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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

Pakistan's Khan calls Modi 'cowardly', vows to raise Kashmir at U.N.

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan insists that Pakistan does not want to go to war with India again – but says Islamabad will respond to any hostility

ON KASHMIR. Pakistani Kashmiri shout slogans as they listen to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan during a rally in Muzaffarabad on September 13, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

India says lifting of Kashmir restrictions 'depends on Pakistan'

Sep 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Mobile phone networks and internet remain cut off in Indian Kashmir after nearly a month of the region's special autonomy being stripped

DEPENDS ON PAKISTAN. People wave national Pakistan flags and the flags of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on the arrival of Prime Minister Imran Khan before his address the nation outside the Prime Minister Secretariat building in Islamabad on August 30, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan grants India access to alleged spy on death row

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The decision comes weeks after the International Court of Justice in July ordered Islamabad to provide the prisoner with consular access but rejected India's demand that Jadhav be freed

ALLEGED SPY. An Indian resident walks past placards with the picture of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national convicted of spying in Pakistan, in the neighborhood where he grew up, in Mumbai on July 17, 2019. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan leads nationwide protests over Kashmir

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation and vows to continue fighting for Kashmir until the disputed Himalayan territory is 'liberated'

PROTEST. People wave national Pakistan flags and the flags of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on the arrival of Prime Minister Imran Khan before his address to the nation outside the Prime Minister Secretariat building in Islamabad on August 30, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan calls for nationwide protests over Kashmir

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

India reacts angrily to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's call for nationwide action

NATIONWIDE ACTION. In this file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on August 14, 2019 to mark the country's Independence Day. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped – gov't sources

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:21 PM

A magistrate says most of the detained were flown out of Kashmir because prisons have run out of capacity already

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

India says some Kashmir restrictions eased

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

'You need to understand that restrictions and relaxations are area-wise. You can't generalize them,' says senior police officer Munir Khan

RESTRICTIONS. Security personnel stand guard on a deserted road during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 15, 2019, as India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

BBC expands shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM

A BBC statement says, 'given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services'

BBC Scotland building, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; November 4th 2017: Glasgow headquarters building of the British Broadcasting Corporation at Pacific Quay.

5 killed in India-Pakistan border clashes

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:09 AM

Skirmishes are frequent across the so-called Line of Control, but the latest deaths comes after Pakistan warns it was ready to meet any Indian aggression over Kashmir

Indian Border Security Force personnel (wearing brown) and Pakistani Rangers (wearing black) take part in the Beating Retreat ceremony at the India Pakistan Wagah border post some 35 kms from Amritsar, on August 15, 2019. Pakistan observes a 'Black Day' on India's Independence Day over the recent removal of Indian-administered Kashmir's autonomy. The Indian Prime Minister hailed on August 15 his 'path-breaking' move to strip Kashmir of its special status, as his Pakistani counterpart warned of possible 'ethnic cleansing'. NARINDER NANU / AFP

India's Modi hails 'path-breaking' Kashmir move

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says 'fresh thinking' was needed after 7 decades of failure to ensure harmony in the former Himalayan kingdom, where tens of thousands have died in the past 30 years

MODI. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day, which marks the of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Pakistan vows to respond to any Indian aggression in Kashmir

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight till the end,' says Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

PAKISTAN RESPONSE. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on August 14, 2019 to mark the country's Independence Day. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

India says easing Kashmir restrictions 'in phased manner'

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:16 AM

Normal communication in the more peaceful Jammu division of the region "has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities", an Indian home ministry spokesperson says

Participants walk together following a full dress rehearsal of the Indian Independence Day celebrations in Jammu on August 13, 2019, as the country prepares to celebrate its 73rd anniversary of independence from British rule on August 15.  Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

Pakistan PM says world inaction on Kashmir like appeasing Hitler

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says the Kashmir issue will lead to 'the suppression of Muslims in India and eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan'

Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore on August 7, 2019. - Pakistan announced on August 7 that it is expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour, days after New Delhi stripped the disputed Kashmir region of its special autonomy. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP)

Kashmir capital readies for Eid after protest broken up

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Huge numbers of troops remain in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city as people prepare for Eid al-Adha

