Pakistani government claims 34 Baluch rebels killed in raids

By Gul Yousufzai QUETTA, Baluchistan, Apr 9 : Pakistani paramilitary troops have killed at least 34 suspected Baluch rebels during a three day operation in the violence wracked southwestern province of Baluchistan, the government said today. “The operation concluded today in which a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was also recovered from their camps, […]

Pakistan’s central bank maintains main policy interest rate at 6.0 pct

By Asad Hashim KARACHI, Pakistan, Apr 9 : Pakistan’s central bank has kept its key policy rate at 6.0 percent for the second successive review, the State Bank of Pakistan said on Saturday. In a statement, the State Bank cited improved demand, an increase in credit to the private sector and better supply-side conditions for […]

Pakistan’s Christians call for protection, unity after Easter bomb

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 29 : A year ago, Wasif Masih, 16, had a narrow escape when a suicide bomber from a faction of the Pakistani Taliban blew himself up during Sunday worship outside his church in a Christian neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore. This past Easter Sunday, […]

Taliban faction taunts Pakistan PM after Easter Day bombing

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Mar 29 : The Pakistani militants who bombed a Lahore park on Easter Sunday, killing 70 people, taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today, declaring their war had come to his doorstep. The military has said it is hunting the Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction and has carried out several raids since the suicide […]

Linked to Taliban and IS, Pakistani group seizes notoriety with bomb in park

By Jibran Ahmed and Kay Johnson PESHAWAR, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, Mar 28 : The Taliban faction that killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday has been quickly gaining attention in militant circles. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’s recent rise to prominence – Sunday’s attack was the fifth it has claimed since […]

Facebook stumbles again with ‘Safety Check’ after Lahore blast

By David Henry Undated,Mar 28 : Facebook Inc apologized to users on the other side of the world from suicide bombing in Pakistan who received computer-addressed notices asking if they were safe. Facebook users as far away as New York and Virginia showed notifications they received on social media site Twitter. “Unfortunately, many people not […]