Pakistan

  • China enhances Pakistan's firepower with armed drones
    New Delhi, August 17 (IANS): China is helping Pakistan to boost its firepower by selling it state-of-the-art defence items, including armed drones, even as it is engaged with India at the borders in eastern Ladakh. Intelligence sources said Pakistan is procuring medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) -- Cai Hong-4 (CH-4) -- from China in bulk. Sources said that a 10-member team of Pakistan Army led by Brigadier Mohammad Zafar Iqbal has visited China to review t
  • 6 civilians injured in Pak shelling on LoC
    Srinagar, August 7 (IANS): Six civilians were injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC in North Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday, officials said. According to reports, Pakistan resorted to shelling in Tangdhar and Rangward injuring three civilians in each of the two sectors. "The six injured civilians have been evacuated and moved to a hospital," Shriram Ambarkar, SSP Kupwara, told IANS. The conditions of some of those injured is said to be critical. Ea
  • Imran Khan unveils new map that shows Kashmir as part of Pakistan
    Islamabad, August 4 (IANS): On the eve of the first anniversary of the revocation of the contentious Article 370 and Article 35A, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled a new political map which includes the UT of J&K as part of Pakistan on Tuesday. Khan has decided to present the new political map at the United Nations as well. The Imran Khan cabinet approved the new map in which the complete Jammu and Kashmir, is shown integrated with Pakistan. The illegal map shows J&
  • Pak Prez, PM urge caution on Eid
    Islamabad, August 1 (IANS): Pakistan President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the nation to strictly observe precautionary measures on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In his message, President Alvi urged people to help the needy as the coronavirus pandemic had negatively affected the economy, The Express Tribune reported. Prime Minister Khan, in his message, said the pandemic had become a challenge for humanity a
  • Pakistan urges worshippers to buy sacrificial animals online to prevent COVID-19 surge
    KARACHI, Pakistan, July 28 (Reuters): Pakistani authorities are encouraging people to buy sacrificial animals online or at least wear masks when visiting cattle markets, fearing preparations for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha could reverse a decline in COVID-19 infection numbers. Government social-distancing restrictions this year including half-day closing have seen a drop in customers at the normally bustling markets which, like in other Muslim countries, are set up in ur
  • 103-year-old Pakistani man survives COVID-19
    ISLAMABAD, July 24 (Reuters): A 103-year-old man has recovered from COVID-19 in Pakistan to become one of the oldest survivors of the disease in the world, beating the odds in a country with a weak healthcare system, his relatives and doctors said. Aziz Abdul Alim, a resident of a village in the mountainous northern district of Chitral, was released last week from an emergency response centre after testing positive in early July. "We were worried for him given his age,
  • Pakistan issues final warning to TikTok over 'immoral' content
    ISLAMABAD, July 21 (Reuters): Pakistan's telecommunications regulator issued a "final warning" to short-form video app TikTok on Monday over explicit content posted on the platform, while live streaming app Bigo Live was blocked for the same reason. TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, is facing problems around the world - including Australia, India and the United States - due to security and privacy issues. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it
  • Pakistan resumes polio immunization drive amid COVID-19 threat
    KARACHI, Pakistan, July 20 (Reuters): Wearing face masks and gloves, Pakistani vaccinators on Monday resumed an anti-polio drive that had been halted since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, seeking to reach at least 800,000 children in five days.   The disruption of the drive has raised fears of a spike in polio cases in Pakistan, which, along with neighbouring Afghanistan is just one of two countries in the world where the disease remains endemic, officials said.
