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Export gloom sours Pakistan's prized mango season

Jul 08, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Pakistan is the world's 6th largest exporter of mangoes, but exports are plummeting due to the coronavirus pandemic

In this picture taken on June 22, 2020, labourers pack mangoes into boxes at a farm in Multan. - Dwindling harvests, drooping demand and export supply chains hit by the coronavirus are biting into Pakistan's mango industry, with producers of the prized fruit battling to weather a disastrous season. (Photo by Shahid Saeed MIRZA / AFP) / TO GO WITH Pakistan-economy-mangoes,FOCUS by Shazia Bhatti and Kaneez Fatima

Pakistan Int'l Airlines suspended in Europe over fake pilot license scandal

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency tells Pakistan International Airlines 'they have lost their confidence' in the carrier

PLANE. A man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

6 people killed in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:13 PM

(4th UPDATE) Four security guards, a police officer and a bystander were killed in the melee, while local police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon confirms all 4 attackers were also dead

Pakistan PM Imran Khan slammed for saying bin Laden was 'martyred'

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Martyrs are greatly revered in Islam and the term is generally used for people who die or are killed while in the service of the religion, or in formidable circumstances

Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

Pakistan airline grounds about 150 pilots in license probe – official

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:21 AM

A review finds more than 260 of the country's 860 active pilots had fake licenses or had cheated on exams

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 08, 2016 a man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. - A Pakistan passenger plane with more than 100 people believed to be on board crashed in the southern city of Karachi on May 22, 2020, the country's aviation authority said. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP)

Pilots' virus chat blamed for deadly Pakistan plane crash

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'The pilot and co-pilot were not focused and throughout they were having a conversation about corona. The [virus] was on their minds,' says Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan

CRASH. Security personnel stand beside the wreckage of a plane at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed in a residential area days before, in Karachi. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Report blames human error for Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:22 PM

'The pilot, as well as the [air traffic] controller, didn't follow the standard rules,' says Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the country's aviation minister

WRECKAGE. Rescue workers gather at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

8 years after shooting, Nobel-winner Malala graduates from Oxford University

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Almost 8 years after she was attacked by the Taliban on her school bus in the Swat Valley, the 22-year-old posts photos on Twitter of her celebrations with her family

GRADUATION. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai talks to journalists during the Oslo Summit on Education for Development in Oslo, Norway, on July 6, 2015. File photo by Audun Braastad/NTB Scanpix/AFP

Pakistan hospitals running out of beds as virus cases surge past 100,000

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

Prime Minister Imram Khan has been reluctant to call a nationwide shutdown in order to protect the economy

BOXED IN. A security personnel (R) stands guard as a man walks through a disinfecting gate on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on April 4, 2020. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Pakistan embassy officials leave India after spying charges

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The Indian government says the two Pakistan officials had been detained for 'indulging in espionage activities,' and given 24 hours to leave the country.

ESPIONAGE CLAIMS. A man sweeps in front of the main gate of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on June 1, 2020. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Crashed Pakistani jet's cockpit voice recorder found

May 29, 2020 - 12:18 AM

Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan says a French-led investigation team will analyze the Airbus A320's recorders

INVESTIGATION. In this file photo, firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Pakistan uses militant-tracking tech to hunt virus

May 28, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Details about the project have not been released, but two officials say intelligence services are using geo-fencing and phone-monitoring systems ordinarily used to hunt high-value targets including homegrown and foreign militants

CORONAVIRUS SCANNING. In this picture taken on May 18, 2020 a shopping mall official (L) uses a thermal scanner to check the temperature of shoppers before they enter at the Centaurus Mall after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Islamabad. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

97 dead, 2 survivors in Pakistan plane crash

May 23, 2020 - 2:57 PM

The bodies of all the passengers and crew of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 had been recovered

Rescue workers gather at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. A Pakistani passenger plane with nearly 100 people on board crashed into a residential area of the southern city of Karachi on May 22. Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP

40 bodies recovered, dozens more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

May 22, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Pakistan International Airlines plane was close to landing when it came down among houses, sparking an explosion and killing several people on the ground

AFTERMATH. Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft after it crashed at a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

IMF approves $1.4 billion in coronavirus aid to Pakistan

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'While uncertainty remains high, the near-term economic impact of COVID-19 is expected to be significant,' says the International Monetary Fund as it approves aid for Pakistan

BOXED IN. A security personnel (R) stands guard as a man walks through a disinfecting gate on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on April 4, 2020. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Dozens contract virus as outbreak hits Pakistan jail

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Pakistani prisons and jails are frequently beset by shoddy health and hygiene conditions along with overcrowding, making the facilities a potential flashpoint for the highly contagious coronavirus

LOCKDOWN. A young boy sells face masks beside a closed shop at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on April 6, 2020. File photo by Arif Ali/AFP

20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Authorities are still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic

BOXED IN. A security personnel (R) stands guard as a man walks through a disinfecting gate on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on April 4, 2020. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

4 acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder rearrested pending appeal

Apr 04, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants

Khawja Naveed (R), defence lawyer of Omar Sheikh, who was convicted to death sentence over the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl, speaks to media representatives after a court verdict in Karachi on April 2, 2020. A Pakistani court on April 2 overturned the death sentence for British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Asif HASSAN / AFP

Pakistan halts international passenger flights for 2 weeks

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Pakistan says a few flights already en route to Pakistan would be able to land Sunday morning, March 22

SUSPENDED. A man walks past an empty bus terminal near the closed Pakistan-Afghanistan border amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Torkham some 54 kms from Peshawar on March 16, 2020. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

Pakistan can't afford to shutter cities to prevent virus – PM

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'The Pakistan situation is not the same as that of the US or Europe...25% of our population is living in grave poverty,' Khan says in a televised address to the nation

NEW CASES. A commuter wears a face mask on a street in Karachi on February 28, 2020. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Pakistani Women's Day marchers hit with stones, sticks

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:19 AM

In Pakistani society, women are shot, stabbed, stoned, set alight, and strangled for damaging a family's 'honor'

THINK PINK. Supporters of the Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) hold placards as they march during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Lahore on March 8, 2020. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Global rallies for International Women's Day despite virus fears

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) Marches take place in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, while women rally in ultra-conservative Pakistan demanding 'freedom'

WOMEN'S DAY. Veiled female supporters of Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) carry placards and banners as they march during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:51 PM

Heavy rains and cyclones spark 'unprecedented' breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year, according to the United Nations.

PLAGUE. In this picture taken on February 23, 2020, a farmer holds locusts in Pipli Pahar village in Pakistan's central Punjab province. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

2 new cases of coronavirus detected in Pakistan

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:24 PM

The new cases in Pakistan comes from Islamabad and Karachi

NEW CASES. A commuter wears a face mask on a street in Karachi on February 28, 2020 as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Safari worker's remains found in lion enclosure of Pakistan park

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The boy, aged 17 or 18, had gone missing two days earlier, says the deputy director of the Lahore Safari Park

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'Fear and panic' as coronavirus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:41 AM

'People are illiterate, you can't get the message through to them,' says a Kabul-based physician

FREE MASKS. A volunteer hands out free face masks to people as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Herat city on February 26, 2020. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Pakistan closes Iranian border, Afghanistan bans travel over virus fears

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Iran reports 8 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest toll of any country outside China

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Surrendered Pakistani Taliban spokesman escapes custody – official

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The confirmation comes days after Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, released an audio message claiming he had escaped detention and was now in Turkey

Pakistan bucks trend and resumes flights to virus-hit China

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:44 AM

The decision is questioned by medical experts in the country, where investment in health care has been woefully lacking for decades

HUG. A Pakistani student wearing protective face mask to prevent the spread of the SARS-like virus, hugs with a relative upon his arrival with other students from China at the Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad on February 3, 2020.Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Indian government ends internet blackout in restive Kashmir

Jan 25, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Internet access is restored but only to 301 government-approved websites

Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put by India's government in Srinagar on October 12, 2019. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

More than 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way

SNOWFALL IN PAKISTAN. A woman walks after heavy snowfall in Quetta, Pakistan on January 13, 2020. Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP

Pakistan court annuls Pervez Musharraf's death sentence

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:24 PM

'Yes, he is a free man. Right now there is no judgment against him any longer,' the prosecutor representing the government, Ishtiaq A. Khan, says of Pervez Musharraf

