Mehreen Zahra-Malik

In Pakistan, clean fuel firm struggles despite energy shortages

31 Mar 2017

CHAKWAL, Pakistan Hassan Raza says his clean fuel company, which captures natural gas "flared" at Pakistan's oil fields and sells it to industrial customers, is struggling to expand despite energy shortages and concerns over the country's poor pollution record.

Pakistan PM orders border re-opening amid tense Afghanistan ties

20 Mar 2017

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.

Pakistan bans rallies praising killer of blasphemy law reform proponent

28 Feb 2017

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.

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

23 Feb 2017

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.

Tesco tests waters in Pakistan with Alpha Supermarkets tie-up

16 Feb 2017

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.

Two dead in Pakistan as suicide bomber targets judges

15 Feb 2017

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.

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

15 Feb 2017

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

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

13 Feb 2017

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.

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

03 Feb 2017

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.

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

02 Feb 2017

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.

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