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Pakistan
  Last Updated: May 19, 2007 - 1:28:39 PM

Pakistan
31 killed as windstorm, heavy rains lash Pakistan
Islamabad, May 19 - The death toll has risen to 31 in incidents caused by heavy storms and rain that hit the central and northern parts of Pakistan overnight, Pakistani media reported Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 7:06:19 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan court raises level of probe into official's murder
Islamabad, May 19 - Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed that a senior Lahore High Court judge conduct an inquiry into court official Syed Hammad Raza's killing, cancelling a probe ordered at the level of an Islamabad District and Sessions judge.
May 19, 2007 - 4:48:08 PM

Pakistan
Religious students take four policemen hostage in Islamabad
Islamabad, May 19 - Followers of a radical cleric in the Pakistani capital have kidnapped four policemen and demanded the release of eleven fellow students from custody, a senior police official said Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 2:42:00 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan tourism minister Bakhtiar reportedly resigns
Islamabad, May 19 - Pakistan's Tourism Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar, who angered the Islamic clergy for hugging her male coach during a paragliding show in France, was Saturday rumoured to have resigned.
May 19, 2007 - 1:26:04 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan's 'most wanted' Saud Memon dies
Islamabad/Karachi, May 19 - Saud Memon, who figured high on Pakistan's 'most wanted' list as Al Qaeda's key financier, has died in a Karachi hospital.
May 19, 2007 - 12:32:37 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan Bishop slams Taliban threats to Christians
Lahore, May 19 - Bishop of Lahore Alexander John Malik, who is also moderator of the Church of Pakistan, has condemned letters by a Taliban faction threatening Christians in the North West Frontier Province -.
May 19, 2007 - 10:51:50 AM

Pakistan
India, Pakistan discuss Sir Creek, maritime boundary
Islamabad, May 18 - India and Pakistan have inched one step closer to an 'amicable' resolution of their dispute over the Sir Creek marshland in the Rann of Kutch by exchanging maps marking their respective positions and discussing the delimitation of the maritime boundary on the basis of a joint survey.
May 18, 2007 - 6:36:02 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf admits Al Qaeda presence in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 18 - Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf Friday admitted that Al Qaeda is present in the country but said that any major military operation against its elements may cause casualties to civilian population.
May 18, 2007 - 3:33:04 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf losing grip on power: study
Washington/Lahore, May 18 - Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is 'losing hold on power', and may yield the army chief's post to vice chief, Lt. Gen. Ahsan Salim Hayat, says a US-based study on Pakistan.
May 18, 2007 - 12:20:48 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan, India hold talks on Sir Creek
Islamabad, May 17 - Officials from Pakistan and India Thursday began two-day talks to help resolve the long-standing dispute over the Sir Creek marshland that separates the countries at the Arabian Sea.
May 17, 2007 - 9:51:38 PM

Pakistan
Film calls Mukhtaran Mai 'Pakistan's Rosa Parks'
New York/Islamabad, May 17 - Pakistan's gang rape victim Mukhtaran Mai has been called her country's 'Rosa Parks' in a just-released documentary film, comparing her to the American civil rights leader.
May 17, 2007 - 5:54:24 PM

Pakistan
OIC supports Kashmiris' right to self-determination
Islamabad, May 17 - The Organisation of Islamic Conference - has stuck to its old stand by expressing full support for the Kashmiri people's right to self-determination even as it appreciated the India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.
May 17, 2007 - 4:29:30 PM

Pakistan
China asks Pakistan to hand over 20 hiding insurgents
Islamabad, May 17 - The Chinese government has asked Pakistan to hand over more than 20 anti-China insurgents hiding in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, foreign ministry sources said.
May 17, 2007 - 3:38:32 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf willing to face re-election before October 15
Islamabad, May 17 - Pakistan's current parliament will re-elect President Pervez Musharraf for another five-year term between September 15 and October 15, the military leader said in an interview reported by national media Thursday.
May 17, 2007 - 3:37:36 PM

Pakistan
Britain asks Musharraf to shed uniform; Pakistan disapproves
Islamabad, May 17 - Britain has said President Pervez Musharraf should separate the presidency from the army chief's post and hold free and fair elections by the end of this year.
May 17, 2007 - 3:36:45 PM

Pakistan
Iraq rejects Musharraf's Muslim peacekeepers proposal
Islamabad, May 17 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari has rejected a Pakistani proposal for a Muslim peacekeeping force to be sent to Iraq, saying 'my government's position is not for welcoming any more troops.'
May 17, 2007 - 2:44:53 PM

Pakistan
Ruling party criticizes Musharraf over judge's suspension
Islamabad, May 16 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was under pressure from within his government and the ruling party to end the case against suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, a minister said Wednesday.
May 16, 2007 - 8:34:38 PM

Pakistan
Five killed in northwest Pakistan violence: report
Islamabad, May 16 - At least five people were killed and 18 others, including six security men, were injured in incidents of firing after a blast in a northwestern Pakistan town Wednesday, a TV channel reported.
May 16, 2007 - 4:53:44 PM

Pakistan
4 killed as Afghan refugees clash with Pakistani forces
Islamabad, May 16 - Four people were killed and five injured Wednesday as Afghan refugees exchanged fire with security forces who were trying to close their camp in south-western Pakistan, local media reported.
May 16, 2007 - 4:18:12 PM

Pakistan
Violence erupts in northwest Pakistani town
Islamabad, May 16 - Two people were killed or injured in incidents of firing after a blast in a northwestern Pakistan town Wednesday.
May 16, 2007 - 3:42:12 PM

Pakistan
Give up 'some ego' to achieve peace: Musharraf
Islamabad, May 16 - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has said that leaders of both India and Pakistan needed to 'step back and give up some ego' to achieve any lasting solution to problems confronting South Asia.
May 16, 2007 - 2:26:05 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf proposes Muslim peacekeeping force for Iraq
Islamabad, May 16 - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has mooted a Muslim peacekeeping force for Iraq under the United Nations umbrella, but said the stakeholders must approve of the idea.
May 16, 2007 - 2:25:25 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan Supreme Court to monitor probe into official's killing
Islamabad, May 16 - Pakistan's acting Chief Justice Justice Rana Bhagwandas has appointed two senior Supreme Court judges to monitor the police investigation into the killing of the court's official Hammad Raza that is suspected to be a political murder.
May 16, 2007 - 11:53:41 AM

Pakistan
Pakistan opposition to continue movement against Musharraf
Islamabad, May 16 - Pakistan's opposition leaders staged a sit-in at the National Assembly vowing to continue the movement to oust President Pervez Musharraf to 'save the judiciary, end dictatorship, restore the constitution and bring real democracy to the country.'
May 16, 2007 - 11:36:45 AM

Pakistan
25 killed in Pakistan hotel bombing
Islamabad, May 15 - A suicide bomber killed 25 people and injured around 30 Tuesday at a hotel in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar in a possible reprisal for the recent elimination of Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah, news reports said.
May 15, 2007 - 10:31:55 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani PM orders inquiry into killing of court official
Islamabad, May 15 - Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the murder of a senior official of the Supreme Court and a witness in the case against suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
May 15, 2007 - 10:04:26 PM

