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Anti Muslim move: Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shuts 7 mosques

VIENNA (AFP) – Austria could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said Friday. “The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – …

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Dr Hasan Askari sworn in as Punjab caretaker CM

LAHORE -UNS – Senior analyst Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi on Friday was sworn in as caretaker chief minister of Punjab in a ceremony held at Governor House Lahore. Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana administered the oath to Rizvi in front of a select audience in which …

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Pakistan and US agree to ease tensions

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Pakistan and United States of America has promised to reduce tensions during high-level contacts between their political and military leaders. In order retain confidence, both sides have agreed upon step-by-step relaxation in the restrictions imposed on each other. Solid progress between the …

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PML-N raises objections over caretaker Punjab CM’s appointment

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on Thursday expressed concerns over appointment of Hassan Askari as caretaker Punjab Chief Minister (CM). Holding presser here in the federal capital, former premier Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi apprised attendants that Ayaz Amir and Hassan Askari were Pakistan …

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Afghan Govt. announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan announced Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though operations against other groups including Islamic State will continue. The ceasefire, which would bring some welcome relief to war-weary civilians, will last “from the …

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SC summons Pervez Musharraf on June 13, in disqualification case:

ISLAMABAD -UNS : The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on June 13. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar resumed the hearing of the lifetime disqualification case against Pervez Musharraf during which, the top judge asked lawyer, …

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Nawaz is real owner of London flats: NAB prosecutor

ISLAMABAD -UNS – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar on Thursday said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the real owner of London flats. Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir resumed the hearing of the Avenfield reference against Sharif family during which Nawaz Sharif …

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Huge corruption: Sharif, Abbasi come under NAB radar in LNG terminal case

ISLAMABAD -UNS – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday approved probe against Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and former prime minister Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi over awarding contract of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in ‘non-transparent way’. As per details garnered, chairman Justice …

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Election candidates to submit mandatory affidavits along with nomination papers: SC

ISLAMABAD -UNS -The Supreme Court, while hearing a case regarding nomination forms on Wednesday, made it mandatory for all candidates contesting in the upcoming general elections to submit an affidavit that would require them to disclose the information omitted in the new forms. The apex …

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Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

By James M. Dorsey Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011 and have …

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