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8 July :Afghanistan: Several killed in Taliban car bomb attack in Ghazni

Attack targeting National Directorate of Security compound came as rival Afghan groups met in Qatar to discuss peace.

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1 July :At least 65 wounded as powerful car bomb rocks Kabul

Dozens of people were wounded with fatalities feared as a powerful car bomb rocked Kabul early on Monday and gunmen battled special forces in an area housing military and government buildings, officials said.

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20 JUNE : Taliban delegation holds talks in China as part of peace push

China recently played host to a Taliban delegation as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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19 June: Accused Terrorists Use Loopholes to Tap Frozen Funds



Loopholes in U.N. Security Council sanctions procedures are allowing blacklisted al Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists and their supporters to tap their bank accounts despite a U.N.

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30 Nov: US residing Indian citizen proved guilty for planning terrorism attack

An Indian citizen, Balwinder Singh living in asylum in the USA pleads guilty of planning terrorist attacks in Punjab India, along the border with Pakistan.

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30 Nov: Afghan Taliban are willing to protect the infrastructure project

Afghan Taliban showed willingness to protect the billions dollar worth infrastructure project throughout Afghanistan. Earlier this projected was halted because of the militancy and violence in the country.

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30 Nov: An Attack on Indian army base killed 7 soldiers

Seven Indian soldiers died in an attack by the militants disguised as policemen. The militants entered the army base near the frontier with Pakistan and attacked the soldiers in the base.

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30 Nov: Lahore High Court restrained the government from deporting the Turkish teachers

Lahore High Court stopped the government of Pakistan from deporting the Turkish teachers, working for the Pak-Turk International Schools from Pakistan. The court seeks a reply from the interior ministry on this issue.

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30 Nov: Tirah airstrikes killed 8 militants

An airstrike carried out by Pakistani fighters killed 8 suspected militants in Koki Khel, a remote area of the Tirah valley.

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30 Nov: A Rickshaw campaign launched for the elimination of violence against women

A rickshaw campaign has been launched by Aurat Foundation in collaboration with Oxfam Pakistan for the elimination of violence against women at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. The title of the campaign was Enough, Together We Can End Violence against Women and Girls.

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30 Nov: Hindu community criticized the opposition of the bill of forced conversions

The Hindu community criticized the opposition of the Minorities Bill 2015 by the political parties, which was recently passed in Sindh assembly against the forced conversions.

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29 Nov: US flags were burned in New York after the flag-burning tweet of Donald Trump

In the response to a tweet by President-elect Donald Trump about the legal consequences for the people burning flags of US, some leftist activist protested and burned flags in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York.

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29 Nov: Partial ban on veil is approved by the Dutch parliamentarians

Dutch parliamentarians passed a motion to ban the full face veil from public places, which was approved by 132 members out of 150 including the Prime Minister.

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29 Nov: Non-bailable Arrest warrant issued for Musharraf in Bughti murder case

Non-bailable arrest warrants for the former president General Pervez Musharraf were issued by the division bench of Baluchistan High Court in Akbar Bughti murder case.

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29 Nov: Govt. reconstruction of markets in North Waziristan is being opposed by the Tribals

Some serious concerns were shown by the tribal elders of the North Waziristan Agency over the ownership of the newly constructed markets and shops in Miranshah. They warned the government that those markets will not be accepted by the locals if they were created against their wishes and desires. They suggested that the government must compensate the owners so that they construct the shops of their own will and choice without being into any conflict over the ownership.

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29 Nov: Center proposed to establish the National Security Fund (NSF) with 3 pc of divisible pool



The Finance Minister of Pakistan Senator Ishaq Dar proposed to establish the National Security Fund with the 3 percent of the NFC divisible pool to deal with the security challenges and against the war on terrorism. This proposal was made in the meeting of National Finance Commission (NFC) chaired by the Finance Minister himself. Three percent from the divisible pool kept for the distribution of funds between Center and Federating units will be reserved for NSF annually.

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28 Nov: 85000 registered refugee families returned back to Afghanistan this year

85000 families of Afghan refugees returned back to Afghanistan this year. This was the part of the volunteer repatriation process of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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28 Nov: Sikh militant commander recaptured

A Sikh militant commander of the Khalistan Liberation Force was recaptured from New Delhi after he eloped the jail with the help of his companions who freed him while wearing police uniforms.

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28 Nov: Call for improvement of socio-economic condition of FATA by Senate Standing Committee

Senate standing committee highlighted the terrorism stricken parts of FATA, which needs special attention of government for their rehabilitation and development process but the authorities concerned are not taking the issue as the priority.

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28 Nov: Across the border crackdown is ordered by Shahbaz

The chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif ordered the Police department to launch a crackdown across the border on criminal elements and proclaimed offenders.

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28 Nov: Pakistan is launching its first cyber harassment hotline

Pakistan’s first cyber harassment hotline will go operational from 1st December, according to Digital Rights Foundation. This initiative is a part of DRF’s 16 Days of Activism on Violence against women.

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27 Nov: Two suspected militants of a sectarian organization were killed in a gun battle with law enforcement agency in Mustang

Upon receiving a tip of the presence of the militants in the area, armed law enforcement agency initiated a search operation and killed two suspected militant of the terrorist outfit of sectarian nature.

