Pakistan court to rule on Nawaz Sharif corruption allegations tomorrow

Pakistan braces for Supreme Court decision that could remove Sharif A LOOMING Supreme Court decision that could disqualify prime minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations had the country on edge today (April 19), as a drawn-out investigation related to the “Panama Papers” leaks neared a conclusion. Disqualifying Sharif would leave his party in power, but […]

Malala receives highest UN honor to promote girls education

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday (10)  to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus in 2012. At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by […]

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

The president of mainly Muslim Pakistan has signed into law a bill allowing the Hindu minority to register their marriages for the first time since partition from India in 1947. The bill, signed by president Mamnoon Hussain, will “safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families”, a government statement said. It will also allow […]

Top Pakistan and Afghan officials reportedly meet in London to ease tensions

The UK has quietly hosted a meeting of top officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan where they discussed ways to ease tensions between two countries after a series of terror attacks in Pakistan, according to a media report. The meeting between Pakistan’s Adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hanif Atmar was hosted […]

Seven killed as three suicide bombers attack Pakistan court

At least seven people were killed when multiple Taliban suicide bombers attacked a court complex in northern Pakistan on Tuesday (21), the latest in a series of assaults which have raised fears militants are regrouping. One bomber was briefly on the loose inside the busy complex in the Tangi area of Charsadda district but was […]

Pakistan denies identity papers to family of doctor who helped trace bin Laden

Pakistan has denied identity cards to the family of Shakeel Afridi, the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden in 2011, blocking college enrolment for his children, their lawyer said on Friday (3). Afridi was accused of treason after word spread that he had helped the CIA collect DNA […]

Pakistan places alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks under house arrest

Pakistan on Monday ordered Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people, placed under house arrest, a spokesman for Saeed’s organisation said. The move comes after years of pressure on Pakistan to put Saeed on trial and could ease […]

Death toll from deadly Kashmir avalanches rises to 25

The death toll from a series of avalanches in Kashmir has climbed to 25 after five Indian soldiers pulled alive from beneath heavy snow died of their injuries, the military said Monday. The seriously injured troops were rescued Saturday after a day-long mission along the de facto border that divides the disputed territory with Pakistan. […]

Protests after Pakistan detains alleged architect of Mumbai attacks

Pakistani supporters of Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed staged small protests on Tuesday (31) and condemned the United States, after police detained the accused architect of an attack on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008. Saeed, pointed to by critics as evidence of Pakistan’s reluctance to crack down hard enough on […]

Pakistan denies identity papers to family of doctor who helped trace bin Laden

Pakistan has denied identity cards to the family of Shakeel Afridi, the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden in 2011, blocking college enrolment for his children, their lawyer said on Friday (3). Afridi was accused of treason after word spread that he had helped the CIA collect DNA […]