Mehreen Zahra-Malik

20 Mar 2017

Pakistan PM orders border re-opening amid tense Afghanistan ties

ISLAMABAD/TORKHAM, Afghanistan Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the two main border crossings to Afghanistan to be re-opened on Monday, after their closure last month following a series of attacks that Islamabad blamed on militants operating from across the frontier.

28 Feb 2017

Pakistan bans rallies praising killer of blasphemy law reform proponent

ISLAMABAD Pakistan said on Tuesday it would bar Islamist organisations from staging rallies commemorating a killer whom many religious groups consider a hero for assassinating a prominent politician who had called for the reform of blasphemy laws.

23 Feb 2017

Land rush around Pakistan's Gwadar port triggered by Chinese investment

LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistani real estate giant Rafi Group made a ten-fold profit last year from its sale of hundreds of acres of land in the remote fishing town of Gwadar, acquired soon after the government announced plans for a deep-sea port there.

16 Feb 2017

Tesco tests waters in Pakistan with Alpha Supermarkets tie-up

ISLAMABAD Britain's biggest retailer Tesco will stock its products at a Pakistani supermarket chain, a Tesco official said on Thursday, dipping its toes in a country of nearly 200 million with rising consumer spending and a growing middle class.

15 Feb 2017

Two dead in Pakistan as suicide bomber targets judges

ISLAMABAD A suicide bomber attacked a van carrying judges in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Wednesday, killing the driver and a passerby, police said, the second attack of the day in a new surge in militant violence.

15 Feb 2017

Forbidden love: Valentine's Day banned for some in Asia

JAKARTA/ISLAMABAD Valentine's Day celebrations on Tuesday were banned by authorities in parts of Indonesia and Pakistan, home to Asia's largest Muslim populations, saying the romantic tradition encouraged casual sex and ran counter to cultural norms. | Video

13 Feb 2017

Pakistan boycotts U.N. meeting after U.S. visa delay for Islamist politician

ISLAMABAD The failure of Pakistan's Senate deputy chairman, a prominent Islamist politician, to get a U.S. visa on time for a trip to the United States prompted Pakistan to boycott a U.N.-sponsored meeting on Monday, a parliamentary official said.

03 Feb 2017

Hyundai to assemble cars in Pakistan in venture with textile group Nishat Mills

ISLAMABAD Hyundai Motor Company plans to set up a car assembly plant in Pakistan in a joint venture with local textile firm Nishat Mills, an official from Nishat said on Friday.

02 Feb 2017

Interview - Pakistan to prioritise domestic investors as it resumes privatisation drive

ISLAMABAD Pakistan aims to raise $350 million from the sale of a stake in Kot Addu Power Company and will also relaunch a share sale in Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDLC) but only to domestic investors, its privatisation chief said.

31 Jan 2017

Protests after Pakistan detains Hafiz Saeed, alleged architect of Mumbai attack

LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD Pakistani supporters of Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed staged small protests on Tuesday and condemned the United States, after police detained the accused architect of an attack on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008. | Video

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