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Crucial $1.1 billion IMF deal eludes Pakistan for now; talks continue

With the nuclear-armed nation in the grip of a full-blown economic crisis, the IMF talks are aimed at unlocking at least $1.1 billion of stalled funding as part of a $6.5 billion bailout signed in 2019.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told reporters Pakistan had agreed with the IMF on the conditions to release the funds, which have been delayed since last December.(AFP)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 09:40 PM IST
Reuters |

IMF mission to visit Pakistan this month to discuss stalled bailout programme

Pakistan secured a $6 billion IMF bailout in 2019, which was topped up with another $1 billion last year, but the lender then stalled disbursements in November due to Pakistan's failure to make more progress on fiscal consolidation and economic reforms.

Representational image. .(Reuters)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 10:25 PM IST
Reuters |

US bars staff from visiting Islamabad's Marriott Hotel citing 'possible attack'

Pakistan's capital was already placed on high alert following a suicide bombing earlier this week.

US flag, (Representational image)(Bloomberg)
Updated on Dec 25, 2022 10:39 PM IST
By | Edited by Shubhangi Gupta

Pak PM's self-exiled son hugs him as he returns home after 4 years. Watch

Suleman's return comes after the Islamabad HC had directed him to surrender by Tuesday while hearing his protective bail plea in money laundering cases.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and son Suleman share a hug following his return from London after four years.(Twitter/@pmln_org)
Published on Dec 12, 2022 10:31 AM IST
By | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Nearly 300 shops gutted after massive fire in Pakistan's Islamabad

The blaze started near Gate No 7 of the Bazaar where second-hand clothes and carpets are sold, according to various media reports.

No causalities have been reported following the incident. (Representational image)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 11:23 PM IST

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan, sons get additional security cover

Although Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has its coalition government in Punjab province, the party is not trusting Punjab police after the assassination attempt on his life in which he suffered bullet injuries to his right leg last week in Wazirabad area, some 150kms from Lahore.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.(AFP)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 01:03 AM IST

Massive fire breaks out at Centaurus Mall in Pakistan’s Islamabad | Videos

Video footage broadcast on Pakistani news channels showed smoke billowing from the tower.

Fire erupts at Centaurus Mall in Pakistan’s Islamabad.(Source: Twitter)
Updated on Oct 09, 2022 11:45 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'You're not fooling anybody...' Jaishankar responds to US F-16 package for Pak

The remarks were made when the Indian minister was questioned by the audience on US action on F-16 fighter jets with Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 04:47 PM IST

India slams Pakistan on minority rights: ‘Ironic that Islamabad even raises it’

Slamming Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto's comments on "Islamophobia in India", India's joint secretary at the UN Srinivas Gotru said, "For a country that has even stopped publishing its data to hide its shameful record, it is amazing that they have even brought up the subject.

Pakistan has decimated its minorities, India's joint secretary said at the United Nations.
Published on Sep 22, 2022 06:02 AM IST

Islamabad high court drops terrorism charges against former Pak PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act in a terrorism case on the complaint of Islamabad Saddar Magistrate Ali Javed for threatening a female judge of the federal capital.

Islamabad high court drops terrorism charges against former Pak PM Imran Khan(AFP / File)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 04:33 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Pakistan floods: Aid pours in amid massive devastation, deaths cross 1,200 mark

The ninth flight from the United Arab Emirates and the first from Uzbekistan were the latest to land in Islamabad overnight as a military-backed rescue operation elsewhere in the country reached more of the 3 million people affected by the disaster.

A man carries furniture through flood water at Goth Muhammad Yusuf Naich in Dadu district, Sindh province, Pakistan.(Bloomberg)
Published on Sep 02, 2022 10:45 PM IST
AP |

Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif talks of 'permanent peace' with India: ‘War not an option’

Sharif made the comments while speaking to a delegation of students from Harvard University.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.(AFP file photo)
Published on Aug 20, 2022 06:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Pak cop's nose, lips mutilated by husband for having affair with his wife

Constable Qasim Hayat was subjected to severe torture before the main accused along with his accomplices cut off his nose, ears and lips on Sunday in Jhang district, police said.

representational picture(AP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 08:06 PM IST

Over 1,000 Chinese nationals in Islamabad to inform cops about their movement

The decision was taken during a meeting held to review the performance of the recently-established District Foreign Security Cell by Islamabad Police for the security of foreigners, especially Chinese nationals, the Dawn newspaper reported.

It was decided in the meeting that either SHOs of police stations, security division or patrolling unit would provide security cover to over 1,000 Chinese nationals during their movement, the officials said.
Published on Jun 16, 2022 09:25 PM IST

Pakistan govt bans wedding ceremonies in Islamabad after 10pm to conserve energy

Pakistan, which is facing a worsening power crisis, has taken various steps to bring down the consumption of electricity to reduce load shedding, will now ban wedding functions after 10 pm in Islamabad with effect from June 8, Geo News reported.

