Pakistan court orders release of Islamist blamed for Mumbai attacks

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 22 : A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release from house arrest of an Islamist leader accused by the United States and India of masterminding attacks on Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people were killed, a prosecutor said. Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest in January […]

Pakistan issues “last warning” to Islamists blocking entrance to capital

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Nov 17 : Pakistan’s government on Friday issued a final warning to members of a hard-line Islamist party who have blocked a main road into the capital since last week, raising fears of a violent clash as they refuse to budge. Hundreds of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party have been […]

Pakistan’s long-persecuted Ahmadi minority fear becoming election scapegoat

By Saad Sayeed RABWAH, Pakistan, Nov 16 : Crammed into buses and mini-vans, more than 10,000 Pakistanis travelled to a mosque on the outskirts of the small Punjabi town of Rabwah, for the sole purpose of denouncing followers of the minority sect based here as “infidels and enemies of the state”. For members of the […]

Fifteen bullet-ridden kidnap victims found in southwest Pakistan

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan, Nov 15 : Pakistani police on Wednesday found 15 bullet-ridden bodies of kidnap victims near the border with Iran, a favoured route for human traffickers taking workers illegally to Europe. The bodies were found abandoned in a mountainous region of Buleda, in Baluchistan province, 600 km (370 miles) south of […]

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister

By Saad Sayeed and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Nov 14 : A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings. The warrant comes at an awkward time for Pakistan, which wants to raise in excess of $1 billion […]

Pakistan police arrest dozens from Islamist party blocking entrance to capital

By Asif Shahzad and and Mubasher Bukhari ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, Pakistan Nov 14 : Pakistani police have arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has blocked a main entrance to the capital since last week, a provincial spokesman said, in the latest confrontation between religious activists and authorities. Hundreds of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik […]