Pakistan

Eight killed as bomb targets restaurant in Pakistan’s Lahore

A bomb ripped through a high-end restaurant in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said, marking another attack amid a surge in violence by Islamist militants that has ended months of fragile calm.

Pakistani TV channel in hot water for airing film about lesbians

Pakistan's state media watchdog has warned a private TV channel for airing a film on the relationship between two lesbians, saying it was against the "social, ethical and societal norms of the country."

Afghanistan demands Pakistan hand over militants, shut training camps

The Afghan government has demanded that Pakistan hand over terrorists operating on its soil and close tens of terrorist training camps, the Foreign Ministry in Kabul said Monday.

Pakistan launches crackdown on militants after deadly shrine bombing

Pakistani security forces killed and arrested dozens of suspected militants on Friday during a nationwide sting prompted by the deaths of more than 100 people this week in a fresh blast of violence that ended a period of fragile calm.

Reports: Pakistani duo to be hanged in Singapore for murder

Two Pakistani men were sentenced to death by a Singapore court Friday for murdering and dismembering a fellow compatriot and disposing the body parts in a Muslim cemetery near the city's popular Mustafa Centre shopping mall, local media reported.

Pakistan vows revenge against Taliban after deadliest week in months

Pakistan's political and military leaders Friday said they would go to any length to crush Islamic extremists after more than 100 people were killed in a latest wave of violence this week ending a period of fragile calm.

70 killed, 250 wounded as IS bomber targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan

A bomb ripped through the most revered shrine of Sufi Islam in Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 50 devotees and wounding several dozen others, officials said.

Taliban suicide bomber kill 10, wounds dozens in Pakistan's Lahore

At least seven people, including police officers, die when a bomb explodes at a rally in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.

Pakistani court bans Valentine’s Day celebrations in public

A Pakistani court on Monday issued a ruling against observing Valentine’s Day in public places across the country.

Report slams Pakistan for pressuring Afghan refugees to head home

Police abuse, combined with deportation threats, compelled more than 600,000 Afghan refugees to leave Pakistan and return home last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday.  

Anger in Pakistan's Senate after US delays visa to Islamic party MP

Pakistan’s Senate has banned US diplomats or members of Congress from making official visits to the body until a spat over a visa for a senior member of parliament from an Islamic party has been resolved.

Strong earthquake jolts Pakistan's coastal region

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of south-western Pakistan early Wednesday, officials said, forcing thousands of people out of their homes before dawn.

Afghan diplomat killed by security guard in Pakistan

An Afghan diplomat was killed inside an Afghan consulate in Pakistan by a security guard, police said on Monday.

Pakistanis mark Kashmir Day with protests, one minute of silence

One minute of silence was observed across Pakistan to mark the annual remembrance of Kashmir Day on Sunday in a show solidarity with people of the disputed territory.

UN launches mobile messaging system for Afghan refugees in Pakistan

The United Nations launched a mobile messaging service for young Afghan refugees in Pakistan, enabling them to make visible their needs and issues in the areas of health, education and protection, water sanitation, social welfare and others, the world body said in a press release on Friday.

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a test launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads up to 2,200 kilometres, the military said.

At least 21 killed, dozens wounded in Pakistan bomb blast

A bomb blast in north-western Pakistan killed at least 21 people on Saturday and wounded dozens others, local officials said.

Pakistan violence halved due to operations in tribal areas, Karachi

Violence by Islamist militants decreased significantly in Pakistan in 2016 due to both military and paramilitary operations, according to a nationwide survey released Wednesday.

Killings, kidnappings, terrorism decreased in Karachi, report says

Assassinations, kidnappings and terrorist attacks have significantly decreased in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi in 2016, said a report released by one of country’s most important paramilitary forces on Friday.

At least 39 die in Pakistan after drinking toxic alcohol

At least 39 people died after consuming toxic liquor in eastern Pakistan, health officials and police said on Tuesday, as over 150 people were rushed to clinics for treatment.  

