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 […]

Pakistani Taliban kill nine paramilitary personnel in attacks in northwest

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 18 : Pakistani Taliban militants today shot and killed at least nine security forces personnel in two separate attacks in a volatile northwestern region, security and government officials said. Since 2007, the Pakistani Taliban have been waging an insurgency in the area around Mohmand, about 177 km from Islamabad, […]

Slumbering Pakistani steel giant shows why state sell-offs are stalled

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Tommy Wilkes KARACHI, Feb 17 : Once the producer of almost half the country’s steel needs, state-owned Pakistan Steel Mills’ (PSM) cavernous factory buildings on the outskirts of Karachi stand eerily still. A 4.5 km-long (2.8 mile) conveyor belt that once carried coal from the nearby port is idle and blast […]