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The Latest: Pakistan arrests key suspects in Kashmir attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the latest escalation between Pakistan and India (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Pakistan’s Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including the brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group that India has blamed for the Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 … Continue reading The Latest: Pakistan arrests key suspects in Kashmir attack

The Latest: Pakistan brings captured Indian pilot to border

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local): 4:50 p.m. India’s prime minister says a tough response by his country’s armed forces to recent attacks in Indian controlled Kashmir have curtailed the influence of terror groups in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to curtail acts of terrorism further. Modi, … Continue reading The Latest: Pakistan brings captured Indian pilot to border

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan ready to hand over Indian pilot amid more shelling

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan prepared to hand over a captured Indian pilot Friday while blistering cross-border attacks across the disputed Himalayan Kashmir region continued for a fourth straight day, even as the two nuclear-armed neighbors seek to defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades. Tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers face off … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan ready to hand over Indian pilot amid more shelling

Pakistan says Indian aircraft bomb its territory

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military spokesman tweeted that Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday and carried out an airstrike but said there were no casualties from the attack. Maj. Gen Asif Ghafoor said the Indian “aircrafts” crossed into the Pakistan-controlled Muzafarabad sector of Kashmir. He added that Pakistan scrambled fighter jets and before turning … Continue reading Pakistan says Indian aircraft bomb its territory

ISLAMABAD | Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many Pakistanis, who were preparing to welcome the Saudi delegation amid extraordinary security in the capital. Without giving any explanation, the Foreign Ministry said Prince Mohammad … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day

ISLAMABAD | Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. The two-day meeting in the Russian capital, which starts Tuesday, is seen as another … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban to take part in ‘intra-Afghan’ talks in Moscow

KARACHI, Pakistan | The Latest: Death toll in Pakistan bombing rises to 25

KARACHI, Pakistan — The Latest on the attack on the Chinese Consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Pakistani police say the death toll from a bombing at an open-air food market in the country’s northwest has risen to 25. The attack on Friday took place in the town of … Continue reading KARACHI, Pakistan | The Latest: Death toll in Pakistan bombing rises to 25

ISLAMABAD | Defense lawyer in Pakistan blasphemy case flees country

ISLAMABAD— The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for his safety, her brother said Saturday. James Masih said Asia Bibi’s lawyer, Saiful Malook, left Pakistan, without providing further details. Malook’s phone was switched off. Pakistan’s top court acquitted … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Defense lawyer in Pakistan blasphemy case flees country

ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Lawyer in blasphemy case flees Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — The Latest on the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy (all times local): 10:15 a.m. The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Lawyer in blasphemy case flees Pakistan

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s ‘father of Taliban’ cleric killed in knife attack

ISLAMABAD — Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the “father of the Taliban,” was killed in a knife attack at his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, his family and police said. Haq’s son, Hamidul Haq, said his father was alone in his bedroom when he was attacked by … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s ‘father of Taliban’ cleric killed in knife attack

ISLAMABAD  | Protests in Pakistan delay release of Christian woman

ISLAMABAD  — The release of a Christian woman in Pakistan who was acquitted after she was sentenced to death for blasphemy has apparently been delayed after talks failed between the government and Islamists who wanted her publicly hanged. Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the 2010 conviction of Asia Bibi on charges of insulting Islam’s … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Protests in Pakistan delay release of Christian woman

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan court frees Christian on death row for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD — A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row under Pakistan’s blasphemy law was acquitted and released Wednesday by the country’s top court, a ruling that raised fears of violence by religious extremists who held angry protests over the verdict. After she was freed, Asia Bibi was taken to an undisclosed location … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan court frees Christian on death row for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Khan warns radical Islamists after acquittal

ISLAMABAD — The Latest on the acquittal in Pakistan of a Christian woman jailed since 2010 for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (all times local): 8: 10 p.m. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says he will take stern action against any radical Islamists who incite people to kill three judges who acquitted a Christian woman who … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | The Latest: Khan warns radical Islamists after acquittal

