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30 dead as rain, thunderstorm hit Islamabad

Islamabad: At least 30 people, including women and children, were killed and scores of others injured in the wake of heavy rainfall and thunderstorm that hit upper parts of Pakistan, it was reported on Thursday. In Islamabad, 11 people died an 69 others were injured when torrential rains lashed the city, rescue services said, adding

Pak accuses India of ‘running away’ from talks

Washington: The US has called for improvement in bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan, expressing concern over nuclear and missile developments in South Asia, saying a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbours is important. “We are concerned by nuclear and missile developments in South Asia,” a State Department Spokesman said when asked

Pak girl burnt alive for saying no to marriage proposal

Islamabad: A teenage Pakistani girl diedtoday, two days after she was tortured and set on fire for refusing to marry a divorcee twice her age, the latest case that highlights rampant violence against women in the Muslim nation. Maria Sadaqat, 19, was attacked on Monday in Upper Dewal village of Murree hill resort in Punjab

Five killed in two terror attacks in Pakistan

Islamabad: At least five people including two security personnel and three militants were killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Saturday, local media reported. Two security personnel were killed and three others were injured when a bomb went off near a vehicle of security forces in Awaran district of the province, Xinhua

Breaking- Pakistani apprehended at Pathankot Border, recovers a bullet and cheque book

Pathankot: A Pakistani resident arrested by border security force (BSF) at Bamiyal sector in Pathankot, on Sunday. The accused has been identified as Mohammad Sheik and BSF sleuths have recovered Pakistan currency worth 2300, a live cartridge including a cheque book of Pakistani bank. Further the officials are investigating the matter to verify his

Pak flags displayed during Hurriyat procession in Kashmir

Srinagar: Pakistani flags were displayed today during a procession led by moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in old city of Srinagar. Masked men were holding the Pakistani flags when the separatist leader took out the procession from Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area as part of a series of events organised on the eve

Pakistan has no locus standi on map issue, asserts India

New Delhi: India on Tuesday reacted strongly to Pakistan seeking UN intervention on the Indian draft bill on map, saying it was an ‘entirely internal legislative matter’ and Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi on it. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India ‘firmly rejects’ repeated and increasing attempts by Pakistan

‘Pakistan will address Indian missile test at international level’

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, in an response to India’s supersonic interceptor missile test, on Monday said that Islamabad would address the development at an international level. Expressing concern over India’s missile test conducted on Sunday, Aziz said it will disturb the balance of power in the region, and added that

Pakistan closes border with Afghanistan

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Thursday that it has closed its border with Afghanistan “to implement border control measures”. Pakistani authorities closed the border on Tuesday after the Afghan forces prevented Pakistan’s plan to fence the border to stop illegal cross-border movement, Xinhua reported. Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, Omar Zakhilwal, also confirmed border closure at Torkham

11-year-old Hindu boy raped and murdered in Pakistan

Karachi: A 11-year-old Pakistani Hindu boy has been allegedly raped and murdered in Sindh province, triggering protests by people demanding a probe into the recent incident. The son of a Hindu doctor was found dead in a swimming pool inside a Hyderabad Club on April 13. The family members of the boy claim that he

Pakistan rejects US conditions over F-16 sale

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that the country needs modern F-16 fighter jets for its ongoing war against terrorism but rejects the conditions the US has attached over their sale. Speaking to journalists, scholars and corporate leaders at a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday, the foreign secretary said no conditions should be attached

US wants increased India, Pak dialogue on counter terrorism

Washington: The US has said that it wantsincreased dialogue between India and Pakistan on counter terrorism co-operation. “We have said many times that there is a level of counterterrorism cooperation between India and Pakistan. There is some dialogue there,” State Department Deputy Spokesman, Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference. “We want to

Pak leaders knew Osama’s location but US has no proof: Clinton

Washington: Senior Pakistani leadership knew that Osama bin Laden was hiding at a compound in Abbottabad but US has not been able to get any proof of it so far, Republican presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has said. Clinton, 68, the then US secretary of state, was the top adviser to President Barack Obama on the

Pakistan has one month’s time to grab US F16 deal

Washington: Pakistan has time till May end to avail the American offer to procure eight F-16s at an estimated cost of USD 700 million after Obama administration told Islamabad that it should put forward national funds to buy these fighter jets. On Monday the State Department told reporters that it has told the Pakistani leadership

Sikh’s turban desecrated in Pak, 6 booked under blasphemy law

Lahore: A 29-year-old Sikh man’s turban was desecrated during a scuffle at a bus terminal in Pakistan’s Punjab Province and six persons have been booked under blasphemy law in connection with the incident, officials said today. Police have registered an FIR against six people under blasphemy law on the complaint of Mahinder Paal Singh, a

Blasphemy case for ‘desecrating’ Sikh man’s turban in Pakistan

Islamabad: Five employees of a transport company and the owner of a bus terminal were booked under blasphemy law for desecrating a Sikh passenger’s turban in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the media reported on Monday. The complainant, Mahinder Paal Singh (29), a resident of Multan, told Dawn online that he was travelling from Faisalabad to Multan

Death toll reaches 25 in Pakistan’s toxic sweetmeat case

Lahore: With the death of five more persons, the toll in the tragic sweetmeat poisoning incident in Pakistan’s Punjab province rose to 25, officials said today amid reports that the sweets may have been tainted with pesticides smuggled in from China. The government sent a 10-member team led by Punjab Food Authority (PFA) director Ayesha

China fumes as India grants visa to Uyghur ‘terrorist’

New Delhi: An invitation to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamshala next week could develop into another irritant between India and China. Dolkun Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC) who lives in Germany, has been invited to the conference being organised by the US-based ‘Initiatives for China’. Uyghurs

Sikh doctor shot dead in Pakistan

Peshawar: A prominent Pakistani Sikh doctor and politician was shot dead by unidentified gunmen here on Friday. Sardar Sooran Singh, who was also the Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Minority Affairs, was assassinated in Pir Baba area of Buner District of the province, police said. The car of Singh was ambushed by

Two top Generals among 11 officers dismissed in Pak

Islamabad: Pakistan’s two senior Generals were among 11 top officers dismissed by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on charges of corruption, a rare move in the country where the military wields enormous power. A Lieutenant General, one Major General, five Brigadiers, three Colonels and one Major were dismissed by the Army Chief on corruption charges,