PAKISTAN

  • IMF approves $6.6 billion for Pakistan in 3-year arrangement March 28, 2015

    Islamabad: The IMF has approved giving US dollar 6.64 billion to Pakistan over three years to support the country's economic reforms and growth, saying it has "abundant potential" despite the challenges it faces, according to a media report on Saturday. The approval enables an initial disbursement of about US dollar 544.5...
  • Gen VK Singh attended Pakistan's National Day based on reciprocal politics March 27, 2015

    Days after the row over Minister of State MoS External Affairs General VK Singh visiting the Pakistan High Commission on their National Day celebrations, reports suggest that the move to send Singh for the event was based on reciprocal politics. Earlier, Lt Gen (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister for...
  • Waqar Younis complains of Umar Akmal in World Cup report to PCB March 27, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan's disappointing cricket World Cup campaign was not just about missed opportunities on the field with head coach Waqar Younis submitting a strongly-worded report to the PCB complaining about the behaviour of Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Muhammad Hafeez. According to a report on 'Dawn News TV', Waqar, in his...
  • How could our Ex-Army Chief be part of Pakistan Day celebrations? March 27, 2015

    Retired General VK Singh, former Chief of Indian Army and now Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, attended a dinner hosted on Pakistan Republic Day also called Pakistan Day hosted by Pakistan's envoy to India Abdul Basit which included Kashmiri Separatists who want Kashmir out of India. Ever since the new...
  • Former Pakistan players rue ouster of Asian teams from World Cup final March 26, 2015

    Karachi: Former Pakistani cricketers rued the failure of any Asian team to make it to the cricket World Cup final after Australia beat India by 95 runs in the second semi-final in Sydney on Thursday. "It is the first time since 1987 that we don't have an Asian team in the...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff March 26, 2015

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • Gen VK Singh attended Pakistan Day function after Centre's considered decision: MEA March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday said its Minister of State Gen VK Singh attended the Pakistan National Day function after a "considered decision" by the government. "I want to make it very clear he (Singh) went there as government representative. He went there based on a considered decision. He...
  • Pakistan: 26/11 Mumbai attack accused Lakhvi challenges his detention, files two petitions March 25, 2015

    Islamabad/Lahore: LeT operations commander and 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi on Wednesday filed two separate contempt of court pleas against the Punjab government, challenging his detention under a security act despite the court's ruling to free him. The first petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). "The government...
  • PCB to announce new ODI captain soon March 25, 2015

    Karachi: PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday said that the Board would announce a new captain of the national One-day side and a new selection committee in a couple of days. "In the past we didn't have a vice captain but this time we might also appoint a vice captain. Honestly...
  • World Cup: Pakistan unable to match level of top teams, says Misbah-ul-Haq March 25, 2015

    Lahore: Pakistan's recently retired One-Day International (ODI) captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday said his team failed to match the level of the top sides at the cricket World Cup, exiting the tournament in the quarter-finals. Pakistan won four games in Pool B to enter the quarters, where the 1992 Cup champions were...
  • Wahab Riaz invites West Indies legend Brian Lara to Pakistan March 25, 2015

    Floored by the praise showered on him by Brian Lara, pacer Wahab Riaz has invited the West Indian legend to Pakistan. Riaz, who was one of Pakistan's few standout performers in a failed World Cup campaign, said on his Twitter account that he felt 'honoured' to know that Lara wants to...
  • J&K: Separatist Asiya Andrabi booked for unfurling Pakistan flag on its national day in Srinagar March 25, 2015

    Srinagar: An FIR has been registered against Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Asiya Andrabi for unfurling Pakistan flag on its national day in Srinagar. Asiya has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. "A case has been registered against Andrabi at Nowhatta Police station under Section 13 of Unlawful Activities...
  • VK Singh forced to clarify his stand, says fully committed to government March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: After a series of tweets on attending Pakistan National Day celebrations, Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh was forced to clarify his stand after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in. Singh said that he is fully committed to the government and the Prime Minister and has...
  • Stethoscopes & AK-47s: Pakistan doctors live with daily threats by Taliban March 25, 2015

    Peshawar: When Pakistani doctor Mehmood Jafri gets ready for work in the morning, the first thing he does is put his AK-47 in the car. Then, after briefing the armed guards at his home, he sets off for the hospital where he works in the troubled northwestern city of Peshawar...
  • Pakistan is in the process of offering India NDMA: WTO report March 24, 2015

