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Malala leaves Pakistan after emotional 4-day visit
Iranian troops kill suicide attackers near Pakistan border - news agency
Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes
International cricket returns to Pakistan: West Indies to play 3 T20s in Karachi
Pakistan to play three T20s with West Indies in Karachi
Barbers In Pakistan Province Ban 'Fashionable' Beards
Student throws shoe at former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif during a speech in Lahore
Pakistan test fires upgraded ballistic cruise missile
2018-04-15 22:01:10 ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan has conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the locally developed Babur cruise missile. A military statement Saturday says the Babur Weapon System-1 (B) incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometers. It says Babur is a low flying, terrain hugging missile which also has certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads   Read More ...
Gunman shoots at house of Pakistan Supreme Court judge
2018-04-15 21:10:06 LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An unknown gunman shot at a Pakistani Supreme Court judge's residence on Sunday, a provincial government spokesman said. Authorities said no one was injured in the shooting outside the residence of Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who was part of a five member bench that last July disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his job. "Bullet shells were found outside the residence," in the central city of Lahore, provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan told Reuters   Read More ...
Gunmen in Pakistan kill two Christians in drive-by shooting
2018-04-15 21:09:47 QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two members of Pakistan's beleaguered Christian community were killed on Sunday in the country's southwest when unknown gunmen opened fire on a small group that had just left a local church, police officials said. The churchgoers were on their way home in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, when two men on a motorcycle began shooting at them, local police official Ataullah Shah told Reuters   Read More ...
Gunman kills pregnant singer in Pakistan
2018-04-12 20:00:53 Footage has emerged of the moment a pregnant singer was shot dead in Pakistan after reportedly refusing to dance for an armed man. Samina Samoon, 24, who was also known as Samina Sindhu, was shot at while she was performing at a ceremony in southern Sindh province. He demanded the alleged killer be charged with double murder for killing the woman and her unborn child   Read More ...
Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes ahead of leaders' talks
2018-04-05 21:13:55 KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes in the Afghan province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, causing "huge financial damage". The tension comes ahead of a scheduled visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, when he and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are expected to discuss cooperation on stopping militant attacks   Read More ...
Christian family shot dead in southwestern Pakistan
2018-04-02 19:48:17 QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Four members of a Christian family were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, police said, in the latest attack on the minority community. The family was travelling in a rickshaw when armed men on a motorcycle intercepted them and opened fire in Quetta city, the capital of Baluchistan province. A woman was rushed to hospital. Her father and three cousins were killed   Read More ...
Malala leaves Pakistan after emotional visit
2018-04-02 14:02:03 ISLAMABAD: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai Monday left for Britain after an emotional four-day visit to Pakistan, officials said. Malala made a surprise return visit to Pakistan last week more than five years after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for advocating girls' education.   Read More ...
Malala leaves Pakistan after emotional visit
2018-04-02 13:51:32 Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai Monday left for Britain after an emotional four-day visit to Pakistan, officials said. Malala made a surprise return visit to Pakistan last week more than five years after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for advocating girls' education. "Malala Yousafzai along with her family left Islamabad," a government official told AFP   Read More ...
20 Dead After a Weekend of Violence in India-Controlled Kashmir
2018-04-02 13:08:04 Authorities said during clashes in India-administered Kashmir over the weekend, in the latest eruption of violence in the restive border region. Three Indian soldiers and 13 suspected militants were killed in a series of clashes near the city of Srinagar, Agence France-Presse reports. Police said hostilities broke out while security forces were conducting anti-militant operations. Four civilians were also killed when police reportedly opened fire on thousands of demonstrators, some throwing stones and demanding an end to Indian rule   Read More ...
Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visits her Pakistan hometown
2018-04-02 13:04:24 As Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spoke to an audience about coming home to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by the Taliban five years ago, the emotions came flooding back - and so did the tears. (March 29) MINGORA, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Saturday arrived in her hometown for the first time since a Taliban militant shot her there in 2012 for advocating girls’ education   Read More ...
Malala leaves Pakistan after emotional 4-day visit
2018-04-02 12:47:24 ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday (April 2) left for Britain after an emotional four-day visit to Pakistan, officials said. Ms Yousafzai made a surprise return visit to Pakistan last week more than five years after she was shot in the head by a Taleban gunman for advocating girls' education. "Malala Yousafzai along with her family left Islamabad," a government official told AFP   Read More ...
