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KARACHI – Significant developments were made during the interrogation of Lyari gangwar head Uzair Baloch Thursday. Baloch revealed the names of 10 key operatives of Lyari gangwar’s women wing.


February 24, 2015
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Egypt,s leading activist jailed for five years

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced a prominent activist to five years in jail on Monday for violating limits on demonstrations, part of one of the toughest crackdowns on dissent in Egypt’s history.


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After the verdict was read out, chants of “Down, down with military rule!” rang out from supporters of Alaa Abdel Fattah crowded into the courtroom.

Abdel Fattah was a leading secular figure in the 2011 revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. He was originally sentenced in absentia to 15 years in jail, along with 24 others, before a retrial was ordered.

The blogger and software engineer is one of several activists to have been jailed since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013 and launched a crackdown not only on his Muslim Brotherhood but also on secular democracy activists.

Laila Seif, Abdel Fattah’s mother, said she hoped her son would draw on the strength that helped his father, a human rights lawyer, through a five-year sentence under Mubarak.

One other defendant, Ahmed Abdulrahman, also received five years in jail; 18 accused received three years; and others who were tried in absentia were given 15 years. Abdulrahman’s lawyer said his client would appeal.

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LAHORE – Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has on Thursday announced his retirement from Test cricket.



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