Pakistan says more than 140 rebels surrender in province drawing China investment

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Apr 19 : More than 140 rebels surrendered to Pakistani authorities in insurgency-hit Baluchistan province, the government said today, touting the development as a victory in the battle to secure a province targeted for major Chinese investment. The rebels, from groups including the Baluchistan Liberation Front (BLF), the Baluchistan Liberation Army […]

Pakistani helicopters strike gang on island hideout in full-scale offensive

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Apr 18 : Pakistani helicopter gunships on Monday pounded the island hideout of an armed gang that has been holding 24 hostages on a 10-km (six-mile) long island in the centre of the Indus River, media and army sources said. The operation involving more than 2,000 security forces has been […]

Pakistan’s largest bank granted Chinese licence

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan Apr 18 :Pakistan’s largest bank, Habib Bank Limited, said today it had won a licence to operate a branch in the Chinese city of Urumqi, the first South Asian bank to be granted such a licence. The opening of the Pakistani bank in Urumqi, the capital of the violence-prone […]

Pakistani forces struggle to capture gangsters’ island stronghold

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Mubasher Bukhari ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, Pakistan Apr 15 : Pakistani forces battled today to dislodge a criminal gang holding 24 hostages from its island hideout in the prosperous province of Punjab, with a top regional official saying it had at most 48 hours in which to surrender. The security operation involving more than […]

Declassified US document suggests Pakistani link to attack on CIA agents

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Apr 15 : A Pakistani intelligence officer paid 200,000 dollars to an extremist network to facilitate a deadly suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives at a base in Afghanistan in 2009, according to a declassified US government document obtained by an independent research group. The heavily redacted document obtained by the […]

Pakistani gang kills six policemen, takes 24 hostages

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Apr 14 : Pakistani gangsters today killed six policemen and took hostage 24 people, including police, during a raid to clear an island hideout in the south of prosperous Punjab province, authorities said. The operation to flush out the gangsters entered its ninth day as 1,600 security officials, including police officials […]