The restriction on wedding functions in the country's capital is being implemented on the instructions of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.(HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 06:37 PM IST

Pak security agencies on high alert amid Imran Khan's assassination plot rumours

Imran Khan is yet to announce the date for the next round of 'Azadi March' amid his massive quest to secure an election date before his return to the National Assembly.

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he travels on a vehicle to lead a protest march in Islamabad, Pakistan.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 05, 2022 09:34 AM IST
By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav

Imran Khan's Azadi march: Army deployed, Islamabad turns into battleground 

Imran Khan has reached the D chowk of Islamabad in the early hours on Thursday. Pakistan's Geo News reported its office came under the attack of the PTI workers injuring some media workers. No police personnel were present outside of the building for its security, it reported.

Islamabad came under heavy shelling of tear gas as Imran Khan's Azadi march reached the capital in the early hours of Thursday. 
Published on May 26, 2022 05:57 AM IST
By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Daily brief: No comments, India on Pakistan's political crises

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

A portrait of Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, at a market in Islamabad, Pakistan.(Bloomberg)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 08:59 PM IST

PM Imran Khan launches Pakistan's first-ever National Security Policy

“The policy puts economic security at the core. A stronger economy would create additional resources which would then be distributed to further bolster military and human security,” said Imran Khan referring to Pakistan's National Security Policy.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan 
Published on Jan 14, 2022 01:42 PM IST
PTI | , Islamabad

Body of kidnapped Pakistani-American woman found, ex-husband confesses killing

According to the sources, Habib said that he had killed Swati on October 16 and buried her body in Hangu.

Pakistani-American woman killed by ex-husband and buried her body in Hangu.(HT File )
Published on Dec 26, 2021 12:21 PM IST
ANI | , New Delhi

Pakistan authority cancels land allotment for Hindu temple in Islamabad

This comes as reports of discrimination and attacks on religious minorities have surged in the country.

Pakistan authority cancels land allotment for Hindu temple in Islamabad.(Reuters File)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 02:20 AM IST
ANI | By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

After petrol and sugar, electricity rates hiked in inflation-hit Pakistan

Pakistan: This comes after the latest surge in petroleum prices. According to a finance ministry notification, with the ₹8.03 increase, the new price of petrol has been fixed at ₹145.82 per litre, which has come into effect from November 5.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan (File Photo / AP)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 12:23 PM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Always been there’: Imran Khan thanks Saudi Arabia on receiving $3 billion aid

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan had on Monday met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) summit in Riyadh.

Riyadh: In this photo provided by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan, left, during the Green Initiative Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, Oct. 25. (AP)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 01:01 PM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

After Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, terror attacks in Pak highest in 4 years

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an offshoot terror outfit of the Taliban, is believed to have been ‘encouraged’ by the developments next door.

After the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, terror attacks have been at a four-year high, a new report showed. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 28, 2021 12:10 PM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Islamabad 'fears' rise in violence along Afghan-Pak border, here's why

Pakistan's government has said that its influence over the movement has waned, particularly since the Taliban grew in confidence once Washington announced the date for the complete withdrawal of US and other foreign troops.

General view of the Pakistan's flag and the Taliban's flag in the background as seen from the Friendship Gate crossing point in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, in Pakistan. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 01, 2021 06:46 AM IST
Reuters |

Pakistan to rent out PM’s official house to manage 'financial crunch': Report

Imran Khan had vacated his official residence in Islamabad after the Pakistan government announced in August 2019 its plan to convert the prime minister's house into a state-of-the-art federal educational institution.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Aug 04, 2021 07:18 AM IST
ANI | | Edited by Joydeep Bose, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Former Pakistan PM opposes government bid to delay PoK elections

Pakistan's coronavirus-monitoring body had earlier suggested postponing the upcoming PoK elections by two months. But former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that his party would not let the federal government "steal" the people's mandate

Former Pakistan prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (File Photo)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 10:01 AM IST

Pakistan faces third Covid-19 wave. Low oxygen chokes Islamabad hospitals

The situation in Islamabad seems to be particularly precarious as the largest medical facility here, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), is struggling with low oxygen pressure amidst a tidal wave of Covid-19 patients

A man walks through a deserted Expressway in Islamabad earlier this month. Pakistan is reeling under the third wave of the deadly coronavirus disease (Covid-19). (AFP)
Published on Apr 23, 2021 03:13 PM IST

Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, others that may begin fasts from Tuesday

Ramadan 2021: From Saudi Arabia to Asian countries like India and Pakistan and Western nations like USA and UK, here is a list of regions that begin fasting from Tuesday after sighting the crescent moon

Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, other countries that begin fasts from Tuesday(Twitter/emrecelikrumi)
Updated on Apr 12, 2021 07:03 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz

Strong tremors in Delhi-NCR: What we know so far

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, the epicentre of the earthquake was in Tajikistan, with a depth of 80km. According to the initial reports. no loss of life or property was reported so far.

The tremors were also felt across Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2021 06:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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