Returning to Pakistan, Malala is overwhelmed by her emotions
2018-03-30 05:10:57 By MUNIR AHMED and KATHY GANNON Associated Press As Malala Yousafzai spoke of coming home to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by the Taliban five years ago, the emotions flooded back – and so did the tears. The 20-year-old Nobel laureate returned Thursday for a four-day visit. She told an audience in the prime minister’s office how she had longed to be back in Islamabad or Karachi even as she promoted her message of girls’ education around the world   Read More ...
Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan for first time since being shot
2018-03-30 05:05:33 As Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spoke to an audience about coming home to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by the Taliban five years ago, the emotions came flooding back - and so did the tears. (March 29) Malala Yousafzai, the girls' rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, returned to her home country of Pakistan on Thursday for the first time since she was shot in the head by Taliban militants in 2012   Read More ...
Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan six years after being shot
2018-03-30 05:04:42 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan nearly six years after she was shot in the head by the Taliban.   Read More ...
U.S. seeks 'real action' from Pakistan on militant groups
2018-03-16 21:48:05 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has not yet seen Pakistan take significant steps to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday. The administration suspended about $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan in January but Islamabad has failed to take "the kind of decisive and irreversible action" Washington has asked for to help with the war in Afghanistan, the official told reporters   Read More ...
Ousted Pakistan PM's brother takes charge of ruling party
2018-03-13 16:01:50 ISLAMABAD: The brother of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif formally took charge of the country's ruling party Tuesday, a day after being outmanoeuvred in elections for Senate chairman — sparking accusations of foul play. The debacle at the Senate was the latest blow to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) following a string of court decisions targeting the party — including the removal of Nawaz from the premiership for graft in July   Read More ...
What went wrong for ruling alliance?
2018-03-13 06:07:21 ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suspects at least seven senators, including a couple of its own, ditched it in the election of Senate chairman and deputy chairman. Raja Zafarul Haq, the candidate of the ruling alliance for the chairman, secured 46 votes — the exact total of the members of the four parties which were part of the five-party ruling alliance   Read More ...
Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar project
2018-03-13 06:07:17 ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif on Monday invited Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar seaport project and development of its link with Gwadar Port as he sought to allay concerns here over Indian involvement in the Iranian port. “We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Dr Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) that had been held to commemorate 70th anniversary of establishment of Pak-Iran diplomatic relations   Read More ...
High court seeks record in Zainab case
2018-03-13 06:07:12 LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Monday summoned case record and a report from the superintendent of Kot Lakhpat jail on a jail-appeal of Imran Ali against his conviction in rape and murder case of seven-year-old Zainab of Kasur. Earlier, rights activist and senior lawyer Asad Jamal filed his power of attorney on behalf of the convict and sought two-week time from the bench to prepare his arguments   Read More ...
Govt to raise gas prices by 5-7pc
2018-03-13 06:07:06 ISLAMABAD: The government has decided in principle to increase gas prices by 5-7 per cent, involving additional revenue of Rs18 billion to cover losses of the two gas utilities — Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Ltd (SNGPL) — with retrospective effect from 2012-13. The forthcoming meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet is expected to issue formal instructions to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) to make past adjustments in system losses (commonly called unaccounted for gas-UFG) since 2012-13   Read More ...
NAB to verify corruption allegations about billion tree ‘tsunami’ project
2018-03-13 06:07:00 ISLAMABA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday decided to conduct complaint verification of alleged corruption in the ‘Billion Tree Tsunami Project’ against the department concerned of the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. A meeting of NAB, presided over by its chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal, also decided to initiate a fresh complaint verification against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for appointing Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, a handout issued by the bureau said   Read More ...
Art of the possible rules Senate
2018-03-13 06:06:57 • Sanjrani gets 57 votes to become first-ever Senate chairman from Balochistan. • PPP’s Mandviwalla elected deputy chairman with 54 votes. • Hasil Bizenjo says Balochistan and KP assemblies were turned into a market where votes were bought ISLAMABAD: In a historic election, the first-ever Senate chairman from Balochistan was elected with the support of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), independent candidates from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and some other opposition parties as the candidate backed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) faced an extraordinary defeat on Monday   Read More ...
