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ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Wednesday reiterated support for a peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan, saying it had helped efforts to conduct an inclusive presidential election.“We took several measures to enhance vigilance and security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level eight-member delegation of the Afghan military held talks on Thursday with Pakistan military officials at their headquarters in Rawalpindi city near Islamabad.The Afghan delegation led by Maj. Gen. Afzal Aman Director... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and prime minister’s special envoy Mahmood Khan Achakzai met Afghan President Hamid Karzai to formally convey Islamabad’s request for cooperation in the ongoing military offensive... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): At least five people were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday, officials said.The suicide bomber entered Shahibagh Stadium in... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Foreign Office in Islamabad on Thursday urged Kabul administration to put in place strong measures for better management of the border between the two neighbouring countries and to check illegal cross-border movement.The... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Criticising Islamabad for adopting “a mysterious silence” over peace talks, the Pakistani Taliban Wednesday said they had decided not to extend the ceasefire.The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the government had... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Twenty-two people were killed and over 110 others injured in a powerful blast at a vegetable and fruit market (Sabzi Mandi) in Islamabad, the capital of neighbouring Pakistan, on Wednesday.Dr. Ayesha, a spokeswoman for the... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan has reiterated support for the April 5 elections, saying a stable, peaceful and strong Afghanistan will spur economic cooperation between the neighbours.Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, at a meeting with Afghan Ambassador... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A judge and at least 10 others were killed and 35 more wounded following a gun-and-suicide attack on a courtroom in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Monday.Two suicide bombers forced their way into the courtroom of additional... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A dozen people were killed when two back-to-back blasts struck security forces’ vehicles escorting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous Khyber tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Saturday, officials... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Thursday called on Afghanistan to stop Taliban militants fleeing ongoing airstrikes in northwest tribal region from entering its territory.Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban’s positions in North and South... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government has set in motion a countrywide process of issuing renewed Proof of Registration (PoR) cards to registered Afghan refugees.The inaugural ceremony for the project, which is being carried out in... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Senior Pakistani and UN diplomats on Monday agreed on the need for cordial Kabul-Islamabad relations to promote stability in the region.At a meeting with UN Secretary-General's Special Representative Jan Kubis in Islamabad,... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): At least a dozen people were killed and 14 others injured on Sunday when a bomb ripped through a passenger van in Pakistan’s northwestern garrison city of Kohat.Local officials told reporters the explosion near the Police Lines... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The government in Islamabad says it has worked out a comprehensive plan to register around 1.5 million illegal Afghan refugees living in different parts of Pakistan.Under an agreement with international organisations, the... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Members of the Pakistani government committee suspended peace talks with representatives of militants on Tuesday after a string of deadly attacks in the country.At a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the committee... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the US is an issue that should be decided by Afghanistan in its best interest, the Pakistani prime minister said on Saturday.Billing the Ankara trilateral summit as... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The trilateral summit being held in Ankara would help maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan and region at large, Pakistan hoped on Thursday.Islamabad had always been supportive of reconciliation in Afghanistan, the Foreign... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): More than a dozen policemen were killed on Thursday morning when a suicide bomber struck a police bus in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, officials said.The car bomber struck near the Razzaqabad Police Training College in Shah... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday arrived in Turkey to attend the 8th Afghanistan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Summit, the foreign ministry announced.Minister for Defence Khwaja Asif, Advisor on National Security and... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Nine people of the same family were killed on Wednesday when unidentified gunmen stormed a house on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.The armed men entered the... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): At least a dozen people were killed and 25 others injured as a series of blasts rattled a popular cinema house in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, officials said.Around 75 people were watching a... read more
ISLAMABAD(Pajhwok): The government in Islamabad and the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are expected to agree on a ceasefire, as a brittle peace process continues, negotiators indicated on Tuesday.After returning from North Waziristan,... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Four women were killed and five others, including children, wounded in a suicide attack in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, police said.A suicide bomber blew himself up near a house in Issa Khan Garhi area... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Seventeen people were killed and dozens wounded in two separate overnight shootings in southern Pakistan, officials said.Eight people including a child were killed and 40 others injured on Sunday night when gunmen on motorcycles... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to continued support for the Afghan-owned reconciliation process for the sake of durable stability in the region.Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan militants have offered security to members of negotiating committees in areas under their control, as preparations continue for peace talks in the nuclear-capable South Asian country.Shahidullah Shahid, the Tehrik-i-... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to supporting an Afghan-led peace process, denying Kabul’s allegation of interference from Islamabad in its internal affairs. The Foreign Office renewed its support for the... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajwhok): The Pakistan government on Wednesday promised to pursue peace negotiations with Taliban militants, announcing a four-member committee to facilitate the process.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, addressing a session of the National... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Six people, including two children, were killed and nine others wounded on Thursday when a bomb tore through a car workshop in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, the capital of troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A powerful explosion killed at least 22 Shiite pilgrims on a bus and injured another 32 in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday, officials said.Escorted by security vehicles, the bus was coming from the... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A suspected suicide bombing killed 13 people, including eight security officials and three children, near the Pakistan’s army general headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province on Monday, officials... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A bomb blast ripped through a religious centre in the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday evening, killing at least eight people and wounding 67 others, officials said.A spokesman for the... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Six people were killed and two others wounded in a bomb attack in Pakistan’s northwestern picturesque valley of Swat on Sunday, officials said.Police said the remote-controlled blast in the Martong area of Shangla district... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The United States has ruled out the possibility of Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).The American ambassador to Pakistan told reporters in... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Three militants and two civilians were killed on Friday in separate attacks in Pakistanis port city of Karachi and the Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.The insurgents, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government, accepting local traders’ demand, has allowed the export of all items to Afghanistan through the northwestern Ghulam Khan border.The decision was taken at a high level meeting, chaired by Minister for... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The US-led war on terror has failed to achieve its objectives, creating more problems for countries in the region, a top Pakistani diplomat says.“The war has achieved less and caused more damage, especially in Pakistan and... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have agreed to closely coordinate their positions on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, as NATO-led combat troops prepare to exit the country.Visiting Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Nine people, including children and militants, were killed and several others wounded on Monday when a bomb ripped through the residence of a tribal elder in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region of Khyber.The bomb... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): More than 50 militant camps are operating in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, bordering Afghanistan, a top security official said on Friday.The Baloch militants were attacking security forces and government... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Thursday made clear that it had no favourites in the Afghan presidential elections, scheduled to be held in April 2014.Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Islamabad would review its... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Awami National Party (ANP) leader, Asfandyar Wali Khan, has called for a joint Pakistan-Afghanistan strategy for restoring lasting peace in the militancy-plagued region.At a ceremony marking the first death anniversary of ex-... read more
ISLAMABAD: Four people have been killed and more than a dozen others wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside a Shiite mosque in Pakistan's garrison town of Rawalpindi, officials said.The City Police Officer (CPO) told reporters a motorcyclist blew... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sunday met Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.The two military officials discussed issues of mutual interest... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Three bomb disposal experts were killed in a remotely-controlled device explosion in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday morning, an official said.The bomb disposal unit (BDU) personnel were on their way to the Sheikh... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Some Pakistani politicians and analysts on Saturday said the situation in Afghanistan had a direct impact on its neighbouring countries, hailing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Kabul as a major development ahead of foreign... read more
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday finally made the selection of two senior army officers as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC).Ending weeks of speculation, the premier appointed career... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani transporters have announced International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supplies will not be trucked to Afghanistan as long as an ongoing by the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province continues.Backed by several... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan kept its border with Afghanistan in the Khyber tribal region closed for a third day on Monday, a private TV channel here reported.Following a November 21 suicide attack in the Torkham Customs House, security threats had... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), led by Imran Khan, staged sit-ins to block International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supply routes in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for the second day on Sunday.In line with... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Led by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, thousands of people on Saturday closed the main road in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, used by NATO supply trucks.Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-i... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eleven schoolteachers, conducting a polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan's tribal region of Khyber, were kidnapped on Saturday morning, an official said.The teachers were abducted from a school in the Sipah area of Bara sub-... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who met High Peace Council (HPC) negotiators on Thursday, would visit Afghanistan on Nov. 30 for talks on the Kabul-led peace and reconciliation process, an official said.Foreign ministry... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A delegation of the Afghan High Peace Council, led by its chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, on Thursday discussed with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the Kabul-led peace process, the Pakistan Television (PTV) reported.  During the... read more
ISLAMABAD: At least eight people were killed and five others wounded in a fresh US drone attack in the Hangu district of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province early Thursday morning, officials said.The district police chief told... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A team of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) has arrived in Islamabad for meeting former Taliban No. 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a Pakistan official said on Wednesday.Earlier in the day, the visiting negotiators met... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Six militants were killed during a clash with security personnel in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Thursday, hours after the metropolitan was rattled by a series of explosions, officials said.The outlawed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would visit Kabul in the near future for talks on greater cooperation and issues of bilateral importance, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.But no dates had yet been firmed yet for the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Legislators have asked the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to shoot down drones if the United States does not stop violating Pakistan’s sovereignty."As a last resort, the government should target drones, as we’re... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan on Monday threatened to choke NATO supply lines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province after assessing the government’s reaction to US drone strikes on November 20.Speaking in the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly, which is scheduled to meet on Monday, may pass a resolution blocking NATO supplies through the northwestern province.Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak told a public meeting in Mansehra... read more
