Pakistan swears in Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister following parliamentary ouster of predecessor Imran Khan

The United States on Wednesday congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on becoming Pakistan’s new prime minister following the ouster of his predecessor in a parliamentary no-confidence vote, with the top U.S. diplomat reaffirming the “value” of the relationship between the two nations. The warm tone of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement appeared to signal a… Read More Pakistan swears in Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister following parliamentary ouster of predecessor Imran Khan

Dozens dead, injured following suicide bombing at Shi’ite mosque in northwestern Pakistan

A suicide bombing at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque during Friday prayers in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar killed at least 58 people and injured nearly 200, hospital officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement, which would make it one of the biggest attacks carried out by the group inside… Read More Dozens dead, injured following suicide bombing at Shi’ite mosque in northwestern Pakistan

Pakistan Taliban declare end to ceasefire agreement

Taliban militants in Pakistan declared an end to a month-long ceasefire arranged with the aid of the Afghan Taliban, accusing the government of breaching terms including a prisoner release agreement and the formation of negotiating committees. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban and have fought for… Read More Pakistan Taliban declare end to ceasefire agreement

Pakistan frees hardline Islamist leader Saad Hussain Rizvi under peace deal

Pakistan freed a hardline Islamist leader on Thursday, a week after removing his name from a terrorism watch list under a deal to end weeks of deadly protests by his followers, the government and his lawyer said. Saad Hussain Rizvi, the chief of a Sunni militant group – Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) – was released from… Read More Pakistan frees hardline Islamist leader Saad Hussain Rizvi under peace deal

Pakistan reaches one-month ceasefire agreement with local Taliban militants

Pakistan and local Taliban militants have agreed a one-month ceasefire which may be extended if both sides agree, spokesmen said on Monday, opening the possibility of a fuller peace accord to help end years of bloodshed. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban and have fought for… Read More Pakistan reaches one-month ceasefire agreement with local Taliban militants

Pakistani Taliban demand prisoner release as condition for ceasefire talks

The Pakistani Taliban have demanded that the government of Pakistan release a number of prisoners as a condition for talks aimed at laying the ground for full ceasefire negotiations, multiple sources in the group said. The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP and separate from the Afghan Taliban, have had two… Read More Pakistani Taliban demand prisoner release as condition for ceasefire talks

Pakistan nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan dies at 85

Abdul Qadeer Khan, a Pakistani nuclear scientist who acknowledged being part of a nuclear proliferation ring, died on Sunday. He was 85. Khan was admitted to Khan Research Laboratories Hospital on August 26 after testing positive for COVID-19 and was later moved to a military hospital in Rawalpindi, said the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.… Read More Pakistan nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan dies at 85

Pakistan PM Imran Khan tests positive for coronavirus

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19 two days after receiving his first vaccine dose, government officials said on Saturday, urging people not to be deterred from getting vaccinated. Pakistan’s vaccination roll-out has been met with widespread vaccine hesitancy, and Khan’s positive test could serve as a setback to the mass inoculation… Read More Pakistan PM Imran Khan tests positive for coronavirus