Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Asia & Pacific 03/23/19, 08:51

Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered "best wishes" to his counterpart Imran ...

Peshawar through to 3rd successive PSL final

Sports 03/15/19, 13:49

Kamran Akmal's blistering half century propelled 2017 winner Peshawar Zalmi to its third straight Pakistan Super League final with a convincing 48-run victory over defending champion Islamabad United on Friday.Peshawar will take on Quetta Gladiators on Sunday in a repeat of the final two years ago.A minute's silence was observed ...

Update: Pakistan arrests key suspects in Kashmir attack

Asia & Pacific 03/05/19, 07:23

The Latest on the latest escalation between Pakistan and India (all times local):5:10 p.m.Pakistan's Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including the brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group that India has blamed for the Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 ...

Update: Pakistan hands over captured pilot to India

Asia & Pacific 03/01/19, 11:06

The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):9 p.m.Pakistan has handed over an Indian pilot captured after his plane was shot down by the Pakistani military this week amid a dramatic confrontation between the two nuclear-armed rivals over the disputed Kashmir region.An Indian waves national flag as others shout ...

Pakistan ready to hand over Indian pilot amid more shelling

Asia & Pacific 02/28/19, 22:52

Pakistan is preparing to hand over a captured Indian pilot as shelling continued for a third night across the disputed Kashmir border even as the two nuclear-armed neighbors seek to defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades.Tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers face off against each other ...

Q&A: What’s at stake as India-Pakistan tensions rise?

Asia & Pacific 02/27/19, 05:29

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan face their worst tension in years over the disputed region of Kashmir, with Islamabad saying they shot down two Indian warplanes Wednesday and captured two pilots. Pakistan immediately shut down its civilian airspace in response.But how did the relations between these two Asian nations become ...

Pakistani PM willing to talk but warns India not to attack

Asia & Pacific 02/19/19, 20:08

Pakistan's prime minister offered to hold talks with India, even as he warned New Delhi to refrain from launching any attacks on his country following last week's suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir.Imran Khan said he hoped "better sense" would prevail after the attack on a paramilitary convoy that killed at ...

Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit

Asia & Pacific 02/17/19, 11:09

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived in Pakistan's capital for a four-day regional visit.Prime Minister Imran Khan and top officials received him at the airport.During his two-day stay in Pakistan, the crown prince is expected to sign agreements worth billions of dollars for investments in the country.He will ...

Pakistan says Saudi prince to visit, sign investment deals

Asia & Pacific 02/13/19, 10:16

Pakistan said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad later this week on an official visit that is expected to include the signing of agreements for billions of dollars of investment in the South Asian country.Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the prince would meet with ...

Pakistan upholds acquittal of woman in blasphemy case

Asia & Pacific 01/29/19, 09:31

Pakistan's top court on Tuesday upheld its acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, paving the way for Aasia Bibi to leave the country in a blow to radical Islamists who had demanded her execution.Following the landmark decision, Bibi will finally be able to join her daughters, ...

Graham says he’ll ask Trump to meet Pakistan, Afghan leaders

Politics 01/20/19, 10:50

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that they can devise a plan to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war, the U.S.’s longest military engagement. Graham spoke at a news conference in Islamabad after meeting ...

US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul

World 01/18/19, 12:28

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate ...

US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war

Asia & Pacific 01/17/19, 14:30

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement. Khalilzad has accelerated efforts to end the war since his appointment last September. On his previous ...

Kaka and Figo in Pakistan to launch World Soccer Stars event

Sports 01/10/19, 10:07

Soccer greats Luis Figo and Kaka arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to launch the World Soccer Stars event in a country more known for its cricket.A private England-based group, Touchsky Group, will organize the event in late April in Karachi and Lahore with an aim toward portraying a softer image ...

Afghan envoy hopes 2019 to be year of peace for Afghanistan

World 01/09/19, 07:15

The Afghan president's special peace envoy expressed hope Wednesday that the war that has ravaged this country for over 17 years and cost the United States about $1 trillion will end in 2019. However, Mohammad Omer Daudzai also cautioned there won't be peace until the Taliban, who have held several rounds ...

British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan in June

Asia & Pacific 12/18/18, 06:21

British Airways says it will resume flights to Pakistan in June, a decade after suspending them in the wake of the suicide truck bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens.Robert Williams, BA head of sales for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, says it's going to be "exciting ...

Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

Asia & Pacific 12/17/18, 02:02

The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director ...

Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

World 12/17/18, 01:15

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.He remembers the last thing she told ...

Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms

Asia & Pacific 12/12/18, 01:22

Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated."Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding protection for people to worship according to ...

Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal

World 12/06/18, 03:42

Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said Thursday would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis and lead to tens of millions of aid dollars lost.The majority of the shuttered aid groups are ...

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