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May 27, 2015

Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate firm accused of faking diplomas

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has asked U.S. authorities to help it investigate Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistani police also arrested the head of Axact in the early hours of Wednesday following a raid on the company’s diploma printing operations, and registered a criminal case against him, investigators said.

May 8, 2015

Pakistan helicopter crashes killing Norwegian, Philippine ambassadors

ISLAMABAD, May 8 (Reuters) – A Pakistan military helicopter
carrying diplomats to the launch of projects in northern
Pakistan crashed on Friday killing six people, including the
ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the
ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia, the army said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was travelling to the
mountainous northern region of Gilgit on a separate aircraft to
launch two projects when the accident happened. He returned to
Islamabad, his office said.

May 6, 2015

Pakistan army accuses India of backing terrorism in rare rebuke

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military has accused India’s main intelligence agency of whipping up terrorism in Pakistan in rare public criticism that could increase tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The accusation came after a meeting of the army’s top commanders at the military’s headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi on Tuesday to review an offensive against militants in the northwest and other security issues.

May 5, 2015

Execution of Pakistan death row convict stayed in dispute over age

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani judge on Tuesday stayed the execution of a man whose lawyers say was 14 when he was charged with murder, a case that has angered rights groups and prompted mercy appeals from his family.

Shafqat Hussain was due to be executed on Wednesday. His lawyers say he was 14 in 2004 when he was burnt with cigarettes and had fingernails removed until he confessed to the killing of a child.

Apr 29, 2015

India jilts Pakistan on push for better ties: Pakistani PM

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India has failed to respond to Pakistan’s desire for good relations, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, in rare rebuke of a neighbor with which he has promised to mend ties.

Sharif made improving relations with India a priority when he swept to power for a third time in a 2013 election, raising hopes that a Pakistani civilian government would finally wrest control of foreign policy from the powerful military.

Apr 29, 2015

India jilts Pakistan on push for better ties – Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India has failed to respond to Pakistan’s desire for good relations, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, in rare rebuke of a neighbour with which he has promised to mend ties.

Sharif made improving relations with India a priority when he swept to power for a third time in a 2013 election, raising hopes that a Pakistani civilian government would finally wrest control of foreign policy from the powerful military.

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.