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Pakistan inflation quickens to 13% in January

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's consumer price index (CPI) rose 13% in January from a year earlier, the official statistics bureau said on Tuesday, the highest in two years. In December, the inflation figure was 12.3%, the Pakistan Bureau of…

Gunmen kill priest on his way home from church

PESHAWAR Gunmen killed a Christian priest and wounded another as the clerics drove home from church in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said. Two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the car on the city's…

Indus River at daggers drawn

ISLAMABAD Sindh’s representatives Thursday walked out of the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) advisory committee meeting in protest alleging that the body had made up its mind to carry the Water Apportionment Accord 1991 and Irsa Act…

Would you recognize the Taliban?

The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan after two decades. Over the next few weeks and months, a host of foreign nations with a stake in the country's future will have to make a very tough choice: grant legitimacy to a regime that…

Pakistan fails to reap demographic dividend

Aamir Latif | KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan has many introductions – a leading cricketing nation, the land of several defunct civilizations and the sixth most populated country in the world. The second most-populated Muslim nation, just…

5 militants, soldier killed in Kashmir shootout

Hilal Mir | SRINAGAR At least five militants and an Indian soldier were killed in a shootout Friday in southern Pulwama district of the Indian-administered Kashmir, police said. In a statement, police said the killed militants…

Rape culture still an uphill battle

Haroon Janjua Stone the rapists to death, castrate them, and hang them in public. Many Pakistanis demanded their pound of flesh after two men raped and robbed a woman — whose name has not been publicly released — in front of her two…

Pakistan receives 1st vaccines through COVAX

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Saturday received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister’s special aide on health, Dr. Faisal…

3rd COVID-19 wave takes toll on Asia-Pacific

Amid ramped up vaccinations across the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic, a third wave of the virus has already taken a toll on the Asia-Pacific region. Countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the…

Kashmir: Shining example of pluralism, diversity

Ghulam Nabi Fai Kashmir is internationally recognized as a disputed territory whose final status has yet to be determined by its people. Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and have fought three wars during the past 73 years.…

Pakistan: Search for missing climbers called off

KARACHI, Pakistan A 12-day search and rescue mission to locate the three missing climbers at K-2, the second highest mountain in the world, was called off on Thursday, with Pakistani officials declaring them dead, a mountaineering…

Russia to host conference on counter-terrorism

MOSCOW Russia plans to hold a conference on counter-terrorism this year with the participation of representatives from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Turkey, a government official said on Monday. The conference is expected to be…

Time to end human tragedy, resolve Kashmir issue

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday paid salute to the Kashmiri people for their valiant struggle despite unprecedented Indian brutalities in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and…

Nation marks Kashmir Solidarity Day

ISLAMABAD The Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed  Friday across the country with renewed commitment for bringing the Kashmir issue to the limelight amid brutal and unprecedented military siege of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir…

Pakistan rejects Kashmir citizenship for Indians

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan rejected the granting of domicile certificates to thousands of Indian nationals Saturday in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir, characterizing it as an attempt to change the demographic structure of the disputed…

Swarm of locusts reaches Nepal

Kathmandu,Nepal Nepal government said Saturday that the locust swarm has entered the country from its southern border with India. Nepal's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development confirmed the entry of the locusts in a statement…

Pakistan to reopen border with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Pakistan says it will reopen a key border crossing with Afghanistan to allow trade between the neighbors. Trucks carrying fruits, vegetables and other items will start crossing the Ghulam Khan border in northwestern North…

Pakistan reports 153 deaths, highest daily toll

ISLAMABAD Pakistan has reported 153 COVID-19 fatalities, a new daily record, as infections continue to spiral, pushing the overall number of confirmed cases to 171,665. Pakistan recorded 6,604 new infections in the last 24 hours. The…

Pakistan’s upward coronavirus spiral continues

ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s upward spiral of new virus infections neared 145,000 Monday amid warnings from political leaders that the numbers could double by the end of June and were likely to hit a stunning 1.2 million by the end of July if…

Pakistan, India coronavirus cases, deaths spike

Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it says resulted from increased testing in the past 24 hours. Pakistan’s outbreak has grown steadily since the country’s…

Pakistan lifts ban on international flights

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan will resume international flight operations from Friday night. "As per decision of the Federal Government, the outbound international flights (scheduled, non scheduled and charter flights) operation has been…

92 killed in Pakistan plane crash

KARACHI, Pakistan At least 92 people were killed in plane crash in the southern port city of Karachi, officials said Saturday. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, traveling from northeastern Lahore, crashed Friday into a…

Pakistan: Death toll from plane crash rises to 8

KARACHI, Pakistan At least eight people were killed as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 passengers onboard crashed in southern port city of Karachi on Friday, officials and local media reported. The flight PK-8303,…

Pakistan: Passenger aircraft crashes in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan A Pakistan Airlines International aircraft with over 90 passengers onboard crashed in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday, officials and local media reported. The aircraft crashed in a residential area near…

Pakistan rejects new Kashmir residency law

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan on Tuesday said a new residency law introduced in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir is "illegal and contravenes" international law. Islamabad termed New Delhi’s move an attempt to the change the demography…

