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Wikipedia back online in Pakistan after ‘blasphemy’ ban

Wikipedia was back online in Pakistan on Tuesday, after the country's prime minister ordered authorities to lift a block imposed on the online encyclopedia over "blasphemous content." Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Muslim-majority Pakistan, and Facebook and YouTube have previously been banned for publishing content deemed sacrilegious. Minister of…

‘We belong to Allah and..’ PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on…

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reacted to the demise of the ex-chief of army staff and former President General Pervez Musharraf. https://twitter.com/NawazSharifMNS/status/1622179667410051072?s=20&t=FvMYysKQJBzw9dH3Z9l8kQ Taking to his official Twitter handle, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo wrote a verse in Arabia with the hashtag Pervez Musharraf. The verse loosely translated to…

Pakistan’s Joyland to release in India in March

Critically-acclaimed Pakistani film Joyland will be releasing in Indian theatres on March 10. The movie, which was Pakistan's official entry for the best international feature Oscars, follows a patriarchal family craving for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, while their youngest son secretly joins an erotic…

Pakistan to appeal to Taliban leader over police mosque bombing

Islamabad will ask the secretive supreme leader of Afghanistan's Taliban to rein in militants in Pakistan after a suicide bombing killed scores of police in a mosque, officials said Saturday (4). Since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul, Pakistan has witnessed a dramatic uptick in attacks in regions bordering…

Pakistan to appeal to Taliban leader over police mosque bombing

Islamabad will ask the secretive supreme leader of Afghanistan's Taliban to rein in militants in Pakistan after a suicide bombing killed scores of police in a mosque, officials said Saturday. Since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul, Pakistan has witnessed a dramatic uptick in attacks in regions bordering Afghanistan,…

Pakistan ‘will have to agree’ to IMF conditions for bailout:…

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Friday the government would have to agree to IMF bailout conditions that are "beyond imagination". An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation landed in Pakistan on Tuesday for last-ditch talks to revive vital financial aid that has stalled for months. The government has held out…

Peshawar mosque suicide bomber entered high-security zone dressed in police…

A Taliban suicide bomber who killed 101 people, including 97 policemen, at a mosque inside a major police facility in Pakistan's Peshawar city had disguised himself in a police uniform to sneak into the high-security zone and was riding a motorcycle with a helmet and mask on, a top police…

61 killed, over 150 injured in Taliban suicide attack at…

A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque packed with worshippers during afternoon prayers on Monday in the high-security zone in Pakistan's northwestern Peshawar city, killing at least 61 people and wounding more than 150 others, mostly policemen, security and health officials said. The blast occurred inside the…

India wants to keep third parties out of water treaty…

India has asked Pakistan to change a decades-old water-sharing agreement by barring third parties from intervening in disputes, an Indian government source said, a suggestion likely to rile Islamabad. The nuclear-armed neighbours and foes have been arguing over hydroelectric projects on the shared Indus river and its tributaries for many…

Imran Khan accuses Zardari of paying terrorists to assassinate him

Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan on Friday accused ex-president Asif Ali Zardari of paying terrorists and hatching a fresh plan along with people in the country’s powerful intelligence agencies to assassinate him after the previous two attempts failed. Khan, during a virtual press conference from his Lahore’s Zaman Park…

Pakistani rupee’s fall slows as PM Sharif’s hopes for IMF…

The Pakistani rupee's decline slowed on Friday after its value plunged over the previous two days, with hopes raised by an International Monetary Fund team visiting Islamabad next week to discuss unlocking a suspended bail-out package. Left with only $3.68bn in foreign exchange reserves, Pakistan barely has enough to cover…

Pakistan economic crisis: 10 percent cut in govt employees’ salary…

Pakistan is considering different proposals, including slashing the salaries of government employees by 10 per cent across the board, according to a media report on Wednesday (25), amidst the looming economic crisis in the cash-strapped country. Pakistan is grappling with one of the country's worst economic crises in recent years…

PM Sharif travelling around the world with ‘begging bowl’, says…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is travelling to different countries around the world with a "begging bowl" but none of them is giving him a penny, ousted premier Imran Khan said on Sunday. "See what this imported government has done to Pakistan," Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chairman, said in…

Pakistan minister Hina Rabbani Khar says her country doesn’t see…

Pakistani minister of state foreign affairs Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday (19) said her country does not see a “partner” in Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for working towards peace between the two countries, but it saw a partner in his predecessors Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Speaking at…

UAE approves $2bn funding to cash-strapped Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday (19) announced that the UAE has rolled over its deposits of $2 billion, providing critical support to the cash-strapped country’s depleting foreign exchange reserves. The confirmation came days after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the oil-rich Gulf country seeking help to improve the balance of payments. Finance…

Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan in February: Senior PML-N…

Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to return to the country next month to end his over three-year self-exile in the United Kingdom, some senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said on Thursday. Punjab province Governor Baligur Rehman of PML-N said Nawaz's daughter and PML-N chief organiser…

Pak PM Sharif seeks ‘sincere’ talks with India to resolve…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sought "serious" and "sincere" talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the resolution of the "burning" issues, including on Kashmir, and said the UAE could play an important role in facilitating the resumption of dialogue between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Prime Minister Sharif…

