Pakistan

  • India to observe Oct 22 as Black Day to highlight Pak-backed militia's invasion of J&K
    SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): India will observe October 22 -- the day of the raid in 1947 in Jammu and Kashmir -- as the 'Black Day' to protest against Pakistan's role in instigating violence and terror in the valley. On October 22, 1947, Pakistani invaders illegally entered into Jammu and Kashmir and plundered and committed atrocities. "The 'lashkars' (militia) of tribal men armed with axes, swords and guns and backed by the Pakistan Army attacked Kashmi
  • Afghans jostling for visas sparks stampede, killing at least 15
    JALALABAD, Afghanistan, October 21 (Reuters): At least 15 people were killed in stampede among thousands of Afghans gathered near Pakistan's consulate on Tuesday as jostling broke out between people applying for visas, officials in the eastern city of Jalalabad said. An estimated 3,000 Afghans had congregated on the open ground, usually used for sports or pubic gatherings, outside the consulate, waiting to collect tokens needed to apply for a visa, two provincial officials
  • Pakistan opposition holds mass rally calling for PM Khan to go
    KARACHI, Pakistan, October 19 (Reuters): Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi on Sunday as part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged election two years ago. The mass demonstration in Karachi was the second in three days launched by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), formed last month by nine major opposition parties to begin a nationwide agitation
  • Days of Imran Khan govt are numbered, warns PDM power show
    Islamabad, October 17 (IANS): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing a serious outburst from the opposition parties, who have now joined together and launched an anti-government campaign, aimed at toppling the ruling government. The opposition parties' alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), comprising of at least 11 political parties, staged a massive gathering in Gujranwala city, Punjab province, on Friday showcasing their public strength as opposition leaders addr
  • Pak hopeful of acquiring Covid-19 vaccine within the next 6 months
    Islamabad, October 12 (IANS): A Pakistani official from the Ministry of National Health Services has expressed hope that the country would acquire a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in the next six months. The official said on Sunday that Pakistan has also prepared antibodies against spike proteins, Dawn news reported. "At present, 15 vaccines were in phase-III trial globally out of which 11 target the spike protein," he said. The official said the vaccine might
  • Islamabad HC asks Sharif to appear by Nov 24
    ISLAMABAD, OCTOBER 10 (IANS): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has asked former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it by November 24 to avoid being declared a proclaimed offender. The IHC's Registrar Office on Friday issued a written order in the proceedings on the appeal in Al-Azizia and Avenfield corruption references, reports Dawn news. A two-member division bench of the IHC issued the order. On October 7, the court recorded statements of Dildar Ali Abr
  • Pak bid to smuggle weapons into Kashmir foiled by Army
    SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10 (IANS): The Army has foiled an attempt by terrorists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to smuggle war-like stores into India and seized arms and ammunition on the LoC in Karen Sector, officials said on Saturday. "The Army noticed 2-3 men sending something in a tube tied to a rope across the Kishanganga river. Troops immediately reached the spot and seized four AK-74 rifles, eight magazines and 240 rounds." The Army said that the area has been cordoned off
  • Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter face sedition charges for criticising Pakistani military
    LAHORE, Pakistan, October 5 (Reuters): Pakistani police filed sedition charges on Monday against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and dozens of his party leaders over comments he made criticising the interference of the military in national politics. Last month, Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League and eight other opposition parties came together to accuse the military of meddling in politics and of rigging elections in 2018 that brought Prime Minist
  • Pak's Human Rights Ministry takes steps to protect kids from abuse
    ISLAMABAD, OCTOBER 4 (IANS): Pakistan's Human Rights Ministry has engaged the Child Protection Committees of Islamabad to raise awareness about the rights of children and steps aimed at preventing them from abuse. The Ministry under its Human Rights Awareness Programme, has so far held five sessions by engaging eight of the 15 Child Protection Committees, reports Dawn news. The committees were formed in 2019 by the Ministry's National Child Protection Centre to identify,
  • Pak violates ceasefire on LoC for 7th straight day
    JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 30 (IANS): Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday. Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Devender Anand said that at about 6.45 p.m., Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector in Poonch district. "The Indian army retaliated befittingly," t
