Author: Muhammad Idrees

In a bid to ease tensions and foster better relations, Pakistani diplomats engaged in a “constructive” meeting with representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban-led interim government in Qatar this week. The discussions, centered around bilateral and regional issues, were seen as pivotal amid strained ties between the neighboring nations. The Afghan Taliban delegation, attending a UN-sponsored meeting on Afghanistan in Doha, was hosted to a dinner by the Pakistani mission in Qatar. According to reports, Zabihullah Mujahid, the chief spokesman for the Taliban government, characterized the meeting with Pakistani diplomats as “constructive” and expressed optimism about forging “positive relations” with Pakistan. “We…

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In various cities of KP, rallies and jirgas were held on Sunday to voice opposition to the government’s plan to launch Azm-i-Istehkam military operation against militants. In Bara tehsil of Khyber district, scores of Shalobar youth activists took part in a motorcycle rally against the potential military offensive. Led by Abdul Wadud, president of Pakhtun Student Federation’s Khyber chapter, participants carried white flags and placards advocating for peace and rejecting the military operation. The rally proceeded through Shalobar, Malakdinkhel, Kamarkhel, Akkakhel, Sipah, and Qambarkhel localities before converging at Bara Bazaar. Organizers cited a deteriorating law and order situation in Bara,…

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In a startling revelation, former CIA Target Officer and Global Threat Advisor Sarah Adams has unveiled what she claims to be a longstanding Western plan aimed at destabilizing Pakistan. Speaking on a widely circulated podcast, Adams alleges that the Western establishment intends to dismember Pakistan by fostering political anarchy and supporting terrorism. Adams points to a map attributed to Ralph Peters, suggesting that it outlines targets such as Balochistan and KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), regions allegedly earmarked for destabilization. She implicates militant organizations like the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as instruments in this strategy. According to Adams,…

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PTI has voiced a strong demand that the federal government refrain from launching “cross-border” attacks into Afghanistan, citing concerns over escalating terrorism. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif recently hinted at potential anti-militancy measures in Afghanistan during an interview with a US media outlet. The government’s proposed actions aim not only to curb economic losses from smuggling oil, fertilizers, and other goods from Afghanistan but also to prevent terrorist infiltration and bolster border security. Following the Defence Minister’s statements, senior opposition leaders convened an emergency meeting in the National Assembly. Members emphasized non-interference principles, stating, “We reject interference in our country and…

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The 9 May Incident prompted the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet to approve the establishment of a judicial commission on Thursday. This decision was made in the ninth meeting of the provincial cabinet, led by Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur. The cabinet also decided to formally convey the Provincial Assembly’s 11th resolution to the federal government. This resolution calls for the release of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and other political prisoners. Additionally, the cabinet expressed solidarity with the Iranian people after a tragic helicopter crash resulted in the death of the Iranian president and other dignitaries. To bolster law enforcement, the…

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Property disputes have claimed 148 lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year. The recent killing of eight people in Peshawar’s Badaber area highlights this crisis. Land disputes are the major cause of enmities and deaths in the region. These conflicts often involve innocent victims, including women and children, requiring urgent solutions to save lives and prevent long-standing feuds. The property disputes in Badaber, resulting in the brutal killing of women and children, underscore the need for immediate government intervention. Authorities must act promptly to mitigate these tragic incidents. This year, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has arrested 1,158 people related to property disputes. Peshawar…

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De-dollarization in Gwadar has commenced in the Gwadar Free Zones. This significant change follows the federal budget 2024-25 decision. Companies in the Gwadar Free Zones can now conduct trade transactions in Pakistani currency instead of US dollars. The amended SRO.805 (I)/2024 Customs Rules 2001 removes the requirement for dollar transactions between the Gwadar Free Zone and Pakistan’s tariff area. Now, both regions will use Pakistani currency for business. This move protects trades from dollar fluctuations. An official from Gwadar North Free Zone company, Agven Private Limited, highlighted the changes. The e-custom clearance system “Web Based One Custom” (WeBOC) is being…

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PTI and JUI Oppose Operation Azm e Istehkam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), expressing concern over the deteriorating law and order situation. On Sunday, both parties declared that military operations in the restive areas are not the solution to militancy. Instead, they urged political parties to play their role in restoring peace. The agreement came during a meeting between JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and former National Assembly (NA) speaker and PTI leader Asad Qaiser in Islamabad. PTI and JUI-F agreed on the need for a strong opposition presence in the NA to address these issues. To further their collaboration, PTI…

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Balochistan Budget 2024-25 was presented on Friday by the PPP-led coalition government amidst an opposition boycott. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year amounts to Rs955.6 billion, with development expenditures projected at Rs321.2 billion and a projected cash surplus of Rs25.4 billion. Revenue and Expenditures Finance Minister Mir Shoaib Ahmed Nosherwani tabled the Balochistan Budget 2024-25, which is over 36% larger than the previous year’s estimate of Rs701.4 billion. This increase is primarily due to a projected 39% rise in federal tax divisible pool receipts, expected to reach Rs647 billion from Rs464.7 billion under the current National Finance Commission (NFC)…

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Afghan artists have been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation by the Peshawar High Court. On Thursday, the court issued a stay order, halting the deportation of several Afghan artists and transgender individuals. The bench, comprising Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Wiqar Ahmad, declared that police and law-enforcement agencies should not take any “adverse action” against these Afghan nationals, who fear persecution if returned to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The stay order came during the hearing of two petitions. One petition was filed by Hashmatullah Omed, Rafi Hanif, and Hameed Shahdai on behalf of 157 musicians and singers. The other petition was…

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