‘Shameful for nuclear power to beg’: Pakistan PM amid worsening…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said it is a matter of shame that a country, which is a nuclear power, has to beg amid its faltering economy, reported The News International.Addressing the passing-out ceremony of probationary officers of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) on Saturday, Shehbaz said it really embarrassed…

UAE to rollover $2bn loan, give additional $1bn: Pakistan PM…

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday agreed to extend an existing loan of $2 billion and provide an additional loan of $1 billion to help cash-strapped Pakistan tackle its economic woes, including the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's Office made the announcement after his meeting with…

Pakistan minister says 90 per cent pledges by international community…

Pakistan's finance minister Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday (11) that almost 90 per cent of pledges made by the international community for the flood-hit country were project loans that will be rolled out over the next three years. His remarks came two days after the international community at a donors’…

UK pledges extra support to help Pakistan rebuild after 2022…

The UK and its international partners were set to join forces on Monday (9) to support Pakistan rebuild and recover from the unprecedented floods that devastated the country last summer and affected tens of thousands of people and destroyed property worth billions. Currently, Pakistan and the United Nations are jointly…

Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal says he’s not afraid of threats…

Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Thursday (5) said he was not afraid of threats by the militants, a day after the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) threatened to target the top leaders of the ruling parties. Bilawal told the media after chairing the meeting of the central executive committee of…

Pakistani Taliban threatens to target top leaders of PML-N and…

The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday threatened to target the top leaders of the two major political parties in the ruling coalition if they continued to support tough measures against the militants. The TTP, which is believed to be close to al-Qaeda, has warned Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's Pakistan…

Firing on Imran Khan carried out from 4 sites, 3…

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the assassination attempt on Pakistan's ousted prime minister Imran Khan has said that the firing was carried out from four different sites and three more shooters, other than the arrested suspect, were involved in the attack. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI),…

General Bajwa called me playboy during our last meeting: Imran…

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan has said that retired Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called him a “playboy” during their last meeting before his ouster from the Constitutional position last year through a no-confidence motion. In his interaction with media persons on Monday at his Lahore residence, the…

World leaders condole demise of Prime Minister Modi’s mother

Several world leaders on Friday condoled the demise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraben who passed away in Gujarat at the age of 99. Hiraben passed away at a hospital in Ahmedabad in the early hours of Friday. Her mortal remains were consigned to flames by PM Modi and…

‘No other option’ but to implement IMF deal: Pak PM…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that his government has “no other option” but to implement the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme to revive the cash-starved economy. He regretted that if the government wanted to give any subsidy in any sector, it had to go to the IMF "which…

Power crisis: Pakistan plans to shut markets by 8 pm,…

Markets and restaurants across Pakistan will have to pull down their shutters by 8 pm while wedding halls will be limited till 10 pm, as the cash-strapped country on Tuesday unveiled a desperate plan to conserve energy. Pakistan is in the midst of an acute energy crisis, high inflation and…

Pak ex-PM Imran says former Army chief Bajwa was ‘real…

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan said on Friday that he was "completely helpless" as the premier the "real man in power" was former army chief Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa, who called all the shots. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has been targeting Gen Bajwa and…

Pak PM’s son returns home from self-exile to face graft…

Suleman Shehbaz, the absconding son of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, returned home in the early hours of Sunday after four years of self-exile in London to face corruption charges. Suleman had been in London with his family since 2018 when the National Accountability Bureau (FIA) registered multiple cases against…

Pakistan’s former premier Imran Khan accuses Gen Bajwa of playing…

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Imran Khan has accused former army chief Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa of playing "double game" against his government and said that he committed a "big mistake" by extending the tenure of a then military chief in 2019. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party,…

Committed to working with Pak leadership: US over naming of…

After Lieutenant General Asim Munir was named as the next Pakistan army chief, the United States on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to work with Pakistan's elected leaders and its military leadership. "The U.S. Mission offers its congratulations to new Chief of Army Staff designate Lt Gen Asim Munir and new…

Pakistan floods: High time South Asia come together to combat…

The devastating floods that affected lives and economy in the South Asian nation of Pakistan this year have rung the warning bells across the globe. Environmentalists and conservationists have raised serious concerns over the deadly disaster that has killed nearly 1,700 people and displaced almost eight million people. The extreme…

Pakistan used like ‘hired gun’ by US in war against…

Former premier Imran Khan has lamented that the US has been using Pakistan like a "hired gun" in the war against terror and America's ties with his country are "very undignified" as compared to a very "civilised relationship" with India. His comments came days after Khan signalled his readiness to…

Imran Khan faces threat from Pakistan’s ‘enemy agency’, says minister

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that Imran Khan faces a threat from the country's "enemy agency" but if anything happens to the former premier the real culprits will go scott-free and the entire blame would shift to the Army, the ISI, himself and prime minister Shehbaz Sharif. "It’s…

Pak defence ministry recommends five names to PMO as successor…

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence recommended five names to the Prime Minister's Office on Monday for the appointment of a new army chief who will succeed General Qamar Javed Bajwa and assume charge on November 29, according to a media report. Under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952, the Ministry of…

Differences intensify in Pak govt over appointment of new Army…

Differences seem to have intensified in the Pakistan government over the appointment of the new Army chief with top brasses of the ruling coalition making contradictory statements on the key issue. The appointment of a successor to Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, 61, who is set to retire on…

