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The 'disappearance' of Masood Azhar on the eve of the FATF plenary demonstrates Pakistan’s chicanery

Pakistan had been identified by the money laundering and terror financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), as a ‘high risk and non-cooperative’ country as far back as in June 2008, and had been placed on the organization’s grey list. It was removed from the list the following year, but found its way back on the grey list in February 2012, when it was described as a ‘high-risk and non-cooperative country, not committed to an action plan’. 

New York Times op-ed by Taliban's deputy leader triggers row, experts question newspaper's decision

Washington/IBNS: An op-ed published in the New York Times has triggered a massive row as the writer of it is Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is one of the world's most wanted terrorists, carrying rewards on him.

Pakistan moves down in Human Development Index (HDI), now stands at 152

Islamabad/IBNS: Apart from the global terror financial watchdog FATF's move of keeping the nation in 'grey list', Pakistan has now moved one step down in the  Human Development Index (HDI) to touch 152.

Amid tight security, Pakistan court sends Hindu girl Mahek Kumari to production home

Jacobabad/IBNS: Amid protests by Hindu community members over the kidnap, conversion, and marriage of minor Hindu girl Mehak Kumari in Pakistan and a verdict awaited by a court, certain sections of people forced locals of Jacobabad city in Sindh province of the country to close shops on Tuesday to influence the decision in the case.

Global terror financing watchdog  FATF decides to retain Pakistan in ‘Grey List’

Paris/Islamabad/IBNS/UNI: In a setback for Pakistan, global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Tuesday decided to retain the south Asian nation in its ‘Grey List’.

Pakistan observers sniff eyewash on Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed ahead of FATF ruling

Islamabad/IBNS: In what can be seen as a golden eyewash at a time when the threat of being blacklisted by international terror financing and money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) looms large over it, Pakistan last week convicted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, who was arrested last year, in two terror financing cases. However, the reality inside Pakistan can be different with strong beliefs by observers that Pakistan is stage-managing the episode and even claiming that another top terrorist, Masood Azhar, the mastermind of the Pulwama attack last year February in India killing 40 soldiers, has gone missing. 

World must ‘step up’, match Pakistan’s compassion for refugees, says UN chief

New York/IBNS: Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow.

Pakistan: Six people die following gas chemical leakage in Karachi

Karachi/IBNS: At least six people died due to alleged chemical leakage in Pakistan' Karachi city, media reports said on Monday.

Chinese firms achieve 'little success' in Karachi expo, says The Economist report

Beijing/IBNS: Despite sharing strong bonds among themselves as all-weather alliance partners, several Chinese firms recently faced troubles in a Karachi expo, hinting the underlying difference shared by the two nations.

Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami loyalists display placards of executed Bangladeshi Islamist leader at T20 match

Lahore/IBNS: During the recent T20 match between the home side and Bangladesh in Lahore city, several students and Jamaat-e-Islami loyalists in Pakistan displayed a placard in the gallery showing pictures of executed Bangladeshi Islamist leader Motiur Rahman.

US welcomes conviction of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

Washington/IBNS: The United States has welcomed the conviction of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed in terror financing cases.

Lahore court convicts LeT founder Hafiz Saeed in two terror financing cases

Lahore/IBNS: In a crucial development, a Lahore court on Wednesday convicted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, who was arrested last year, in two terror financing cases, media reports said

Two terror financing cases: Court convicts Jamat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed

Lahore/IBNS: A Lahore court on Wednesday convicted Jamat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed in two terror financing cases.

Pakistani Christian girl's case: Court says marriage of abducted underage girl valid as per Sharia law

Islamabad/IBNS: In what came as a shock to many, a Pakistan court has ruled as legal the marriage of a minor Christian girl who was abducted, converted and then married to a Muslim man. The court said the marriage of Huma was legal under the Sharia law.