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Pakistan politician does livestream with cat whiskers, ears

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The online stream of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai speaking with journalists goes after a member of his social media team accidentally activates a 'cat filter' on the social network

CAT FILTER. Pakistani children point at a computer screen showing a screen grab of a press conference attended by provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai and streamed live on social media, in Islamabad on June 15, 2019. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city

May 26, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Most of the people who tested positive for HIV in Rato Dero, Pakistan, are children 2 to 12 years old

In this image taken on May 8, 2019, Pakistani women hold their HIV infected children as they gather at a house at Wasayo village in Rato Dero in the district of Larkana of the southern Sindh province. - Parents nervously watch over their children as they jostle in line to be tested for HIV in a village near Pakistan’s Larkana amid a sudden outbreak among its young who have allegedly been infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP) / TO GO WITH: Pakistan-health-HIV-children, SCENE by Ashraf KHAN

India's Modi and Pakistan PM highlight need for 'peace,' after vote

May 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The messages come just hours after Pakistan said it had tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads

NARENDRA MODI. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) next to Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah (L) and Minister of Home Affairs of India Rajnath Singh at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Pakistan PM slams hotel attack as bid to damage economy

May 12, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Such attempts...are an effort to sabotage our economic projects and prosperity. We shall not allow these agendas to succeed,' says Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

This picture taken on March 8, 2019 shows a general view of the five-star Zaver Pearl Continental hotel known as the Pearl Continental, located on a hill in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, where gunmen stormed the building. - At least one person has been killed after three gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military said on May 11. (Photo by BANARAS KHAN / AFP)

Social networks under intense surveillance in Pakistan

May 10, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are once regarded as the last holdouts of dissenting voices, but now that has changed

Pakistan's muted response as Asia Bibi flees to Canada

May 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The silence echoes across the country's usually rambunctious media, with most newspapers glossing over the episode and primetime television shows offering it only a passing mention

ASIA BIBI. Mohammad Faisal confirms Asia Bibi's departure, telling journalists she has left the country 'at her own will' as he declines to say anything further. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

U.S. says Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi 'safely reunited' with family

May 08, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear when Bibi may have left or where she may have gone, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada

Suicide blast at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least 10

May 08, 2019 - 1:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) The blast – which a faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed by email – occurs near the entrance gate for female visitors to the 11th-century Data Darbar shrine

PAKISTAN SHRINE BLAST. Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb blast outside a Sufi shrine in Lahore on May 8, 2019. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe

May 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Authorities are alerted after 18 children from a town on the outskirts of Larkana city test positive for HIV, which causes AIDS, prompting health officials to carry out wider screenings

Iran, Pakistan to set up border 'reaction force' after attacks

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:46 AM

The border skirts the volatile southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan which has been the scene of frequent attacks on Iran's security forces.

IRAN-PAKISTAN RELATIONS. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on April 22, 2019, shows President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) giving a press conference in the capital Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The cross-border trade is based on a barter system, with traders exchanging goods including chillies, cumin, mango and dried fruit

Pakistan says gunmen behind killing of 14 based in Iran

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Pakistan hopes Iran 'will take a swift action against the Baloch terrorist outfits,' says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

RESPONSE. In this file photo, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses a press conference in Multan on April 7, 2019. Photo by SS Mirza/AFP

Pakistan's finance minister resigns ahead of IMF deal

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Asad Umar resigns as the Pakistan government faces growing pressure with the rupee losing 30% of its value since 2018

RESIGNED. Asad Umar announces his resignation through Twitter on April 18. Photo from Umar's Facebook Page

Separatist gunmen kill 14 bus passengers in Pakistan

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) A naval official and a coast guard member are among those killed

LOOK: Thousands of Pakistanis form Christchurch mosque

Apr 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We worked really hard to make this model. It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day,' says one participant

HUMAN CHAIN. This aerial handout photograph released by Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation on April 12, 2019, shows Pakistani people gathering to form a human image the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang, in Pakistan's Punjab province. HANDOUT/Muslim Institute/AFP

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

PROTECT JOURNALISTS. Journalists including Zaffar Abbas (2-L), Maria Ressa, and Yavuz Baydar (R) discuss what it takes to protect journalists in countries where there is a continuing climate of fear and intimidation. Screenshot from the International Journalism Festival's YouTube channel

Bomb kills 16, wounds 30 in southwest Pakistan

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) Senior police official Abdul Razaq Cheema says the blast took place in the Hazarganji neighbourhood of Quetta, Balochistan's capital

Pakistan foreign minister claims India planning military aggression

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'We have reliable intelligence that India [plans] another aggression against Pakistan and according to our information this action can take place between April 16 and 20'