Pakistan
24 killed in suicide bombing in Peshawar hotel
Islamabad, May 15 - At least 24 people were killed and more than two dozen injured Tuesday in a suicide bombing at an Afghan-owned hotel in Pakistan's north-western city of Peshawar, news reports said.
May 15, 2007 - 6:23:26 PM

Pakistan
OIC must reform for survival: Musharraf
Islamabad, May 15 - The Organization of the Islamic Conference - must revamp itself to prevent the 'downward slide' of the Islamic world, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told foreign ministers of the 57-member grouping in Islamabad Tuesday.
May 15, 2007 - 4:46:33 PM

Pakistan
Opposition challenges Musharraf's tenure as army chief
Islamabad, May 15 - In a pincer move before the Supreme Court, Pakistan's opposition parties have challenged President Pervez Musharraf's tenure as the army chief, while seeking an inquiry into the 48 deaths in Karachi over the weekend.
May 15, 2007 - 4:35:44 PM

Pakistan
Karachi limping back to normal
Karachi, May 15 - Pakistan's principal port city Karachi was limping back to normal Tuesday after three days of violence that killed 48 people, injured over 150 and witnessed huge loss of public property.
May 15, 2007 - 4:34:13 PM

Pakistan
24 killed in Pakistan hotel bomb explosion
Islamabad, May 15 - At least 24 people, including a child and two women, were killed and more than two dozen injured when a bomb exploded Tuesday in an Afghan-owned hotel in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, news reports said.
May 15, 2007 - 3:32:44 PM

Pakistan
Slain Pakistani court official was to depose for suspended judge
Islamabad, May 15 - The slain Pakistan Supreme Court official could have been a key witness in President Pervez Musharraf's references against suspended judge Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, pointing to a political murder, media reports said Tuesday.
May 15, 2007 - 2:06:06 PM

Pakistan
Court resumes hearing suspended judge's petitions in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 15 - Pakistan Supreme Court's re-constituted full court, comprising 13 judges, Tuesday resumed hearing on 23 constitutional petitions, filed by suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.
May 15, 2007 - 12:39:28 PM

Pakistan
Imran Khan blames Tony Blair for Karachi violence
Lahore, May 15 - Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has blamed Britain for the recent killings in Karachi by giving 'protection' to exiled Muttahida Quami Movement - chief Altaf Hussain.
May 15, 2007 - 12:08:13 PM

Pakistan
Strike over Karachi violence cripples Pakistani cities
Islamabad, May 14 - Pakistan's commercial centre Karachi and other major cities were paralysed Monday by opposition strikes in protest against political violence that claimed 41 lives at the weekend.
May 14, 2007 - 11:30:55 PM

Pakistan
OIC meet in Pakistan to discuss 'Islamophobia'
Islamabad, May 14 - Foreign ministers of the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference - will meet in the Pakistani capital Tuesday for a three-day conference covering a range of international issues including strained relations with the Western world.
May 14, 2007 - 8:52:37 PM

Pakistan
Panel hearing case of suspended Pakistani judge dissolved
Islamabad, May 14 - Pakistan's judicial crisis deepened Monday as a 14-member panel of judges that was due to hear petitions related to the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was dissolved before it started proceedings.
May 14, 2007 - 3:21:48 PM

Pakistan
Akram advises Inzamam to quit Test cricket also
Lahore, May 14 - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq should consider retiring from Test cricket, says legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram.
May 14, 2007 - 12:34:03 PM

Pakistan
40 dead in Karachi as government, opposition flex muscles
Karachi/Islamabad, May 14 - Death roll in continuing political violence in Karachi mounted to 40 as the government and the opposition parties flexed muscles, raising apprehensions of ethnic violence this port town of Pakistan is known for.
May 14, 2007 - 10:39:21 AM

Pakistan
Karachi death toll rises to 37
Karachi, May 13 - A day after the worst political violence here in recent years over the country's controversial top judge, the death toll rose to 37 after hospitals received more bodies, as Pakistan's principal port city wore a deserted look amid fresh clashes.
May 13, 2007 - 7:54:03 PM

Pakistan
Troops deployed in Karachi as violence continues
Islamabad, May 13 - Pakistani troops were Sunday patrolling the streets of Karachi amid further clashes after major political violence that claimed up to 36 lives and injured more than 100 people, news reports said.
May 13, 2007 - 6:13:09 PM

Pakistan
Pak media blames government, MQM for Karachi violence
Islamabad, May 13 - Sections of Pakistani media on Sunday blamed President Pervez Musharraf for handling of the crisis over suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, but also criticised the Muttahida Quami Movement - for giving it a violent turn in Karachi.
May 13, 2007 - 5:24:48 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan crisis could block Musharraf's bid for another term: study
Washington/Islamabad, May 13 - The worsening crisis in Pakistan over the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry could block President Pervez Musharraf's bid to seek a second term, a study by a Washington-based think tank has said.
May 13, 2007 - 12:38:17 PM

Pakistan
Karachi clash toll mounts to 30
Islamabad, May 12 - At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured Saturday in clashes in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi where suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was to address a rally of his supporters, news reports said.
May 12, 2007 - 11:24:39 PM

Pakistan
25 killed Karachi clashes
Islamabad, May 12 - At least 25 people were killed and around 80 injured Saturday as political groups clashed in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi before a planned appearance by suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, hospital officials said.
May 12, 2007 - 10:02:56 PM

Pakistan
President, PM regret violence in Karachi
Islamabad, May 12 - President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Saturday have expressed their deep grief and sorrow over the loss of 18 lives in violence in Karachi Saturday.
May 12, 2007 - 8:30:36 PM

Pakistan
TV office attacked in Pakistan: report
Islamabad, May 12 - Gunmen fired shots at the office of private Aaj TV channel in the Pakistani port city of Karachi Saturday, its News Director Talat Hussain said.
May 12, 2007 - 6:45:31 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf rules out emergency in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 12 - Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf said Saturday there was no need to impose emergency in the country and urged the nation to stand united and peaceful.
May 12, 2007 - 5:10:16 PM

Pakistan
Bowlers also responsible for World Cup debacle: Yousuf
Lahore, May 12 - Pakistan batsman Mohammed Yousuf said that it was not only the batsmen but bowlers also, who were equally responsible for the team's first-round exit from the World Cup, it was reported by the Pakistan media here Saturday.
May 12, 2007 - 4:19:29 PM

Pakistan
Up to 18 killed in clashes in Karachi
Islamabad, May 12 - As many as 18 people were reported killed and scores injured Saturday in running battles between rival groups in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi where the country's suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was due to address supporters.
May 12, 2007 - 3:45:47 PM

