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Pakistan tells UN won't be 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi does not explicitly criticize US President Donald Trump's new strategy on Afghanistan but makes clear his displeasure with the renewed onus on Pakistan

'NOT A SCAPEGOAT.' Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses the U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2017 in New York, New York. Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images/AFP

Bomb kills 6 in northwest Pakistan

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Pakistani militant umbrella group Tehreek-e-Taliban claime responsibility for the explosion which killed a local government officer and 5 tribal police

Gunmen kill 2 in attack on Pakistan opposition politician – police

Sep 02, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Officials confirm the shooting at the central Buffer Zone district after an Eid al Adha prayer gathering

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Trump discards his previous criticism of the 16 year old war as a waste of time and money admitting things looked different from behind the desk in the Oval Office

POLICY ADDRESS. US President Donald Trump speaks during his address to the nation from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on August 21, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Ruth Pfau a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan is buried with full state honors in an unprecedented service for a foreign Christian in the Muslim majority country

Pakistani Army personnel and members of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre transport the coffin of Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, to an ambulance during her funeral ceremony in Karachi on August 19, 2017.  Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster

Aug 16, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Sharif s legal team lays out 19 points challenging the court s judgement saying the ruling suffered from errors floating on the surface

In this photo, Pakistani 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. Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, air show

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Pakistan celebrates 70 years of independence from British India with fireworks and plans for the country s largest air display

NATIONAL PRIDE. Pakistani vendors show a large national flag to customers at a roadside stall ahead of the country's independence day celebrations in Lahore on August 6, 2017. Arif Ali/AFP

Former Pakistan PM Sharif says ouster was 'insult to voters'

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Sharif asks thousands of supporters to stand up for the rule of law and the mandate they had given him

WITH HIS SUPPORTERS. Deposed Pakistani prime minster Nawaz Sharif (C-L) waves to supporters from his car as he begins a rally from Islamabad to Lahore, in Islamabad on August 9, 2017. Farooq Naeem/AFP

Housemaid dies after being set on fire in Pakistan – police

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Domestic helpers are routinely subjected to physical and sexual violence in Pakistan but face little legal recourse against their employers in the absence of adequate legislation safeguarding their rights

For Pakistanis, China 'friendship' road runs one way

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:46 PM

For China the two lane thoroughfare symbolizes a blossoming partnership but for many Pakistani businessmen living and working on the Chinese side of the border the road is a one way street

LONG WAY. This picture taken on June 27, 2017 shows a truck driving along the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway before the Karakorum mountain range near Tashkurgan in China's western Xinjiang province. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Pakistan's parliament elects Sharif loyalist Abbasi as new PM

Aug 01, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED Abbasi nominated by Sharif s ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz PML N secured 221 votes

NEW PRIME MINISTER. Ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is Pakistan's new prime minister. Photo from Wikipedia

Pakistan to elect new prime minister August 1

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Pakistan s parliament will meet on Tuesday August 1 to elect a new prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif following an investigation into corruption allegations against his family

A Pakistani man reads a newspaper with front page news of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on July 29, 2017. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif names brother Shahbaz as successor

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:17 PM

However the younger Sharif must be elected to the national assembly before becoming the new prime minister Former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is also nominated as interim PM

BROTHERS. This file photo taken on February 25, 2009 shows former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif (R) arriving with his brother Shahbaz Sharif for a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan. Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan court disqualifies PM Sharif from office

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:47 PM

The court also asks the national anti corruption bureau to launch a further probe into the allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which stem from the Panama Papers leak last year

DISQUALIFIED. In this file photo, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif listens to an unseen Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister's house in Islamabad on November 15, 2014. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Blast kills at least 20, injures dozens in Pakistan's Lahore

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The explosion seems like a suicide blast targeting police but we are still ascertaining the nature of the explosion the city s commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbul says

PAKISTAN BLAST. Pakistani rescue workers transport the body of a victim at the site of an explosion in Lahore on July 24, 2017. Photo by Arif Ali/ AFP

Cop charged in Morong 43 case allowed to reassume post in Pakistan

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 7th Division says it has given weight to the DILG s manifestation posing no objection to Senior Superintendent Allan Nobleza s continued service as Philippine police attaché to Pakistan