Pakistan wants to strengthen ties with IAEA, says PM
2018-03-13 06:06:54 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that with decades of experience in use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes Pakistan is ready to further strengthen partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. Speaking to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the PM Office, Mr Abbasi said with an extensive experience and expertise in the nuclear field Pakistan was well placed as a provider of services for various IAEA programmes and activities   Read More ...
Mobiles, Pakistani flags seized from Central Jail Srinagar
2018-03-13 01:11:11 The Pakistan terror factory seems to have spread its tentacles to the highly fortified Central Jail Srinagar. National Investigation Agency recovered dozens of mobile phones, SIM cards, Pakistani flags, Jihadi literature and other incriminating material after they raided the premises on Monday. Twenty teams of NIA, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and National Security Guards (NSG) personnel carried out an extensive search inside the jail   Read More ...
FIA files case against Hussain Haqqani over 'embezzlement of funds, misuse of authority'
2018-03-13 00:11:16 Federal Investigation Agency on Monday registered a case against former envoy to the United States Hussain Haqqani accusing him of committing "criminal breach of trust, misuse of authority and embezzlement of funds", reported. Haqqani is the principal accused in the Memogate scandal. According to the first information report, a copy of which is available with , the offences occured at the Pakistan Embassy in the US   Read More ...
It’s been crazy, funny and fantastic, say players
2018-03-12 18:23:58 Dubai: Cricket could be crazy, funny and fantastic — that’s the way both teams described the thrilling super over finish which handed Lahore Qalanadars a nail-biting win over Karachi Kings in the third Pakistan Super League match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. “It was a crazy game of cricket,” remarked Brendon McCullum, the skipper of the Lahore team. McCullum who was upset with his team’s six successive defeats, is happy that his team is finally winning though the victories came too late as they have already crashed out of the tournament   Read More ...
Safraz Ahmad: I won’t demand Pakistan captaincy for World Cup
2018-03-12 18:23:24 Dubai: Sarfraz Ahmad, the captain of the Quetta Gladiators, is also the captain of the Pakistan national team. For Sarfraz, if he can lift the Pakistan Super League Cup, which had eluded him eluded his team twice despite reaching the final, it will be big boost for him. This triumph can also confirm him as the captain of the Pakistan team for the 2019 World Cup   Read More ...
PSL winners’ trophy, Pakistan craftsmen’s labour of love
2018-03-12 18:22:31 Dubai: The winners’ trophy of Pakistan Super League (PSL) amazes everyone with it’s beauty and glitter. Made by Swarovski in Dubai, this trophy will be handed over to the winners of the third edition on March 25 in Karachi. The trophy is the result of five months of hard work to make it as stunning as possible. So much hard work has gone into the making of this trophy that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have handed over the trophy to TCS, a leading courier and logistics company, to ensure it reaches safely for the final   Read More ...
Flights to, from Islamabad to be disrupted as PAF jets rehearse for March 23 parade
2018-03-12 18:14:11 Timings for flights headed to or leaving Islamabad between March 12-22 have been revised to allow Pakistan Air Force jets to rehearse for the 23rd March Pakistan Day parade, a press statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday. The press release advised passengers to confirm the revised flight timings beforehand in order to "avoid any inconvenience" since Islamabad's airspace will remain closed from 8am-12:40pm and 2:30-4pm for the next 10 days, which would disturb the flight schedule   Read More ...
KP govt spent Rs1.63 billion on ad campaigns in last five years, Supreme Court told
2018-03-12 18:14:02 An official informed the Supreme Court on Monday that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)-led government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spent Rs1.63 billion on media campaigns in its five-year tenure ending this year. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu notice against hefty ad expenditure by provincial governments. The chief justice inquired during the hearing how many ads were commissioned to print and electronic media outlets by the KP government and how many of them carried the photo of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak   Read More ...
PML-N defeated: Opposition candidates Sanjrani, Mandviwalla take Senate's top slots
2018-03-12 18:13:55 Balochistan Senator Sadiq Sanjrani — elected to Senate as an independent in the March 3 election — was sworn in as Senate Chairman Monday evening after he secured 57 votes out of the total 103 cast for the seat, defeating the PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq, who managed only 46. His election as the first-ever Senate chairman from Balochistan marked the day's second historic moment   Read More ...
