Pakistan successfully tests Hatf-IV missile

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Monday conducted successful test-launch of Intermediate Range Shaheen-1A (Hatf-IV) Ballistic missile which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 kilometres. The launch was aimed at revalidating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system. According to ISPR, Shaheen-1A with its highly accurate and indigenously-developed guidance system is one of…

Pakistan ranks third on Global Terrorism Index

LONDON: A new global study by London-based Institute for Economics and Peace has ranked Pakistan third on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) list. The report said Iraq was the country hit hardest by terrorism, with 2,492 attacks that killed more than 6,300 people. It was followed by Afghanistan and Pakistan, with Nigeria and Syria in fourth and fifth place respectively….

Only 12% of drone victims in Pakistan identified as militants: report

KARACHI: A recent research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that only 12% of drone victims in Pakistan have been identified as militants. Moreover, the research also stated that fewer than 4% of the people killed have been identified as members of al Qaeda.   The research contradicts US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim last year that only “confirmed terrorist targets…

Pakistan plans to carve up ailing

NEW DELHI: Pakistan plans to split ailing national flag carrier PIA into two companies and sell control of the core business to a global airline over the next 18 months, but political opposition to the sell-off will be intense, the country´s privatisation czar said. Financial advisers are now in talks with several airlines about taking over cash-strapped Pakistan International Airlines,…

Obama places India, Pakistan on drug watch list

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has included both India and Pakistan among 22 major illicit drug-producing or drug-transit countries, says a presidential determination released by the White House. Afghanistan is also on the list. Of these 22, three countries – Bolivia, Myanmar, and Venezuela – are on a list of those who can face US sanctions. All three are accused…

Pakistan crisis: Protestors suspend talks with Nawaz Sharif government

ISLAMABAD: Signs of a possible solution to end the political crisis engulfing Pakistan looked bleak today 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 sent…

Pakistan denies presence of ISIS supporters in country

Pakistan on Thursday denied any presence of supporters of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group in the country and reiterated that it is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. No government source has confirmed presence of the IS supporters in the country, said foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, reported Xinhua. Aslam was responding to questions concerning statements…

Pakistan’s polarised media

At the beginning of the week, when we scan the news media around the globe to decide what media story to go with, wires started dropping about protesters occupying Pakistan’s state broadcaster PTV. The story is part of a new political power struggle in which the country’s top news channels are fighting a proxy war of their own. For three…

President Xi Jingping’s visit: China says it gave no information to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:  China’s foreign ministry on Saturday denied releasing any information regarding President Xi Jingping’s visit to Pakistan. “China and Pakistan have maintained close high-level exchanges… [and] are in close communication regarding the next step of such exchanges,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang told reporters at a news conference in Beijing. “It is worth pointing out [however] that we never…

Of footballs ‘made in Pakistan’

As Pakistanis, by now we all know that while Pakistan is not playing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we are still part of this great event, watched by billions of people around the globe. In fact, I would say that we play a vital part in this year’s World Cup as the official FIFA footballs were manufactured and supplied by…

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