Pakistan’s national airline moves to assuage concern on ‘dubious’ pilot licenses

Pakistan’s national airline has written to foreign missions and global regulatory and safety bodies, assuring them it has grounded all 141 pilots suspected of obtaining licenses through unfair means, the carrier’s spokesman said on Saturday.The move looks to assuage safety concerns after


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan criticised for saying Osama bin Laden was 'martyred'

Pakistan's prime minister has stirred up controversy by saying former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been "martyred". Imran Khan made the comment in parliament on Thursday as he was describing the history of Pakistan's troubled relations with the United States since American special forces kil


Pakistan warns coronavirus will peak at more than a million cases

Pakistan’s planning minister warned Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases in the country could double by the end of June and peak at more than a million infections just a month later.The warning from planning minister Asad Umar comes as many in the country continue to ignore guidance on


Pakistan denies its US envoy said India should engage with Taliban

Pakistan denied on Sunday that its envoy to Washington had said that India should engage with the Taliban, after Reuters quoted Ambassador Asad Khan in a news report.On Saturday, a Reuters report headline stated: “India should talk to Taliban if Delhi feels it will bolster peace push,” a


Pakistanis crowd markets as coronavirus lockdown eased mid-Ramadan

Pakistanis crowded markets on Saturday after a nationwide coronavirus lockdown was eased, despite the country declaring its second-highest daily infection toll. Prime Minister Imran Khan has allowed businesses to reopen in phases from the weekend, citing the economic havoc the virus restrictions ha


Pakistan clerics call for lifting of congregational prayer limits

Prominent clerics are demanding the lifting of restrictions on congregational prayers at mosques in Pakistan, which has recorded 5,837 coronavirus cases and 96 related deaths. Tuesday's (Apr 14) call in a joint statement by clerics and leaders of religious parties in the world's second largest Musl


Pakistan PM Imran Khan receives Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Salman

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has received Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman who was on a one-day official visit to Islamabad. “During the meeting, they reviewed the fraternal and historic relations binding the Kingdom and the Islamic Republic of


Pakistan suspends flights to Iran over coronavirus

Pakistan has suspended all flights to Iran and closed land borders with its neighbor, officials confirmed on Friday, after Islamabad detected its first two coronavirus cases, both people who had recently traveled to the Islamic Republic. Flights to and from China, the epicenter of the deadly outbre


Pakistan passes resolution calling for public hanging for child molesters

Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution Friday calling for the public hanging of convicted child killers and rapists, drawing a quick backlash from human rights organizations. The non-binding resolution follows a spate of high-profile child sex-abuse cases that have provoked outrage and rio


Pakistan’s youth a ‘big resource’ for growth: PM Imran Khan

Matthew Amlôt The large young population of Pakistan is a “big resource” that will enable growth, said the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan during an address at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The young have historically been neglected because, Khan


Pakistan's Khan says millions of Muslim refugees could flee India

GENEVA (Reuters) - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that millions of Muslims could flee India due to the curfew in the disputed territory of Kashmir and India's new citizenship law, creating "a refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises". Khan, addressing the Global Forum on Ref


‘8m are in open prison’ in Kashmir: Pakistan FM

RIYADH- Four months after Delhi stripped autonomy from Indian-administered Kashmir, the region is paralyzed politically and economically, with communication channels closed and independent observers shut out. It is, according to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, a “hopeless&rdq


Social media fury as Pakistani official buys burqas for students

Pictures showing girls in burqas bought for them by local authorities has gone viral in Pakistan and caused a social media outrage. A district councillor in the small village of Cheena, in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, used some 90,000 rupees ($570) of local government funds to buy about 9





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