Coronavirus violations blamed for Pakistan death rise

A Cabinet minister says Pakistan has witnessed a 140 percent increase in fatalities from COVID-19 in recent weeks due to widespread violations of social distancing rules.Asad Umar, the planning and development minister who oversees Pakistan’s response to coronavirus, warned on Twitter &ldquo


Pakistan police arrest son-in-law of former premier Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani police arrested the son-in-law of the country’s exiled former Nawaz Sharif on Monday after he led a crowd in chanting against the military at the tomb of the country’s founder.The arrest of Mohammad Safdar comes as Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party has joined a seri


Landslide in Northern Pakistan Buries Bus With 15 Onboard

A landslide in northern Pakistan on Sunday buried a minibus with 15 people onboard under tons of mud and rock with rescue workers digging through the wreckage in the hopes of finding survivors, police said. Police officer Wakil Khan said the landslide overtook the minibus that was travellin


Ex-Pak PM accuses country’s army chief of toppling his government

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday accused the country’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa of toppling his government, pressuring the judiciary, and installing the current government of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 2018 elections. Sharif was speaking via video link


Pakistan to keep top suspect in Daniel Pearl murder in jail

A British-born Pakistani man who has been on death row over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl will remain in jail for another three months despite his acquittal by a lower court earlier this year, according to a government order on Wednesday. The development was announced by pr


Pakistan Top Court to Hear Appeal From Daniel Pearl's Family

Pakistan´s Supreme Court was scheduled to hear an appeal Monday by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl challenging the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani in the gruesome 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The family's appeal was adjourned earlier this mo


Pakistan: Indian fire kills 1 soldier in Kashmir

Pakistan’s military said Sunday that Indian troops opened fire across the border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing one soldier.In a statement, it said Pakistani troops responded by targeting the Indian posts where the fire originated, causing “substantial damage&rdqu


Nawaz Sharif alleges 'state above a state' in Pakistan

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has broken a two-year silence to condemn what he called a parallel military government which flouts democracy to choose the country's leaders. In his first speech since he was jailed on corruption charges, the three-time premier railed against a &ldquo


Pakistan: Normalisation with Israel ‘pointless’

International normalisation with Israel is “pointless”, Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, said yesterday. “We can’t make a decision on a matter that has been rejected by its owners, the Palestinian people,” Khan told reporters. “The Palestinians, the owners


Pakistan detains a suspect in rape of mother on a highway

Pakistani police on Sunday said they have arrested one of two suspects in the rape of a woman who was dragged from her car and attacked in front of her children after her car broke down on a desolate highway in central Punjab province.The police said the woman had locked her car doors when she ran


Pakistan puzzles experts with sharp drop in Covid-19 numbers

Normal life is returning to Pakistan after its Covid-19 infections and deaths dropped sharply over the past two months, sparing the nation of 210 million the kind of severe outbreak seen in Europe, Latin America and neighbouring India. Pakistani and international health officials assisting the go


Pakistan PM will not recognise Israel until Palestinians get their rights

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country will not recognise Israel until the Palestine issue is resolved.During an interview yesterday with local broadcaster Dunya News on the completion of his two years in office, Khan said that Islamabad will not follow the UAE in recognising Israel


Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa heads to Riyadh to smooth relations

Pakistan's military chief will head to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to try to smooth relations with the kingdom after its foreign minister criticised the Gulf country for not supporting its stance on Kashmir. Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is due in Riyadh for damage-control talks with one of Pakistan's biggest


Pakistan launches anti-polio drive as COVID-19 cases decline

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani health officials on Saturday launched a seven-day vaccination campaign against polio as part of efforts aimed at eliminating the crippling disease amid a steady decline in fatalities and infections from the coronavirus, which had recently overwhelmed the country’s fragi


Pakistan PM Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India on Kashmir anniversary

Pakistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan branded India an “oppressor and aggressor” on Wednesday, a year after New Delhi imposed direct rule on Indian-administered Kashmir.Solidarity marches were held in all major Pakistani cities to mark the anniversary of New Delhi stripping Mus


Pakistan Announces New Nationwide Lockdown over Virus

Even as Pakistan recorded one of its lowest 24-hour infection rates with just 330 new cases reported on Monday, the government announced a new countrywide lockdown through Aug. 17, with grocery stores and pharmacies allowed to open. Mosques and churches will also be allowed to stay open, but with


Pakistani businesses that rely on Hajj pilgrims face bleak future

 Each year in the run-up to the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, hundreds of Pakistanis visit Shaikh Rafi’s store on Karachi’s busy M. A. Jinnah Road to buy prayer mats and ihram clothing, the two seamless pieces of cloth that Muslims wear during Hajj. But not this year. Since the anno


Militants Kill Pakistani Soldier in Cross-border Attack

Pakistan´s military said militants killed a soldier in a cross-border attack on a security post on Wednesday near the Afghan border. The attack took place in Bajur, a former tribal region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the country's northwest, according to a military statement. It said insurgents



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