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Maryam Nawaz takes over as first-ever woman chief minister in…

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, made history by becoming the first-ever woman chief minister of Pakistan's most populous Punjab province, a development described by her party as a "giant leap" for the country. The 50-year-old senior vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)…

Shehbaz Sharif returns as Pakistan prime minister as PML-N, PPP…

TWO Pakistan parties have reached a power-sharing agreement that will return Shehbaz Sharif to the premiership, leaving out politicians loyal to jailed former leader Imran Khan despite winning the most seats in this month's vote. The army-backed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said they had…

Pakistan’s majority parties struggle to form coalition government

Pakistan's two major parties are set to meet on Monday to try and bridge differences over forming a minority coalition government after an inconclusive election, a top party official said, underscoring its political and economic instability. Analysts say the nuclear-armed nation of 241 million, which has been grappling with an…

Pakistan’s PML-N, PPP continue power sharing talks

A second round of talks between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party is expected to take place on Friday on the power-sharing formula between them for the formation of a coalition government, according to a media report. The Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari-led PPP has promised to back PML-N in…

Pakistan’s PML-N, PPP join forces, Shehbaz to be premier

Pakistan's two main political parties that joined forces to oust Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party founder Imran Khan as prime minister in 2022 have said they would form a new coalition to rule the country, after an election last week failed to produce a decisive winner. With the army-backed Pakistan Muslim…

Bilawal Bhutto withdraws from prime minister’s race

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday withdrew from the race for the prime minister, saying that his party would support Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's candidate for the premier's slot without being part of the government. The decision of Bilawal came hours after Pakistan's former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif…

Pakistan political uncertainty continues

Pakistan's political stalemate after inconclusive elections last week showed no signs of ending on Tuesday as major parties struggle to cobble up alliances to pass the floor test. In the latest development, jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that independent members of parliament backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)…

Pakistan polls: Imran Khan’s supporters emerge frontrunners

Supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan had the edge on Friday in Pakistan's election results from over 100 seats, after vote counts were hit by unusual delays that the government ascribed to a suspension of mobile phone services. A total of 265 seats were contested in Thursday's election…

Imran Khan asks supporters to wait by poll stations after…

Jailed former Pakistani premier Imran Khan urged his supporters on Wednesday to wait outside polling booths after casting their votes, as rival political parties held large rallies to mark the end of the election campaign period. Pakistan goes to the polls on Thursday (8) with the jailing of popular Khan,…

Pakistan court stops military trials of Imran Khan’s supporters

PAKISTAN'S top court has ruled that military trials of civilians are unconstitutional, a relief for dozens on trial for ransacking military installations during protests in May after the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan. The government had said it would use military courts to try the suspects, sparking fears…

Pakistan Supreme Court upholds law curtailing chief justice’s powers

PAKISTAN’S Supreme Court has upheld a controversial law seeking to curtail the powers of the chief justice but barred its retrospective application. The law upheld by the majority of judges, including the sitting chief justice, deprived the chief justice of forming benches for different cases as the new law provided…

Relief and concern over Pakistan’s January polls

THE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last Thursday (21) announced a general election for January, almost three months later than scheduled, removing political uncertainty over the timing to help salvage a falling economy. Elections were due to be held in November, but were delayed due to fresh demarcation of constituencies…

Shehbaz confirms Nawaz Sharif’s unaltered plan to return home

Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif reaffirmed that there have been no alterations in party supremo Nawaz Sharif's intention to return to Pakistan next month. Shehbaz Sharif said that his elder brother is scheduled to present an 'agenda of progress' on October 21, the media…

Pakistan’s top court starts live broadcast of proceedings

PROCEEDINGS from Pakistan’s Supreme Court were broadcast live on Monday (18) by state television for the first time, giving an unprecedented view into the workings of an institution that has historically had a huge impact on the country’s politics. The move marks the beginning of the tenure of new Chief…

Pakistan caretaker government ‘appears to favour Imran Khan’s foes’

PAKISTAN'S election commission has questioned the neutrality of the country's caretaker government tasked with holding national elections, saying it appears to be aligned with the opponents of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan. The caretaker government, which took over last month on the five year expiry of parliament, is meant…

Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan on October 21: Shehbaz

PAKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif will return to the country from London on October 21 to lead the party's political campaign in the upcoming elections, ending his over four years of self-imposed exile in the UK. "Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan on October 21," his younger brother…