Another attempt on Imran Khan’s life possible: Pakistan judge quotes…

There is a possibility of another assassination attempt on Imran Khan, the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court said on Friday and asserted that it was the government’s responsibility to take cognisance of the looming threat on the former prime minister. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq’s remarks came while hearing a…

Pakistani film Joyland gets censor nod for screening after cutting…

Pakistani film 'Joyland' which received multiple international awards has finally got the green signal from the censor board of Pakistan after cutting a few scenes, Geo News reported. The full board has allowed the local screening of Joyland, which was banned earlier, after deleting some parts. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif…

Terrorism is Pakistan’s foremost problem: PM Shehbaz Sharif

Terrorism continues to be one of Pakistan's foremost problems, said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday, as he condemned the attack on a police van in northwestern region of the country. "Let us make no mistake. Terrorism continues to be one of Pakistan's foremost problems. Our armed forces & police…

No truth to former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s foreign conspiracy…

The US has once again categorically dismissed former Pakistan premier Imran Khan's allegations that Washington orchestrated a conspiracy to oust him from power and reiterated its resolve not to let "propaganda, misinformation and disinformation" affect the bilateral ties. The sharp response from the US came on Wednesday, days after Khan…

Imran, Sharif shower praise on ‘brave’ Pakistan after World Cup…

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and cricket great Imran Khan led tributes to Pakistan's valiant fight in Sunday's Twenty20 World Cup final against England saying the country was proud of the team led by Babar Azam. https://twitter.com/CMShehbaz/status/1591759208588144641?s=20&t=wKTwjQN5BmHCVnJfmZz9nA Pakistan made a lion-hearted effort to defend a below-par total of 137-8 at the…

‘It’s behind me’: Imran Khan takes a U-turn on ‘US…

Imran Khan has said he wants to mend relations with the US if re-elected and no longer blames it for his removal as Pakistan's prime minister, apparently taking a U-turn after accusing Washington of engineering his ouster by supporting the then Opposition’s no-confidence motion. Khan, 70, who was ousted in…

Decision on next Pak Army chief being made in London:…

The decision for the appointment of the next army chief of Pakistan will be made in London, claimed former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday as he slammed both PM Shehbaz Sharif, who is in the UK to meet his elder brother Nawaz Sharif, and Nawaz himself. "Today, a spectacle…

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan responds to Pakistan PM’s ‘152/0…

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan responded to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, after he took a dig at the Indian cricket team following their 10-wicket loss to England in the semifinal of the ICC T20 World Cup on Thursday (November 10). Pathan took Twitter to reply to Sharif’s tweet, saying…

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif’s takes dig at Team India after…

Top knocks from openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler powered England to an emphatic 10-wicket win over India in the second semi-final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in Australia at Adelaide on Thursday. After the match, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took a brutal dig at the India…

Pak PM heads to London to meet PML-N supremo Nawaz…

After concluding his trip to Egypt for the COP27 climate conference, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is headed to London to meet PML-N supremo, and elder brother Nawaz Sharif. This visit to London is the third such trip since he became Prime Minister in April. The Dawn newspaper reported that…

Ex-Pak PM Imran Khan says FIR on his assassination attempt…

Terming as “farcical” the FIR registered in the case in the assassination attempt on him, Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday (8) said he would give his position through his lawyers. The FIR registered by Punjab Police earlier in the day named Naveed Mohammad Basheer as the prime…

Complaint filed in London against ‘mastermind’ Nawaz Sharif for Imran’s…

A complaint has been lodged against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif by some overseas Pakistanis over the latter's alleged involvement in the attack on former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, ARY News reported on Sunday. Calling Nawaz Sharif a 'mastermind' behind the assassination attempt on the PTI chief,…

Pak Army rejects ‘baseless’ and ‘irresponsible’ allegations by Imran Khan…

The Pakistan Army has rejected as “baseless and irresponsible” the allegations made by former premier Imran Khan that one of its senior officers was among the people involved in the conspiracy to kill him and demanded the government to conduct a probe and take legal action against those maligning the…

Pak PM Sharif, Minister Sanaullah and and Major General Faisal…

Former Pakistan premier Imran Khan on Friday claimed that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer were part of the sinister plot to assassinate him in the same way former Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed in 2011 by a religious extremist. Khan, 70,…

Imran Khan vows to continue protest march after attack on…

Imran Khan is stable after an attempt on his life and the former Pakistan prime minister is determined to continue his political struggle to press the government to call for an early election, his party has said. Khan, 70, suffered a bullet injury in the right leg when a gun-wielding…

Jemima Goldsmith expresses relief as her ex-husband Imran Khan is…

After the announcement of Imran Khan's being safe and stable following the "assassination attempt," Goldsmith took to Twitter and conveyed their sons' gratitude to the man who caught the attacker. "The news we dread... Thank God he's okay. And thank you from his sons to the heroic man in the…

Keeping a close eye: India on attack on Imran Khan

India on Thursday (3) said it is keeping a "close" eye on developments relating to the attack on former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during his protest march in Pakistan's Punjab province. "This is something that we are closely keeping an eye on and we will continue to monitor the…

