Rezaul H Laskar

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Two Indian journalists leave Islamabad after abrupt expulsion

Two Indian journalists leave Islamabad after abrupt expulsion

Rediff.com19 May 2014

The two Indian journalists posted in Islamabad today left for home after their abrupt expulsion even as India has taken up the issue with Pakistan. Press Trust of India's Snehesh Alex Philip and Hindu newspaper's Meena Menon left early on Monday for India after they were given time till May 20 to leave Pakistan.

9 foreign tourists, 1 guide killed in Pak attack

9 foreign tourists, 1 guide killed in Pak attack

Rediff.com23 Jun 2013

Nine foreign tourists from China, Russia and Ukraine, along with a Pakistani guide were killed in an unprecedented attack by militants who stormed a hotel near one of the world's highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.

New Pakistan govt hell-bent on prosecuting Musharraf

New Pakistan govt hell-bent on prosecuting Musharraf

Rediff.com21 Jun 2013

Pervez Musharraf may become the first dictator in Pakistan's history to face trial for high treason as the new government has decided to go ahead with a case against him for abrogating the Constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007, a media report said on Friday.

Pak: Militants target women's bus, take over hospital

Pak: Militants target women's bus, take over hospital

Rediff.com15 Jun 2013

In a sinister attack, militants on Saturday targeted the bus of a women's university with a bomb and then stormed a hospital where the victims were being rushed to in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 20.

Militants DESTROY Jinnah's residence in Pakistan

Militants DESTROY Jinnah's residence in Pakistan

Rediff.com15 Jun 2013

Militants from the restive province of Balochistan on Saturday attacked a historic 121-year-old building in southwestern Pakistan that was used by the country's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his last days. The militants of the Balochistan Liberation Army targeted the Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat, a holiday resort located nearly 120 km from the provincial capital of Quetta, at 1.15 am.

Musharraf remanded to judicial custody for fortnight

Musharraf remanded to judicial custody for fortnight

Rediff.com13 Jun 2013

Former President Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday formally arrested and remanded to judicial custody for a fortnight over the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti.

Pak increases defence budget by 15 per cent

Pak increases defence budget by 15 per cent

Rediff.com12 Jun 2013

Pakistan's cash-strapped new government announced a hefty 15 per cent hike in its defence budget to Rs 627 billion, with the powerful army getting the lion's share of the outlay.

Pakistan court denies Musharraf bail in Bugti killing case

Pakistan court denies Musharraf bail in Bugti killing case

Rediff.com11 Jun 2013

Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf's legal woes continued on Tuesday when an anti-terrorism court rejected his application for bail in a case over the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation. Judge Mohammad Ismaeel Baloch of the anti-terrorism court in Quetta on Monday heard the bail application filed by Musharraf's counsel Mohammad Ilyas and reserved his judgment.

Will work to improve ties with India: Zardari

Will work to improve ties with India: Zardari

Rediff.com10 Jun 2013

Pakistan will work to improve ties with all countries in the region, including India, by seeking the peaceful resolution of issues like Kashmir while ensuring that its soil is not used for terrorism against any other nation, President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said.

US drone strike in Pakistan kills 7

US drone strike in Pakistan kills 7

Rediff.com8 Jun 2013

A United States drone targeted a compound in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan on Friday, killing seven persons just two days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for an end to the drone campaign.

Pakistan army denies cross-LoC firing

Pakistan army denies cross-LoC firing

Rediff.com7 Jun 2013

Hours after an Indian soldier was killed in a rocket attack across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan army on Friday said its troops had not carried out any firing across the ceasefire line.

'Most become mentally-ill because no one listens to them'

'Most become mentally-ill because no one listens to them'

Rediff.com7 Jun 2013

'Twelve people have been rehabilitated since we opened this home. We did not give them any medicine nor were they treated by any psychiatrist. All I did was sit down with them and listen. Once they poured out all the angst in their hearts they became normal,, Narayan Krishnan, the Mother Teresa of Madurai, tells A Ganesh Nadar

Zardari poised to make history, to address joint Parl session

Zardari poised to make history, to address joint Parl session

Rediff.com7 Jun 2013

Asif Ali Zardari is set to create a record by becoming the first president to address a joint session of both houses of Pakistan's parliament for a sixth time, though he will be doing so at a time when his party is no longer in power.

