Pakistan

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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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’s Outgoing Army Chief Sends Warning to India over Kashmir

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 – Pakistan’s outgoing army chief issued a stern warning to India over violence in the disputed region of Kashmir on Tuesday as he handed over command, saying patience should not be mistaken for weakness. Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has ratcheted up in recent months, leading to almost daily

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Pakistan’s New Army Chief Brings No Change In Policy – Defence Minister

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 – There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan’s military policy under the new army chief, the country’s defence minister said, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a new military leader on Saturday. Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa will replace retiring army chief Raheel Sharif when his three-year term

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Exiled Politician Tells His Pakistan Party He is Still Boss

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik LONDON, Nov 27 – His grip on the powerful Pakistani party he has run for decades under threat, maverick politician Altaf Hussain said from self-imposed exile that he was still in charge and foes within his party would be rejected by voters in a 2018 general election. The sweltering metropolis of Karachi

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Militants Kidnap Six Pakistani Workers of Polish Oil Company

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Nov 27 – Six Pakistani workers from a Polish oil and gas surveying company have been kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan, military sources told Reuters, years after a Polish engineer from the same company was beheaded by Pakistani militants. The six Geofizyka Krakow workers were snatched on Saturday afternoon

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Pakistan PM Sharif Names General Bajwa as New Army Chief

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 – Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday picked Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, a popular military leader credited for improving security and driving back Islamist militant groups, his spokesman said. The army chief is arguably the most powerful person in Pakistan, with the

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