LAST THAR EXPRESS TRAIN. In this photo taken late on August 9, 2019, police personnel check luggages of travelers of the Thar express at Bhagat ki Kothi railway station in Jodhpur. Photo by Sunil Verma/AFP

Pakistan downgrades ties with India as Kashmir row deepens

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The government releases a statement declaring that Pakistan will suspend trade with India and review its bilateral ties with Delhi

KASHMIR. In this picture taken on August 6, 2019 an Indian national flag flies next to a Jammu and Kashmiri flag on top of civil secretariat building during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India hails 'historic' Kashmir rule, Pakistan vows to back region

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan vows to challenge India's decision at the UN Security Council and accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating international law in pursuit of an anti-Muslim agenda in India

'HISTORIC.' A security personnel stands guard on a street during a curfew in downtown Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister hails 'historic' legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct contro. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Smoky tea baked in clay: tandoori chai heats up Pakistan

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The old-fashioned cups are placed directly inside the tandoor, where they are baked at high temperatures. The tea, prepared separately, is then poured in to the cups, where it starts to boil on hitting the hot clay

In this picture taken on March 29, 2019, a Pakistani workers prepares tandoori tea at a stall of a market in Islamabad. It's a cuppa like no other. Every evening in Islamabad a crowd arrives at Sanaullah's street stall to taste his "tandoori chai" -- milk tea served in terracotta mugs, still hot from his traditional oven. The old-fashioned cups are placed directly inside the tandoor, where they are baked at high temperatures.  FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP

Anxious tourists flee Indian Kashmir after 'terror' warning

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Thousands of military reinforcements arrive in the Himalayan territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan, where a 3-decade old insurgency has left tens of thousands dead

TERROR THREAT. A tourist looks on as he waits for a bus to leave Kashmir in Srinagar on August 3, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

18 killed as Pakistan army plane crashes into residential area

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The plane crashes into a poor village near an upscale neighborhood in the garrison city that is home to the army's headquarters

Military personnel work at the scene where a Pakistani Army Aviation Corps aircraft crashed in Rawalpindi on July 30, 2019.  Fifteen people were killed when a small plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad, a rescue official told AFP early July 30.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Fury in India as Trump claims Modi asked for Kashmir mediation

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar insists the conflict can only be settled bilaterally and that Pakistan has to end 'cross-border terrorism' before any talks

MODI AND TRUMP. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) attends a meeting with US President Donald Trump during the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

IMF slashes Mideast growth projections over Iran sanctions

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The International Monetary Fund projects 2019 economic growth for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan would be 1%, its worst since the IMF put them in one group in 2009

Pakistanis angered by new airport baggage-wrapping policy

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:50 PM

One commenter calls Pakistan's mandatory baggage wrapping a 'corrupt profit-making endeavor,' while some argue it would be harmful to the environment

Pakistani people wait in queue to get boarding pass at an international counter during a rehearsal by the airport officials at the newly built Islamabad International Airport ahead of its official opening on the outskirts of Islamabad on April 26, 2018. - The newly built airport is expected to officially operational in the next week of May. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)

Female suicide bomber kills 6 in northwest Pakistan

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The attack occurs at the entrance of a hospital in Kotlan Saidan village on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan

India demands Pakistan release accused 'spy' after world court ruling

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

India and Pakistan each declare victory after a world court ruling made late Wednesday. With 49-year-old Kulbhushan Jadhav still held in secret, his case riskes setting off new tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

SAVE KULBHUSHAN. In this file photo taken on July 17, 2019, Indian residents sit next to a placard with the picture of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national convicted of spying in Pakistan, in the neighborhood where he grew up, in Mumbai. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan's party says critical media coverage may be 'treason'

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Pakistan routinely ranks among the world's most dangerous countries for media workers, and reporters have frequently been detained, beaten and even killed for being critical of the government or powerful military

IMRAN KHAN. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attends a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Bishkek on June 14, 2019. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

Pakistan train collision kills 11, injures 78

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The incident takes place in Rahim yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rams into a goods train that stopped at a crossing, a senior government official says