Two Chinese language teachers kidnapped in Pakistan

By Gul Yousufzai and Saad Sayeed QUETTA/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan May 24 : Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped two Chinese language teachers in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, provincial officials said, an attack likely to raise concerns in Beijing about its huge investment plans. China has pledged to invest $57 billion in Pakistani […]

Two Chinese language teachers kidnapped in Pakistan

By Gul Yousufzai and Saad Sayeed QUETTA/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan May 24 : Armed men kidnapped two Chinese language teachers in the Pakistani city of Quetta today, provincial officials said, an attack likely to raise concerns in Beijing about its huge investment plans. China’s ambassador to Pakistan and other officials have urged Islamabad to improve security, especially […]

Pakistan authorities seize 20 kg heroin on London-bound flight

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, May 22 : Pakistani authorities found 20 kg of heroin on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for London today during a search at Islamabad airport, a spokesman for the national carrier said. Heroin has been found on PIA flights at least three times since August last year, including […]

Pakistan investigating social media users for anti-army posts – official

By Mubasher Bukhari and Saad Sayeed LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, May 22 : Pakistan has begun a crackdown on online criticism of its powerful military, with up to 200 social media accounts under investigation, a security official said today. The crackdown is being carried out by the civilian Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar […]

World Bank sees Pakistan FY17 growth at 5.2 pct, highest in nine years

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, May 20 : The World Bank on Saturday forecast Pakistan’s GDP growth in fiscal year 2017 to climb to 5.2 percent, the highest expansion rate in nine years, boosted by consumer confidence and fiscal reforms. Growth is expected to accelerate to 5.5 percent in FY18 and 5.8 percent in FY19, according […]

Suspected Pakistani militants gun down three workers on China “Silk Road” project

By Gul Yusufzai QUETTA, Pakistan, May 19 : Suspected militants today gunned down three Pakistani workers building a Chinese-funded “Silk Road” highway in the country’s southwest, just days after a similar attack killed 10, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but previous attacks in Pakistan’s province of Baluchistan have been unleashed by […]