Pakistan summons US diplomat over drone strikes

Richard-HoaglandIslamabad, June 8 : The Pakistan Foreign Office Saturday summoned US Charge d' Affaires Richard Hoagland to lodge a strong protest on the US drone strike in North Waziristan Friday, authorities said.

Hoagland was summoned by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The US diplomat was handed a demarche in this regard.

At least seven people were killed Friday when the drone fired two missiles at a house in Miranshah town in North Waziristan, Geo News reported.

'Tables turned: Sharif PM, Musharraf under arrest'

Nawaz-Sharif-Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, June 6 : The "tables have turned" in Pakistan, said a leading daily Thursday pointing out that Nawaz Sharif is again occupying the prime minister's chair while erstwhile military strongman General Pervez Musharraf is under arrest

Nawaz Sharif Wednesday became the first man to be elected prime minister in the country for a third time.

Sharif takes oath as Pakistan PM

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, June 5 : Nawaz Sharif Wednesday took oath as the 27th prime minister of Pakistan. (19:06) The oath of office was administered by President Asif Ali Zardari, reported Geo TV.

Sharif became the first third time prime minister in the history of the country after he secured 244 votes with his rivals Pakistan Peoples Party's Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's Javed Hashmi bagging 42 and 31 votes, respectively.

Former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf attended the oath taking ceremony. Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani too was present. (IANS)

Nawaz Sharif elected Pakistan's PM

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, June 5 : Nawaz Sharif was Wednesday elected Pakistan's prime minister by a huge margin in an election held at the National Assembly here.

Nawaz Sharif won the prime minister's slot by securing 244 of the total 317 votes cast in Wednesday's poll, reported Xinhua.

Of Nawaz Sharif's two rivals, Makhdoom Amin Fahim of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured 42 votes and Javed Hashmi, of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, bagged 31 votes.

Musharraf gets bail in Bhutto case but will stay in detention

Pervez-Musharraf53Islamabad, May 20 : A court in Pakistan Monday granted bail to Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, but the former president will remain in detention in a case relating to keeping judges in illegal confinement.

Musharraf has been accused of failing to provide security to Bhutto, who was killed in December 2007.

In spite of the Anti-Terrorism Court's release order, Musharraf will remain in detention in the case of keeping judges in illegal confinement when he imposed emergency in 2007, Xinhua reported.

Actress Meera visits Imran Khan in hospital

Meera-Pakistani-ActressIslamabad, May 15 : Pakistani actress Meera, who has acted in two Indian movies, Wednesday visited cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in hospital where he is admitted since being injured during an election rally.

The Lollywood actress inquired about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief's health, Geo News reported.

Meera later told media persons that she had inquired about Khan's health, expressed her well wishes and congratulated him on his victory in the May 11 elections.

Nawaz Sharif's PML-N emerges single largest party

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, May 14 : The Election Commission of Pakistan Tuesday announced results of 254 National Assembly seats, with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz heading the tally with 123 seats, followed by the Pakistan Peoples Party with 31 seats.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, led by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, secured 26 National Assembly seats and was placed the third, reported Xinhua.

Independent candidates have won 25 seats, according to the results announced so far.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has bagged 18 while the major Islamic group, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), has won 10 seats.

Pakistan's poll environment encouraging: EU mission

Michael-GahlerIslamabad, May 11 : The overall environment in Saturday's general elections in Pakistan was "very encouraging" and people were "much enthusiastic" about choosing the next leadership of the country, the European Union Observers Mission said.

The technical arrangements made by the Election Commission of Pakistan were "satisfactory and well equipped", state-run Radio Pakistan quoted EU Observers Mission chief Michael Gahler as saying.

Gahler said the mission will issue a preliminary statement shortly while the final report with recommendations for future elections will be issued after Ramadan.

Nawaz Sharif, Imran pleased over poll turnout

Imran-NawazIslamabad, May 11 : Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Saturday expressed satisfaction over the turnout in the peaceful general elections in the country.

In a message on a social network, Imran, also the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said people voted "fearlessly" in Punjab, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

He said that despite threats from militants, the voter turnout in Sindh and Balochistan provinces were also satisfactory.

Sharif, chairman of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said the peaceful election was a "good omen".

Pakistan president condemns kidnapping of ex-PM's son

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, May 9 : Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday condemned the kidnapping of the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after an attack on a political gathering, a presidential spokesman said.

Ali Haider Gillani, son of Yusuf Raza Gilani and candidate from a provincial assembly seat in Multan, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen after they opened fire and killed one person and injured several others, reported Xinhua.

