The Chinese attempt to broker talks comes in the background of Af-Pak ties being poisoned, due to Kabul accusing Islamabad of supporting Taliban insurgents fighting US-backed Kabul, to limit New Delhi’s influence in Afghanistan.
Among those being expelled are Action Aid, World Vision, Plan International, Trocaire, Pathfinder International, Danish Refugee Council, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Oxfam Novib and Marie Stopes.
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has finalised his cabinet after a reshuffle, local media and a senior government source said on Friday, with Ishaq Dar returning as finance minister.
Pakistan has extended by two months the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, accused by the US of masterminding 2008 attacks on Mumbai that killed 166 people.
The funds were not released because the US government could not certify that Pakistan had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network.
Pakistani officials fear that a Spaniard and an Argentinian, missing for over a week in Pakistan’s northern Himalayan mountains, perished in an avalanche.
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Accused by the US and India for sponsoring the Mumbai attacks through LeT, Saeed was placed under house arrest after years of living free in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for external affairs V. K. Singh reiterated that the Indian government was considering all steps to get access to Jadhav.
The bike race was one of many events organised to promote female participation in public events and to fight restrictions faced by women in public places.
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury’s comments show he wants to ensure Afghanistan doesn’t become a beneficiary of the US’s disenchantment with Pakistan.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan’s proposal amounts to changing Kashmir’s disputed nature.
Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty.
In 2015, the World Bank estimated Pakistan’s population at 188.9 million but the country still uses the official 1998 figure of 134.7 million.
After Pakistan’s law minister raised allegations of human rights abuses in Kashmir, India responded by raking up Pakistan’s record in Balochistan and Sindh.
Pakistan said on Tuesday it would bar Islamist organisations from staging rallies commemorating a killer whom many religious groups consider a hero for assassinating a prominent politician who had called for the reform of blasphemy laws.
A Dawn editorial on Tuesday implicated the state in the disappearance of the missing activists, including poet and rights activist Salman Haider.
The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia.
With the reputation of being one of the most successful captains in Test cricket history, Khan surely possesses leadership skills. But whether leading a nation of 200 million people is the same as leading a cricket team is open to question.
Khan has vowed not to back down unless Sharif either resigns or submits himself for investigation regarding the ‘Panama Papers’ leaks.
Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan dismissed accusations that his planned shutdown of the nation’s capital could lead to a military coup.
Khan’s “house arrest” came on the back of his vow to lock down the capital on Wednesday to try to force Nawaz Sharif to quit because of corruption allegations.
The states have political necessities that may not concur with the conscience of their people – a disconnect reflected in the constitutive character of the SAARC.
On Wednesday, two gunmen stormed classrooms after a suspected car bomb was used to get into the walled complex and killed seven students and a professor.
Blasphemy laws, originally introduced by the British and then retained in Pakistan’s legal system, have created a false binary between human rights abuses and respect for religion.
The state abandoning its responsibility to provide public housing, coupled with inadequate laws against land hoarding and low taxes on the sale and purchase of real estate, have resulted in a housing market that can, logically, only produce elite gated communities.
Discussions at the conference will include terrorism as well as other key issues such as liberalisation of visa regulations, illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and small arms and how to make coordinated and concerted efforts to combat such problems.
Like many love affairs, the one between China and Pakistan is made of unrealistic expectations – mostly among Pakistanis – and a hard-nosed pursuit of strategic goals and political and economic objective — mostly by the Chinese.
The bill would block $450 million in aid to Islamabad unless it does more to fight the network, which lawmakers see as a major threat to US forces in Afghanistan.
The planes, which were to be a parting gift from the Obama administration to the Pakistani military became a symbol of all that is wrong with US policy on Pakistan.
An IMF official said substantial progress had been made in repairing Pakistan’s economy and that Islamabad was right to be saying is does not need another package.
The Wire has parsed down the two public statements to help readers take note of the positions of both countries.