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Pakistan to release 2 'missing' Indian High Commission officials: Report

15 Jun 2020

Pakistan to release 2 'missing' Indian High Commission officials: Report

Hours after two Indian High Commission officials had gone missing in Pakistan, reports emerged that the officials had been arrested.

Pakistan: Two Indian High Commission officials go missing

15 Jun 2020

Pakistan: Two Indian High Commission officials go missing

In an unsavory turn of events, two Indian High Commission officials went missing in Pakistan on Monday, prompting New Delhi to register a strong protest both in the neighboring country and here.

Coronavirus: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan goes into self-isolation

22 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan goes into self-isolation

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to self-isolate himself after he met a philanthropist who tested positive for coronavirus. The PTI leader also took the COVID-19 test and his results came as negative, said reports.

Snubbing Pakistan, Saudi Arabia says it "understands" India's J&K move

02 Oct 2019

Snubbing Pakistan, Saudi Arabia says it "understands" India's J&K move

In what qualifies as a diplomatic win for India, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday told National Security Advisor Ajit Doval that the Kingdom understands New Delhi's Jammu and Kashmir move.

Pakistan airline operated over 80 flights with 0 passengers: Report

22 Sep 2019

Pakistan airline operated over 80 flights with 0 passengers: Report

In an explicable blooper, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operated 46 regular flights without any passengers on board, from the Islamabad airport during 2016-17, revealed the national carrier's audit report.

21 killed in 2,050 ceasefire-violations by Pakistan in 2019: MEA

15 Sep 2019

21 killed in 2,050 ceasefire-violations by Pakistan in 2019: MEA

The Pakistani Army resorted to more than 2,050 cases of unprovoked ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) this year, in which 21 Indian civilians lost their lives, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday.

Imran Khan to hold mega rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir today

13 Sep 2019

Imran Khan to hold mega rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir today

Amid brewing tensions between India and Pakistan, the latter nation's Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to hold a "big jalsa" or public gathering to "express solidarity" towards residents of Kashmir.

On Kashmir, Donald Trump now offers "help", not "mediation"

10 Sep 2019

On Kashmir, Donald Trump now offers "help", not "mediation"

In the last few weeks, US President Donald Trump has said (at least thrice) that he was ready to "mediate" to solve the Kashmir issue, a contentious matter between India and Pakistan.

Amid Indo-Pak tensions, China to invest $1bn in Pakistan

08 Sep 2019

Amid Indo-Pak tensions, China to invest $1bn in Pakistan

Amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, China is planning to invest $1 billion in development projects in the latter nation, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Yao Jing, reportedly said on Saturday.

Pakistan offers consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, India accepts

02 Sep 2019

Pakistan offers consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, India accepts

After Pakistan offered consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national who was captured by the neighboring country in 2016, New Delhi accepted the proposal, said reports.

Here's what Sharjeel Khan said in his apology to PCB

20 Aug 2019

Here's what Sharjeel Khan said in his apology to PCB

Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan recently delivered an unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Article 370 internal matter: India tells Pakistan to review decision

08 Aug 2019

Article 370 internal matter: India tells Pakistan to review decision

A day after Islamabad downgraded diplomatic relations with India, New Delhi on Thursday urged it to review the decision, saying Article 370 is an internal matter.

Pakistan PM's House hosts wedding, Imran Khan mocked mercilessly

06 Aug 2019

Pakistan PM's House hosts wedding, Imran Khan mocked mercilessly

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan had won hearts last year when he had announced that he'd be turning the PM's House into a campus of a postgraduate institute.

Pakistan refuses to accept bodies of intruders killed by #IndianArmy

04 Aug 2019

Pakistan refuses to accept bodies of intruders killed by #IndianArmy

Following the Indian Army's offer to Pakistan to take back the bodies of five intruders, including one Pakistani commando and four terrorists, shot dead in Jammu & Kashmir's Keran sector, Islamabad refused to accept their bodies.

Facing pressure, Pakistan books Hafiz Saeed for 'terror financing'

04 Jul 2019

Facing pressure, Pakistan books Hafiz Saeed for 'terror financing'

Amid global pressure to act against home-grown terrorism, Pakistani authorities on Wednesday booked Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, for terrorism financing.

In a rare move, Pakistan agrees to cut military budget

05 Jun 2019

In a rare move, Pakistan agrees to cut military budget

As Pakistan is facing a mounting economic crisis, the country's military has agreed to cut its budget for the next fiscal year.

Modi messaged me, says Imran Khan on Pakistan Day's eve

23 Mar 2019

Modi messaged me, says Imran Khan on Pakistan Day's eve

Days after India and Pakistan witnessed worst escalation since 1999 Kargil war, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Friday that he received a message from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the eve of Pakistan Day.

US urges Pakistan to take 'sustained, irreversible' actions against terrorists

08 Mar 2019

US urges Pakistan to take 'sustained, irreversible' actions against terrorists

The US has asked Pakistan to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory, according to a top State Department official.

Masood Azhar's brother confirms Indian jets struck JeM's camp

03 Mar 2019

Masood Azhar's brother confirms Indian jets struck JeM's camp

Contradicting Islamabad's version that Indian Air Force jets destroyed just a few trees and not any camp in Balakot, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's younger brother has confirmed the outfit's "learning institute" was attacked.

Government asks YouTube to remove clips of captured IAF pilot

28 Feb 2019

Government asks YouTube to remove clips of captured IAF pilot

With photos and videos of captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman doing the rounds on social media, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had asked Google-owned video-streaming platform YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Varthaman.