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27 Nov: Indian Jail break by armed men in police uniform



10 armed men disguised in police uniform stormed an Indian jail in Punjab to free a top Sikh militant commander of the Khalistan Liberation Force and four other members.

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27 Nov: Elite Joint Special Operations Command gets an expanded power to hunt terrorists around the globe

Three Mosques in California are reported to receive threatening letters against Muslims. The civil rights group called for more police protection of the mosque and the Muslims in the area. The letters praised the President-elect Donald Trump and threatened the Muslims complete genocide from America.

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27 Nov: Elite Joint Special Operations Command gets an expanded power to hunt terrorists around the globe

The United States is giving special expanded powers to its elite Joint Special Operations Command to carry out operations against terrorists around the globe. This is the organization that killed Osama Bin laden.

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27 Nov: Fidel Castro died

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. He defied 11 US administrations and several assassination attempts.

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27 Nov: General Qamar Javed Bajwa: New CAOS

General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new Army Chief of Pakistan and he will be taken over the office from 29th November succeeding General Raheel Sharif.

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25 Nov: Call for an end to violence in Kashmir by Boris Johnson

While on a two days official visit to Pakistan, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson emphasized on the need of establishing peace and stability between Pakistan and India. He calls for an end to violence in Kashmir and to have a mutual settlement between India and Pakistan on the issue while keeping the wishes of Kashmiri people in consideration.

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25 Nov: Bill against forced religious conversions is passed by Sindh Assembly

A bill against the forced religious conversions has been passed by the Sindh Assembly. A five year punishment will be imposed on the offenders, perpetrators and facilitators, according to the bill.

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25 Nov: Pakistan’s fight against terrorism is appreciated by UK



British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is on two days official visit to Pakistan. During a meeting with the Prime Minster of Pakistan, he extended the gesture of gratitude for Pakistan in its efforts to defeat terrorism. He said that UK acknowledges and appreciates Pakistan’s role in the global fight against terrorism.

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25 Nov: Counter Terrorism Department arrested the most wanted terror suspect in Peshawar

A prime suspect and most wanted militant with Rs. 0.5 million bounty on his head was claimed to be arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was allegedly involved in the car bombing of 2009 Peshawar which resulted in the death of 60 people.

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25 Nov: Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention was conferred to two Pakistani Women in Paris

Gulalai Ismail and Saba Ismail, two young Pakistani women and co-founders of an NGO “Aware Girls” were awarded with the esteemed Chirac Prize for their efforts in conflict prevention. The award was presented in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum by the Former French Minister for Culture Christine Albanel. This award was presented in the recognition of the efforts of the two young women towards progress and growth of culture of peace and non-violence through the involvement of women and youth in Pakistan.

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24 Nov: President seeks an extend of the operation in Karachi

While talking to Rangers Director General Major General Bilal Akbar, President Mamnoon Hussain focused to take the ongoing Karachi operation to its conclusion without giving any concessions to the criminals involved in disrupting the peace process of the city.

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21 Nov: Religious Extremism is one of the big issues of Pakistan: Bizenjo

Mir Hasil Bizenjo focused on the need to fight religious extremism as it is being a deadly matter for state, claiming many lives almost every day.

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20 Nov: US wants to be engaged with Pakistan in an attempt to defeat terrorism

US congress issued a statement in the aftermath of the move for declaring Pakistan as a terrorism sponsoring state because of the alleged links of Pakistan with the militant outfits. It stated that it is better to work with Pakistan to fight against terrorism rather than declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism.

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19 Nov: Banning of two more militant outfits by Federal government

A spokesman of the interior ministry confirmed that two more militant organizations Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi are banned by the federal government because of their involvement in the recent sectarian attacks in differnet parts of the country.

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26 Oct: Formulation of National counter extremism policy

During a meeting of the steering committee of NACTA, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that a national policy to counter extremism will be formulated soon to root out the menace of terrorism from Pakistan.

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14 Oct: National Security Advisor sets provincial committees to oversee the ‘National Action Plan’

Provincial Committees will be set up in all the four provinces, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to oversee the NAP progress at provincial level.

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Geo-tagging seminaries in Punjab

The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has completed the geo-tagging of seminaries in the province. The accurate position of buildings, including its name, longitude, latitude, and distance, the students’ activities in the past are also documented by the CTD. There are almost 14,000 seminaries in Punjab, and 35,000 in Pakistan.

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The government of Pakistan has frozen accounts of 8,400 terror financing suspects



Under the National Action Plan agenda, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) has frozen Rs.1.2 billion linked with terror finance. In addition, 177 Madrassahs have come in the radar of choked funds. According to the Ministry of Interior, National Database Regulation Authority and Directorate of Passport have blocked travel documents of 3,111 suspects. Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid tops the list.

Sindh Police is tracing accounts of 27 militants of proscribed organizations Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Khuddamul Islam (KuI), Lyari Gang war, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Jundallah, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the Sindh Counter Terrorism Department officials.

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Twitter axes 235,000 handles in terror crackdown

On August 19, 2016, Twitter announced that it has cut off 235,000 more accounts for violating its policies regarding promotion of terrorism at the global one-to-many messaging service.

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