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Pakistani army says shootout with militants killed 2 troops

Jun. 27, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A shootout between Pakistani soldiers and militants in the country’s northwest, near the border with Afghanistan, has killed two soldiers and seven militants, the army said. According to a military statement, the exchange took place on Sunday in Ghulam Khan, a...

Pakistan stock market plunges on new govt tax on industries

Jun. 24, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s stock exchange briefly halted trading Friday after its benchmark index plunged sharply following an announcement by the newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif that he was imposing a new, 10% tax on major industries. Sharif, who appeared on the...

Pakistani prime minister appears in court in corruption case

Jun. 20, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif appeared in court on Monday in connection with an old corruption case and was granted exemption from further appearances in person in the hearings, his defense lawyer said. The case dating back four...

Pakistan to stay on terror financing watchdog's 'gray list'

Jun. 17, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international watchdog said Friday it will keep Pakistan on a so-called “gray list” of countries that do not take full measures to combat money laundering and terror financing but raised hopes that its removal would follow an upcoming visit to Islamabad to determine its...

Pakistani govt chided for 'Drink less tea, save money' plea

Jun. 16, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A minister in Pakistan's newly elected government faced criticism Wednesday following his plea to the nation to drink less tea to help save on imports amid a deepening economic crisis. Pakistan is among the world's top tea importers, a hugely popular drink among...

Pakistan military: Soldier killed in shootout with militants

Jun. 12, 2022 06:01 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with militants in the tribal district of North Waziristan near the Afghan border, the military said Sunday. The shootout took place in the Datta Khel area and security forces quickly started a...

Pakistan's new govt presents budget, hoping for IMF bailout

Jun. 10, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s new coalition government on Friday presented its first budget in Parliament, levying more taxes on the rich and vowing to remove subsidies on energy and fuel, mainly in an effort aimed at reviving the $6 billion bailout package by the International Monetary Fund. ...

Family: Pakistan ex-ruler Musharraf critically ill in Dubai

Jun. 10, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf is critically ill and has been hospitalized in Dubai since last month, his family said Friday. They asked for prayers for Musharraf's health while denying local media reports back home that he is on a ventilator. ...

Pakistanis rally to denounce India over remarks about Islam

Jun. 09, 2022 12:38 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Islamists rallied Thursday and briefly scuffled with police in Pakistan's capital, urging Muslim countries to cut diplomatic ties with New Delhi over remarks by two officials from India’s ruling party that were derogatory to the Prophet Muhammad. The...

Muslim nations slam India over insulting remarks about Islam

Jun. 06, 2022 21:46 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is facing major diplomatic outrage from Muslim-majority countries after top officials in the governing Hindu nationalist party made derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, drawing accusations of blasphemy across some Arab nations that have left New Delhi...