AZHAR SIDDIQUE. Azhar Siddique, the lawyer of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, speaks on his phone outside the High Court building after a court decision in Lahore on January 13, 2020. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistani professor sentenced to death for blasphemy

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Junaid Hafeez, 33, is sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed in predominantly Muslim Pakistan

Former Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death – state media

Dec 17, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A Pakistan court sentences former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in absentia to death for treason, according to state media

Lightning strikes 18 times on deadly night in Pakistan

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:46 PM

The Thar desert is dependent on monsoon rains, but a meteorologist says such a heavy rainfall in November is 'unusual,' while 'lightning of that intensity is unprecedented'

Restive Kashmir marks 100 days since India stripped autonomy

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Journalists hold a silent demonstration against the internet ban, holding their laptops with open with blank screens or held placards with the words '100 days no internet' and 'stop humiliating Kashmir journalists'

BLOCKADE. Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put up by India's government in Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Pakistan to allow ailing ex-leader's travel abroad

Nov 10, 2019 - 7:36 PM

'Legal obstacles' to Nawaz Sharif's departure are being removed, as doctors say medical treatment abroad is needed to save his life, says foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

EX-PM SHARIF. A file handout picture on March 28, 2016, shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the nation at his office in Islamabad. File photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs make historic pilgrimage to Pakistan

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Pakistani leader Imran Khan hopes that the day will come when its relations with India 'will improve'

HOLY SITE. Sikh pilgrims visit the Shrine of Baba Guru Nanak Dev at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, near the Indian border, on November 9, 2019. Photo by AFP

At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) Television footage shows flames pouring out of 3 carriages as people could be heard crying during the incident, in a rural area of central Punjab province

TRAIN FIRE. In this handout picture taken and release by Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 on October 31, 2019, residents gather beside the burnt-out train carriages after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab province on October 31, 2019. Handout photo by Pakistan's Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122/AFP

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Pakistan ex-PM Sharif suffers minor heart attack

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Pakistan Muslim League spokeswoman Marium Aurangzeb says ex-Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has an autoimmune blood disorder

EX-PM. Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks with media representatives at the tomb of Pakistan's national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore on August 14, 2017. AFP file phot

Pakistan's Khan arrives in Iran as tensions rise in Gulf

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Iran comes after both the US and Saudi Arabia had asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions in the Gulf

MEDIATE. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit Iran as part of initiatives 'to promote peace and security in the region.' Photo by Alexey Druzhnin/AFP

India eases mobile phone shutdown in Kashmir

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal says the decision comes after a security review was done

A man walks past security personnel guarding a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 11, 2019, after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)

India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The scenario modeled by researchers envisages more than 100 million immediate deaths and global mass starvation should a nuclear war occur between India and Pakistan

THE THREAT OF NUKES. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on December 15, 2015, a Shaheen 1A surface-to-surface ballistic missile launches from an undisclosed location in Pakistan. File photo by ISPR/AFP

Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan as U.S. envoy visits

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the Pakistan visit would be the fourth leg of a tour that included Russia, China and Iran

HEADING TO PAKISTAN. Taliban co-founder and political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar attends talks with Afghan political figures in Moscow on May 30, 2019. File photo by Nikolay Korzhov/AFP

Brother gets life for 'honor killing' of Pakistan social media star

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her risque selfies – tame by Western standards, but considered provocative in deeply misogynistic Pakistan – was strangled in July 2016

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch. Photo from Baloch's official page on Facebook

Death toll in Pakistan earthquake climbs to 22 as rescuers assess damage

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The Pakistan military continues to lead search and rescue operations with fears growing the death toll may jump again

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE. A Pakistani man takes care of his injured children at a hospital in Mirpur on September 25, 2019 following an earthquake. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

19 killed, dozens wounded as Pakistan jolted by shallow magnitude 5.2 quake

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The quake sent people in cities across the country running into the streets, as cars near the epicenter were wedged in between massive cracks that ripped apart roads while other vehicles were upended by the tremor

Pakistan slams India over Kashmir remarks

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:15 PM

India and Pakistan are locked in an escalating war of words since New Delhi stripped Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy last month, imposing a security lockdown on the area