Pakistan

After Air Crash, Pakistan Fights Over Legacy of Rock Star-Turned-Cleric

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 – The death of Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani rock star-turned-evangelist, in a plane crash on Wednesday has stirred debate over his legacy, raising questions that cut to the heart of Pakistan’s widening cultural schisms. Jamshed, 52, was one of Pakistan’s first rock stars before abandoning music to advocate a

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Pakistan Mourns 47 Killed in Air Crash, as Investigators Seek Answers

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 – Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, among them a famed-rockstar-turned-Muslim evangelist, two infants and three foreigners, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster. Engine trouble was initially believed responsible, but many questions remain, stirring new worries

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No Survivors’ After Plane Crash in Northern Pakistan Mountains

By Jibran Ahmed and Asad Hashim PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec 7  – There were no survivors after a plane carrying 48 passengers crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline’s chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. The military said 40 bodies had been recovered

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Cab-Hailing Company Careem Launches Women Drivers in Conservative Pakistan

By Waseem Sattar and Mubasher Bukhari KARACHI/LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 7  – Taxi-hailing service Careem introduced women drivers in Pakistan on Wednesday, a rare initiative in a deeply conservative Muslim country where women account for only 22 percent of the workforce. Careem has a larger market share than rival Uber in most of the 32 cities

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In the Line of Duty

Pakistan’s new Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has to deal with the challenges left behind by Gen. Raheel Sharif By Ejaz Haider Sometime ago, before writing an article on civil-military relations, I decided to do a simple experiment. I asked whoever I met that day to name Pakistan’s air force and navy chiefs. Except one, a

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Wounded Kashmiris Blocked from Medical Help During Clashes: Rights Group

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Dec 6 – Indian security forces in Kashmir blocked medical care for injured protesters by firing on ambulances, holding up emergency vehicles and preying on hospital patients during clashes in the restive region this year, a health rights group said on Tuesday. At least 80 civilians were killed and more

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At Least 11 Killed in Hotel Blaze in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec 5 – A fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed at least 11 people on Monday and injuring dozens, media reported. The blaze broke out in a ground floor kitchen of the Regent Plaza hotel and trapped guests in upper floors, the English-language Dawn newspaper reported. The hotel

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