India admits ceasefire violations in ”Operation Arjun”

India’s Border Security Force used targeted firepower on farms and residences of Pakistan’s serving and former army officers near the border, resulting in Pakistan suing for peace, the Times of India reported on Wednesday.

BSF has particularly targeted farms and residences of retired Pakistan army, ISI and Pakistan Rangers officers who have been given land near the Indian border to facilitate their task of guiding infiltration and providing logistical help in anti-operations India, top sources told the Times of India.

Don’t blame us, Haqqanis were your darlings first: Khawaja Asif

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan would not take the blame for the Haqqani Network, reminding the US that the so-called Pakistan-based militants allied with the Afghan Taliban were once considered ‘darlings’ of the White House, United States.

The foreign minister was speaking at an Asia Society forum on Tuesday and said Pakistan was willing to work with the US to stop militant extremists on the Afghan border. “Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate,” he said. “This will only help forces that we are trying to fight collectively.”

Here, Asif responds to criticism from President Trump and others that Pakistan is responsible for Afghanistan’s problems. (1 min., 32 sec.)

Here, Asif discusses his country’s vision for an approach towards regional peace and development. The address was followed by a conversation with author and journalist Steve Coll. (1 hr., 6 min.)

Pakistan’s urban elite have a meth problem: Geo special report

The use of the drug crystal methamphetamine, more popularly known by its street names Ice and Glass, or simply crystal meth, has been slowly taking over the urban elite of Pakistan, Geo News reported in a special investigation. Read here about the stories of the dealers, the users and the doctors trying to tackle the growing problem.

Finance minister indicted by accountability court, denies charges

An accountability court in Islamabad on Wednesday indicted Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.

The Supreme Court in July disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for not declaring a small source of income and ordered an investigation into Sharif, his children and Dar, Sharif’s former accountant. Dar’s son is also married to one of Sharif’s daughters.

Dar pleaded not guilty, an official from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said. He did not speak to the media after his appearance in court.

Indian troops kill 1, injure 6 in cross-border shelling

Indian troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) yet again on Wednesday, killing a civilian and injuring six others in heavy shelling on villages in Nakyal sector in the southern Kotli district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Pakistan out of bottom-20 in Global Competitiveness Index

Pakistan has improved its overall position by seven places in the influential Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum (WEF), crawling out of the bottom-20, but continuing to languish at the last place among South Asian countries. The rise in the ranking to 115th position – 22 places from the bottom, compared to 16th from the bottom last year — shows improvement in macroeconomic indicators

“Pakistan is classified as a factor driven economy, which primarily depends on improving its institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, health and primary education indicators,” said Amir Jahangir, the Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, the country partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum.

Afghanistan’s only female governor Masooma Muradi is replaced by a man

Afghanistan’s only female provincial governor has been replaced by a man, an official said on Wednesday (Sept 27), in a blow to women politicians in the patriarchal country.

Masooma Muradi had faced strong resistance from religious conservatives and political opponents since her appointment in 2015 as governor of Daikundi, a remote province in central Afghanistan.

Pakistani singer Momina Musteshsan on BBC top 100 women list 

Rising singer and musician Momina Mustehsan has made it to the yet to be completed 2017 list of BBC’s 100 inspirational women from around the world. Alongside Momina, the list includes women such as the Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and England footballer Steph Houghton. Rupi Kaur is also part of the list.

Now in its fifth year, the BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world annually. This time around, they are challenging the 100 women “to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women today ─ the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport”.

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