Imran Khan safe after ‘assassination attempt’, says his party; Pakistan…

Faisal Javed Khan, a Senator of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who was injured in "the firing incident" near the container carrying Imran Khan during the long march, has said it was an "assassination attempt" on the former Pakistan Prime Minister, according to media reports. Imran Khan has been injured in a…

Ex-Pak PM Imran Khan to file £39.2m lawsuit against election…

Imran Khan on Monday (31) targeted the chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan and announced that he will file a £39.2 million defamation suit against him for destroying his reputation by disqualifying him, as the ousted premier addressed his supporters at the start of the fourth day of his…

‘My motive of making the world laugh is fulfilled…’: Pakistani…

Pakistan's own 'Mr Bean', Asif Muhammad, has finally spoken out after Pakistan lost a nail-biter to Zimbabwe in a T20 World Cup by one run. "I am a duplicate but if the Zimbabwe President and Pakistan PM can talk about me wishing each other after Zimbabwe's win, my motive of…

Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif strikes back at Zimbabwe President for…

After Zimbabwe President made a scathing attack on Pakistan in his cryptic congratulatory tweet for his country's win in T20 World Cup, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif responded with a subtle dig. https://twitter.com/CMShehbaz/status/1585709130949328897?s=20&t=MFxzViDkjE5ZXAfRbaZbtQ Shehbaz Sharif responded to Zimbabwe President's tweet and wrote, "We may not have the real Mr Bean,…

‘One of the most dangerous nations in world…’ US President…

In perhaps the most candid statement made against it, US President Joe Biden described Pakistan as "one of the most dangerous nations" in the world which holds "nuclear weapons without any cohesion." The US President made these remarks at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Reception in Los Angeles (California), during…

Pakistan PM Shehbaz calls Imran Khan ‘biggest liar on earth’

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has accused former premier Imran Khan of being the biggest liar on the face of the earth, alleging that the PTI chief has ruined the country's economy. In an interview with the UK newspaper The Guardian, which was cited by Dawn, Shehbaz Sharif spoke about…

Queen’s funeral: King Charles III thanks Bangladesh PM Hasina for…

King Charles III, the new British monarch who has succeeded Queen Elizabeth II after her death, on Saturday (17) dialed Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka to express gratitude to her for personally attending his mother's funeral in London on Monday (19). The King also thanked the president of…

Pakistan Prime Minister in London to attend Queen’s funeral

Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif reached in London on Saturday (17) to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday (19). According to the Foreign Office, Sharif will represent the country at the state funeral. The funeral of the Queen will take place at 11:00 BST on Monday…

Even friendly countries now look at Pakistan as country with…

True picture of Pakistan's devastating economic state now lay bare as the country's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed regret that even friendly countries have now started looking at Pakistan as a country that was always begging for money, media reports said. "Today, when we go to any friendly country or…

Pak govt to consult coalition partners on importing goods from…

Pakistan's Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said on Wednesday the government will consider importing goods from India after consulting its coalition partners and key stakeholders, as the cash-strapped nation seeks to stabilise soaring food prices triggered by flash floods that have wrought havoc across the country. The idea to import edible…

Pakistan economy suffered USD 10bn loss due to floods, says…

As Pakistan struggles to deal with the impact of the unprecedented floods, the country's Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said the flash floods have inflicted a loss of at least USD 10 billion on different sectors of its economy. While speaking with the media, Miftah said these were the initial assessments…

Pak media watchdog imposes ban on broadcasting ex-PM Imran Khan’s…

Pakistan's media watchdog has banned broadcasting live speeches of former prime minister Imran Khan on all satellite television channels with immediate effect, hours after he threatened state institutions and government officials while addressing a rally in Islamabad. Khan, while addressing a public gathering here on Saturday, threatened to file cases…

Should I let my kids die of hunger? Pakistani citizens…

Amid the increasing inflation, a video of a Pakistani woman has surfaced, describing the skyrocketing prices of medicines, groceries and electricity in the country, especially in Karachi city and slamming Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz. Pakistan is grappling with a crippling economic crisis and the deepening…

Journalists condemn the arrest of Pakistani news channel head, threaten…

The journalists' bodies and press clubs termed the arrest of ARY News senior Vice President an act of victimization and said that journalists will call for a nationwide protest if Ammad Yousaf is not released immediately, ARY News reported. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in its statement said that…

Pakistan: Hamza Shehbaz flies to the UK to ‘explain’ Punjab…

Hamza Shehbaz, former chief minister of Pakistan's Punjab province reached London on Thursday to reportedly explain himself to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif about the party's defeat in the key by-polls to Imran Khan's PTI. PTI won 15 out of 20 provincial seats that were up for grabs in Pakistan's most…

Cash-strapped Pak may face serious economic crisis amid fast-depleting forex…

Cash-starved Pakistan could face a serious economic problem as its foreign exchange reserves are depleting fast amid rising external debt servicing, according to a media report on Wednesday. The country's external debt servicing rose to USD 10.886 billion in the first three quarters of 2021-22 compared to USD 13.38 billion…