Pakistan
Two killed ahead of rallies in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 12 - Gunmen shot dead two opposition party workers in Karachi early Saturday, adding fears that rival rallies by the suspended chief justice and President Pervez Musharraf could descend into violence.
May 12, 2007 - 12:54:01 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani cleric warns service providers for dating on mobile
Islamabad, May 11 - A radical Muslim cleric in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Friday warned mobile phone companies to end their dating services or 'face the consequences.'
May 11, 2007 - 10:54:14 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani poet issued summons for using 'derogatory words'
Islamabad, May 11 - Pakistan's Supreme Court has served summons on Urdu poet and singer Abrarul Haq for using the name 'Parveen' in his song that forced a girl with the same name to drop out of college as she complained that the poet had used 'derogatory words in the song'.
May 11, 2007 - 8:08:36 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani poet issued summons for using 'derogatory words'
Islamabad, May 11 - The Supreme Court has issued summons to Urdu poet and singer Abrarul Haq for using the name 'Parveen' in his song that forced a girl with the same name to drop out of college as she complained that the poet had used 'derogatory words in the song'.
May 11, 2007 - 5:34:14 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani judge to visit Karachi amid warnings of violence
Islamabad, May 11 - Pakistan's suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will visit the southern city of Karachi this weekend despite government warnings of clashes between his supporters and those of President Pervez Musharraf, his lawyer said Friday.
May 11, 2007 - 5:07:57 PM

Pakistan
'115,762 Pakistanis deported from 34 countries in two years'
Islamabad, May 11 - Thirty-four countries deported 115,762 Pakistanis in the last two years for either entering illegally or being engaged in illegal activities in their territories, the Pakistani government has informed the National Assembly.
May 11, 2007 - 4:52:11 PM

Pakistan
CJ crisis: Lawyers firm on Karachi rally
Karachi, May 11 - Two leading lawyers' bodies have refused to call off a rally here Saturday in support of sacked Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, saying it was not a political event but part of their ongoing campaign to protect the judiciary's independence.
May 11, 2007 - 2:36:57 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan permits Indian cotton imports
Islamabad, May 11 - Pakistan has permitted the import of Indian cotton via the land route to meet a shortfall of three million bales the domestic textile industry faces.
May 11, 2007 - 2:31:47 PM

Pakistan
Woolmer received poisoned champagne from bowling coach: report
Islamabad/New Delhi, May 10 - A Pakistan-based TV channel claimed Thursday that two champagne bottles reportedly mixed with poison were given to murdered Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer by bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, but officials said this did not make him a suspect.
May 10, 2007 - 10:36:22 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan readying for new nuke missile deployment: report
Islamabad, May 10 - Pakistan is preparing for deployment of its next-generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile, says a report by an eminent group of US scientists.
May 10, 2007 - 5:54:29 PM

Pakistan
CJ crisis: Gag order on ministers, media
Islamabad, May 10 - The ballooning judicial crisis in Pakistan has prompted the government to bar ministers from speaking to journalists on the sacking of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, even as the media has been cautioned against maligning judges of the apex court.
May 10, 2007 - 4:25:43 PM

Pakistan
House of suspended Pakistan judge's counsel attacked
Islamabad, May 10 - Unidentified attackers fired a volley of shots at the house of a counsel for Pakistan's suspended top judge in the port city of Karachi early Thursday, but no one was injured, media reports said.
May 10, 2007 - 1:24:59 PM

Pakistan
Cricketer Imran Farhat reported for misbehaviour
Karachi, May 9 - Opening batsman Imran Farhat has been reported to the Pakistani cricket board for misbehaving with the selection committee over his omission from an Abu Dhabi-bound one-day squad, news reports said Wednesday.
May 9, 2007 - 5:29:10 PM

Pakistan
Faulty probes overturn Pakistani court convictions
Karachi, May 9 - Over 70 percent of convictions involving capital punishment handed down by Pakistani trial courts are set aside by superior courts, largely due to defective and inefficient investigation techniques by the police and flaws in the prosecution system, media reports said Wednesday.
May 9, 2007 - 5:04:16 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan, NATO to cement political ties
Islamabad, May 9 - Pakistan and the 26-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - will institutionalise a political dialogue and expand military cooperation to develop a relationship beyond the war on terror.
May 9, 2007 - 4:17:26 PM

Pakistan
Legal battle looms over Pakistan chief justice's removal
Islamabad, May 9 - Pakistan seems headed for a major legal battle as the Supreme Court next , including one filed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry challenging his sacking and President Pervez Musharraf's reference against him for alleged misconduct.
May 9, 2007 - 3:30:32 PM

Pakistan
No time frame for Afghan pullout: NATO
Islamabad, May 8 - North Atlantic Treaty Organization - Tuesday said no time frame can be given for pull out from Afghanistan.
May 8, 2007 - 7:52:50 PM

Pakistan
Bhutto triggering rift in Pakistani alliance
Karachi, May 8 - Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's back-channel diplomacy with the government has reportedly triggered a rift between the two principal elements of a key opposition alliance and it could only be a matter of time before they part.
May 8, 2007 - 4:27:04 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan to fully privatise Haj operations
Islamabad, May 8 - Pakistan is to fully privatise Haj operations if a pilot project currently underway succeeds, news reports said Tuesday.
May 8, 2007 - 4:11:52 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan indicates forward movement on Siachen
Islamabad, May 8 - In a possible change in stance, Pakistan has indicated it would be willing to verify troop positions on the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir as a precursor to resolving the over two-decade standoff on the world's highest and coldest battlefield.
May 8, 2007 - 2:33:07 PM

Pakistan
Emergency remarks didn't signal intent: Pakistan minister
Islamabad, May 8 - On the back foot over a threat to impose a state of emergency in the wake of a confrontation with the judiciary, the Pakistani government now says no declaration of intent was implied.
May 8, 2007 - 2:01:56 PM

Pakistan
NATO chief arrives in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 7 - NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer arrived in Pakistan Monday on a two-day visit largely aimed at tightening efforts in the fight against Taliban insurgents in neighbouring Afghanistan.
May 7, 2007 - 9:15:23 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani court halts hearings against chief justice
Islamabad, May 7 - In a new twist in Pakistan's two-month-old legal crisis, the Supreme Court Monday temporarily barred a panel of judges from hearing allegations of misconduct and abuse of office against suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
May 7, 2007 - 8:04:38 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani court bars panel from hearing judge charges
Islamabad, May 7 - The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday prevented a panel of five judges from hearing allegations of misconduct and abuse of office against suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
May 7, 2007 - 4:19:39 PM

Pakistan
Former Pakistani minister, parliamentarian in murder probe
Islamabad, May 7 - Pakistani police were investigating five people, including a former federal cabinet minister and a member of parliament, for involvement in the weekend killing of a rival, news reports said Monday.
May 7, 2007 - 4:14:55 PM

