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  • Pakistan's prime minister resolved to ride out protests crisis 21 hours 56 minutes ago

    Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told parliament on Wednesday he would not be cowed by thousands of demonstrators camped outside the assembly demanding his resignation. Protesters led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have rallied in Islamabad for almost two weeks and vowed to occupy the capital...
  • Pak PM Sharif defiant amid calls for ouster, says crisis shall pass Yesterday

    Islamabad: Facing his toughest test since becoming Pakistan's Prime Minister, a defiant Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday brushed aside the demand of protesters asking him to quit saying the country has survived "difficult times" and the current political crisis too shall pass. Political stalemate has continued for the last two weeks with...
  • Pak PM Nawaz Sharif meets Army Chief to discuss political turmoil 2 days ago

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday met Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to discuss the current political crisis caused due to anti-government protests in Islamabad and the recent Indo-Pak border "skirmishes". "Overall security environment including the prevailing situation was discussed in the meeting. There was a consensus on the...
  • Hope Centre will reconsider decision to cancel talks with Pak: Omar Abdullah 4 days ago

    Srinagar: Terming frequent violations of the ceasefire as a "matter of serious concern", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed hope that the Centre would reconsider its decision of cancelling talks with Pakistan in order to end the border hostilities. "I hope that there is some rethink...
  • Islamabad protests: Imran returns to negotiating table, party lawmakers resign 6 days ago

    Islamabad: Mounting further pressure, 34 opposition lawmakers resigned from the National Assembly on Friday to force the Nawaz Sharif government to quit but their party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf surprisingly decided to resume talks after the failed first round. For the second time since it mobilised thousands of supporters for anti-government protests in...
  • Islamabad: Imran Khan suspends talks with government, calls for nationwide protest 1 week ago

    Islamabad: Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan on Thursday hardened his stand by withdrawing from dialogue with the government and vowed to continue his fight till the end, apparently buoyed by the Supreme Court's washing off its hands of the protests. Pakiatan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief cleric Tahirul Qadri whose thousands of...
  • Guns fall silent, no fresh truce violation by Pakistan August 19, 2014

    Jammu: There was no fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday evening after nearly 10 days of intermittent firing and shelling from across the border. "There is no ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the IB in Jammu...
  • Pakistan: Imran calls for 'civil disobedience movement' to oust Sharif August 18, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan today declared a "civil disobedience movement" against the Nawaz Sharif-led government, saying the country's future is bleak under the rule of businessmen, as cleric Tahirul Qadri gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister to resign. "I have called for the civil disobedience movement...
  • Pakistan protesters vow no let-up until PM Sharif steps down August 16, 2014

    More than 20,000 anti-government protesters flooded the centre of Pakistan's capital on Saturday, vowing to stay in the streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. The numbers were far below what protest organizers expected, but the power of protesters to paralyse the central business district has presented the biggest challenge yet...
  • Islamabad braces for protest marches as Pakistan celebrates independence August 14, 2014

    Islamabad: As Pakistan celebrated its 68th Independence Day on Thursday, supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) parties remained determined to march towards Islamabad. The marches have been called to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, Dawn online reported. According to officials, parts of Islamabad...
  • 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...
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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...