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China was the single largest lender that gave a total of USD 1.6 billion, which was equal to one-fourth of the total foreign loans Pakistan has received in the ... It was the second loan that the ICBC has given to Pakistan to support its diminishing foreign currency reserves, which are largely used to defend a ...
In an effort to control militancy and the alleged abuse of madrassas (religious seminaries) by some militant groups operating in the country, Pakistan's government recently announced plans to bring all madrassas under the formal education structure of the country. Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's interior minister, ...

Madiha Afzal, nonresident fellow in the Global economy and Development program at Brookings, discusses her new book, "Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State," with the director of the Brookings Institution Press, Bill Finan. Afzal explains Pakistanis' own views on terrorist groups, jihad, ...
WASHINGTON - Pakistan is scrambling to steer clear of a global watch list for terrorism financing, the latest U.S. pressure tactic to get its difficult ally to crack down on militants crossing the border to fight in Afghanistan. The Trump Administration already has suspended security money to Pakistan and ...
Karachi, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a "training and advise mission", the military said, three years after it decided against sending soldiers to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The exact role the troops will play was unclear, but a statement from the army's press ...
Lahore, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, ... Nearly 10 cases of child abuse a day are reported in Pakistan, according to Sahil, an organization that works on child protection.

Pakistan's army on Thursday accused neighboring Indian soldiers of targeting a school van from across the frontier in Kashmir, killing the driver, leaving the students "severely traumatized" and forcing local residents to flee to safety. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said Indian forces in an "unethical ...
Pakistan Could Face Economic Pain From Return to terrorist Financing 'Gray List' ... Islamabad/WASHINGTON/Hong Kong (Reuters) - The prospect of Pakistan being placed back on a global terrorist financing watchlist could endanger its handful of remaining banking links to the outside world, causing ...
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain recently approved an ordinance to amend a section of the country's Anti-terrorism Act, enabling authorities to act against terrorists and terror organisations proscribed by the UN Security Council, including sealing their offices and freezing bank accounts.
Pakistan is building a wall along its border with Afghanistan and wants U.S. President Donald Trump to help pay for it. "It won't cost them [the U.S.] much," Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told the Bloomberg news agency. "The war is costing them much more." Only a fraction of the wall is ...
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Hussain Haqqani, a former ambassador to the United States, for failing to appear at a court hearing regarding a memo that allegedly sought U.S. help in reining in the Pakistani military. A judicial commission set up by the court alleged that ...
Pakistan, which has sent Athletes to previous Winter Olympics, this year sends a two-man delegation -- an uncle and his nephew -- to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Muhammad Karim, 22, and his nephew Syed Human, 26, are both from the Naltar Valley, a village located in Gilgit Baltistan, the ...
The annual global threat assessment notes that Pakistan continues to produce and develop new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles. "These new types of nuclear weapons will introduce new risks for escalation ...
A Pakistani soldier keeps guard at the Friendship Gate, a crossing point on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman. Photograph: Saeed Achakzai/Reuters. Pakistan is building a fence along its border with Afghanistan, and it wants Donald Trump to pay for it - or at least some of it. The 1,800-mile barrier ...
Simultaneously, it appears to be a ploy by the Pakistan Army and its deep state to internationalise Kashmir issue following successful efforts by India to nail its belligerent neighbour, for use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, at various international fora and through Pakistan's traditional allies in ...
Pakistan has banned two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people. Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), has been designated a "terrorist" by the United Nations and had a $10m bounty placed on him by the US in ...
The banners were hoisted near Safari Park, a meeting spot for lovers in Pakistan's sprawling megacity of Karachi. In curling Urdu script, they chastised men for celebrating Valentine's Day. "Don't exploit your daughters by adopting European civilization," the Salafi youth group urged. "Let Islam penetrate ...

