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Pakistan’s Powerful Army Chief Begins Farewell Visits

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 – Pakistan‘s powerful army chief Raheel Sharif began a round of farewell visits on Monday, his spokesman said, damping speculation he might receive an extension when his three-year term ends this month. The general has been immensely popular among ordinary Pakistanis, who see him as having effectively tackled crime

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Russia and Pakistan to Hold First Joint Military Exercise

ISLAMABAD, Sept 23 – Former Cold War-era rivals Pakistan and Russia are due to hold their first ever military exercise this month, Pakistan’s military said on Friday, in another sign of shifting alliances in South Asia. During the Cold War, Pakistan spent a decade helping the United States funnel arms and fighters into neighbouring Afghanistan

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Pakistani Forces Kill Six in New Offensive Near Afghan Border

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 – Pakistani security forces have killed six people in a remote northwestern valley near the Afghan border in a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area, the military said. All six of those killed in the offensive in the Khyber region were “terrorists”, the military said in a

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No One Is Safe

Quetta’s deadly attack on hospital proves no place is sacred for Daesh BY Mishaal khan Last week’s terror attacks in Quetta, Pakistan, saw three generations of lawyers, wiped out. Quetta has been one of the longest-suffering victims of terrorism since September 11, 2001 in both Pakistan and throughout the world. But the recent attack on

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Military Training Helps Pakistani Shooters Reach the Olympics

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Aug 4 – Two members of the small Pakistani contingent participating at the Rio Olympics have the country’s military to thank for much of their training. Ghulam Mustafa Bashir, a 29-year-old Navy Marine, and Minhal Sohail, a 21-year-old university student, will both compete in shooting events at the Games. Bashir

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Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility for Karachi Military Killings

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, July 27 – A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s killing of two military officers in the southern city of Karachi, a spokesman for the Islamist group said. The killings were the latest attacks in the busy port city of 20 million people, where paramilitary forces have been cracking

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Pakistan Wants Air Force Upgrade for Prolonged Militant Fight

By John Irish PARIS, April 7 – Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against Islamist militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is

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