Two soldiers, two policemen die in Pakistan attacks

Islamabad – A bomb killed at least two Pakistani soldiers in the country’s northwestern tribal district where the army is carrying out a major offensive against Taliban militants, officials said. The incident occurred on Thursday [...]

Beatings and addiction: Pakistan drug ‘clinic’ prescribes torture

Haripur (Pakistan)  - Hashish addict Noor Rehman has spent three years chained to a concrete slab covered by insects. Beaten and malnourished, he lost his eyesight in a “clinic” run by a Pakistani mullah claiming to cure addicts [...]

Pakistan asks Karzai to pardon jailed journalist

Islamabad – Pakistan on Thursday appealed to Afghan president Hamid Karzai to issue a pardon to a journalist facing a four-year jail term in Afghanistan for “contacting terrorists”. Faizullah Khan, a reporter with the Pakistani [...]

Pakistan working to give India ‘most favoured nation’ status

Islamabad – Pakistan on Thursday said it would re-start work on improving trade ties with arch-rival India when the two nations’ foreign ministers meet in Islamabad next month. Pakistan had pledged to grant India “Most Favoured [...]

Pakistan calls for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza

Islamabad – Pakistan on Thursday called for an immediate end to the blockade of Gaza to allow humanitarian relief to reach Palestinians as the death toll in the besieged territory rose to more than 740. The appeal came a day after Pakistan [...]

Elections only way to change govt: Nisar

  KARACHI,  Senior Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Thursday said that the change in government is only possible through election and no other way under the constitution is possible for this purpose. Talking to media [...]

Pakistani, Indian top diplomats to meet in August

Islamabad – The foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India are set to meet in Islamabad next month in the neighbouring countries’ latest attempt at improving ties. The proposed meeting, announced by Pakistan’s foreign office [...]

Sri Lanka’s militant monk rejects Dalai Lama as spiritual leader

Colombo – A firebrand Sri Lankan monk on Tuesday criticised the Dalai Lama for urging the island’s Buddhists to halt violence against minority Muslims and rejected him as a global spiritual leader. Buddhist monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara [...]

New India government urges changes to World Bank

New Delhi  - India’s new government has called for reforms to the World Bank structure to reflect the “emerging” clout of developing nations in a meeting with visiting bank chief Jim Yong Kim. The government, which took office [...]

Fans urged to donate to Pakistanis fleeing fighting

Lahore (Pakistan)  - Pakistan’s cricket stars on Tuesday appealed to fans to donate more money for more than 800,000 people displaced by a military offensive in the restive northwest. The military last month launched an assault aimed [...]

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