US envoy on Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks about Taliban

World 12/04/18, 08:12

The U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year-old war met with Pakistan's foreign secretary, security and army officials Tuesday to discuss how to bring the Taliban to peace talks, officials said.The visit by Zalmay Khalilzad came a day after President Donald Trump wrote a letter ...

Pakistan’s currency plunges again as country seeks IMF loan

Business 11/30/18, 07:28

Pakistan's currency has plunged further as the country is mired in a financial crisis and seeking an $8 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.The Pakistani rupee traded at 142 to the dollar on Friday, a decline from 133.90 rupees to $1 at close of business the previous day.Analyst ...

Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan

World 11/25/18, 08:51

The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China's growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars' worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the country's resources and leave it with crippling debt. Friday's attack, which ...

Missing Pakistani police officer’s body found in Afghanistan

World 11/15/18, 07:29

The body of a Pakistani police officer who went missing in Islamabad last month was found in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and the Afghan ambassador said.Tahir Khan Dawar disappeared on Oct. 27 and was presumed abducted by militants. The case baffled authorities as Islamabad is one of the safest ...

EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

World 11/09/18, 09:20

The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians.The minority, among Pakistan's poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant ...

Afghanistan Opens Air Trade Corridor with China

China 11/08/18, 03:36

ISLAMABAD — Landlocked Afghanistan has opened its first direct air link with China, dispatching 20 tons of pine nuts on the inaugural cargo flight. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Chinese diplomats attended the special ceremony Monday in Kabul, hoping the air corridor will lead to increased Afghan exports of dry and ...

Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy freed in Pakistan

Europe 11/08/18, 02:18

A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy was released but her whereabouts in Islamabad on Thursday remained a closely guarded secret in the wake of demands by radical Islamists that she be publicly executed.Aasia Bibi was with her family and under heavy security after being ...

Officials: Pakistani Christian woman transferred to capital

World 11/07/18, 15:13

A Christian woman acquitted by Pakistan's Supreme Court eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy was flown Wednesday night to a facility in the capital Islamabad from an undisclosed location for security reasons, two senior government officials said.Amid tight security, Asia Bibi left a detention facility in Punjab ...

Pakistan’s ‘father of Taliban’ cleric killed in knife attack

World 11/02/18, 13:07

Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the "father of the Taliban," was killed in a knife attack at his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, his family and police said.Haq's son, Hamidul Haq, said his father was alone in his bedroom when he was ...

Pakistan acquits Christian woman facing death for blasphemy

World 10/31/18, 02:06

Pakistan's top court on Wednesday acquitted a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges, a landmark ruling that could ignite mass protests or violence by hard-line Islamists.Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the verdict to a packed courtroom and ordered Asia Bibi released. She has ...

Pakistan gets $6B in Saudi aid after PM attends forum

World 10/24/18, 12:51

Prime Minister Imran Khan's decision to attend a Riyadh investment conference despite the outcry over the killing of a Saudi journalist has coincided with an agreement for a $6 billion assistance package from the oil-rich kingdom, a crucial infusion of cash as Pakistan grapples with a soaring deficit.Analysts say the ...

US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

World 10/09/18, 02:59

Washington's newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan's 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in ...

Pakistan orders 18 international aid groups closed

Europe 10/05/18, 09:46

Pakistan ordered 18 international aid organizations to close, threatening the assistance they provide to some of the country's most vulnerable, international aid workers said Friday.The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the remainder are from Britain and the European Union, according to a government list, which was ...

Pakistan’s Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists

World 09/28/18, 02:30

Pakistan's embattled Ahmadiyya minority enjoyed a brief moment of hope earlier this month when one of its own, a U.S.-based Princeton economist, was appointed to an economic advisory council.But the backlash from Islamic hard-liners, which led newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan to quickly rescind the appointment under political pressure, ...

Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

World 09/19/18, 02:42

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings.The Islamabad High Court made the decision after the Sharifs petitioned to appeal their sentences, which were handed down by an anti-graft ...

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