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Int'l tribunal stays $5.8B fine on Pakistan in mining case

Sep. 18, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international tribunal has granted a stay pending a final decision on a $5.8 billion penalty imposed on Pakistan for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, the adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Friday. Pakistan had appealed the penalty imposed by the World...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves after appearing in a court in Lahore, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020 warned the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return home by Sept. 10 to face a corruption hearing or risk being declared a fugitive from justice. Sharif has been in London since authorities last November released him so he could travel and seek medical treatment abroad. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant for former PM Sharif

Sep. 15, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top court in Pakistan on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after he failed to return home to appear before judges to face corruption charges. The development came after the Islamabad High Court earlier this month gave the...

In this photo released Pakistan's military information wing 'Inter Services Public Relations', a U.S. delegation headed by peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, third left, hold talks with Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, second right, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan was in Pakistan on Monday to express his gratitude for Islamabad's role in helping launch the much-awaited negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan representatives, the Pakistani military said. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)

US envoy lauds Pakistan's role in Afghan peace talks process

Sep. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan was in Pakistan on Monday to express his gratitude for Islamabad's role in helping launch the much-awaited negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan representatives, the Pakistani military said. The historic negotiations kicked off over the weekend in...

Pakistani official who went missing last week returns home

Sep. 8, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani government official who went missing from the capital last week safely returned home Tuesday after unknown abductors freed him on the outskirts of Islamabad, officials and the man said. Sajid Gondal, who is a senior official at the country's financial regulatory body, took to...

Local officials visit the gold and copper mine site, in Reko Diq district in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province March 18, 2017. Pakistan is seeking the reversal of a $5.8 billion penalty imposed by an international tribunal for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, saying that paying the fine will hinder its ability to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The Reko Diq district is famed for its mineral wealth, including gold and copper. (AP Photo/Naseem James)

Pakistan seeking relief from $5.8B fine over mining lease

Sep. 7, 2020 1:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is seeking the reversal of a $5.8 billion penalty imposed by an international tribunal for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, saying that paying the fine would hinder its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Reko Diq district in southwestern Pakistan’s...

In this Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, a banner erected by the Indian army stands near Pangong Tso lake near the India-China border in India's Ladakh area. As the escalating and bitter military standoff between India and China protracts following their bloodiest confrontation in decades in the Ladakh region in 2020, experts warn the two nuclear-armed countries can unintentionally slide into a war over the roof of the world. The two most populous nations share thousands of kilometers (miles) disputed border and have accused each other for opening new fronts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

Experts warn China-India standoff risks unintentional war

Sep. 6, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — As a monthslong military standoff between India and China along their disputed mountain border protracts, experts warn that the nuclear-armed countries — which already have engaged in their bloodiest clash in decades — could unintentionally slide into war. For 45 years,...

In this photo provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, right, greets members of a Taliban political team on their arrival at the Foreign Ministry for talks, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. The team arrived in Pakistan on Monday as efforts appear to be ramping up to get negotiations underway between the Afghan government and the insurgents. The start of the talks, envisaged under a U.S.-Taliban peace agreement signed in February, was hampered by a series of delays that have frustrated Washington. (Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Taliban return to Doha setting stage for Afghan peace talks

Sep. 5, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Islamabad (AP) — Taliban officials say a senior delegation returned early Saturday to Qatar, paving the way for the start of peace talks with the Afghan government that are expected to take place in the tiny Gulf state. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to...

A veterinary from the international animal welfare organization 'Four Paws' offers comfort to an elephant named 'Kaavan' prior to his examination at the Maragzar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The team of vets are visiting Pakistan to assess the health condition of the 35-year-old elephant before shifting him to a sprawling animal sanctuary in Cambodia.  (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

'World's loneliest elephant' okayed to quit zoo for new life

Sep. 5, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An elephant who has become a cause celebre for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave his Pakistani zoo and transferred to better conditions, the animal welfare group helping with the case said Saturday. Dubbed the ‘world’s loneliest elephant' by...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves after appearing in a court in Lahore, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020 warned the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return home by Sept. 10 to face a corruption hearing or risk being declared a fugitive from justice. Sharif has been in London since authorities last November released him so he could travel and seek medical treatment abroad. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Pakistan warns ex-PM Sharif must return to face graft case

Sep. 1, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday warned the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return home by Sept. 10 to face a corruption hearing or risk being declared a fugitive from justice. Sharif has been in London since authorities last November released him so he could travel and...

A member of a social media rights group displays pictures of actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed's music video meant to depict a young bride’s joy that as shot in a mosque and went viral on the internet, at his office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. The video infuriated religious radicals who inundated social media with claims that Qamar’s dancing sullied the historic Wazir Khan Mosque. The uproar was the latest example of how trolling has exploded online in Pakistan since a lockdown, imposed in March over coronavirus concerns, confined tens of millions to their homes. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Trolls flood social media in Pakistan amid virus lockdown

Aug. 27, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — It was a music video meant to depict a young bride’s joy: Actress Saba Qamar, in a flowing white wedding gown with a golden hem, was twirled by the singer playing her groom in front of the mosaics of a 17th-century mosque in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. As soon as the...