Pakistan
Shoaib may return for Afro-Asia Cup
Karachi, May 7 - Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar may get a chance to revive his career, when selectors sit down to pick the Asian squad for the Afro-Asian Cup in June, media reported Monday.
May 7, 2007 - 3:23:08 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani judge warns of 'destruction of dictatorships'
Islamabad, May 6 - Pakistan's suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry fuelled opposition to the military rule of President Pervez Musharraf Sunday, telling a crowd of thousands that dictatorships will inevitably be 'destroyed'.
May 6, 2007 - 5:56:36 PM

Pakistan
Home appliance purchases push Pakistan power crisis
Islamabad, May 6 - A surge in sales of electrical appliances like air conditioners has forced Pakistani authorities to introduce drastic power-saving measures across the country, media reported Sunday.
May 6, 2007 - 4:44:08 PM

Pakistan
NATO chief seeks to widen ties with Pakistan
Islamabad, May 6 - NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is due to arrive in Pakistan Monday on a two-day visit aimed at broadening relations with one of the military alliance's key allies in the war against terrorism.
May 6, 2007 - 4:29:06 PM

Pakistan
No evidence about Woolmer's murder: Pakistani investigators
Islamabad, May 6 - The Pakistani investigators, who had gone to Jamaica to assist a probe into the death of the cricket coach Bob Woolmer, have said that there is still no hard evidence suggesting the coach was murdered.
May 6, 2007 - 3:05:31 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani police rule out match fixing in Woolmer death probe
Islamabad, May 5 - Pakistani investigators Saturday submitted a report to the government on the death in March of cricket coach Bob Woolmer, concluding that there was no evidence that he was strangled as Jamaican police maintain, news reports said.
May 5, 2007 - 11:54:18 PM

Pakistan
Pakistanis give hero's welcome to suspended judge
Islamabad, May 5 - Pakistan's suspended chief justice received a tumultuous welcome from supporters in several towns Saturday as he drove in a convoy of hundreds of vehicles from Islamabad to Lahore where he was due to address a rally.
May 5, 2007 - 10:07:32 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani minister dropped from party post over a hug
Islamabad, May 5 - A liberal female minister was ousted from a key position in Pakistan's ruling party by rivals profiting from public outrage at photographs of her hugging a paragliding trainer in France, a press report said Saturday.
May 5, 2007 - 8:20:48 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani cleric threatens attacks against officials
Islamabad, May 5 - A radical Pakistani cleric has warned the government of retaliatory attacks on officials if a number of his students being held in custody are not released, local media reported Saturday.
May 5, 2007 - 3:24:46 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan, Afghanistan to form tribal council against insurgency
Kabul/Islamabad, May 4 - Pakistani and Afghan delegations agreed in Kabul Friday to form a Grand Jirga or tribal council, to help in resolving border disputes, curb terrorist infiltrations and improve strained bilateral relations, news reports said.
May 4, 2007 - 10:00:06 PM

Pakistan
Thousands arrested ahead of a rally in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 4 - The Pakistani opposition claimed Friday that several thousand activists were detained by the police on the eve of a major rally in the central city of Lahore in support of suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
May 4, 2007 - 9:26:22 PM

Pakistan
Explosions destroy 20 music shops in Pakistan
Islamabad, May 4 - Some 20 music video shops were blown up in three bomb explosions in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province - early Friday, the NNI news agency reported.
May 4, 2007 - 4:35:50 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan warns of attack on chief justice's rally
Islamabad, May 4 - Pakistan's interior ministry has requested the Supreme Court to stop suspended chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry from undertaking a rally by road to Lahore as there might be possible suicide attacks.
May 4, 2007 - 12:47:29 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan clears 500,000 tonnes wheat export to India
Karachi, May 4 - Pakistan has cleared the export of an additional 500,000 tonnes of wheat to India, utilizing its excess this year to try and make 'inroads into the lucrative Indian market'.
May 4, 2007 - 12:46:47 PM

Pakistan
Majority of Afghan refugees unwilling to return: report
Islamabad, May 3 - Most of the two million Afghan refugees registered in Pakistan have no intention of returning home, says a report the United Nations and the Pakistani government released Thursday.
May 3, 2007 - 8:25:26 PM

Pakistan
Roads blocked, activists detained in Islamabad ahead of rally
Islamabad, May 3 - Hundreds of Pakistani opposition members were detained Thursday and main roads leading to the capital blocked to impede a rally in support of suspended chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.
May 3, 2007 - 4:58:17 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani writers, rights activists join lawyers' protests
Islamabad, May 3 - Ahmad Faraz, a poet well-known in the world of Urdu poetry, Wednesday led a group of writers that joined lawyers and human rights activists in support of Pakistan's suspended top judge Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, shouting slogans against the government.
May 3, 2007 - 3:42:04 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani authority places ads for misplaced nuclear material
Islamabad, May 3 - Pakistan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority Thursday played down a series of advertisements it placed in national media asking citizens to inform authorities of any 'lost and missing' nuclear material.
May 3, 2007 - 2:13:22 PM

Pakistan
Islamabad asks NWFP to check 'Talibanisation'
Islamabad, May 3 - The Pakistan government has expressed concern over rising Talibanisation in the North West Frontier Province - and asked the provincial administration to take measures to counter it.
May 3, 2007 - 12:03:31 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani-Afghan peace commission to meet in Kabul
Islamabad/Kabul, May 2 - Delegations from Pakistan and Afghanistan will meet in Kabul Thursday for two days of talks aimed at stemming cross-border movement by Taliban and Al Qaeda militants.
May 2, 2007 - 10:54:09 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani judge hearing adjourned
Islamabad, May 2 - The case against Pakistan's suspended top judge was Wednesday adjourned at the sixth hearing amid tense scenes outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad.
May 2, 2007 - 8:03:00 PM

Pakistan
Mukhtaran Mai in New York for film fest
Islamabad/New York, May 2 - Pakistani gang rape victim Mukhtaran Mai, who is now an icon of women's struggle in the country, is currently in New York for the screening of a film based on her life at the Tribeca Film Festival that started Wednesday.
May 2, 2007 - 6:32:15 PM

Pakistan
Akhtar expects comeback in September
Karachi, May 2 - Having been left out of the upcoming one day series against Sri Lanka, Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar expects to return to the international cricket in September for the home series against South Africa.
May 2, 2007 - 3:41:45 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan braces for new revelations on nuclear proliferation
Islamabad, May 2 - Pakistani authorities prepared Wednesday to address potentially damaging new details contained in a report on the black market sale of sensitive technology by the former head of the country's nuclear programme, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.
May 2, 2007 - 2:51:03 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf's re-election plan a sham: rights body
Islamabad, May 2 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's plan to get re-elected by the current parliament and legislatures before the general elections will bypass the democratic process and be a sham, says a rights group.
May 2, 2007 - 1:47:48 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani judge hearing resumes under tight security
Islamabad, May 2 - Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council Wednesday resumed hearing abuse of office charges against suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry under tight security following the recent bombing aimed at the interior minister.
May 2, 2007 - 1:34:39 PM