Former Pakistani PM Gilani's son abducted

Ali-Haider-GilaniIslamabad, May 9 : Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped Thursday in a town in Pakistan's Punjab province by armed men who stormed his street corner meeting with their guns blazing, killing one and injuring five.

Unidentified armed men kidnapped Ali Haider from a street corner meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Multan, Geo News reported.

Armed men opened fire and injured five people, including Ali Haider’s secretary Mohiuddin, who later died.

Police said Ali Haider was whisked away in a black Honda City.

Quake jolts Pakistan

earthquakeIslamabad, May 1 :  A moderate earthquake of 5.8-magnitude rocked parts of Pakistan Wednesday, a media report said.

Tremors were felt in different cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, and Abbottabad.

The quake's magnitude was recorded 5.8 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in eastern Kashmir, some 245 km from Islamabad, reported Dawn.

Last month, a major earthquake had struck the region near the Iran-Pakistan border, killing 34 people in Balochistan province. (IANS)

Pakistan panel to decide whether Sarabjit will go abroad

Sarabjit-SinghIslamabad, April 29 : A panel of experts will decide whether Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who suffered grievous injuries in an attack in Kot Lakhpat jail, should be sent abroad or a foreign neurosurgeon called here, a media report said Monday.

The four-member panel of experts has been constituted to decide on the treatment of Sarabjit Singh who is currently admitted in the ICU of a Lahore hospital.

Geo News quoted sources as saying that the principal of the Lahore Jinnah Hospital, Mahmood Shaukat, would head the four-member panel of experts.

Karachi: Four killed in blasts near MQM, PPP offices

Karachi: Four killed in blasts near MQM, PPP officesIslamabad, April 28 - At least four people were killed and 44 injured in three blasts that occurred in Pakistan's Karachi city near offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Saturday night, Geo News reported.

In one of the incidents, at least two people were killed and 25 suffered injuries when two successive blasts struck near an office of the MQM, a political party.

Pakistan aim to reclaim lost glory at Asian Squash meet

SquashIslamabad, April 25 : Pakistani squash players have vowed to win the title at the 17th Asian Championships to be held here next month.

Pakistan's former national champion Farhan Mahboob Wednesday said all the players were going through tough training sessions, Xinhua reports.

"We have never gone through such hard training in our life before," said Mahboob during a practice session at the Mashaf Squash Complex here.

"The camp helped me a lot in overcoming minor fitness problems. I am anxiously waiting for the prestigious event and preparing hard to win glory for my country."

Pakistani court rejects Musharraf's bail in Benazir murder

Pervez-Musharraf58Islamabad, April 24 : A Pakistani court Wednesday rejected the bail plea of former president Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said.

Musharraf had got interim bail in the case and had approached the court for extension. However, Lahore High Court rejected his application as his defence lawyers failed to appear before the two-member bench, reported Xinhua.

Four kids die of measles in Pakistan

measlesIslamabad, April 20 : Four children in Pakistan's northwest tribal region have died while 20 others have fallen ill due to a measles epidemic, a media report said Saturday.

Two brothers - six-year-old Saniyal and four-year-old Hamid - died in Nihag area of Upper Dir, the Daily Times reported.

Three other children are under treatment at a local hospital.

In Khaisra area of Nowshera, nine children of a family were hospitalised after being diagnosed with measles. Four-year-old Aleena died during treatment.

Eight children are under treatment in two hospital of Peshawar.(IANS)

Imran to kick-off poll campaign Sunday

Imran-KhanIslamabad, April 20 : Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan will Sunday launch the election campaign of his Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) party, a media report said.

The general election is scheduled to be held May 11.

Imran will address rallies across the country and ask voters to cast their decision in favour of "change", the Dawn reported.

An official statement from the party said that though the campaign was to be launched April 16, an intra-party row over the distribution of poll tickets, and an attack at Imran Khan's home by the party's protesting workers resulted in the delay.

Musharraf: Once Pakistan's strongman, now a prisoner

Pervez-Musharraf59Islamabad, April 19 : He came back from self-imposed exile hoping for another stint in power but found himself under arrest instead. Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was taken into custody from his farmhouse here and produced in court like a common prisoner Friday, a day after he fled the Islamabad High Court to escape arrest.

US takes no position on Musharraf: Embassy

Pervez-Musharraf57Islamabad, April 19 : The US embassy here Friday said it has not taken any position on former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who was arrested Friday.

Musharraf, who took over power in a coup in 1999, had allowed the US military to use some Pakistani air bases for military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan, Xinhua reported.

The former president recently admitted that he had also struck a secret deal with the US over some drone strikes in the country's militant-infested tribal region.

The US embassy Friday issued a statement to clarify its position on Musharraf's arrest.

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