Scuffle breaks out between PTI lawmaker and PM Abbasi's son in Senate
2018-03-12 18:13:42 A scuffle broke out between Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA Hamidul Haq and the prime minister's son, Abdullah Abbasi, in the Upper House on Monday evening, moments before the announcement declaring Senator Sadiq Sanjrani as the newly-elected Senate chairman was to be made, reported. In a tense contest between PML-N backed Senator Raja Zafarul Haq and opposition-backed Sanjrani — an independent candidate from Balochistan — the latter came out comfortable on top with 57 votes, four more than the required count and 11 more than his rival   Read More ...
49 killed in Nepal's worst plane crash in decades
2018-03-12 18:13:37 Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades. Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed just east of the runway and skidded into a nearby football field. Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the upturned aircraft to pull people out, some of whom were buried under the scattered debris   Read More ...
Punjab govt bans children's dance performances in schools
2018-03-12 18:13:31 The Punjab School Education Department (PSED) has placed a ban on dance performances by students in all private and government schools in the province, DawnNewsTV reported on Monday. The ban extends to performances on occasions of prize distribution, parents' day, teachers' day and other events, PSED Chief Executive Officer Zahid Bashir Goraya told . He added that the education department would suspend the license of any school that allows or forces children to dance at any school event   Read More ...
Little-known Pakistani politician appointed Senate chairman
2018-03-12 17:30:14 ISLAMABAD: A little-known politician beat the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to become chairman of Pakistan's Senate on Monday, in a vote the PML-N said was a stitch up by opposition parties. Sadiq Sanjrani, a senator from a remote part of the southwestern Baluchistan province, was a compromise candidate backed by opposition parties in a rare show of unity. PML-N officials, who allege elements of the military are trying to weaken their party, accuse Sanjrani of being a "pro-establishment" candidate   Read More ...
Krishna Kumari takes oath as Pakistan's first Hindu Dalit woman Senator
2018-03-12 17:12:55 Krishna Kumari Kolhi today scripted history when she was sworn-in as Pakistan's first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator. Kolhi, 39, was among 51 legislators who were sworn in as the members of the upper house of the Muslim-majority country. Kolhi, who belongs to a remote village in Nagarparkar district of Thar in Sindh province, is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)   Read More ...
NIA raids Srinagar central jail, seizes Pakistan flag and jihadi material
2018-03-12 16:37:59 The NIA on Monday raided the central jail here and seized over two dozen mobile phones, jihadi literature and a Pakistani flag apart from data hardware, official spokesperson said. At least 20 teams of the central probe agency, with commandos of the NSG and drones in tow, searched the barracks and open ground of the high-security prison that houses some of the most wanted and dreaded terrorists, including those from Pakistan   Read More ...
PSL 2018: Imad Wasim declared ‘stable’ after mild concussion
2018-03-12 16:35:48 Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim has been declared “stable” after the left-hander injued himself while playing for Karachi Kings against Lahore Qalandars during a Pakistan Super League match. The Kings’ skipper suffered a mild concussion after he injured himself while running backwards from mid off to take a catch on Sunday evening. Later, an official tweet was made from PSL’s Twitter handle that said, “Imad Wasim is stable and as per protocol under observation for next 24 hours   Read More ...
NIA raids Srinagar's Central Jail, recovers Hizbul posters, Pakistan flags and Jihadi literature
2018-03-12 15:46:45 Pakistan terror factory seems to have spread its tentacles to the highly-fortified Central Jail Srinagar. On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) recovered dozens of mobile phones, SIM cards, Pakistani flags, Jihadi literature, and other incriminating material after they raided the Central Jail premises. Twenty teams of NIA assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and National Security Guards (NSG) personnel carried out an extensive search inside the Central Jail Srinagar   Read More ...
Iranian troops kill suicide attackers near Pakistan border - news agency
2018-03-12 14:31:24 ANKARA: Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Monday it had killed two suicide attackers and defused their explosives near the border with Pakistan, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. In a statement, the Corps said two members of Iran's volunteer Basij militia were wounded during the clashes late on Sunday at the Saravan border crossing in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province. "The terrorists wanted to attack a border post of the Revolutionary Guards   Read More ...