  • Pak courts nail oppn leaders Sharif and Zardari
    LAHORE, SEPTEMBER 28 (IANS): In an eventful day, top leaders of major opposition parties were nabbed by Pakistani courts in cases of money laundering and corruption. Shahbaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and leader of the opposition parties in parliament, was arrested from the courtroom after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his bail plea. The two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court rejected Shahbaz's bail plea and he was arrested by the Nat
  • Paris knife attack suspect wanted to avenge Prophet cartoons - video
    PARIS/ISLAMABAD, September 28 (Reuters): French police are studying a video in which the man suspected of attacking people with a meat cleaver on Friday says he will commit an act of "resistance" after the republication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad in a satirical magazine. The suspect, who is from Pakistan, was arrested soon after two people were wounded in front of the old offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. Officials said his clothes were spattered in
  • Afghan official Abdullah in Pakistan for talks on peace bid
    ISLAMABAD, September 28 (Reuters): Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks aimed at ending decades of war. During his three-day visit to Islamabad, Abdullah, a former foreign minister and chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as Pakistan's foreign minister. Relations between Pakistan and
  • After Rohtang, focus now on Shinku La tunnel amid tension in Himalayas
    MANALI, SEPTEMBER 27 (IANS): Amid the heightened border tension with both China and Pakistan in the Himalayas, road infrastructure projects have been given a push with completion of a marvel of engineering motorways -- the Rohtang Pass highway tunnel. Officials say the focus now is on constructing the strategic 13.5-km-long Shinku La tunnel, the shortest, safer and the third alternative corridor for the armed forces for forward areas of Union Territory of Ladakh. Experts told IAN
  • Pak resorts to unprovoked ceasefire violation on LoC
    Jammu, September 26 (IANS): Pakistan army on Saturday targeted Indian positions by using small arms and mortars on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, officials said. "At around 11.15 a.m. today, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district," Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Devender Anand said. "Indian army is retali
  • Pakistani court rules deadly 2012 blaze was arson, sentences two to death
    KARACHI, Pakistan, September 22 (Reuters): Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire, which killed more than 260 garment factory workers in 2012, was a case of arson and not an accident, a court ruled on Tuesday as it sentenced two former political party activists to death for starting it. The Anti-Terrorism Court found that the men set the factory ablaze because the owners did not give in to their extortion demands and pay them money. The fire at Ali Enterprise, a multi-stor
  • Pakistan opposition groups join to denounce military, oppose Khan
    ISLAMABAD, September 21 (Reuters): Pakistan's opposition parties have launched a new platform to begin protests against Prime Minister Imran Khan's government and make a rare denunciation of the military for meddling. All the main opposition parties signed a statement late on Sunday announcing a single platform, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, to begin nationwide agitations, possibly culminating in a January march on the capital Islamabad. They say the military rig
  • 3 LeT men arrested in J&K, weapons sent by Pak drones recovered
    Jammu, September 19 (IANS): Three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have been arrested by the security forces from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir with a large cache of arms and ammunition they had received through drones, officials said on Saturday. All three belong to South Kashmir's Pulwama district and have been identified as Rahil Bashir, Amir Jan and Hafiz Younis Wani. Police said they had gone to Rajouri to receive the weapons sent by drones from Pakistan. IG
  • Pakistani students back in school after more than six months
    KARACHI, September 15 (Reuters): Millions of students in Pakistan returned to classes on Tuesday after a break of six months, as schools and colleges began to reopen for the first time since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Educational institutes were closed in March as the coronavirus began to spread in Pakistan, but, with daily infection numbers falling, the government last week announced a staggered resumption of classes. "May God make us successful in this tes
  • Imran welcomes millions of students back to school
    Islamabad, September 14 (IANS): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said it was the priority of his government and the nation's collective responsibility to ensure that every child can go to school safely as educational institutes across the country will reopen on Tuesday after a six-month-long closure due to Covid-19. Educational institutions in the country will begin reopening in phases, following a fall in new coronavirus case numbers, ending the long closure that le