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Afghan Taliban claim Islamic State killed their senior official in Pakistan

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KABUL: Afghan Taliban on Saturday claimed that the Islamic State (IS) group in Pakistan killed their senior official in a rare clash in Peshawar.

According to Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, Maulvi Daud, based in Logar province of Afghanistan, was on a visit to Pakistan when IS militants attacked his hideout on the outskirts of Peshawar and killed him.

Two other men were also killed in the attack, Mujahid said.

The news of the death was also confirmed by the militant group [ISIS] on Friday. However, they did not mention the name of the deceased.

The group’s affiliated news agency AMAQ had earlier claimed that the Afghan Taliban have made contacts with US and Afghan special forces in order to eliminate Islamic State from the country.

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Boat Capsized: Search for bodies continues!

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HYDERABAD: The search operation to find the missing dead bodies of six persons, who drowned in Indus river after their boat capsized in the midst of the sand storm, continued on Sunday with only one body found during the day.
The Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro Capt (R) Fariddudin Mustafa informed that so far only 3 out of 8 drowned persons, including 2 women and a child, had been pulled out so far. The dead bodies of the women were found on Saturday night, he added.
He told that the search operation continued since morning till evening on Sunday before it was suspended before sunset. He added that the operation, in which a team of Pakistan Navy besides Edhi volunteers was also participating, would resume on Monday morning.
The deceased include 50 years old Aasat, 35 years old Qaima, 30 years old Gulzadi, 35 years old Popri and her son one-year-old Imran, 25 years old Shahzadi and her son two years old Ahmed and one-year-old Abdul Wahab.
All of them were Maachi by the cast. The bodies of Aasat, Popri, and Imran have been fished out so far.
According to the police and the district administration, the boat capsized while returning from Matiari district on Saturday evening.

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PPP, PML-N nexus to die in a couple of days 

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Bilawal's political film flopped before release

SIALKOT: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq  Awan has said that Iftar dinner of PPPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in honor of different political parties was actually a renewal of the nexus between the PPPP and the PML-N.
It was also a renewal of their pledge to protect each other’s corruption and personal political gains. They
gathered to find out back doors to escape from the country by putting pressure on the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB), she added.
Talking to the newsmen at Oora Chowk here, she said that a gang of plundrers had again gathered to protect each other’s corruption and personal gains as politically mature masses had already rejected such corrupt politicians.
“This unnatural political nexus between a gang of plundrers will die within the next couple of days as these corrupt and dead horses are mere active to keep them alive in the political scenario”, she said.

 

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PPP-P and PML-N’s Isloo Iftar Diplomacy

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ISLAMABAD: Zardari House here is the venue where Iftar Diplomacy is currently being used jointly by PPPP-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif. 

After breaking the fast, a meeting of opposition leaders will take place with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the chair. Leaders are of the view that people of Pakistan had rejected the augmentation of oil and gas prices. Not content with NAB’s operations, they hold that the Bureau’s measures were vindictive.

Those who are participating in the meeting include, Asif Ali Zardari, Maryam Nawaz and her team (consisting of husband Captain Safdar, Pervaiz Rasheed, Shahid Khakan Abbasi, Hamza Shahbaz…), Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman JUI-F), PPPP’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Raza Rabbani, Sherry Rehman, Khursheed Shah, Yousuf Raza Gilani, (JI’s) Liaqat Baloch & his team, Farhatullah Babar, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Nayyar Bukhari, Ayaz Sadiq, Mian Iftikhar Hussain (ANP), Ali Wazir (PTM) & Mohsin Dawar…

This is the first formal meeting between the Bilawal and Maryam. Interestingly,  parents of  PPP-P’s Bilawal (Benazir Bhutto) and PML-N’s Maryam (Nawaz Sharif) were at daggers drawn as political rivals. Meanwhile, PTI took to the twitter saying that the political heirs of the so-called democratic parties that ironically follow the failed practices of monarchs and think of themselves as bearers of some ‘royal bloodline’ are joining hands today, once again exposing their hypocrisy. 

Pundits at the helm of affairs, who are keenly observing the developments, are of the view that the meeting is meant to figure out a way to mobilize masses against PTI government after Eid-ul-Fitr. Many believe that the goal of the Iftar Diplomacy is basically to pressurize the government to be lenient against Zardari and Nawaz. 

 

 

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