Cross border firing continues, leaves 5 Pakistani civilians injured

At least five people were severely injured on Monday in reported firing by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel along the working boundary in Sialkot.

The firing in Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot came as the 26th violation of the ceasefire agreement with the attack retaliated by Chenab Rangers.

The latest firing began last . . . → Read More: Cross border firing continues, leaves 5 Pakistani civilians injured

Azadi comes at a cost!

There is a famous saying that everything comes with a price; the recent political crisis has already cost Pakistan more than could be bargained for.  Expanded over almost 10 days, the deadlock between two major political forces PTI and PML (N) still continues without any foreseeable resolution.  Where PTI is adamant on their demands, PML (N) . . . → Read More: Azadi comes at a cost!

PAT, PTI to be banned in supreme court: petition filed

Advocate M.H. Mujahid on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry seeking a ban on the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

In his plea, the petitioner contended that the protests being staged by the PAT and PTI were adversely affecting the movement of Islamabad’s residents and sought a ban . . . → Read More: PAT, PTI to be banned in supreme court: petition filed

Official penalized for being honest

The anti-corruption official, who had exposed the alleged corruption in the utilisation of Rs50 million allocated as a special health fund for the drought-hit Tharparkar, has been removed from his charge.

Khuda Baksh Laghari, the circle officer for Tharparkar, received his transfer orders two days ago. He has . . . → Read More: Official penalized for being honest

Is Army the real winner in this political mess

Besieged Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been assured by the country’s military there will be no coup, but in return he must “share space with the army”, according to a government source who was privy to recent talks between the two sides.

Last week, as tens of thousands of protesters advanced on . . . → Read More: Is Army the real winner in this political mess

PAT supporter block parliament

Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance.

The protesters have taken to the streets of Islamabad for five days, led . . . → Read More: PAT supporter block parliament

PTI, PAT workers arrested by Punjab Police

As twin protests in Islamabad entered a fifth day on Tuesday, police said they had arrested some 150 supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) overnight in Punjab in a crackdown ahead of widening demonstrations in the capital.

PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT leader Tahir ul Qadri . . . → Read More: PTI, PAT workers arrested by Punjab Police

Israel and Palestine seek truce for 24 hours

(by Allyn Fisher-Ilan) The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned on Tuesday that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made toward a lasting deal ahead of a midnight deadline in Egyptian-brokered talks.

After a last-minute agreement was stuck to extend by 24 hours a deadline to reach a truce, Azzam al-Ahmad, . . . → Read More: Israel and Palestine seek truce for 24 hours

Inside Iraq and rise of ISIS

The United States is sending 130 more troops to Iraq amidst a bombing campaign against ISIS militants in the north and a political crisis gripping Baghdad. We are joined by veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn, author of the new book, “The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising.” Cockburn addresses the power . . . → Read More: Inside Iraq and rise of ISIS

Islamabad Airport sinking in corruption

A patch of quicksand would rarely be thought of as ideal terrain to place important infrastructure on, but new information suggests that Pakistan’s aerospace managers would strongly disagree.

A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) inquiry report on an airport debacle – the findings of which are available . . . → Read More: Islamabad Airport sinking in corruption