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  • BHU in Attock village incomplete even after 10 years

    TAXILA: Despite Punjab government’s tall claims about the provision of healthcare facilities to the citizens, work on the Basic Health Unit (BHU) at Jand in the district of Attock could not be completed even after 10 years...

    According to official data, former district nazim Attock Tahir Sadiq had initiated the establishment of the BHU at Dhak locality of Jand tehsil...

  • Dadhora BHU running sans electricity for three years

    Reports say the transformer installed to supply electricity to the BHU had gone out of order about three years back which could not be repaired so far...

    In the absence of electricity, the BHU cannot run a refrigerator which is required to store vaccines and life-saving drugs...

  • Taliban admit to holding talks with govt team in Norway

    KABUL: The Taliban on Friday admitted taking part in informal talks in Norway with an Afghan delegation, reportedly made up of women, signalling a nascent dialogue despite an escalating militant offensive...

    Official efforts to reopen peace negotiations with the Taliban have so far borne little fruit but informal talks, involving Afghans from varied political backgrounds, have occurred in the recent past behind a veil of secrecy
  • Pakistan military officials admit defector's key role in Bin Laden operation

    ISLAMABAD: Two former senior Pakistan military officials told AFP on Tuesday that a ‘defector’ from country’s intelligence agency did assist the US in its hunt for Osama bin Laden but denied the two countries had officially worked together...

    The officials' accounts came after the publication of a controversial news report by US journalist Seymour Hersh in which he claimed to have uncovered a ‘secret deal’ between Washington and...
  • EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

    BRUSSELS: The European Union asked on Wednesday its member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece, which have been overstretched by an influx of migrants...

    Repeating an earlier proposal, Mr Avramopoulos said the European Union was also asking member states to admit over two years 20,000 Syrian refugees from outside Europe who had “a clear need for international protection”...

  • Officials admit to serious security lapses in Attock

    ISLAMABAD: Preliminary investigations into the terrorist attack which claimed the life of Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and 18 others on August 16 have revealed that serious security lapses occurred, a senior Punjab government official told Dawn on Wednesday...

    The official said that no security barrier had been erected on any side of the home minister’s ancestral home, where the blast occurred, despite serious threats to his life
  • Senators admit votes sold in Senate polls

    ISLAMABAD: Senators endorsed on Wednesday the public perception that members of provincial assemblies sold their votes during elections for the upper house of parliament, with some of them proposing replacement of secret ballot with open voting to plug the loophole...

    Some others suggested that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should be empowered by amending the law to investigate the cases of sale and purchase of votes and...
  • SC refuses to admit plea seeking record of military court verdict

    ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court office declined on Saturday to entertain a petition moved by the father of a convict believed to have been sentenced to death by a military court...

    Zahir Shah, the father of Haider Ali who is said to have been convicted by a military court, had filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Aug 8
  • Focus shifts to succession as Taliban admit Omar is dead

    ISLAMABAD: Putting to rest controversies over the death of their chief Mullah Omar, Taliban formally confirmed on Thursday his death but insisted that he had never gone out of Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion...

    Furthermore, the Taliban’s official statement’s silence over the reports about leadership succession, according to which Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been named as the next emir, confirmed reports about a split within the...
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