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Family acquitted over Italy woman's Pakistan 'honour killing'  BBC News

A court in Pakistan has acquitted the father, brother and uncle of a woman who died in a suspected honour killing last year. Sana Cheema, 26, lived in Italy but ...

BBC News
China Giving Pakistan $3.5 Billion in Loans, Grants  VOA News

China is promising about $3.5 billion to help bolster Pakistan's dwindling foreign cash reserves and pay for socio-economic development plans undertaken by ...

VOA News
Pakistan roaming around with begging bowl for help from world, says PM Modi  Economic Times

While addressing the public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Conspirators of Pulwama attack will be punished, our ...

Economic Times
Billions Dead: That's What Could Happen if India and Pakistan Wage a Nuclear War  The National Interest Online

Armed with what they believe is reasonable intelligence about the locations of Pakistan's strategic forces, highly accurate missiles and MIRVs to target them, and ...

The National Interest Online
Saudi crown prince's visit to Pakistan delayed by a day  DAWN.com

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's highly anticipated visit to Pakistan has been delayed by a day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday ...

DAWN.com
Fake Indian passport, no evidence: What Pakistan plans to claim at Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing in ICJ  India Today

As Pakistan looks at defending its contention at the ICJ, reliable sources have revealed that they will be raising questions over the credibility of the passport of ...

India Today
India PM blames Pakistan for worst Kashmir attack in decades  The Globe and Mail

India's government says it has "incontrovertible evidence" that a suicide bombing that killed 44 security forces in Kashmir -- the worst attack in decades ...

The Globe and Mail
Trophy Hunting Program Charges $110K To Shoot A Pakistani Goat : Goats and Soda  NPR

A trophy hunting program aims to protect the national animal, a goat called the markhor. Local social media was full of protests. But there's another side to the ...

NPR
Pakistan to provide workforce for $500B Neom City  Khaleej Times

Saudi plans to construct $500 billion futuristic Neom City, spanning over 10000 square miles of urban development by 2025.

Khaleej Times
A Texas trophy hunter reportedly paid $110K to kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan  USA TODAY

A Texas man paid $110000 to hunt a rare mountain goat called the markhor in Pakistan, according to reports. PETA and other groups are reacting.

USA TODAY
Amarinder Singh wants 'befitting reply' to Pakistan  Economic Times

Mincing no words, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday called for a "befitting response to the enemy" and warned the Pakistan Army and ISI against ...

Economic Times
India Summons Pakistan Envoy, Strongly Protests Pulwama Terror Attack  NDTV News

A day after the Pulwama terror attack in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were killed, India on Friday summoned Pakistan's envoy ...

NDTV News
Pakistan and China build friendship ties at multinational naval exercise  South China Morning Post

Pakistan's multinational naval drill involving 46 nations has wrapped up in the Indian Ocean and, once again, India was not invited. The Pakistan Navy has ...

South China Morning Post
Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistani capital  Aljazeera.com

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says Islamabad talks will be held before negotiations in Qatar scheduled later this month.

Aljazeera.com
Pakistan, Malaysia expected to finalise LNG supply deal  The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Malaysia are likely to finalise a multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply deal in a government-to-government ...

The Express Tribune
Pakistan wraps up multinational naval drill as its approach to maritime security shifts  DefenseNews.com

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Tuesday wrapped up its sixth AMAN biennial multinational naval exercise, aiming to promote cooperation among regional and ...

DefenseNews.com
PSL, as much a love affair for the UAE as for Pakistan  gulfnews.com

Dubai: If the enthralling opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League IV on Thursday evening is any indication, then the tournament looks set to live up to its ...

gulfnews.com
In Dubai, Pakistan prime minister warns of 'painful' reforms  Al Jazeera English

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said his nation needed "painful" economic reforms to cut back on its debt soon after meeting the head of the IMF.

Al Jazeera English
Pakistan's 'grey list' fate hangs in balance as FATF meets in Paris on Feb 17  Samaa Digital

Pakistan to brief on measures it has taken against suspicious transactions and fake accounts.

