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The AP Interview: New Pakistani FM seeks better ties with US

May. 20, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan’s new foreign minister says the United States and his country must move beyond past tensions over Afghanistan and are entering a new engagement after years of strained relations under former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the...

Pakistani rupee drops to record low amid talks with IMF

May. 19, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s currency plummeted to an all-time record low in intraday trading against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, amid uncertainty about the success of crucial talks between the International Monetary Fund and the government of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif who is considering...

Indian court convicts Kashmiri rebel leader of terrorism

May. 19, 2022 05:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday convicted a top Kashmiri separatist leader in a terrorism-related case that carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty or life imprisonment. Mohammed Yasin Malik had been charged with terrorist acts, illegally raising funds, being a...

Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

May. 19, 2022 04:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with rising violence, Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil, but so far the Taliban remain reluctant to take action — trying instead to broker a peace. Last month came a...

Top US and Pakistan diplomats say they want stronger ties

May. 18, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met for the first time Wednesday and both said they want to strengthen ties between the two countries. Bhutto Zardari flew to New York to attend a ministerial...

Pakistan Taliban extend truce for more talks with government

May. 18, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday said they are extending a cease-fire with the government until May 30, after the two sides held an initial round of talks hosted by the Afghan Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. The spokesman for the militant group, Mohammad...

Military says shootout kills 2 Pakistani Taliban commanders

May. 17, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Security forces killed two local Pakistani Taliban commanders in a shootout Tuesday in a former militant stronghold in the country’s northwest, the military said. In a statement, it said the militants were killed in North Waziristan, a district in the...

Pakistan arrests woman allegedly targeting Chinese workers

May. 16, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces acting on intelligence arrested a woman who was allegedly planning attacks on Chinese working on construction projects in the southwest, authorities said Monday. The arrest was announced by the counter-terrorism department in...

Pakistan ups security for ex-PM Khan over deadly plot claims

May. 16, 2022 04:16 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan beefed up security around former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, the interior ministry said, two days after he had claimed at a rally in eastern Punjab province that there was a plot to assassinate him. The ministry said in a statement that dozens of...

Suicide bomber kills 6, gunmen kill 2 Sikhs in NW Pakistan

May. 15, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bombing near a security forces vehicle killed three soldiers and three children in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan on Sunday, while gunmen shot dead two minority Sikhs in Peshawar, officials said. A military statement said the...