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad summoned US Ambassador Richard Olson to the Foreign Office on Saturday evening and lodged a strong protest with him over a drone strike that killed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud along with his close... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Khan Said Mehsud, alias Sajna, replaced Hakimullah Mehsud as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) head on Saturday, the day his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud was laid to rest, local officials said.Mehsud was killed along with several... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike late on Friday, was laid to rest in the tribal region of North Waziristan on Saturday morning.Killed in the same raid, Mehsud's uncle, driver and other... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A most-wanted kidnapper belonging to Afghanistan has been detained at the Torkham border, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Friday.Abdul Malik, 42, was detained during a raid on a general store in the Torkham bazaar by the... read more
ISLAMABAD: Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar remains in Pakistan and is free to meet anyone for talks aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said.The Foreign Office spokesman said: “Pakistan has released Mullah Baradar... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A predawn US drone strike killed three people and wounded as many others in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Thursday.A local tribal administration official, requesting not to... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A senior Pakistani defence official has reiterated his country's desire to have good relations with neighbours, including stability in Afghanistan.Lasting peace in Afghanistan was in the interest of the entire region, Defence... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has warned his government would block supplies to Afghanistan-based NATO troops if the US does not halt drone strikes in Pakistan.Khattak told reporters in the northwestern city... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A provincial law minister was among at least 10 people killed in a suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) town of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said on Thursday.The attacker blew himself up after entering... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Six people were killed and 15 others wounded in a bomb explosion on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Monday.A senior police officer said the bomb exploded in the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Policemen suffered casualties on Friday when a roadside bomb exploded on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwester Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.The target of the bomb attack in the restive area of Pishtakhara... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A suicide attack on a militant commander's compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Orakzai early Thursday morning killed 17 people and wounded several others.The bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eighteen people were killed and more than 40 others wounded on Friday noon when a bomb ripped through a bus in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.The ill-fated vehicle was carrying government employees from Peshawar -- the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani Parliamentarians on Wednesday agreed on taking steps for promoting people-to-people contacts between the neighbours.Concluding the 9th round of dialogue in Islamabad, the MPs called mutual contacts important for... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Wednesday lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over cross-border mortar fire into the Waziristan tribal region. A day earlier, six mortar shells fired from Afghanistan landed in the Ghulam Khan sub-district of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Seventy people were killed and 120 others wounded in twin suicide bombings inside a church in the northwestern city of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Sunday.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A dozen militants were killed during a shootout in Pakistan’s northwestern Lower Dir district near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Sunday.A patrol of security forces engaged a 20-member group of terrorists at 10pm, killing... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Keeping its promise, Pakistan on Saturday released the senior most Afghan Taliban leader in its custody in a bid rejuvenate the stalled Afghan-led reconciliation process.The Taliban’s second in command had been detained in 2011 the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The senior most Afghan Taliban leader in Pakistan’s custody is all poised to walk out of prison on today (Saturday), a move that could rejuvenate the stalled Afghan-led peace drive.  In an effort to further facilitate the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Friday scotched rumours about its leader Eng. Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s death.There has been speculation in the media since Thursday that Hekmatyar, Afghanistan’s former prime minister, has died of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Six out of the seven Afghan Taliban leaders freed by Pakistan have been reunited with their families in recent weeks, a media report said here on Friday.But Taliban’s second in command Mansoor Dadullah, who was also on the list... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Islamabad on Wednesday summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires and lodged a strong protest with him over the killing of five Pakistanis in cross-border fire in the southwestern province of Balochistan.The Foreign Office asked the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail has expressed optimism the early completion of CASA-1000 would integrate Central Asian states in economic and political spheres.       Adviser to... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Three military personnel, including two senior officers of the Pakistan army, were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast near the Afghanistan border on Sunday.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army’s... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Twenty-one foreign students were detained during raids on two seminaries in central Pakistan on Sunday morning, local media reported.Located in the Gujranwala district of Punjab province, the religious schools -- Mazahirul Uloom and... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Kabul and Washington are set to sign an agreement allowing 20,000 American and NATO troops to stay in Afghanistan after the 2014 pullout of foreign combat soldiers from the war-torn country, a Pakistan lawmakers says.Expected to be... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A latest US drone strike killed six suspected militants in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern region of Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, local officials said on Friday.The drone fired at least two missiles into a compound in... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to continue working with Afghanistan in pursuit of connectivity and energy projects, linking the country with Central Asia.Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Nine Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday when an improvised explosive device hit their convoy in North Waziristan Agency near the Afghanistan border, the army said.The convoy struck the roadside bomb in the Boya area of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four people were killed in a suspected CIA-operated drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border on Saturday, officials said.A source in the local political administration said the raid... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Friday reiterated its desire for smooth transition political and security transition in Afghanistan, saying its policy toward neighbours remained neutral and cooperative."Afghanistan is passing through two-pronged... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday agreed to work together for bringing peace and stability to the region, devastated by decades of war, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said.Sharif and President Hamid Karzai held a second... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Punjab Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution against CIA-operated drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghanistan border.Punjab Assembly approved the resolution that also asked Prime Minister Nawaz... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Calling President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan as important, a senior official in Islamabad said on Wednesday both countries could play a key role in maintaining peace in the region after 2014.Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Two people were killed and 15 others wounded in a blast at a railway station in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Wednesday, officials said.The wounded, including women, children and two policemen, were evacuated to... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted Pakistan's former military ruler Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf in the assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto.Bhutto, the charismatic chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan's Independence Day was celebrated at a hotel in Islamabad, with senior Pakistani officials attending the function, a spokesman for the Afghan embassy said on Tuesday.Former King Ghazi Amanullah achieved independence from... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan students could study at technical education institutes in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, a minister said on Sunday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, KPK Minister for Technical... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Suspected Baloch separatists killed 14 passengers in the Bolan district of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday, officials said.The individuals were seized last evening from mini vans in the Kashtari area near... read more
ISLAMABAD: At least three people were killed and 15 others injured in an explosion inside a compartment of a Karachi-bound train at a railway station near Toba Tek Singh city on Monday, officials said.The Shalimar Express was on its way from Lahore... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five policemen and three civilians were killed in gun attacks in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Saturday, officials said.A police vehicle came under fire from assailants on a motorbike at a bridge linking the Shah Faisal Colony... read more
ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan and the United States would be able to conclude the Bilateral Security Agreement on an American military presence in the war-torn country beyond 2014, a senior Obama administration official hoped on Thursday.After talks with... read more
ISALAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan and the United States on Thursday agreed to work together for peace and stability in Afghanistan and lend their weight to the reconciliation process in the war-ravaged country.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US Secretary... read more
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State Senator John Kerry on Thursday held talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his national security advisor on bilateral relations and regional issues, including Afghanistan.A US delegation led by... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): US Secretary of State Senator John Kerry arrived on a three-day visit in Islamabad on Wednesday night for talks with the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on bilateral and regional issues, including Afghanistan.At the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Two security personnel and eight rebels were killed in a fierce clash in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Darra Adamkhel late on Tuesday night, officials said on Wednesday.The firefight was sparked when 60 militants stormed... read more
ISLAMABAD: Mamnoon Hussain was elected on Tuesday as Pakistan’s new president, bagging 277 votes from the National Assembly and the Senate. He replaces Asif Ali Zardari of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).Unofficial results showed 277 votes cast... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): More than a dozen people were killed and over 250 inmates freed as insurgents in police uniforms stormed a key prison in northwestern Pakistan late Monday night, officials said on Tuesday.The Central Jail in the Dera Ismail Khan... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Seven people were killed and three others injured in a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Monday.The drone fired two missiles at a compound in the Shinkai... read more
ISLAMABAD: The toll from twin explosions in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Kurram  near the Afghanistan border has increased to 57 dead and nearly 170 others injured, local officials said on Saturday.The first bomb attached to a... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Seven security personnel were killed in a predawn attack on a Coast Guards check post near the modern port city of Gwadar in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, officials said on Saturday.The assailants fled to nearby... read more
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and the Balochistan National Party (BNA) on Friday announced a boycott of the upcoming presidential election.The former ruling party was left with no option but to boycott the vote... read more
ISLAMABAD: The new government on Thursday extended the stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan until 2015, a decision benefitting 1.6 million registered individuals.The decision came at a federal cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Islamabad on Thursday renewed its desire for positive engagement with Afghanistan for the sake of promoting peace, security and stability in the region.While pursuing good neighbourliness, Pakistan had exercised restraint with... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Seven people, including two intelligence operatives, were killed in a string of explosions in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh on Wednesday evening, officials said.Suspected insurgents crashed an explosives-laden vehicle into a... read more
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday hailed Special Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s visit to Kabul as productive.Aziz delivered a formal invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to visit... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan would help the Afghan government maintain peace in the war-devastated country.During a visit to the Foreign Office in Islamabad‚ the premier was briefed about Pakistan’s... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The current impasse in the Afghan reconciliation campaign would end and the Qatar process resume soon, Pakistan and Britain hoped on Wednesday.Senior diplomats from both nations reiterated their commitment to stability in... read more
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that winning the ongoing war against terrorism was vital to Pakistan’s stability and prosperity.Sharif underlined the necessity during a briefing at the Interior Ministry in Islamabad. He was... read more
 ISLAMABAD (PAN): Reconciliation is the only viable way of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, Pakistan said on Thursday, days after the Taliban abandoned their political office in Doha.Dashing hopes for peace talks with the Karzai... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Two people were killed and seven others injured in a bomb blast near a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday.The bomb was tied to a motorcycle parked near the mosque and a temporary bus stand in... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): At least 45 people were killed 114 others wounded in two separate bomb explosions in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, bordering Afghanistan, on Sunday, officials said.Twenty-eight people were killed and 70... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, welcoming the opening of the Talban's political office in Qatar, has said the Afghan process lacks depth but must continue.It was imperative to give Pakistan a proactive role... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Nine people were killed and 15 others, including a high court judge and three policemen, injured in an explosion in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Wednesday, official said.The blast happened on Burns Road targetted a convoy of... read more
ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is willing to engage with Taliban leaders, the Obama administration's pointman for the region said on Tuesday, stressing the ball was firmly in the insurgent group's court.US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): US Special Representative Ambassador James Dobbins met Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday and conferred on a whole host of issues of bilateral and regional interest, an official said.Withdrawal of US forces from... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan’s new government indicated on Monday its intention to file a high treason case in the Supreme Court against former military ruler General (R) Pervez Musharraf.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, speaking in the National Assembly,... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A lawmaker was among 28 others died when a suicide bomber attacked participants of a funeral prayer in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)province on Tuesday, officials said.Another 57 people were injured as the blast... read more
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reiterated its desire for lasting stability in the region, stressing the need for the success of Afghan-led reconciliation and reconstruction of the neighbouring country.President Asif Ali Zardari told a joint sitting of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A rocket-arson attack on NATO supply containers killed six people and injured two others in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber tribal region, bordering Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, on Monday.The assault in the Shagai... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Saturday lodged a strong protest with the United States against Friday’s drone strike in North Waziristan, the first since the Nawaz Sharif government’s coming into power.Hours seven suspected militants were killed in... read more
RAWALPINDI (PAN): A trilateral meeting of military commanders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and ISAF was held at the General Headquarters in Pakistan’s garrison town of Rawalpindi on Saturday.ISAF Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Afghan National Army’... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari administered oath to a 25-member federal cabinet at the President House in Islamabad on Friday. The incoming cabinet includes 16 federal ministers and nine ministers of state.Chaudhry Nisar Ali... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on Thursday called for developing regional consensus on supporting a stable government in Afghanistan and stepping up the reconciliation drive there.A day after being sworn in as... read more
ISLAMABAD: Mian Nawaz Sharif was elected on Wednesday for a record third time as Pakistan’s prime minister, defeating his rivals Makhdoom Amin Fahim of PPP and Javed Hashmi of PTI.The PML-N leader, who won 244 votes from National Assembly members,... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Suspected militants set alight two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supply containers in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Sunday.The tankers came under arson attack in Mastung district on their way back... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): On the verge of being inaugurated as prime minister for a record third term, Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed strong reservations about US drone strikes in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region.The drone attacks were not... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Two people including a peace activist were killed in separate bomb attacks in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday, officials said.A peace committee member was killed when a bomb blast occurred in Budaber... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday confirmed their deputy leader Waliur Rehman’s death in a US drone strike and announced suspending talks with the government.A spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told local media... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four people, including a senior militant commander, were killed and six others wounded in a suspected US drone attack in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region early Wednesday morning, officials said.Wali-ur-Rehman, the Tehreek-i-... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A suicide attacker blew up himself near the vehicle of an Afghan religious outfit chief in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar soon after Friday prayers, killing three people.Police said the blast took place near a seminary on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen people were killed and 100 others injured when bombs tore through two mosques in Pakistan’s northwestern Malakand tribal region on Friday, a private TV channel reported.The explosions shook the mosques in Bar Kalai and Bazdara... read more
ISLAMABADA (PAN): Pakistan has promised to continue maintaining a “cooperative approach” to Afghanistan, despite testy exchanges between the neighbours on issues of Kabul-led reconciliation and recent border skirmishes.“Pakistan is in regular... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Pakistan Muslim League-N, led by former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, has emerged as the single largest political party in Saturday’s parliamentary elections, unofficial results suggested on Sunday.  Voters streamed to... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Gunmen on a motorcycle attacked an election meeting and kidnapped a son of Pakistan's former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in the Multan district of southern Punjab province on Thursday.Ali Haider Gilani, a candidate of the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan has been suspended for a short period of time, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.The UN agency linked the three-day suspension to Pakistan’s... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): As pre-poll violence in the country continues, three people were killed and 27 others injured in a suicide attack on a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said.The bomber crashed his explosives-laden... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pashtun nationalist leaders in Pakistan say the Durand Line is a reality but the issue should not be raked up at a time when Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism.Afghan and Pakistani forces... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eighteen people were killed and more than 30 others wounded during bomb attacks on an election rallies in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said. The first explosion occurred in a busy market of Doaba area in Hangu, where... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): British Chief of Defence General Sir David Richards, during his visit to the garrison town of Rawalpindi, has praised Pakistan’s role in the war on terrorism.At a meeting with Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Fifteen people were killed and 70 others wounded during a bomb attack on an election rally in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Monday.The explosion hit a public meeting of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A US Congressional delegation has appreciated Pakistan’s role and sacrifices in the war on terror, with both sides stressing the imperative of regional stability.Led by Senator Joe Donnelly, the team held talks with Pakistan’s... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eight people including two Afghan diplomats were killed and 45 others injured on Monday in a suicide attack in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan, officials said.Freelance journalist Arif... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eight people were killed and 30 others wounded in a bomb attack on an election offices in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK) on Sunday morning.Five people were killed and 16 others died when the office of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): In an effort to thwart possible terror acts, Pakistan has decided to seal its border with Afghanistan and keep Afghan refugees confined to their camps on the polling day on May 11.An interior ministry official told a meeting in... read more
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday formally arrested former military dictator Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-bomb attack in Rawalpindi on December 27,... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed that peace and stability was vital to the economic development of the two countries and the wider region, the foreign ministry in Islamabad said on Wednesday.As part of high-level consultations... read more