Samaa Digital
Currency Rate In Pakistan: US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound, UAE Dirham - 15 February 2019  The News International

Karachi: Following were the closing rates of foreign currencies in kerb market issued by Forex Association of Pakistan here on Friday, February 15, 2019.

The News International
Indian tea exporters agree to stop exports to Pakistan over Pulwama terror attack  Times Now

According to Tea Board data, exports to Pakistan during 2018 stood at 15.83 million kg, up by about 7.5 per cent from 14.73 million kg shipped out during the ...

Times Now
Pulwama attack: Like Iran, why India must be wary of Pakistan-aided US-Taliban talks  The Indian Express

Pulwama attack: The Indian security establishment believes the JuA is actually a front of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. and that both, LeT and JeM, are working with and ...

The Indian Express
Saudi Crown Prince had finalized aid package for Pakistan with me, claims Nawaz Sharif  The News International

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has claimed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohamamd Bin Salman had finalized assistance package for Pakistan with ...

The News International
Shabana Azmi wants cultural exchange halted between India and Pakistan post Pulwama attack – details inside  Times Now

After cancelling her trip to Karachi, Shabana Azmi now calls for a halt on all cultural exchange between India and Pakistan after the tragic terror attack in J&K's ...

Times Now
Pakistan weather forecast: Thursday 14 February 2019  The News International

Islamabad: Pakistan Meteorological Department Wednesday indicated chances of widespread rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds and snowfall over the hills in ...

The News International
Pakistan Super League: A pathway to revive international cricket in Pakistan  gulfnews.com

It's considered a pathway to resuming fully-fledged international cricket on home soil.

gulfnews.com
Sheikha Fatima's humanitarian campaign begins in Pakistan  Khaleej Times

Attracting the best volunteer doctors from UAE, Pakistan who are serving the poor.

Khaleej Times
Christian Woman Acquitted of Blasphemy Still Unable to Leave Pakistan  TIME

A Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, was acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan, but is still unable to leave and to join her daughters in Canada.

TIME
European Union may add Pakistan to its money laundering blacklist  Samaa Digital

The European Commission has proposed to include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and other 17 countries to a list of countries with ...

Samaa Digital
PSL - More than just cricket for Pakistan - Cricbuzz  Cricbuzz

Cricket is the talk of the town in Pakistan with the fourth edition of the PSL fast approaching.

Cricbuzz
'Pakistan Murdabad', 'LeT Murdabad': Muslims in Maharashtra protest against Pulwama terror attack  Times Now

Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the families of two troopers from Maharashtra martyred in the Pulwama ...

Times Now
Pakistan's trade gap reduces by more than $2b  Samaa Digital

Pakistan's trade deficit was recorded at $ 19.26 billion with a 9.66 % reduction during the first seven months of the ongoing fiscal year 2018-19. Pakistan's ...

Samaa Digital
Pulwama terror attack: Modi govt will soon give befitting reply to Pakistan, says Yogi Adityanath  Times Now

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, on Friday, deplored the Pulwama terrorist attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror group ...

Times Now
Rahul Shivshankar explains why NDA's decision to withdraw MFN status to Pakistan is not enough  Times Now

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced the withdrawal of 'Most Favoured Nation' status that it accorded to Pakistan, Times Now's Rahul Shivshankar ...

Times Now
Pakistan Weather Forecast: Wednesday 13 February 2019  The News International

Pakistan weather forecast for Wednesday: A westerly wave is affecting western parts of the country and likely to persist in upper parts till Friday.

The News International
China's disappointing aid offer dashes Pakistan's hope of debt rescue  Nikkei Asian Review

QUETTA, Pakistan -- Disappointment is spreading in Pakistan over an unexpectedly small amount of financial help from China, as Islamabad stares at a m.

Nikkei Asian Review
Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniors  India Today

There is speculation here that former captain Younis Khan is being considered for the role of Pakistan's under-19 coach and manager.

India Today
Pakistan set to secure funding from Saudi Arabia and IMF  Financial Times

News of Mohammed bin Salman's visit comes as minister announces progress on IMF deal.

Financial Times
Rs 20 million worth liquor confiscated by Pakistan Navy  The News International

Pakistan Navy spokesperson, the liquor being smuggled into Pakistan is worth around Rs20 million. The consignment has been handed over to Pakistan ...

