Politics

Bloodbath in the run-up to polls

Bloodbath in the run-up to polls

IF there were any doubts that Pakistan still remains vulnerable to terrorism, the past week has put an end to them. Three separate attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and around 150 people killed — including ANP leader Haroon Bilour and Balochistan Awami Party candidate Siraj Raisani — and over 250 injured. Claims of responsibility […]

On uncertain ground

On uncertain ground

“We could have grown the economy by 6.2 per cent instead of 5.8pc – the highest in 12 years – had a political crisis not hit us (because of the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in a corruption enquiry at the beginning of the last fiscal year as well as sit-ins and protests later on),” the […]

Nurturing electables

Nurturing electables

HISTORICALLY, Pak­istan’s private sector, projecting a neutral image, preferred to watch electoral politics from a safe distance. This is not the case anymore. In these changing times, as the country prepares for general elections next week, the business class, much like other segments of society, is engaged in the process. “From calling democracy ‘a farce’ […]

ANP leader Dawood Achakzai injured in Balochistan gun attack

ANP leader Dawood Achakzai injured in Balochistan gun attack

Former senator and Awami National Party (ANP) leader Dawood Achakzai was injured in an incident of firing in Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah district early on Monday. Assailants opened fire on Achakzai as he was sleeping at his guest house in Killi Pir Alizai, Levies sources said. Central ANP leader Zamarak Khan Achakzai said that timely retaliation […]

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar file appeals against Avenfield verdict

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar file appeals against Avenfield verdict

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar challenged their convictions by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption reference in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday. The court on July 6 had sentenced Nawaz to 10 years in prison for owning assets beyond known income, along […]

Oil tanker catches fire at Gadani yard; rescue efforts underway to evacuate labourers

Oil tanker catches fire at Gadani yard; rescue efforts underway to evacuate labourers

Rescue workers are trying to evacuate around 15 labourers stuck on an oil tanker ship that has caught fire at the Gadani ship-breaking yard, police officials said. According to officials, the fire erupted when welding work was being conducted to dismantle the stationary vessel. PML-N’s Sanaullah Zehri-led provincial government had placed a ban on dismantling […]

Asghar Ali Mubarak The Pakistan Awami League candidate National Assembly of RAWALPINDI NA-62 during the door to door elections campaign at Rawalpindi

Asghar Ali Mubarak The Pakistan Awami League candidate National Assembly of RAWALPINDI NA-62 during the door to door elections campaign at Rawalpindi

Asghar Ali Mubarak The Pakistan Awami League candidate National Assembly of RAWALPINDI NA-62 during the door to door elections campaign at Rawalpindi

Nawaz’s return

Nawaz’s return

NAWAZ Sharif is set to return to Pakistantoday. Other than the likelihood that officials of the National Accountability Bureau will arrest Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz upon their arrival in Lahore, there is a great deal of political and legal uncertainty. What is clear is that all sides — the caretaker governments in Punjab and at […]

A broken record

A broken record

IMRAN Khan will presumably move one step closer to realising his ‘dream’ of becoming Pakistan’s prime minister when Nawaz and Maryam fly back into the country today to face a fate unknown. Father and daughter put on brave faces during their London news conference Wednesday, saying they would go to jail in the interests of Pakistan’s long-suffering […]

Enforced disappearance may attract provisions defined under ATA: IHC

Enforced disappearance may attract provisions defined under ATA: IHC

ISLAMABAD: In a landmark judgement on Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) defined the concept of enforced disappearance and declared that individuals involved in abducting and detaining citizens at unknown locations may be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The 47-page judgement, authored by Justice Athar Minallah in the case of a missing IT expert […]

PML-N workers, leaders arrested for violating section 144

PML-N workers, leaders arrested for violating section 144

RAWALPINDI: More than a hundred local leaders and workers of PML-N have been arrested for flouting the ban on congregations and rallying and obstructing a National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) official from arresting retired Captain Mohammed Safdar. The son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in the Avenfield reference. The workers and local leaders, […]

Imran vows to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls

Imran vows to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls

ISLAMABAD: Pledging to safeguard the rights of minorities if he comes into power, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khanon Wednesday announced his government will take effective measures to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls with Muslims. “I have received complaints from the Hindu community in Sindh that their women are forcefully married to Muslims,” Mr […]