ISLAMABAD/KABUL (PAN): In the lead-up to the parliamentary elections due next month, Pakistan’s mainstream political parties have included a prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan among their top priorities. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) says... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five people were killed and seven others wounded in a US drone strike in Pakistan's lawless tribal region of South Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, an official said on Wednesday.The pilotless aircraft targeted a house in the... read more
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has renewed its support for a lasting political settlement in Afghanistan, playing down renewed tensions with the neighbouring country.“There is a need for ever closer engagement between the two governments so that the process of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Tuesday said it had duly informed Afghanistan of its plan regarding the renovation of a border security post on its soil near Nangarhar province. While denying any unilateral construction along the Durand Line, a... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eight people were killed in a militant attack on a grid station in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar near the Afghanistan border on Tuesday, officials said. Bodies of eight policemen and Water and Power Development Authority... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A police official was killed and six others were wounded in a suicide bombing in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday -- the second such assault in as many days.The bomber struck Katlang bazaar of Mardan... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan on Friday spurned the Karzai administration’s claim that it had set “impossible preconditions” for the supporting the Afghan-led reconciliation process.In response to President Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi’s allegations, a... read more
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad has voiced its concern over the continued presence of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sanctuaries in Afghanistan’s eastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan provinces.Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan had... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Security personnel were among 10 people killed and more than a dozen wounded in a suicide bombing in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Friday.The bomber, when stopped by security forces... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and US Secretary of State John Kerry have discussed the Afghan-led reconciliation process, the military said Monday. Gen. Kayani and Kerry, who met in Amman last night,... read more
ISLAMABAD: Twenty-two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a security check-post in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, the military said on Sunday.At least 10 troops were injured when an... read more
ISLAMABAD: Four people were killed in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan’s restive tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border on Friday morning.The pilotless aircraft fired two missiles into a house in Dattakhel sub-district... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): At least 15 people were killed and several others wounded in a bomb attack at a refugee camp in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bordering Afghanistan, on Thursday.The explosion in Nowshera garrison town... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four people were killed and 30 others wounded in a suicide attack on a judicial complex in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, officials said.One suicide bomber threw a grenade into a courtroom before blowing himself... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A bomb blast inside a mosque in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar killed at least four people and injured dozens others on Saturday noon, officials said.But a senior police officer Khalid Hamdani put at six the number of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A top Pakistani religious scholar on Sunday did a U-turn on suicide attacks in Afghanistan, saying he had been quoted out of context by some media outlets.On Friday, certain news organisations reported Pakistan’s Ulema Council... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani security forces killed eight militants during an operation in the Orakzai tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Friday, an intelligence official said.Jet fighters were also used during the operation in the Mamozai... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Six militants, believed to be suicide bombers, were killed in a fierce clash with security forces in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, officials said.At least two policemen were injured in the firefight that was triggered by an... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Pakistan government on Wednesday signalled its willingness to hold talks with the Taliban if they announced a month-long truce and named sincere religious scholars to help achieve concrete results.Interior Minister Rehman Malik... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): At least 22 people were killed and more than 50 others injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside two neighbouring mosques in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday, officials said.The... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani defence minister have agreed to make joint efforts at securing their common militancy-plagued border.The agreement came at a meeting between Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and his Pakistani counterpart Syed... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, at the head of a high-level delegation, has arrived in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan’s military and political leaders, an official said on Monday.Mohammadi, who reached here on... read more
 ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani Taliban have executed 21 security men kidnapped last week near northwestern city of Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said on Sunday.Some 200 heavily-armed rebels on Thursday attacked three... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An explosion inside a coalmine in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killed seven workers on Monday, local media reported.The blast happened in the Doli area of the Orakzai tribal region, DawnNews said. Up to 50... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four suspected militants, including foreigners, were killed in a new US drone attack in Pakistan’s troubled tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border on Friday. A local TV channel quoted unnamed intelligence... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): More than a dozen people were killed in a massive bomb explosion in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region of Khyber near the Afghanistan border on Monday, officials said.At least 17 individuals were killed and nearly 40... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Normal operations at the Peshawar Air Base in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan, resumed following a deadly rocket barrage and suicide attacks, an official said on Sunday.Nine people,... read more
 ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan rejected any involvement in the suicide attack on Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Asadullah Khalid at the agency’s guesthouse in Kabul last Thursday.In a statement released on Saturday,... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four people were killed on Thursday in a US drone attack on the North Waziristan, the tribal region of Pakistan near Afghan border, an official said.The predawn attack was carried out at around 5am, when unmanned US aircraft, fired... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An Al-Qaeda militant was killed in an American drone strike in the South Waziristan of Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.The militant, Abdul Rahman Yamani, was killed on Saturday night when an unmanned aircraft targeted his vehicle... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday decided that the international ulema conference would held in central capital Kabul in January 2013.The announcement was made at a joint press conference that was addressed by Afghan Foreign... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan is urging Pakistan to release more Taliban prisoners held in the neighbouring country that could enable the Afghan peace process move swiftly.Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmai Rassoul held talks with his Pakistani... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul arrived in Islamabad on Friday morning to hold high-level bilateral talks with neighbouring Pakistan.“The 10-member Afghan delegation led by Rassoul has reached Islamabad today... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Twenty-three Shiite mourners were killed in a suicide bomb on a procession in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi late on Wednesday night, officials said, fearing the death toll could go up.Another 50 people were injured in the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Nearly 290 people were burnt to death when a garment factory was gutted by a huge blaze in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, officials said on Wednesday.Firefighters said they had been able to control the fire, which erupted last... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani and Afghan officials are discussing the agenda for a visit of Afghanistan’s chief peace negotiator to Islamabad, the Afghan ambassador said on Saturday.Mohammad Omar Daudzai told Pajhwok Afghan News a specific date for... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eight Pakistani troops and four rebels were killed during a fierce gun-battle in the country’s northwestern tribal region of Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said on Wednesday.The clash in the Saroki sub-district of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): At least 48 insurgents have been killed in clashes with security forces over the past three days in Pakistan’s troubled Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border, an official said on Monday.The clashes began on Wednesday when a... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Nine insurgents were killed during a fierce clash with security personnel following a daring attack on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base near Islamabad on Thursday, officials saidPAF spokesman Capt. Tariq Mahmood told reporters... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Islamabad has rejected speculation that a top Afghan peace negotiator had suspended his scheduled visit to Pakistan over the country’s unwillingness to hand over a Taliban commander to Kabul and end cross-border attacks into... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supply container was attacked near Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, on Friday.The vehicle’s driver and cleaner were wounded during the shooting in... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five militants were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in struck a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of Khyber, bordering Afghanistan, an official said on Monday.The bombing occurred in the Akakhel... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supply containers were torched in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan on Sunday.A private TV channel said that the containers, carrying supplies for the NATO-led troops... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Supplies for NATO-led troops in Afghanistan resumed through the Torkham border-crossing in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber tribal region on Saturday, officials said.As the 12-day suspension was lifted, a seven-container convoy in... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A military court on Friday convicted four senior Pakistan army officers of having links to an outlawed militant outfit and handed them different jail terms.Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) proceedings were completed against... read more
ISLMABAD/KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander, during a visit to Islamabad, on Thursday said they were trying to build an enduring and strategic partnership with Pakistan.Gen. John R. Allen visited the General... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan High Peace Council chief Salahuddin Rabbani, who is expected to arrive in Islamabad later this month, will discuss with Pakistani officials the revival of a joint peace commission to reach out to insurgents.A spokesman... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan said on Tuesday the issue of incursions from Afghanistan had been raised on several occasions with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the government in Kabul.The most recent cross-border attacks took... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Seven suspected militants were killed in a new US drone attack in Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Sunday, officials said.Local security officials told reporters the CIA-operated... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): In an interim security-driven step, Islamabad on Thursday stopped NATO supply trucks from crossing its northwestern border into landlocked Afghanistan, an intelligence official revealed.Supplies for foreign troops in the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Thursday asked Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to stop cross-border attacks into the eastern province of Kunar.Daudzai, who met Khar in Islamabad, said the missile incursions... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The driver was killed when suspected insurgents attacked an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supply truck near Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Tuesday.The attack -- the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday welcomed the Afghan government’s decision on granting multiple visas to businessmen from his country.At a meeting with his Minister of Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim , Ashraf said... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): More than 41,000 Afghans refuges have returned to their country from Pakistan during the current year, the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday.A statement from the UNHCR office in Islamabad said it provided assistance to... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Ten militants were killed and two civilians wounded during a clash with security forces in Pakistan’s restive tribal region of Bajaur, near the Afghanistan border, on Thursday.The gunbattle was touched off by a Taliban attack on... read more
Lahore police chief Aslam Tarin told journalists after the shooting in Rasul Park area, the heavily armed gunmen attacked a building where policemen were staying. The assailants managed to flee the area, he said.The victims, serving at the prison... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An Islamabad-based US diplomat said on Friday that there had been no new agreement with Pakistan on the reopening of the NATO supply route into Afghanistan.US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Richard Hoagland told reporters that... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five people were killed when a US drone fired several missiles into a compound in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border, sources said on Sunday.The pilotless aircraft targeted a... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan ambassador to Pakistan on Thursday lodged a strong protest with the Pakistani foreign ministry in Islamabad over recent cross border missile attacks into the eastern Afghan province of Kunar.Up to 50 missiles were fired into... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN):  Five people were killed in a US drone attack in the North Waziristan, while leader of Aman Lakhar shot dead in Peshawar city, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. On Tuesday night, CIA-operated drone fired missiles on... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Afghan Embassy in Islamabad has expressed deep concern over what it said “maltreatment” of Afghans living and visiting Pakistan in the hands of police and other authorities.In a statement, the embassy said some measures taken by... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Top US commander in Afghanistan General John Allen is expected to arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, on Wednesday to discuss the resumption of NATO supply routes, amid recent protests by religious political parties.A media... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Three people were killed in a US drone strike, the second in less than 12 hours, in Pakistan’s militant-infested northwestern tribal region of Waziristan near the Afghan border on Thursday noon, an official said.The CIA-operated... read more
