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  • Pakistan's new law gives security forces shoot-at-sight powers July 2, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial legislation empowering security forces to shoot-at-sight suspects involved in terrorism, arson, murder and attacks on health officials. The "Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014" empowers an official of grade 15 (Non Gazetted Officers/Junior Officers/ JCOs) and above to issue such orders. It also...
  • Two soldiers killed in ambush in Islamabad July 1, 2014

    Islamabad: At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed and another injured when militants attacked a vehicle belonging to security forces in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, media reports on Tuesday said. The military vehicle was targeted in the areas between Kajori and Ippi villages in Mirali tehsil. The Dawn...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai May 21, 2014

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  • Should Modi reach out to Washington and Islamabad? May 21, 2014

    Diplomatic overtures have already begun even though the new government is yet to take office. In a first, SAARC leaders have been invited to PM's swearing-in ceremony. BJP on Wednesday said that it was Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's desire to invite the heads of government of all SAARC countries to...
  • Pakistan cuts PM Nawaz Sharif's electricity for not paying bills April 29, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's power ministry said on Tuesday it would cut off supplies to major offices, including the prime minister's, in a crackdown on customers not paying their electricity bills. Pakistan's economy is crippled by persistent blackouts lasting up to 12 hours a day partly because influential families, politicians and bureaucrats do...
  • Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf escapes assassination blast April 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf escaped a bid on his life early on Thursday in Faizabad, Pakistan. The retired General was being shifted from a hospital to his farmhouse in Islamabad when a huge blast occurred at a bridge in Faizabad just as his convoy passed. According to sources,...
  • Judge among eleven dead in suicide attack outside Islamabad court March 3, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 11 people, including a judge, were killed and 25 others injured on Monday when suicide attackers threw grenades and opened indiscriminate firing in the premises of a local here in Pakistan's federal capital. "The two gunmen when challenged blew themselves up. This was a suicide attack," Inspector General...
  • Pakistan government drops appeal against PCB chief January 31, 2014

    Islamabad: The legal saga dogging Pakistani cricket administration took a fresh turn on Friday as the government withdrew its challenge to the reinstatement of the game's ousted chief. Earlier this month an appeal court restored Zaka Ashraf as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, eight months after another court had thrown him...
  • Pakistan: Truck hits school bus, 17 children dead January 16, 2014

    Islamabad: A truck slammed into a bus bringing school children home from an outing in southern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 17 pupils and three adults, police said. "It was a head-on collision when the truck slammed into the school van on a single track dirt road. Apparently, speeding and...
  • Haqqani network chief's son gunned down in Islamabad November 11, 2013

    Nasiruddin Haqqani, eldest son of the chief of the Haqqani network that has been blamed for attacks on US forces and the Indian Embassy in Kabul, has been gunned down on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, leaders of the group said on Monday. Nasiruddin was killed by two gunmen riding...
  • US dismisses Sharif's plea to intervene on Kashmir issue October 27, 2013

    The US has dismissed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's plea for an intervention on Kashmir issue, asserting that its position on this matter has not changed and would encourage New Delhi and Islamabad for a dialogue. "(Our) position has not changed. (It's) up to India and Pakistan, US continues to encourage...
  • Pakistan extends custody of former dictator Musharraf October 25, 2013

    A Pakistani court extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf on Friday, dampening hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon following months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate. Musharraf was arrested two weeks ago on charges related a 2007 raid on a...
  • Legal issues plunges PCB in further uncertainty October 23, 2013

    Karachi: Clouds of uncertainty continued to hover over Pakistan cricket with the Election Commission now contemplating to challenge the judgment of Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordering them to conduct elections for the post of PCB chairman in the Supreme Court. According to sources, the Election Commission on Tuesday reviewed the orders...
  • Najam Sethi may have to resign following court's order October 22, 2013

    Lahore: With Islamabad High Court setting stringent rules for new PCB Chairman candidates, head of the ad hoc committee Najam Sethi may have to resign from his post as he fails to fit into the new eligibility criteria. The IHC judge, while announcing new polls date of November 2, ruled on...
  • Election for PCB chairman's post to take place on November 2 October 21, 2013

    Karachi: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday ordered that the elections for the post of chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be held on November 2 under the supervision of the Election Commission of Pakistan. Judge Shaukat Siddiqui also set some stringent eligibility rules for the candidates, who...
  • Probe against Musharraf to be completed in 6 weeks, informs FIA October 19, 2013

    Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency, on Saturday, said it would complete a probe into the 2007 emergency imposed by former President Pervez Musharraf in six weeks. FIA Director General Saud Mirza said the statements of some bureaucrats had been recorded as part of the probe, the Dawn newspaper reported on its website. The...
  • Pervez Musharraf gets bail in tribal chief's murder case October 9, 2013

    Pakistan's apex court on Wednesday granted bail to former president Pervez Musharraf in connection with the murder of a senior tribal elder, his defence lawyers said. The bail raised hope for the release of Musharraf, who has been under house arrest in Islamabad for more than six months, Xinhua reported. A two-member...
  • Pakistan Army Chief Gen Kayani to retire on Nov 29 October 6, 2013

    Pakistan's powerful Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Sunday, declared that he was not seeking any more extension and would retire as scheduled on November 29, laying to rest intense speculation about his future. "My tenure ends on 29th November 2013. On that day I will retire. May the...
  • Accused umpire Rauf won't travel to India: Lawyer September 27, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf will not be appearing in an Indian court after Mumbai police charged him for being involved in the spot-fixing scandal during this year's Indian Premier League. Rauf's legal adviser, Syed Ali Zafar, said in Lahore on Friday he has faith in Indian courts but has no...
  • Massive earthquake in Pakistan kills 10, damages houses September 24, 2013

    Islamabad/Karachi: A major 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and damaging several houses near the epicentre in a remote part of Balochistan province. Ten people were killed and several houses and shops were damaged in Awaran area of Khuzdar district in Balochistan, Geo News channel...
  • Captain of PIA flight arrested at British airport 'on suspicion of being drunk' September 20, 2013

    A pilot of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was arrested in Britain for being drunk while in charge of a plane while three stewards were taken into custody for misbehaving with a British woman, officials said on Thursday. Pilot Irfan Faiz was the captain of the PIA flight from Leeds-Bradford to Islamabad....
  • Pakistan police recovers body of killer of Mumbai 26/11 attack prosecutor September 18, 2013

    Pakistan police have recovered a corpse of a man from a house in Islamabad, and believes it belongs to the killer of Mumbai attack case public prosecutor, according to a media report. The recent raid on the house of the relatives of Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi was distantly linked to...
  • Nawaz Sharif calls for an early formation of anti-terror force September 14, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday called for the early formation of anti-terrorism force (ATF) while describing it as the need of the hour. Speaking during a briefing about the (ATF) in Islamabad, Nawaz also directed the authorities to keep him informed on a daily basis about the progress in...
  • Pakistan's response now will build atmosphere for PMs to meet in New York: Salman Khurshid September 13, 2013

    A meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York will require "an atmosphere" and delivery by Islamabad on issues raised by New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Thursday. "You want a meeting at the highest level. There has to be an atmosphere for it....
  • PCB hoping for relief from Islamabad High Court September 11, 2013

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping to get some relief when its appeal petition comes up for hearing before the Islamabad High Court on September 19. The Islamabad High Court had passed a judgement in July restraining caretaker chief of the board, Najam Sethi, from exercising full powers of his...
  • ISI officers caught cheating in Pakistan exam September 11, 2013

    Islamabad: At least 500 candidates, including 50 Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials, were caught cheating in an examination held for Pakistan's National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), a media report said. The candidates were caught browsing the internet on mobile phones to solve the papers, the News International reported...
  • Islamabad: Man linked to Kashmiri separatist leader arrested on 'terror charges' September 10, 2013

    In the first incident of its kind, a man from Jammu and Kashmir has been arrested by police in the Pakistani capital on terrorism-related charges, according to a media report on Tuesday. Mohammad Shoaib, a relative of senior Kashmiri separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi, was detained when police raided a house in...
  • Wanted in US and India, Hafiz Saeed openly leads mass rally in Pakistan September 7, 2013

    Hafiz Saeed, a Pakistani Islamist with a $10 million US bounty on his head, appeared openly at a rally in Islamabad on Friday, denouncing India as a terrorist state as thousands of his supporters chanted for "holy war" against their neighbour. India has accused Hafiz Saeed of masterminding the 2008 attack...
  • 13 killed in Karachi violence September 5, 2013

    Islamabad: At least 13 people, including a policeman and a senior naval officer, were killed in a fresh spate of violence in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi Wednesday, media reported. Three miscreants and an officer with the paramilitary troops, Rangers, were killed in exchange of fire between insurgents and security...
  • Islamabad: Indian envoy meets Advisor to Pakistan PM to discuss ceasefire violations September 3, 2013

    Senior officials from India and Pakistan on Tuesday met in Islamabad and are believed to have discussed the recent ceasefire violations along the LoC and a possible meeting between their premiers on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York later this month. Indian diplomatic sources told PTI that High...