Pakistan says over 300 Baloch separatist militants surrender

Monday, 11 December 2017

More than 300 Baloch separatist militants have surrendered over the past few months, Pakistani government officials said, after a ceremony to mark the downing of guns and militants’ return to civilian life. The surrenders are part of government efforts to end a decade-long insurgency in the southwestern Baluchistan province by offering amnesties and financial rewards to soldiers and commanders to help them re-integrate into the society. In a high-profile ceremony on the lawn of the ...

Meet Zia Chishti, the US-born Pakistani who founded two billion-dollar companies

Friday, 8 December 2017

Zia Chishti was born to American-Pakistani parents and returned to his mother’s native land after the death of his father. He is now known as the founder of two billion-dollar companies.According a profile published by The Tribune, Zia may not have been born in the country but he was certainly raised by it.Today Zia is CEO and chairman of the board at Afiniti, the company that recently closed its Series-D fundraising round earlier this year at a $1.6-billion private valuation and is now up ...

Pakistan town pays homage to Bollywood actor who died in India

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Shashi Kapoor, the iconic Bollywood star who passed away in Mumbai, India, recently has been remembered in Peshawar, a town in Pakistan where his family is originally from. Pictures circulating in social media show people gathered to honor Kapoor as the “Pride of Peshawar” adding that the city will never forget him. The Kapoor dynasty has a house in Peshawar, Pakistan, which was constructed between 1918 and 1922 by Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Prithviraj Kapoor, the ...

With message of peace, London Mayor Khan crosses border from India to Pakistan

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrived in Lahore on Wednesday via the Wagah border with the message that many Indians wanted good relations with Pakistan, a news report has revealed. According to a Dawn news report, this is the first time a mayor of London has visited Lahore. Khan is on a six-day mission to strengthen cultural and economic ties with the British capital. He had earlier stayed in India for three days where he met politicians and other prominent personalities in Mumbai, Delhi and ...

Pakistan to become first South Asian nation to introduce 5G internet services

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pakistan is set to emerge as the first nation in South Asia to introduce 5G internet services, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said in its annual report.According to a Tribune report, the fast growing digital nation would even beat India on this front as the neighboring country is also in the run for introducing the most advanced internet service.Pakistan plans to launch 5G technology by 2020 and preparations have begun to test 5G cellular connectivity, the first of its kind ...

Progress and history in zigzag down the ages

Sunday, 3 December 2017

One of the key ideas promoted by the European Enlightenment or the Age of Reason of the 18th century is that of progress according to which human history develops across a curve from a low point to higher and higher points. One may debate and dispute the exact nature of “higher” and “lower” points in that context. But most students of the Enlightenment agree that “progress” has two facets: material and cultural. Material progress could be measured by such ...

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Taliban, disguised in burqas, attack agriculture college in Pakistan

Friday, 1 December 2017

Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agriculture university in Pakistan on Friday, wounding at least five people, police said.Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all of the attackers at the Directorate of Agriculture Institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar about two hours into the attack, the military’s press wing said.The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in message from spokesman Mohammad ...

Indian jailed in Pakistan may be allowed meeting with mother

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Aside from the high-profile case of Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been in jail in Pakistan on charges of spying, Pakistan is considering the possibility of allowing another Indian, Hamid Nehal Ansari, who was arrested in Pakistan five years ago, to meet his mother. According to a report in The Indian Express, the 32-year-old from Mumbai, was arrested in 2012 by Pakistani forces in the Kohat region, near the Afghanistan border, for crossing over illegally in search of a Pakistani woman he had ...

US general sees no change in Pakistan behavior despite Trump tough line

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The top US general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad. US officials have long been frustrated by what they see as Pakistan’s reluctance to act against groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network that they believe exploit safe haven on Pakistani soil to launch attacks on neighboring Afghanistan. In August, ...

Pakistan army’s role in focus as Islamists end blasphemy blockade

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

When hardline Pakistani Islamists signed an agreement with the government on Monday to end a crippling blockade of the nation’s capital, the text of their deal concluded by thanking the army chief who it said had “saved the nation from a big catastrophe”.The effusive praise for General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s role as mediator has triggered some concern among moderate politicians and criticism from a judge in Islamabad, where 36 hours earlier the civilian government had called ...

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