Category: Pakistan

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 […]

US assassination drone kills 6 in Pakistan

Six people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack that targeted Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region. The attack was carried out during the early hours of Thursday, when the unmanned aerial vehicle struck a seminary in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The United States carries out drone strikes in several countries including Pakistan, […]

Syria Polio outbreak caused by Pakistan jihadists

The ongoing civil war in Syria has devastated a country that, two and a half years ago, had subsidized health care. Today, with 7 million people displaced, Syria is dealing with a massive humanitarian crisis, as well as an outbreak of polio. Syria’s Minister of Social Affairs, Kindah al-Shammat, told news reporters on Sunday that […]

Pakistan reviews US ties after Taliban leader death

Pakistan is reviewing its relationship with the United States following the killing of the Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to chair a meeting of his top security advisers on Monday to discuss the next steps. Mehsud, who had a $5m (£3.1m) US bounty on […]

Family of drone strike victim appears before Congress

For the first time in its history, the US Congress is to hear directly from a family of survivors of an American drone strike in Pakistan. The main question is why their grand-mother was blown to pieces while looking after her garden. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan spoke to the family.

Pakistan PM demands end to US drone strikes

Pakistan’s new prime minister has called on the US to end its campaign of drone attacks in the country in his first address since returning to office. Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in a military coup in 1999, is due to be sworn in by the president after a parliamentary vote saw him elected for […]

Amnesty Int: Drone strikes could be classed as war crimes

US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading human rights group warns. Amnesty International has highlighted the case of a grandmother who was killed while she was picking vegetables and other incidents which could have […]

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