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Trump Offers to Help Pakistan, Calls PM Sharif a “Terrific Guy”

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 – U.S. president-elect Donald Trump offered to help solve Pakistan’s problems and praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a “terrific guy” in the first call between the two men, the Pakistani leader’s office said. Historical allies in the region, Islamabad and Washington have seen relations sour in recent years

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Pakistan Approves Salary Boost of Almost 2-1/2 Times for MPs

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 – Pakistan has approved a salary jump of nearly 2-1/2 times for its members of parliament, the information minister said, taking their pay to more than ten times the minimum wage. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif authorised the move on Wednesday, at a time when he faces public pressure, and

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Pakistan’s Police Detain 1,500 in Crackdown on Opposition

October 31 – Pakistani police launched a nation-wide crackdown overnight, arresting at least 1,500 supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of an opposition rally planned later this week in Islamabad, officials said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, two police officers said the number of those arrested overnight ranges between 1,500 and 1,800. The arrests

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Pakistan Court Clears Way for Imran Khan to Hold Anti-Government Protest

ISLAMABAD, Oct 31  – A Pakistani court on Monday gave permission to opposition politician Imran Khan to hold anti-government protests in the capital this week, but warned that demonstrations should not disrupt life for citizens, media reported. Khan has threatened to “shut down” the capital Islamabad on Wednesday as part of his push to unseat

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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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Militant Attack on Indian Army Base in Kashmir Kills One

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Oct 3 – At least six militants attacked an Indian army camp in Kashmir on Sunday night, killing one border guard, Indian officials said, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 soldiers and ratcheted up tension between India and Pakistan. The attack on the camp of India‘s 46 Rashtriya

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As Pakistan Army Chief’s Tenure Nears End, PM Faces Key Choice

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Sept 28 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces a key choice in the coming weeks about who should run Pakistan’s powerful military, one that will have a major influence on the country’s often strained relationships with the United States and nuclear rival India. With Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif

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Pakistan Warns of “Water War” with India if Decades-Old Treaty Violated

By Drazen Jorgic and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI, Sept 27  – Pakistan would treat it as “an act of war” if India revoked the Indus Water Treaty regulating river flows between the two nations, Pakistan’s top foreign official said on Tuesday. Tension has been mounting between the nuclear-armed neighbours since at least 18 Indian soldiers

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Pakistan’s Sharif says World Ignores South Asia Tension at its Peril

By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday of putting unacceptable conditions on dialogue and said the world would ignore rising tension in South Asia at its peril. Sharif told the annual United Nations General Assembly Pakistan could not ignore India’s “unprecedented” arms build-up

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