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Pakistan unlikely to exit FATF's grey list: ReportRediff.com5 days ago
The Paris-based global watchdog for curbing terror financing and money laundering will hold its virtual plenary session from October 21 to 23. It will review Pakistan's progress on the 27-point action plan.
Despite opposition, Pakistan re-elected to UN rights bodyRediff.com14 Oct 2020
In a secret-ballot voting in the 193-member UN General Assembly on that race, Pakistan secured 169 votes.
Pak has shown meagre progress against terror financing: WatchgroupRediff.com12 Oct 2020
Pakistan has improved its full compliance on only two of the 40 FATF recommendations, the APG report noted.
Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan, 1 arrestedRediff.com11 Oct 2020
Incidents of violence against the minority community in Sindh have frequently been reported.
Pak announces Gilgit-Baltistan poll date, India reacts sharplyRediff.com25 Sep 2020
'The president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to announce Sunday, the 15th November 2020, as the poll day for the general elections to the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly in terms of Section 57(1) of the Elections Act 2017,' the statement said. Reacting to the development, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said in New Delhi said the Government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it.
Pak govt sends arrest warrants for Nawaz SharifRediff.com18 Sep 2020
Sharif, 70, has been in London since November last year after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go abroad for four weeks for treatment.
Pak to elevate Gilgit-Baltistan to full-fledged province: ReportRediff.com17 Sep 2020
India has clearly conveyed to Pakistan that the entire union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of the country by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession.
Pak Parl extends ordinance on Jadhav appeal for 4 monthsRediff.com15 Sep 2020
The ordinance was launched to implement the verdict of the ICJ which asked Pakistan to provide effective review of the sentence given to Jadhav my a military court. Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage and terrorism' in April 2017.
Give India another chance to appoint lawyer for Jadhav: Pak court to govtRediff.com3 Sep 2020
The IHC, after hearing the arguments, ordered the government to send its order on Jadhav to India and adjourned the hearing until October 3 when the case would be heard again. Pakistan has introduced a special law to allow Jadhav to get his sentence reviewed as asked by the ICJ.
Not possible to allow Indian lawyer to represent Jadhav: PakRediff.com27 Aug 2020
"The Indian side has been also making incongruous demands of allowing an Indian lawyer to represent Commander Jadhav. "We have repeatedly told them only those lawyers can represent Commander Jadhav in the court who have a licence to practise law in Pakistan. This is in accordance with legal practice in other jurisdictions also," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said.
Pak puts more curbs on Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, Dawood IbrahimRediff.com22 Aug 2020
Seeking to wriggle out of the FATF's grey list, Pakistan has imposed tough financial sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim, by ordering the seizure of all of their properties and freezing of bank accounts, a media report said.
Pak army chief visits Saudi Arabia amid strained tiesRediff.com17 Aug 2020
Diplomatic sources in Islamabad said that Gen Bajwa was accompanied by the Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.
Pak court allows India to appoint lawyer for Kulbhushan JadhavRediff.com3 Aug 2020
The judge said that the Indian government or Jadhav may reconsider their decision pertaining to the review petition. "India and Kulbhushan Jadhav should once again be extended an offer to appoint a legal representative" for the death row prisoner, he added.
Pak court forms 2-member bench to hear Jadhav's caseRediff.com30 Jul 2020
The bench comprising Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah and his fellow judge Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb would take up the government plea on Monday, the Pakistani media, including the Geo News, reported.
Pak 'disturbed' over India's acquisition of Rafale jetsRediff.com30 Jul 2020
"Transfer of advanced systems, where there is an open intention of conversion into nuclear delivery platforms, calls into question the commitment of international suppliers to non-proliferation commitments," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said.
Pak didn't grant 'unimpeded' access to Jadhav: MEARediff.com16 Jul 2020
Pakistan claimed that Jadhav had refused to file a review plea on the Pakistani court military court's judgment which awarded the death penalty to the former naval officer on charges of espionage. India said that he had been coerced into doing that.
Pak says Jadhav refused to file appeal, India rejects claimRediff.com9 Jul 2020
Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage and terrorism' in April 2017. Weeks later, India approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence.
Pak court rejects petition against temple constructionRediff.com8 Jul 2020
A Pakistani court has dismissed three identical petitions challenging the construction of the first Hindu temple in the country's capital.
Pakistan foreign minister tests positive for COVID-19Rediff.com3 Jul 2020
Qureshi is the senior most functionary of the government to be infected with the virus.
Not in FATF Grey List, says Pak; rejects reportsRediff.com27 Jun 2020
Pakistan said no 'new decision' was taken about it at the virtual plenary of the global terror financing watchdog.
