Latest Islamabad News

UN court rejects Pakistan's argument in Indian spy case

Jul. 17, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court ordered Pakistan on Wednesday to stay the execution of an alleged Indian spy and undertake a full review of his case, after agreeing with India's contention the man's rights had been violated in a case that has been a source of friction...

Pakistani businesses on strike over new IMF-backed taxes

Jul. 13, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani businesses were on strike Saturday in a nationwide protest against an increased sales tax, which opposition political parties said was imposed as part of the International Monetary Fund's recent $6 billion bailout package for Islamabad. The strike...

Afghan president visits Pakistan, talks peace, renews ties

Jun. 27, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's president Thursday praised Pakistan's efforts to advance the peace process in the region as he reached out to Islamabad for help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Kabul government, Pakistani officials said.  Ashraf Ghani's remarks came at the...

UN agency demands justice for killed Pakistani activist

Jun. 27, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top U.N. agency is demanding justice for Pakistani social media activist and blogger Mohammad Bilal Khan, killed in a knife attack in Islamabad earlier this month. Khan was an outspoken critic of the country's political and military leaders. The military has said state security forces...

Pakistan's opposition meets to discuss how to oust PM Khan

Jun. 26, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The top leaders of Pakistan's major opposition political parties have met in Islamabad to discuss how to oust the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan over his alleged failure in handling the country's economic crisis. Wednesday's multiparty meeting took place the same day that...

Pakistan thanks Qatar for planned $3 billion investment

Jun. 25, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Islamabad has thanked Qatar for the $3 billion investment in Pakistan announced by the energy-rich Gulf Arab nation's ruler. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, economic adviser to Pakistani prime minister, tweeted Pakistan's thanks on Monday, hours after Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made the...

Afghan leaders begin peace summit in Pakistan

Jun. 22, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan political leaders attended a peace conference in neighboring Pakistan on Saturday to pave the way for further Afghan-to-Afghan dialogue. The conference is to be followed by meetings and working sessions over the next two days, all of which come in the run-up to Afghan...

Surviving Italian climbers mourn death of Pakistan colleague

Jun. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An Italian mountaineer who along with five other climbers narrowly survived an expedition in Pakistan, burst into tears Thursday as he recalled helplessly looking on as one of his Pakistani colleagues was swept away by an avalanche at an altitude of around 5,300 meters (17,390 feet)...

Pakistan's army denies 'state agencies' killed activist

Jun. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army has condemned the killing of an outspoken critic of the country's political and military leaders, saying state security forces were not responsible for his death. Tuesday's reaction by an army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said it was "ill-intended propaganda to...

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Jun. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her. All the 19-year-old would say was that her new husband — a Chinese man her family sold her off to in marriage — was torturing...