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    Islamabad (CNN)Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan was granted an extension of his pre-arrest bail on Thursday while police investigate whether he violated anti-terror laws.The news was celebrated by hundreds of Khan's supporters, who rallied outside the Anti-Terrorism Court in the capital, Islamabad, where the ousted leader's arrival was met with a heavy security presence.The court extended Khan's pre-arrest bail until September 1, which means he cannot be arrested before then.Police opened an investigation into Khan this week after he vowed to "take action" against the head of police and a magistrate during a speech in the capital on Saturday. "Listen Director Inspector General (of police), we're not going to let you go, we're going to file a case against you. And madam magistrate you should also get ready, we will take action against you," Khan had told his supporters during a rally in support of his former chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill.Read MoreGill was arrested earlier this month on sedition charges after he urged soldiers to disobey orders from military leaders.Khan has alleged police tortured Gill while in custody...
    Pakistani police have filed terrorism charges against the former prime minister, Imran Khan. In a speech in Islamabad on Saturday, Khan threatened government officials and alleged police torture of one of his aides, who faces sedition charges for inciting mutiny in the powerful military. Khan could face several years in prison for the new charge but appears to be still free and has not addressed the charges lodged against him.  Pakistani police have filed terrorism charges against Khan, escalating political tensions in the country as he holds mass rallies seeking to return to office Supporters of Khan gathered on Monday outside his hilltop mansion in the capital Islamabad, vowing to prevent his arrest on anti-terrorism accusations, officials of his political party said. Tehreek-e-Insaf, Khan's political party, has warned it will hold nationwide rallies if the police arrest Khan and published videos online showing supporters surrounding his home. The videos included the supporters chanting slogans against the current government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to derail police from reaching it. These charges escalate the political tensions in the country as the...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban said Thursday they have indefinitely extended a cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, following two days of talks with a delegation of Pakistani tribal elders that were hosted by the Afghan Taliban. According to Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan group or TTP, the decision was made after “substantial progress” in the talks with the 50-member team of elders. He did not elaborate and there was no immediate confirmation from the Pakistani government about the extension of the truce. The Pakistani Taliban are a separate group but allied with the Afghan Taliban, who seized power in their country last August as the U.S. and NATO troops were in the final stages of their pullout from Afghanistan. The TTP has waged an insurgency in Pakistan over the past 14 years, fighting for stricter enforcement of Islamic laws in the country, the release of their members who are in government custody and a reduction of Pakistani military presence in the country’s former tribal regions. Khurasani, the TTP spokesman, said the...
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan defended Friday his decision to call off a planned, opened-ended rally and sit-in this week in the capital, Islamabad, saying he wanted to avoid more violence. Khan spoke at a news conference in the northwestern city of Peshawar. His rally ended abruptly on Thursday morning, after thousands of Khan supporters had marched into central Islamabad to protest outside Parliament and demand early elections. Some members from his Tehreek-e-Insaf party were unhappy with Khan’s decision as the sit-in had expected to go on until the government met their demands. Khan, now Pakistan’s top opposition leader, was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April after some of his party’s lawmakers and a key coalition partner defected. He has claimed that his ouster was a plot between the opposition and the United States. Washington has denied allegations of any involvement in Pakistan’s internal politics. Khan’s march on Islamabad, which started Wednesday, was the largest rally by the former cricket star turned Islamist politician over the past few weeks. He personally...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s defiant former Prime Minister Imran Khan cancelled a planned, open-ended sit-in in Islamabad on Thursday, temporarily assuaging fears of protracted civil conflict after he led thousands on a march toward Parliament demanding the government’s resignation. Khan’s followers began converging on the capital on Wednesday, with some 10,000 reaching the city center around midnight. Khan himself entered as part of a large convoy of cars, buses and trucks, with demonstrators waving flags and rallying overnight. Some clashed with police outside Parliament. Khan gave Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif — who replaced him in April — less than a week to call for new elections, warning that if his government didn’t comply, he’d return to the capital with three million supporters. “I am giving you six days,” Khan said from a sound truck parked on the central Jinnah Avenue early Thursday, demanding the dissolution of Parliament as well. “If you don’t do it after six days, I will return,” he said. Khan, a former cricket star turned Islamist politician, was prime minister for over three and half years...