Latest Pakistan government News

Reshuffle in Pakistani cabinet after finance minister quits

Apr. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister reshuffled his cabinet Thursday, changing the portfolios of some key ministers just hours after the country's finance minister stepped down amid a wave of criticism over government handling of a financial crisis that has sent prices soaring. Finance Minister Asad...

Separatists kill 14 passengers on bus in southwest Pakistan

Apr. 18, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen wearing Pakistani police and paramilitary uniforms ambushed a bus before dawn Thursday and killed 14 people after going through their ID cards and forcing them out on a remote part of a coastal highway in restive southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said. Hours after...

Suicide bombing at open-air market in Pakistan kills 20

Apr. 12, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted an open-air market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others, police and hospital officials said. Shortly after the bombing, struck near a Shiite residential area, dozens of angry Shiite...

Pakistani official: Powerful rainstorm in northwest kills 6

Apr. 10, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani government official says a powerful rainstorm with heavy winds across the country's northwest killed at least six people overnight. Taimur Khan, a spokesman for the provincial Disaster Management Authority said on Wednesday that several people were also injured in the...

Jobs, castes and other issues in India's general elections

Apr. 10, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 promising big-ticket economic reforms. But with unemployment rising and signature policies getting panned, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a nationalist pitch ahead of a general election that begins this week. The last...

Afghan officials: Taliban storm army checkpoints near Pakistan border overnight, killing 20 troops

Apr. 9, 2019 9:37 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials: Taliban storm army checkpoints near Pakistan border overnight, killing 20 troops.

Pakistan anti-graft court indicts opposition leader, his son

Apr. 9, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal has indicted opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif on charges he misused his authority to benefit his family's factory while he was chief minister in the eastern Punjab province. His son Hamza Shahbaz was also indicted during Tuesday's brief court hearing...

Taliban siege in remote Afghan province kills 12 more troops

Apr. 5, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition. The...

Pakistan, India trade fire in disputed Kashmir: 7 people die

Apr. 2, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving seven people dead — three Pakistani soldiers, a Pakistani villager, an Indian woman and a girl and a member of the Indian paramilitary troops, officials said Tuesday. The fatalities were some of the...

Facebook shuts down accounts linked to Pakistan's military

Apr. 1, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Facebook said Monday it has shut down more than 100 misleading pages, groups and accounts linked to the Pakistani military. It said the accounts were eliminated because they engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" — a term used to refer to fake accounts run with the intent of...