Pak families of victims demand Sharif to stop US drone strikes

Pak families of victims demand Sharif to stop US drone strikes

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

The families of victims of US drone strikes have asked Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to stop the campaign by shooting down the CIA-operated spy planes if necessary, their lawyer said.

New Pakistan PM seeks NORMAL ties with India

New Pakistan PM seeks NORMAL ties with India

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

Unveiling Pakistan's foreign policy roadmap, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday vowed to "progressively pursue" normalcy in ties with India while actively seeking solutions to outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

Pak denies ISI trying to revive militancy in Punjab

Pak denies ISI trying to revive militancy in Punjab

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

Pakistan on Thursday refuted India's assertion that the Inter-Services Intelligence was trying to revive militancy in Punjab saying such statements could hit efforts to normalise bilateral relations.

June 6, Normandy: The day that re-wrote history

June 6, Normandy: The day that re-wrote history

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

June 6 is the 69th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, considered to be the decisive battle of the Second World War in Western Europe.

5 militants killed, 16 security personnel hurt in Pak clash

5 militants killed, 16 security personnel hurt in Pak clash

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

Two militants blew themselves up during a clash with security forces in the restive Quetta city of southwest Pakistan on Thursday, officials said. The clash erupted when security personnel were conducting a search operation in Kharotabad area of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

Let's pull Pakistan out of problems together: Sharif

Let's pull Pakistan out of problems together: Sharif

Rediff.com5 Jun 2013

Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday made a triumphant return as Pakistan's prime minister, calling on all parties and stakeholders to be on the same page for tackling the country's massive political and economic challenges.

Memogate: Pakistan SC summons former envoy Haqqani

Memogate: Pakistan SC summons former envoy Haqqani

Rediff.com4 Jun 2013

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday directed authorities to ensure former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani's presence in court over a case related to an alleged memo sent to the US military in 2011 to help stave off a feared coup. The order was issued by a nine-judge larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, which is hearing several petitions on the Memogate issue, including one filed by prime minister-designate Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan's new parliament sworn in

Pakistan's new parliament sworn in

Rediff.com1 Jun 2013

Fourteen years after his last stint as a parliamentarian, Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif on Saturday returned to Pakistan's National Assembly, taking oath with other lawmakers in the first democratic transition of power in the country's 66-year history.

India should be Pakistan's largest trading partner: EU

India should be Pakistan's largest trading partner: EU

Rediff.com30 May 2013

Regional economic integration in South Asia, he said, is a priority for the EU.

Petition seeks halt in talks with Taliban

Petition seeks halt in talks with Taliban

Rediff.com29 May 2013

A Pakistani journalist has petitioned the Supreme Court to bar the civilian government and the military from making any contacts or conducting negotiations with the Taliban, saying such an act is forbidden by the Constitution.

United States drone strike kills four in Pakistan

United States drone strike kills four in Pakistan

Rediff.com29 May 2013

A United States drone targeted a house in Pakistan's lawless North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, killing four persons in the first missile strike since the country's landmark general election on May 11.

PML-N formally nominates Nawaz Sharif for PM's office

PML-N formally nominates Nawaz Sharif for PM's office

Rediff.com27 May 2013

The Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz has formally nominated its chief Nawaz Sharif for the office of prime minister after the party moved towards a simple majority in the 342-member National Assembly or Pakistan's lower house of parliament. The final approval for Sharif's nomination will be made during a meeting of the PML-N's parliamentary committee before the start of the first session of the new National Assembly.

Pakistan releases 45 Indian fishermen

Pakistan releases 45 Indian fishermen

Rediff.com24 May 2013

Pakistan on Friday freed 45 Indian fishermen as a gesture of goodwill, but confusion surrounded their release, as Indian authorities here were not informed about it.

