Pakistan shelves plan to privatise power firms, angering IMF

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 : Pakistan has shelved plans to privatise its power supply companies and will miss deadlines to sell other loss-making state firms, reneging on promises Islamabad had made to the IMF in return for a $6.7 billion bailout three years ago. Two government officials with direct knowledge of the situation […]

Security officials, protesters clash during Pakistan strike

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Feb 2 : Pakistani security personnel today clashed with marchers protesting against government plans to privatise the ailing national airline, in a skirmish that a hospital official said killed at least two protesters and injured eight. Protesters said paramilitary forces fired after a confrontation as security forces tried to block […]

Major power breakdown hits Pakistan’s commercial capital

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan Jan 29 : A major power breakdown today left 90 per cent of Pakistan’s largest and richest city, Karachi, without electricity and brought much of normal life to a standstill. The sweltering and violence-plagued metropolis of 23 million people accounts for half of Pakistan’s national revenues and is home […]

Pakistani cleric says willing to review blasphemy law

By Tommy Wilkes and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Jan 28 : The head of a powerful religious body said today he is willing to review Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws that critics say are regularly misused and have led to the deaths of hundreds, to decide if they are Islamic. Pakistan’s religious and political elites almost universally […]

Pakistan army says deadly university attack controlled from Afghanistan

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Jan 23 : The Pakistani army said on Saturday the four gunmen who attacked a university in northwest Pakistan were trained in Afghanistan and the assault was controlled by a Pakistani Taliban militant from a location inside Afghanistan. In a briefing to reporters from the city of Peshawar, military spokesman […]

Pakistan lifts ban on hunting rare bird after govt protests

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Jan 22 : Pakistan’s Supreme Court lifted a ban on hunting a rare bird today, after the government argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species with falcons. The court ruling overturns a ban introduced last year on hunting the […]