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  • Yaqoob Nasar set to be elected senator unopposed

    ISLAMABAD: Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is set to be elected unopposed as senator as both the major opposition parties – PPP and PTI – backed out of earlier announcements that they would not leave the field open for the ruling party...

    According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), no one except Sardar Yaqoob Nasar filed the nomination papers for election to the vacant seat of...

  • Sardar Yaqoob Nasir to take over as PML-N's interim president: reports

    While speculations continue over who will replace Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified after the Panamagate verdict last month from continuing as president of the PML-N, sources in the party told DawnNews on Wednesday that Senator Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir will most likely be elevated to be president of the party till it decides on a permanent replacement...

    The party has to comply with an Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) notice and...

  • Sardar Yaqoob Nasar appointed interim chairman of PML-N: sources

    Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar was appointed interim chairman of the PML-N in a meeting of the party's central working committee in Islamabad on Thursday, credible sources within the party told DawnNews...

    According to a source, Senator Nasar's name had been approved a day earlier by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif after the proposal did not meet much resistance from party leaders...

  • Daniyal, Yaqoob shine

    KARACHI: Spinners Daniyal Matloob and Mohammad Yaqoob produced telling spells to help their respective team score easy victories in the two matches decided in the KCCA Commissioner Karachi Cup here on Wednesday...

    Off-spinner Yaqoob was impressive in taking five for 27 in Asifabad Sports’ comprehensive eight-wicket defeat of Hamdam CC at the TMC Ground...

  • New round of US-Taliban talks to start in Doha: Taliban

    A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the United States (US) starts on Wednesday in Qatar, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek a way out of America's longest war...

    According to Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, the talks "will start in Doha today"...

  • Interior minister grilled over NIC issued to slain Taliban leader

    Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday informed Senate in a written reply that — contrary to media reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor had been carrying a Pakistan passport and National Identity Card (NIC) — it had emerged that the card had actually been issued to a man named Muhammad Wali, son of Shah Muhammad...

    The minister said in the statement that a departmental inquiry against all National Database and...

  • Afghan defence minister, army chief resign after Taliban attack

    The Afghan defence minister and his army chief resigned Monday, days after what is believed to be one of the deadliest-ever Taliban attacks on a military base triggered calls for officials to step down...

    “President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the defence minister and army chief of staff,” a one-line statement from the presidential palace said...

  • Taliban hid in bombed hospital, claims Afghan Defence Minister

    KABUL: Afghanistan's acting Defence Minister says the hospital that was bombed by United States (US) forces was being used by insurgents who were fighting government forces...

    Masoom Stanekzai said on Monday that Taliban insurgents and possibly Pakistani operatives had used the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility in the city of Kunduz as a "safe place"...

  • Thousands of Afghan Taliban studying in Balochistan: provincial minister

    WASHINGTON: Balo­chis­tan’s minister for home and tribal affairs, Sarfaraz Bugti, has told the Voice of America radio that thousands of Afghan Taliban were still studying in seminaries across the province...

    “There are many seminaries where Afghan Taliban are studying, and many are owned by the Afghan Taliban group,” Bugti told VOA’s Deewa Afghan service...

  • US-Taliban pact on violence reduction soon: Afghan minister

    KABUL: An agreement between the Taliban and US forces to reduce violence would come into force within the next five days, Afghanistan’s acting interior minister said on Tuesday, amid continued clashes between the militants and Afghan forces...

    A senior US administration official said last week negotiations with Taliban representatives in Qatar had resulted in an agreement in principle for a weeklong reduction of violence, but that the...

  • Pakistan welcomes US offer to take on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

    WASHINGTON: Days before crucial talks with the US defence secretary, Pakistan has welcomed an American offer to take action against militants involved in cross-border raids from the Afghan soil, the Voice of America radio service reported on Wednesday...

    The official US news outlet also reported that Pakistan believed the US offer “augurs well” for regional counterterrorism cooperation...

  • New cabinet takes oath: Khawaja Asif foreign minister, Ahsan Iqbal interior minister

    President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to 43 members of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's cabinet comprising mostly old faces but with some reshuffled portfolios...

    The names of the cabinet members and their portfolios were finalised by PM Abbasi after six-hour-long consultations with his predecessor Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Murree on Thursday...

  • Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir given additional portfolio of foreign minister

    Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan was given the additional charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, Radio Pakistan reported, days after former foreign minister Khawaja Asif was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court for concealing assets in his nomination papers...

    He started off as the state minister for privatisation in 2013, but later the same year was moved to the commerce ministry...

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