Turkish family of PakTurk Schools director abducted in Pakistan – rights group

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Sept 28 : The family of a former director of the Turkish PakTurk Schools in Pakistan has been abducted by authorities in the eastern city of Lahore, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said, less than a year after Pakistan sought to deport them. Pakistan has forged close ties with […]

Pakistan finance minister denies corruption charges

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Sept 27 : Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to owning assets beyond his means, an official from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said, amid a corruption investigation into former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Supreme Court in July disqualified Sharif for not declaring a small source […]

Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif appears before anti-corruption court, set to be indicted

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Sept 26 : Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an anti-corruption court on Tuesday, kicking off trial proceedings that he says are biased and which threaten to dent his party’s chances at the next general election due in mid-2018. Sharif briefly appeared before a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court […]

Despite by-election loss, Pakistan opposition claims momentum for 2018

By Mubasher Bukhari and Asif Shahzad LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 18 : Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan’s party said on Monday it had built momentum in a by-election for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s parliamentary seat, despite finishing second, but the biggest inroads were made by two new Islamist groupings. Sharif’s wife Kulsoom won the by-election […]

Wife of ousted PM Sharif wins by-election in test of support for ruling party

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 18 : The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election. Sharif’s daughter Maryam said her mother Kulsoom won despite […]