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Model Town case: FIR registered against Nawaz, Shahbaz and 19 oth

LAHORE: A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against 21 persons, including the prime minister and Punjab chief minister, on  the orders of the government.

 
 
 
Two journalists among three gunned down in Quetta

QUETTA: Three people including two journalists were killed in a firing incident in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province on Thursday evening, police said.Unidentified armed militants barged into the office of news agency, Online and gunned down Irshad Mastoi, the Bureau Chief of the agency. Mastoi's reporter Ghullam Rasool and accountant Muhammad Younas were also killed by the militants.

 
 
 
COAS Raheel Sharif made 'mediator' to end political crisis

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan announced that Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has been appointed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a 'mediator' and 'guarantor' for bringing the current crisis between the government and protesters to an end.

 
 
 
Iran 'shoots down Israeli drone' near Natanz nuclear site

TEHRAN: Iran says it has shot down an Israeli drone near the Natanz nuclear enrichment site.The Revolutionary Guards said they fired the missile as the stealth drone approached the area, 300km (185 miles) south of the capital Tehran.

 
 
 
Shahbaz denies resignation 'rumours'

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif denied reports that the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) government was considering his resignation as a means to end the political crisis.

 
 
 
US air strike on Islamic State militants in Iraq

Baghdad: The US says it has launched an air strike against militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq.The Pentagon said American aircraft attacked artillery that was being used against Kurdish forces defending the northern city of Irbil.

 
 
 
Two soldiers, seven Uzbek terrorists killed in N Waziristan

ISLAMABAD: Seven Uzbek terrorists and two army soldiers were killed during the clearance of the Miramshah to Datta Khel road, a military spokesperson said. However, this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to North Waziristan.

 
 
 
Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in east

KIEV: Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks a

 
 
 
UN's Navi Pillay warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed.Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians.

 
 
 
Israel pulls diplomats from Turkey after missions attacked

ANKARA: Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons, after protesters angered by its assault on Gaza sought to storm Israeli embassy buildings.Turkish protesters overnight tried to break into the ambassador's residence in Ankara as well as the consulate in Istanbul, with the diplomatic controversy over the Gaza assault risking a new crisis in relations between Turkey and the Jewish state.&l