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Pakistan announces ODI team for South Africa tour

Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa, recalling former captain Shahid Afridi back to the team.

Daily despairs lack of leadership in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A leading Pakistani daily is upset over the cowardice of civilian leaders who don't "name and shame" those responsible for terror attacks.

Look beyond India for Karachi lit fest: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) The Karachi Literature Festival may be better served by reaching out more to authors, writers and performers from beyond India, said a leading daily Tuesday.

Pakistan hands over Gwadar port to Chinese company

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Pakistan Monday signed an agreement on handing over operations of the strategic Gwadar port to a Chinese company.

Seven die in Pakistan terror attack

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) At least seven people, including five security personnel, were killed and seven injured Monday in a terror attack at a government office in Pakistan's northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, media and officials said.

Pakistani daily worried over aid workers' restrictions

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Testrictions on aid workers in the country's northwest must be "softened and rationalised" after new guidelines were issued following the tracking down of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden through a vaccination campaign, a leading Pakistani daily said Monday.

5.6 magnitude earthquake jolts Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 17 (Xinhua) An earthquake measuring 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted northwest Pakistan Sunday, the meteorological department said.

Death toll in Pakistan's suicide attack is 84

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) The death toll rose to 84 in the devastating suicide bombing that hit a busy market in the Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, officials said Sunday.

63 killed, 180 injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) At least 63 people were killed and over 180 injured in a sectarian attack which targetted the minority Shia Muslims in the Quetta city of Pakistan's Balochistan province Saturday, Xinhua reported.

58 killed, hundreds injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) At least 58 people were killed and 176 injured when a powerful blast hit a market area in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday evening, Xinhua reported.

58 killed, 176 injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) At least 58 people were killed and over 176 others injured when a blast hit a market area in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday evening, reported Xinhua citing local media. The toll was expected to rise further.

4 killed, 15 injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 15 others injured in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday, reported Xinhua citing local media.

4 killed in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) At least four people were killed in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday, reported Xinhua citing local media.

Don't be angry with me, Gulzar tells Karachi fest organiser

Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) Don't be angry with me, veteran writer-lyricist Gulzar has written to the organiser of the Karachi literary festival, explaining that he had cut short his Pakistan trip and returned home after he he felt "uneasy in the chest".

US diplomat's car crushes Pakistani to death

Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) One person died and another was injured when a US embassy vehicle knocked them down in Islamabad, the embassy confirmed Friday in a statement

Pakistani daily fumes over intolerance on Valentine's Day

Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) A Pakistani daily Friday said it was concerned to see a government organisation and the cultural wing of a religious organisation acting as moral vigilantes of the nation on Valentine's Day.

Pakistan A beat Afghanistan in unofficial T20

Lahore, Feb 14 (IANS) Pakistan A defeated Afghanistan in the only unofficial Twenty20 cricket match by 49 runs here.

Four suicide bombers killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 14 (IANS) At least four suicide bombers were killed and two policemen injured Thursday when militants launched a brazen attack on a police station in Pakistan's northwest, media reports said.

Pakistan must restructure power sector, says daily

Islamabad, Feb 13 (IANS) Pakistan's economic managers must implement crucial reforms to restructure the entire power sector, said a leading daily that warned "until then, we should forget about an early economic recovery".

Pakistan circumspect on Afzal Guru's hanging

Islamabad, Feb 11 (IANS) Pakistan Monday was circumspect on the hanging of Indian parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, with the foreign ministry saying it did not want to go into the details of the trial process.

Zardari graft cases not to be reopened

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) Swiss authorities have said they cannot reopen corruption cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Geo News reported Sunday.

Six gunned down in Karachi

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) At least six people, including a father and his son and two brothers, were shot dead in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, Geo News reported Sunday.

Pakistani leader to talk with Afghan Taliban in Qatar

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) Pakistani political leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has gone on a "private visit" to Qatar to hold talks with the Afghan Taliban, a media report said Sunday.

Swiss government not to reopen graft cases against Zardari

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) Authorities in Switzerland have informed Pakistan that they cannot reopen on legal grounds the corruption cases amounting to $60 million against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, media reports said Sunday.

NATO begins Afghan withdrawal

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) The first phase of NATO's withdrawal from Afghanistan began Sunday with 25 containers containing military equipment entering Pakistan, media reports said.

Taliban not serious about talks: Rehman Malik

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) The Taliban are neither serious nor sincere about peace talks with the government, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.

Pakistan's Twenty20 cricket league postponed

Islamabad, Feb 9 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) postponed its franchise-based Twenty20 tournament for an indefinite period to solve management issues.

