Pakistan seeks Facebook meeting, threatens action over blasphemy

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Mar 22 : Pakistan will punish social media companies that fail to take action against online blasphemy, the interior minister said today, adding that he had requested a meeting with Facebook. Pakistan’s government wants social media networks to remove material deemed insulting to Islam or the Prophet Mohammad, and Prime Minister […]

Pakistan PM orders border re-opening amid tense Afghanistan ties

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Ahmad Sultan ISLAMABAD/TORKHAM, Afghanistan, Mar 20 : P akistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the two main border crossings to Afghanistan to be re-opened today, after their closure last month following a series of attacks that Islamabad blamed on militants operating from across the frontier. Relations between the countries have been […]

Amid probe, Pakistan bars German CEO of national carrier from leaving country

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan Mar 16 : Pakistan has barred the German chief executive of Pakistan International Airlines < from leaving the country due to an investigation into corruption at the loss-making carrier, the interior minister said today. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Bernd Hildenbrand has been put on the “exit control list” […]

Pakistan kicks off first census in 19 years to meet Supreme Court deadline

By Syed Raza Hassan and Jibran Ahmad KARACHI/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Mar 15 : Fast-growing Pakistan, estimated to be the sixth-largest country by population, kicked off its first national census in 19 years today, a delay caused by a lack of funds, political squabbling and too few available troops to oversee security. Around 118,000 “enumerators” in 63 […]

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

By Jibran Ahmad Peshawar, Pakistan, Mar 9 : Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said today. The official border crossings were abruptly ordered closed last month after a series of attacks Pakistan blames on militants sheltered in Afghanistan, heightening […]