Fake news prompts Pakistani minister's nuclear threat against Israel

A fake news article has prompted Pakistan's defence minister to warn Israel that Pakistan too has nuclear capabilities.

Pakistan releases 220 Indian fishermen on Christmas Day

Pakistan Sunday released 220 Indian fishermen arrested for entering the country's territorial waters, officials said.

Sharif: Pakistan wants to enhance relations with Bosnia

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who arrived in Sarajevo on Wednesday for a two-day official visit, said that Pakistan would work on strengthening bilateral relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and that economic cooperation should be intensified along with the continuation of good political relations.

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to a target up to 700 kilometers away, officials said Wednesday.

Pakistani carrier grounds small plane fleet in wake of fatal crash

Pakistan's national carrier on Monday grounded its entire fleet of ATR planes, in the wake of a fatal crash last week that killed all 48 people on board, officials said.

No survivors after plane with 48 on board crashes in Pakistan

A commercial aircraft carrying about 40 passengers and crew members went missing in northern Pakistan on Wednesday after it took off from a tourist resort near the Afghan border, headed for Islamabad, officials said.

Ghani urges Pakistan to keep aid and focus instead on own terrorists

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday that the 500 million dollars Pakistan has pledged in aid to Afghanistan would be better spent on stopping terrorism cells on its own soil.

Slovenian police catch 30 illegal migrants

Slovenian police caught 30 illegal migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, including six minors and a child, near the coastal town of Koper on Thursday night, the town's Primorske Novice newspaper said on Friday citing the local police.

Italy repatriates two suspected Islamists, to Kosovo and Pakistan

Two people suspected of having links with Islamic terrorism, one from Kosovo and another from Pakistan, have been forcibly repatriated from Italy for national security reasons, the Italian Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

Fragile Pakistan democracy faces key "military appointment" challenge

Appointing an army chief would be business as usual anywhere in the world but not in Pakistan, a country ruled by powerful generals for nearly half of its existence. A miscalculation can cost civilian rulers their rule and, in extreme cases, even their lives.

Modi: India's water will not be allowed to flow into Pakistan

India will exercise full control over its share of river waters that flow into Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday amid a row over a key water treaty between the hostile neighbours.

Pakistan says 12 killed by Indian shelling, gunfire in Kashmir

Pakistani officials said Indian troops fired at a passenger bus on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir region on Wednesday, killing nine civilians, amid rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Erdogan calls for Muslim unity to fend off West-backed foes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused the West of aiding his foes to spread chaos in the Islamic world and urged unity among Muslim states to fend off their enemies.

Pakistan lauds "resilient" democracy under "charismatic" Erdogan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday his country stood beside "charismatic" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his fight to lead Turkey towards economic prosperity and political stability.

Pakistan expels Turkish teachers as Erdogan arrives

The Pakistani government said it would expel over 100 teachers from schools allegedly run by a rebel Turkish cleric as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Pakistani police arrest five for flogging transgender person

Police in eastern Pakistan on Monday arrested five members of a criminal gang after a video of their ringleader flogging a transgender person went viral on social media, officials said.

Pakistan warns India against escalation after soldiers killed

Islamabad on Monday warned New Delhi against escalating border tensions after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian shelling in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Pakistan's Gwadar port begins activity under Chinese trade deal

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waved off the first merchant vessel from Gwadar port on Sunday under the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Islamic State claims Pakistan shrine attack that killed at least 52

Islamic state claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack on a shrine in Pakistan’s south-western province of Balochistan the day before as the death toll rose to 52.

At least 43 killed by explosion at Pakistan shrine

At least 10 people died and scores were injured on Saturday when a bomb exploded at a shrine in southern Pakistan, local media said.

Indian soldier killed in Pakistan border firing in Kashmir

An Indian soldier was killed and two civilians injured Sunday as Pakistani troops fired mortar shells across the de facto border known as the Line of Control in Kashmir, an Indian Army spokesman said.