ISLAMABAD | Russia releases Pakistani pop singer flying around the world

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says pop singer Fakhre Alam, who is attempting to fly around the world in 28 days, has been released by officials in Russia after briefly detaining him upon his arrival in the country with an expired visa. In Tuesday’s statement, it said Alam embarked on the journey earlier this month … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Russia releases Pakistani pop singer flying around the world

ISLAMABAD | Bus falls into gorge, 17 killed in north Pakistani

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistani police say at least 17 passengers have been killed when a bus fell into a gorge in northern Pakistan. Officer Abdul Ghafoor said Sunday that the bus was heading to Rawalpindi from Ghiberti in Gilgit Baltistan when it fell into the deep gorge in Kohistan District. Ghafoor said 17 bodies have been … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Bus falls into gorge, 17 killed in north Pakistani

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s president says no ties with Israel

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi says the country will not establishing ties with Israel and that it supports the Palestinians because the Gaza Strip has also faced “unprecedented atrocities” like Kashmir. Alvi, before departing to Ankara on a three-day visit Sunday, told reporters that all speculation about the landing of an Israeli jet at an … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s president says no ties with Israel

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan gets $6B in Saudi aid after PM attends forum

ISLAMABAD— Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s decision to attend a Riyadh investment conference despite the outcry over the killing of a Saudi journalist has coincided with an agreement for a $6 billion assistance package from the oil-rich kingdom, a crucial infusion of cash as Pakistan grapples with a soaring deficit. Analysts say the Saudi infusion will … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan gets $6B in Saudi aid after PM attends forum

ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  — Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday. A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan delays ruling on blasphemy death sentence case

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court postponed its ruling Monday on the final appeal of a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy against Islam. The judicial panel listened to Asia Bibi’s defense lawyer challenge statements by those who accused her of insulting Islam’s prophet, an allegation punishable … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan delays ruling on blasphemy death sentence case

ISLAMABAD | US’s Pompeo arrives in Pakistan hoping to ‘reset’ relations

ISLAMABAD — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday at a time when relations between the two countries have sunk to a new low. The United States last weekend canceled a $300 million Coalition Support Fund payment to Pakistan and on board the plane to Pakistan, Pompeo announced his appointment of … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | US’s Pompeo arrives in Pakistan hoping to ‘reset’ relations

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan temporarily closes consulate in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan temporarily closed its consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad citing “intervention” by the provincial governor and a lack of security, but an Afghan official said Saturday that the issue was a simple misunderstanding and would be resolved shortly. In a letter to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan’s embassy … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan temporarily closes consulate in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan rally ends after Dutch cartoon contest is canceled

ISLAMABAD— Thousands of Pakistan’s hard-line Islamists have called off their rally after reaching near Islamabad following the cancellation of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest by a Dutch anti-Muslim lawmaker. The far-right opposition politician Geert Wilders said Thursday he canceled the cartoon contest following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk. The … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan rally ends after Dutch cartoon contest is canceled

ISLAMABAD | New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD  — Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his first televised speech in office that Pakistan is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds. A day after he was sworn in, Khan promised reforms across all fields. “I want to see Pakistan … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD | Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan said Sunday that the country is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds. In his first televised speech, and a day after he was sworn in, Khan promised reforms across all fields. “I … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s next prime minister, in a step toward the country’s third civilian transfer of power. In the vote at the National Assembly, Khan secured 176 votes, defeating the opposition’s candidate, Shahbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League party, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

ISLAMABAD | Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

ISLAMABAD — In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of the Taliban’s increasing political presence in the region, the head of the militant group’s political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials, Uzbek and Taliban officials said Saturday. Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan: Russian climber rescued, another dies on glacier

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s military says it rescued a Russian climber stranded on a treacherous peak in the north after his fellow mountaineer fell to his death last week. An army statement says a helicopter plucked climber Alexander Gukov from Latok, at a height of 6,294 meters — about 20,650 feet — in a “daring rescue” … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan: Russian climber rescued, another dies on glacier