Pakistan
Ayub Khan says Bhutto misled him into 1965 war
Islamabad, May 1 - Field marshal Ayub Khan, Pakistan's long-time president who ruled for much of the 1960s, has blamed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and generals around him for 'misleading' him into launching a military conflict with India in 1965.
May 1, 2007 - 4:25:11 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan to support possible Indian move against Speed
Karachi, May 1 - Pakistan will support India if the latter initiates a vote of no-confidence motion against top officials of the International Cricket Council -.
May 1, 2007 - 3:08:05 PM

Pakistan
Asif ready to make a comeback
Karachi, May 1 - Pakistan's dope-tainted pacer Mohammad Asif has said he is fit and ready to make a comeback to international cricket after missing the recent World Cup in the Caribbean due to injury and doping-related problems.
May 1, 2007 - 2:06:57 PM

Pakistan
Separate religion from politics, pleads Pakistan lawmaker
Islamabad, May 1 - A Parsi lawmaker in Pakistan pleaded that religion be kept away from politics, creating an uproar in the country's National Assembly and forcing the speaker to switch off his microphone.
May 1, 2007 - 1:16:26 PM

Pakistan
Minority students in Pakistan forced to study 'Islamiyat'
Karachi, May 1 - Non-Muslim students in government-run schools in Pakistan struggle with studying 'Islamiyat' as they are unfamiliar with reading and writing Arabic. But lack of alternatives and facilities means they don't have a choice and are forced to continue in these schools.
May 1, 2007 - 11:38:29 AM

Pakistan
Pakistan sets up body to promote nuclear non-proliferation
Islamabad, April 30 - Pakistan has set up a body in its foreign ministry to promote the objective of nuclear non-proliferation, foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said Monday.
Apr 30, 2007 - 7:09:54 PM

Pakistan
Terrorism will not halt Pakistani elections, minister says
Islamabad, April 30 - Terrorist attacks will not be allowed to derail elections due in Pakistan this year, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao vowed Monday, two days after he survived a bomb attack that killed 29 people at a political rally.
Apr 30, 2007 - 7:09:02 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan on high alert after suicide bombing plots
Islamabad, April 30 - Pakistani authorities have beefed up security around key officials and sites following a weekend assassination attempt on a cabinet member and reports that tribal militants have infiltrated cities to carry out bombings, local media said Monday.
Apr 30, 2007 - 2:01:15 PM

Pakistan
Attack on Pakistani minister fits pattern: investigators
Islamabad, April 29 - The suicide attack on Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao resembled a string of other bombings this year, investigators said Sunday as funeral ceremonies were held for some of the 28 people who died at a rally the previous evening.
Apr 29, 2007 - 8:12:09 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan determined to hunt terrorists until end: Musharraf
Islamabad, April 29 - Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said Sunday that the war against terrorism would continue and the terrorists would be hounded until end.
Apr 29, 2007 - 5:56:12 PM

Pakistan
Afghan border strike may hit oil supply to NATO troops
Islamabad, April 29 - Supplies of oil to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan may be disrupted after truckers angry at high taxes and extortion sealed a key route from Pakistan, a press report said Sunday.
Apr 29, 2007 - 4:51:33 PM

Pakistan
Funerals for victims of attack on Pakistani minister
Islamabad, April 29 - Funeral ceremonies were held in the Pakistani town of Charsadda Sunday for some of at least 28 people killed in the Saturday's suicide bomb attack on Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao.
Apr 29, 2007 - 2:52:21 PM

Pakistan
28 killed in Pakistan bombing, Minister Sherpao injured
Islamabad, April 28 - A suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and injured many including Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao at a rally in the North West Frontier Province, police said.
Apr 28, 2007 - 11:36:25 PM

Pakistan
12 killed in Pakistan bombing, minister critically injured
Islamabad, April 28 - Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao was believed to be critically injured in a bomb blast, possibly a suicide attack, at a rally in northwest Pakistan Saturday in which 12 people were killed and several injured.
Apr 28, 2007 - 9:44:28 PM

Pakistan
Inzamam to play county, domestic cricket for Test berth
Karachi, April 28 - In a bid to impress selectors to get a chance in the Test team, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is looking to play county cricket in England besides targeting the coming domestic season to prolong his career in the longer version of the game.
Apr 28, 2007 - 6:13:59 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan house to debate top judge's suspension
Islamabad, April 27 - Pakistan's National Assembly will debate the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, even though the issue is before the Supreme Court and considered sub-judice.
Apr 27, 2007 - 2:26:14 PM

Pakistan
Suspension of Pakistan chief justice is bizarre: ICJ
Islamabad, April 27 - The International Commission of Jurists - has demanded that the Supreme Court hearing of suspended Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry's case should be held 'in public, in line with UN principles of justice'.
Apr 27, 2007 - 1:08:08 PM

Pakistan
Angry lawyers remove Musharraf advisor's photograph
Karachi, April 27 - Irate lawyers protesting the suspension of the Pakistani chief justice have removed the photograph of Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, senior advisor to President Pervez Musharraf, from the committee room of the Sindh High Court Bar Association -.
Apr 27, 2007 - 12:47:41 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf-Karzai feud comes under spotlight in Turkey
Islamabad/Kabul, April 27 - Seven months after a frosty encounter in Washington, Presidents Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan and Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan will be under pressure to end their feuding and harmonize efforts in the war against terror when they meet Sunday in Ankara.
Apr 27, 2007 - 12:25:05 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani court allows 'terrorist' group to resume operations
Islamabad, April 26 - A Pakistani court Thursday permitted a banned non-governmental organisation, which is on the United States list of terrorist groups, to resume its countrywide operations, the private Aaj news channel said.
Apr 26, 2007 - 10:59:26 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan seeks peace through strength in South Asia: PM
Islamabad, April 26 - Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Thursday said the country seeks peace through strength in South Asia and will never compromise on its nuclear programme or its minimum deterrence needs.
Apr 26, 2007 - 10:58:21 PM

Pakistan
Benazir hints at 'deal' with Musharraf, may join government
Islamabad, April 26 - Within days of denying that she was concluding a 'deal' with President Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has hinted that it was on and that she might join the military-led government for the country's 'democratic, constitutional and development interests'.
Apr 26, 2007 - 5:16:48 PM

Pakistan
Selectors unlikely to retain Inzamam in test team
Karachi, April 26 - The selectors and the officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board - are unlikely to give a chance to former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to extend his test career when they host South Africa in September this year.
Apr 26, 2007 - 4:40:55 PM

Pakistan
'Pakistan players not summoned by Jamaican authorities'
Karachi, April 26 - The Pakistan Cricket Board - has again denied media reports that the Jamaican police asked for eight players and officials to appear before the coroner in Kingston, Jamaica in connection with the Bob Woolmer's murder probe.
Apr 26, 2007 - 4:10:44 PM

