Islamabad - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Islamabad Pakistan-Afghan border cross-fire kills 15 on both sides QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Backed by artillery, Afghan security forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and troops escorting them on Friday, killing nine and drawing a response from the military, Pakistan said. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the incident, a significant escalation of hostilities between the two neighbors. Fri, 05 May 2017 15:02:00 GMT 2017-05-05T15:02:00Z Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption. Friday's rally came a week after Pakistan's Supreme Court, acting on a petition submitted by Khan, asked investigators to c... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:00:00Z Arrests highlight Pakistan's struggle with extremism ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities said Monday they have arrested 22 people involved in the lynching of a university student who was accused of blasphemy and detained a teenage woman who had been recruited by the Islamic State group for a foiled attack on a church. Word of the arrests came as U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser arr... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-04-17T16:06:00Z Pakistan's army sentences alleged Indian spy to death ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military sentenced an Indian naval officer to death Monday on charges of espionage and sabotage, officials said. Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, had been convicted by a military tribunal, the Pakistani army said in a statement. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of Pakistan's armed forces, signed off on the sentence. ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:59:00 GMT 2017-04-10T12:59:00Z Taliban attack kills 6 in Pakistan, including census workers LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying census workers in eastern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six people — two data collectors and four soldiers who were escorting them, a government spokesman and police said. The attack took place on the outskirts of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, said... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:09:00 GMT 2017-04-05T09:09:00Z Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy Friday in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court, while elsewhere in the city hundreds of security forces prevented a radical cleric from holding a protest to condemn another five bloggers, who were earlier charged with insulting Islam — an offense punishable by death in this Islamic country. Polic... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-03-24T16:50:00Z US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan peace conference WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States won't attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia, a State Department official said Thursday. The reasons: The U.S. wasn't consulted before receiving the invitation and doesn't know Russia's objectives for the gathering. The official said that Washington wants to work w... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-03-23T20:37:00Z Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to talk peace talks ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow, according to two Taliban officials. Islamabad has been under international pressure to try and bring Taliban leaders, who have lived in Pakistan since their rule in Afghani... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:04:00 GMT 2017-03-23T12:04:00Z Hong Kong forfeits Davis Cup at Pakistan, citing security LONDON (AP) — Citing security concerns, Hong Kong is forfeiting its Davis Cup matches against Pakistan, scheduled for next month in Islamabad. The International Tennis Federation said Tuesday that it "regrets and respectfully disagrees" with Hong Kong's decision to pull out of the Zone Group matches. The Davis Cup committee had ruled th... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:23:00 GMT 2017-03-21T16:23:00Z Pakistan launches first census in 19 years ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan launched a national census on Wednesday, the country's first in 19 years. However, societal conservatism and a lack of female census takers could result in Pakistan's female population being under-represented. Asif Bajwa, the country's chief census officer, told reporters in the capital Islamabad that tens of thousands of civilia... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:31:00 GMT 2017-03-15T13:31:00Z Pakistan says it closed Afghan border to avoid more attacks ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday shut its porous border with landlocked Afghanistan after opening it for two days, saying the measure was necessary to save Pakistanis from attacks from militants operating inside Afghanistan. Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for Pakistan's foreign ministry, told reporters the country was forced to close the border because of... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-03-09T15:56:00Z 10-country summit in Pakistan ends on call for closer ties ISLAMABAD (AP) — A regional economic summit in Pakistan on Wednesday concluded with participants pledging to collectively fight the "challenge of terrorism" and push for greater collaboration in areas of trade, energy and infrastructure development. Islamabad hosted the day-long 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization summit that finalized a "Vision 2... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:33:00 GMT 2017-03-01T16:33:00Z PSL final tickets precious for fans ISLAMABAD (AP) — Cricket-starved fans in Pakistan aren't too worried about which foreign players are coming to Lahore for Sunday's Pakistan Super League final. They just want to know where they can buy tickets. "I came to the bank as early as 6:30 a.m. and after seven hours I got hold of a ($5) ticket," Ali Hussain, a 22-year-old businessman told The Asso... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:14:00 GMT 2017-03-01T10:14:00Z Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack ISLAMABAD (AP) — A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday. Pakistani security forces have carried out sweeping country-wide raids ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-02-17T19:53:00Z The Latest: Pakistan says Afghans failing to take action ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the massive attack by the Islamic State group at a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan that killed 88 worshippers (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Pakistan's highest ranking foreign ministry official says neighbor Afghanistan has ignored repeated demands to take action against militants targeting Pakistan from sanctuaries on its soil ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:49:00 GMT 2017-02-17T11:49:00Z Shaharyar says PCB won't spare match-fixers ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board says two players accused of involvement in spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League tournament will face maximum punishments if they confess. Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif arrived in Lahore on Wednesday and were scheduled to appear before the PCB's head of anti-corruption unit Col. Mohammad Az... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:01:00 GMT 2017-02-15T13:01:00Z World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech President Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations. The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military r... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-01-21T18:00:00Z Pakistan makes case for Indian terrorism to UN ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign ministry says Islamabad has handed over a dossier to the United Nations over the alleged involvement of India in acts of terrorism in the Islamic nation. In a statement, it said Pakistani ambassador Maleeha Lodhi on Friday delivered a set of documents regarding India's alleged role in fomenting terrorism in Pakistan to U.N. Secretary-Gener... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:17:00 GMT 2017-01-06T16:17:00Z Remains of 47 victims of plane crash to be sent to Islamabad ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The remains of the 47 passengers and crew who were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines commuter crashed in the north of the country are being sent to Islamabad for identification, a hospital spokesman and the airline said Thursday. Daniyal Gilani, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, confirmed that 42 pass... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:44:00 GMT 2016-12-08T04:44:00Z Britain urges Pakistan, India to resolve Kashmir crisis ISLAMABAD (AP) — Britain's top diplomat on Thursday urged Pakistan and India to find a lasting solution for Kashmir a day after a deadly exchange of fire killed more than a dozen people in the disputed Himalayan region. But after meeting with Pakistani officials, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters in Islamabad that it was up to the two South A... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:51:00 GMT 2016-11-24T15:51:00Z