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Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested

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MNA International Desk: Law enforcers of Pakistan have arrested Asif Ali Zardari, a former president of the country and co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), from his residence in Islamabad on Monday. A 15-member team of Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB), accompanied by police personnel, arrested Zardari after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected an application seeking extension in the pre-arrest bails of him and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case. A number of party workers and Zardari’s children Bilawal and Aseefa saw him off as the former president was driven away in a black Landcruiser. ...

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Facebook deletes India’s Congress party & Pakistan military linked accounts

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a national election, and others related to Pakistan’s military. Facebook has come under increasing pressure around the world to ensure its social media platform is not abused for political purposes or to spread misinformation. The action against accounts with alleged links to Congress, the party led by the Gandhi family that has dominated Indian politics for much of its post-independence era, marks a bold move by Facebook. ...

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Indo-Pak relations remain key to regional stability and progress

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MNA Editorial Desk: India, we all must agree, is the most important and most powerful neighbour and ally of Bangladesh. Even before our inception in 1971, India had play some crucial roles in the liberation, restoration, development and progression of Bangladesh. Especially in South Asia, no country can ignore the importance of India and its economy not only due to its vastness and power but also for its significant development in terms of matching with the modern world. Hence, the government and its orientations are very important for the neighbouring countries as we are standing at less than a month ...

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Pakistan arrests key suspects of Kashmir attack

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group, that India has blamed for the February 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir, said Interior Ministry. The attack killed at least 40 troops. That bombing last month triggered a dangerous escalation that last week pushed Pakistan and India close to an all-out war over Kashmir. In Tuesday’s statement, the ministry says 44 suspects were arrested, including prominent members of the outlawed militant group. Among those arrested was Mufti Abdul Rauf, the brother of the group’s leader, Masood Azhar, reports AP. ...

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Washington wants to know if Pakistan used F-16

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MNA International Desk: The United States said on Sunday it was trying to find out if Pakistan used US-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, potentially in violation of US agreements, as the stand-off between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors appeared to be easing. Pakistan and India both carried out aerial bombing missions this week, including a clash on Wednesday that saw an Indian pilot shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir in an incident that alarmed global powers and sparked fears of a war. A Pakistan military spokesman on Wednesday denied Indian claims that Pakistan used F-16 jets. ...

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300 terrorists killed in Indian air strike: Ind Govt

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MNA Editorial Desk: Indian airstrike in Pakistani territory killed 300 suspected militants, a senior Indian government source said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The strikes on a training camp run by a Pakistani-based militant group have dramatically escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars against each other. The Indian Air Force launched air strikes on terror camps and launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at 3.30am, India Today reports. Sources in the Indian Air Force said 1,000 kg bombs were dropped on Jaish bases across the LoC by multiple jets, including the ...

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Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks: PM Imran Khan

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MNA Editorial Desk: Denying any involvement in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks. “All this ‘attack Pakistan’ talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly – Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate,” he said on Tuesday. This is Imran Khan’s first statement on the Pulwama attack, the worst-ever terror strike on security forces in Kashmir. Pakistan based Dawn adds: Imran Khan said Islamabad will ...

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Pakistan University declares Valentine’s Day as ‘Sister’s Day’

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day”, and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the change was taken to promote “eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”. “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives,” UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal is quoted as saying on the institution’s website. “We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was ...

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Supreme Court of Pakistan to review Asia Bibi’s blasphemy acquittal

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s Supreme Court will on Tuesday begin a review of its own acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, a verdict that sparked days of Islamist protests and threats and chaos across the country. Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row, has been in hiding since the Supreme Court freed her in October, with religious hardliners calling for her death and putting pressure on the government to prevent her from leaving the country. Most reviews of Supreme Court verdicts are dismissed immediately, but the politically sensitive nature of the case has added an extra ...

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48th Victory Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: The 48th Victory Day is being observed on Sunday, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation. Forty-seven years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. Special prayers will be offered in mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship seeking divine blessings for the peace and progress of the country. Destitute children ...

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Trump’s claim angers Pakistan

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan reacted angrily Monday to criticism by President Donald Trump that the country had not done enough in return for years of US military aid and that the government had harboured Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, Trump defended his decision early this year to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan. “I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us,” he said. Trump also alleged that the Pakistani government had known bin Laden ...

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Bangladesh girls down Pakistan 17-0

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 Women’s team Pakistan by 17-0 goals at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday evening to reach the semifinal of the maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship from Group B. They led the first half by 8-0 goals. Siraj Jahan Shopna made double hat-trick scoring seven goals in the 10th, 30th, 44th, 62nd, 73rd , 76th and 90th minute minutes, Marzia made hat-tricks scoring four goals in the 7th, 13th, 22nd, and 71st minute while Sheuly Azim struck twice in the 32nd and 69th minute respectively, reported news agency. Besides, captain Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, Akhi ...

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PM expresses delight over Tigers’ victory

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed delight over Bangladesh’s victory against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup Cricket. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to my cricket team for today’s victory against Pakistan,” she told journalists in New York in her instant reaction after the Bangladesh’s win in Abu Dhabi. “I pray that the trend of victory that they initiated is continued,” she added, reported news agency. Bangladesh moved into the final of the 14th edition of the six-nation continental tournament as they defeated two-time champions Pakistan by 37 runs in a virtual semifinal at the Sheikh ...