Pakistan
Kashmir resolution earlier than expected: Musharraf
Lahore, April 26 - Describing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a credible leader, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the world might see the Kashmir issue resolved 'earlier than expected'.
Apr 26, 2007 - 4:09:56 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan says no compromise on nuclear programme
Rawalpindi, April 26 - Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Thursday said that his government seeks peace through strength in South Asia and will never compromise on its nuclear programme or building a minimum nuclear deterrent.
Apr 26, 2007 - 4:09:18 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani clergy oppose Ahmadiya 'mini-headquarters'
Lahore, April 26 - The Muslim clergy in Pakistan has threatened action against fencing of a plot by the minority Ahmadiya community close to the Indian border, saying it is actually meant for a 'mini-headquarters'.
Apr 26, 2007 - 3:10:52 PM

Pakistan
ADB opens office in Muzaffarabad for quake relief work
Islamabad, April 25 - The Asian Development Bank - Wednesday opened a fully staffed office in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, to coordinate its assistance in rebuilding the quake-hit region.
Apr 25, 2007 - 10:30:03 PM

Pakistan
Yousuf supports Malik's appointment
Karachi, April 25 - Pakistan's Mohammed Yousuf, who was in line for the national cricket team's captaincy, has supported Shoaib Malik's appointment to the post.
Apr 25, 2007 - 3:26:01 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani media feels the heat of judge controversy
Islamabad, April 25 - As Pakistan weathers its seventh week of crisis over the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, state authorities are tightening the screws on local media during their tenacious coverage of the highly politicised case.
Apr 25, 2007 - 9:14:57 AM

Pakistan
Musharraf critics, supporters rally over judge's suspension
Islamabad, April 24 - Hundreds of opposition and government-loyal activists rallied for the first time in close proximity Tuesday in Islamabad over the suspension of Pakistan's top judge, while security forces acted as a firewall to prevent clashes between them.
Apr 24, 2007 - 7:53:18 PM

Pakistan
Wanted: Pakistan cricket coach
Lahore, April 24 - Do you have an England and Wales Cricket Board's - Level III qualified coaching certificate? Do you have a strong understanding of modern coaching techniques and good computer knowledge? If yes, you may be the candidate the Pakistan Cricket Board - is looking for the post of their national coach.
Apr 24, 2007 - 6:24:39 PM

Pakistan
People-to-people contact can resolve Pakistan-India issues: Shujaat
Islamabad, April 23 - People-to-people contact and visits of parliamentarians could pave the way for solution of basic problems between India and Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League - president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain told a delegation of Indian MPs here Monday.
Apr 23, 2007 - 6:40:50 PM

Pakistan
Six students of religious school killed in Pakistan
Islamabad, April 23 - Six people were killed Monday in north-western Pakistan as security forces opened fire on a group of religious fundamentalists in a bid to stop them from attacking the home of the chief of a rival group, local media reported.
Apr 23, 2007 - 6:24:58 PM

Pakistan
'Radical Islamabad mosque grooming suicide bombers'
Islamabad, April 23 - Islamic students associated with a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital Islamabad have been indoctrinated and trained to mount suicide attacks, a ruling coalition party claimed in a report released Monday.
Apr 23, 2007 - 5:52:42 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan's suspended judge will bypass judicial council
Islamabad, April 23 - Lawyers representing Pakistan's suspended chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will appear before the Supreme Court to argue his petition, preferring it to the Supreme Judicial Council - whose competence they have already challenged.
Apr 23, 2007 - 12:05:46 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf embarks on multi-nation visit
Islamabad, April 22 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Sunday left for Warsaw on the first leg of his four-nation visit to Poland, Spain, Bosnia Herzegovina and Turkey, the state-run Pakistan Television reported.
Apr 22, 2007 - 10:07:58 PM

Pakistan
Shock in Pakistan at video of boy beheading 'US spy'
Islamabad, April 22 - Media in Pakistan Sunday condemned a video in circulation that appears to show Taliban fighters urging on a boy of around 12 as he beheads a Pakistani militant accused of being a US spy.
Apr 22, 2007 - 6:16:16 PM

Pakistan
Amrita Pritam's 'Pinjar' staged in Lahore
Lahore, April 22 - A theatre adaptation of Amrita Pritam's acclaimed novel 'Pinjar' was staged by an Indian group here as part of the 'Panj-Pani Indo-Pak Festival' and won plaudits from the audience.
Apr 22, 2007 - 2:32:58 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan names new junior cricket selection panel
Lahore, April 21 - The Pakistan Cricket Board - Saturday appointed a new six-man paid junior national selection committee as part of an overhaul following the World Cup debacle.
Apr 21, 2007 - 5:43:34 PM

Pakistan
Akram to train Pakistani fast bowlers
Lahore, April 21 - Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has been entrusted by the Pakistan Cricket Board - to train upcoming fast bowlers in the country.
Apr 21, 2007 - 5:14:05 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani Taliban ready to shelter bin Laden
Islamabad, April 20 - A Pakistani Taliban leader, who recently joined government forces to crush foreign militants near the border with Afghanistan, said Friday he would shelter al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, if he requested help.
Apr 20, 2007 - 8:25:26 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan, India closing in on Kashmir settlement: Kasuri
Islamabad, April 20 - Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri has said that Pakistan and India are nearing agreement on the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which has strained bilateral relations for almost 60 years, a press report said Friday.
Apr 20, 2007 - 5:30:13 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani, Afghan troops clash over border fencing
Islamabad, April 20 - The Afghan government has said its border security force clashed with Pakistani troops following the fencing of the border by Pakistan, The News newspaper reported Friday.
Apr 20, 2007 - 3:45:24 PM

Pakistan
Shoaib Malik appointed new Pakistan captain
Lahore, April 19 - All-rounder Shoaib Malik was Thursday 'unanimously' chosen Pakistan captain, replacing Inzamam-ul-Haq, who quit the post after the recent World Cup debacle.
Apr 19, 2007 - 9:46:37 PM

Pakistan
India-Pakistan peace process on right track, China told
Islamabad, April 19 - Pakistan's peace process with India is on the right track, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has informed Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Apr 19, 2007 - 6:57:41 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan court accepts challenge to chief judge's suspension
Islamabad, April 19 - The six-week judicial crisis in Pakistan took a new turn Thursday as the Supreme Court accepted a petition challenging the right of a panel of top judges to hear allegations against suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
Apr 19, 2007 - 2:31:13 PM

Pakistan
Suspended Pakistan judge challenges presidential reference
Islamabad, April 19 - Pakistan's suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry has cited President Pervez Musharraf as a respondent before the Supreme Court while challenging the competence of the Supreme Judicial Council - to try him for misuse of office.
Apr 19, 2007 - 1:54:06 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan's trade with China to treble in five years
Islamabad, April 19 - Pakistan's trade with China is to treble in the next five years, from $5 billion to $15 billion, as part of the consolidation of the 'time-tested, all-weather relationship', it was announced here.
Apr 19, 2007 - 11:43:03 AM

Pakistan
Pakistani held for 18 months over 7/7 London bombings
Islamabad, April 18 - A Pakistani who has been missing since his detention and deportation from South Africa 18 months ago is being investigated by law enforcement agencies for alleged links to the 7/7 London suicide attacks, his legal counsel said Wednesday.
Apr 18, 2007 - 10:48:08 PM

