Pakistan

Pakistani national claiming to be assassin for national spy agency lands in India seeking refuge

Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq alleged that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence or ISI has kept his family hostage.<p>A man claiming to be an …

India

Islamic State kills senior Afghan Taliban official in Pakistan: militants

PESHAWAR (Reuters) - Islamic State killed a senior Afghan Taliban official in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, the Afghan militants said on Saturday, in a rare clash between the rival Islamist groups inside Pakistan.<p>Afghan Taliban sources told Reuters Maulvi Daud was killed on the …

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Teen girls with stones are the new threat in India’s Kashmir conflict

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The first stone was heavy in her hand before she let it fly. It arched through the smoky air and hit the khaki leg of a soldier. She barely stopped to watch the man grimace before she picked up another.<p>In India’s restive Kashmir territory, the weapon of choice of separatist …

India

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif sacks special assistant on foreign affairs after news leak scandal

<b>Islamabad:</b> Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked his special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi after an inquiry found him …

Nawaz Sharif

'Carry out carpet bombing in Kashmir valley,' says Pravin Togadia

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia demanded on Friday that the government carry out "carpet bombing" in Kashmir Valley to stop the attacks …

India

Pakistan’s prime minister, having survived Supreme Court corruption ruling, now faces pressure to step down

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Just about the only person in Pakistan with nothing to say about the recent Supreme Court ruling in the corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the prime minister himself — and perhaps with good reason.<p>The court’s verdict, while allowing him to remain in office, …

Nawaz Sharif

Facing Military Pressure, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Ousts 2 Top Aides

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Under pressure from Pakistan’s military, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ousted two of his top officials on Saturday in a continuing standoff over leaks to the news media of a meeting at which civilian leaders confronted the military over its alleged reluctance to halt Islamist …

Nawaz Sharif

Women defy local traditions in Pakistan's Swat Valley

In rural Pakistan, a system of informal justice reigns. Men make the decisions, and women sometimes face brutal treatment. A group of them are fighting back, report Naila Inayat and Jennifer Collins from the Swat Valley.<p>In the green hills of Pakistan's Swat Valley, it's the <i>jirga</i> that rules. Acting …

Women's News

What kind of Naya Pakistan does Imran Khan and PTI have in mind exactly?

<b>A lot has happened in the last few days. The much awaited “historic” verdict of the number one obsession of Pakistani TV anchors, Pakistan’s</b> …

Imran Khan

Iran summons Pakistani envoy, demands action over killing of guards

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan's ambassador in Tehran to protest against the killing of nine Iranian border guards by Sunni militants attacking from neighboring Pakistan, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Friday.<p>The Sunni Muslim militant group called Jaish …

Iran

Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal in 'secret' talks with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif

The talks spark speculation of backchannel diplomacy between India and Pakistan.<p>Indian steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal is reported to have held a secret …

India

A perfectly cooked biryani brings China and Pakistan even closer

Call it the biryani bonhomie.<p>A Pakistani masala brand is celebrating that nation’s long-standing and deepening ties with China. A new campaign for Shan Foods, which sells spice mixes in 65 countries, including India, shows how taste-buds could foster good-neighbourliness.<p>The campaign features a …

China

Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption.<p>Friday's rally came a week after Pakistan's Supreme Court, acting …

Imran Khan

PCB to set up committee to probe Umar-Junaid spat

Pakistan news<p>The Pakistan Cricket Board will set up an inquiry committee to investigate a controversy arising out of Umar Akmal's comments on Junaid …

Cricket

India: Kashmir social media ban criticised

<b>Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have announced a one-month ban on 22 social media services, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The state government said the services were being misused by "anti-government elements" to incite violence. Gowhar Geelani reports on life without social</b> …

Censorship

Facebook posts in Pakistan can be deadly — especially fake ones

A Facebook post in Pakistan can be deadly.<p>An angry mob tortured and killed university student Mashal Khan this month for allegedly sharing blasphemous content on Facebook about Islam and the prophet Mohammed, a charge he said was the result of a friend creating a fake Facebook account in his …

Facebook

Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti pays tribute to soldiers killed in Kupwara encounter

<b>Jammu:</b> Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her deputy Nirmal Singh on Thursday paid rich tribute to a Captain and two other soldiers …

India

Jammu and Kashmir: If you keep throwing stones, then what kind of talk will happen, says SC

The government today ruled out talks with separatist elements or those raising the issues of "accession or Azadi" in the Kashmir Valley, telling the …

Jammu and Kashmir

Pak man flies in, tells IGI airport officials he is from ISI

'Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don't wish to continue any further and want to remain in India,' said a passenger after he got off an Air India …

Airlines

World Digest: April 28, 2017

IRAN<p>Tehran’s mayor slams Rouhani in debate<p>Tehran’s mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf accused President Hassan Rouhani’s administration Friday of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential …

Nawaz Sharif

Internet shutdowns rob Kashmiri activists of lifeline

<b>Mumbai:</b> Indian activists who rely on social media to share information in times of tension are being frustrated by a wave of internet shutdowns, with …

India

Kashmir unrest: Faith in mainstream politics crumbles in Valley, with growing calls for PDP-BJP split

In the Kashmir Valley, the return of normalcy after last year’s unrest following Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing has proved to be …

India

Kupwara: Restrictions imposed in parts of north Kashmir's district after army camp attack

<b>Srinagar:</b> Authorities on Friday imposed restrictions on assembly of people in parts of north Kashmir's Kupwara district to maintain law and order in …

World News

Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan - Pentagon | Reuters

WASHINGTON Two U.S. special forces troops killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday could have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the …

War

The teenager telling pupils how his friends were shot dead

<b>More than 130 children died when the Taliban attacked a school in Pakistan in 2014. Ahmad Nawaz - then aged 14 - only survived by playing dead. Now, he is visiting UK schools to teach an anti-radicalisation message.</b><p>"I was surrounded by the dead bodies of friends, with whom I was laughing, talking …

Extremism

Donkey meat in Lahore, hides in Karachi

<b>KARACHI:</b> After reports of donkey meat being sold in Lahore, the police in Karachi claimed on Wednesday to have recovered over 4,000 hides of the …

Lahore

Terrifying video shows truck fly off highway and crush rickshaw driver to death

Heart-stopping surveillance footage from India shows a bicyclist narrowly escape his demise after a massive truck flew off the highway above him, …

Punjab Province

Kupwara army camp attacked by fidayeen militants in Kashmir; three armymen, two terrorists killed

Militants on Thursday attacked an army camp in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Five armymen and two militants have died in the attack, reports …

India

Opinion: Modi's India is a bad example for Kashmiris

For almost a year, New Delhi has been trying to pacify angry protesters in Kashmir. DW's Shamil Shams says an intolerant India under PM Modi's leadership cannot bring the disgruntled Kashmiri youth under its fold.<p>Since July last year, Indian authorities have been trying to quell unrest in the …

India

What Does the Surrender of a Pakistani Taliban Spokesperson Really Mean?

Does Ehsanullah Ehsan's surrender portend major changes ahead for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan?

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