Pakistan PM to address parliament after opposition boycott over Panama leaks

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, May 10 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before parliament to answer questions on the Panama Papers leak that linked his family to offshore wealth, an official said today, after lawmakers walked out of the assembly. Leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama last month showed […]

US, Afghan forces free kidnapped son of Pakistani ex-premier

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, May 10 : The kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister has been rescued in Afghanistan in a joint operation by Afghan and US forces, three years after gunmen abducted him in his Pakistani home town, Pakistan said today. Ali Haider Gilani, son of ex-premier Yusuf Raza Gilani, “has been […]

Pakistan must speed up reform, employ more women for growth – World Bank

By Drazen Jorgic and Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, May 9 : Pakistan must speed up reform of the energy sector and bring more women into the labour force if it wants to quicken economic growth that lags far behind regional peers, the World Bank’s country representative said on Monday. The World Bank expects Pakistan’s economy to […]

Prominent Pakistani anti-militant activist shot dead in Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, May 8 : Gunmen shot dead a prominent Pakistani rights activist, known for his outspoken stance against the Taliban and other radical Islamist groups, in the southern port city of Karachi last night, police said. The police said Khurram Zaki was killed at an outdoor cafe in central Karachi, […]

Pakistan woos Renault and Nissan in push for auto investment

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, May 6 : Pakistan is wooing foreign car makers like Renault and Nissan with generous import duties, but convincing them to set up factories will be an uphill challenge given fears about the country’s long-term political stability and security. Pakistan wants to shake up its Japanese-dominated car market and loosen the […]

Pakistan girl, 16, “burnt alive” for helping couple to elope

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 5 : Pakistani police today arrested 15 members of a tribal council accused of ordering the burning alive of a young girl for helping a couple to elope in a so-called “honour killing”, police said. The 16-year-old girl was set on fire last week in the town of Donga […]