The News International
Pro-Pakistan Twitter handles say How's the Jaish after Kashmir terror attack  India Today

In one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir's three decades of militancy, a Jaish suicide bomber identified as Adil Ahmed Dar, rammed an ...

India Today
Why there’s nothing wrong if Valentine’s Day becomes part of Pakistan’s culture  Scroll.in

The very institutions that today argue for returning to a 'pure' culture are a product of cultural borrowing and sharing.

Scroll.in
Pakistani Christian woman freed on blasphemy charges but still invisible  The Washington Post

Asia Bibi's case divided the Muslim-majority country and brought world condemnation.

The Washington Post
Gen. Raheel Sharif-led IMCTC delegation arrives in Pakistan on first visit for talks  Economic Times

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the Riyadh-based Islamic military coalition against terrorism, headed by former Pakistan Army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif, ...

Economic Times
Persons of Indian origin to soon get e-visa to Pakistan  Khaleej Times

In a landmark development, the Pakistani government has included persons of Indian origin in its new e-visa category, which is meant to facilitate travel into the ...

Khaleej Times
Rahul Gandhi to host lunch for G20, neighbourhood envoys, Pakistan not invited  India Today

In a significant move, Rahul Gandhi will be engaging with nations to discuss critical issues related to foreign policy in India, including its neighbourhood policy ...

India Today
Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Mendhar sector, Cross border firing in Poonch  Times Now

Pakistan has provoked once again, Violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir's Mendhar sector and cross border firing in Poonch. Listen in for more details!

Times Now
Cricket fans excited as stage is set for Pakistan Super League in UAE  gulfnews.com

Pakistani cricket fans speak about their expectations from Pakistan Super League.

gulfnews.com
No, I don't want to see India play rogue Pakistan this World Cup  DailyO

India vs Pakistan is a high-profile World Cup match at Manchester on June 16. It promises to be the mother of all battles within the war to win cricket's ultimate ...

DailyO
Women Who Bicycle In Pakistan Face A Lot Of Pushback : Goats and Soda  NPR

If boys can ride bikes, "why shouldn't we?" asked Zulekha Dawood. So she organized a group that goes on weekly excursions — despite the disapproval of ...

NPR
Peshawar to Pulwama, how Pakistan differentiates snakes in its backyard & front yard  ThePrint

The Pakistani establishment believes the snakes it rears in its front yard will only bite its neighbour. The school attack didn't change that deadly delusion.

ThePrint
Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan court  BBC News

Pakistan's top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn ...

BBC News
45 nations attend 5-day naval exercise in Pakistan  Fox News

A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan's navy has kicked off near the southern port city of Karachi as part of efforts to enhance cooperation in ...

Fox News
Govt sets up Sarmaya-e-Pakistan in an attempt to turn around state-owned firms  Samaa Digital

The federal government has established Sarmaya-e-Pakistan, a holding company to turn around state-owned enterprises by eliminating their losses.

Samaa Digital
A cafe giving hope to women in Pakistan's Lyari  Aljazeera.com

In the heart of Karachi's southern neighbourhood of Lyari, a cafe has given birth to, and shelters, dreams of many women of the area.

Aljazeera.com
Pakistan decides to export 500,000 tons of wheat  The Express Tribune

KARACHI: After producing surplus wheat in the past two years, Pakistan has decided to export 500,000 tons of the grain ahead of the arrival of new stock from ...

The Express Tribune
After Lahore, Fawad Chaudhry barred from entering Karachi's press club  DAWN.com

All three groups of the Karachi Union of Journalists and the Karachi Press Club's (KPC) Joint Action Committee announced on Friday that Information Minister ...

DAWN.com
How Modi speaks a different language with Pakistan than what Vajpayee did  ThePrint

PM Modi's 'munh tod jawab' stance over Pulwama attack is more abrasive than Vajpayee's vow of 'pratikar' post-Kaluchak in 2002.

ThePrint
India withdraws MFN status to Pakistan; security forces given free hand: PM Modi  India TV

Politics News-Terrorists have committed grave mistake, their masters will have to pay heavy price: PM Modi Security forces given free hand: PM Modi The blood ...