Pakistan
Imran, Miandad slam Younis for refusing captaincy
Karachi, April 18 - Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have slammed Younis Khan for refusing to lead the national side, a development that has left Pakistan cricket in further crisis.
Apr 18, 2007 - 2:39:21 PM

Pakistan
Unregistered Afghans to be repatriated
Islamabad, April 17 - Pakistan has decided to forcefully repatriate those Afghan refugees who have not registered with local authorities under a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - sponsored programme, a press report said Tuesday.
Apr 17, 2007 - 6:53:23 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan cricket board sacks 80 employees
Lahore, April 17 - Pakistan Cricket Board - has sacked as many as 80 employees, including 11 high officials and 69 lower grades staffers, without even informing them.
Apr 17, 2007 - 2:49:46 PM

Pakistan
Rahul spoke '1971 reality', says Pakistan politician
Islamabad, April 16 - A leading Pakistani politician has paid a left-handed compliment to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi - for apparently speaking the 'truth' about the 1971 creation of Bangladesh.
Apr 16, 2007 - 8:14:13 PM

Pakistan
Low-flying chopper enrages madrassa pupils in Pakistan
Islamabad, April 16 - Hundreds of stick-wielding religious students swarmed roads in Islamabad Monday after a military helicopter apparently carried out aerial surveillance of their mosque compound.
Apr 16, 2007 - 5:34:31 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf, Aziz criticised for 'mishandling' judge's case
Islamabad, April 16 - Several leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League - have asked the government to take back the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry that has triggered nationwide protests and global criticism.
Apr 16, 2007 - 11:49:40 AM

Pakistan
Shoaib Malik tipped to be next Pakistan captain
Lahore, April 15 - All-rounder Shoaib Malik is being tipped to be the new Pakistan captain amid reports that the country's cricket board is determined to get rid of ageing seniors in a bid to root out player-power.
Apr 15, 2007 - 3:42:59 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan minister may depose against Justice Chaudhry
Islamabad, April 15 - Pakistan's interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and some government officials are likely to be produced before the Supreme Judicial Council as witnesses against suspended Chief Justice iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.
Apr 15, 2007 - 3:30:07 PM

Pakistan
Wasim Bari denies remarks against Inzamam
Karachi, April 15 - Former Pakistan chairman of selectors Wasim Bari has denied accusing Inzamam-ul-Haq of taking arbitrary decisions as a captain.
Apr 15, 2007 - 2:32:01 PM

Pakistan
Minister's hug: Senate body comes out in support
Islamabad, April 15 - Pakistan Tourism Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar, in the eye of a storm for giving her French paragliding male coach a hug, has got support from a parliamentary committee which lauded her 'courage' in initiating fund-raising campaigns 'by risking her life in paragliding'.
Apr 15, 2007 - 1:31:59 PM

Pakistan
Islamists attack festival in Pakistan university
Lahore, April 15 - A group of Islamists attacked a social festival in Pakistan's Punjab University and beat up boys, girls and the teachers protesting against 'vulgarity, obscenity and immorality'.
Apr 15, 2007 - 1:31:30 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani women commandos to end seminary standoff?
Islamabad/Washington, April 15 - Pakistani authorities are contemplating deploying women commandos to deal with burqa-clad girl students who have taken control of a library in an Islamic seminary, sparking a standoff.
Apr 15, 2007 - 12:25:09 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf 'very angry' with Karzai, rules out joint US-Pak operations
Washington/Islamabad/Sydney, Apr 15 - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has hit out at his Afghan counterpart, saying he is 'very angry' at criticism of Pakistani progress in fighting cross-border terrorism in a continuing war of words between the two South Asian neighbours.
Apr 15, 2007 - 10:34:23 AM

Pakistan
Poor team performance responsible for World Cup debacle: Sami
Karachi, April 14 - Pakistani fast bowler Mohammed Sami said that poor performances by all the team members cost the national squad a first round exit from the World Cup, it was reported by the media Saturday.
Apr 14, 2007 - 4:57:36 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani conman 'Double Shah' arrested
Lahore, April 14 - The law has finally caught up with 'Double Shah', a Pakistani conman who promised to double the deposits of his gullible victims within 70 days. He was nabbed in Gujranwala following complaints from depositors.
Apr 14, 2007 - 3:13:06 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf wants ad hocism in PCB to go soon
Lahore, April 14 - Pakistan Cricket Board's - patron president Pervez Musharraf is determined to abolish the prevalent ad hoc system in the board and there would be no delay once the federal law department approves the draft of the new constitution, PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf said.
Apr 14, 2007 - 1:39:43 PM

Pakistan
Singers, CD shop owners face Taliban wrath in Pakistan
Islamabad, April 13 - Taliban extremists shaved the heads and moustaches of a troupe of singers and smashed their musical equipment in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province and later violently interrupted a marriage party and took six people hostage.
Apr 13, 2007 - 6:57:18 PM

Pakistan
I'll receive Benazir at Lahore airport: Sharif
Lahore, April 13 - Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said he would return home to contest the general elections due this year before his rival-turned-ally Benazir Bhutto arrives and receive her at the Lahore airport.
Apr 13, 2007 - 5:05:37 PM

Pakistan
Hundreds rally against suspension of Pakistan's top judge
Islamabad, April 13 - Scores of lawyers and opposition political activists Friday staged protests in Islamabad against the removal of Pakistan's top judge over abuse-of-office allegations.
Apr 13, 2007 - 3:20:28 PM

Pakistan
Ex-PCB chief objects to cup probe panel make-up
Lahore, April 12 - Immediate past Pakistan Cricket Board - president Shaharyar Khan said Thursday that he wants Salim Altaf, who was a director under him, to also answer questions on the team's World Cup debacle rather than asking them.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:14:30 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan, Russia agree to take forward trade ties
Islamabad, April 12 - Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Fradkov Thursday held wide-ranging talks here and agreed to enhance bilateral ties, especially in trade and economy.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:14:00 PM

Pakistan
Musharraf threatens to quit coalition against terror
Islamabad, April 12 - Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Thursday warned of disassociating his country from the international coalition against terrorism if its commitment and sincerity to the fight was going to be continuously questioned.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:13:25 PM

Pakistan
Aziz's performance at SAARC Summit criticised
Islamabad, April 12 - Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has come in for severe criticism from a leading Pakistani daily for not making any headway on economic cooperation with India and other member nations of SAARC at its 14th Summit in New Delhi.
Apr 12, 2007 - 4:32:48 PM

Pakistan
Miandad calls for curbs on Pakistan players' lust for power
Karachi, April 12 - Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has said that the cricket authorities needed to curb players' lust for power in the national team or no lessons could be learnt from their World Cup debacle.
Apr 12, 2007 - 3:17:24 PM