  • Imran Khan's move to tighten his grip over PoJK thwarted
    New Delhi/Muzaffarabad, July 18 (IANS): The Imran Khan government's move to strengthen its hold over Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK), through a council which had been abolished by former premier Nawaz Sharif's party two years ago, was thwarted.   Islamabad had set up the PoJK Council under PoJK's Interim Constitution Act 1974, "to serve as a bridge" between the federal and the provincial governments, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported. &n
  • India says Pakistan broke agreement on unimpeded consular access to convicted spy
    NEW DELHI, July 17 (Reuters): India on Thursday said its diplomats protested and left a meeting arranged by Pakistan in Islamabad with an Indian man condemned to death on charges of spying, saying an agreement to allow "unimpeded" consular access had not been honoured by Pakistani officials.   Former Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan and convicted of espionage and sabotage by a
  • Daniel Pearl murder: Detention of accused persons extended
    KARACHI, JULY 15 (IANS): The Sindh Home Department on Wednesday extended the detention of the accused persons in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl by three months, Geo News reported.   The accused in the murder of the American journalist include Omar Saeed, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Shaikh Mohammad.   The department said that the accused have been detained under the Anti-Terrorism Act's Section 11 Triple E. It added that the government fears
  • Pak PM urges world community to share info on COVID-19 strategies as tally rises to 239,225
    Islamabad, July 8 (PTI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the world community to share information on their strategies to deal with the coronavirus, as the country's COVID-19 death toll reached near 5,000-mark.   Addressing a virtual summit of the International Labour Organisation, Khan said that the constant exchange of ideas will help soften the coronavirus impact on labourers.   He said that the entire world was praying for a vaccine bu
  • Pakistani pilots question government list of "dubious" pilots
    KARACHI, June 30 (Reuters): Pakistani airline pilots and their union have raised questions about a government list of 262 pilots with "dubious" credentials, saying it is full of discrepancies.   Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan announced last week the grounding of 262 airline pilots suspected of dodging their exams, a move that caused global concern.   The minister said the pilots included 141 from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), nine from Air
  • Pakistan's PM says 'no doubt' that India was behind stock exchange attack in Karachi
    ISLAMABAD, June 30 (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told parliament on Tuesday he had 'no doubt' that India was behind an attack on the stock exchange building in Karachi a day earlier.   Four gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed the attackers.   India said on Monday it had nothing to do with the assault.   "There is no
  • Seven die as 'separatist' gunmen attack Pakistan Stock Exchange
    KARACHI, Pakistan, June 29 (Reuters): Gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the city of Karachi on Monday in a bid to take hostages, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed all four of the attackers, security officials said.   Separatist insurgents from the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan claimed responsibility, a senior counter-terrorism official, Raja Umar Khattab, told Reuters.   The Baloc
  • Pakistan grounds 262 airline pilots with 'dubious' credentials
    ISLAMABAD, June 27 (Reuters): Pakistan is grounding 262 airline pilots suspected of dodging their exams following inquiries into their qualifications, the aviation minister said on Friday in a move that has caused global concern.   The action was prompted by the preliminary report on an airliner crash in Karachi last month, which found that the pilots had failed to follow standard procedures and disregarded alarms.   Ninety-seven people were killed in that cr
  • US slams Pakistan for not acting against anti-India terrorists
    NEW YORK, JUNE 24 (IANS): The US on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for continuing to be a safe haven for terrorist groups and for failing to prosecute Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) boss Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) Mumbai attack mastermind Sajid Mir.   The State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism said: "Islamabad has yet to take decisive actions against Indian- and Afghanistan-focused militants." Pakistan has "made no effort to use domestic aut
  • Pilots in Pakistan air crash distracted by coronavirus worry, minister says
    ISLAMABAD, June 24 (Reuters): The pilots of a Pakistan airliner that crashed last month, killing 97, were distracted and preoccupied as they talked about the coronavirus pandemic while preparing for an initial failed attempt to land, the country's aviation minister said on Wednesday.   The Airbus A320 of national carrier Pakistan International Airlines crashed on May 22 in the southern city of Karachi, killing all but two of those aboard as it came down a kilometre
  • 3 civilians injured in Pak shelling on LoC in J&K's Uri
    Srinagar, June 20 (IANS): Three civilians were injured on Saturday in Pakistan shelling on the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector.   Police sources said three civilians, including a woman, were injured in Pakistan shelling in Nambla village of Uri sector on Saturday.   "The injured civilians have been shifted to hospital. Efforts are on to shift the villagers to a safer place away from the line of enemy shelling", sources said.
  • Pakistan resorts to intense shelling on LoC in Poonch
    Jammu, June 9 (IANS): Pakistan resorted to intense, unprovoked mortar shelling and firing on Tuesday on the line of control (LoC) to violate ceasefire in J&K's Poonch district.   Colonel Devender Anand said, "At about 6.30 a.m. today Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district.   "Indian army is retaliating befittingly". &n