Pakistan Government

  • Pakistan: Tahir-ul Qadri suspends talks with government 6 days ago

    Islamabad: One of the two anti-government protest leaders in Pakistan on Saturday said that he has suspended talks with the PML-N government following a crackdown on demonstrators demanding ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "We have suspended the talks as the government has begun arresting my workers in Islamabad and...
  • Gunmen kidnap 100 villagers in northwest Pakistan: government April 13, 2014

    Peshawar: Gunmen stormed a village gathering in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday and kidnapped around 100 men, Pakistani government officials said. Officials said they suspected that the gunmen are Taliban who attacked because the villagers supported the government. Three local government officials told Reuters that the gunmen had initially taken around 100 villagers...
  • IMF agrees to give Pak USD 5.3 bln loan to boost growth July 5, 2013

    Islamabad: The International Monetary Fund on Thursday agreed to extend a USD 5.3 billion three-year loan facility to Pakistan to boost the country's foreign exchange reserves, fight an acute energy crisis, and prop up a sliding currency. Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Head of the IMF Mission Jeffrey Franks told...
  • PML-N to try Musharraf for treason: Sharif's aide May 28, 2013

    Lahore: The incoming PML-N government is ready to hold the trial of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf over charges of treason, a party leader said on Tuesday. The caretaker government that conducted the May 11 polls had refused to initiate proceedings against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution...
  • Punjab: Sarbjit Singh's ashes immersed in Beas River May 6, 2013

    Amritsar: Ashes of Sarabjit Singh, who died after being brutally assaulted in a Pakistani jail, were on Sunday immersed in the Beas river at Goindwal Sahib in the neighbouring Tarn Taran district, as hundreds of people bade adieu to him with tearful eyes. Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit, confirming...
  • Pak govt killed Sarabjit, alleges his former jail inmate May 5, 2013

    Mumbai: It is not destiny, but the Pakistan government which claimed the life of Sarabjit Singh, according to a resident of Ahmednagar, who spent time with him in Lahore jail, and was released in 2012. "Sarabjit was homesick. He longed to return to India," Bhanudas Karale, who was released from Kot...
  • Pakistan caretaker PM names 15-member cabinet April 2, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has named a 15-member cabinet though portfolios are yet to be allocated to the candidates drawn from all four provinces of the country. Seven members of the cabinet are from the most populous province of Punjab, three each from Sindh and Balochistan...
  • Pak govt to dissolve National Assembly before Mar 16 January 18, 2013

    The government also agreed that the caretaker administration would be chosen in consultation with all parties. ...
  • Pakistani cleric, PPP government strike deal January 17, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani officials on Thursday said the government and a Muslim cleric had struck a deal to end four days of protests by thousands in the capital. The agreement with Tahir-ul-Qadri was reached late on Thursday evening. Qadri demanded the government be dissolved and replaced by an independent caretaker government. He...
  • Pak govt in talks with Qadri as protests continue January 17, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan government on Thursday reached out to fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has been camping outside Parliament along with thousands of protesters for the fourth day in a row demanding the government's resignation and dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies. A four-member committee, formed by the government, held talks...
  • Pakistan government says elections by May 15 January 16, 2013

    Islamabad: Amidst protests by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri for the dissolution of Parliament, the Pakistan government on Wednesday said it was determined to complete its five-year term and hold the polls by May 15. "There are few days left for the completion of the term (of the government). All the parties and real...
  • Pakistan: Qadri steps up pressure as PM faces arrest January 16, 2013

    Islamabad: Thousands of people in Pakistan are out on the streets supporting pro-army Sufi cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's call for a crackdown on government corruption and an indefinite delay in elections. Protestors are threatening to stay on streets till their demands are met. Addressing the gathering, Qadri praised the military and judiciary...
  • I have no links with Pakistan army: Sufi cleric Qadri January 16, 2013

    Islamabad: Sufi cleric Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri has denied links with Pakistan army terming the allegations "baseless". Qadri said he has never met ISI or any Pakistan army chiefs. Thousands of Pakistanis shouting slogans like "we want change" thronged the streets of Islamabad on Tuesday in support of the Sufi cleric's anti-government...
  • US favours a democratically-elected govt in Pakistan January 16, 2013

    Washington: The United States has said it favours a democratically-elected civilian government in Pakistan and noted it is for the people of the country to determine their future in a just and transparent manner. "Our view is that internal political issues in Pakistan need to be resolved by Pakistanis in...
  • Pakistan battles political crisis as SC orders PM's arrest January 15, 2013

