Saad Sayeed

Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif freed from jail on court orders

19 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistani authorities released former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended prison sentences they got in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan leaves for Saudi Arabia amid bailout speculation

18 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the foreign office said, amid speculation he may be seeking economic assistance from a staunch ally instead of another IMF bailout.

Pakistan's new government hikes taxes, cuts spending for economy in 'intensive care'

18 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's new government announced cuts in planned development spending and a tax increase for higher earners on Tuesday, unveiling a mini-budget aimed at shoring up an economy in danger of needing another International Monetary Fund bailout.

Pakistan Prime Minister vows to grant citizenship to Afghan refugees

17 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to grant citizenship to Afghan refugees who have lived in the country for several decades, at a time when relations between Islamabad and Kabul remain tense.

REFILE-Pakistan military "quietly" stifles press with intimidation - group

12 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD, Sept 12 Pakistan's military is using fear and intimidation to stifle the media and undermine press freedom even as overall violence against reporters has fallen, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday.

Chinese government top diplomat says Beijing not saddling Pakistan with debt

08 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD The Chinese government's top diplomat defended Beijing's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative during a visit to Pakistan on Saturday, rejecting criticism the project has saddled Pakistan with expensive debt.

Pakistan removes economist from key role following Islamist backlash

07 Sep 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's new government cancelled the appointment of a renowned Princeton economist to its Economic Advisory Council, an official said on Friday, after a strong backlash against the choice of a member of the Ahmadi religious minority.

Pakistan appoints new revenue chief to reverse tax collection woes

29 Aug 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's new government has appointed a longtime government administrator as the new chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), tasking him with improving the country's woeful tax collection rate.

Corrected: New Pakistan PM Khan calls for austerity; wants bullet-proof cars sold

20 Aug 2018

(Corrects translation of Khan quote in para 20 to clarify he was referring to a struggle, not holy war)

Talks with India the way forward, says Pakistan's new foreign minister

20 Aug 2018

ISLAMABAD Dialogue is the only way forward for ties between Pakistan and India, the foreign minister in Islamabad said on Monday, fuelling hopes of a thaw in relations between the arch-foes following Imran Khan's July election victory.

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