Pakistan extends partial lockdown to May 31

Islamabad In view of the incessant surge in daily COVID-19 cases, authorities in the province of Punjab and Islamabad capital territory have extended the lockdown restrictions for another three weeks till May 31 with certain exemptions…

Pakistan Air Force gets its first Hindu pilot

Lahore In a first for Pakistan, a Hindu has been selected as a pilot in the country's air force.The youth, Rahul Dev, has been recruited as a General Duty (GD) pilot officer in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Daily Pakistan reported. Dev…

Pakistan extends COVID-19 lockdown until May 9

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan on Friday extended until May 9 the ongoing lockdown aimed at stemming the fast-increasing coronavirus cases in the country. Asad Umar, Minister for Planning and Development, announced the decision taken by the…

Pakistan to keep mosques open during Ramadan

ISLAMABAD Even as Pakistan’s daily confirmed cases inches upward, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government buckled to pressure from religious clerics refusing to order mosques throughout the country closed during Islamic fasting month of…

Pakistan: 2 dead in army aircraft crash

KARACHI, Pakistan  Two pilots were killed as a Pakistani army aircraft crashed in the northeastern Punjab province on Monday morning. The plane was on a training mission and crashed near Gujrat district, some 140 kilometers (88 miles)…

Two civilians injured in Indian shelling: ISPR

RAWALPINDI,Pakistan Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Babar Iftikhar on Sunday said two civilians sustained injuries after Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations late last night…

Pakistan confirms over 5,000 coronavirus cases

ISLAMABAD The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan passed the 5,000 mark as the country reported 254 new cases in the last 24 hours, health authorities said on Sunday. The total number of cases is now at 5,038, while 14 more fatalities…

Muslim bloc rejects India’s new law in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) rejected the new laws introduced by the Indian government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it could change the Muslim-majority region's demographics. In a statement, issued late Saturday…

Pakistan’s COVID-19 tally surpasses 2,700

Islamabad The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 2,708 on Saturday after new infections were confirmed in the country, health officials said. The national dashboard, maintained by the federal ministry of health says…

In Afghanistan, another Great Game set to unfold

An unease in India, jubilation in Pakistan, and cautious optimism on the streets of Afghanistan sum up the varied moods in South Asia after the signing of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal. While the deal offers a glimmer of hope that peace may…

Journalist Rehman passes away

Journalist Fasih ur Rehman passed away on Tuesday evening after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 47. Rehman had been part of the first team of Geo News Islamabad. He also served as bureau chief for Dunya and Express TV. His funeral…

Nawaz Sharif’s mother departs for London

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother Shamim Akhtar departed for London on Saturday to be with her son who is undergoing heart treatment in London. “Despite being advised not to travel, Shamim is travelling to London to see her son…

Taliban who shot Malala escapes Pakistani prison

ISLAMABAD Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former Pakistan Taliban spokesman who was responsible for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner,has escaped from prison, according to a audio clip released . “With the…

Pakistan: Suspected militants blow up gas pipeline

KARACHI, Pakistan Suspected militants blew up a major gas pipeline in Pakistan’s northeast, disrupting gas supply to many areas, an official said on Tuesday. The explosion caused major damage to the pipeline near Rahimyar Khan district…

21 more bodies recovered in avalanche-hit Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan Search teams aided by Pakistani troops pulled out 21 more bodies from homes destroyed by this week’s avalanches in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, raising the overall death toll due to severe winter weather…

83 dead as severe cold grips Pakistan

Islamabad The death toll from snow-related deaths climbed to 62 on Tuesday as severe weather continued across the country bringing life to a standstill. According to a statement by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at…

Imran,Modi face-to-face at SCO summit

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to come to face-to-face at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit scheduled to be held later this year in India. SCO Secretary General…

BRT Pakistan , A politically motivated project

PESHAWAR Serious procedural violations have been identified during an investigation of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), has learnt. The inside story, narrated to the scribe by an official on the condition of anonymity, revealed that…

Pakistan: End to Jammu Kashmir blockade demanded

KARACHI, Pakistan A multi-party conference held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Monday demanded an immediate end to a communication and security lockdown imposed by India in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region after the scrapping of…

2 killed as small aircraft crashes in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan A small aircraft on Sunday crashed in northeastern Pakistan killing two people including the pilot, an official said. The aircraft crashed near Sadiqabad area of Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province while it was…

US: Fans hail first Muslim mayor for Cambridge

LONDON The northeastern United States university city of Cambridge elected what has been hailed as the first Muslim mayor in the history of the state of Massachusetts, according to social media postings and local media reports. Sumbul…

Pakistan should stay neutral in Middle East

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Defense experts and former diplomats from Pakistan suggest Islamabad remain neutral and maintain a low profile in the current Middle East crisis, after the killing of senior Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a U.S.…

Phase 2 of Sino-Pak free trade pact goes live

KARACHI, Pakistan: Phase two of the much-touted China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement came into effect as of Wednesday, said a trade official. The new phase will allow Pakistani manufacturers and traders to export around 313 new products to…

No safe spaces for women in Pakistan

THAT crime lurks in the streets and corners of Karachi is not news for anyone. Precariousness and predation are the mainstay in this southern corner of the land of the pure; if you have something you are hunted and if you have nothing, you…