Imran Khan remanded in jail over leaked documents

FORMER Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was on Wednesday (30) remanded in jail over a leaked documents case, extending his detention despite the suspension of his prison term for graft a day earlier. Khan has been tangled in a slew of legal cases he says are politically motivated since being…

Imran Khan grilled in jail, admits losing diplomatic cable

JAILED former prime minister Imran Khan admitted “misplacing” a confidential diplomatic cable as he was interrogated by Pakistan's top investigative agency. Khan, 70, sentenced to a three-year jail term earlier this month in a corruption case, was grilled at the Attock prison for wrongful use of the classified document, according…

Pakistan president Alvi calls for national unity on 76th Independence…

Pakistan's president Arif Alvi issued an appeal on Monday (14) to political leaders, urging them to set aside their discord and animosity. The plea came as the financially strained nation marked its 76th Independence Day anniversary. Addressing a flag hoisting ceremony held at the Convention Centre, the president also expressed…

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar becomes Pakistan’s new caretaker prime minister

PAKISTANI prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and opposition leader Raja Riaz agreed to name Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar as caretaker premier to oversee elections, the prime minister's office said. Kakar, 52, a little-known politician from the southwestern province of Balochistan, will name a cabinet and head a government to steer the nation…

Shehbaz Sharif announces return of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif…

The outgoing prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, has announced that his brother and former premier, Nawaz Sharif, is set to make his return to Pakistan in the upcoming month. Nawaz Sharif's return aims to address his pending court cases and to spearhead the party's efforts for the forthcoming general…

Pakistan parliament dissolved to pave way for national vote without…

PAKISTAN'S president ordered parliament dissolved on late Wednesday, opening the door to a caretaker government that will usher in elections in which the country's most popular politician, Imran Khan, has been sidelined. The country has been in political turmoil since the former international cricket star was booted from power in…

Pakistan parliament to dissolve to set stage for election

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said he would advise the president to dissolve parliament late on Wednesday (9), setting the stage for a national election as the country grapples with political and economic crises. The parliament's five-year term is due to expire on August 12, but this move would dissolve…

Pakistan’s ruling coalition, army can expect ‘desired result’ in polls:…

IMRAN KHAN’S conviction and his three-year jail term in a corruption case have cleared a “major hurdle” in holding general elections in Pakistan, and will help the ruling party and the powerful military to get the “desired results” in the polls, some analysts and political leaders believe. Political analyst Hasan…

Imran Khan’s jail term clears path for imminent general elections

Imran Khan's conviction and his three-year jail term in a corruption case have cleared a "major hurdle" in holding general elections in Pakistan and will help the ruling PML-N and the powerful military establishment to get the "desired results" in the polls, some analysts and political leaders believe. Political analyst…

Imran Khan’s lawyers initiate legal proceedings against jail sentence

Lawyers representing former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan, on Monday (7) were making efforts to initiate legal proceedings against his three-year sentence on corruption charges. This sentence has effectively disqualified him from participating in national elections. The ex-international cricket icon had been arrested at his residence on Saturday (5) and…

Pakistan’s population grows to 250 million

PAKISTAN'S population has ballooned to 250 million, according to the results of the latest census published on Saturday, growing by 35 million in just six years. Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said the annual growth rate of 2.5 per cent presented a "big challenge" for the cash-strapped nation. "Pakistan's population growth…

Pakistan prime minister accuses ‘Afghan citizens’ of assisting suicide bombers

Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has pointed to the involvement of "Afghan citizens" located across the border assisting the militants responsible for a series of suicide attacks in Pakistan. This statement comes shortly after a fatal bombing occurred during a political gathering near the shared border between the two nations.…

Pakistan approves ‘signing of security pact with US’

PAKISTAN has quietly approved the signing of a new security pact with the US, a move that indicates a fresh start in defence cooperation between the two nations, a media report said. The federal cabinet gave its seal of approval to sign the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement,…

Shehbaz Sharif says ‘war is not an option’ as he…

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif offered talks with India to address all serious and outstanding issues as he said 'war is not an option' for both countries as they fight poverty and unemployment. Sharif made the remarks while addressing the inaugural session of the Pakistan minerals summit. The meeting, organised…