Pakistan: Government targeting journalists, says former Minister Rasheed

Pakistan's former Home Minister Shaikh Rasheed on Friday said that the government is targeting journalists in the country. Popular news anchor Imran Riaz Khan was arrested on Tuesday near the outskirts of Islamabad, hours after he claimed that his life was under threat. Khan was heading to Islamabad when he…

He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and…

Prominent South Asian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday expressed shock and anguish over the assassination of Shinzo Abe, hailing the former Japanese prime minister for his contributions towards bolstering bilateral ties and regional economic development. Abe, 67, one of his nation's…

US Senator blames Imran Khan for strained Washington-Islamabad relations

US Senate Majority Leader Charles E Schumer on Tuesday blamed former prime minister Imran Khan for strained relations between the US and Pakistan. "Your former prime minister did not talk positive about the US but the incumbent Pakistani premier is expected to help foster bilateral ties between Pakistan and the…

After China, UAE offers help to cash-starved Pakistan: Report

In response to cash-strapped Pakistan's request for fresh loans, the UAE has offered to buy minority shares in publicly-listed government-owned companies at a negotiated price and a seat on each of the firm's boards, according to a media report on Tuesday. The development comes amid China's decision to roll over…

Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Bajwa conferred Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz…

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was conferred with the prestigious King Abdulaziz Medal on Sunday for his contributions to defence cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. During his official visit to the kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman conferred General Bajwa with the King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellent…

Pakistan PM Sharif announces 10% super tax on large-scale industries

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday announced a 10 per cent super tax on large-scale industries like cement, steel and automobile, a move he said was aimed at tackling spiralling inflation and saving the cash-strapped country from going "bankrupt." High net worth individuals will also be subject to a…

India, US, and Israel have the agenda to target Pakistan’s…

Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Sunday said that his party will continue protests against Pakistan's 'imported' government till the announcement of fresh elections.The PTI chief asked his party workers to be prepared for his call as they want a date for fresh elections and protests will be continued till…

Pakistan: Spouses of Shehbaz Sharif, Imran Khan richer than their…

THE wives of prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and his predecessor Imran Khan are richer than their husbands, according to the statements of assets filed for the fiscal year ending on June 30 of 2020 with the Election Commission of Pakistan. Khan owns four goats worth £796, possesses six properties, as…

Why Pakistan is asking its people to drink fewer cups…

A senior minister in Pakistan has urged People to drink fewer cups of tea to save the country's economy, according to reports.  "I appeal to the nation to cut down the consumption of tea by one to two cups because we import tea on loan," minister Ahsan Iqbal was quoted…

‘Attack on constitution’: Oppn lashes out at Shehbaz govt over…

Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which is known for having overarching in the politics of Pakistan, has now been granted the power by the Shehbaz Sharif government to screen appointments of bureaucrats, a move which is being termed an "attack on the constitution" by the Opposition parties. The political…

Pakistan going through ‘very difficult’ phase, says FM Ismail a…

Pakistan is going through a "very difficult" phase, said the country's Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on Saturday, a day after he presented the federal budget 2022-23 in the National Assembly. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister began by cautioning that Pakistan was going through an unprecedented period, which…

‘They used to say we are incompetent but you can…

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday blamed the Shehbaz Sharif-led government for rising inflation in the country which is adversely affecting the overburdened population.Khan maintained that the people of Pakistan will "now find out what inflation actually is," reported Geo News. The former prime…

‘Biggest protest in Pakistan’s history’ within next few days: Imran…

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he would within the next few days finalise the date for the "biggest protest in Pakistan's history"."We have to go all-in for our campaign for true freedom in the next phase. I will give a date within the next few days,"…

Weddings banned after10 pm in Pakistan amid electricity crisis

Amid the ongoing electricity shortage and worsening power cuts, the Pakistan government has imposed a ban on wedding functions after 10 pm, to be effective from Wednesday. The Restriction has been implemented on the orders of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Geo TV reported citing sources. It further stated that…

Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif lays stress on political stability for…

Stressing the need for political stability for economic growth, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that no matter what happens, whichever party comes into power, goals set in "charter of economy" should remain unchanged. Addressing a day-long pre-budget business conference in the federal capital on Tuesday he said that the…

Imran Khan vows to continue ‘Azadi March’, challenges Pakistani govt…

Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday challenged the Shehbaz Sharif-led government to stop him from leading the Azadi March movement.The PTI chief warned the government that whether it puts his party members in jail or employs other tactics, PTI's movement against the government…

Pak govt apologizes to masses, vows to rectify power shortage

After facing backlash from its citizens over a hike in electricity prices as well as power shortage, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led government on Monday apologized to the masses and vowed to rectify the problem of load-shedding. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the government was "sorry"…

Will carry out suicide attack if Imran Khan harmed: Pakistan…

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party lawmaker Attaullah has threatened Shehbaz Sharif government to carry out a suicide attack if even a "single hair strand" of party Chairman Imran Khan's head is harmed, adding that his partymen are ready to carry 'suicide attacks'."If a single hair on Imran Khan's head is harmed, then…

Imran Khan’s political rhetoric becoming increasingly irrelevant, says geopolitical analyst

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's political rhetoric on conspiracy theories is increasingly becoming irrelevant and his narrative phony, said a geopolitical analyst.Writing for Pakistan's local media outlet The News International, Jan Achakzai, a political analyst, said that Imran Khan's narratives and his pressure tactics on Pakistan's establishment and on…

