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At least 16 stranded snow-tourists die at Pakistan hill station

Pakistan snow deaths

Karachi, PakistanReuters At least 16 tourists died in freezing temperatures after being stranded in their vehicles in northern Pakistan, where thousands had flocked to enjoy the snow, officials said on Saturday. With some 1,000 vehicles still stranded, the government has declared Murree, 64 kilometres nort-east of the capital Islamabad, a calamity hit area. People stand […]

‘Pandora Papers’ bring renewed calls for tax haven scrutiny

Jordan King Abdullah II

Washington DC, USAP Calls grew Monday for an end to the financial secrecy that has allowed many of the world’s richest and most powerful people to hide their wealth from tax collectors. The outcry came after a report revealed the way that world leaders, billionaires and others have used shell companies and offshore accounts to […]

Pressured by Islamists, Pakistan parliament to vote on whether to expel French envoy

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Islamabad, PakistanReuters Pakistan’s government will seek a vote in parliament on Tuesday on whether to expel the French ambassador after violent anti-France protests by Islamists demanding action over cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, the interior minister said. Prime Minister Imran Khan warned his nation in a televised address late on Monday that Pakistan risked paying a […]

Rights groups decry attacks on Pakistan’s minority Ahmadis

Islamabad, PakistanAP Three international human rights groups on Thursday denounced recent attacks on Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community and asked Islamabad to “urgently and impartially investigate a surge” in violence. The joint appeal from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists came days after a 16-year-old Muslim youth opened fire on a group of […]