Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif freed from jail on court orders

By Asif Shahzad and Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Sept 19 : Pakistani authorities released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended prison sentences they got in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London. Supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals after he was freed from […]

Ousted ex-PM Sharif, daughter set to be freed during appeal

By Asif Shahzad and Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Sept 19 : A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release from jail of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending prison sentences a lower court handed down in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London. Sharif’s supporters cheered as the Islamabad High Court […]

Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif, daughter released for his wife’s funeral

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 12 : Pakistani authorities on Wednesday temporarily released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from prison to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, who died of cancer the day before in London. Video footage from Geo TV showed Sharif walking through Islamabad’s airport amid tight security […]

Pakistan military “quietly” stifles press with intimidation – group

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Sept 12 : Pakistan’s military is using fear and intimidation to stifle the media and undermine press freedom even as overall violence against reporters has fallen, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) said on Wednesday. The press freedom group said the military had established “lines of control” to pressure the media […]

Pompeo said U.S. won’t block Pakistan if it seeks IMF bailout – Pakistani minister

By Asif Shahzad and Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Sept 11 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Pakistan last week Washington would not try to block any request for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday. The remarks, which Chaudhry said Pompeo made during his visit […]

Ban cheese imports? Pakistan discusses outside-the-box ideas to avoid IMF bailout

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Sept 9 : Pakistani economic advisors discussed banning imports of luxury cars, smartphones and cheese in a wide-ranging strategy session on how to avoid seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior government advisor said. While no decisions were made, the floating of radical measures to tackle Pakistan’s […]