Pakistan summons Indian charge d’affaires over controversial remarks by BJP…

Pakistan said on Monday that it has summoned the Indian charge d'affaires to convey its categorical rejection and condemnation of the controversial remarks by two BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed.The Indian diplomat was told that these remarks are totally unacceptable and have not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the…

Didn’t have absolute authority, actual power centre lies elsewhere: Imran…

IN an unusual attack on Pakistan's powerful military, ousted prime minister Imran Khan has admitted that his government was a "weak one" which was "blackmailed from everywhere" as the power was not with him and "everyone knows where that is" Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a…

‘Difficult but not impossible’: Pakistan seeks $5 billion bilateral trade…

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has invited Turkish businesses to invest in his country, saying Islamabad “sincerely” seeks to strengthen bilateral ties with Ankara.Promising that his government would provide “all facilities” to investors, he said alternative energy, automobile industry and agriculture sectors of Pakistan offered ample business opportunities.Sharif told the…

Here’s why Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif called himself a ‘Majnoo’…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif testified on Saturday (28) in a special court hearing in the Pakistan Rupee 16 billion money laundering case against him that he had refused to take any salary when he was the Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, and called himself a "majnoo" for doing…

PM Shehbaz warns Imran Khan, says ‘Your dictation won’t work…’

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday (26) that the National Assembly would decide the date for fresh polls. "I want to clarify to the leader of this group (PTI), your dictation won't work. This house will decide when to hold elections," said the premier while speaking on the…

Yasin Malik sentenced to life imprisonment: Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif…

AN INDIAN court on Wednesday (25) ordered life in jail for Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik for funding "terrorist" activities and many other charges, prompting street protests outside his residence and condemnation from Pakistan's prime minister.Malik, head of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), had pleaded guilty to the…

Now, Imran Khan praises India for this reason…

WHEN India refused to succumb to the Western pressure to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, the praise for New Delhi’s diplomatic tightrope walk came from unexpected quarters.Pakistan’s then prime minister Imran Khan found merit in India’s “independent foreign policy” and even said his government was also…

Pakistan prime minister Sharif arrives in Saudi for first foreign…

Pakistan's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif began his maiden foreign trip Thursday, arriving in Saudi Arabia in a bid to enhance financial support from a country where he spent years in exile. The kingdom has long been an intelligence partner for Pakistan as well as a regular source of relief…

Politics in the blood

THE more things change in Pakistan, the more they remain the same. At the time of writing, reports from Pakistan indicate Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is to be his country’s new foreign minister in Shehbaz Sharif’s government. The 33-year-old is the son of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s first and only woman prime minister…

India says talks with Pakistan only after ‘terror’ stops

New Delhi on Thursday ruled out any formal talks with Pakistan unless India's neighbour stops supporting "cross-border terrorism", as a new government comes to power in Islamabad. The recent appointment of Shehbaz Sharif as Pakistan's new prime minister has raised hopes of an easing of tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals,…

Bilawal Bhutto appointed Pakistan foreign minister

THE SCION of Pakistan's most influential political dynasty was appointed foreign minister on Wednesday (27), the latest step up a ladder likely to take Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to the top of the country's leadership.Aged 33, Bhutto becomes one of the world's youngest foreign ministers but inherits a diplomatic bag of…

Female suicide bomber kills three Chinese nationals in Pakistan

A WOMAN suicide bomber from a Pakistan separatist group killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a minibus carrying staff from the Confucius Institute at Karachi University on Tuesday (26).The Baloch Liberation Army - one of several groups fighting for independence in Pakistan's biggest province -…

Putin, Pakistan leader ‘quietly exchange letters to enhance ties’

PAKISTAN'S new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and Russian president Vladimir Putin have quietly exchanged letters to strengthen bilateral relations, a media report has said. The letters were exchanged after the election of Shehbaz as the prime minister but both the sides kept development away from the media glare in what seemed to be a move aimed at…

Bilawal Bhutto to meet former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in…

THE Chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto is likely to meet Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif in London on Wednesday (20), a day after he excused himself from taking oath as the foreign minister.  The two leaders are expected to "discuss the current political situation" in…

Pakistan pitches for ‘meaningful engagement’ with India

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pitching for "meaningful" engagement between the two countries.Sharif's communication came in response to a letter from Modi congratulating him on becoming the prime minister, people familiar with the development said on Sunday (17).In his letter…

Pakistani philanthropist Bilquis Bano Edhi dies

BILQUIS BANO EDHI, the wife of Pakistan's revered humanitarian and philanthropist late Abdul Sattar Edhi, passed away at a private hospital in Karachi on Friday (15), according to a family member. She was 74.Bilquis worked shoulder to shoulder with her husband in establishing the Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation, a welfare…

US says ties with Pakistan are ‘vital’

THE US has said that it was looking forward to working with Pakistan's new government led by prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.Pakistan's relations with the US have been lukewarm, especially under the Biden administration. The ties touched a new low after Imran Khan, who was ousted as Pakistan’s prime minister earlier…

Pakistan Army chief to retire in November ‘no matter what’

