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70 pc of Mir Ali, outskirts cleared

70 pc of Mir Ali, outskirts cleared

570 terrorists killed, 34 soldiers martyred in Operation, House-to-house search mounts

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—As the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, initiated against the local as well foreign militants in the restive North Waziristan agency, entered 43rd day on Sunday, 570 alleged terrorists have been killed till date with the security forces destroying around hundred militants hideouts besides seizing dozens of IEDs and ammunition manufacturing factories and suicide bombers training centers.

Armed forces will not indulge in any political wrangling

Liaqat Toor

Islamabad—The Armed forces of Pakistan, already engaged in an intense campaign against terrorists in FATA has no intention to indulge in political affairs of the country. Sources close to corridor of political and military power said the forces deputed in Islamabad under Article 245 of the Constitution will provide security to the important installations. In all 350 soldiers to be deployed for this purpose and they have nothing to do with any long march or sit-in in the capital.

Article 245 invoked 11 times in last 7 years: Nisar

Army help to secure Islamabad not connected to any rally

Islamabad—Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the decision to call for the Army’s assistance in maintaining law and order in Islamabad for three months under Article 245 of the Constitution had no link with “any political rally or party”. Addressing a press conference at Punjab House here on Sunday, the Interior Minister said that anyone trying to link the government’s decision of calling in the Army with any political rally of a political party was actually engaging in political point-scoring and was making the Army’s role needlessly controversial at a crucial time.

Hamas chief: We cannot coexist with occupiers

Washington—Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighbors while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday. On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by US broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha while in Gaza his Islamist militia was under assault from Israeli forces in renewed fighting that has left hundreds dead.

NPC to celebrate Independence Day for two weeks

Ashraf Ansari

Islamabad—The Nazriya Pakistan Council, Islamabad has chalked out a number of programmes to celebrate the 68th Independence Day in a befitting manner and its Chapters throughout the country too will hold similar events. As per its traditions, the NPC through its various programmes will highlight the vision of Pakistan of its founder, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
After rejecting cease-fire, Hamas proposes a new one

Israel resumes deadly bombing of Gaza Strip

Jerusalem — Israel and Hamas went back and forth on Sunday over proposals for a humanitarian lull in the fighting in Gaza, underscoring the external and internal pressures on both sides. By afternoon, Hamas, the militant group that dominates Gaza, had called for a new 24-hour pause, hours after Israel had declared one over in response to a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza into its territory.

China to build railway, motorway networks in Afghanistan

Ashraf Ansari

Islamabad—China has assured Kabul that it would be ready to massively contribute to the reconstruction of Afghanistan as soon as a government of national unity is installed there. China’s special envoy on Afghanistan Sun Yuxi gave this assurance on behalf of his government when he met in Kabul recently with President Hamid Karzai and the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.

50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

British embassy convoy attacked

Benghazi—At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said. Another 23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home on Saturday during clashes between rival militias battling over the city’s main airport, the Egyptian state news agency reported.

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