PAKISTAN

  • Modi-Sharif handshake a face-saver for Kathmandu SAARC Summit, Pakistan to host next one in 2015 7 hours 46 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit waited for a handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for it to be successful. Pakistan had already spiked three agreements, engulfing the summit in despondency. But the summit came to an end on Thursday...
  • Saudi Arabia beheads 9th Pakistani since mid-October 9 hours 20 minutes ago

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, bringing to nine the number of people from his country executed since mid-October. Mohammed Rahman Mohammed Asghar had been "tried and found guilty of smuggling a large quantity of heroin into the kingdom," the official Saudi Press Agency said....
  • Businessman to fund Pakistan hockey team's expenses for Champions Trophy 11 hours 13 minutes ago

    Karachi: Pakistan men's hockey team will take part in next month's Champions Trophy in India after a high-profile businessman and cricket fan has agreed to bear the expenses of the team for the tournament, a top official of the national federation said on Thursday. Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid said...
  • Modi's maiden SAARC visit a success; meeting Sharif a normal courtesy: MEA 11 hours 21 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit came to an end on Thursday evening with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif's handshake on the concluding day hogging the limelight. The Ministry of External Affairs termed Modi's maiden SAARC summit a success. ...
  • SAARC nations to sign energy deal at summit, says Nepal minister 14 hours 47 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: South Asian nations will sign a deal on Thursday to create a seamless electricity grid, Nepal's foreign minister said, signalling an agreement to salvage a regional summit that had been overshadowed by hostilities between India and Pakistan. "Yes the electricity agreement will be signed," Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said. All...
  • Modi, Sharif shake hands at SAARC retreat but no end to logjam over pacts 16 hours 10 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: In a brief meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif shook hands during the retreat at the SAARC Summit on Thursday. The meeting between the two leaders is just being seen as a courtesy call to share pleasantries. "Yes, they have met and shook...
  • Modi, Sharif shake hands, meet at SAARC retreat 17 hours 6 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif shook hands and met briefly during the retreat at the Saarc Summit Thursday, a day after Modi conspicuously avoided Sharif while he met five other South Asian leaders here. "Yes, they have met and shook hands at the retreat," Nepal...
  • Former Pakistan Minister claims to have proof of IS presence in the country 17 hours 6 minutes ago

    Islamabad: Pakistan's former interior minister Rehman Malik has claimed that he had documentary evidence about the presence of the dreaded Islamic State terror group in the country. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should sensitise the world community about the rapid penetration of IS into several countries and use the forum...
  • Deal with banned players with caution: Ehsan Mani to PCB 17 hours 42 minutes ago

    Karachi: Former ICC President, Ehsan Mani has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to proceed with caution while dealing with the tainted cricketers who were banned for spot-fixing. Mani, who is in Lahore, said he got the feeling that perhaps PCB was rushing things to get the banned pacer, Mohammad Aamir...
  • Play suspended in Pakistan-NZ 3rd Test after Phil Hughes' death 17 hours 46 minutes ago

    The start of the second day's play in the third and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Sharjah was suspended following the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes on Thursday. The Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket agreed to delay the start of play and will decide the...
  • Pakistan Cricket Board declares Ahmed Shehzad fit 18 hours 56 minutes ago

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that opener, Ahmed Shehzad has recovered from his head injury and will be considered for the one-day and T20 series against New Zealand starting next month. An official said that the medical panel of the board which includes senior manager medical, Dr Sohail Saleem...
  • SAARC initiatives caught in Indo-Pak logjam; Modi, Sharif come face-to-face at the retreat 18 hours 58 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: In the last ditch effort to push Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif to ink the regional connectivity agreements, all heads of the SAARC nations are meeting in Dhulikhel in Kavre district, 20 km east from Kathmandu for a retreat. The retreat is a tradition of SAARC Summit where leaders hold...
  • Pakistani actress Veena Malik shocked at conviction for blasphemy; says her faith in the country's judicial system still intact 19 hours 57 minutes ago

    Dubai: Pakistani actress Veena Malik has expressed "shock" at a Pakistan court sentencing her and her husband, among others, to 26 years in jail on blasphemy charges. However, she says her faith in the country's judicial system is intact and she plans to take the fight for justice forward. An anti-terrorism...
  • Pakistan: Police recover 33 minor girls from Karachi home 21 hours 37 minutes ago

    Karachi: Police in Pakistan's biggest city have recovered 33 minor girl students of a religious seminary who had apparently been handed over to a family by a teacher and a supervisor of the madrassa over non-payment of a debt. Acting on a complaint filed by the local residents, police raided a...
  • India-Pakistan friction threatens to scupper efforts by SAARC leaders to boost trade ties 22 hours 21 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world's people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union. India and Pakistan have fought three wars, and exchanges of fire across the...
  • Has Modi isolated Pakistan at SAARC? Yesterday

