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Pakistan’s Imran Khan Backs Off From Threat to Shut Down Capital

By Asad Hashim and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Nov 1 ¬†– Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan backed down from a threat to paralyse the capital on Wednesday, a move likely to ease tension that has spilled over into violence in the run-up to the planned protests. Khan’s vow to “shut down” Islamabad to press a

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Pakistan PM Rushes to End Energy Shortages Ahead of 2018 Poll

By Drazen Jorgic LAHORE/ISLAMABAD, Oct 10 – In Abdul Aziz’s print shop, the daily blackouts that plunge him into darkness and silence his rolling presses are costly and chip away at his faith in¬†Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. For nearly a decade, power shortages have hobbled the country’s economy and eaten into Aziz’s profits, preventing

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Turkish FM Presses Pakistan on Schools Said Linked To Coup Suspect

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 – Pakistan promised Turkey’s visiting foreign minister on Tuesday it would investigate a network of schools Ankara wants shut for alleged links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric it blames for last month’s coup attempt. However, foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz stopped short of agreeing to close PakTurk International Schools

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Pakistan To Pass Law Against Honour Killings in Weeks

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, July 20 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ruling party plans to pass long-delayed legislation against “honour killings” within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of an outspoken social media star, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday. The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as

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Pakistani Court Orders Seizure of Ex-president Musharraf’s Assets

ISLAMABAD, July 19 – A special court hearing treason charges against former Pakistani president and army chief Pervez Musharraf ordered the seizure of his assets on Tuesday after he failed to appear for a hearing in the capital Islamabad, media reported. Musharraf in March left Pakistan for Dubai to seek medical treatment, shortly after the

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Pakistan’s New Military Courts Challenged Over Abuse Claims

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, June 28 – Pakistan’s Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether secret military tribunals set up in early 2015 to try civilians accused of terrorism have violated the constitutional rights of 12 people convicted by these courts. The military tribunals were established after the massacre in December, 2014, by

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Pakistan Wants Air Force Upgrade for Prolonged Militant Fight

By John Irish PARIS, April 7 – Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against Islamist militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is

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Mobile Phone Service Cut as Pakistan Blasphemy Killer’s Supporters Protest

By Faisal Mahmood and Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, March 29 – Pakistani authorities blocked mobile phone service for a third day in Islamabad on Tuesday as hundreds of hardline Muslim activists continued to protest the execution of a man who killed a governor over his criticism of harsh blasphemy laws. Security forces occasionally jam mobile phone

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Is Daesh Behind Attack on Pakistani TV Station?

ISLAMABAD, Jan 14 – Attackers on a motorcycle lobbed grenades and opened fire at a Pakistani television station on Wednesday, wounding one person, and left behind pamphlets linked to Daesh, the station said. The attack on the ARY News Islamabad office was the second such assault on media premises in as many months by the

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How Pakistan’s Military Helped Revive Talks with India

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Dec 27 – The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise

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