India TV
Stay Away From Politics: Pakistan's Supreme Court To Its Military  NDTV News

In a rare rebuke to Pakistan's powerful military, the Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday stopped them from engaging in political activities and directed spy ...

NDTV News
The Military Says Pashtuns Are Traitors. We Just Want Our Rights.  The New York Times

I lost my home in 2009 when a major operation by the Pakistan military forced us to leave our village in South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal ...

The New York Times
Five players who can utilize PSL for Pakistan returns - Cricbuzz  Cricbuzz

With the World Cup just three months away, the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) dishes up pivotal opportunities for players on the fringes to make a ...

Cricbuzz
Darra Adam Khel: Pakistan's dying gun bazaar  Al Jazeera English

Tribal areas will have laws extended to them for the first time, but lack of clarity around process has many worried.

Al Jazeera English
Cut all ties with Pakistan: Uri director Aditya Dhar’s angry reaction to the Pulwama terror attack  Times Now

Aditya Dhar, the director of the recently-released Uri: The Surgical Strike, shared his thoughts on the Pulwama terror attack in an interview with an entertainment ...

Times Now
Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting  VOA News

Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the visiting chief ...

VOA News
Pakistan-Australia ODI series to begin on March 22 - Cricbuzz  Cricbuzz

The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia will kick start in Sharjah on the 22nd of March. Sharjah will also host the second ODI while the third ...

Cricbuzz
Pakistan look for a consolation victory in final T20I against SA  IOL

One more to go as Pakistan look to salvage some face in Wednesday's third and final T20I match against South Africa.

IOL
Sahiwal shooting: How a Pakistani boy exposed police for killing his family  BBC News

Hours after he lost his parents and a sibling in a bloody shooting on Saturday, a nine-year-old Pakistani boy exposed a blatant cover-up by police. Highly-trained ...

BBC News
How Pakistan’s hair becomes China’s wigs  Inkstone

Seven-year-old Hassan Khan is one of Pakistan's tens of thousands of homeless children who each day pick through garbage on the outskirts of Islamabad, the ...

Inkstone
Will Pakistan's Wall Work?  The Diplomat

Pakistan is building a wall along its border with Afghanistan. Will it actually make the country safer?

The Diplomat
Jaish al-Adl: shadowy Sunni extremists on Iran-Pakistan border  Yahoo News

A suicide attack that killed 27 troops in Iran's restive southeast on Wednesday was claimed by Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni Muslim extremist group that only emerged ...

Yahoo News
Pakistan’s dubious honour: Five ex-PMs and a president face prosecution  The Express Tribune

RAWALPINDI: In a dubious honour, the country now has five former prime ministers and a president facing accountability proceedings against them at the same ...

The Express Tribune
Tommy Berry ready for his date with Pakistan Star on Sunday  Racenet

A request from owner Kerm Dim will see Tommy Berry make a hit-and-run mission to attempt to get the talented but quirky Pakistan Star back into the winner's ...

Racenet
Zardari moves SC to ‘restrain FIA from probing money laundering case  Geo News

ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court once again and requested it to restrain the Federal Investigation ...

Geo News
Indo-Pakistan tension, high oil prices subdue market  Greater Kashmir

Mumbai, Feb 15: A day after a major militant strike in Jammu and Kashmir and subsequent India-Pakistan diplomatic tensions soured the overall market ...

Greater Kashmir
Never miss a train again with Pakistan Railways' tracking app  Samaa Digital

Pakistan Railways has launched a new tracking system for all the people who constantly worry about missing their trains. The app, Pak Rail Live, was launched ...

Samaa Digital
What is Pakistan’s car industry good for?  DAWN.com

The transaction ban on cars has been lifted, at least partially. Commercial imports of cars have been severely restricted. It appears our infamous local ...

DAWN.com
Pakistan's Crumbling Cultural Heritage  The Diplomat

Mehrgarh, the site of a precursor to the Indus Valley civilization, is victim to looting, vandalism, and encroachment.

The Diplomat
Recent Match Report - South Africa vs Pakistan 4th ODI 2019  ESPNCricinfo

Read the detailed Reports & Articles of South Africa vs Pakistan 4th ODI 2019, Pakistan tour of South Africa 2018/19 only on ESPNcricinfo.com.