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Cabinet of Pakistan’s newly-elected prime minister, Shahbaz Sharif, was sworn in Tuesday during a brief ceremony. Acting President Sadiq Sanjrani administered the oath to the 34 ministers at the white marble palace known as the Presidency in the capital, Islamabad. Sharif also attended the ceremony. His election April 11 ousted former prime minister Imran Khan. Sharif’s former political rivals are also part of his coalition government. The portfolios for the ministers are expected to be announced later Tuesday. Among prominent lawmakers who were inducted into the Cabinet is Khawaja Mohammad Asif, a former defense minister and a member of the Pakistan Muslim League party. Several politicians from the party of former President Asif Ali Zardari are also part of the Cabinet, including Khursheed Shah and Sherry Rehman. Sharif ousted Khan through a vote of no-confidence in the National Assembly, Pakistan’s lower house of parliament. Khan lost the grip on power after being deserted by his party allies and a key coalition partner earlier this month. Since then, Khan has demanded new elections at rallies,...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Supporters of Pakistan’s key opposition party are gathering in the capital, Islamabad, for a major anti-government rally to demand Prime Minister Imran Khan step down over his alleged failure to improve the country’s economy. The protesters assembled in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday and took to the road. On Tuesday they set out around noon in hundreds of cars, trucks and buses from Rawat, a town in Punjab province, reaching the outskirts of the capital hours later. The convoy halted along the road, waiting for convoys from elsewhere in Pakistan to join them, before entering Islamabad in the evening. The rally, which the opposition has been preparing for since late February in southern Sindh province, is expected to take place near the parliament building later on Tuesday night. Pakistani opposition parties often hold such rallies but this one follows a formal no-confidence motion against Khan that was submitted to parliament by the opposition. Under the constitution, the speaker of the National Assembly now must convene a special session that will deliberate whether Khan still...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Alex Hales and Paul Stirling struck blistering half centuries as two-time champion Islamabad United inflicted a crushing nine-wicket defeat on Peshawar Zalmi in their opening Pakistan Super League game on Sunday. Englishman Hales hammered 13 fours and a six in his belligerent unbeaten 82 off 54 balls and Stirling was even more ruthless in scoring 57 off just 25 deliveries as Islamabad cruised to 172-1 in 15.5 overs and handed Peshawar their heaviest ever defeat in the PSL when batting first. Islamabad followed the template of chasing at the National Stadium after winning the toss and had earlier restricted Peshawar to 168-6. All five games in this season have won by the teams chasing. Sherefane Rutherford’s unbeaten 70 off 46 balls rescued Peshawar from 35-4 as Ben Cutting (26) and Shoaib Malik (25) shared half-century stands with the left-handed West Indian. Islamabad’s bowling, comprising mostly Pakistan international players, ran through the top order with fast bowlers Faheem Ashraf claiming two wickets (2-23) and Hasan Ali (2-34) clean bowling Tom Kohler-Cadmore off his third delivery. Haider Ali...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an overnight gun attack on police in the Islamabad that killed an officer and both assailants, raising fears insurgents had a presence in one of the country’s safest cities. Mohammad Khurasani, the spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, took to Twitter to claim responsibility for the attack in Pakistan’s capital. He said the TTP also targeted police in two separate attacks in the northwest a day earlier. There was no official confirmation of the militant attacks on police in the northwestern districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Pakistan’s interior minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed attended the funeral of the police officer who was killed in Islamabad on Monday night. Ahmed said both of the slain militants involved in the attack had been identified. Although militants often target security forces in Pakistan, the country’s capital has largely been peaceful in recent years. The Pakistani Taliban, who have been emboldened since the Afghan Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, on Tuesday warned that they could carry out more attacks...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two gunmen opened fire at police officers manning a roadside checkpoint in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday night, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and both assailants, police said. Two policemen were also wounded in the attack near a market, the Islamabad police said in a statement. They said the wounded officers were taken to hospital. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed condemned the attack and ordered an investigation. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and police are still investigating. Although militants often target security forces in Pakistan, such attacks in Islamabad are rare. Last Friday, militants attacked an army post in the restive northwest, bordering Afghanistan, triggering an intense shootout that killed a Pakistani soldier. The Pakistani Taliban, who have been emboldened since the Afghan Taliban seized power in the neighboring country, claimed responsibility for the attack. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    At least 22 people, including 10 children, died in a popular mountain resort town in Pakistan after being stuck in their vehicles overnight during a heavy snowstorm as temperatures plummeted, officials said Saturday. Army members take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP) Army troops take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP) Army members take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP) Most of the victims died of hypothermia, officials said. Among them was an Islamabad police officer and seven other members of his family, fellow police officer Atiq Ahmed said. FORMER...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Temperatures fell to minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit) amid heavy snowfall at Pakistan’s mountain resort town of Murree overnight, killing at least 16 people who were stuck in their vehicles, officials said Saturday. Atiq Ahmed, an Islamabad police officer said eight of the 16 fatalities were from the family of fellow Islamabad police officer Naveed Iqbal, who also died. All 16 died of hypothermia, officials said. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said thousands of vehicles had been pulled from the snow but more than a thousand were still stuck in the area Saturday. Located 28 miles (45.5 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Murree is a popular winter resort that attracts well over a million tourists annually. Streets leading into the city are often blocked by snow in winter. Ahmed, the interior minister, said more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) of snow fell in the area overnight and all incoming traffic was blocked Saturday. The minister said paramilitary troops and a special military mountain unit had been called in to help. “Until then no...
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Violence at an anti-France Islamist rally Wednesday in eastern Pakistan left at least one police officer and two demonstrators dead, officials said. Thousands of supporters of a radical Islamist party rallied on a highway in the town of Sadhuke as they marched toward the capital Islamabad. They demanded the expulsion of France’s envoy to Pakistan over publication of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in France. The violence erupted a day after the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan said it would not accept the Islamists’ demand to close the French Embassy and expel the French envoy. Khan’s decision infuriated supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party who over the weekend suspended their march to Islamabad to give the government three days to consider their demands. Sajid Saifi, a spokesman for Saad Rizvi, the TLP’s leader, alleged their two supporters died when police opened fire at the rally in Sadhuke, a town in Punjab province. Police declined to comment on the claim. Police spokesman Rana Arif said, however, that a police officer was killed during clashes with the...
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Violent clashes erupted between Pakistan’s security forces and Islamists in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday, killing at least two policemen and injuring several demonstrators, a police spokesman and witnesses said. The incident happened after thousands of Islamists launched their “long march” from the city toward the capital, Islamabad, demanding that the government release the leader of their outlawed party. The rallygoers want to go to Islamabad to pressure the government to release Saad Rizvi, the head of the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party. Rizvi was arrested last year amid demonstrations against France over publishing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Pakistan has deployed police and paramilitary personnel to prevent the demonstrators from leaving Lahore. Authorities also suspended cellular service in parts of Lahore and blocked roads. The situation worsened when police tried to stop the rallygoers, witnesses said. Rizvi’s party said they were peaceful and that police suddenly started firing tear gas shells. Police spokesman Rana Arif said two of the police officers were killed and another was injured when protesters threw stones. Rizvi’s supporters said...
    A Pakistani-American man has gone on trial accused of raping and beheading his Pakistani girlfriend, who was the daughter of a former diplomat.  Zahir Jaffer, 30, who was born to a prominent family of wealthy Pakistani industrialists, is accused of torturing and killing Noor Mukadam, 27, on July 20. Mukadam was found dead in a blood-spattered room of Jaffer's home in the posh F-7/4 neighbourhood of Islamabad that evening, and he was arrested at the scene. Police say Jaffer was wearing blood-covered clothes and carrying a knife which they believe was used to kill and behead her. He denies guilt. Pakistani law allows the death penalty as a punishment in murder cases, though prosecutors have not said whether they will call for it. Mukadam's parents have said they want a death sentence to be imposed.  Zahir Jaffer, 30, the son of a wealthy Pakistani industrialist, has appeared in court charged with the rape, torture and murder of Noor Mukadam Noor Mukadam, 27, the daughter of a Pakistani ambassador, was found dead in a blood-spattered room of Jaffer's Islamabad home on July 20...