Pakistan suicide bombing death toll rises to 56

THE death toll from a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan that targeted a hard-line religious group's political rally has risen to 56, a government official said on Tuesday (1). The toll from Sunday's attack in the Bajaur district on the border with Afghanistan could rise, said Anwar-ul-Haq, the region's deputy…

Daesh claims it was behind Pakistan blast

DAESH on Monday (31) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a political rally in northwest Pakistan as the death toll from the attack rose to 45. The bomber struck at a gathering on Sunday (30) of the conservative Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party, which is known for its links…

Pakistan suicide bombing death toll rises to 45

THE death toll in a suicide bombing at a political rally held by a religious party rose to 45 on Monday (31), officials said, an attack compounding fears of unrest ahead of a general election due later in the year. The bomber attacked the gathering of the conservative Jamiat Ulema…

China agrees to reschedule $2 billion debt of Pakistan

CHINA has agreed to reschedule more than $2 billion debt of Pakistan for two years, providing a major relief to the cash-starved government, which is in the process of rebuilding foreign exchange reserves through fresh loans. Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), chaired by finance minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday (20),…

Pakistan government to hand over power to caretaker setup next…

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced that his government will hand over the power to a caretaker setup next month. This indicated the National Assembly will be dissolved days before the completion of government’s tenure to pace the general election in November. The prime minister said last week that…

Imran Khan supports bailout deal after meeting IMF officials

PAKISTAN’S main opposition leader and former prime minister Imran Khan expressed support for a recently-reached bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after a meeting with officials of the lender last Friday (7), his party said. The IMF said it was, in the lead up to national elections in…

Pakistan prime minister’s son acquitted in £44.5m money laundering case

A special court in Pakistan acquitted Suleman Shahbaz, the son of prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, and all other accused individuals named in the Rs 16 billion (more than £44.5 million) money laundering case initiated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The order was issued on Monday (10) by the special…

Thousands rally in Pakistan to condemn Sweden Koran burning

THOUSANDS of people rallied in streets across Pakistan on Friday (7) to condemn a Koran burning in Sweden that has outraged Muslims around the world. Last week, Salwan Momika, an Iraqi living in Sweden, stomped on the Muslim holy book and set several pages alight outside a Stockholm mosque. His…

Pakistan secures critical $3 billion IMF bailout

In a much-needed relief for the Pakistani economy, the country successfully obtained a crucial $3 billion short-term financial package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday (30). The agreement between Pakistan and the IMF has been reached, and it is now awaiting approval by the IMF board in July.…

Pakistan elections: Nawaz Sharif and PPP’s Asif Zardari meet in…

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari have reportedly held a meeting in the UAE, a media report said on Tuesday (27). The purpose of the meeting was to consult and determine the timing of the next general elections in the country, as well as…

Pakistan hopes for IMF bailout decision soon

PAKISTAN hopes a bailout decision from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will come in a day or two, its prime minister said on Tuesday (27), as the global lender said it was holding talks with the aim of "quickly reaching an agreement". Islamabad has been waiting for a deal after…

Exiled former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif contemplates political return

Pakistan's national assembly has passed legislation limiting how long lawmakers can be disqualified from office, a state spokesman said on Tuesday (27), paving the way for exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return to politics. Sharif served as Pakistan's prime minister three times - the last before being ousted over…

Pakistan reverses decision to ban Holi celebrations in universities

EDUCATION officials in Pakistan have withdrawn an order that banned university students from celebrating the festival of Holi after the original notice sparked outrage on social media. The Higher Education Commission last Tuesday (20) banned campus celebrations of Holi on the grounds it was an "erosion of the country's Islamic…

Pakistan approves revised budget to secure IMF deal

PAKISTAN'S parliament on Sunday (25) approved the government's 2023-24 budget which was revised to meet International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions in a last ditch effort to secure the release of more bailout funds. The IMF in mid-June expressed dissatisfaction with the country's initial budget, saying it was a missed opportunity…

Greece boat disaster: Arrested suspected trafficker’s son missing

PAKISTAN authorities arrested 14 alleged human traffickers last Sunday (18), days after hundreds of migrants were feared drowned off the Greek coast. Every year, thousands of young Pakistanis embark on perilous journeys attempting to enter Europe illegally in search of a better life. Local media said as many as 300…

