Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty.
It was unclear whether the new crackdown would target groups like the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which are aligned against rival India.
The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Sindh province was Pakistan’s deadliest attack in two years, killing at least 83 people
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At present, 60 out of 342 seats in the National Assembly are reserved for women with a further 137 seats reserved for women in the provincial assemblies.
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A round-up of the most important stories from the South Asian region.
Even as the Nawaz Sharif government tries to honour Nobel laureate Abdus Salam, an Ahmedi, by renaming the physics department of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad after him, persecution of the community continues.
Advisers to the Republican president-elect have indicated that he is likely to take a more robust policy towards China than President Obama
Yet another India-Pakistan encounter ended with both sides jostling to control the media narrative.
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‘You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon,’ Trump told Nawaz Sharif.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa had once pointed out that the bigger threat was from militants, not India, but that view may not necessary hold.
General Bajwa will likely take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal handover on Tuesday.
Raheel Sharif’s retirement is certainly unusual and creditable in the context of strengthening institutional conventions in Pakistan, he being only the seventh army chief out of 15 to have quit on time.
Pakistan needs to move away from the realist view of security that fans the military guardianship flame, advocates a Cold War mentality and zero-sum games.
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.
Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, reigns over a police force that uses encounters as one of its main law enforcement tools.
Modi’s relationships with world leaders and the primacy of national interests in international relations show explain global support for India post-Uri.
As CPEC takes off, it is important to desensationalise the topic and promote a clearer understanding of the agreement.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said he has “expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives”.
Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals.
Even though India and the US have, for once, landed on the same side in Afghanistan, there is a real danger of getting blindsided by Pakistan.
Cyril Almeida reported on a suspected rift between civilian and military leaderships in Pakistan.
The group reemerged a day after a Dawn report claimed the Pakistani government gave a “blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning” to the military that the country risked increasing diplomatic isolation due to the failure to rein in certain militant groups.
War may be the continuation of politics by other means, but there are also means other than war that can advance the political aims of our country.
The Pakistani foreign office has rubbished claims of the surgical strike, saying that they are baseless.
General Raheel Sharif is nearing the end of his tenure, placing a key choice before the prime minister in appointing a successor.
Sources said that Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to keep off the summit, thus ensuring that blame for the event’s postponement does not fall on India alone.
Pakistan is attempting to weaken the case for Baloch self-determination by getting the Iranians on board the CPEC.
‘We have attempted a new paradigm of friendship in the last two years which is without precedent and what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri,’ said India’s external affairs minister about Pakistan.
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
“The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world,” the Indian response said.
In a red rag to the Indian government, Sharif spoke of the “murder” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whom he described as a “young leader”. India hits back, says this shows Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism.”
Nafisa Hoodbhoy, the first female reporter in Pakistan, talks about the country’s ties with China, civil-military relations, terrorism and much more.
Pakistan’s pursuit of actions to confront and counter India will likely gain momentum in the face of New Delhi’s evolving policy on Balochistan.
Pakistan ‘is a country which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan,’ India tells the Human Rights Council.
Pakistan has been ranked as one the most dangerous countries for journalists. Shahzadi is one among several thousand ‘enforced disappearances’ in the country.