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday left for the United States to attend the 25th NATO Summit in Chicago, scheduled for May 20-21, the foreign ministry said.Zardari was visiting Chicago at the invitation of NATO Secretary General Anders... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five people, including two senior members of an anti-Taliban militia, were killed on Thursday in back-to-back bomb attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region of Bajaur on the Afghan border, officials said.The first blast that occurred 10... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Senior Pakistani, Afghan and US diplomats, opening talks in Islamabad to review peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, on Friday said they would explore ways to arrange safe passage for Afghan Taliban militants willing to... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Authorities in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province set one month deadline for illegal Afghan refugees to leave, an official said on Wednesday.The decision was taken keeping in view the deteriorating security... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A trilateral meeting between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US is scheduled to take place in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, on Thursday, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.Representatives from the three countries will be... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday left for Qatar to discuss efforts at bringing peace in Afghanistan, amid ongoing contacts between the US and the Taliban in the Gulf state.Gilani told reporters at the Islamabad... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan has decided to expel all illegal Afghan refugees until the end of 2012, an official said on Sunday.Pakistani federal minister for SAFRON, Eng. Shaukatullah Khan, told an Afghan delegation visiting the Punjab province, the... read more
PESHAWAR (PAN): Five people were killed and eight others injured during a suicide attack in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday, an official said.The attack happened inside the residence of a local leader of the Ansar-ul-... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A senior Al Qaeda member was killed in a recent US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, a media report said on Friday.US authorities claimed the militant leader, Aslam Awan, was... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Some Pakistani political analysts on Thursday said the possible peace talks between the US and Taliban officials could mark a significant step toward a negotiated end to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.On Tuesday, the Taliban... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eighteen people were killed in a military operation and infighting between two banned militant outfits in Pakistan's lawless Kuram and Khyber tribal regions near the Afghanistan border on Wednesday, officials said.Eleven suspected... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan, angrily criticising US moves to freeze $700 million in aid, on Thursday warned the Americans would be responsible if Pakistan failed in the war against terrorism.The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Three paramilitary soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack in Pakistan's port city and commercial hub of Karachi on Friday, officials said.The early morning explosion happened in the Gulistan-i-Jauhar... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan has assured a visiting Afghan delegation of cooperation with efforts at arresting the assassin of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, officials said on Friday.A nine-member delegation, led by National Directorate of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four people were killed in a drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, an official said on Tuesday.The people were killed when the unnamed aircraft struck a vehicle and a house in the Mir... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four suspected Taliban insurgents were killed in a fresh drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, on Sunday, an intelligence official said.Another two people were wounded when the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four suspected militants were killed and two others injured in a new drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Friday.Four missiles were fired from the CIA-operated... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has condoled with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari over the death of his mother-in-law Begum Nusrat Bhutto.During a phone call to Zardari late on Thursday, Karzai prayed to God to rest the former... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): With its central role in regional security, Pakistan should move against Afghan militants and target Taliban safe havens on its soil, the visiting US Secretary of State said on Friday.Insurgents on both sides of the Durand Line... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The governor of northwestern Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on Tuesday escaped unhurt in a rocket attack during a rally in the country's tribal region of Orakzai lying close to the Afghanistan border, officials said.One... read more
ISLAMABAD: In an effort to eliminate militancy and bring peace to the region, Pakistan's top political and military leaders have vowed to boost relations with Afghanistan."On a priority basis, we need to further enhance our brotherly bilateral... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An unmanned US aircraft was crashed in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of South Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border, on Sunday morning, an official said.The CIA-operated went down in the Makin area due to a technical fault... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): An important member of the Al Qaeda network has been killed in a CIA drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, a US official has claimed.Abu Hafs al Shahri, the group's chief of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan refugees as well as residents of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday celebrated the first day of Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of Ramazan.Despite living in Pakistan for more than two decades, the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Thirty-five security men and 20 insurgents were killed during fierce gunbattles in the Chitral district of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, the army said.Hundreds of militants, sneaking from... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A dozen people, including five army and air force officials, were killed in a massive bomb explosion at a hotel in Pakistan's northwestern city of Nowshera, officials said on Friday.Another 24 people were wounded in the bombing that... read more
ISLAMABAD(PAN): Pakistani transporters claimed on Thursday that gunmen with links to government officials, not militants, were involved in attacks on NATO supply convoys. The allegation comes amid increasing attacks on vehicles carrying logistics... read more
ISLAMABAD(PAN): At least eight people, including police, were killed and 23 others injured in two successive explosions in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials and witnesses said. Accounts differ on the number and cause of... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Twenty-one people were killed in a CIA-operated drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Wednesday. The drone fired two missiles at a car and a compound,... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Mohammad Omar Daudzai, has been quoted out of context by a Pakistani newspaper, the Afghan embassy in Islamabad said on Tuesday. In an editorial, the Nation newspaper quoted Daudzai as saying that... read more

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