Everything you need to know about Islamabad: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Everything you need to know about Islamabad: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Islamabad, May 24 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's two-day Pakistan visit "went beyond the symbolic", said a daily which noted China is a wealthy neighbour that "does not hand out free lunches".
Islamabad, May 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan, while hearing the six identical petitions against former Pakistan Army Chief and president Pervez Musharraf, has observed that it is the jurisdiction of the federation to lodge a complaint and constitute a special court for his trial for subverting and abrogating the constitution.
Islamabad, May 23: (ANI): Drone strikes in Pakistan have fallen sharply since their peak in 2010, perhaps in response to increasing scrutiny of the programme by the US Congress and the American public, according to a media report.
Islamabad, May 23 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that his government will continue the policy of reconciliation initiated by former premier Benazir Bhutto.
Islamabad, May 23 (ANI): US ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson has said that holding talks with the Taliban is a prerogative of the Pakistani government.
Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) "You're going to lose," a brave woman told one of the two machete-wielding London attackers who killed a soldier.
Islamabad, May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's former Test captain, Aamir Sohail, has said that the country's chances in the ICC Champions Trophy depend on their adaptability to the conditions.
Islamabad, May 22 (IANS) Li Keqiang left India for Pakistan Wednesday, the second stop of his first overseas trip as China's premier. Xinhua described the Islamabad-Beijing ties as an "all-weather strategic partnership".
Islamabad, May 20 (IANS) The Taliban's offer for peace talks should be taken seriously as every issue cannot be solved through use of power and bullet, Pakistan's prime minister-designate Nawaz Sharif said Monday.
Islamabad, May 20 (ANI): Incoming Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Ahfaq Parvez Kayani have agreed to 'overhaul' the country's national security and foreign policy in a closed door meeting.
Islamabad, May 19 (IANS) A man was lynched to death and two others, including an alleged prostitute, were injured after they were caught in an "objectionable" condition in a house near the Pakistani capital, a media report said Sunday.
Islamabad, May 18 (ANI): The coming provincial government was ready to hold talks with the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) senior leader has said.
Islamabad, May 18 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and 25 injured when twin blasts hit two mosques in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province ahead of the Friday prayers, Geo News reported.
Islamabad, May 17 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured when twin blasts hit two mosques in Malakand town in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Friday afternoon, reported Xinhua citing local media.
Islamabad, May 17 (ANI): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will begin the process of verifying votes by matching thumbprints with the NADRA database within two weeks, an official has said.
Islamabad, May 17 (ANI): Former Pakistan military chief and president, Pervez Musharraf, has decided to launch a 'peoples' movement in order to clear his name and stay politically relevant as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz comes to power next week.
Lahore, May 17 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is all set to form government in Islamabad as it has acquired majority in the National Assembly after as many as 17 independent winners of NA seats joined the Nawaz Sharif-led party.
Islamabad, May 16 (ANI): The Pakistani Taliban, also known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has said that they do not rule out a 'ceasefire' if the new government 'shows seriousness' to their dialogue offer.
Islamabad, May 16 (ANI): The brother of slain Pakistani minister Shahbaz Bhatti will speak in front of Pope Francis and some 120,000 members of new Catholic religious movements on Saturday, the Vatican has said.
Lahore, May 16 (ANI): Former Pakistan army chief and president Pervez Musharraf, who is being tried in a number of cases of serious nature and detained at his farmhouse sub-jail, will leave the country before the swearing-in of the new government, according to PML-Z chief and MNA-elect Ijazul Haq.
Islamabad, May 15 (ANI): The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) of Pakistan has expressed concerns over the failure of the interior ministry to seek its endorsement while issuing visas to foreign journalists, granting extensions to them and cancelling them.
Rawalpindi, May 15 (ANI): An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has extended former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf's house arrest over the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto until May 28, according to a prosecutor.
Islamabad, May 14 (IANS) Forty-nine polling stations in Pakistan achieved the impossible -- the votes polled were more than the total number of voters.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) Nawaz Sharif, who is poised to become Pakistan's prime minister for the third time, Monday said he would forge friendly ties with India and invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his oath-taking ceremony.
Islamabad, May 13 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is all set to form the next government in the centre, will revisit the foreign policy, including all 'covert and overt' agreements with the United States, according to a source.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) The Election Commission of Pakistan summoned a meeting Monday to review complaints of rigging in last week's polls, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has emerged as the majority party in Sindh and now looks set to form the government in the province on its own, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 45 injured in a suicide attack on the convoy of Balochistan province's police chief in Pakistan late Sunday.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) At least three people were killed and 40 injured when a blast occurred in the Quetta city of Pakistan's Balochistan province late Sunday, Geo news reported.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) The elections have been a "resounding victory for democracy", said a Pakistani daily which noted that for the very first time power will be transferred in the manner laid down by the constitution.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) "Nawaz Sharif will be your prime minister," said his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif as their party surged ahead in the Pakistan polls.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) President Asif Ali Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur won the Larkana in the general elections, a media report said Sunday.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) At least 32 people were killed and 224 others injured in a number of attacks and incidents of violence across Pakistan on the day of general and provincial assembly elections, media reports said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Saturday congratulated the people of the country for showing faith in democracy despite threats to their lives.