At least 10 killed in Pakistani oil tanker fire

At least 10 people were killed and nearly 50 others injured when an oil tanker docked in southern Pakistan caught fire after an explosion, officials said on Tuesday.

Seven Indian civilians killed in Pakistan firing on border

Seven Indian civilians including two children were killed in firing by Pakistani troops on Tuesday amid tensions between the neighbouring states, Indian officials said.

Pakistani court stays execution of man suffering from schizophrenia

Pakistan's top court on Monday decided to stay the execution of a man suffering from schizophrenia scheduled for Wednesday, the man's counsel, Syed Iqbal Ali Shah Gilani, told dpa.

India says three dead after Pakistani forces open fire in Kashmir

An Indian soldier and two civilians were killed when Pakistani border forces opened fire in Kashmir, Indian officials said Friday, as clashes along the frontier intensified.

At least 60 killed in attack on Pakistan police training college

Dozens of people have been killed in an attack on a police training college outside Quetta in north-western Pakistan, a local police official confirmed Tuesday.

3 civilians, trooper killed in India-Pakistan border clashes

Three civilians and a trooper were killed while several were injured in cross-border firing between the forces of India and Pakistan, officials said Monday.

Taliban members visit Pakistan to discuss possible Afghan peace talks

A three-member delegation of the Qatar-based Taliban this week travelled to Pakistan to discuss the resumption of peace talks with the Afghan government, a senior Pakistani intelligence official confirmed.

Pakistan top court rules schizophrenics can be executed

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled that schizophrenia is not categorized as a mental illness, meaning the appeal of a death row prisoner suffering from the disorder is effectively denied, reported local media Friday.

Pakistan bans Indian media content amid Kashmir tensions

A blanket ban on Indian content in Pakistani media came into effect Friday, a Pakistani regulator said, as tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours about the disputed region of Kashmir showed no signs of abating.

Uber launches 50-cent rickshaw rides in Pakistan

Global taxi-hailing giant Uber has begun offering rides for the equivalent of as little 50 US cents in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore with its new rickshaw service.

Pakistan approves strict punishments for "honour" killing, rape

The Pakistan parliament on Thursday approved a new law to curb the killing of women by relatives on the pretext of saving saving family honour, a practice on the rise recently. 

Pakistan reaffirms support for Kashmiri separatists amid violence

Pakistani leaders on Monday vowed support for Kashmiri separatists as militants killed an Indian soldier in the second attack in a fortnight on an army camp in the Himalayan valley.

Border guard killed as militants attack army base in Indian Kashmir

Militants attacked an army camp in India-administered Kashmir on Sunday night killing one border guard, according to local police.

South Asian summit called off amid India-Pakistan tensions

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which Nepal currently chairs, had been scheduled for November 9 and 10 in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

India, Pakistan exchange small arms fire, rhetoric over Kashmir

Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan on Saturday exchanged fire across a border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, violating a ceasefire.

Calm at border as India, Pakistan reel from deadly Kashmir clashes

Political tensions were high but guns remained silent at the border between India and Pakistan on Friday, as the nuclear-armed neighbours reeled from deadly clashes in the disputed region of Kashmir that took place a day earlier.

India confirms Kashmir operation amid high alert on Pakistan border

Several teams from the Indian Army's special forces entered Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in a four-hour operation overnight, an Indian official says.

India to boycott South Asia summit in Pakistan as tensions mount

India on Tuesday decided to pull out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad amid tensions with its neighbour following a deadly attack on its army base.

Pakistan to hang mentally ill man for murder

Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal to stop the hanging of a death row prisoner diagnosed with a mental illness, officials said Tuesday.

Rights group: Pakistan police involved in extrajudicial executions

Police in Pakistan are involved in extrajudicial executions through fake encounters, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, which recommends punitive action for officers engaged in such practices.

Pakistan launches polio vaccination drive amid tight security

Pakistan on Monday launched a three-day national anti-polio campaign to vaccinate around 37 million children aged five or below to stamp out the crippling disease by the end of this year, officials said.

Pakistan exporting terrorism, says India's Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed a finger at Pakistan Saturday following a deadly army base attack, saying it was exporting terrorism to the world.

Indian and Pakistani troops exchange fire in Kashmir

Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged fire on Tuesday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian officials said, two days after a militant attack killed 18 soldiers in the area.

India vows to teach Pakistan "lesson" over Kashmir militant attack

India and Pakistan were embroiled in a war of words on Monday as ministers in New Delhi vowed to teach the country's neighbour "a lesson" following a weekend attack on a military base which they say Islamabad is behind.

India blames Pakistan for Kashmir attack that killed 17 soldiers

Indian leaders blamed Pakistan-based militant groups for an attack on a military base in Indian-administered Kashmir that left 17 soldiers dead and more than 20 injured on Sunday.

Taliban suicide bombing kills 23 at mosque in north-west Pakistan

A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up among worshippers at a mosque in north-western Pakistan on Friday, killing 23 people and wounding scores others, officials said.

Taliban attack on Pakistan courthouse leaves more than a dozen dead

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 13 people at a courthouse in north-western Pakistan on Friday, in the second attack targeting the country's legal community in less than a month.

Over a dozen killed in attacks on Pakistani Christians, court

A suicide bomber has blown himself up outside a court in north-western Pakistan, killing eight people and wounding around 30 others, police and rescue officials say.

Pakistan arrests at least 20 Islamic State leaders

Pakistan's long-running campaign against militants in its tribal regions has led to the arrest of at least 20 senior Islamic State members and hundreds of others, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for Islamic party leader

Bangladesh’s highest court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by an Islamic party's leader against the death sentence he had been handed for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of liberation from Pakistan, officials said

Curfew lifted from Indian Kashmir after over 50 days

Authorities lifted a curfew from most parts of Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than 50 days since protests began after the killing of a militant leader.

Tension over flag burning causes closure of Pakistan-Afghan border

A row over the burning of Pakistani flag by an Afghan mob has resulted in the closure of a border crossing between the two countries for the fifth day, halting supplies to NATO forces, officials said on Monday.

Modi's Independence Day speech focuses on Kashmir, Balochistan

Tensions between India and Pakistan rose Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched on Pakistan's Balochistan province in his Independence Day speech, one day after Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain talked about India-administered Kashmir.

10 injured in rebel attacks in Indian Kashmir

Nine paramilitary troopers and one policeman were injured Monday when militants opened fire on them in the old quarter of Srinagar, capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police sources said.

Afghan officials confirm death of Islamic State leader

Afghan officials on Saturday confirmed that Hafiz Sayed Khan, the leader of the Islamic State movement's Afghanistan branch, was killed in a US airstrike. 

Crew from crash-landed Pakistani chopper recovered from Afghanistan

The missing six crew members of a Pakistani helicopter that crash-landed in Afghanistan last week were recovered and returned to Islamabad on Saturday, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry announced.

Pentagon: Islamic State leader in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

The leader of the Islamic State movement's Afghanistan branch was killed last month in a US airstrike, the Pentagon said Friday.

Pakistan mourns bombing victims; Islamic State claims responsibility

Pakistan began mourning on Tuesday for the 71 victims of a suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta, as the Islamic State militant group said overnight it was behind the deadliest attack against the country since March.

Suicide bombing in Pakistan hospital kills 70, leaves 200 wounded

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and left 200 wounded in an attack Monday at a hospital in south-western Pakistan.

Islamic State claims deadly attack on Pakistan lawyers

The Islamic State militant group claims responsibility for an attack on Pakistani lawyers in Quetta that killed 66 people.

Italy arrests four people for smuggling migrants along Balkans route

Four Pakistani men who smuggled into Italy migrants seeking to enter Europe via the Balkans route have been arrested, Italy's Carabinieri police said Saturday.

