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Gunmen kill nine men after abduction in south-west Pakistan, say police

Quetta, Pakistan Reuters Gunmen shot and killed nine men after abducting them from a bus in a troubled province in south-western Pakistan bordering Afghanistan and Iran, officials said on Saturday. A separatist militant group, Baloch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the Friday night attack in Balochistan province in Pakistan’s south-west. In a statement sent to […]

US, UN express concern about India’s religion-based citizenship law

Washington DC, US Reuters The US Government and the United Nations have expressed concerns about a contentious religion-based citizenship law in India, with the UN calling the legislation “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”. Rights advocates have criticised the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act, which the Indian Government moved to implement on Monday. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty […]

Pakistanis feed predatory birds despite crackdown on practice

Lahore, Pakistan Reuters Shabnam, a young woman in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, sells small packets of scrap meat to passersby to feed predatory birds, despite a recent crackdown on the practice which many people do as an offering to ward off adversity. The tradition of tossing offerings off a bridge – which are […]

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister for second term

Karachi, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan’s newly formed parliament elected Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday as Prime Minister for a second time, three weeks after uncertain national elections caused delays in the formation of a coalition government. He beat Omar Ayub, the candidate backed by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who secured 92 votes. Sharif returns to […]

Pakistan indicts jailed ex-PM Khan and wife on graft charges

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters A Pakistani court indicted jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his third wife Bushra Bibi on Tuesday on charges that they allegedly received land as a bribe by misusing his office during his premiership, his party said. The latest charges follow a string of convictions against Khan in the months leading […]

Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan urges IMF to call election audit, his lawyer says

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan’s jailed former prime minister Imran Khan will write to the IMF urging it to call for an independent audit of the country’s controversial 8th February national elections before it continues talks with Islamabad, his lawyer said on Thursday. Pakistan averted default last summer thanks to a short term International Monetary Fund bailout, but […]

US urges Pakistan to lift internet shutdowns, social media restrictions

Washington DC, US Reuters The US State Department on Wednesday condemned internet shutdowns in Pakistan, including restrictions on social media platforms, and urged the Pakistani Government to lift such restrictions. Supporters of the Grand Democratic Alliance, an alliance of political parties, carry flags as they gather for a sit-in protest against, what they call election […]

Pakistan’s largest parties strike deal on coalition government

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Two major Pakistan political parties said on Tuesday that they had reached a formal agreement to form a coalition government, ending ten days of intense negotiations after an inconclusive national election did not return a clear majority. The agreement between Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of three-time Premier Nawaz Sharif ends days of […]