Facebook removes 'fake' accounts linked to Pakistani military

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The statement by Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, shines a light on efforts by Pakistan's military establishment to use social media as a propaganda tool

Millions malnourished in Pakistan despite abundance of food

Mar 24, 2019 - 7:55 PM

There is no shortage of food in Pakistan, but affordability and accessibility are major challenges, leading to malnutrition

In this picture taken on May 25, 2018, Nazeeran, a 25-year mother, holds her baby girl at Mithi Civil Hospital in Mithi, a remote town in southern Pakistan. - A frantic mother cradling her seven-month-old baby rushes towards the special paediatric ward in a desolate Pakistan town, his eyes are blank and he is smaller than most newborns. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP) / To go with PAKISTAN-HEALTH-INFANTS-MALNUTRITION,FOCUS by Ashraf KHAN

'Key conspirator' of Kashmir attack shot dead – Indian police

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Authorities describe Mudasir Ahmed Khan as a top commander with Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group behind the deadly February 14 bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir

TRIBUTE. Indian school students light candles as they pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed on February 14, during an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir, in Amritsar on February 15, 2019. File photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Pakistan navy says it stopped Indian sub from entering its waters

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:43 PM

The development comes days after a rare aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir ignited fears of an all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint

TENSION. A Pakistani journalist watches a video released by Pakistan's Navy that allegedly shows an Indian submarine, on a smartphone in Islamabad on March 5, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi AFP

Pakistan airspace fully reopened, says aviation authority

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'All airports across Pakistan are operational and airspace reopened,' says a spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority

REOPENED. Pakistani passengers gather outside the Jinnah International Airport as they wait for flight operations to resume in Karachi on March 1, 2019. File photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The hashtag #NobelPeaceForImranKhan began trending on Twitter after Khan unexpectedly announced that the captured pilot would be released as a 'peace gesture'

IMRAN KHAN. Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is hailed after freeing an Indian pilot amid tensions between Pakistan and India. Photo by Aamir Oureshi/AFP

Anger over 'forced' video of Indian pilot amid new Kashmir deaths

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman becomes the centrepiece of hostilities between India and Pakistan after a February 14 suicide bombing in Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitaries

TENSIONS RISE. Indian paramilitary officers salute during the wreath laying ceremony of two slain paramilitary troopers at the Central Reserve Police Force headquarters in Srinagar on March 2, 2019, following a gunfight at Babagund village of Handwara in Kashmir's Kupwara district. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Pakistan returns Indian pilot in 'peace gesture'

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Indian pilot shot down by a Pakistani aircraft is returned as a 'peace gesture'

ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN. The Indian pilot is returned to his home country as a 'peace gesture' by Pakistan. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows the captured Indian pilot in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

Thousands gather at border to welcome back Indian pilot

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Abhinandan Varthaman from Chennai emerges as the face of the latest standoff, which has seen the nuclear-armed rivals exchange rare aerial raids

Pakistan says will free Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, has become the face of the crisis since he was shot down in a rare aerial engagement between the South Asian neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir

'PEACE GESTURE.' This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows captured Indian pilot looking on as holding a cup of tea in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The disruption follows a snowballing crisis between nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India, which has raised fears of an all-out war

STRANDED IN THAILAND. Stranded passengers wait at the check-in area at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 28, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Pakistan, India say shot down each other's warplanes

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) In a sign of the deepening crisis, Pakistan closes its airspace 'until further notice.' At least 6 airports are shuttered in India, and a vast area north of New Delhi is closed to civilian flights.

STRANDED. Passengers queue at airline counters following the shut down of the airspace for commercials flights north of Delhi as tensions increase with Pakistan, at Jammu airport in Jammu on February 27, 2019. Photo by Rakesh Bakshi/AFP

India says many militants 'eliminated' in anti-Pakistan air strike

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) The raid on the Jaish-e-Mohammad camp was launched because India believed suicide attacks were 'imminent,' foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale tells a media briefing

AIR STRIKE. Indian residents hold flags on a model of a military plane to celebrate the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike launched on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot, in Bikaner in the Rajasthan state on February 26, 2019. Photo by Dinesh Gupta/AFP

Pakistan accuses India of launching strike across Kashmir border

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Indian news reports say air force jets hit multiple targets including camps run by Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Islamist group that claimed the February 14 suicide attack in Kashmir that sent tensions soaring

Warnings to journalists blur Twitter’s transparency in Pakistan

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Scores of prominent Pakistani journalists and activists have received email warnings from Twitter informing them their tweets are in violation of Pakistan’s laws. The consequences for press freedoms could be dire.

