Pakistan, India make peace gestures at UN

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan and India had two exploratory meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Thursday but discussed issues which did not focus on bilateral relations. Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz came face to face at the Saarc and Commonwealth foreign ministers’ meetings, raising hopes…

Pakistan Plans to Sell Stake in Oil & Gas Development

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan said it plans to sell a stake in the country’s biggest oil-and-gas exploration business, mostly to foreign investors via the London Stock Exchange,LSE.LN +0.63% in a test of international financial appetite as the nation begins to emerge from a political crisis. The planned sale of as much as 10% of the government’s share in Oil and Gas Development Company Limited, slated for…

Siraj believes crisis to deepen if resignations of PTI MNAs accepted

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/LAKKI MARWAT: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq Tuesday urged the National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq not to accept resignations of the Pakistan Tehirik-e-Insaf (PTI) members in order to put an end to the political crisis in the country.  Addressing a public gathering here, the JI chief said he had told the NA speaker that if resignations of the…

Why Pakistan’s militants can still strike at will

In recent months the fortunes and allegiances of Pakistan’s militants have proved mercurial. Formerly united fronts fractured while the army drove others out of their strongholds. Then al-Qaeda said it would take the initiative in South Asia proving, as the BBC’s M Ilyas Khan reports, that the insurgents are still a potent force. The claim by al-Qaeda that it carried…

Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India

(Reuters) – Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia’s most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives. “India irrigates its deserts and dumps extra water on Pakistan without any warning,” the bearded Saeed told Reuters, as he surveyed a vast expanse of…

From ownership to tenancy

SAHIWAL: Twenty-seven landowner families of Dad Balooch Village have become landless tenants because of high flood and continuous erosion by the Ravi during the past two weeks. It is learnt that more than 50 acre land of these families has been washed away in recent floods. These families demand alternative agriculture land for their livelihood. As many as 144 members…

Pakistan Arrests Opposition Activists

Pakistani police arrested anti-government protesters in what activists said was an effort to crack down on weekslong sit-ins in the capital, while the government said police only apprehended suspects in a recent attack on state-run TV. The party of famed cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, who is leading one of two major protests demanding the government’s resignation, said a large number…

Pakistan protesters suspend talks with Nawaz Sharif government

Signs of a possible solution to end the political crisis engulfing Pakistan looked bleak on saturday as anti-government protest leaders suspended talks with theNawaz Sharif government following a crackdown on demonstrators with opposition leader Imran Khan asserting that there was no room for negotiations any more. Pakistani police arrested several dozens of anti-government protestors and a court ordered that 100 opposition activists be…

Imran Khan says will not leave until Nawaz resigns

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman, Imran Khan has once again said he will not leave until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tenders his resignation.  Addressing party workers on Friday, Mr. Khan said he brought the long marchers on his own instead of army’s directives.  He said that the army was not intervening despite being vilified by the government.  Mr. Khan said the…

The surreal world of Pakistan’s ‘political circus’

When they first arrived on Islamabad’s sprawling Kashmir Highway three weeks ago, the anti-government protesters were burning with the desire to tear down the citadels of power – and make short work of it. They looked around, saw what seemed like a million heads as their leaders had predicted, and punched the air harder, shouting: “Down with Nawaz Sharif”. But…

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