    Geneva: Pakistan is in the process of granting the Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) status to India, said a WTO report. The step would help in boosting bilateral trade between the countries. "Pakistan is in the process of offering India NDMA. Under NDMA Pakistan is expected to reduce its sensitive lists...
  • MoS External Affairs General VK Singh's office rubbishes rumours of his resignation March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh's office on Tuesday night rubbished rumours of his resignation from the post. The former Army chief had on Monday attended Pakistan's National Day celebrations at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi where several Kashmiri separatist leaders were also present. Singh...
  • Sack VK Singh for his intriguing tweets: Congress March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday demanded sacking of Union Minister VK Singh in the wake of his intriguing tweets shortly after representing the Government at the national day reception at Pakistan High Commission. "Government should sack him or he should act according to his conscience after the flip-flop-flip since yesterday," party...
  • Court rejects life ban petition for Pakistan's Mohammad Amir March 24, 2015

    Karachi: A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed a legal petition seeking a life ban on fast bowler Mohammad Amir, just weeks after he returned to domestic cricket following a spot-fixing suspension. The International Cricket Council (ICC) gave permission for the left-armer to return early to domestic cricket from his five-year ban...
  • Gen VK Singh refuses to explain his 'duty, disgust' tweets after attending Pakistan Day celebration March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: "I do not owe an explanation to anybody", a dismissive Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said on Tuesday when asked about his cryptic tweets on Monday night using words "disgust" and "duty" after representing the government at the Pakistan function. The former Army Chief had been...
  • Pakistan to purchase 4,000 MW of electricity from China March 24, 2015

    Islamabad: Energy-starved Pakistan will purchase 4,000 megawatt of electricity from China to meet its power crisis, media reports said on Tuesday. The country has been hit by some of the worst power cuts in recent years, shutting businesses and enraging the domestic consumers. China has offered to export 4,000 MW of electricity...
  • Misbah-ul-Haq has no plans to return to ODIs March 24, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has confirmed his retirement from limited-overs cricket on returning from the World Cup, where Pakistan lost in the quarterfinals. "I have played my innings, and I should stay away from it (ODIs). It's a challenge for the cricket board to find a new (ODI) captain," the...
  • If VK Singh feels duty is a burden, he should quit: Congress March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Training guns at Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd) VK Singh for his duty and disgust tweets soon after attending the celebration of the Pakistan National Day, Congress said that he should quit if he thinks duty is a burden. "If VK Singh feels that duty...
  • Government should re-engage with Pakistan, continue Vajpayee's work: Aiyar March 24, 2015

    Even though the Narendra Modi government is under fire from all the quarters, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said the government should re-engage with Pakistan. "This is nothing new. I have attended Pakistan National Day celebrations before. The government should re-engage with Pakistan. They must continue Atal Bihari Vajpayee's...
  • Pakistan plays separatist card, India underlines concerns on contentious issues March 24, 2015

    Invited to celebrate Pakistan's National day, Kashmiri separatists landed up at Pakistan's high commission in New Delhi. PM Narendra Modi congratulated Pakistan but in the same breath reiterated India's red lines. India is making it clear that Pakistan can invite whoever they want for a party but Kashmir issue...
  • World Cup 2015: Friends united as Wahab Riaz, Shane Watson call truce March 24, 2015

    Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz and Australian allrounder Shane Watson called a truce on Tuesday after their compelling World Cup quarter-final tussle. Wahab won widespread plaudits for a fierce spell of fast bowling which forced Watson to duck into and under a series of short-pitched deliveries in the game at the...
  • Waqar Younis Fears 'Death' of Pakistan Cricket March 24, 2015

    Sydney: Waqar Younis warned on Tuesday that cricket could die out in Pakistan if rival teams continue to boycott the country where international tours have not taken place since 2009. There has been no international cricket in Pakistan since the militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in...
  • After back-to-back terror attacks in Kashmir Hurriyat leader says there is no terror in state March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Just days after two back-to-back terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday claimed "there is no terror" in Kashmir. Asked about India's assertion that talks with Pakistan cannot be held under the shadow of terror, Geelani said, "There is no terror...
  • After attending Pakistan Day celebrations, MoS External Affairs VK Singh tweets on Duty, Disgust March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: After attending Pakistan Day celebrations at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, Minister of States for External Affairs Gen VK Singh on Monday night expressed his feelings in a series of tweets with #Duty and #Disgust as hash tags. Singh on Monday night said he was asked by the...
  • PM Modi should clear his stand on Pakistan: Shashi Tharoor March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Former minister of state for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left the nation confused over his stand on relations with Pakistan. Tharoor said the Prime Minister has to explain why he has been blowing hot and cold on Pakistan. "Modi's attitude to...
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob March 23, 2015

    Catch the day's top stories with Zakka Jacob on India @ 9. ...