Former ruler Musharraf leaves Pakistan after government lifts travel ban

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Mar 18 : Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf left Pakistan today for medical treatment in Dubai after the government lifted a travel ban imposed on him as he awaited trial on treason and other charges, his spokesman said. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the government on Wednesday to lift the travel ban, […]

Million displaced Pakistanis face tough choices before going home

By Krista Mahr ISLAMABAD, Mar 17 : Aid shortfalls, ruined infrastructure and the lingering risk of attack are undermining efforts to return around one million Pakistanis to homes they fled after the military cracked down on Islamist militants along the Afghan border. Of some 5.3 million people displaced by fighting in northwestern Pakistan in recent […]

In secret meetings, Taliban rejected Pakistan pressure on peace process

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Jibran Ahmed ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Mar 15 : Pakistani officials threatened to expel Afghanistan’s Taliban from bases in Pakistan if they did not join peace talks this month, but the militants rebuffed their traditional patron, two officials said, casting doubt on how much influence Islamabad retains over them. After the secret meetings […]

Pakistan arrests 22 tribesmen in “collective responsibility” punishment

By Hafiz Wazir and Jibran Ahmed WANA, Pakistan, Mar 11 : Pakistani authorities today arrested 22 tribesmen in the troubled northwestern South Waziristan region in a “collective responsibility” punishment a day after eight government officials were kidnapped, officials said. Pakistan’s tribal areas, which include South Waziristan, are governed by colonial-era legislation under which relatives, tribesmen […]

US senator does not expect Pakistan F-16 sale to be blocked

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Mar 9 : US Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today he does not expect an upcoming vote on a 700 million dollars sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan to keep the deal from going ahead. However, he said there was still discussion […]

Kidnapped son of slain Pakistani governor reunited with family

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 9 : The abducted son of a Pakistani governor who was murdered for criticising the country’s blasphemy laws was reunited with his family today, a day after his release and a little over a week after his father’s killer was executed. Shahbaz Taseer was flown to his hometown of […]