Pakistan

To Protect Chinese Investment, Pakistan Army Leaves Little to Chance

By Syed Raza Hassan GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8 – A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan’s powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic corridor of roads,

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Director Hopes Oscar-Nominated Film Will Help End Pakistan Honor Killings

By Syed Raza Hassan and Krista Mahr KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Reuters) – An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honor killings in Pakistan, which account for the deaths of hundreds of women and men each year. The film, which follows the story of a young woman who

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Explosion Kills Eight, Injures Dozens in Pakistan City of Quetta

QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb 6  – At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan’s western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor. The blast occurred

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Pakistan Shelves Plan to Privatize Power Firms, But Approves New Loan

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 – Pakistan has shelved plans to privatize its power supply companies and will miss deadlines to sell other loss-making state firms, reneging on promises it made to the IMF in return for a $6.7 billion bailout three years ago. Two government officials with direct knowledge of the situation said

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Most Flights of Pakistan’s Strike-Hit National Carrier Grounded

ISLAMABAD, Feb 3  – Most flights by Pakistan’s ailing national airline were grounded on Wednesday, a company spokesman said, as striking employees disrupted operations to protest against a government privatization plan. The strike is the latest in a months-long series of protests against the plan to sell off part of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), among

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Pakistan’s Polio Crisis

Children pay the price as ignorance and doubt help polio thrive in Pakistan  BY Mishaal Khan Pakistan is one of two countries in the world where polio remains endemic, the other being its neighbor Afghanistan. Last year, Somalia became polio-free, and the World Health Organization (WHO) removed Nigeria from the polio-endemic list, thanks to government-led

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Zero-Tolerance Policy

Pakistan’s war on terror has reached a decisive phase and promises to redefine the way the world looks at the embattled country. By Dr. Shahid Masood When geostrategy shapes regional conflicts, extremism seamlessly molds into terrorism. This has unfortunately been Pakistan’s reality for over a decade now. In the midst of an uncertain and shifting economic

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Pakistan Campus to Stay Shut Amid Security Demands

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 26 – The Pakistani university attacked by Taliban militants in a deadly assault last week will remain closed indefinitely until security is beefed up, staff said on Tuesday, as some teachers demanded the government issue them with weapons. Four Pakistani Taliban gunmen killed 21 people at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda in

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Students Protest Insecurity as Campus Reopens after Taliban Attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 25 – Students at the Pakistani university where Taliban militants killed 21 people last week protested on Monday over a lack of security as authorities reopened the campus in the country’s volatile northwest. Four Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, located about 130 km (81 miles) west of

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