PAKISTAN’S Army has said it has "nothing to do with politics" as it asserted that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire on November 29 "no matter what."Amidst a vicious social media campaign against the powerful "establishment" for not backing former prime minister Imran Khan, military spokesman major general…

Pakistan not to roll back fuel, power subsidies

PAKISTAN'S new government has decided not to roll back billions in fuel subsidies for the time being despite the strain on public funds, citing the possible backlash if it were to raise fuel prices just days after taking power.Former premier Imran Khan, who was ousted in a confidence vote earlier…

Sharif implements ‘Pakistan speed’ policy to fix economy

Pakistan's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said Thursday the country's economy had stagnated under his predecessor Imran Khan, setting the tone for possibly months of bitterness before an election that must be held by October next year. Sharif, sworn in Monday after Khan was ousted by a no-confidence vote in…

US congratulates Pakistan’s new prime minister

THE UNITED STATES on Wednesday (13) congratulated Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, newly elected following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who accused Washington of involvement in a conspiracy to force him from power.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, and Sharif elected by Pakistan lawmakers…

Neither Army nor foreign country can safeguard Pakistan’s democracy: Imran…

PAKISTAN’S former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday (12) called for early general elections and emphasised that neither the Army nor any foreign country could safeguard democracy in the south Asian nation.In a video message posted on his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party's official Twitter handle, days after he lost a…

Pakistan abolishes five-day work week in government offices

PAKISTAN'S new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has abolished five-day work week in government offices as he attempted to revive the cash-strapped country's economy.Sharif also changed office hours to 8 am instead of 10:00 am. He announced that only Sunday will be the weekly-off day in government offices.“We have come to…

Pakistan’s new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif is a ‘hard-core realist’

PAKISTAN’S new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif is a ‘hard-core realist’ and has over the years earned the reputation as a matter-of-fact person.Shehbaz, the younger brother of three-time prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, has served as the chief minister of the country's most populous and politically…

Shehbaz Sharif elected as Pakistan’s new prime minister

PAKISTAN lawmakers on Monday (11) elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who resigned from the National Assembly along with most of his party members.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, paving the way for an unlikely…

Shehbaz Sharif likely to become Pakistan’s new prime minister

SHEHBAZ SHARIF, expected to become Pakistan's new prime minister Monday (11) after leading the opposition alliance that ousted Imran Khan, is a tough administrator with a penchant for quoting revolutionary poetry. Sharif is the younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was dismissed then jailed on corruption charges…

Imran Khan dismissed as Pakistan prime minister after losing no-confidence…

Imran Khan was dismissed on Sunday as Pakistan prime minister after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament following weeks of political turmoil. It was not immediately clear when a new premier will be chosen, but Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif was almost certain to be picked to lead…

Pakistan lawmakers clash as no-trust debate begins

PAKISTAN lawmakers clashed angrily in the National Assembly on Saturday (9) ahead of a no-confidence vote on prime minister Imran Khan that will likely see him booted from office.The speaker adjourned proceedings without giving a reason after just 30 rowdy minutes, ordering lawmakers to return in the afternoon.Khan, who was…

Imran Khan vows to fight on after court rules against…

PAKISTAN'S prime minister Imran Khan is due to address the nation on Friday (8) after the Supreme Court ruled he acted unconstitutionally in blocking an attempt to oust him - a decision that could end his premiership in days.Last Sunday (2), political allies of the former cricket star dissolved parliament…

Pakistan’s top court resumes hearing on prime minister Khan’s bid…

Pakistan's top court resumed deliberations on Tuesday about the legality of prime minister Imran Khan's attempt to block an opposition bid to oust him, a dispute that has led to political turmoil in the nuclear-armed country. Former cricket star Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and had been facing…

Pakistan court adjourns no-trust vote hearing

POLITICAL turmoil intensified in Pakistan after the country’s supreme court adjourned on Tuesday (5) without ruling on the legality of political manoeuvres that led prime minister Imran Khan to dissolve the national assembly and call fresh elections.Former cricket star Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and faced a no-confidence…

Imran Khan nominates former chief justice as Pakistan’s caretaker prime…

PAKISTAN'S former chief justice Gulzar Ahmed was on Monday (4) nominated for the office of the caretaker prime minister by incumbent Imran Khan, amid the ongoing political crisis in the country.Former information minister and senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Fawad Chaudhry said Khan made the decision after approval…

Imran Khan faces test of his political life

PAKISTAN'S opposition has tabled a no-trust motion against prime minister Imran Khan as defections in his party and cracks in the ruling coalition appeared to have made his position fragile.The National Assembly, the lower house of the bicameral parliament, will begin a debate on the motion on Thursday (31) and…

No-trust motion against Imran Khan delayed till Monday

THE SPEAKER of Pakistan's parliament adjourned a motion of no-confidence in prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (25), provoking opposition accusations he was buying time for the ex-cricketer to muster support after a spate of defections from his party.The motion will now be tabled on Monday (28) after which seven…

Pakistan’s opposition submits no-trust motion against Imran Khan

PAKISTAN'S opposition parties have submitted a no-confidence motion against prime minister Imran Khan, holding his government responsible for the spiralling inflation.The motion, signed by about 100 lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was submitted to the National Assembly Secretariat on Tuesday (8)."We have taken…