Karachi: Roads were blocked, while power supply was suspended due to intermittent rain and snowfall in some parts of the country Sunday morning. Snowfall in Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa blocked link roads, stranding people in their houses and barring them from carrying out daily activities.
The UAE ambassador to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salim Al Zaabi, briefed the top business organisation in Pakistan - the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) - and said the UAE government is keen to boost bilateral trade with Pakistan through exploring opportunities in ...
The ideological origins of the Pakistan Army can be traced back to what is known in British histories as the 'The Indian Mutiny.' Its objective was to reinstate to power in Delhi the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah. This was India's First war of Independence and was mainly fought by Muslims, although many ...
Islamabad: Pakistan and United States (US) have underscored the need to join hands for sustainable peace and prosperity in the South Asian region. The understanding came during a meeting between Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Washington.
Each case, along with a number of others recently taken up by the court, has cast the governing party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, as corrupt or ineffectual. Whether that is the product of a politically motivated effort to tarnish the party, as the court's critics say, or the vigorous exercise of justice in a ...
Prominent Pakistani human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has died at the age of 66. She reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital, where she later died. The pro-democracy activist championed women's rights throughout her career. She was imprisoned in 1983 and put under ...
Afghanistan's two-day dialogue with neighboring Pakistan ended Saturday without progress on issues dividing the two countries and fueling bilateral tensions, officials said. Islamabad hosted the meeting of what is named the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for peace and Solidarity, or APAPPS.
There are no holiday packages from Israel to Pakistan -- no direct flights, and no diplomatic relations. But here I was, asking the Internet weird questions at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters in June. I was being trained there before I was to be dispatched as their Islamabad-based correspondent.
Lenders including the International Monetary Fund have repeatedly shown concern over Pakistan's tax-to-GDP ratio of about 12 percent, which is among the lowest globally. In the past, attempts to force people to pay taxes have been met with resistance and strikes by businesses, while various amnesty ...
Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan - Naqeebullah Mehsud never wanted this life, slaving away for long hours at a textile factory, scraping together the cash to start his own garment shop. On the evening of January 3, he sat at a roadside restaurant in northern Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, with friends, discussing ...
Saying that Afghanistan is in "terrible shape" 16 years after the collapse of the Taliban, former President Hamid Karzai accused the United States and Pakistan of using the Afghan war to further their own national interests. He also warned that Afghans who had embraced the U.S. as a friend and liberator ...
Angry protesters in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday stormed the offices of a militant group that allegedly killed a university student from South Waziristan region. Protesters attacked at least two buildings believed to be occupied by Taliban militants in Shaikh Yousef village of Dera ...
Regulators in Pakistan have reminded the country's media outlets that they are banned from covering Valentine's Day. In a notification to Publishers and broadcasters, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) writes that "respondents are directed to ensure that nothing about the ...
A Pakistani court has convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy. One of the defendants was sentenced to death. The killing of Mashal Khan, who was just 23 years old, sparked an outcry and raised new questions about the misuse of harsh ...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on three individuals linked to Pakistan-based militant networks as it pushes Islamabad to crack down on perpetrators of attacks on Afghanistan. The Treasury Department designated the men as "global terrorists" for their ...
Islamabad, Pakistan -- At first, the killing last month of Naqeebullah Mehsud -- an aspiring model shot by the police in Karachi who claimed afterward that he was a Taliban militant -- seemed merely the latest in a long series of abuses carried out by the authorities against ethnic Pashtuns in Pakistan.
When the term Af-Pak was introduced into U.S. foreign policy lingo around 2008, presumably by Richard Holbrooke, who would later become the first U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, many Pakistanis resented the phrase. It was originally coined to reflect the belief that U.S. policy ...
"Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) part which is with Pakistan belongs to the neighbouring country and this side to India. "If the Indian government wants peace it will have to talk to Pakistan and conclude that an autonomy be given to us as well as them." The PoK is also referred to as the Azad Jammu and ...
"We have shared with Pakistan our South Asia strategy in detail and have made our expectations clear, emphasized that they must take decisive action against all militant and terrorist groups based there," Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.
A court in Abbottabad, Pakistan, is set to deliver its verdict in the case of the lynching of student Mashal Khan. Mr Khan was dragged out of his university accommodation in north-west Pakistan in April 2017 by a crowd of hundreds of his fellow students who accused him of blasphemy. He was badly beaten ...
Islamabad: Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Alizada, during a meeting with National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua, said on Friday that Baku fully supports Islamabad's stance on Kashmir. The Azeri ambassador called for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ...
Karachi, Pakistan, Feb 2 2018 (IPS) - Historically a small fishing village, Karachi has now turned into Pakistan's biggest commerce and industrial center that generates about half of the country's tax revenue. The city also accounts for at least 42 per cent of its total gross domestic product (GDP), houses its ...
The committee expressed the resolve to forge ahead, despite difficulties, with positive engagement with Afghanistan, including the already planned visit of the Pakistani delegation to Kabul on February 3, 2018, for discussions on Pakistan-proposed "Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity".
A senior Pakistani provincial minister, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, and his wife were on Thursday found dead at their house in the port city Karachi, police said. Bijarani, a veteran leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was the Planning and Development Minister in Sindh province, the Dawn reported.
Votel conceded that the United States has had its differences with Pakistan over the years. "We have had our differences with Pakistan over the years on this, but Pakistan remains absolutely critical to the solution of the problem in Afghanistan," he said. In response to a question he acknowledged that ...
People from the Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan gather to condemn the killing in Karachi last month of Naqeeb Ullah, a 27-year-old aspiring model, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Thursday's rare protest by the Mehsud tribe comes hours after a court ordered officer Rao Anwar arrested for ...
A French mountaineer has described how she was forced to abandon her weak and ailing climbing partner in order to be rescued from one of Pakistan's most deadly Himalayan mountains. Elisabeth Revol told AFP news agency that Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz's health worsened as they descended ...
Pakistan's space program, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, commonly referred to as SUPARCO, predates the Indian space program by more than eight years - it was founded in 1961, while the ISRO launched in 1969. But today, SUPARCO lags behind on all the technological ...
Pakistan's Defense Minister is expressing concern about a White House statement saying the U.S. military has been given authority to eliminate militant safe havens in Pakistan. the White House statement was published deep within a late Tuesday email to the press that listed Donald Trump's foreign policy ...
Relations between Pakistan and the U.S. have deteriorated rapidly since August, when Trump began accusing Pakistan of taking aid while simultaneously supporting armed groups that attack U.S. forces and allies in Afghanistan. The tension reached a high point in early January when Trump began ...
Pakistan's stocks have been on a tear since mid-December and, according to financial experts CNBC spoke to, a combination of factors are pushing up the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE). The country's benchmark exchange is currently trading up 16.7 percent since December 19, the start of a rally ...
Kabul -- Afghanistan has given neighboring Pakistan confessions and other proof showing that the militants who carried out a recent series of attacks were trained in Pakistan and that Taliban leaders there are allowed to roam freely, Afghan officials said Thursday. Interior Minister Wais Ahmed Barmak ...
HADID: Zainab's image of a little green-eyed girl in a pink jacket went viral. Unlike the dozen other children who disappeared in Kasur, Zainab's case case gripped Pakistan. Amber Shamsi's a journalist who presents a local news magazine show. AMBER SHAMSI: People saw that sweet little child's face.


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