India rejects Pakistan's claim of "shooting" down jets, "capturing" pilot

27 Feb 2019

India rejects Pakistan's claim of "shooting" down jets, "capturing" pilot

Minutes after Pakistan claimed it had shot down two IAF jets and imprisoned a pilot, India rejected the theory, and said "all our pilots are accounted for".

SAARC meet: PoK minister present, Indian diplomat walks out

10 Dec 2018

SAARC meet: PoK minister present, Indian diplomat walks out

An official of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan staged a walkout of a SAARC meeting over the presence of a minister from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) at the event.

Pakistan to invite PM Modi to attend SAARC summit

27 Nov 2018

Pakistan to invite PM Modi to attend SAARC summit

Pakistan has announced that it will invite PM Narendra Modi to the country for attending the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, reported the country's Dawn News.

Islamabad HC seeks Musharraf's travel itinerary, asks him to return

20 Nov 2018

Islamabad HC seeks Musharraf's travel itinerary, asks him to return

It would be "good" for Pervez Musharraf if he returns to Pakistan to face the high treason trial, the Islamabad High Court has observed as it directed his lawyer to submit the former military dictator's travel itinerary at the next hearing.

Pakistan HC judge Shaukat Siddiqui sacked over remarks against ISI

12 Oct 2018

Pakistan HC judge Shaukat Siddiqui sacked over remarks against ISI

A senior Pakistani judge, who was in line to become Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court next month, was sacked for his controversial statement that the country's powerful spy agency ISI was manipulating judicial proceedings to get favorable decisions.

Pakistan Foreign Minister asks US to facilitate Indo-Pak talks

04 Oct 2018

Pakistan Foreign Minister asks US to facilitate Indo-Pak talks

Islamabad is seeking an American role in facilitating talks between India and Pakistan because the two South Asian neighbors aren't engaging bilaterally, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, warning that absence of such a facilitation could lead to an escalation of tension.

Pakistan: 32% jump in child sexual abuse cases in 2018

31 Aug 2018

Pakistan: 32% jump in child sexual abuse cases in 2018

A total of 2,322 child abuse cases were reported across Pakistan in the first six months of 2018, a 32% jump compared to the first half of 2017, a report by NGO Sahil, working for the protection of children against violence, said.

Imran Khan's close aide Zulfikar Bukhari put on no-fly list

08 Aug 2018

Imran Khan's close aide Zulfikar Bukhari put on no-fly list

Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, a close aide of Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, was today put on the no-fly list on a request filed by the National Accountability Bureau, Express News reported.

Pakistan: Imran's private-house vulnerable to threats, to move into official-residence

01 Aug 2018

Pakistan: Imran's private-house vulnerable to threats, to move into official-residence

A house in Ministers' Enclave in Islamabad will be declared the official residence of Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan's new Prime Minister, as his private house is vulnerable to threats, Dawn reported.

Imran Khan has five children, some Indians, Reham's book reveals

12 Jul 2018

Imran Khan has five children, some Indians, Reham's book reveals

The autobiography of British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan, finally released on Amazon Kindle on Thursday, and it is surely going to make the cricketer-turned-politician's life uneasy.

Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif jailed for 10 years in corruption case

06 Jul 2018

Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif jailed for 10 years in corruption case

An Islamabad court today sentenced former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield corruption reference, and fined £8mn.

Eminent Pakistani journalist known for dissent abducted, released hours later

06 Jun 2018

Eminent Pakistani journalist known for dissent abducted, released hours later

Yet another Pakistani journalist, a vocal critic of Islamabad's military might, was abducted yesterday.

Pakistan refuses to give security to former President Pervez Musharraf

27 Mar 2018

Pakistan refuses to give security to former President Pervez Musharraf

The Pakistan government has rejected former dictator General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf's request for security.

US sanctions on Pakistani companies could boost India's NSG bid

26 Mar 2018

US sanctions on Pakistani companies could boost India's NSG bid

On the back of passing a spending bill which incorporates US President Trump's warnings of freezing security aid, the US has added seven Pakistani companies to the list of foreign entities that are subject to sanctions in the form of stringent export control measures.

Anti-government Pakistani reporter Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnapping bid

10 Jan 2018

Anti-government Pakistani reporter Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnapping bid

Pakistan made yet another attempt to silence an anti-establishment journalist on Wednesday, though unsuccessfully so.

As US withdraws aid to Pakistan, China swoops in

08 Jan 2018

As US withdraws aid to Pakistan, China swoops in

US-Pakistan ties seem to be under significant strain following President Donald Trump's outburst against Islamabad on Twitter and subsequent cutting of financial aid.

US religious-freedom watchlist: Pakistan included as 'country of particular concern'

06 Jan 2018

US religious-freedom watchlist: Pakistan included as 'country of particular concern'

The US has included Pakistan on a special watch-list of countries which commit "severe violations" of religious freedom.

Imran Khan: Trump is pursuing the agenda of Pakistan's enemies

04 Jan 2018

Imran Khan: Trump is pursuing the agenda of Pakistan's enemies

Pakistani politician and former-cricketer Imran Khan has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for accusing Islamabad of sheltering terrorists and cheating the US for money.

US suspends $255mn aid to Pakistan hours after Trump's tweet

02 Jan 2018

US suspends $255mn aid to Pakistan hours after Trump's tweet

President Donald Trump has followed through on his words. Hours after accusing Pakistan of giving the US "nothing but lies & deceit", America has suspended a $255mn military aid to the Asian country.

Pak Army Chief: Will resign if military involved in protests

20 Dec 2017

Pak Army Chief: Will resign if military involved in protests

Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa has said he'll resign if the Pakistani military was found to be involved in the Faizabad sit-in protests which paralyzed capital Islamabad for weeks.