TWITTER IN PAKISTAN. Image by Nika Kobaidze

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'The prime minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse,' says an Indian foreign ministry statement

TENSION. An Indian student lights a candle to pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed, in Chennai on February 18, 2019, following an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Pakistan 'ready to talk' on Kashmir, warns India against attack – PM

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan uses a nationally televised address to demand Delhi share proof of Islamabad's involvement in last week's suicide blast

IMRAN KHAN. In this file photo, Pakistan's Imran Khan speaks to the media on July 25, 2018. File photo by Aamir Oureshi/AFP

9 dead as deadly Kashmir battle heightens India-Pakistan tensions

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The confrontation piles more pressure on the Indian government, which has blamed Pakistan for the suicide attack last February 14 on a convoy that killed at least 41 paramilitaries

TENSION. A house in which militants are suspected to have sheltered is in flames after a gunfight happened between rebels and Indian security forces that killed 4 soldiers, in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, some 10 km away from the spot of recent suicide bombing, on February 18, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Pakistan to honor Saudi crown prince after $20 billion deals

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

President Arif Alvi will award Mohammad bin Salman the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan), the foreign office says in a statement

DEAL. In this handout photograph by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (foerground R) and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (foreground L) look at their delegation members during a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at The Prime Minister House in Islamabad. Handout photo by Pakistan Press Information Department/AFP

Saudi prince starts Asia tour with deals to invest $20B in Pakistan

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The Asia tour of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is a timely demonstration to the West that he still has friends in rising Asia

In this handout photograph taken and released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) upon his arrival at the military Nur Khan Air Force base in Islamabad. The crown prince, widely known as "MBS", launched his diplomatic trip in the capital Islamabad, where he was set to sign a raft of investment deals believed to be worth billions that Pakistan hopes will provide welcome relief to its teetering economy. HANDOUT / PID / AFP

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over suicide bombing

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Iranian official at the ministry calls on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators

India vows 'heavy price' after Kashmir attack kills dozens

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:21 PM

At least 41 paramilitary troops are killed on Thursday, February 14, as explosives packed in a van rip through a convoy bringing 2,500 troopers back from leave near Srinagar

ATTACK. Unidentified officials stand near the covered remains of a vehicle along the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Lethpora area in the town of Pampore, some 30 kms South of Srinagar on February 15, 2019. Photo by Habib Naqash/AFP

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice,' Amnesty International says in a statement

FREE. This file handout photograph taken on November 20, 2010 and released by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab shows Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi (C) sitting next to the then-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer (R) as she appealed her death sentence for blasphemy charges at the Central Jail in Sheikhupura. AFP PHOTO / Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab

U.N. experts urge Pakistan not to execute mentally ill prisoner

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Khizar Hayat, a 55-year-old former police officer, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2008

Pakistan bans 'bed scenes' and 'intimate moments' from TV

Jan 10, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The conservative country's media regulator complains that 'bold themes' are being glamorized on TV, in 'utter disregard' to Pakistani culture and values

Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Rights group Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society lists 586 dead in its annual 2018 toll: 267 militants, 160 civilians – including 31 children – and the rest, state police and Indian armed forces

MILITANT. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2018, Indian soldiers take part in a search operation after a gunbattle between suspected militants and government forces in the Balhama area of Khanmoh district near Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Pakistan national airline fires pilots with fake school degrees

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Pakistan International Airlines fires 50 staffers in total after a slew of mishaps in recent years

Former Pakistan prime minister Sharif sentenced to 7 years jail for graft

Dec 24, 2018 - 8:01 PM

It is the latest conviction stemming from a corruption investigation spurred by the Panama Papers leak

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. Pakistan celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a brazen flag raising ceremony at its eastern border and an air force display, as the military's top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

Muslim Pakistan says outcry over China detention camps 'sensationalized'

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Chinese authorities say the detention camps are 'vocational education centers'

U.S. adds Pakistan to blacklist for religious freedom violations

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:33 AM

State Secretary Mike Pompeo says he had designated Pakistan among 'countries of particular concern' in a congressionally mandated annual report, meaning the US government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations

MIKE POMPEO. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Furey and two critics of extremism in Islam say they are 'shocked' to have received notices by the social media giant this past week over alleged violations of Islamabad's laws, despite having no apparent connection to the country

Trump letter to Imran Khan seeks Pakistan's help in Afghanistan

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:35 PM

Pakistan says its prime minister received a letter from the US president seeking Islamabad's support in securing a settlement in Afghanistan

IMRAN KHAN. Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP