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  1. Butter Chicken

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    Pakistan’s economic growth being targeted by an international conspiracy: Ahsan Iqbal

    LAHORE – Echoing the statement of his predecessor Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Ahsan Iqbal said Saturday that Pakistan is being destabilised internally as part of an international conspiracy to prevent the first and only Muslim nuclear power to become an economic power as well.

    In a statement, the PML-N minister also alleged that some institutions wanted to usurp the powers and authority of Parliament. As per reports, he added, there was an office from where the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was being pressurised to reopen Hudaibiya case.

    The minister noted that Parliament is the ‘mother of law’ and not an ‘orphanage’, but it appears that it was being made worthless.

    “Some institutions are transgressing on the powers of the Parliament and we will raise this matter, and hold talks with parliamentary leaders to ensure the supremacy of the elected house,” he stressed. He added that if Parliament’s powers were challenged, it would weaken the basis of Constitution and this was not acceptable to them.

    “It is hoped that the Supreme Court (SC) will take notice of the reports for the sake of a fair trial which the Constitution guarantees to everyone,” he said.

    Ahsan elaborated that the media reports were very crucial and hopefully the Chief Justice of Pakistan would take notice of the reports.

    The minister also said that contacting NAB officers through an influential person and issuing instructions was against justice, adding that Nawaz Sharif’s political stature was getting tall with each and every excess being done to him.

    “We [Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)] respect the verdicts of the superior judiciary but have reservations over them,” the minister said, adding that these reservations were not just from the PML-N but from a large number of legal experts and people of the country.

    Regarding NA-120 by-election, Ahsan Iqbal said that Lahore would give a verdict which would be according to its tradition. “PML-N had run a comprehensive and effective campaign for the by-election, and Sunday’s by-polls will be a historic one,” he opined.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

    How come everything and anything that happens in this country is a result of some or the other conspiracy?:pop:
     
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    In Geneva, posters of Baloch terror group draw ire of Pakistani envoy
    By News DeskPublished: September 18, 2017


    Posters placed by Baloch separatists in Geneva, Switzerland have drawn the ire of Pakistan’s top diplomat at the UN.




    Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Farukh Amil has written to Swiss Permanent Representative Valentin Zellweger to draw his attention to the ‘Free Baluchistan’ posters placed along Rue de Ferney in the Grand Sacconex area. The letter – a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune – says that since Monday, Pakistani diplomats identified at least eight posters which list ‘Baluchistan House’ as its sponsor, along with one digital poster. They also identified a car with local plates that appeared to be guarding the posters.

    Ambassador Amil opines that the local authorities should be aware of who placed them as it would have to collect fees for the posters. While protesting the attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty that is constituted by the posters, the ambassador explains to his opposite number that ‘Baluchistan House’ is an affiliate of the Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA), which is recognised as a terrorist group by Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and other countries.


    Pakistan’s polio fight wins praise in Geneva

    The letter also notes that BH and BLA’s overlapping leadership have committed crimes ranging from assassination to mass murder and kidnappings against soldiers, government officials, and civilians, along with religiously motivated attacks against minorities.

    The Pakistani envoy moves on to urge the Swiss to address the issue. “The use of Swiss soil by terrorists and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against Pakistan…is totally unacceptable. The fact that terrorists [operate openly] in Geneva…is a matter of grave concern.”

    He moves on to request that Ambassador Zellweger alert Swiss authorities about the presence of BLA or its affiliates in Geneva. He also calls for appropriate action against the ad agency that made the posters, and for “due attention” to the security of the Pakistani mission and its staff.



    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1509256/separatist-posters-draw-envoys-ire-geneva/
     
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    Pakistan prepares ‘toughest diplomatic policy’ for US

    KARACHI: Pakistan has decided to adopt toughest diplomatic policy with the US, if any sanctions are imposed on it or its ally status is lowered.

    In this regard, the federal government has prepared a three-option ‘toughest diplomatic policy’.

    According to federal sources on Sunday, the policy includes gradually limiting diplomatic relations with the US, reducing mutual cooperation on terrorism-related issues and non-cooperation in US strategy for Afghanistan.

    The last option may include a ban on using Pakistani land for Nato supplies to Afghanistan.

    However, the policy will be implemented in view of the Trump’s diplomatic policy for Pakistan and with the approval of the National Security Committee.

