Pakistan

  • Modi has hit a diplomatic sixer by inviting Pak PM: Natwar Singh May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Soon after a confirmation from Pakistan on the arrival of their Prime Minister for the swearing-in of Indian Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, reactions have started pouring in. Former External Affairs minister Natwar Singh hailed Modi's decision and said that he had hit a diplomatic sixer by inviting...
  • Narendra Modi's swearing-in: Kick-off point for a new foreign policy May 24, 2014

    By inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders to his swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has sent out a powerful message on foreign policy. After an electoral campaign where "Candidate" Modi had made several disquieting statements about the region - from criticising Bangladesh for its treatment...
  • IPL snub to Pakistan players dented India's image: Shahid Afridi May 24, 2014

    Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi feels Indian cricket's image has taken a hit worldwide due to the IPL organisers' decision to keep players from his country out of the Twenty20 event. Talking to reporters in Lahore, the former captain said it was strange to see that while cricketers from all over the...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on May 26 at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. "The Pakistan Prime Minister will be visiting India for the swearing-in ceremony," confirmed PML(N) spokesperson Tariq Azim. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson in...
  • Attack on Indian Consulate in Afghanistan raises questions of its connection with Pak PM's India visit May 24, 2014

    The attack on Indian Consulate in Herat city of Afghanistan has raised suspicion over the timing of the attack- perhaps meant as a message or looking to disrupt a potential visit by Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. ...
  • Pakistan should cultivate cordial relations with new Indian government: Sharif's daughter May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: As the confirmation on Pakistan Prime Minister's attendance at Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony continues to get delayed, Nawaz Sharif's daughter on Friday tweeted that Pakistan should cultivate cordial relations with the new Indian government. "I personally think cordial relations with new Indian govt should be cultivated. Will help remove...
  • Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony: Pak Army red-flags Nawaz Sharif's visit to India? May 23, 2014

    Reports have suggested that there is a clear rift between the Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and the country's Army over the invite given by India for Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. ...
  • Shahid Afridi may quit ODIs after 2015 World Cup May 23, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi says he might retire from one-day internationals after the World Cup next year and just concentrate on Twenty20s. Afridi quit Test cricket four years ago but the hard-hitting allrounder is a regular member of the limited-overs teams. He has played in three World Cups, and captained...
  • Rift between Pakistan PM, Army over Modi's invite for swearing-in May 23, 2014

    Islamabad: Reports have suggested that there is a clear rift between the Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and the country's Army over the invite given by India for Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. According to the sources, the Army hasn't given the go-ahead for the visit as it wants a...
  • Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' tweets, accounts in Pakistan May 23, 2014

    Islamabad: Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to "blasphemous" and "unethical" content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block access to specific tweets and accounts for users...
  • Persecution against Ahmadis in Pak increased manifold: Report May 23, 2014

    Acts of persecution against the minority Ahmadi community in Pakistan have increased "manifold" over the past year as seven community members fell prey to religious intolerance and 16 were attacked, according to a report. The annual report of Jamaat Ahmadiyya also claimed that due to pressure from extremists, Ahmadis are being...
  • Umar Akmal approached for fixing in 2012 May 23, 2014

    Karachi: The ghost of match-fixing is back to haunt Pakistan cricket with reports emerging that Umar Akmal was approached to fix matches during a 2012 tour of the UAE but the batsman immediately reported the matter to his team's security manager. A source aware of the incident told PTI that Umar...
  • Modi's invitations to South Asian leaders a strong signal: US May 23, 2014

    Washington: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's invitations to the leaders of South Asian countries including Pakistan to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday sends a strong and positive signal, a top American diplomat has said. "I certainly think that having the regional leaders come (for the swearing-in ceremony) is a strong...
  • Pakistan to invite Sri Lanka for a bilateral series May 23, 2014

    Karachi: Six years after a terrorist attack forced Sri Lanka to abandon their tour of Pakistan, the PCB has decided to invite them for a bilateral series. This was announced by newly-reinstated PCB chairman Najam Sethi in a press conference here. Sethi said the decision to send the invitation had been made...
  • Pakistan becomes first foreign country to use China's GPS May 23, 2014

    Beijing: Pakistan has become the first foreign country to use China's Beidou navigation system with the company setting up a network covering Karachi. Beidou was co-developed by China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology Company Limited. The first stage of Pakistan's geographic positioning network has been finished,...
  • Pakistan PM likely to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony: sources May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Keeping the speculations alive on the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, sources say that Sharif is all set to accept the invitation of his Indian counterpart in Delhi. The schedule of the Pakistani Prime Minister is not confirmed...
  • PCB invites Sri Lanka to play in Pakistan May 22, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's restored cricket chief Najam Sethi said Thursday that his board is inviting Sri Lanka to play a home series, five years after they survived a terrorist attack. The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came two days after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai May 22, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif further delays his confirmation for Modi's oath taking May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not yet decided whether to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony or not as it is now being reported that a final call on the same would be taken on Friday morning. As Islamabad keeps India waiting, sources close to Nawaz Sharif tell CNN-IBN...
  • China to build Pakistan's first metro rail in Lahore May 22, 2014

    Beijing: China will build Pakistan's first metro rail system in Lahore in Punjab province. An agreement to build the 27-kilometre "Lahore Orange Line Metro" was signed between the two countries coinciding with the visit of Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain to Shanghai to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures...
  • Pakistan PM to take a call on Modi's oath taking ceremony invitation today May 22, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan is undecided over whether the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take up Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's invitation to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. The Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed that Sharif has received the invite but will only decide whether to attend the ceremony or...
  • SAARCs in the water: A minefield Modi must negotiate in South Asia May 22, 2014

    Like he said in his victory speech in Vadodara, remarks made by Narendra Modi in the heat of elections do not have much meaning afterwards. After several inflammatory statements by Giriraj Singh and co., and his own express intent of doing an Abbotabad on Dawood Ibrahim, Modi has invited SAARC...
  • Congress questions Modi swearing-in invite to Pak PM May 22, 2014

    Congress leader Meem Afzal said, "The nation wants to ask BJP if they played electoral politics about Pakistan and terrorism. He hasn't even taken oath as PM and yet, he has invited Pakistan for Raj Tilak. What do they have to say? What sort of politics is this?" ...
  • No clarity yet on Pak PM's decision on attending Modi's swearing-in event May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst speculations on whether Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, ruling party PML-N leader Siddiq-ul Farooq said that the Pakistan PM is likely to accept Modi's invitation. Pakistani PMO sources said that Sharif is exploring the opportunity to...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai May 21, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • 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...
  • Modi's invite to Pak PM good omen for bilateral ties: Mehbooba Mufti May 21, 2014

    Narendra Modi's move to invite the Pakistan PM has been welcomed in Kashmir. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has termed it an excellent move. Mehbooba Mufti of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has called it a good omen for the Indo-Pak ties. ...
  • Pakistan again violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch May 21, 2014

    In yet another violation of ceasefire, Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing a retaliation from Indian guards. There was no death, injury or damage to anyone on the Indian side of the LoC in the exchange of fire that...
  • Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, fires at Indian posts in Poonch May 21, 2014

    Jammu: The Pakistan Army violated the bilateral ceasefire agreement in place along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir firing unprovokedly at Indian positions near the LoC in Poonch district late Tuesday. The incident took place at Krishna Ghati area of the LoC. Defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS...
  • Pakistan PM unlikely to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony: Sources May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: While there are reports that Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi has invited all SAARC nations to attend his swearing-in ceremony on May 26, sources say that it is unlikely that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be attending the event. Pakistan reportedly wants more time to wait and...