Pak 'not in favour' of escalating tensions with IndiaRediff.com26 Jun 2020
The Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday the Charge d'Affaires of Pakistan High Commission was summoned and informed about the decision which was based on instances of involvement of Pakistani officials in 'acts of espionage' and 'dealings with terrorist organisations'.
Pak PM Imran Khan calls Osama bin Laden 'martyr'Rediff.com25 Jun 2020
Speaking in parliament during the budget session, Khan said the American forces entered Pakistan and killed Laden without informing Islamabad after which everyone started abusing his country.
2 Indian High Commission staffers released by Pak policeRediff.com15 Jun 2020
A BMW car hit a pedestrian who was walking on the city's Embassy Road at around 8am and attempted to flee, Geo News reported quoting some eyewitnesses.
Former Pak PM Yusuf Raza Gilani tests positive for COVID-19Rediff.com13 Jun 2020
Gilani, 67, tested positive after attending a hearing of the National Accountability Bureau in a corruption case.
Pak PM tests negative for COVID-19; cases cross 10,000 markRediff.com22 Apr 2020
Khan, 67, agreed for the test after Faisal Edhi, the son of late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and chairman of the Edhi Foundation, who met him last week tested positive for the coronavirus.
Pak PM to get tested for COVID-19, says aideRediff.com21 Apr 2020
A well-known philanthropist was tested positive for the COVID-19, days after meeting the Pakistan prime minister.
COVID-19: Pak SC asks govt to sack top health advisorRediff.com13 Apr 2020
During a hearing on a suo motu case on the coronavirus crisis in Pakistan, a five-member bench of the apex court observed that PM Khan's Cabinet has become ineffective in the fight against the pandemic. The bench questioned the integrity of Dr Mirza in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and the transparency of his work done.
Pak's coronavirus cases reach 4,601; death toll at 66Rediff.com10 Apr 2020
The total tally of COVID-19 patients in the largest province of Punjab was 2,270, Sindh 1,128, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 620, Balochistan 219, Gilgit-Baltistan 215, Islamabad 107 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 33.
COVID: Pak bars international flights as cases up to 625Rediff.com21 Mar 2020
The worst-affected Sindh province reported 90 new coronavirus cases, taking the provincial tally to 357. The new cases have been detected in pilgrims who returned from Iran and have been quarantined in Sukkur, according to a spokesperson for the Sindh health department.
Coronavirus cases in Pakistan surge to 183Rediff.com17 Mar 2020
The "exponential increase is largely due to the recent inflow of people brought in from Taftan after a purported quarantine".
Pak to join SAARC video conference on coronavirus called by ModiRediff.com14 Mar 2020
'We have communicated that SAPM (Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister) on Health (Zafar Mirza) will be available to participate in the video conference of SAARC member countries on the issue,' Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a tweet on Friday.
IMF, Pak reach agreement on 2nd review of $6bn bailout packageRediff.com28 Feb 2020
The agreement is subject to approval by the IMF management and consideration by its executive board, which is expected in early April.
Erdogan raises Kashmir in Pak Parliament, declares Turkish supportRediff.com14 Feb 2020
Voicing his country's support to Pakistan's stand on the Kashmir issue, he said it can be resolved not through conflict or oppression but on the basis of justice and fairness. "Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and these sufferings have become graver due to unilateral steps taken in recent times," Erdogan said.
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib 'untouched, undamaged': Pak govtRediff.com4 Jan 2020
Pak foreign office said that it was a scuffle between 2 Muslim groups and attempts to paint this incident as a communal issue are 'patently motivated'. It also said that claims of acts of 'desecration and destruction' are not only false but mischievous.
India could carry out 'some sort of action' in PoK: ImranRediff.com26 Dec 2019
He also said that Pakistan would not do anything as what Prime Minister Modi was doing "would create a backlash that would bring his downfall."
2 soldiers killed in exchange of fire with Indian troops: Pak ArmyRediff.com26 Dec 2019
The Pak army also claimed that three Indian soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire. An Indian JCO was killed in Pak firing on Wednesday.
Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death in high treason caseRediff.com18 Dec 2019
The ex-army chief left for Dubai for medical treatment in March 2016 and has not returned since, citing security and health reasons.
Pakistan slams India over 'discriminatory' citizenship billRediff.com10 Dec 2019
Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement said the latest legislation by the Indian government was another major step towards the realisation of the concept of "Hindu Rashtra.
Pak SC grants 6-month conditional extension to BajwaRediff.com28 Nov 2019
The verdict was announced after the government submitted a 'new summary' to extend the service of 59-year-old Gen Bajwa.
Pak withdraws extension given to Bajwa after SC orderRediff.com27 Nov 2019
Reacting to the embarrassing development, Khan chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting and took back the notification to extend services of General Bajwa.