Sedition charges against Nawaz Sharif, daughter for comments against Pakistani military

PAKISTAN former prime minister Nawaz Sharif his daughter Maryam Nawaz and dozens of his party leaders are facing sedition charges over comments criticising the interference of the military in national politics. Pakistani police has filed sedition charges against them on Monday(5). In September, Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League and eight other opposition parties came together to […]

Pakistan targets $1b from telecom spectrum auction this week

THIS WEEK Pakistan will start the auction of selling unused telecom spectrum. The country hopes to raise around $1 billion and enhance network capacity, said three senior government officials familiar with the matter. The spectrum is in the 1800 and 2100 MHz bands typically used by operators for 4G LTE (long-term evolution) networks that offer […]

Afghan official Abdullah in Pakistan for talks on peace bid

Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday (28) for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks aimed at ending decades of war. During his three-day visit to Islamabad, Abdullah, a former foreign minister and chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, will meet prime […]

Paris meat cleaver attacker’s identity in doubt

There was confusion on Monday (28) over the identity of the man who injured two people in a meat cleaver attack in Paris last week, which was condemned by the French government as an act of “Islamist terrorism”. Investigators said the assailant had identified himself as Hassan A., an 18-year-old born in Pakistan. But in […]

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

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 brother of former prime minister […]

Van-fire kills 15 in southern Pakistan

AT LEAST 15 people were killed when a passenger van travelling in southern Pakistan crashed and caught fire, officials said. The van was carrying passengers from Karachi to Hyderabad city when it struck an object and careered off the road late Saturday(26). “The death toll in the unfortunate accident has reached 15,” said Owais Shah, […]

Pakistan’s Imran Khan condemns ‘Islamophobic’ Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (25) condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts against what he called rising Islamophobia. Addressing the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Khan said that rising global nationalism has “accentuated Islamophobia” and said that Muslims “continue […]

‘No new pilot licenses please’: UN agency to Pakistan

A UN aviation agency has advised Pakistan to suspend issuance of new pilot licenses in the wake of a scandal over falsified licenses. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has demanded Pakistan to undertake “immediate corrective actions”, according to an official and a document seen by Reuters. The recommendations from ICAO, a specialised agency of the […]

Pakistan-born man held on terror charges after two wounded in cleaver attack outside former Charlie Hebdo offices

A man armed with a meat cleaver wounded two in Paris on Friday (25) outside the former offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo before being arrested by police, three weeks into the trial of suspected accomplices in the 2015 massacre of the newspaper’s staff. France’s PNAT specialist anti-terror prosecution office said it has opened a […]

Kashmiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra wins Mackler prize

Kashmiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra on Thursday (24) received the Peter Mackler prize for courageous and ethical journalism, for her coverage of women impacted by decades of unrest in Indian-held Kashmir. “To work in this industry is to bring the truth,” the 26-year-old journalist said during a virtual ceremony. The Muslim-majority Himalayan region is mainly divided […]