Blast in Mohmand region kills Khasadar official

PESHAWAR: An official of the tribal Khasadar force was killed in a road side blast in Qayyumabad area of Mohmand tribal region’s Safi tehsil, whereas 11 suspects were taken into custody by security persons in a subsequent search operation.

Official sources say that the Khasadar persons was deputed in Mohmand Agency’s Qayyumabad area and was fatally injured in an explosion caused by a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED).

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Nato to convene as Kerry backs Iraq against militant threat

BAGHDAD: Nato foreign ministers convene Tuesday to discuss the Iraq crisis after US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged “intense” support to Baghdad in the fight against militants pushing towards the capital.

Kerry made a surprise visit to Iraq on Monday as Sunni insurgents led by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, seized a strategic town in the northern part of the country, while security forces retook a border crossing with Syria.

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Zarb-i-Azb: 15 militants killed in N Waziristan, Khyber

PESHAWAR: At least five suspected militants were killed on Tuesday in a clash with security forces in the Mir Ali Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency, while Jet fighters also targeted suspected militant houses in Koki Khel area and Tirrah area of the Khyber Agency.

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Suicide attacker strikes near cafe south of Beirut

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle near a checkpoint and a cafe in a neighborhood south of Lebanon’s capital early Tuesday, causing several casualties, a Lebanese security official and witnesses said.

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Emirates to seek damages over Qadri episode

LAHORE: The Emirates airline plans to file a suit over the damages caused to its reputation by the enforced diversion of its plane carrying Dr Tahirul Qadri on Monday.

Official sources told Dawn that the airline had told the Civil Aviation Authority that it had been upset by the diversion of its flight EK-612 Dubai-Islamabad to Lahore, causing a great deal of inconvenience to passengers on the plane and those waiting at the airport to fly to Dubai.

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Commission Democracy Jehadis – Return of the Gullu brigade

In Gullu Butt’s shape, the filth and puss of our political system, so carefully covered up under a shiny crust of glitzy infrastructural development, bubbled to the surface like an overflowing gutter.
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In a rage of orchestrated frenzy, Gullu smashed cars and smashed the façade of efficient governance.

Can all the king’s horses and all the king’s men put Humpty Dumpty together again? Within the noxious mound of political muck, Gullu Butt is a small creepy crawly with big fangs. But he symbolises the dark underbelly of a structure that reeks of pungent hypocrisy.
This is a structure lovingly constructed to hide the rot within; a system that believes not in curing the festering and bleeding wound, but wrapping it up inside an expensive bandage. But then Gullus of the world crawl out of this wound, bloodying the bandage and exposing the unhealed skin and bone inside.

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Qdri- Live updates: Lahore airport in lockdown as govt-Qadri stalemate continues

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE / RAWALPINDI / KARACHI: A sense of anticipation hangs over the capital as cleric-cum-political leader Tahirul Qadri lands back in Pakistan to throw up one of the bigger political challenges to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) year-old government.
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