Greek tragedy predicted in final call home of Pakistani migrant

Prior to embarking on a journey aboard a dilapidated fishing trawler from Libya to Europe, which he hoped would take him to a brighter future in Europe, 21-year-old Pakistani, Muhammad Akash, reached out to his family for a final conversation. "He made a heartfelt phone call to his brother, urging…

Shehbaz Sharif urges brother Nawaz to return from London to…

PAKISTAN Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has urged his elder brother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief to return from London to lead the party and the country. Addressing a meeting of the central general council meeting of the party on Friday (16) where he was re-elected as the president of…

Pakistan arrests 10 trafficking suspects after Greek boat tragedy

PAKISTAN authorities arrested 10 alleged human traffickers on Sunday, days after hundreds of migrants were feared drowned off the Greek coast.Every year, thousands of young Pakistanis embark on perilous journeys attempting to enter Europe illegally in search of a better life.Media reports said as many as 300 Pakistanis had died…

IMF says Pakistan’s budget a missed opportunity as loan deal…

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday (15) expressed dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s recently presented budget, a blow for the cash-strapped country which has only two weeks left until its bailout programme expires. Pakistan has barely enough currency reserves to cover one month's imports. It had hoped to have $1.1 billion…

India, Pakistan brace for cyclone Biparjoy

A STORM off India's west coast has strengthened to become a powerful cyclone and could hit Gujarat state and southern parts of Pakistan this week, the weather department said. The cyclone, named Biparjoy, is expected to make landfall on Thursday (15) afternoon between Mandvi in Gujarat and Karachi in Pakistan…

Pakistan gets first Russian crude under discount deal

THE FIRST shipment of Russian oil to energy-starved and dollar-strapped Pakistan has arrived at Karachi port, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said. Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last year, economic sanctions have seen a significant cut in its oil and gas exports to the European Union and United States.…

Pakistan unveils £40 billion budget, with half to service debt

PAKISTAN'S cash-strapped government unveiled a Rs 14.5 trillion (£40 billion) budget on Friday (9), with more than half set aside to service Rs 7.3 trillion (£20 bn) of debt. Pakistan's economy has been stricken by a balance-of-payments crisis as it attempts to service crippling external debt, while months of political…

Watched by IMF, Pakistan to present budget amid economic, political…

PAKISTAN'S government will present its annual budget to parliament on Friday needing to satisfy the IMF to have any chance of securing the release of more bailout money, with the crisis-riven country due to hold elections by November. The risk of default on sovereign debt is rising, with the economy…

Pakistan politics: Imran Khan accuses military of trying to destroy…

PAKISTAN'S embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the powerful military and its intelligence agency of openly trying to destroy his political party, saying he had "no doubt" he would be tried in a military court and thrown in jail. Khan has hinted previously at the military's hand in…

Pakistan inflation rockets to record 37.97 per cent

Pakistan's year-on-year inflation hit a record 37.97 per cent in May, official data revealed on Thursday (1), with the nation on the brink of economic collapse and crucial bailout talks stalled. Non-perishable foods and transport costs climbed more than 50 per cent over May 2022, while average inflation for the…

Avalanche kills 11 in northern Pakistan

At least 11 people died after an avalanche hit members of a nomadic tribe as they crossed a mountainous area in northern Pakistan, the country's disaster management agency said on Saturday (27). Another 13 people were injured in the avalanche which struck a group of families at Shounter Top Pass…

Pakistan ‘establishment’ closes ranks in crackdown on Imran Khan

With military courts, intimidation of the press and mass arrests, Pakistan's rulers are seeking to destroy former prime minister Imran Khan's support ahead of elections, analysts say. Khan's brief arrest earlier this month sparked days of street protests freighted with anger at the powerful army perceived to have orchestrated his…

Imran Khan’s party blames spy agencies for Pakistan violence

Former prime minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has accused intelligence agencies of being responsible for shootings and arson during violent protests that followed his arrest last week. The former cricket superstar has waged a campaign of defiance against Pakistan’s powerful military, which controls the country’s intelligence services, since…

Protests against Pakistan’s top judge as Imran Khan back in…

Several thousand pro-government protesters on Monday (15) demanded the resignation of Pakistan's top judge for releasing Imran Khan from arrest last week, as the former prime minister went back to court facing yet more legal cases. Khan, who was ousted from power in April last year, was arrested on corruption…

