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Apr 27, 2015

Pakistan military’s move on Karachi seen part of ‘creeping coup’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The chief of Pakistan’s main spy agency is spearheading a campaign to wrest control of the teeming port city of Karachi from a powerful political party, the military’s latest, and some say boldest, foray into civilian life in recent years.

According to military officials, police officers and members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party which has traditionally dominated Karachi, Rizwan Akhtar has decided the time for policing the city from the sidelines is over.

Apr 27, 2015

Insight – Pakistan military’s move on Karachi seen part of ‘creeping coup’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The chief of Pakistan’s main spy agency is spearheading a campaign to wrest control of the teeming port city of Karachi from a powerful political party, the military’s latest, and some say boldest, foray into civilian life in recent years.

According to military officials, police officers and members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party which has traditionally dominated Karachi, Rizwan Akhtar has decided the time for policing the city from the sidelines is over.

Apr 16, 2015

Chinese president to visit Pakistan, hammer out $46-billion deal

ISLAMABAD, April 16 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping
will launch energy and infrastructure projects worth $46 billion
on a visit to Pakistan next week as China cements links with its
old ally and generates opportunities for firms hit by slack
growth at home.

Also being finalised is a long-discussed plan to sell
Pakistan eight Chinese submarines. The deal, worth between $4
billion and $5 billion, according to media reports, may be among
those signed on the trip.

Apr 13, 2015

Pakistan PM to intensify diplomatic efforts to solve Yemen conflict

ISLAMABAD, April 13 (Reuters) – Pakistan is to intensify
diplomatic efforts to try to resolve the crisis in Yemen, Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday, days after his Gulf allies
criticised Pakistan for not joining a Saudi-led coalition
conducting air strikes there.

Parliamentarians representing a war-weary Pakistani public
last week rejected Saudi Arabia’s request for troops, planes and
boats to fight the Houthi militia in Yemen in favour of
diplomatic efforts.

Apr 8, 2015

Iran foreign minister: Pakistan, Iran must work together on Yemen

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that Pakistan and Iran should cooperate to solve the deepening crisis in war-ravaged Yemen.

Zarif spoke during a two-day visit to the Pakistani capital in which he was expected to urge Islamabad to reject a Saudi request that it join a military operation against Shi’ite Muslim Houthi forces in Yemen.

Mar 30, 2015

Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels: senior official

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to join the coalition fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday, joining several Gulf states, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco.

Largely Sunni Muslim Pakistan – a regional ally of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf’s main Sunni Muslim power – would join a Saudi-led military coalition conducting air strikes against Shi’ite Houthi forces.

Mar 12, 2015

Exclusive: Secret meetings in Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Days after word leaked that the Afghan Taliban had signaled willingness to enter talks to end Afghanistan’s long war, senior representatives of the militant group visited Islamabad for secret discussions on the next step forward.

They left with a blunt message from Pakistan: the Taliban must end a rift between two top leaders, or talks might never get off the ground.

Mar 12, 2015

Secret meetings in Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Days after word leaked that the Afghan Taliban had signalled willingness to enter talks to end Afghanistan’s long war, senior representatives of the militant group visited Islamabad for secret discussions on the next step forward.

    They left with a blunt message from Pakistan: the Taliban must end a rift between two top leaders, or talks might never get off the ground.

Mar 9, 2015

Death sentence upheld for killer of Pakistani governor over blasphemy law

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court upheld the death sentence on Monday for the killer of the governor of Pakistan’s largest province after he had called for reform of a law against blasphemy, media said.

The ruling was a surprise to many who had expected the killer’s sentence might be reduced amid growing threats to lawyers and judges hearing blasphemy-related cases.

Mar 5, 2015

Pakistan’s ruling party looks for gains in upper house election

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani lawmakers voted for new senators in parliament’s upper house on Thursday in an election that could strengthen Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s grip on power and increase his ability to pass important legislation.

The main opposition party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), currently holds a majority in the Senate.