China forms regional anti-militancy alliance

Three Muslim-majority south and central Asian countries have joined a Chinese-led military alliance to counter Islamist militancy, officials said Thursday, in a move that could challenge long-standing US dominance in the region.

Chopper crew in Afghanistan taken hostage after crash landing

A Pakistani government helicopter was set on fire and its seven-member crew taken hostage after it crash landed in the Afghan province of Logar on Thursday, officials in both countries report.

Turkey, Pakistan discuss fate of Gulen organizations

Turkey and Pakistan Tuesday were in talks over the future of educational and cultural organizations linked to dissident preacher Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara has accused of involvement in last month's botched coup.

Honour killing suspected in British woman mystery death in Pakistan

Police in central Pakistan are investigating whether a British woman who recently died under mysterious circumstances at her parents’ home was killed by relatives for marrying the man of her choice, officials said on Thursday.

Pakistan to open security gate at Afghan border after deadly clashes

Pakistan will open a security gate at the main border crossing with Afghanistan next week, officials said Thursday, in a move that could spark tension between the neighbours.

Former Afghan spy chief says he has proof Pakistan helps terrorists

Pakistan was accused of habouring and aiding Taliban militants in a social media post by the former head of Afghan intelligence late Thursday.

UN calls for "maximum restraint" in Kashmir as death toll hits 32

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday called for an end violence in India-administered Kashmir where 32 people have died in four days of protests.

Pakistani Christian faces blasphemy charge over "derogatory" poem

Pakistan police on Tuesday were searching for a Christian man who faces a blasphemy charge for allegedly sending a sacrilegious poem via mobile phone to a Muslim friend.

Death toll reaches 23 in Kashmir unrest over killing of rebel

The death toll rose to 23 in India-administered Kashmir on Monday following protests and clashes in the Himalayan region over the killing of a militant leader.

Archeologists discover ancient Indo-Greek city in Pakistan

Archeologists have discovered the ruins of a city in north-western Pakistan linked to Greek warrior Alexander the Great whose army passed through the Himalayan valleys more than 2,000 years ago, officials said on Monday.

New Taliban leader is hardline cleric with no battlefield experience

Taliban new leader Haibatullah Akhundzada is a veteran of the movement, but has very little battlefield experience like his two predecessors.

Afghan Taliban in a marathon huddle to choose new leader

Succession has always been an explosive issue for the militant groups operating on either side of volatile Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Now the factions are meeting to pick a new top leader since the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor this week by a US airstrike.

Little headway as Afghan peace effort seeks way to involve Taliban

Tangible plans for easing Afghanistan's conflict remained elusive Wednesday as a group of four nations meeting on the issue ended their session with only a promise to keep at it.

CIA "live tweets" raid that killed Osama bin Laden five years later

The Central Intelligence Agency's unusual decision to "live tweet" the 2011 raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed "as if it were happening today," was mocked and criticized on Twitter.

Bin Laden's death five years ago was turning point in war on terror

Osama bin Laden was public enemy number one in the United States for 10 years and worldwide he was the bearded face of international terrorism. Five years ago on Sunday, the trap snapped shut on the al-Qaeda leader when US troops shot him dead.

Poisoned sweets kill 26 in Pakistan after suspected pesticide mix-up

A confectioner in Pakistan was thought to have mixed pesticide by mistake into a batch of sweets, leaving 26 people dead and dozens more critically ill, police said Tuesday.

One dead, dozen injured in suicide bombing at Pakistan tax office

At least one person was killed and 12 injured in a suicide bombing in north-western Pakistan on Tuesday, a day after the army said a large-scale operation in the lawless tribal region had been successfully concluded.

Pakistan on track to achieve polio-free status by end of 2019

Pakistan launched on Monday the first part of an anti-polio campaign to vaccinate more than 22 million children under age 5, with the aim to achieve polio-free status by the end of 2019.