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Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases rise to 3,278 with 48 deaths

THE total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 3,278 including 48 deaths in Pakistan, according to the latest reports on Monday (6). According to health ministry figures at least 512 people were tested positive while eight deaths were registered from Friday to Sunday. The country’s eastern Punjab province continued to be the […]

Four acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder rearrested pending appeal

Four men acquitted in the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan have been rearrested and will stay in jail while prosecutors appeal the ruling, officials said. A Pakistani court sparked US outrage on Thursday after it quashed the murder conviction of British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who had been on […]

Pakistan detains Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others

Pakistani authorities have ordered to detain British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others, who were acquitted of Daniel Pearl murder. They will be detained for three months despite a lower court’s ruling to overturn their convictions. The US denounced Thursday’s acquittal of the four, with the top American diplomat for south Asia tweeting it […]

Pakistan extends lockdown until April 14; will bring back citizens

IN a move to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan has decided to extend the lockdown until April 14. Reports said that the ongoing lockdown will continue for two more weeks. The country has reported 2,450 cases and 35 deaths so far. The federal minister for planning and development Asad Umar announced the extension after a […]

2,286 COVID-19 cases in Pakistan; 32 dead

THE number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has jumped to 2,286 on Thursday (2), and the death toll stands at 32. Punjab province has the highest number of cases at 845, followed by Sindh (743) and KP (276). The country said that 107 patients have recovered from the disease so far. Punjab’s higher number of […]

Pakistan court acquits four in Daniel Pearl murder case

A court in Pakistan on Thursday (4) acquitted all four defendants, including the main accused British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, the lawyers and the court record said. Omar Saeed Sheikh’s death sentence commuted to 7 years in prison, already served. He has been in jail for […]

Pakistani journalist exiled in Sweden missing: rights group

A Pakistani journalist living in exile in Sweden has been missing for nearly a month, stoking fears that his disappearance is tied to his reporting on Balochistan, a press rights group said on Tuesday (31). Sajid Hussain went missing on March 2, according to police. Originally from Pakistan’s Balochistan province, he has been living and […]

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan calls for lifting of Iran sanctions

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan has called for the lifting of “unjust” US-led sanctions on neighbouring Iran, so Tehran can better deal with the novel coronavirus crisis. Khan’s comments came after Iranian president Hassan Rouhani wrote to him asking for help in dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak that has now killed at least 1,433 […]

Pakistani pilgrims decry squalid coronavirus quarantine camp

Hundreds of Pakistanis who returned home from a pilgrimage to Iran are stuck in filthy coronavirus quarantine camps with limited medical care, and fear squalid conditions are helping spread the disease. Current and former residents of Taftan camp on the border with Iran said the facility lacks running water or flushable toilets, with detainees only […]

Pakistan can’t afford to shutdown cities to prevent virus: Imran Khan

Pakistan cannot afford to implement the type of large-scale urban lockdowns the West is undertaking as it tries to slow the spread of coronavirus, prime minister Imran Khan said Tuesday (17). The United States and many other nations have either mandated or recommended the closure of restaurants and other businesses as a way of stopping […]

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