    The Pakistan Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Ashraf for allegedly receiving bribes in power projects. ...
  • Imran Khan calls for elections in Pakistan January 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan politician Imran Khan on Tuesday called for immediate elections in Pakistan, demanding the resignation of President Asif Ali Zardari at the earliest. Hitting out at the PPP-led government in the country, the former cricketer said there must not be fair and timely elections. "The government should have some credibility,...
  • Pakistan government launches talks with cleric Qadri January 12, 2013

    Lahore: The Pakistan government has launched a last-ditch effort to stop cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri from going ahead with a "long march" from Lahore to Islamabad on January 14 by initiating talks with him through PML-Q leaders. PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who is also the Deputy Prime...
  • Pak suspends mobile phone services to prevent attacks November 23, 2012

    Karachi: Alarmed by the recent terror attacks on Shia processions by Taliban, Pakistan on Friday shut down the mobile phone network in Karachi, Quetta and some other cities as a part of security measures for this weekend, which is the climax of the holy month of Muharram. Mobile phone services and...
  • Osama's Abbottabad mansion to be public property July 20, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have taken steps to declare as government property the plot of land where Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden spent his final years before he was killed by American commandos. The government of northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has published notices in newspapers asking for objections to the land in the...
  • Hindus in Pakistan to get identity cards April 24, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have assured the Supreme Court that computerised national identity cards will soon be issued to all members of the minority Hindu community, including married women who were facing problems in obtaining the cards. Following the assurance, a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on Monday disposed...
  • Saif: Upto Pakistan to lift ban on 'Agent Vinod' March 23, 2012

    Mumbai: Actor Saif Ali Khan today said that there was nothing 'wrong' in his film 'Agent Vinod', released today, and it was upto the Pakistan government to decide whether to lift its ban. 'Agent Vinod' has been banned in Pakistan due to certain references to the ISI. "They have always banned our...
  • Pakistan demolishes compound where Osama lived February 25, 2012

    Abbottabad: Local residents say Pakistan has started to demolish the compound in the northwest city of Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden lived for years and was killed by US commandos in May 2011. Two residents say the government brought in three mechanized backhoes on Saturday afternoon and began destroying the tall...
  • Pak Cabinet reposes full confidence in Gilani February 14, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Cabinet on Tuesday reposed "full confidence" in Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani following his indictment for contempt by the Supreme Court, even as he said he did not want to be a "burden" in any way for government. The Cabinet "unanimously applauded the conduct" of Gilani in the Supreme Court...
  • Gilani first Pak PM to be convicted by SC February 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Pakistan Supreme Court indicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt, making him the first Pakistani PM to be chargesheeted. Appearing in court for the second time this year, Gilani pleaded innocent to the charges that his government had failed to re-open corruption cases against President Asif...
  • I am fine, will return to Pakistan soon: Zardari December 10, 2011

    Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he is completely alright and will return to Pakistan soon. A television anchor who spoke to him quoted the president as saying that many of his enemies did not want him to return to his country. "They think that I have fled but...
  • Is the Pakistan government a puppet? May 9, 2011

    In conversation with former envoy to India Aziz Ahmed Khan and political analyst Ayesha Siddiqua after Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani addressed the nation on the Osama bin Laden killing which took place on May 2. ...
  • Pak govt in crisis as key ally MQM pulls out January 3, 2011

    New Delhi: The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led coalition was dealt a severe blow, after a key ally the MQM pulled out on Sunday. The MQM, which had pulled its two ministers out of the federal cabinet last month, announced its decision to quit the nearly three-year-old coalition following meetings...
  • Bomb attack on Pakistani police kills 13 March 8, 2010

    Lahore: Pakistan's Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack on a police intelligence unit in the city of Lahore that killed at least 13 people during Monday's morning rush hour, officials said. The al Qaeda-backed group threatened more violence unless US drone aircraft strikes and Pakistani government offensives against...
  • Army smells power as Pak crisis deepens March 11, 2009

    Pakistan is once again facing turmoil with the Opposition and Government on a collision course. An anti-government rally is to take place on March 16. The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has also planned a long-march from Lahore to Islamabad to protest against the Supreme Court order barring former prime minister...
  • Jamaat HQ brought under Pak government control January 25, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan government on Sunday took over the sprawling headquarters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a front oganisation of the LeT blamed from the Mumbai attacks, near Lahore amid tight security. Khakan Babar, recently appointed by the government of Pakistan's Punjab province as the Chief Administrator, took over the JuD's Markaz-e-Taiba headquarters...