Latest Pakistan government News

Pakistan's new army chief takes charge of military

Nov. 29, 2022 14:02 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s new military chief took command of the country's armed forces on Tuesday as a political rift between the government and the popular opposition leader deepened. He took over a day after a renewed threat from a key militant group behind scores of deadly attacks over 15...

Pakistan Taliban ends cease-fire with govt, vows new attacks

Nov. 28, 2022 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday ended a monthslong cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, ordering its fighters to resume attacks across the country, where scores of deadly attacks have been blamed on the insurgent group. In a statement, the outlawed...

Pakistan arrests senator over comments about army chief

Nov. 27, 2022 05:06 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Federal police in Pakistan have arrested a senator for comments critical of top military officers, colleagues from his Tehreek-e-Insaf political party said Sunday. It was the second time he was taken into custody in as many months. Azam Khan Swati, a senior member...

Pakistan's ex-PM Khan says his party to quit all assemblies

Nov. 27, 2022 01:03 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former premier Imran Khan said Saturday his party was quitting the country's regional and national assemblies, as he made his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month. Khan, a former cricket star turned politician,...

Military says its forces killed 9 insurgents in SW Pakistan

Nov. 26, 2022 09:58 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani security forces shot and killed nine alleged insurgents Saturday during a raid on their hideout in southwestern Baluchistan province, the military said. A military statement said security forces conducted a raid on members of the separatist Baluchistan...

Pakistan appoints ex-spy master Gen. Munir as new army chief

Nov. 24, 2022 23:15 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has named the country's former spy chief as head of the military, the information minister said Thursday, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. The army has historically wielded huge influence in Pakistan,...

Pakistan PM to appoint new army chief amid political turmoil

Nov. 23, 2022 10:21 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is poised to appoint a new army chief after receiving a list of candidates for the key position, officials said Wednesday, despite ongoing political turmoil in the country. Pakistan’s army has historically wielded huge...

Insurgency, neglect hurt flood relief in Pakistani province

Nov. 22, 2022 01:13 AM EST

GANDAKHA, Pakistan (AP) — Maryam Jamali should have been preparing for an economics exam. Instead, the teenager from the flood-hit Pakistani province of Baluchistan was helping organize postpartum clinics and shelter for people neglected by relief efforts. Baluchistan is...

Pakistani court orders release of man who attacked Musharraf

Nov. 21, 2022 05:55 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the release of a man on completion of his jail term in connection with the 2003 assassination attempt on the country's former President Pervez Musharraf, a defense lawyer said. Rana Tanveer had been sentenced to 14 years...

3 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir avalanche

Nov. 19, 2022 02:24 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An avalanche in Kashmir has killed three Indian soldiers along the heavily militarized Himalayan frontier between India and Pakistan, the Indian military said Saturday. A slide of snow hit the northwestern Machil sector in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday...