Interior Ministry issues security alert over terror threat

ISLAMABAD: Interior Ministry issued a threat alert and directed law-enforcement agencies to take extra security measures amid the law and order situation. The minister issued a notification stating that in view of the “threat posed by activities of anti-state elements,

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero sentenced to 25 years on terrorism charges

KIGALI: Paul Rusesabagina, the “Hotel Rwanda” hero who became a fiercely outspoken government critic, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on terrorism charges after what his supporters labelled a politically motivated show trial. He was convicted by a high

Re-emergence of terrorism

With the worsening situation across the border with each passing day, Pakistan seems to face the brunt of the fallout and instability. There have been several incidents of seemingly unrelated terror incidents which could be linked to the developing situation

Lahore blast

After several months of calm, the news of a blast in Johar Town area of Lahore spread chaos in the city and raised fear that terror incidents had returned. At least four people including a six-year-old child lost their lives

Quetta terror attack

Pakistan witnessed a terrible explosion in Quetta outside a luxury hotel which killed five and injured a dozen more. The city has seen numerous incidents after being wrecked by terrorism and militancy but this was perhaps the biggest in recent

Iran says Natanz facility hit by ‘nuclear terrorism’

TEHRAN: An incident at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday was caused by an act of “nuclear terrorism”, the country’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said, adding that Tehran reserves the right to take action against the perpetrators. An Israeli

Terrorism, extremism biggest challenges to national security: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar has said Terrorism and extremism biggest challenge to national security. Addressing a media briefing in Rawalpindi today, the DG ISPR said the armed forces have been facing national security challenges

PTI leader Haleem Adil Shaikh booked under terrorism charges

KARACHI: Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Shaikh has been booked under terrorism charges, police said. Another case containing anti-terrorism provisions has been filed against the PTI leader over his alleged involvement in a brawl that took place between

Cross border terrorism

Pakistan has hailed a counterterrorism report by the UN Security Council’s monitoring team that identifies the threat from militants based across the border in Afghanistan. The foreign ministry said the report ‘vindicates’ the stance that terror groups such as the

US rebrands Cuba as state sponsor of terrorism

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s outgoing administration returned Cuba to the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, erecting a last-minute roadblock to expected efforts by President-elect Joe Biden to ease tensions. The terror designation severely hampers foreign investment and can

The day we will never forget

The darkest day in Pakistan’s history – December 16 – returns every year reminding us of the innocent children who went to school to receive an education, not realizing that their books and bodies would be drenched in blood. I

US removes Sudan from sponsors of terrorism blacklist

WASHINGTON: The United States has removed Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist and declared a “fundamental change” in relations, less than two months after the Arab state pledged to normalise ties with Israel. The move opens the way

Pakistan presents UNSG proof of Indian terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York and presented him Pakistan’s dossier containing “irrefutable evidence” of India’s sponsorship of terrorism in the country. During the meeting that

FO rejects India’s denial of state-sponsored terrorism

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has categorically rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ denial of the irrefutable evidence provided by Pakistan on Indian state sponsorship of terrorism. In a statement, the Foreign Office said “fully exposed” India has “typically resorted

Indian agencies sabotaging CPEC, supporting terrorism in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday presented a dossier containing details of India’s state-sponsored terrorism being carried out in Pakistan. Addressing a press conference along with Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar at the Foreign Office,

Terrorism resurgence

There has been a sudden resurgence in terror activities for the past few days. These incidents have occurred at the same time as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is holding rallies and protests challenging the writ of the state, raising

Two Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces in IoK

SRINAGAR: Indian troops in an act of state terrorism on Tuesday martyred two Kashmiris in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the Indian Army’s occupation of occupied Kashmir continues. Indian forces martyred two more Kashmiris under

SC halts extradition of Pakistan-origin suspect to US

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday sought details of extradition treaties with the United States and the United Kingdom. A bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mushir Alam barred the extradition of Talha Haroon, a Pakistani-origin American suspect

Pakistan vows to support victims of terrorism

ISLAMABAD: On International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism being observed on Friday, Pakistan has reiterated its firm resolve to take joint actions supporting victims of terrorism. In his message in connection with the Day, Foreign

National Assembly passes anti-terror financing bills

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed two crucial bills regarding amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act to fulfill commitments and requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Minister for Interior Brigadier (retired) Ijaz Shah had moved the two bills

NAB amendments

A stiff deadlock persists between the government and opposition over the amendments to NAB laws. The government wants to link anti-money laundering laws with NAB in accordance with the FATF action plan but the opposition is finding reasons to reduce

Pakistan has made efforts in improving counter-terror financing: China

BEIJING: The Chinese foreign ministry on Friday said a majority of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) members recognised Pakistan’s efforts in improving its counter-terrorism financing (CTF) regime and will continue offering assistance in this regard. Addressing the regular press conference,

Another FATF meeting

The fate of Pakistan is once again in the hands of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to be moved from the so-called grey list. A plenary session of the FATF is being held in Paris to review progress made

Scars of APS tragedy

Five years have passed since we carried the heaviest coffins, wiped our tears and consoled grieving parents whose children went to school and never returned. The tragedy at the Army Public School in Peshawar was so traumatic that the nation

SCO carries out online anti-terrorism drill in China

BEIJING: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) launched a joint online anti-terrorism exercise in China which simulated a complete crackdown against online terrorist activities amid rising cybersecurity challenges. The exercise was held in Xiamen, East China’s Fujian Province where delegates from

Three policemen martyred, five wounded in Quetta blast

QUETTA: At least three security personnel were martyred while five others got injured in a remote-controlled blast targeting a police vehicle in Quetta’s Kuchlak-Buleli area. The blast took place due to explosive material planted in a motorcycle. Rescue officials have

Unidentified gunmen open fire on vehicle, DSP assassinated

PESHAWAR: DSP CTD Ghaniur Rehman was shot to death early in the day by unidentified men in Chamkani area of Peshawar.   The attackers opened fire on DSP Ghaniur Rehman Khan’s vehicle resulting in his martyrdom whereas four others alongside

Dismissing report on terrorism

Pakistan has dismissed assertions made in the U.S. Department of State’s recently-released Country Report on Terrorism 2018 regarding its counter-terrorism efforts. The report states that Unites States and its allies made major strides to defeat and degrade international terrorist organisations

Pakistan expresses disappointment over US terrorism report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed disappointment over the US Department of State’s Country Report on Terrorism 2018. According to media reports, it said in a statement released by Foreign Office spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad Faisal that Pakistan has made significant efforts in order

The pariah politician

The founder of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, has been charged with terrorism offences in the UK and was subsequently arrested. This time Karachi responded differently as complete calm and silence filled the air as the news went by largely unnoticed.