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): The political fraternity in India on Saturday prayed for stability in Pakistan as the counting began to elect a new government.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) admitted Saturday that it failed to hold free and fair polls in the country's largest city of Karachi.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) The Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced Saturday it will boycott elections over rigging in Karachi, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) A photograph showing a Pakistani ballot box that had been forcibly emptied of ballots went viral on the internet Saturday.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) A voter was killed and seven others were injured Saturday in two separate bombings in Pakistan's Balochistan province, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) Unfazed by Taliban threats and bombings, millions of Pakistanis Saturday voted in parliamentary elections that will mark a democratic transition from one elected government to another.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) President Asif Ali Zardari cast his vote through postal ballot, a media report said Saturday.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) Eight people were injured in a bombing that targeted female voters at a polling station in Pakistan's Peshawar city, police said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) Firdous Ashiq Awan, a former Pakistani minister, Saturday withdrew from the electoral fray, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and 50 injured Saturday in a massive explosion close to a polling station in Karachi, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) "When good people do not vote, bad people benefit," said Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim after casting his vote Saturday.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) Pakistanis braved Taliban threats to turn up at polling stations Saturday to decide the fate of 23,000 candidates, marking a democratic transition from one elected civilian government to another.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Saturday cast his vote in Rawalpindi.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) Queues formed outside polling stations in Pakistan Saturday, with voters eager to cast their ballot.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) The ballot papers used in the Pakistan polls Saturday weighed a staggering 650 tonnes, an official said.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) As many as 75,000 soldiers stood guard across Pakistan as polling began Saturday.
Islamabad, May 10 (IANS) Pakistan was on the edge Friday, a day before it goes to the polls to decide the fate of 23,000 candidates who stayed on despite a volatile run-up that saw at least 100 people being killed in a series of terror attacks and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son being abducted.
Islamabad, May 10 (ANI): Votes of the non-Muslim sections in Pakistan are likely to play a decisive role in the final result of May 11 polls, according to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman, Tariq Malik.
Islamabad, May 10 (IANS) Police are still clueless about the whereabouts of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider Gilani who was abducted Thursday, said a media report Friday.
Islamabad, May 10 (ANI): Pakistan's Attorney General Irfan Qadir has said that any legal proceedings against former president Pervez Musharraf would have serious political repercussions and ramifications.
Islamabad, May 10 (ANI): The chief commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has issued a mandate to Taliban commanders to carry out widespread attacks in the country on May 11.
Islamabad, May 9 (IANS) At least five people were killed Thursday when they fell from the seventh floor of a 13-storey building that caught fire in Pakistan's Lahore metropolis, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 9 (IANS) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday condemned the kidnapping of the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after an attack on a political gathering, a presidential spokesman said.
Islamabad, May 9 (ANI): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son has been kidnapped by unidentified armed men from Pakistan People's Party (PPP) corner meeting in Multan.
Islamabad, May 9 (IANS) Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider Gilani was abducted Thursday from a street corner meeting in a town in Pakistan's Punjab province by armed men, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 9 (ANI): An unknown terror group has warned that women in Pakistan's Waziristan area should not vote in Saturday's general election, threatening punishment if they did.
Islamabad, May 8 (IANS) At least two women were killed and more than 20, including five policemen, injured when a suicide car bomb hit a police station in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province early Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
Islamabad, May 7 (ANI): A petition seeking to register a murder case against former President Pervez Musharraf for ordering 'Operation Silence' against Lal Masjid has been moved to the Islamabad High Court.
Islamabad, May 7 (ANI): The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned teachers against performing election duties on May 11.
Islamabad, May 7 (ANI): Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's counsel has said as per law only the federal government could register a treason case against him and the court could not order the federation to register a treason case.
Islamabad, May 6 (ANI): Three lawyers of Pervez Musharraf have refused to represent the former Pakistan president in the unlawful detention of judges' case due to threats.
Islamabad, May 6 (ANI): New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond has said that players need to be consistent in their performances rather than striving to show their fast bowling talents.
Islamabad, May 6 (IANS) This election is turning out to be one of the bloodiest in Pakistan's history, said a daily, warning that the "prospects for the situation on May 11 are grim and frightening".
Islamabad, May 5 (IANS) Cleric Tahirul Qadri, who shook the Pakistan government in January with his fiery speeches during the three-day siege in the capital, says the May 11 general elections in the country would bring about no change, not even of the faces in the system.