    US Ambassador David Hale has met Pakistani authorities recently amid Pakistan mulling its options in the wake of antagonistic actions by the world power.

    He has been told that Pakistan’s reservation can be removed only when Trump administration contacts federation informally and holds dialogue. However, according to sources, Pakistan will continue its actions under the Afghan reconciliation process policy. It will also maintain its policy of trying to solve issues with US through dialogue.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1509306/pakistan-prepares-toughest-diplomatic-policy-us/
     
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    12 injured in blast at Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan's Chaman area

    At least 12 people have been injured in an explosion near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman, Balochistan, on Monday, Levies sources told DawnNews.

    "The injured have been taken to Civil Hospital Chaman for medical treatment and one of them is in critical condition," Abdul Hayee Baloch, the district police officer Chaman told DawnNews.

    The blast appears to be a suicide attack targeting security forces, a senior administration official DawnNews.

    He said body parts of a suspected suicide attacker were collected by law enforcement agencies during an initial sweep of the area following the blast.
     
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    LOL

    and I thought they will sell their nation further :)
     
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    The US will ultimately be forced to return back to the broader Obama policy (not that it left, save for the rhetoric) with/without plans for withdrawal as no new variables have been added to the game after Agent Orange's ascension. Land access is just as useful a card today as it has ever been. In fact Pakistan's hand is strengthened with strained relations between US and Russia blocking an important alternative route and all the new Chinese loan banks reducing its dependence on the IMF.
     
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  8. Butter Chicken

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    International litigation: Pakistan slapped with $700m fine in RPP case

    ISLAMABAD:
    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has awarded $700 million to Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim AS, a Turkish company that constructs and operates rental power plants (RPPs), in a damages suit it had brought out against Pakistan.


    Raheel Kamran Sheikh, an executive member of the Pakistan Bar Council, said it was a matter of concern that Pakistan’s success rate in international arbitration cases was 2 per cent, while India’s success rate was 60 per cent.

    After $625mn fine on Habib Bank by US,$700 mn payment to Turkish brothers.
     
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    Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

    It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out in the administration’s dealing with North Korea’s nuclear conundrum is its unwillingness to understand Pyongyang’s security concerns, and in turn South Korea and Japan’s security dilemma. There are two issues here. One, since North Korea has developed and successfully tested its ICBM, will the US still be ready to risk, eg, San Francisco for Seoul? It appears as if the US extended deterrence theory has left the books and is now out to play. Second, can South Korea and Japan really afford to continue to bank on the US to provide them security from N Korea? They might not have time on their side to look into other options but there are no easy answers here.

    Trump has rebuked both South Korea and China for appeasement after the North Korean ICBM test. He has threatened China with sanctions for continuing trade with North Korea. Trump and his military advisers have threatened the use of massive military force like the world has never seen. This begs the question: will Trump break the nuclear taboo? Perhaps. But it does not matter whether North Korea or the US would be the first to attack. Once the nuclear taboo is broken, which has been in place for the last 72 years, it will legitimise the use of nuclear weapons for teaching an adversary a lesson or to ensure its compliance. Thus, it will make annihilation acceptable as a possible concept.

    Looking at the Trumpian approach, one can posit a question — what will Trump consider as the next challenge. Can it be Pakistan? Perhaps if the US sees North Korea and Pakistan as China’s proxies.

    Pakistan and North Korea are of course two completely different cases. In contrast to Pyongyang, Islamabad does not have ICBMs, thermonuclear weapons or whatsoever that can deter the US. Nevertheless, is it unthinkable that one day Pakistan could be on the list? No. Can Pakistan’s nuclear weapons save it from a US conventional or nuclear attack? No. So should Pakistan be worried? Yes. For Trump and his national security community, nuclear war is both thinkable and winnable. Trigger-happy Trump might use post-North Korea scenario as a benchmark to signal the rest of the world that under his leadership, the US can go to any extent to ensure compliance and the presence of nuclear weapons in a country will not stop him. Dangerous? Certainly. Would it have consequences? Surely. Still thinkable? Possibly.

