Land rush around Pakistan’s Gwadar port triggered by Chinese investment

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik LAHORE, Pakistan Feb 24 : Pakistani real estate giant Rafi Group made a ten-fold profit last year from its sale of hundreds of acres of land in the remote fishing town of Gwadar, acquired soon after the government announced plans for a deep-sea port there. The windfall came after 12 years of […]

Ski resort razed by the Taliban lifts Pakistan’s domestic tourism

By Drazen Jorgic MALAM JABBA, Pakistan Feb 21 : Atop the piste of Malam Jabba in Pakistan’s once dangerous Swat Valley skiers schuss downhill, a new Chinese-built chairlift ferries tourists to the peak, and a luxury hotel is under construction to replace one torched by the Taliban. The Taliban declared skiing “un-Islamic” during their 2007-2009 […]

Pakistan cracks down in PM’s heartland after series of attacks

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan Feb 20 : Pakistan will seek the help of a paramilitary border-security force to crack down on Islamist militants in Punjab province, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s power base, after attacks that killed more than 100 people last week, a government spokesman said today. Yesterday, days after a suicide bomber killed […]

Pakistan crackdown after suicide attack claimed by Islamic State

By Syed Raza Hassan SEHWAN SHARIF, Pakistan, Feb 17 : Pakistani security forces killed dozens of suspected militants today, a day after Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing that killed more than 70 worshippers at a Sufi shrine in the latest of a series of bloody attacks across the country. The bombing at the famed […]

Wailing, anger at Sufi shrine in Pakistan after bomber kills 77

By Syed Raza Hassan SEHWAN SHARIF, Pakistan, Feb 17 : Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan today, shouting at police a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 77 people in an attack claimed by a regional branch of Islamic State. The bombing of the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine […]

Pakistan raids hideout of militants behind surge of attacks; six dead

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 16 : Pakistani counter-terrorism police raided a militant hideout and killed six suspected members of a Taliban faction that has launched a new campaign of violence against the government, police said today. Since Monday, several bomb attacks across the country have shattered a period of improving security, underscoring how […]