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Maryam Nawaz (left), opposition leader and daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, meets with mourners from the Shia Hazara community gathering near the coffins of miners, who were killed in an attack by gunmen in the mountainous Machh area, during a sit-in protest at the eastern bypass on the outskirts of Quetta on January 7.(AFP)

Won’t be blackmailed into visiting Hazara mourning slain kin, says defiant Pak PM

By Imtiaz Ahmad , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:46 PM IST
Imran Khan said he sent three members of his cabinet to meet the protesters to assure them that the state will take care of them and compensate them for the loss of their loved ones. However, instead of soothing nerves, the visit of the three ministers angered members of the Shia Hazara community.
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Shiite Muslims chant slogans during a sit-in to protest the killing of coal mine workers by gunmen near the Machh coal field, in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP)
Shiite Muslims chant slogans during a sit-in to protest the killing of coal mine workers by gunmen near the Machh coal field, in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP)

Pakistani PM Imran Khan asks Shiites to bury coal miners killed by IS

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Quetta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:19 PM IST
Hundreds of mourners, who despite harsh cold weather have been rallying in Quetta at the miners’ coffins, want Prime Minister Imran Khan to personally visit them to assure their protection.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video link in Moscow, Russia.(via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video link in Moscow, Russia.(via REUTERS)

India should not worry about our ties with Pakistan, says Russia

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 12:26 AM IST
Moscow’s efforts to develop relations with Islamabad fit in with the basic values of the strategic partnership between India and Russia, Russian ambassador Nikolay Kudashev told a news briefing.
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Indian officials had on Friday rejected claims by the Pakistani military’s media arm and Foreign Office that a vehicle carrying two officers of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was “specifically targeted” by Indian troops from across the LoC.(PHOTO: @OfficialDGISPR.)
Indian officials had on Friday rejected claims by the Pakistani military’s media arm and Foreign Office that a vehicle carrying two officers of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was “specifically targeted” by Indian troops from across the LoC.(PHOTO: @OfficialDGISPR.)

India rejects Pakistan’s allegations about targeting of UN vehicle

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:38 PM IST
Shortly before India made clear its position on Sunday evening, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said it had taken up the incident with the UN and asked it to “initiate a transparent investigation” into the matter.
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Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020.(Reuters/ File photo)
Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020.(Reuters/ File photo)

Taliban team in Pakistan as calls grow for Afghan cease-fire

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation were summoned to Islamabad from Qatar, where they have been negotiating since September with Afghan government representatives, officials close to the talks said.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to persuade the OIC to let it hold a side event on Kashmir when preparations for the 27-28 November OIC foreign ministers were still underway.(AFP)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to persuade the OIC to let it hold a side event on Kashmir when preparations for the 27-28 November OIC foreign ministers were still underway.(AFP)

OIC cold-shoulders Pakistan at big meet, Imran Khan govt puts up a brave face

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 06:08 PM IST
Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi who has had to face some embarrassing moments at home over OIC’s refusal to discuss Kashmir as a separate item followed up on Sunday morning.
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An Indian Army soldier stands guard near Nastachun pass, also known as Sadhana pass, about 8 Km from the Line of Control, Kupwara, October 14, 2020(AFP)
An Indian Army soldier stands guard near Nastachun pass, also known as Sadhana pass, about 8 Km from the Line of Control, Kupwara, October 14, 2020(AFP)

Keep an eye on Pakistan | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Islamabad is up to its usual tricks — this time to win over Joe Biden
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People chant slogans as they set fire to France's flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan October 31, 2020.(Reuters photo)
People chant slogans as they set fire to France's flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan October 31, 2020.(Reuters photo)

Pakistan’s extremist religious group lifts partial siege to Islamabad after talks with govt

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh | Islamabad
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 04:35 PM IST
Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) of firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi started the protest march on the Murree Road of the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Sunday.
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Hundreds of protestors of an extremist religious group on Monday laid partial siege to the national capital to denounce the publication of blasphemous cartoons in a French magazine(AP)
Hundreds of protestors of an extremist religious group on Monday laid partial siege to the national capital to denounce the publication of blasphemous cartoons in a French magazine(AP)

Islamabad under partial seige over anti-France protest by extremists

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan of controversial cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi organised the protest march on the Murree Road of the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Sunday
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan was not directly mentioned by the PML-N lawmaker in his tweet.(Reuters file)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan was not directly mentioned by the PML-N lawmaker in his tweet.(Reuters file)

US embassy in soup over retweet of Pak leader’s post targeting Imran Khan

By Imtiaz Ahmad , edited by Vinod Jananrdhanan | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The US embassy account on Tuesday retweeted a post by a PML-N lawmaker attacking PM Imran Khan, leading to the hashtag #ApologiseUS_Embassy trending on Twitter.
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Indian and Pakistani devotees at Gurudwara Darbar Sahib on the occasion of the opening of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, 2019.(HT file photo)
Indian and Pakistani devotees at Gurudwara Darbar Sahib on the occasion of the opening of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, 2019.(HT file photo)

On Kartarpur anniversary, Pak says India yet to reopen its side of corridor

By Imtiaz Ahmad , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 07:19 PM IST
The Pakistan foreign office statement on Monday came days after India’s protest against Islamabad’s decision to hand over management of Durbar Sahib Gurdwara in Kartarpur to a body without any Sikh representatives.
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Khan, who has promised equal rights for minorities, is expected to issue a formal order to allow the temple’s construction(REUTERS)
Khan, who has promised equal rights for minorities, is expected to issue a formal order to allow the temple’s construction(REUTERS)

Pakistani clerics give approval to Hindu temple construction

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Islamabad, Pakistan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:22 PM IST
The decision by the Council of Islamic Ideology comes after the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan abruptly halted construction on the temple in the capital Islamabad in June.
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Imran Khan gestures during a conference.(REUTERS)
Imran Khan gestures during a conference.(REUTERS)

Pak to strengthen ties with Afghanistan: PM Imran

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi | Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 01:53 PM IST
Inaugurating a two-day seminar titled ‘Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum’ here on Monday, Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong resolve to continue to play its role for peace and stability in Afghanistan
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Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, LeT and other such groups are different brands which draw from a common pool of terrorism(AFP)
Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, LeT and other such groups are different brands which draw from a common pool of terrorism(AFP)

The threat from al Qaeda persists | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Since last year, al Qaeda’s leadership, including its chief Ayman al Zawahiri, has repeatedly called for a renewed jihad in Kashmir against India
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Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.(AP file)
Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.(AP file)

No atmosphere for talks with India, says Pak foreign minister

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:10 PM IST
Shah Mehmood Qureshi rejected suggestions that messages for talks have been sent from across the border.
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The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)
The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)

Three-day FATF meet begins from Wednesday, Pakistan’s fate hangs in balance

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:52 AM IST
This meeting was earlier scheduled in June but Islamabad got a breather of four months as the Paris-based watchdog temporarily postponed all mutual evaluations and follow-up deadlines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Indian security officials say Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government and the army have been pushing terror groups in Kashmir to forge operational synergy.(AFP)
Indian security officials say Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government and the army have been pushing terror groups in Kashmir to forge operational synergy.(AFP)

Pak’s coordinated push shows up in joint terror teams killed by Kashmir cops

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 09:50 PM IST
In 3 of the 17 encounters with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir since September 1, the police were up against a joint team of terrorists from more than one terror group.
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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (L) and Maryam Nawaz Sharif wave to supporters during the first public rally of the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement in the eastern city of Gujranwala on October 16.(AFP)
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (L) and Maryam Nawaz Sharif wave to supporters during the first public rally of the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement in the eastern city of Gujranwala on October 16.(AFP)

Livid Imran Khan vows to jail Nawaz Sharif as oppn holds 2nd rally

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 01:03 AM IST
A visibly upset and angry Prime Minister Imran Khan told a conference of his supporters in Islamabad on Saturday that he would get “tougher” with the opposition leaders and put them all behind bars.
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If Pakistan was expecting the interview to lead to a thaw, it will have to go back to the drawing board(AP)
If Pakistan was expecting the interview to lead to a thaw, it will have to go back to the drawing board(AP)

Why Pakistan is wrong, again | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Islamabad’s accusations have no basis. Instead, it should act against terror
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Sirajiuddin Haqqani, head of HN, operates on Durand line with influence of his Zardan tribe on Khyber pass area and Kabul. Masood Azhar runs Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group as family firm from Bahawalpur with his brother Mufti Rauf Asghar as its defacto commander. Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha is the main player behind violence in Jammu and Kashmir. All three groups have terror training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan(HT Illustration/AFP/AP)
Sirajiuddin Haqqani, head of HN, operates on Durand line with influence of his Zardan tribe on Khyber pass area and Kabul. Masood Azhar runs Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group as family firm from Bahawalpur with his brother Mufti Rauf Asghar as its defacto commander. Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha is the main player behind violence in Jammu and Kashmir. All three groups have terror training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan(HT Illustration/AFP/AP)