Islamabad, May 5 (IANS) Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was observing a day of mourning Sunday after three people were killed and over 45 injured in two back-to-back blasts near its party office in the port city of Karachi last night.
Islamabad, May 4 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry has named veteran diplomat James Dobbins as the new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Beijing, May 4 (Xinhua-ANI): Days after a court in Pakistan banned former President Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections for the rest of his life for abrogating constitution during the emergency in 2007, his party Friday announced boycott of the May 11 elections.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) The Congress Friday asked the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government what did it do, while it was in power, to ensure the release of Sarabjit Singh and added that the focus should now be on other Indians in Pakistani jails.
London, May 3 (ANI): The Taliban has been asked to issue a declaration distancing itself from al-Qaeda and committing itself to peace talks before it can open a political office in Qatar, diplomatic sources have said.
Islamabad, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): At least two pilots were injured when an army helicopter crashed in Pakistan's eastern district of Gujranwala on Friday morning, reported local media Geo.
Islamabad, May 3 (ANI): Unidentified gunmen riding on motorcycles in Pakistan capital Islamabad killed a special prosecutor of the Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) who was probing the December 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Friday.
Islamabad, May 3 (IANS) Chaudhary Zulfiqar, a special prosecutor who had handled the Mumbai terror attack, was gunned down on a busy road here when he was driving to court for a hearing in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, police said. A woman passer-by was crushed as he lost control of the car.
Islamabad, May. 2 (ANI): The United States has expressed concern over the wave of violence surrounding Pakistan, but has called for the electoral process to continue.
Islamabad, May. 2 (ANI): Pakistan's Army Chief has suggested the military is unhappy with how authorities have treated former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf since his return from exile.
Islamabad, May 1 (IANS) A moderate earthquake of 5.8-magnitude rocked parts of Pakistan Wednesday, a media report said.
Islamabad, May. 1 (ANI): The United States has condemned terrorist attacks on Pakistani politicians and their supporters during May 11 election campaigns.
Islamabad, May 1 (IANS) The Pakistani Taliban is a monster that has been newly energised during the elections, a prominent daily said Wednesday, worried at the lack of serious effort to control this menace.
Islamabad, Apr. 30 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief, Nawaz Sharif has vowed to bring an end to the chronic problem of loadshedding if he is voted to power in the upcoming elections.
Islamabad, April 30 (IANS) Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who has returned home after over four years in self-exile, may be kidnapped, the interior ministry fears.
Islamabad, Apr. 30 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Ministry has expressed fear of kidnapping of former president Pervez Musharraf.
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) Pakistan Information Minister Arif Nizami Monday accused the Taliban and other armed groups of sabotaging the upcoming parliamentary elections under a " very organised campaign".
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) A special envoy of Syrian President Faisal Meqdad called on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Monday to brief him on the current situation in Syria, the foreign ministry said.
Islamabad, Apr. 29 (ANI): The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has defended its attack on politicians, saying that they were targeting liberal political parties for their secular ideology and support for military operations.
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) Pakistan's government should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of candidates and political activists at risk of attack from the Taliban and other militants, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
Islamabad, Apr. 29 (ANI): Majority of Pakistanis feel that Google is against Islam and Muslims, a survey has revealed.
Islamabad, Apr 28 (IANS) Pakistani Taliban Sunday justified attacks on the country's three liberal parties for what they called the parties' secular approach and their support to military operations against armed militants, reported Xinhua.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) As many as 52 new AIDS patients have been registered in the first four months of this year at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here in the capital.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Although India is "much kinder" to its creative artists than Pakistan has ever been, Shamshad Begum was "stepped over" for other singers in the 1960s, as her voice was considered too powerful for the cinema in those days, a Pakistani daily said.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Shakil Afridi, the doctor who allegedly worked for the CIA to help track down Osama bin Laden, is on hunger strike at a jail in Pakistan's Peshawar city to protest the jail administration's "ill-treatment".
Islamabad, Apr. 28 (ANI): The questioning of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf during investigations by the four-member Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team in the Benazir Bhutto murder case may lead to some other important personalities on the basis of his replies.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) At least two dozen people in Pakistan have been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for not paying electricity bills, an official said.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) A session of Pakistan's upper house of parliament, the Senate, has been summoned May 2 to discuss the progress in the trial of former president Pervez Musharraf on charges of treason.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and 17 others injured in a blast Sunday outside the office of an independent election candidate in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, a media report said.
Islamabad, Apr. 28 (Xinhua-ANI): At least eight people were killed and 17 others injured when a blast went off outside an independent election candidate's office in Pakistan's northwest city of Kohat on Sudnay morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Ary.
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 25 injured when two successive blasts struck in Pakistan's port city of Karachi Saturday night near an office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a political party, Geo News reported.
Islamabad, Apr. 27 (ANI): Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf is facing threat of a terrorist attack during his appearances in courts.