ESPNCricinfo
Heartening news from Pakistan?  Economic Times

One university there has decided Valentines Day will be Sisters Day.

Economic Times
 

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South Africa vs Pakistan | 3rd ODI | Match Build-up
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Pakistan working on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, drone footage out (BBC Hindi)
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Pakistan receives $1 billion from Saudi Arabia | Headlines 3 PM | 25 January 2019 | Dunya News
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The name Pakistan literally means "land of the pure" in Urdu and Persian.It alludes to the word pāk meaning pure in Persian and Pashto. The suffix ـستان is a Persian word meaning the place of, and also recalls the synonymous (and cognate) Sanskrit word sthāna स्थान.
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Pakistan, populous and multiethnic country of South Asia.Having a predominately Indo-Iranian speaking population, Pakistan has historically and culturally been associated with its neighbours Iran, Afghanistan, and India.
Pakistan is the difficult child of South Asia – blessed with abundant natural and historical riches, but plagued by political instability, which has kept the country off the radar for all but the most hardened explorers.
Pakistan (Urdu: پاکستان) is a large country (1.5 times the size of France) in South Asia at the crossroads of Central Asia, East Asia and South Asia.Located along the Arabian Sea, it is surrounded by Afghanistan to the west and northwest, although Tajikistan is separated by the Wakhan Corridor, Iran to the southwest and also shares maritime boundary with Oman, The Republic of India is ...
Power dressing in Pakistan: how fashion became a battleground The renaissance of Pakistani fashion is a sign of women’s growing independence, and has fuelled the religious right’s ire ...
Pakistan Pak·i·stan (păk′ĭ-stăn′, pä′kĭ-stän′) A country of South Asia. Occupying land crisscrossed by ancient invasion paths, Pakistan was the home of the ...
Pakistan has a federal parliamentary system. The head of state is an indirectly-elected ceremonial President.The Electoral college of the country, (composed of the Senate, the National Assembly, and the four Provincial Assemblies) chooses a leadership representing the President of Pakistan for a five-year term.
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Pakistan (Urdu: پاکِستان‬‎), officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Urdu: اِسلامیجمہوریہ پاکِستان‬‎), is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres (340,509 square miles). Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the far northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.The territory that now constitutes Pakistan was the site of several ancient cultures and intertwined with the history of the broader Indian subcontinent. The ancient history involves the Neolithic site of Mehrgarh and the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation, and was later home to kingdoms ruled by people of different faiths and cultures, including Hindus, Indo-Greeks, Muslims, Turco-Mongols, Afghans and Sikhs. The area has been ruled by numerous empires and dynasties, including the Persian Achaemenid Empire, Alexander III of Macedon, the Seleucid Empire, the Indian Maurya Empire, the Gupta Empire, the Arab Umayyad Caliphate, the Delhi Sultanate, the Mongol Empire, the Mughal Empire, the Afghan Durrani Empire, the Sikh Empire (partially) and, most recently, the British Empire. Pakistan is the only country to have been created in the name of Islam. It is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country, with a similarly diverse geography and wildlife. Initially a dominion, Pakistan adopted a constitution in 1956, becoming an Islamic republic. An ethnic civil war and Indian military intervention in 1971 resulted in the secession of East Pakistan as the new country of Bangladesh. In 1973, Pakistan adopted a new constitution which stipulated that all laws are to conform to the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Quran and Sunnah.A regional and middle power, Pakistan has the sixth-largest standing armed forces in the world and is also a nuclear power as well as a declared nuclear-weapons state, the second in South Asia and the only nation in the Muslim world to have that status. Pakistan has a semi-industrialised economy with a well-integrated agriculture sector and a growing services sector. It is ranked among the emerging and growth-leading economies of the world, and is backed by one of the world's largest and fastest-growing middle class. Pakistan's political history since independence has been characterized by periods of military rule, political instability and conflicts with India. The country continues to face challenging problems, including overpopulation, terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, and corruption. Pakistan is a member of the UN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the OIC, the Commonwealth of Nations, the SAARC and the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition.