Two sentenced to death for deadly 2012 Pakistan factory fire

Two men were sentenced to death on Tuesday (22) for starting a fire at a Pakistan garment factory that killed over 260 people in 2012. A Karachi court found Mohammad Zubair and Abdul Rehman guilty of arson, ruling the pair intentionally set the Ali Enterprises factory ablaze after the owner refused to pay a bribe. […]

Virus fears stop Indian Sikhs visiting Pakistan site for festival

Coronavirus fears meant a historic travel corridor created last year to let Indian Sikhs visit a holy shrine in northeast Pakistan remained closed on Tuesday (22) on one of the faith’s most sacred days. Hundreds of Pakistani Sikhs visited the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, a huge temple in Kartarpur marking the grave of Sikhism’s founder Guru […]

Newly formed Pakistan democratic movement targets Imran Khan

OPPOSITION parties in Pakistan have launched an alliance to oust prime minister Imran Khan. Half a dozen major opposition parties have joined forces to denounce the military which they accuse of meddling in politics and rigging the 2018 elections to bring Khan to power. The six parties and some smaller groups signed a statement late […]

No ‘outside’ lawyer will be allowed to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Pakistan

By Pramod Thomas PAKISTAN has made it clear that no lawyer from outside the country will be allowed to represent death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav. For a free and fair trial, India demanded to appoint an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s counsel in the case. A Queen’s Counsel is a barrister or advocate, appointed Counsel to […]

Pakistani students back in school after more than six months

Millions of students in Pakistan returned to classes on Tuesday (15) after a break of six months, as schools and colleges began to reopen for the first time since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Educational institutes were closed in March as the coronavirus began to spread in Pakistan, but, with daily infection numbers falling, […]

Pakistan opens criminal probes into 50 pilots, five civil aviation officials -sources

Pakistan has opened criminal investigations into 50 pilots and at least five civil aviation officials who allegedly helped them falsify credentials to secure licences, according to two senior government sources and cabinet meeting minutes seen by Reuters. The probes comes roughly three months after Pakistan grounded dozens of pilots over allegedly dubious qualifications. At the […]

Pakistani ruling party lawmaker seeks to criminalise criticism of military

A Pakistani ruling party parliamentarian has introduced legislation seeking to jail anyone who “ridicules or brings into disrepute or defames” the military, according to records posted on parliament’s website. Civil rights groups and opposition parties have long held that the military meddles in politics and had supported crackdowns on critical voices, an allegation the military […]

Pakistan’s Imran Khan suggests chemical castration for rapists

PAKISTAN’s prime minister Imran Khan has said that he would like convicted rapists to be publicly executed or chemically castrated, reacting to a question on the rape of a woman on a highway last week that has caused uproar in the South Asian nation. Last week, a mother of two driving along a major highway […]

Anti-Shiite protesters march for second day in Karachi

TENS of thousands of anti-Shiite protesters including demonstrators linked to Sunni extremists rallied in Pakistan’s Karachi on Saturday(12), in the second day of protests that have sparked fears of sectarian violence. Vast crowds of men thronged downtown Karachi — Pakistan’s largest city and a major business and industrial hub — many of them waving pro-Sunni […]

Uproar after ‘victim blaming’ in Pakistan gang rape case

A Pakistani police chief faced a growing backlash Friday(11) after he seemed to blame the victim in a gang rape case because she was driving at night without a male companion. The controversy started after a woman said she was assaulted and raped by multiple men in front of her two children when her car […]