Pak politicises FATF, hires top lobbying firm for a US bailout from grey list

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Islamabad requires support of at least 12 out of 39 member states to remove its name from the grey list and this will largely depend on the approach the US will take at the Paris plenary.
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KUlbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Balochistan on charges of espionage, and sentenced to death by a military court the following year. India has rubbished the charges levelled against Jadhav and said he was kidnapped by Pakistani operatives from the Iranian port of Chabahar. (File Photo)
KUlbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Balochistan on charges of espionage, and sentenced to death by a military court the following year. India has rubbished the charges levelled against Jadhav and said he was kidnapped by Pakistani operatives from the Iranian port of Chabahar. (File Photo)

Address ‘core issues’ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, India tells Pakistan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Earlier this week, India missed a second deadline set by the Islamabad high court to appoint a lawyer to Jadhav for filing the appeal. Islamabad has said he can be represented only by Pakistani lawyers whereas New Delhi has insisted on appointing an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s Counsel.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at an event in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS/ File)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at an event in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS/ File)

Imran Khan calls on party members to foil opposition alliance’s moves

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 12:11 AM IST
The Pakistan PM has told his party members to devise a strategy to foil the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) moves, which he claims are aimed at defaming the army and sparking chaos across the country
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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (left) speaks with Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah during an event at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on September 29.(AFP)
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (left) speaks with Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah during an event at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on September 29.(AFP)

Afghan peace negotiator urges new era in relations with Pakistan

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 07:00 PM IST
Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation said the two countries need better prospects as both have paid a high price by facing various terror groups that are still acting as spoilers.
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Pakistan also opted at that time not to go ahead with the posting of the diplomat who had been chosen as its next envoy to India.(AFP)
Pakistan also opted at that time not to go ahead with the posting of the diplomat who had been chosen as its next envoy to India.(AFP)

Pak says India’s choice for mission post ‘too senior’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 03:58 AM IST
The name of Jayant Khobragade was proposed to the Pakistani side in June, days before New Delhi asked Islamabad to reduce the strength of its high commission by 50%.
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There are virtually no diplomatic engagements between the two sides as of now and they have also not held any formal and structured talks since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that were carried out by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
There are virtually no diplomatic engagements between the two sides as of now and they have also not held any formal and structured talks since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that were carried out by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Pakistan rejects diplomat proposed by India as next acting head of mission in Islamabad

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:58 PM IST
One of the people said Khobragade’s current assignment – he has been serving on deputation with the Department of Atomic Energy since 2017 – could have been a factor in Pakistan’s decision.
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The US side reiterated its support for the people and the government of India in the fight against terrorism.(AFP)
The US side reiterated its support for the people and the government of India in the fight against terrorism.(AFP)

Urgent need for Pakistan to take immediate, irreversible action against terror groups: Indo-US joint statement

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 07:56 AM IST
In a joint statement issued after the 17th meeting of the India-US Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group and the third session of the India-US Designations Dialogue held virtually on September 9-10, both sides denounced the use of terrorist proxies and strongly condemned cross-border terrorism in all its forms.
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Amir Khalil, head of project development at FOUR PAWS International, with elephant named Kaavan.(REUTERS)
Amir Khalil, head of project development at FOUR PAWS International, with elephant named Kaavan.(REUTERS)

Vet sings Frank Sinatra songs to calm elephant named Kaavan set to get new home

By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 09:38 AM IST
“When we arrived 10 days ago ... I started to train him and to sing to him and he accommodated me so we have a relationship,” the vet Amir Khalil said.
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File photo: Kulbhushan Jadhav(PTI)
File photo: Kulbhushan Jadhav(PTI)

Pak court directs govt to give India another chance to appoint lawyer for Jadhav

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 07:41 PM IST
The Islamabad high court, after hearing arguments in the matter, asked attorney general Khalid Javed Khan to inform the government to send the court’s order to India and put off further hearings till October 3.
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Pakistan had launched an initiative to designate a total of four Indians as terrorists in 2019, telling the UN Security Council that they were allegedly involved in state-sponsored terrorism.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Pakistan had launched an initiative to designate a total of four Indians as terrorists in 2019, telling the UN Security Council that they were allegedly involved in state-sponsored terrorism.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Imran Khan project to get 2 Indians sanctioned for terror fails, UNSC throws it out

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 01:03 AM IST
Pakistan has repeatedly sought to rake up what it claims is India’s alleged role in fomenting terrorism on its soil at various UN bodies in recent months, but without any takers for its allegations.
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Facebook shared a portion of this network on August 28 with the SIO which then conducted its own investigation and brought out its report.(Unsplash/Representative Image)
Facebook shared a portion of this network on August 28 with the SIO which then conducted its own investigation and brought out its report.(Unsplash/Representative Image)

India calls out Pakistan for motivating false propaganda on social media

By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The move follows a report by Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) on its investigation exposing a network of Pakistan-based Facebook and Instagram accounts that leveraged mass reporting to silence critics of Islamabad.
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