Pakistan needs significantly more financing for bailout review: IMF

Pakistan needs significant additional financing for a successful completion of the long-stalled ninth review of the International Monetary Fund's bailout package, the IMF said on Thursday (11). Obtaining commitments of "significant additional financing" is essential before the IMF approves the release of pending bailout funds that are crucial for Pakistan…

Imran Khan’s U-turn from military’s man to army critic

Former prime minister Imran Khan has gone from being the chosen one to a thorn in the side of Pakistan's military - long considered the nation's political power brokers. His arrest this week - after delivering another broadside against a senior intelligence officer - marks an escalation in the duel…

Pakistan arrests Imran Khan’s aides; army deployed to quell unrest

Pakistani authorities took senior functionaries of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party into custody as the government called out the army to help end widespread and deadly protests sparked by Khan's arrest. At least three senior functionaries of the party have been arrested so far, one from outside the Supreme…

Pakistan minister in the US eyes ‘green energy security’

Facing a deep economic crisis, Pakistan has started to buy Russian oil, but the country’s petroleum minister said the future lies in diversified, especially green, energy. Minister Musadik Malik visited the US for talks with corporations as well as with the government, with Washington leading global efforts to choke off…

Pakistan inflation hits 36 per cent, its highest-ever

Pakistan's year-on-year inflation hit its highest-ever level of 36.42 per cent in April, after the government introduced new taxes and raised fuel prices to try to meet International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions for a crucial bailout. Government data released Tuesday (2) showed month-on-month inflation was 2.41 per cent, while average…

Pakistan frees Chinese national arrested on blasphemy charges

A Chinese national arrested in Pakistan on charges of committing blasphemy has been freed from a high-security prison after an anti-terrorism court granted him bail, officials said on Friday (28). The court order came on a day when China's new Premier Li Qiang held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shehbaz…

Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif wins vote of confidence

Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday (27) secured a vote of confidence from the National Assembly, with 180 lawmakers expressing "full confidence" in his leadership. The surprise development comes amid an increasing confrontation between the government and the top judiciary. Foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan…

Pakistan: 12 die in munitions blasts at police station in…

At least 12 people, mostly policemen, were killed by multiple explosions caused by a fire in a munitions cache in a Pakistan police station on Monday (24), officials said. The explosions levelled the specialist counter-terrorism station in Kabal town of Swat Valley, in the northwestern region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which…

Imran Khan gets interim bail in three cases till May…

Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has been granted interim bail until May 4 by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore. The bail is related to three cases involving violent clashes between Khan's supporters and the police during an operation to arrest the former prime minister in the…

Pakistan’s top court directs central bank to issue funds for…

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday (14) directed the central bank to issue funds for provincial snap polls, a court order said, a day after parliament ruled against provision of the money. The development deepened a discord between the judiciary and the government amid months of economic and political turmoil. Chief…

Toshakhana case: Lahore court to hear Imran Khan’s plea on…

A Pakistani court last week scheduled a hearing for the Toshakhana corruption case against former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday (12). The plea was filed through Senator Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, and the hearing will be held by a five-member bench of the Lahore High Court, led by Justice…

Pakistan minister demands Supreme Court chief justice’s resignation

The dispute between the Pakistani government and judiciary has intensified as a senior minister has called for chief justice Umar Ata Bandial to resign following a dissenting note by another Supreme Court judge regarding the holding of elections in Punjab province. Information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb demanded the chief justice's resignation,…

Pakistan Supreme Court deems delay in provincial polls illegal

According to three TV news channels and a lawyer, it has been reported on Tuesday (04) that Pakistan's Supreme Court has declared the election commission's delay of the votes as illegal and has ordered that the assembly elections in two provinces must take place by May 15. Former Prime Minister…

Pakistan Taliban kills four policemen in bomb attack

Pakistani officials said that four policemen were killed on Thursday (30) by a roadside bomb as they scrambled to protect a police station under siege by Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan. The latest incident is part of a larger trend of rising attacks by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) since the…

Shehbaz Sharif appeals to parliament to act against Imran Khan

Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif appealed to parliament on Tuesday (28) to act against predecessor Imran Khan over accusations that his party was involved in violence that erupted when police tried to arrest him for alleged corruption. The clashes occurred earlier in March after Khan's supporters prevented police and paramilitary…

