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Pakistan arrests ex-prime minister on corruption allegations

Jul. 18, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan arrested a former prime minister Thursday over alleged irregularities related to the import of natural gas from Qatar. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi served as prime minister for nearly a year after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office in July 2017 for failing to...

Pakistan arrests US-wanted terror suspect in Mumbai attacks

Jul. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday arrested a radical cleric and U.S.-wanted terror suspect implicated in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officials said, just days ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Washington. Hafiz Saeed was taken into custody in Punjab province while traveling from the...

Pakistan arrests US-wanted terror suspect blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks, days ahead of prime minister's Washington trip

Jul. 17, 2019 4:27 AM EDT
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan arrests US-wanted terror suspect blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks, days ahead of prime minister's Washington trip.

Pakistani journalists hold protests to denounce censorship

Jul. 16, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani journalists held nationwide protests Tuesday to denounce rampant censorship by the country's powerful security services, massive layoffs due to budget cuts and months-long delays in payments of their wages. The rallies, dubbed Day of Protests, were spearheaded by the...

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...