in Pakistan diminished by death of Soleimani Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani led efforts to recruit vulnerable Shias in Pakistan and throughout the region, and used them on the battlefield in proxy wars at the behest of the Iranian regime. Protests 2020-01-24 Gunmen kill Iranian militia commander as internal tension builds Faced with an increasingly disaffected population and a tailspinning economy, Iranian leaders are scrambling to maintain control while at the same time posturing to appear tough. Diplomacy 2020-01-23 Pakistan, Turkmenistan ramp up co-operation on trade Leaders from the two countries recently discussed an entire range of the potential bilateral agreements in an effort to deepen relations. Protests 2020-01-23 Unrest grows as Iranian leaders ignore internal distress over failing economy Iran's Supreme Leader and other top leaders are trying to divert public anger toward its showdown with the West, leaving core issues of discontent unaddressed. Terrorism 2020-01-22 Arrests of top TTP militants reflect continued success against militancy Since its formation more than a decade ago, the TTP has been crumbling due to sustained military operations, the killing and capture of high-ranking leaders and internal fissures. Health 2020-01-21 Terrorist propaganda continues to put children at risk of polio Pakistan and Afghanistan combined for 164 cases of polio in 2019. Education 2020-01-20 UNESCO project brings seminaries, schools together to promote tolerance The initiative will enable students and teachers to become agents of change for peace, officials say. Security 2020-01-17 Tehran's timid response to Soleimani killing underscores regime's fragility The need for Iranian leaders to go to such lengths to exaggerate the regime's capabilities and the timidity of the military's 'terrible vengeance' have exposed major cracks in the facade. Crime & Justice 2020-01-16 Sindh government cracks down on illegal drugs as dealers target students Militants often use income derived from the sale of narcotics to fund their violent campaigns. Society 2020-01-15 Rescue 1122 continues expansion into tribal districts The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government plans to set up 20 new stations of the emergency service, which responds to incidents including bombings, suicide attacks and medical emergencies. Security 2020-01-14 Revival of Pakistan-US military training represents boon to relations Pakistan's participation in the International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) will strengthen working relations between the military leaders of both countries, say observers. Terrorism 2020-01-13 Despite ISIS claim, Afghan Taliban seen behind Quetta madrassa bombing Members of the Afghan Taliban were among those killed in the suicide attack at a madrassa, and the bombing looks to be the result of infighting. Human Rights 2020-01-13 'Death to the dictator': angry protesters in Iran demand end to the regime Videos posted on social media showed thousands of demonstrators calling for the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and top military leaders to step down. Security 2020-01-10 Tehran stonewalls amid mounting evidence it shot down Ukrainian airliner Videos, photos and circumstantial evidence clearly suggest the plane was struck by a surface-to-air missile, but Iranian officials continue to deny the possibility. Crime & Justice 2020-01-10 Dispute Resolution Councils bring system of arbitration to tribal districts The councils have been helpful in ending blood feuds and stopping murders in rural areas, and have removed the need in some cases to rely on militant groups to decide matters. Terrorism 2020-01-09 Terror incidents in Pakistan dropped 13% in 2019 as security operations continue Terror attacks, launched by different militant, insurgent and violent sectarian groups, claimed 357 lives last year, a decline of 40% from a year earlier. Security 2020-01-08 Tensions ease after Iran’s retaliation on US military fails to inflict casualties Leaders described Tehran's missile attacks as dangerous and urged dialogue to prevent further escalation. Society 2020-01-08 In photos: musical instrument artisans stay resilient in Peshawar A decade-long wave of militancy and economic woes has failed to deter artisans in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) from making musical instruments. Economy 2020-01-07 New mineral policy in Balochistan highlights lopsided Chinese agreements Contracts awarded to foreign companies, including Chinese-owned ones, previously sent little of the profits to the province or to local residents. Security 2020-01-07 Russia, China refuse to condemn Iranian attack on US embassy in Baghdad All member nations had repeated their long-standing concerns about Iran's destabilising activities in the Middle East, said NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. Security 2020-01-06 Iran abandons nuclear commitments as European powers back United States Britain, France and Germany are backing the United States in its growing confrontation with Tehran, as new details have emerged about Gen. Qasem Soleimani's plots to kill Americans. Security 2020-01-03 Killing of top militant commander sends stark warning to Tehran Despite repeated warnings, Iran and its proxies have launched numerous attacks against US personnel and its allies for nearly a year. The attack on the US embassy was the last straw. Economy 2020-01-03 China's Belt and Road Initiative sparks protests in Thar The Chinese projects are not benefitting local residents and are instead destroying the area's climate and traditional economy, say protesters. Religion 2020-01-02 Peshawar's Peace Promoters encourages interfaith harmony among youth The group aims to build a safe platform for youth -- regardless of gender, colour, creed, caste or religious beliefs -- to celebrate their diversity. Analysis 2020-01-01 New ISIS leader remains shrouded in mystery If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's successor is to avoid an internal leadership challenge, he will be forced to step out of the shadows, say analysts.