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Pakistan

PTI's latest move

EVERY passing day seems to bring out a new, desperate side of Imran Khan and the PTI leadership. Twenty-four hours after vowing to lead a so-called civil disobedience movement against the federal government, the PTI chief announced yesterday that his party was quitting all assemblies, other than the provincial assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while today he is to lead the PTI protesters into the high-security red zone of Islamabad which houses parliament, Prime Minister House and other important buildings, including...

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India has cancelled talks with Pakistan after accusing it of interfering in India's internal affairs. It comes after Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi consulted Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of talks which were agreed in May. Relations seemed to be on the mend when new Indian PM Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart to his swearing-in...

Imran Khan's MPs quit Pakistan seats

Imran Khan's MPs quit Pakistan seats

Imran Khan's opposition party in Pakistan says it has decided to resign all its seats in the national assembly. A senior member of party said they were trying to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf party has 34 seats in the lower house of the parliament, making it the second...

Bangladeshis being smuggled into HK via Shenzhen

Bangladeshis being smuggled into HK via Shenzhen

Hundreds of illegal jobseekers, mostly from Bangladesh and Pakistan are allegedly being smuggled into Hong Kong (HK) through Shenzhen of China, a HK-based English daily reported today. The South China Morning Post report claimed that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh or Pakistan had entered HK by boat in the past years. Migrants fly into cities across...

Pakistan leader Imran Khan calls for show of strength

Pakistan leader Imran Khan calls for show of strength

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan, who is leading one of two large anti-government demonstrations in the capital, has called on followers to show their strength on Sunday as he tries to force the government to resign. Khan, a former international cricket star whose speech is still peppered with metaphors of the game, told supporters...

Pakistan protesters vow no let-up until PM resigns

Pakistan protesters vow no let-up until PM resigns

The leaders of two Pakistani protest movements vowed on Saturday to keep their protests alive until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns, after thousands entered the country's capital in the biggest challenge yet to the 15-month-old civilian government. "I will not leave here until I have got real freedom for the country," former cricket star...

Shots fired at Imran Khan's convoy

Shots fired at Imran Khan's convoy

Clashes have erupted in Pakistan after an attack on a convoy of protesters heading to the capital Islamabad, led by opposition politician Imran Khan. A crowd pelted the convoy with stones in the city of Gujranwala. Officials from Khan's party said his vehicle was also shot at but he was not hurt. This protest is...

Pakistan govt splits protests

Pakistan govt splits protests

Thousands of protesters preparing to march on the Pakistani capital gathered in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, buoyed by a last-minute court order that a peaceful march could go ahead and a government promise to obey the ruling. The festive air at the home of cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan was in stark...

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The idea of partition recedes in shadows

INDIA'S independence or the migration of Hindus and Muslims on the basis of religion is as old as fifty seven years. I remember leaving my home in Sialkot city on August 14 itself because the new state of Pakistan did not entertain non-Muslims, just as East Punjab did not want any Muslim in their midst. I heard Jawaharlal Nehru's famous 'tryst' speech at my home town, Sialkot. However, I crossed the border on September 17, thirty two days after independence....

Bomb kills religious leader, guards in Pakistan

Bomb kills religious leader, guards in Pakistan

A bomb killed a Pakistani religious leader and two of his guards during a celebration at a northwestern shrine on Monday, police said, as officers prepared for a militant backlash over a continuing military operation. Pakistan launched a military offensive in June to seize control of the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, a remote...

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