Category: Pakistan

Suspected mastermind of Mumbai terror attack released

The man accused of masterminding the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai has walked free from a Pakistani jail after detention orders against him were dropped. The decision of Lahore’s high court to release Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged military chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group, was described as an “insult to the victims” of the attack, […]

Yemen: Saudi ask Pakistan to fight; Iran-Turkey seek ceasefire

Pakistan’s defense minister told Parliament on Monday that Saudi Arabia had asked Pakistan for aircraft, warships and soldiers to join its offensive against the Houthis in Yemen, possibly signaling Saudi plans to expand its war there. The Saudi government, backed by other Persian Gulf countries and the United States, started its campaign against the Houthis […]

Saudi-led aggression in Yemen serves interests of al-Qaeda

Iran says the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen is serving the interests of al-Qaeda, ISIL and the Takfiri groups. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also warned regional and western countries not to be part of such un-thoughtful games. Zarif said Iran has been calling for talks between opposing sides in Yemen since the beginning of […]

ISIL operative confesses to getting funds via the U.S.

Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) or Daish – has confessed during investigations that he has been receiving funds through the United States. Law enforcing agencies on January 22 claimed that they arrested al Salafi, along with his two companions, during a joint raid in Lahore. However, sources revealed […]

Pakistan: Veena Malik gets 26 years in jail for blasphemy

The 26-year prison term to four persons including the owner of Pakistan’s biggest media group and controversial actor Veena Malik under the “deeply flawed” blasphemy laws will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, a leading rights group has said. “This sentence will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in Pakistan. It […]

Nearly half of Pakistan drone victims are civilians: TBIJ

A UK-based civil society organization has recorded the names of more than 700 people killed in US assassination drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004, Press TV reports. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has said 323 of those identified are reported to be civilians, including 99 children. The TBIJ database shows that at least 2,342 […]

Hormuz strait: Pakistan & Iran to hold joint naval drill

The navies of Iran and Pakistan plan to hold joint military exercises in the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, Iran’s state news agency said on Sunday. Several Pakistan Navy vessels, including a warship and a submarine, docked at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on Saturday, the IRNA news agency said, […]

Russia condemns plan to arm rebels with anti-air missiles

The Russian foreign ministry has expressed “deep concern” at reports from anonymous sources that Saudi Arabia is planning to supply Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile launchers to “turn the tide” in the three-year conflict. “There is a chance that if these powerful weapons get into the hands of the terrorists who have flooded […]

Pentagon chief backs NATO force in Afghanistan post-2014

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel heads to Pakistan on Monday for talks as Washington seeks to defuse tensions over controversial US drone strikes and Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan. In the first visit by a US defence secretary in nearly four years, Hagel will fly from Kabul to Islamabad to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other […]

NATO supply route blocked to protest US drone strikes

Thousands of people protesting U.S. drone strikes blocked a road in northwest Pakistan on Saturday used to truck NATO troop supplies and equipment in and out of Afghanistan, the latest sign of rising tension caused by the attacks. The protest, which was led by Pakistani politician and cricket star Imran Khan, likely had more symbolic […]

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