    After President Trump unveiled his South Asia strategy, the US Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale met Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Gen Qamar Bajwa. During the meeting, Gen Bajwa stated that Pakistan did not need aid but an acknowledgement of its sacrifices and critical role in the war on terror. This is not the first time someone from Pakistan has told the US that they do not need its financial assistance. General Zia in 1980 while rejecting Carter’s initial $400m aid offer told the then assistant to President Carter for national security affairs, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and the deputy secretary of state, Warren Christopher, that Pakistan did not need US military and economic assistance if the US could not provide security guarantees to it against these three contingencies: a) Soviet attack on Pakistan b) Soviet-Indian collusion in an attack on Pakistan and c) situation in which the Soviets encouraged an Indian attack on Pakistan. Zbigniew and Christopher were puzzled for they could not understand Pakistan’s insecurity and obsession with India. They were surprised that Zia was willing to let go of military and economic assistance in lieu of a simpler security guarantee against India in addition to the Soviets. In the decades that it took Pakistan to develop nuclear weapons, several US administrations ridiculed the notion that India posed a threat to Pakistan (existential or otherwise) thereby undermining the rationale for Pakistan’s need for nuclear weapons. But look what happened. Pakistan became a nuclear weapon state under a sanctions regime in the absence of security guarantees from the US.

    Today, one is reminded of Kissinger’s dictum, “a nation’s security is more important to that country than it is to the United States.” But despite that Kissinger was approached during the run-up to Trump’s presidency, it seems that now no one in the current US administration is listening. By inviting India to play a role in Afghanistan’s development, the US has once again repeated the grave mistake of misunderstanding Pakistan’s security concerns with regard to India. If and when Indian boots hit the ground in Afghanistan, even if in token representation to join the coalition, Pakistan will have to be prepared for dual attack contingencies. We need to strategise against the possibilities of any misadventures in any territory in Pakistani control. This, points at the need to retaliate and defend ourselves against any raid, cross-border sweeps or search-and-destroy missions by any adversary. The need to modernise Pakistan’s conventional forces and strengthen non-nuclear deterrence is relevant more than ever before. We must also now think of ways to deter the Trump-led US. Tactful diplomacy should be an obvious start but we must think and prepare for the unthinkable.
     
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    Foreign debt servicing increases by 53pc

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s foreign debt servicing amounted to $8.16 billion in 2016-17, up 53 per cent from the preceding fiscal year.

    The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported on Thursday that the country paid $6.54bn in principal and $1.62bn in interest during the last fiscal year.

    Foreign debt servicing amounted to $5.32bn in 2015-16.

    In the first, second and third quarters of 2016-17, debt servicing payments were $1.55bn, $1.25bn and $2.43bn, respectively. In the last quarter, the country paid $2.92bn.

    The figure can go further up in 2017-18 as the government has been accumulating dollars through commercial borrowing. It borrowed $4.4bn at commercial rates in 2016-17 in an attempt to maintain foreign exchange reserves of the SBP.

    FALLING RESERVES: Despite commercial borrowing, the government could not contain the drop in reserves. The central bank lost about $4.64bn between October 2016 and Sept 15.

    Another SBP report issued on Thursday noted that the SBP’s reserves fell $474 million to $14.28bn during Sept 8 and 15. It showed that commercial borrowing could not increase foreign exchange reserves, although it helped prevent their rapid depletion.

    The country has been struggling to meet its increasing trade deficit, which was being bridged largely through remittances that also dropped in 2016-17.

    The current account deficit also touched the record high of $12.1bn in the last fiscal year.

    Some positive developments have taken place on the external front in recent months. Remittances, exports and foreign direct investment have grown since the beginning of 2017-18.

    However, the trade deficit for July-August widened to over $6bn, which is reflective of a poor balance of trade going forward.

    The exchange rate remained largely stable during 2016-17. Experts believe a sharp increase in debt servicing can destabilise the exchange rate in the future.

    The government has not yet approached the International Monetary Fund to shore up foreign exchange reserves. It is instead planning to borrow from the international market through Islamic bonds. The amount can be in the range of $500m to $1bn.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1359161
     
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    What is a Baloch terror group? I'm only aware of Baloch freedom fighters.
     
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    Pakistan lobbying in UN to get India declared state sponsor of terror


    KARACHI: Pakistan is lobbying in the United Nations to get India declared ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’, Daily Express has learnt from highly credible sources. As a result of such a designation, a wide range of sanctions are imposed on the state.

    Islamabad has also decided to raise at the global forum the issue of unabated ceasefire violations by Indian border guards, according to sources.

