|Musharraf to be indicted on Aug 6 in Bhutto murder case
7/30/2013 3:05:00 PM
Rawalpindi, July 30 (ANI): Former Pakistan president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will be indicted on August 6 in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi made the announcement after Musharraf was produced during hearing of the case headed by ATC judge Habibur Rahman.
According to Dawn News, the ATC ordered the authorities to produce Mushararf at the next hearing of the case, adding that he would be indicted on August 6.
Bhutto was assassinated
|Voting for Pakistan's new president starts amid opposition boycott
7/30/2013 12:33:00 AM
Islamabad, July 30 (Xinhua-ANI): Members of the national parliament and provincial assemblies in Pakistan began voting for the country's new president on Tuesday morning amid the boycott by main opposition parties.
Polling opened at 10:00 a.m. local time in the joint session of the National Assembly and Senate and four provincial assemblies and would continue until 3:00 p.m. without any break.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fielded senior party leader Mamnoon
|Close to 250 prisoners freed in brazen Pak Taliban attack on Dera Ismail Khan jail
7/30/2013 12:06:00 AM
Washington, July 30 (ANI): The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for attacking a northwestern central jail in the country releasing a massive number of prisoners, including 30 hardcore militants.
According to CNN, several gunmen wearing police uniforms had entered the premises of the prison and successfully conducted 16 explosions with mortars and rocket propelled grenades in the city of Dera Ismail Khan of Pakistan.
Shoukat Yousafzai, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information
|Pak condemns latest US drone strike killing six in N Waziristan
7/29/2013 1:55:00 PM
Islamabad, July 29 (ANI): Pakistan's Foreign Office has condemned the US drone strike that killed six people in North Waziristan tribal region on Sunday.
The strike is the fourth since Nawaz Sharif assumed office as Prime Minister.
According to Dawn News, the statement issued by the Pakistani government strongly condemned the US drone strike that took place in Shawal area in North Waziristan.
The Foreign Office statement further said that the government consistently maintained
|John Kerry's Pak visit postponed again over security concerns
7/29/2013 1:19:00 PM
Islamabad, July 29 (ANI): The much-awaited visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan has been postponed once again due to security concerns.
Kerry was set to arrive in Islamabad on Sunday, but US authorities rescheduled his two-day visit at the last moment, citing security reasons.
Diplomatic sources confirmed that Kerry would certainly visit before Eid, without giving the exact date.
According to the Express Tribune, this is the second time Kerry's trip has
|Taliban's rapid-fire spread in Pak likened to prolific 'Ricky Ponting playing cricket'
7/28/2013 12:29:00 AM
Peshawar, July 28 (ANI): Taliban fighters rapid-fire spread in Peshawar has been compared to Ricky Ponting, known for his prolific scoring ability.
Taliban is increasingly showing their presence in Peshawar through intimidation and violence, according to residents, the police and city officials.
A senior security official in Peshawar, referring to Ponting, known for his scoring ability, said that the Taliban too was acting so fast.
According to the New York Times, while Taliban
|Pak claims waiting for India's nod over request to resume bilateral dialogue
7/27/2013 2:28:00 PM
Islamabad, July 27 (ANI): Pakistan government has reportedly approached India for resuming talks on composite dialogue process aimed at normalisation of bilateral relations between the two countries.
According to the Nation, the dates were conveyed to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs by the Pakistan Foreign Office about 10 days back.
However, a response from India is still awaited.
The third round of bilateral composite dialogue is expected to start with the water and
|2 killed, 6 injured as blast hits vehicle in NW Pakistan
7/26/2013 4:31:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (Xinhua-ANI): At least two people were killed and six others injured when a roadside-planted bomb hit a passenger vehicle in Pakistan's northwest tribal region of Kurram Agency on Friday afternoon, reported local media.
Local Urdu TV channel Geo said that the blast took place at about 2:20 p.m. local time when a passenger vehicle with an unknown number of people on board was hit by a roadside-planted bomb in the Kharlachi area of Kurram Agency, one of the seven tribal
|Pak might uplift ban on 'profane' YouTube post-Eid
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The Pakistan government is reportedly considering to reopen video sharing website YouTube after Eidul Fitr.
Earlier, YouTube had been blocked across Pakistan in September 2012 following orders by then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf after the website refused to remove a blasphemous film titled 'The Innocence of the Muslims'.
The Express Tribune News reports that the Minister of State Anusha Rahman has formed a 12 member committee to review the possibility
|Top Pak law official orders action against 2nd ISI Brigadier in missing persons' case
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): Additional Attorney General of Pakistan (AAGP) has told the Supreme Court that the federal government had instructed the Balochistan government to proceed against another ISI officer Brigadier Saddique who was allegedly involved in enforced disappearance of a citizen, Ali Ahmad Bangalzai.