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Pakistan beat Afghanistan in last over finish

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MNA Sports Desk: Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik hit a six and a boundary to pull off a sensational last over three wicket win for Pakistan against a spirited Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi. Malik pulled the second ball of the final over by paceman Aftab Alam over the deep square leg boundary and then whacked the next to deep fine leg for a boundary as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-wracking win in 49.3 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Pakistan, cashing a stiff 258-run target, were home and dry to start the Super Four Stage with a much ...

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India clinches easy win over Pakistan

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MNA Sports Desk: Having survived against Hong Kong, India came back with a near-perfect bowling performance to register their most contented chase against arch-rival Pakistan with 126 balls remaining. Going through a patch of uninspiring performances, the bowlers returned with a thorough show, exposing Pakistan’s hardly-used middle order, which showed its lack of experience of batting through 50-over innings by going for big shots every time they were tied down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to form after 35.2 wicketless overs in ODIs, and Kedar Jadhav’s return to the side – that cushion of the sixth bowler – showed just what India ...

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Asia Cup: Pakistan thrash Hong Kong

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MNA Sports Desk: Former champions Pakistan thrashed an inexperienced Hong Kong by eight wickets in a one-sided match to open their Asia Cup campaign in style on Sunday. Pakistan’s bowling attack was too hot to handle for Hong Kong in Dubai as Usman Shinwari finished with 3-19 and Hasan Ali took 2-19, while leg-spinner Shadab Khan managed 2-31 to bowl Hong Kong out for 116 in 37.1 overs. Pakistan then completed the chase comfortably for the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman (24) and Babar Azam (33), while Imam-ul-Haq finished on 50 not out after just 23.4 overs. It proved another ...

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Pentagon suspends $300M in military aid to Pakistan

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MNA Business Desk: The US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties. The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by president Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with “nothing but lies & deceit.” The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in ...

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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country, reported news agency. The ceremony at the President’s House in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of army rule. A tearful Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the ...

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Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

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MNA Sports Desk: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Pakistan Super League in 2017, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Friday, reported news agency. Jamshed, who played 48 one-day internationals and two tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation. Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but was alleged to ...

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Rivals concede Pakistan election to Imran Khan; EU flags concerns

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s former ruling party conceded defeat to cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of final results from the country’s disputed election, which European Union monitors said on Friday had not been fought on a level playing field. Khan, during a speech declaring victory on Thursday, offered to investigate opposition allegations of vote-rigging and said he wanted to “unite” the country under his leadership. The party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif initially rejected the so far incomplete results, but by Friday its leaders appeared to accept that Khan would be the next prime minister. The allegations of rigging ...

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Imran Khan leads in early counting

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MNA International Desk: Pakistani authorities said on Thursday full results of a general election would be delayed as cricket hero-turned-politician Imran Khan led in a partial count that opponents said was rigged, reported news agency. The party of Khan’s jailed chief rival, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, called the count an assault on democracy in the nuclear-armed, Muslim country which has a history of military rule. Any potential delays in forming a government would be worrisome, as Pakistan faces a mounting economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout by the International Monetary Fund and worsening relations with on-off ...

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Voting begins in Pakistan’s general election

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MNA International Desk: Pakistanis began voting on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with the prospect of neither winning a clear majority amid a looming currency crisis. A decade after Pakistan was last ruled by a military government, the election has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month. Khan has emerged as a slight favourite in national ...

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Coke Studio Pakistan’s new show will have transgender singers

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Coke Studio Pakistan’s eleventh edition has just taken a step towards inclusivity of the marginalised community. It’s quite a historic move. The show that features live studio-recorded music performances by established and emerging artists recently dropped a promo with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary nazm ‘Hum Dekhenge’—a rendition performed by a lineup of singers who will be taking the stage in the upcoming season, reports news agency. While the promo gave the audience a glimpse of well-known singers such as Momina Mustehsan, Ali Azmat, Abida Parveen, Jawad Ahmed, Ahad Raza Mir, it is the inclusion of transgender artistes ...

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Pakistan seeks economic lifeline with China loans

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MNA Business Desk: Pakistan expects to obtain fresh Chinese loans worth $1-2 billion to help it avert a balance of payments crisis, Pakistani government sources said, in another sign of Islamabad’s growing reliance on Beijing for financial support. Lending to Pakistan by China and its banks is on track to hit $5 billion in the fiscal year ending in June, according to recent disclosures by officials and Pakistan finance ministry data reviewed by Reuters. The ramp up in China’s lending comes as the United States is cutting aid to Pakistan following a fracture in relations between the on-off allies. In ...

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Central Banks of India, Pakistan crack down on crypto currencies

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MNA Business Desk: India’s central bank barred banks on Friday from having any links to virtual currency dealers, slashing the prices of bitcoin and other crypto currencies on local exchanges. Pakistan’s central bank said in a separate statement late on Friday that crypto-currencies were not legal in the country. The State Bank of Pakistan told banks and other financial services providers to refuse customers seeking crypto-currency transactions. It noted that those using crypto-currencies to transfer funds outside Pakistan could be prosecuted. India’s government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have previously cautioned the public over crypto currencies, with New ...

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Malala returns to Pakistan after 6yrs

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MAN International Desk: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday, officials said, in her first visit to her native country since she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman six years ago for advocating education for girls. Malala is widely respected internationally for her bravery and activism, but opinion is divided in Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. Malala is expected to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during the four-day trip but further details have been “kept secret in view of the ...

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Pakistan TV airs first transgender anchor

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MNA Entertainment Desk: As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country but she says there is a long way to go. The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media and was just days after she became the first transgender model on the catwalk at the annual Pakistan Fashion Design Council fashion show. Her catapult into the spotlight came after transgender activist Zara Changezi was named as star of a love film, the Senate passed a ...

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