Category: Pakistan

Pakistan allows Indian aid transit to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 – Pakistan’s Cabinet on Tuesday granted permission to arch-rival India to use its land route to ship wheat aid to neighbouring Afghanistan where millions of people face hunger as a harsh winter sets in. Islamabad will also send aid, the prime minister’s office said in […]

Important to incentivise Taliban so that they fulfil promises, says Pak PM

By Sajjad Hussain Islamabad, Sep 27: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said it is important to incentivise the Taliban so that the new rulers of Afghanistan fulfil the promises they made after they seized power in Kabul last month. The Taliban are yet to get international recognition. The […]

Pakistan’s army chief to meet Afghan president as violence surges -sources

Pakistan’s army chief visited Afghanistan on Monday to meet President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan government sources said, at a time of heightened uncertainty for the region as violence rises while the United States withdraws troops. Pakistani Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was meeting Ghani as well […]

UK variant accounts for 70% of COVID cases in Pakistan -researcher

A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70% of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the country said on Saturday. The country has imposed strict nationwide restrictions in the lead up to the Muslim festival of […]

Hopes low for progress at India, Pakistan’s first river-sharing talks in 3 years

An Indian official played down on Tuesday prospects for a breakthrough at the first talks in three years with neighbouring Pakistan aimed at resolving long-running disputes over hydroelectric projects on the shared Indus River. Pakistan is concerned that India’s plans for hydroelectric plants in the disputed Himalayan region […]

India, Pakistan set for water-sharing talks, reflecting easing tensions

India and Pakistan will hold the first meeting in three years of a commission that deals with water rights on the Indus River on Tuesday, the two sides said on Monday, illustrating a broader resumption of diplomatic ties. The Permanent Indus Commission, set up under the Indus Waters […]

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, […]

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