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Mob mentality: How many hands is Mashal’s blood on?

The brutal murder of Mashal Khan in the hostel of Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, after being accused of unspecified blasphemy, has generated an unprecedented wave of public outrage. The reasons are not far to seek. Despite the freedom allowed to the militant organisations to promote the cult of violence, …

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Only 165 of 446 bus routes functional in city, govt tells SHC

KARACHI: While there are hardly 6,000 public transport vehicles to cater to the 23 million or so people of the city, only 165 of the 446 routes of buses, minibuses and coaches are functional, it emerged on Saturday. The provincial government’s transport and mass transit department filed a detailed report …

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The Horde’s Banquet

Some of the earliest well-known incidents of mob violence fueled by extreme religious sentiments occurred in the late 17th century in the town of Salem. Salem is situated in present-day Massachusetts in the US. The area was a British colony at the time. Over a dozen people, mostly women, were …

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Robbers involved in traffic signal episode arrested

LAHORE: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) police claimed on Saturday to have arrested 10 members of a robbers’ gang, including the three involved in a daylight robbery at a traffic signal in Faisal Town. In November 2016, four robbers riding motorcycles stopped a family going in a car at Mariyan …

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Terror suspect facing extradition is not a Pakistani citizen

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior has informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on a petition filed against the imminent extradition of a US citizen on the charges of planning terrorist attacks in New York City that the suspect is not a Pakistani national and hence cannot claim fundamental rights as …

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Global march for science to fight ‘alternative facts’

WASHINGTON: Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicentre of a movement to fight back against what many see as an “assault on facts” by populist politicians. Hundreds streamed onto the Washington Mall for a festive day of music, speeches and teach-ins by …

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Rivals supporting MQM-P over Karachi protest

KARACHI: In what is being seen as a telltale sign that three parties comprising leaders who were at one time or another led by Altaf Hussain are coming close to each other, the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Mohajir Qaumi Movement more commonly known as MQM-Haqiqi have categorically expressed support …

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Sharif, COAS assure Kabul terrorists common enemy

ISLAMABAD: With the death toll from a terrorist attack carried out the previous day on a military base near the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif rising to 140, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the army chief condemned on Saturday the horrific assault that lasted several hours. Mr Sharif said his government …

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JIT can’t use OECD channel to probe Sharif family assets

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) being formed to probe the money trail of the assets owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family will not be able to obtain information from other countries through the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters until September 2018. Pakistan …

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Mob attacks man in Chitral accused of making ‘blasphemous remarks’

A mob attacked a man and beat him brutally inside a mosque in Chitral after he was accused of uttering blasphemous remarks following Friday prayers. The man, who is yet to be identified, is alleged to have pushed the imam of the mosque to allow him to speak after jummah …

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