Category: Pakistan

Pakistani film explores social media’s role in anger over blasphemy

ISLAMABAD – The creator of an animated film on blasphemy in Pakistan is hoping it will prompt discussion on tolerance at a time that rights advocates say hate speech on social media is increasingly triggering violence. The short film “Swipe” is about a boy obsessed with a hypothetical […]

Indian and Pakistani troops exchange fire, at least 15 dead

By Fayaz Bukhari, Abu Arqam Naqash SRINAGAR, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan – At least 10 civilians and five security personnel were killed in cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan on Friday, in one of this year’s deadliest days along the heavily militarised frontier separating the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said. Indian officials said […]

Attacks surge in northwest Pakistan as Afghan peace effort brings shifting sands

ISLAMABAD – Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in northwest Pakistan raising fears of a revival of their insurgency and a return of lawlessness as brighter prospects for peace in Afghanistan herald shifting Islamist alliances. The ethnic Pashtun border region was for years a haven for […]

Pakistani police hunt for gang rape suspects as protests held across country

ISLAMABAD – Protests were held in several Pakistani cities for a second day on Saturday over the handling of an investigation into the gang rape of a mother travelling with her children on a highway, as police said they were launching a manhunt for the suspects. The woman, […]

Pak’s COVID-19 cases reach 292,765

Islamabad, Aug 23: Pakistan’s coronavirus cases on Sunday reached 292,765 after 591 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. Four patients died during the period, taking the number of fatalities in the country to 6,235, according to the Ministry of National Health Services. […]

Coronavirus cases in Pak rises to 14,885; death toll 327

Islamabad, Apr 29: Pakistan’s coronavirus cases have climbed to 14,885 while the death toll from the pandemic has reached 327 with 26 more fatalities, the health ministry said on Wednesday. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 3,425 people have recovered from the contagion while 129 were still […]

Rashtrapati Bhavan isolates 500 over virus scare, Pakistan PM Imran Khan to be tested

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD – About 500 people entered self-isolation in staff quarters of India’s presidential palace on Tuesday, and Pakistan’s prime minister was due to be tested, as the coronavirus spreading through South Asia hit the heart of the region’s governments. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife tested […]

In rare move, Pakistan military agrees to budget cut amid economic woes, PM says

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s powerful military has agreed in a rare move to cut its hefty budget for a year to help ease the South Asian country’s “critical financial situation”, Prime Minister Imran Khan said. Pakistan has struck an agreement in principle with the International Monetary Fund for a […]

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