    Noting that a good neighbourhood is a universal aspiration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said, "If we are sensitive to each other's security, and the lives of our people, we will deepen friendships, spur cooperation and advance stability in our region." ...
  • Modi calls for stronger ties, Pakistan stalls inking of India-backed SAARC pacts Yesterday

    Pakistan's intransigence on Wednesday came in the way of the SAARC Summit failing to sign agreements on greater connectivity among the eight member nations on its opening day marked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the members to fulfill their commitment to combat terrorism. ...
  • 3rd Test: Mohammad Hafeez century spurs Pakistan to 281/3 on Day 1 Yesterday

    Sharjah: Opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez carried his bat through the first day in smashing an unbeaten 178 and spurring Pakistan to 281 for 3 against New Zealand in the third and decisive Test on Wednesday. Hafeez, recovered from a niggly hamstring which sidelined him from the drawn second Test, cracked 23...
  • Pakistan: Man pours acid down wife's throat over trivial issues Yesterday

    Lahore: A 25-year-old married woman in Pakistan's Punjab province is battling for her life after her husband allegedly poured acid down her throat following an argument over trivial domestic issues. The incident occurred on Tuesday in Kot Addu tehsil of Muzaffargarh district, some 400 kilometres from Lahore. Victim Gulnaz's husband...
  • India commemorates 26/11 Mumbai attack on 6th anniversary, still 'endless' pain: PM Modi Yesterday

    Mumbai/New Delhi: India on Wednesday commemorated the sixth anniversary of the Mumbai attack with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders paying homage to the victims, recalling the "horror" over which the country still felt "endless pain" for the loss of 166 lives. The...
  • Over 200 Indian fishermen in Pakistan custody, says Sushma Swaraj Yesterday

    New Delhi: Over 200 Indian fishermen are presently in Pakistan's custody, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said. "In respect to Pakistan, as per figures provided by Pakistan authorities on July 1, 2014 under a bilateral information exchange mechanism, there are 210 Indian fishermen and 37 fishermen believed to...
  • Pakistan stalls India-backed SAARC pacts Yesterday

    Kathmandu: Pakistan on Wednesday stalled the inking of SAARC connectivity agreements, including motor vehicle pact, saying it was yet to complete its "internal process". This despite the fact that other countries, including India and Sri Lanka, have been strongly pitching for strengthening the people-to-people contact and movement of goods in...
  • Have not received any request from Pakistan for talks, no meeting planned so far: MEA Yesterday

    Kathmandu: Speaking tough on talks with Pakistan, India on Wednesday made it clear that there are no structure talks planned with Pakistan. "The PM is going to have series of bilateral talks with SAARC nations. We have not planned any meeting with the Pakistan PM as there was no...
  • Full speech: Prime Minister Modi's address at the SAARC Summit Yesterday

    Kathmandu: Noting that a good neighbourhood is a universal aspiration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said, "If we are sensitive to each other's security, and the lives of our people, we will deepen friendships, spur cooperation and advance stability in our region." He said the South Asia is a...
  • Pakistan wants a dispute-free South Asia: PM Nawaz Sharif at SAARC Summit Yesterday

    Kathmandu: While addressing the heads of the SAARC nations, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday stressed on the need of a dispute-free south Asia where the member countries would fight poverty, disease and illiteracy. He laso called for a dispute free south Asia and said that focus of the...
  • Need to replace cynicism and skepticism in SAARC countries with optimism, says PM Narendra Modi Yesterday

    Kathmandu: In a clear message to the heads of South Asian countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focussed on the need to end the cynicism and skepticism that is often linked with the SAARC countries. "When we speak of SAARC, we usually hear two reactions - cynicism and skepticism. We must...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 1 Yesterday

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) New Zealand hope their seam and spin bowlers will once again prove a challenge for Pakistan's strong batting lineup in a bid to level the three-Test series when the third and final match begins at Sharjah. Playing XIs: New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(c),...
  • Actress Veena Malik, Pakistani channel Geo TV owner sentenced to 26 years in prison for airing 'blasphemous programme' Yesterday

    Islamabad: The owner of Pakistan's biggest media group, Geo TV along with actor Veena Malik and her husband was sentenced to 26 years in prison by an anti-terrorism court for allegedly airing a blasphemous programme. Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of Geo and Jang group, was accused of allowing the airing of a...
  • India likely to hold bilateral talks with all SAARC nations except Pakistan Yesterday

    Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a clear message to the Pakistan government that India will hold structured bilateral talks with all SAARC nations except Pakistan. An informal meeting between the two heads has, however, not been ruled out. On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said that...
  • Bangladesh protests Pakistan resolution over 1971 war crimes trial Yesterday

    Dhaka: Bangladesh on Tuesday issued a diplomatic note to Pakistan strongly protesting a recent resolution of its provincial assembly that criticised the conviction of Islamabad-backed war criminals accused of genocide during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. "It was a brazen denial of justice for the victims of the heinous crimes committed...