Taliban claim blast that killed two Pakistani staff of US consulate

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Mar 2 : A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility today for a roadside bombing that killed two Pakistani employees of a US consulate. The Jamaat-ur-Ahrar said it detonated the remote-controlled explosive device yesterday in the Mohmand agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), about 170 km from the […]

Pakistan praises Oscar for film denouncing “honour killings”

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Feb 29 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hailed Sunday’s Oscar win for a documentary about the practice of “honour killings”, with activists calling for changes in laws to punish those who kill women deemed to have disgraced their families. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s film, “A Girl in the River: The Price of […]

Pakistan hangs man who killed governor over call to reform blasphemy law

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Feb 29 : Pakistan today executed a man who killed the governor of Punjab province over his call to reform strict blasphemy laws that carry a death sentence for insulting Islam. Street protests broke out within hours by supporters of the killer, who consider him a hero for defending the faith. […]

US senator wants hearing on possible F-16 sale to Pakistan

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, Feb 26 : US Senator John McCain urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on the possible sale of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, as more lawmakers expressed concern about the deal. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters he was concerned […]

Cricket-Pakistan keen to build on Super League success

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Feb 23 : Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league has been an unexpected success, even though all the matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates due to security risks. Since the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was announced last September, the country’s cricket board has sold five franchises for 93 million […]

Pakistan keen to build on Super League success

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Feb 23 : Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league has been an unexpected success, even though all the matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates due to security risks. Since the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was announced last September, the country’s cricket board has sold five franchises for 93 million […]