12 killed, 25 wounded in Pakistan bombing

Islamabad, Feb 8 (IANS) A remote-controlled bomb blast Friday ripped through a market in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, killing at least 12 people and injuring 25 others, Xinhua reported.

What's the point of having Question Hour: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 8 (IANS) Pakistanis may aspire to democracy, but those who run the country would prefer that democracy remains a worthless badge, said a daily after research showed that 75 percent of questions asked during Question Hour in Sindh assembly went unanswered.

ISAF, Pakistan discuss regional security

Islamabad, Feb 7 (IANS) The top commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Thursday met the chief of the Pakistan Army to discuss matters to "improve security in the region", the US embassy here said.

15 militants killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 7 (IANS) At least 15 militants were killed Thursday when Pakistani fighter jets targeted their hideouts in the country's northwest tribal region, a media report said.

Pakistan gearing up for AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers

Islamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) In their bid to prepare for the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Challenge Cup qualifiers, Pakistan's national football team will be playing international friendlies against Nepal and Maldives.

Heavy rain, snowfall kills 33 in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) Thirty-three people have been killed in Pakistan's northwest area following incessant rains coupled with snowfall.

Proposed law on Hindu marriages held up in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 4 (IANS) A proposed law on Hindu marriages had been held up as it "bounced back and forth between different official bodies", said a leading Pakistani daily Monday.

Pakistani PM graft case: Investigator's body exhumed

Islamabad, Feb 3 (IANS) The body of a Pakistani investigator, probing a corruption case involving Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and found hanging last month, has been exhumed from his grave for investigation, a media report said.

Pity children don't read books: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 3 (IANS) Praising the Jaipur Literary Festival that got 200,000 visitors, a Pakistani daily said it was unfortunate that Pakistani children don't cherish books, be it in school or at home.

Pakistani army rejects HRW report on abuses

Islamabad, Feb 2 (IANS) Pakistan army Saturday rejected as "a pack of lies, propaganda driven and totally biased" the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that the government has failed to act against abuses by security and intelligence agencies, which allowed extremists to attack religious minorities.

22 killed as Taliban attack army camp in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 2 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and a dozen injured Saturday when a military camp came under a fierce attack from heavily-armed Taliban rebels in Pakistan's northwest, media reports said.

Zardari leaves for London to attend tripartite summit

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Friday left for London to attend a summit to be hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron and attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

Six Pakistanis killed in shelling from Afghanistan

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) At least six people were killed Friday when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan hit Pakistan's northwest border region of South Waziristan, Xinhua reported.

22 killed, 40 injured in Pakistan suicide bombing

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and 40 injured Friday when a suicide bomber triggered a massive explosion that tore through worshippers who poured out of a mosque in a crowded market in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said media reports.

22 killed, 40 wounded in Pakistan bombing

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and over 40 others injured Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, media reports said.

Break logjam with India, says Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) A Pakistani daily Friday lauded the government for refusing to give in to US pressure and going ahead with the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. It hoped that breaking the logjam with India will be the "icing on the development cake".

Pakistani abuses, impunity erode rights: Human Rights Watch

Islamabad, Feb 1 (IANS) The Pakistan government has failed to act against abuses by security and intelligence agencies, which allowed extremists to attack religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Over 150 killed in Karachi in January

Islamabad, Jan 31 (IANS) A total of 155 people have been killed in separate incidents of violence in Pakistan's port city of Karachi this month, a media report said Thursday.

Tell us the truth on Kargil, demands Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Jan 31 (IANS) The country deserves to know the truth on the Kargil "fiasco" that led to the deaths of hundreds of Pakistani soldiers and damaged ties with India, said a leading Pakistani daily.

Hina Khar to visit Italy for talks

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will pay a two-day visit to Italy for bilateral consultations, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

YouTube blockade is bar on civil liberties: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) The blockade on YouTube is a bar on "civil liberties", said a Pakistani daily that sought restoration of full access to the internet.

PIA flight diverted to drop-off officer's daughter

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) A flight, which took-off from Karachi for Islamabad, took a detour and landed at Lahore to drop-off the daughter of an officer with the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the flag carrier of Pakistan, said a media report Wednesday.

Give security to Shah Rukh, Malik tells India

Islamabad, Jan 29 (IANS) India should provide security to Shah Rukh Khan, said Interior Minister Rehman Malik, wading into a controversy triggered by Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed stating that the star could move to Pakistan following his comments on being a Muslim.


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