Latest Pakistan News

Rights group draws attention to heavy smog in Pakistan

Nov. 22, 2019 12:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore are at risk of respiratory disease because of poor air quality related to thick smog hanging over the region, an international rights group said Friday. Amnesty International called for “urgent...

Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

Nov. 21, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016. Trump made separate calls Thursday to Khan and...

Pakistan’s rights body concerned over abduction of activist

Nov. 21, 2019 2:19 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s independent rights body says last week’s abduction of an activist may be a case of forced disappearance and that he might have been taken or imprisoned by state security services. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan raised the alarm on Thursday about the Nov. 13...

India says Kashmir improving but restrictions stay

Nov. 20, 2019 3:52 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s home minister said Wednesday that normalcy has returned in most areas in Indian-controlled Kashmir but the detention of politicians and the blockade of the internet and social media were continuing because of security concerns. Home Minister Amit Shah said offices and...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...

ITF moves Pakistan-India Davis Cup matchup to Kazakhstan

Nov. 19, 2019 5:26 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The International Tennis Federation has moved Pakistan’s Davis Cup matchup against India to a neutral venue in Kazakhstan. The best-of-five series between the fierce political rivals will be played in Nur-Sultan on Nov. 29-30. The ITF says “the Davis Cup Committee has voted...

Ex-PM Sharif leaves Pakistan for medical treatment in London

Nov. 19, 2019 2:38 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted of corruption, left the country on Tuesday to travel to London for medical treatment. The 69-year-old Sharif, who served three times as prime minister but fell from grace after the Supreme Court ousted...

Taliban officials tell AP that 3 released Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar for swap for American, Australian hostage

Nov. 19, 2019 12:59 AM EST
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials tell AP that 3 released Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar for swap for American, Australian hostage.

Avalanche hits Indian army post in Himalayas, 6 killed

Nov. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An avalanche hit an Indian army post Monday on a Himalayan glacier in the disputed Kashmir region, killing four soldiers and their two civilian porters, the army said. The avalanche happened at height of more than 5,485 meters (17,995 feet) in the northern part of the Siachen...

Police: Wooden boat capsizes in Pakistan, killing at least 8

Nov. 18, 2019 3:24 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say an overloaded, small wooden boat capsized in eastern Punjab province, killing eight passengers and leaving several others missing. Local police chief Mohammad Imran says the boat tilted on its side, filled with water and sank on Monday in the Sutlej River near...