64 killed in Pakistan’s Shia mosque blast

A POWERFUL suicide blast ripped through a crowded Shia mosque during a Friday congregation in Pakistan's northwestern Peshawar city, killing at least 64 people.A rescue official said the blast occurred at a Jamia mosque in Qissa Khwani bazaar area in Peshawar when the worshippers were offering prayers. Peshawar’s senior police…

Imran Khan’s ‘dishonesty’ stands exposed: Nawaz Sharif

PAKISTAN'S deposed premier Nawaz Sharif has slammed prime minister Imran Khan over the "fraud" detected in the ruling party's foreign funding. He said Khan has been exposed as a "corrupt and dishonest political con man." According to a report by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recently, Khan's ruling Pakistan…

Pakistan parliament grants voting right to overseas citizens

PAKISTAN'S parliament on Wednesday (17) passed a law allowing electronic voting despite furious protests from the opposition which said it had been pushed through by the government to rig the next election. Opposition members tore up copies of the law, chanted slogans and called Khan a vote thief before walking…

Pakistan’s opposition leader slams Imran Khan over Kashmir referendum remark

PAKISTAN'S opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday (24) rejected prime minister Imran Khan's remarks that Islamabad would let the people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an "independent state". He said Khan was deviating from the country's "historical and constitutional position" by proposing a second…

5 paramilitary men killed in Balochistan terror strike

TERRORISTS struck a patrol party of Pakistan’s Frontier Corps in Balochistan province, killing five paramilitary force personnel, the country’s military media wing said on Friday (25). Terrorists were also killed in the exchange of fire in the Sangan area of Sibi district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a…

7 lawmakers barred from Pakistan’s national assembly for ‘inappropriate behaviour’

PAKISTAN'S National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser on Wednesday (16) barred seven lawmakers from entering the house, a day after parliamentarians from the treasury and opposition benches hurled abuses and threw budget copies at each other. Qaiser said members who disrupted the session during a speech by the leader of opposition,…

Pakistan opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif placed on no-fly list

PAKISTAN’S federal government of prime minister Imran Khan on Monday (17) added opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif’s name to the no-fly list, barring him from leaving the country for medical treatment. Earlier this month, the Lahore high court had granted permission to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to travel abroad once…

Former PM Nawaz Sharif’s brother arrested in Pakistan; party cries…

PAKISTAN's anti-graft agency arrested the parliamentary leader of the opposition on corruption charges on Monday(28) after a court rejected a plea for bail, a move his party says is linked to planned opposition protests against prime minister Imran Khan. Shehbaz Sharif, a former chief minister of Punjab province and younger…

Pakistan wants former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned from Britain

Pakistan on Tuesday (3) said it wrote to British authorities seeking the return of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who flew to London for medical treatment in 2019 after a court granted him indefinite bail on medical grounds. Sharif, a former three times prime minister, was ousted over corruption allegations…

Ailing Nawaz Sharif consults medical specialists in UK

Pakistan's ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday consulted specialists at the Harley Street after he arrived in London in an air ambulance to seek better medical treatment for multiple diseases. Sharif's air ambulance flight from Lahore landed in London on Tuesday evening after a stopover in Doha, Qatar.…

Protest leader calls on Imran Khan to resign in 48…

TENS of thousands of Islamists rallied alongside opposition supporters in Pakistan's capital Friday (1), as the firebrand cleric leading the protests called on prime minister Imran Khan's government to step down within 48 hours. The so-called "Freedom March" is being led by Khan's long-time rival Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who heads…

Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom laid to rest

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was laid to rest on Friday (14) at the Sharif family's Jati Umra residence. Thousands, including top politicians and PML-N supporters, attended her funeral prayers. The funeral prayers were attended by Nawaz Sharif and other Sharif family members, excluding…

Wife of Pakistan’s jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif dies in…

The cancer-stricken wife of Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif died in London on Tuesday (11) while her husband and daughter were in prison, officials said. Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif…

Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom suffers cardiac arrest in UK

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom suffered a cardiac arrest in the UK, where she has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer. Her husband Nawaz and daughter Maryam were on their way to the UK when Kulsoom suffered a cardiac arrest. The 68-year-old was shifted to the intensive…

Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham sued over upcoming book

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan has been sued over her upcoming tell-all, where she has apparently included details of her interactions with various celebrities both in the cricketing world as well as politics. Reham has also been accused of painting Imran in bad light. Reham has been sued by…

Zainab Murder: Serial killer took part in the funeral of…

The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab earlier this month had resulted in widespread protests across Pakistan, with various groups blaming law enforcement officials for doing very little for the safety of children in Kasur. There has been a series of similar killings in Kasur over the past couple of…

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: A Nawaz loyalist at helm in Pakistan

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan's interim prime minister, is a long-time loyalist of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif and one of the wealthiest parliamentarians in the country. Abbasi, 58, hails from the famous hill resort of Murree in Rawapindi district of Punjab province and was minister for petroleum in the ousted government.…

151 killed, 140 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire

An oil tanker overturned and burst into flames as crowds rushed to collect fuel that spilled over on a highway in Pakistan's Punjab Province, killing over 150 people and injuring more than 140 others, in one of the deadliest accidents in the country. The oil tanker coming from Karachi and…