Pakistan
Imran not interested in PCB job
Rawalpindi, April 12 - Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said he had no interest in holding any office in the Pakistan Cricket Board - and suggested that the practice of the appointment of the board chairman by the president of Pakistan should be done away with.
Apr 12, 2007 - 1:21:04 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan for 'holistic approach' to end global conflicts
Islamabad, April 11 - Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Wednesday stressed 'a realistic exit strategy' for conflict-hit areas to settle global disputes that were the root causes of terrorism in the world, APP news agency said.
Apr 11, 2007 - 7:46:59 PM

Pakistan
Batsmen's failure led to Pakistan's ouster: team manager
Lahore, April 11 - Poor performance by batsmen led to Pakistan's debacle in the cricket World Cup, team manager Talat Ali has said.
Apr 11, 2007 - 3:32:59 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan investigators meet Jamaican detectives
Lahore, April 11 - Two Pakistani investigators met Mark Shields, the detective in-charge of the Bob Woolmer death case in Kingston, Jamaica as the murder probe resumed after a four-day break due to Easter, media reports said Wednesday.
Apr 11, 2007 - 3:31:52 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan to have new cricket captain by May 7
Lahore, April 11 - The Pakistan cricket team will have a new captain and a coach by May 7, and the captain will be appointed 'on a series to series basis', media reports said Wednesday.
Apr 11, 2007 - 3:16:30 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani minister defies fatwa over hug
Islamabad, April 11 - Pakistan Tourism Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar has defied the country's Islamic clergy which issued a decree against her for hugging a male coach after para-jumping, by saying she did it for a 'good cause'.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:24:35 AM

Pakistan
Islamabad clears Iran-Pakistan-India gas sharing arrangement
Islamabad, April 10 - Pakistan Tuesday approved a gas sharing arrangement under which Iran would provide 2.1 billion cubic feet of gas per day in the first phase with equal shares for Pakistan and India.
Apr 10, 2007 - 11:13:18 PM

Pakistan
South Africa probes report of swimmer's murder in Pakistan
Islamabad/Johannesburg, April 10 - South Africa said Monday it was trying to confirm whether the body of a man found Sunday outside the Pakistani city of Peshawar was that of South African swimmer Kenneth Smith.
Apr 10, 2007 - 6:56:55 PM

Pakistan
Selection, fitness problems led to defeat: Intikhab
Lahore, April 10 - Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has blamed wrong selection, lack of discipline and fitness problems for the team's debacle in the World Cup, the media reported Tuesday.
Apr 10, 2007 - 2:47:22 PM

Pakistan
Inzamam, PCB unrepentant before parliamentary panel
Islamabad, April 10 - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Pakistan Cricket Board - chairman Nasim Ashraf failed to justify the team's World Cup debacle to the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Sports -, it was reported here Tuesday.
Apr 10, 2007 - 2:09:03 PM

Pakistan
India-Pakistan trade surges
Islamabad, April 10 - Trade between India and Pakistan is surging despite problems in movement of goods and people.
Apr 10, 2007 - 11:40:32 AM

Pakistan
South Asian body condemns Afghan scribe's murder
Lahore, April 10 - The South Asia Media Commission - has condemned the killing of Ajmal Naqshbandi, a young Afghan journalist, who was abducted along with an Italian journalist - later freed - by Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
Apr 10, 2007 - 10:45:42 AM

Pakistan
Musharraf, Benazir, Aziz reject deal speculations
Islamabad, April 10 - Clearing the air after weeks of speculation, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto have said that no political deal was in the offing between them.
Apr 10, 2007 - 10:28:59 AM

Pakistan
India, Pakistan renew Samjhauta Express pact
Islamabad, April 9 - Unfazed by bomb blasts on the Samjhauta Express in February, India and Pakistan Monday renewed for three years their agreement on running the cross-border train that has come to symbolise people-to-people contacts.
Apr 9, 2007 - 7:54:03 PM

Pakistan
Hug earns Pakistan woman minister clergy's wrath
Islamabad, April 9 - A section of Pakistan's clergy is asking the government to sack Tourism Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar for hugging her French male coach after taking part in a paragliding show in Paris.
Apr 9, 2007 - 12:58:38 PM

Pakistan
'Protect Mukhtar Mai', New York Times urges Musharraf
Lahore, April 9 - Mukhtar Mai, who survived a gang-rape in 2002 and has become a fervent campaigner for Pakistan's voiceless women, could be killed by feudal lords or even government agencies, the New York Times has said.
Apr 9, 2007 - 12:52:29 PM

Pakistan
15 killed in continuing sectarian clashes in Pakistan
Islamabad, April 8 - Sporadic gunfire continued in Pakistan's northwestern Kurram district Sunday, increasing to 15 the death toll in three days of clashes, a senior local administration official said.
Apr 8, 2007 - 9:54:20 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan rights body decries government claim on 'missing'
Lahore, April 8 - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan - has refuted the government's claim that more than 150 people termed 'missing' or 'disappeared' were jihadis who had gone on their own to fight for Al Qaeda or other Islamist militant organisations.
Apr 8, 2007 - 4:00:55 PM

Pakistan
Benazir to Sharif: No deal with Musharraf
Lahore/Dubai, April 8 - Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has assured Nawaz Sharif, also Pakistan's former premier and her rival turned ally, that she has not struck a deal with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
Apr 8, 2007 - 4:00:15 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan team not 'extra' religious: former selector
Lahore, April 8 - Former Pakistan selector Ehteshamuddin has denied that the Pakistani cricketers performed any 'extra' religious activities, one of the charges laid against them for their debacle in the ongoing World Cup.
Apr 8, 2007 - 2:51:26 PM

Pakistan
Indians are stubborn, arrogant: Pakistani officials
Islamabad, Apr 8 - Pakistani officials talking to the Indian side on reducing military presence on the Siachen glacier in the Himalayas found the Indians 'stubborn' and 'rather arrogant,' media reports said Sunday.
Apr 8, 2007 - 2:35:40 PM

Pakistan
No India-Pakistan agreement on Siachen troop withdrawal
Islamabad, April 7 - India and Pakistan ended their two-day defence secretary-level talks Saturday without a breakthrough on withdrawal of troops from the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir.
Apr 7, 2007 - 11:11:17 PM

Pakistan
Pakistani capital to have new international airport
Islamabad, April 7 - Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Saturday performed the ground-breaking ceremony of a $400 million modern airport project, which he said would prove as a step forward to turn Pakistan into a major regional hub for trade, tourism and communication.
Apr 7, 2007 - 10:09:59 PM

Pakistan
Rumours of 'imminent' political change grip Pakistan
Islamabad, April 7 - Pakistan is agog with rumours of 'imminent' top-level political changes in the backdrop of a flurry of high-profile meetings, especially between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz - with the two meeting thrice in a span of 12 hours this week.
Apr 7, 2007 - 5:57:49 PM

Pakistan
Religion cause of Pakistan World Cup debacle: official
Lahore, April 7 - Too much of 'praying and preaching' shifted the Pakistan team's focus away from the game, leading to its early exit from the World Cup, the team's media manager has alleged.
Apr 7, 2007 - 4:33:47 PM

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