Latest Pakistan News

Pakistanis hoist miles-long Kashmir flag in solidarity march

Oct. 20, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A giant Kashmiri flag has been unfurled by thousands of Pakistani demonstrators, stretching five kilometers (three miles) through the streets of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. The solidarity protest is meant to draw attention to Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region that remains divided...

India, Pakistan exchange fire in Kashmir, killing 9

Oct. 20, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Pakistani and Indian soldiers traded fire in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least nine people on both sides, officials said. The Indian military said Pakistani soldiers targeted an Indian border post and civilian areas along the highly militarized frontier in Kashmir early in...

Pakistan avoids terror financing blacklist _ for now

Oct. 18, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An international monitoring agency has given Pakistan four months to prove it is fighting terrorism financing and money laundering — or it could be put on a damaging global blacklist. The Financial Action Task Force also threatened Iran, which is already blacklisted, with even tougher...

UK royal couple returns home after 5-day visit to Pakistan

Oct. 18, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate wrapped up their five-day visit to Pakistan on Friday, in which they dined with the prime minister and made an emotional tour of a cancer hospital previously visited by William's mother, the late Princess Diana. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge...

Pakistan blacklists, expels global journalists' group leader

Oct. 18, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blacklisted and expelled the Asia coordinator of global press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists, the group's executive director said Friday. Joel Simon called the expulsion of Steven Butler "baffling" and "a slap in the face" to those concerned about press freedom...

Pakistan silences army's critics with raids, terror charges

Oct. 17, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A dozen plainclothes Pakistani security forces attempted Thursday to raid the former home of a human rights activist who recently fled to the United States seeking asylum. Gulalai Ismail's elderly parents said they were ordered to come outside "just to talk," but refused. The security men...

UK's Prince William, Kate tour Pakistani cultural hub Lahore

Oct. 17, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Britain's Prince William and wife Kate toured Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, where they undertook an emotional visit to a cancer hospital previously visited by William's mother, the late Princess Diana. The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre...

UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Oct. 17, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday. The report also said that for...

Troops in Kashmir exchange fire, 4 civilians killed

Oct. 16, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged gunfire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others, officials from both sides said Wednesday, as tensions remain high between the two South Asian countries. Kashmir is split between Pakistan...

Pakistan says Saudis, Iran willing to pursue diplomacy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Iran and Saudi Arabia have indicated a willingness to pursue diplomacy to end their disputes after Pakistan's prime minister traveled to both countries to try and ease tensions. Tensions between the rival Middle Eastern countries escalated following last...