Latest Pakistan government News

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...

Pakistan suspends judge who convicted ex-PM of corruption

Jul. 12, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's law minister says authorities have "temporarily barred a judge from working" after an opposition leader accused him of convicting her father, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, because of outside pressure. Farogh Naseem made the announcement Friday, days after Maryam Nawaz claimed...

Train collision in Pakistan kills 20

Jul. 11, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 74 others, hospital officials said. The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train struck it at Walhar Railway Station in...

Pakistan PM to visit Washington, meet Trump on July 22

Jul. 4, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Washington later this month for a meeting with President Donald Trump It will be Khan's first trip to the U.S. since becoming prime minister last year. Relations with Washington have been tense since then, with Trump cutting off aid and...

Pakistan gets approval from IMF for $6 billion loan

Jul. 3, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has approved a $6 billion bailout plan requested by the government of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to resuscitate the country's ailing economy. In a statement Wednesday, the IMF said the loan will help reduce public debt and expand social spending....

Pakistan says explosion in Kashmir kills 5 soldiers

Jul. 3, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An explosion killed five of Pakistani soldiers and wounded one near the heavily militarized border with neighboring India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said on Wednesday. India and Pakistan have fought several wars over the control of Kashmir, which both...

US declares Pakistan separatists a terrorist group

Jul. 3, 2019 1:54 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The United States has declared Pakistan's separatist Baluchistan Liberation Army organization a terrorist group and says it will seek to deny it resources for planning and carrying out attacks. The State Department announced the decision Tuesday. It says the Baluchistan Liberation...

Taliban bombing in Afghan capital kills 6, wounds scores

Jul. 1, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding more than a hundred, and sending a cloud of smoke billowing over the Afghan capital. At least 26 children were among the wounded, many of whom were cut by shards of glass when...

Pakistan arrests opposition leader on alleged drug charge

Jul. 1, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's main opposition party says authorities have arrested a leading party figure, Rana Sanaullah Khan, after claiming they found drugs in one of his vehicles on a highway. A spokeswoman for the Muslim League party, Uzma Bukhari, said Khan was arrested Monday. He is the head of...

Pakistan's PM to visit US, meet with Trump in July

Jun. 30, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani top official says the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to the U.S. to meet with President Donald Trump in late July. Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Sunday this would be the first high-level engagement between the two countries while peace...