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Erdogan, Nawaz agree to enhance counter-terrorism coop, bilateral ties

PM receives Erdogan at Nur Khan Air Base; Hosts dinner for dignitary; PAF presents honorary salute

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Islamabad—Pakistan and Turkey on Saturday agreed to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation, and strengthen bilateral ties in a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.
First audio message

Mansoor for unity amid reports of discord in ranks

Cautions Taliban against divisions in ranks, Vows insurgency to continue, Mentions peace talks with Kabul with no clear message

Kabul—The new Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor called for unity in the ranks of the movement through his first audio message released Saturday amid reports that deceased former Chief Mullah Omar’s family members ‘opposed’ his selection. “We should all work to preserve unity, division in our ranks will only please our enemies, and cause further problems for us,” he said in the recording released by the group after reports of rifts in the Taliban rank following the announcement of the death of former chief Mullah Omar.

Traders observe partial strike against WHT

Traders’ associations remained divided alleging each other of hatching conspiracy

Arshad Mian/ Irfan Aligi/ Salim Ahmad

Islamabad/Karachi/Lahore—The business community observed a nationwide strike on Saturday against the imposition of 0.3 per cent withholding tax (WHT) on banking transactions by the Federal Board of Revenue. The traders observed partial strike in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Meanwhile traders’ community rejected the strike call in Balochistan. The traders have threatened to start civil disobedience movement if government will not accept their demands rejecting the withholding tax on bank transactions. One faction of the business community has announced strike on 5th August in country.

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