Category: South Asia

Pakistan court revokes coup leader Musharraf’s death sentence, guilty verdict

LAHORE – A Pakistani high court on Monday revoked a guilty verdict and death sentence handed down to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, declaring that the formation of the court that sentenced him was unconstitutional, a government law officer said. Musharraf was sentenced to death in […]

Thousands protest in Pakistan over U.S. killing of Iranian commander

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD – Protestors clashed with police in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Sunday, as thousands of demonstrators attempted to march toward the U.S. consulate to protest the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani, a powerful Iranian military commander and the architect of Iran’s spreading […]

Trump’s Afghanistan decision pushes country toward vote

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Donald Trump’s sudden halt to U.S.-Taliban talks looks like a gift to the beleaguered Afghan president, who has insisted on holding a key election in less than three weeks’ time despite widespread expectations that a peace deal would push it aside. Now, with an agreement to […]

Shattering Taliban attack in Kabul even as US deal nears

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 people and wounded 119, almost all local civilians, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he and the militant group had reached a deal […]

U.S. special envoy shows draft deal with Taliban to Afghan president

KABUL – The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan showed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday the draft of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban expected to clear the way for a phased U.S. troop withdrawal, officials said. Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afghan-born U.S. diplomat who has […]

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Survivors scrambled for higher ground as torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South Asia Tuesday, with millions of people affected and at least 180 dead, officials said. The monsoon is crucial for irrigation and groundwater supplies in the impoverished region — home to a […]

Bangladesh says no hurry to relocate Rohingya, in talks with U.N. bodies

DHAKA  – Bangladesh is not in a hurry to relocate Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island, a minister told Reuters on Monday, after the United Nations sought more details on the government’s plan, criticised by some human rights groups. Bangladesh wants to move 100,000 of the […]

Two dead, dozens injured in Bangladesh clashes as election nears

DHAKA  – Political clashes in Bangladesh left two campaign workers dead and injured dozens more, police said on Wednesday, as tensions soared before a general election on Dec. 30. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the ruling Awami League Party is seeking a third straight term as formal election […]