Pakistan: Militants target security personnel, 13 killed

Pakistan: Militants target security personnel, 13 killed

Rediff.com23 May 2013

At least 13 people, including 11 security personnel, were killed and more than 20 injured on Thursday when a powerful rickshaw bomb ripped through a bus carrying soldiers in the restive Quetta city of southwest Pakistan. The bomb containing nearly 100 kilos of explosives went off as the bus carrying Balochistan Constabulary personnel was passing through Bhosa Mandi area on the outskirts of the city on Thursday morning, police officials said.

Mobile services shut in Pak for Chinese PM's visit

Mobile services shut in Pak for Chinese PM's visit

Rediff.com23 May 2013

Mobile phone services were suspended in the Pakistani capital and nearby Rawalpindi for the second day on Thursday as part of extraordinary security measures put in place to ensure an incident-free visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Nawaz Sharif seeks civil-nuclear technology from China

Nawaz Sharif seeks civil-nuclear technology from China

Rediff.com23 May 2013

Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif on Thursday sought civil nuclear technology to overcome Pakistan's energy crisis during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

China, Pakistan ink trade, border agreements

China, Pakistan ink trade, border agreements

Rediff.com22 May 2013

Pakistan and China on Wednesday inked several agreements and memoranda of understanding, including a pact on a system to manage the border between the Xinjiang autonomous region and Gilgit-Baltistan area. President Asif Ali Zardari and visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the signing of the agreements by representatives of the two countries during a ceremony at the presidency.

China, Pakistan ink trade, border agreements

China, Pakistan ink trade, border agreements

Rediff.com22 May 2013

Pakistan and China on Wednesday inked several agreements and memoranda of understanding, including a pact on a system to manage the border between the Xinjiang autonomous region and Gilgit-Baltistan area. President Asif Ali Zardari and visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the signing of the agreements by representatives of the two countries during a ceremony at the presidency.

Ex-Pak PM Ashraf used threats to secure funds, SC told

Ex-Pak PM Ashraf used threats to secure funds, SC told

Rediff.com21 May 2013

A top government official on Tuesday told Pakistan's Supreme Court that former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf had threatened him in order to get funds released for several projects.

Musharraf granted bail in Bhutto assassination case

Musharraf granted bail in Bhutto assassination case

Rediff.com20 May 2013

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Monday granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

New Pak govt to normalise ties with India: Sharif's aide

New Pak govt to normalise ties with India: Sharif's aide

Rediff.com20 May 2013

Pakistan's incoming Pakistan Muslim League-N government will play its part to lower tensions with India and to normalise relations between the two countries, says a top aide of prime minister-designate Nawaz Sharif.

I should have quit presidency to lead PPP: Zardari

I should have quit presidency to lead PPP: Zardari

Rediff.com20 May 2013

President Asif Zardari has said that he should have quit his position and led the Pakistan People's Party's campaign in order to ensure a better performance in the just concluded general election.

Chinese Premier to meet Sharif during Pakistan visit

Chinese Premier to meet Sharif during Pakistan visit

Rediff.com17 May 2013

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who will travel to Islamabad next week to hold talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, will also meet Pakistan Muslim League chief Nawaz Sharif, who is set to form Pakistan's new government.

Nawaz Sharif's PML-N gets 124 seats in National Assembly

Nawaz Sharif's PML-N gets 124 seats in National Assembly

Rediff.com16 May 2013

The Election Commission on Thursday announced results for 261 constituencies of the National Assembly or lower house of the Parliament. The results of the remaining 11 constituencies will be declared later.

Pak Taliban offers ceasefire to the new government

Pak Taliban offers ceasefire to the new government

Rediff.com16 May 2013

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has said that it would not rule out a ceasefire if Pakistan's new government "shows seriousness" about its offer of holding a dialogue.

Khokhar likely to replace Sherry Rehman as Pak's envoy to US

Khokhar likely to replace Sherry Rehman as Pak's envoy to US

Rediff.com15 May 2013

Former Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar is tipped to replace Sherry Rehman as Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Musharraf cannot be tried under anti-terror act: Panel

Musharraf cannot be tried under anti-terror act: Panel

Rediff.com15 May 2013

A team formed to investigate former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the sacking and detention of judges during the 2007 emergency had said in a preliminary report that he cannot be tried under the anti-terrorism act, according to a media report on Wednesday.

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