Tariq Khokhar said that in compliance with its July 1 order, the interior secretary had ordered action against Saddique in view of the statement of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI)
|Kerry likely to visit Pakistan in coming two days: PM office
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (Xinhua-ANI): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to visit Pakistan in the coming two days, a government statement said on Friday after a meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and the U.S. ambassador Richard Olson in Islamabad.
The meeting was held in advance for the visit of John Kerry, who is likely to visit Pakistan in the coming two days, a statement from the Pakistani PM office said.
The ambassador shared with the prime minister
|Pak opposition parties to boycott presidential election
7/26/2013 3:51:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Raza Rabbani has announced the party's decision to boycott the upcoming presidential election.
The Dawn News reports PPP's former Law Minister of Sindh, Ayaz Soomro, has informed the Chief Election Commissioner in writing about the party's decision.
The Awami National Party (ANP), the Balochistan National Party (BNP), and the Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) also announced a boycott of the presidential
|Ex-Pak law secretary blamed for missing files in Zardari's Swiss money laundering cases
7/26/2013 1:14:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The former law secretary Yasmin Abbasey has been held responsible for the missing record relating to the revival of 60 million dollars graft cases by Swiss authorities against President Asif Ali Zardari, an inquiry committee said.
The Dawn News reports that Abbasey had written a 'secret' letter to Dr Nicholas Jeandin Avocat of the law firm Fontanetassocies Geneva in Nov 2012 to order non-entry into the money laundering cases against President Zardari.
|US, Pak working on legal agenda to swap prisoners Aafia, Afridi, says FO
7/26/2013 1:14:00 PM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): The Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson has hinted that the US and Pakistan government are working on a legal route to swap Pakistani prisoner Dr Shakil Afridi in exchange for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, aided the CIA in tracking down former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad, the Express Tribune reports.
While Siddiqui, a Pakistani imprisoned in the US, was sentenced
|CIA 'super-secret' museum acquires Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad death bed AK-47
7/26/2013 11:17:00 AM
Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): Osama bin Laden's AK-47 has been put up on display in the CIA Museum at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, but it remains closed to the general public.
The New York Daily News reports the Russian-style rifle found near Osama Bin Laden's body after he was killed in a raid by Navy SEALs is now hanging in a super-secret museum in CIA's headquarters.
An Al-Qaeda training manual found in Afghanistan after 9/11 and the mock-up of Bin
|US denies reports of Osama doc-Siddiqui prisoners exchange agreement
7/25/2013 1:42:00 PM
Islamabad, July 25 (ANI): The US Embassy in Islamabad has denied reports of a prisoner swap deal with Pakistan involving neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
Earlier this month, Pakistani media reported that the US had offered Pakistan to sign a prisoner exchange agreement.
The agreement called for release of Pakistani prisoner Dr Shakil Afridi in exchange for the release of Dr Siddiqui.
According to Dawn News, Meghan Gregonis, a spokesman for the US embassy, said the United States
|6 killed as suicide bombers storm intelligence agency in S. Pakistan
7/25/2013 11:18:00 AM
Islamabad, July 25 (Xinhua-ANI): At least six people were killed and over 35 others were injured when some unknown militants attacked Pakistan's Inter services Intelligence (ISI) in the country's southern district of Sukkur on Wednesday evening, local media and police said.
Masood Bangash, the deputy superintendent of police said that a suicide bomber rammed his explosive laden vehicle into the ISI building complex, constituting of a number of government offices in Sukkur, a main
|US troop withdrawl to cause reunion of Afghan-Pak Taliban militants: Report
7/25/2013 12:31:00 AM
Islamabad, July 25 (ANI): An official strategy document on counter-terrorism has warned that the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan will further boost the morale of the Pakistani Taliban.
The assessment by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in a document named 'Checkmating Terrorism: A Counter-Terrorism Strategy' has revealed that US-led foreign troop withdrawal will create a sense of euphoria among the Afghan Taliban and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants, the Dawn News reports.
|Pak media regulator bans channels from airing 'immoral' condom ad
7/24/2013 11:58:00 AM
Islamabad, July 24 (ANI): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has ordered all TV channels to immediately stop broadcasting a contraceptive advertisement after receiving a number of complaints.
In a letter written to the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Pemra said that such advertisements were perceived as indecent, immoral and in sheer disregard to the country's socio-cultural and religious values.
According to the Express Tribune, Pemra spokesperson
|Gilani ready for arrest if done anything illegal
7/24/2013 11:24:00 AM
Islamabad, July 24 (ANI): Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is ready to get arrested if he has done anything illegal.
Gilani said there was nothing wrong in appointing Tauqir Sadiq as chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).
He added that decisions taken by him as prime minister were legal and constitutional and he was not afraid of the consequences.
According to the Dawn News, talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Gilani