    A resolution will be moved in the UN Security Council after approval from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, they say, adding that all veto-wielding members of the Security Council, especially China and Russia, will be approached to garner their support. Beijing is said to be already on board.

    Pakistan will also take the United States into confidence on the issue, according to sources.


    An American delegation is due in Islamabad next month for high-level talks, according to an understanding reached in a meeting between Premier Abbasi and US Vice President Mike Pence.

    Sources say Pakistani officials will impress upon their American counterparts to build up diplomatic pressure on India to desist from provocation along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

    At least seven civilians have been killed in unprovoked firing and shelling by Indian forces on Pakistani villages this week.

    In his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly, Premier Abbasi has already called on India to end its covert campaign of stoking terrorism in Pakistan through its intelligence agency and proxies. He has also handed the UN secretary general dossiers cataloging evidence of India’s involvement in terror activities in Pakistan.

    Pakistan’s assertions are not without a ground. Kalbhushan Jadhav, an agent of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the top spy agency of India, was arrested in Balochistan in March 2016 after he crossed over from neighbouring Iran.

    In a subsequent video confession, Jadhav admitted that he had been assigned by his agency to foment terrorism in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi. He has been sentenced to death by a military court since.

    Sources say Jadhav’s confession and continuing Indian border provocations would be made part of the ‘strongly-worded resolution’ with the aim to expose shenanigans of Narandra Modi’s administration against Pakistan.

    In a prelude to this move, top foreign policymakers are planning to launch a diplomatic offensive to unmask India’s sponsorship of terrorism in Pakistan by sharing damning evidence with key world powers, according to sources.

    In the meantime, Pakistan will continue to give a befitting response to border provocations by Indian troops.

    Premier Abbasi told the UN General Assembly in his speech that Pakistan has thus far acted with restraint despite 600 ceasefire violation by Indian troops since January.

    “But if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of ‘limited’ war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response,” he warned. “The international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from a dangerous escalation.”

    Also she showed picture from Palestine as one from Kashmir :basketball::dance3:

     
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    Pakistnais now have a habit of embarrassing themselves . . . from sartaz aziz to Madam lodhi :agree::agree::agree:
     
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    'Khilafat is coming': Islamic State flag put up on Islamabad's main thoroughfare

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    The flag was taken down by police. PHOTO: Express

    ISLAMABAD: Despite an extensive CCTV camera network in place in Islamabad, unidentified men were able to put up an Islamic State (Daesh) flag on a major thoroughfare of the city on Sunday.

    The flag, put up on a billboard at a pedestrian bridge on Islamabad Expressway near Iqbal Town, was taken down by police at around 12pm.

    A passer-by spotted the flag and informed the Khanna police about it. In his statement, he told the police that he was familiar with the flag as he had seen it on TV.

    It was a standard flag of the terrorist organisation, the only addition being that the slogan “Khilafat is coming” was inscribed on it.

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    Interior Minister Ahsan has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from the capital’s police chief.

    The police are trying to nab the people who put up the flag with the help of CCTV footage.

    Islamabad has a “Safe City Project” in place that cost the national exchequer $125 million or over Rs13 billion.

    Under the project, over 1,900 surveillance cameras have been installed across the city with a command and control centre set up in Sector H-11 to monitor important buildings, entry and exit points, roads, commercial centres and a sizable portion of residential areas.

    However, a Safe City Project official told The Express Tribune that it was unlikely that their cameras would have caught the culprits in the act.

    “That area [where the flag was found] doesn’t fall within our domain, but we do have cameras installed there,” he added.

    “But our cameras are installed at such an angle that they only focus on the traffic. It’s unlikely that the people who put up the flag would be visible in the footage.”

    An officer told The Express Tribune though they were clueless as to who put up the flag, an case under the anti-terror law was being registered against unidentified persons. He said the case would be registered under Section 11-G of the Anti-Terrorism Act, which prohibits display of any article, symbol, flag or banner associated with any proscribed organisation. A suspect under this section can be sentenced to imprisonment or fine or both through summary procedure.

    Maulana Abdul Aziz, a cleric of Lal Masjid, a mosque located in the heart of Islamabad, has repeatedly stated that he “respected” IS because of the similarity in their missions and had no repentance over supporting it.
     
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    Some excellent articles on the policies of Pakistan's "Deep State"

    The gathering clouds

    Rentier state


     
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