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Won't let Pakistan become a 'liberal' state, says JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman: Jama'at Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while addressing a Conference in Larkana District of Sindh on November 29 vowed not to let Pakistan become a 'liberal' state. He said that Islam is the true identity for Pakistanis all across the globe. The News, November 30, 2015.

Karachi operation will be further intensified, says Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan: The Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on November 28 said that the law and order situation in Karachi had improved considerably since the beginning of the ongoing operation, which would be further intensified. Nisar said the crackdown was launched with the consent of all political parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Tribune, November 30, 2015.

Islamic State doesn't exist in Pakistan, claims Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on November 23 claimed that the Islamic State does not exist in Pakistan. He stated that some proscribed organisations are using its name, but the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) is chasing militants. Dawn, November 24, 2015.

Unidentified elements in Pakistan and Afghanistan major sources of terrorist financing, says US report: Unidentified elements in Pakistan and Afghanistan are major sources of terrorist financing, says a report by the United States (US) Treasury Department on November 23. The report - "Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment, 2015, - notes that the Haqqani Network generates funds by a wide range of sources including businesses and proceeds derived from criminal activities such as smuggling, extortion, and kidnapping for ransom in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dawn, November 24, 2015.

Zero tolerance for IS in Pakistan, says DG ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa: Pakistan has a zero tolerance for Islamic State (IS) militants - also known as Daesh - and the terrorist group has no acceptance in the country, said Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa on November 20. "There is a zero tolerance for Daesh in Pakistan. Not even a shadow of Daesh will be allowed in Pakistan," the DG ISPR said, adding that the Pakistani society has totally rejected it and there was no acceptance of the terror group in Pakistan. The News, November 21, 2015.

Army satisfied with security of Nation's nuclear assets: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on November 13 paid a visit to Pakistan's Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security (PCENS) and expressed confidence over the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. "Pakistan has taken measures, including setting up of the PCENS, to strengthen its nuclear security," said the COAS. Interacting with officers and troops at the PCENS, the army chief said that nuclear security is a sacred responsibility. Daily Times, November 14, 2015.

Pakistan ready for dialogue to India on all outstanding issues, says Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi while addressing a seminar on Pakistan India Relations: Emerging Relatives organised by the Karachi Council of Foreign Relations (KCFR) on November 3 said that Pakistan was ready to hold dialogue with India on all outstanding issues. He called upon the members of civil society to continue to push the leadership of both the countries to hold talks. It is a reality that Nawaz desires cordial relations with India, he asserted. Daily Times, November 4, 2015.

PEMRA prohibits media from covering JuD, FIF and LeT: Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on November 2 prohibited broadcasters from covering the activities of 72 different banned groups, including Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD). "All satellite TV channels/FM radio licences are therefore strictly directed not to give any kind of coverage to any proscribed organisation, including Jama'at-ud-Dawa, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)," PEMRA said. Daily Times, November 3, 2015.

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