‘People’s passion cannot be curbed,’ says Imran Khan at Minar-e-Pakistan

FORMER Pakistan prime minister and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Imran Khan criticised the government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday. He stated that those who are currently in power will come to understand that the people's passion cannot be suppressed through obstacles and the…

Pakistan court drops arrest warrant against Imran Khan

A PAKISTAN judge dropped an arrest warrant against former prime minister Imran Khan on Saturday (18), his lawyers said, after the ex-cricketing star, who had skipped several hearings, travelled to court. The 70-year-old has been tangled in a slew of court cases since he was ousted in a no-confidence motion…

Pakistan prime minister assures safety of nuclear programme despite concerns

Pakistan's prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has reaffirmed the safety and security of the country's nuclear programme, emphasising that it is "completely foolproof" and carefully protected by the state. This statement comes as international concerns have been raised over the safety of Pakistan's nuclear programme due to the country's financial difficulties.…

Pakistan’s PM calls for unity; Imran expresses willingness for dialogue

According to an aide, Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, is scheduled to appear in court on Friday (17) to support his request for a halt to a police operation aimed at arresting him for not attending a hearing. Fawad Chaudhry, the aide, informed Reuters that Khan would…

Pakistan security forces withdraw from area near Imran Khan’s house

Pakistani security forces on Wednesday (15) withdrew from the area around Imran Khan's home, putting an end to clashes that erupted after police attempted to arrest the former prime minister for failing to appear in a case involving the sale of state gifts. Police and other security personnel were seen…

Several injured after Pakistan police clash with Imran Khan’s supporters

Pakistani police and Imran Khan supporters clashed outside the former prime minister's home in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday (14), injuring several on both sides ahead of his possible arrest, according to a government spokesman and witnesses. The police used batons to charge the supporters and lobbed teargas…

Pakistan news channel taken off air for airing Imran Khan’s…

HOURS after Pakistan's media regulator banned broadcasts of ousted prime minister Imran Khan's speeches, the private ARY TV news channel was taken off air on Monday (6) for airing his address a day earlier. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Sunday (5) night banned satellite television channels from…

Suicide bomber kills nine police officers in Pakistan

A SUICIDE bomber killed nine police officers and wounded 16 others on Monday (6) in an attack on their truck in southwestern Pakistan, officials said. Security forces have been battling a years-long insurgency by militants in Balochistan demanding a bigger share of the province's wealth, as well as attacks by…

Pakistan PM appoints first Ambassador for Kartarpur Corridor to woo…

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has appointed Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora as the Ambassador-at-Large for Kartarpur Corridor as part of efforts to attract Sikh pilgrims from across the world, a government notification said on Wednesday (01).  The leading Sikh leader will work in the position in an honorary capacity, the…

Islamabad fears two dozen Pakistanis drowned off Italian coast

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday (27) said more than two dozen Pakistanis were believed to be among 59 people who drowned when a boat carrying migrants to Europe crashed against rocks near the southern Italian coast. At least 81 people survived last Sunday's (26) accident, with 20 hospitalised…

Pakistan Taliban warn of more attacks against police after Karachi…

PAKISTAN'S Taliban has warned of more attacks against law enforcement officers, a day after four people were killed when a suicide squad stormed a police compound in Karachi. The police are often used on the frontline of Pakistan's battle with the Taliban and are frequently a target of militants who…

General Bajwa asked me to condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine:…

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa had asked him to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine soon after his return from Moscow, Geo News reported. Khan was quoted in the report as saying, "I talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin about procurement of…

Mob storms Pakistani police station, lynches man accused of blasphemy

A mob in eastern Pakistan stormed a police station on Saturday (11) and lynched a man under custody and accused of blasphemy, police said, in the latest incident of religion-linked violence in the Islamic republic. The country has seen numerous cases of vigilante action by mobs against people accused of…

Cash-strapped Pakistan reaches deal with IMF over stalled bailout package

Cash-strapped Pakistan and the IMF on Thursday signed a staff-level agreement after tough parleys, unlocking over a $ 1 billion loan tranche under Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for the country's ailing economy. A meeting took place between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation, where the…

Turkey refuses to host Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif as leadership…

Turkey, which is reeling from the devastation in the aftermath of powerful earthquakes that have killed more than 8,500 people, has at the last moment refused to host Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Ankara. The visit of Shehbaz Sharif to Turkey has been postponed due to Turkish leadership's engagements…

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…