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Jul 13, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Calibri in spotlight as 'Fontgate' could leave Pakistan sans Sharif

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

A typeface has sparked uproar in Pakistan after documents using the font were produced in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – despite being dated a year before the design was released

CORRUPTION PROBE REPORT. A Pakistani journalist poses for a photograph with a copy of a corruption report released by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Islamabad on July 12, 2017. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistani journalist held over Facebook posts criticizing security forces

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

The Balochistan Union of Journalists criticizes the illegal confinement

10 killed in Pakistan chairlift accident – officials

Jun 29, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The accident occurs some 30 kilometers 18 miles north of Islamabad in the Charra Pani village in the tourist hill resort of Murree

Pakistan marks grim Eid after oil tanker inferno kills 153

Jun 26, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Dozens of relatives are waiting outside hospitals in Bahawalpur the nearest major city to claim the bodies of their loved ones

BURNT. Pakistani rescue workers gather beside an oil tanker which caught fire following an accident on a highway near the town of Ahmedpur East, some 670 kilometres (416 miles) from Islamabad on June 25, 2017. SS Mirza/AFP

139 dead, more than 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire

Jun 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED The victims had rushed to the site to collect spilling fuel and ignored warnings to stay clear according to officials

Pakistani soldiers stand guard beside burnt out vehicles at the scene where an oil tanker caught fire following an accident on a highway near the town of Ahmedpur East, some 670 kms (416 miles) from Islamabad on June 25, 2017. At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in an inferno that erupted after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan early on June 25 and crowds rushed to collect fuel, an official said. / AFP PHOTO / SS MIRZA

U.S. ends role of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Laurel Miller s responsibilities will now fall under the department s South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau which has a much bigger footprint that includes India

More than 50 people killed in multiple Pakistan attacks

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:45 AM

A top government official in Parachinar says that the twin blasts that tore through a market in the area were carried out by two suicide bombers

MULTIPLE ATTACKS. Pakistani residents gather along a road as smoke billows after a twin blasts at a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram tribal district, on June 23, 2017. Photo by STR/AFP

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Leaders of the largely symbolic body – including Russia s Vladimir Putin and China s Xi Jinping – formally sign off on the sub continent duo s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Pakistan, Afghanistan to use Google Maps to settle border row

May 08, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Technical teams of both countries will use GPS and Google Maps as well as other means to get the answer to a border dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan Abdul Razeq police chief of Afghanistan s Kandahar province says

Pakistan police arrest 22 in 'blasphemy' mob killing

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:26 PM

A second senior police officer who requested anonymity says many members of the police prosecution service and judiciary sympathized with the attackers and he did not expect any guilty verdicts

Pakistan thwarts 'major' Easter Sunday attack plot – army

Apr 15, 2017 - 10:30 PM

A major terrorist attack planned for Easter in Lahore tomorrow was successfully foiled by intelligence agencies a military statement says

8 charged over Pakistani liberal student's lynching

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED Let it be known to the perpetrators of this act that the state shall not tolerate citizens taking the law in their own hands says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

China remains world's biggest executioner – Amnesty

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Amnesty s report found that hundreds of death sentences including cases involving foreign nationals had been omitted from China s public database of court verdicts suggesting a concerted effort to hide the extent of the country s killings

Pakistan to execute Indian 'spy' – military

Apr 10, 2017 - 6:53 PM

The man named by the army as Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav who also goes by the alias Hussein Mubarak Patel is found guilty by a military court and sentenced to death India however calls the claims baseless

Pakistan police kill 10 Taliban gunmen in Lahore

Apr 08, 2017 - 6:54 PM

The skirmish comes days after a Taliban suicide attack targeting a census team in the city

20 people tortured to death at Pakistan shrine

Apr 02, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Police say the shrine custodian confessed that he killed these people because he feared that they had come to kill him

At least 22 dead, 57 wounded in Pakistan market blast

Mar 31, 2017 - 4:34 PM

UPDATED The attack comes after a wave of violence killed 130 people across Pakistan in February unnerving citizens who had been emboldened by improving security and prompting a military crackdown

Pakistan PM orders reopening of border with Afghanistan

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif orders the two main crossings on the long porous border be reopened as a gesture of goodwill a statement from his office says

An handout picture released by the Pakistan Press Information Department (PID) 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

Security high as Pakistan launches first census in 19 years

Mar 15, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The weeks long process a challenge in a country known for corruption and dysfunction will deploy a team of more than 300 000 people and involve 55 million forms

COUNTED. An official from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics marks a house after collecting information from a resident during a census in Karachi on March 15, 2017. Asif Hassan/AFP

5 troops, 10 militants dead in Pakistan border raid – army

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The fighting occurs in Mohmand one of Pakistan s so called tribal districts that form a buffer zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan

Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'

Mar 05, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Karachi produces roughly 12 000 tons of trash daily with only half collected – the rest is strewn in the streets and alleys

In this photograph taken on January 18, 2017, a Pakistani motorcyclist rides past dumped garbage alongside a bridge in Karachi. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Pakistan says gas leak, not bomb, behind Lahore blast

Feb 24, 2017 - 5:06 PM

Yesterday s explosion was an accident It was not caused by explosives or a result of terrorism Punjab provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah says

Pakistani security officials cordon off the site of a bomb attack in Lahore on February 23, 2017. Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan on edge as 8 killed in fresh Lahore bomb blast

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:43 PM

4th UPDATE The explosion took place in the particularly affluent Defence Housing Authority suburb of the city replete with upscale boutiques and cafes

Pakistani security officials cordon off the site of a bomb attack in Lahore on February 23, 2017. Arif Ali/AFP

7 killed as 3 suicide bombers attack Pakistan court

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:49 PM

3rd UPDATE One bomber was briefly on the loose inside the busy complex in the Tangi area of Charsadda district but was killed by police some 20 minutes after the attack began officials say

Fourth suicide bomber strikes Pakistan in one day

Feb 15, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The latest assault occurs in Peshawar say police after a bomber rides a motorcycle into a van carrying a judge travelling through an upmarket neighborhood

Valentine's Day gets chilly reception in parts of Asia

Feb 14, 2017 - 11:59 AM

A Pakistani court has bans public celebrations of Valentine s Day in the capital Islamabad while Indonesian students plan to spurn the event

Pakistani vendors prepare heart-shaped bouquets for sale ahead of Valentine's Day along a street in Islamabad on February 13, 2017. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Blast kills at least 10, injures 71 in Pakistan's Lahore

Feb 13, 2017 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED The incident occurs as hundreds of chemists protested a new law near the Punjab provincial assembly building

PAKISTAN EXPLOSION. Pakistani police and rescue officials gather as they inspect the site of a bomb explosion in Lahore on February 13, 2017. Photo by Arif Ali/ AFP

Death toll from deadly Kashmir avalanches climbs to 20

Jan 27, 2017 - 4:04 PM

Four more bodies were recovered today No one else is missing says army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia

Pakistan bans top TV preacher over hate speech

Jan 26, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Aamir Liaquat Hussain is accused of inciting hate against supporters of 5 progressive activists who disappeared earlier this month

AAMIR LIAQAT HUSSAIN. In this photograph taken on July 31, 2013, Pakistani television show host Aamir Liaqat Hussain presents an Islamic quiz show Aman Ramadan in Karachi. File photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Fears of online crackdown after Pakistan bloggers vanish

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Rights groups say Pakistani activists and journalists often find themselves caught between the country s security establishment and militant groups including the Taliban

MISSING. Pakistani human rights activists hold images of bloggers who have gone missing during a protest in Peshawar on January 10, 2017. Photo by Rizwan Tabassum /AFP

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Dec 26, 2016 - 1:59 PM

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Fake news triggers Twitter confrontation between Pakistan and Israel – report

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:41 AM

The incident demonstrates the power of fake news to create unnecessary tension

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Pakistan airline chairman resigns after fatal plane crash

Dec 13, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Muhammad Azam Saigol tendered his resignation on Monday December 12 due to personal reasons Pakistan International Airlines PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani says but declined to comment further

RESIGNATION. Chairman of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Azam Saigol (C) along with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) officials offer absentia funeral prayers for plane crash victims at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad on December 8, 2016. File photo by Farooq Naeem / AFP