    (CNN)An Afghan interpreter who helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden after his helicopter was forced to land in a snowstorm 13 years ago has left Afghanistan, sources familiar tell CNN. Early Monday morning, the sources told CNN that the Human First Coalition, along with the State Department, successfully extracted Aman Khalili and his family from Pakistan. Khalili had recently asked now-President Biden to return the favor and rescue him from the country.The coalition told CNN: "We are grateful for the continued support of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for his continued support of the evacuation, Secretary Antony Blinken, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Senator Chris Coon, Chief of Staff DoS Suzy George, DoS JP Feldmayer, Director of Task Force Islamabad Mark Terkowski for evacuating the family of Aman Khalili, President Joe Biden's interpreter from Islamabad and their promise to evacuate the remaining 200 people that remain in Islamabad."The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.The former interpreter helped rescue Biden in 2008 when his helicopter -- which was also carrying then-Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Kerry of Massachusetts...
    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane from Islamabad touched down in Kabul on Monday morning, according to an airline spokesman.This marks the first flight to land in Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan since the chaotic final withdrawal of US troops last month.PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said in a statement that the service was a "special flight" to create "goodwill" with the people of Afghanistan and to "strengthen humanitarian efforts." Flight lands in Qatar after Taliban cleared Americans and others to leave AfghanistanThe spokesman clarified to CNN that this was "not an aid flight."PIA said the Boeing 777 aircraft departed Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city, at 6:45 a.m. local time after special arrangements had been made by Afghanistan's civil aviation authorities and PIA's staff.Read MoreForeign journalists traveled into the Afghan capital on the flight while employees of the World Bank were brought back to Islamabad on the return leg, the spokesman told CNN.Last week, two Qatar Airways passenger planes, both carrying more than 100 foreign nationals, departed from Kabul and landed in Doha.These flights signal that at least some...
    The daughter of Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan was abducted and tortured in Islamabad on Friday. Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted while she was on her way home in the Pakistani capital and held for around five hours. The abduction comes days after Afghanistan's vice-president Amrullah Saleh accused Pakistan of providing 'close air support' for the Taliban as the Islamist insurgents continued their offensive in the war-torn country.   'The abduction of the Afghan ambassador's daughter and her subsequent torture has wounded the psyche of our nation. Our national psyche has been tortured,' Mr Saleh tweeted on Sunday. In a separate tweet late on Sunday, the Afghan foreign ministry said senior diplomats have been recalled to Kabul while the attack is investigated.  Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted while she was on her way home in the Pakistani capital and held for several hours The young woman was abducted in the middle of the afternoon in the Pakistani capital, held for several hours and brutally attacked.  She was left with rope marks and other injuries,...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — An influential Afghan Shiite leader is visiting Pakistan where members of the minority sect are still reeling from the brutal killing of 11 Shiite coal miners, nine of whom were Afghan immigrants, earlier this month. The miners, who were abducted and killed by militants from the Islamic State group in southwestern Baluchistan province, were members of the minority Hazara. They were buried on Saturday, following a week of protests in Pakistan that sought to highlight the community’s plight. The visiting Afghan leader, Karim Khalili is also an ethnic Hazara. Members of the mostly Shiite community live in both Pakistan and Afghanistan and have suffered persecution from the majority Sunni Muslims in both countries. The Sunni militant Islamic State group, which is headquartered in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, as well as Pakistani Sunni militant groups have repeatedly targeted Shiites. Khalili’s visit is seen as part of an effort to repair the troubled relations between the two neighboring countries in parallel with the peace talks underway in Qatar between the Afghan government negotiators and the Taliban....
    By Charlotte Greenfield and Jibran Ahmed ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR (Reuters) - A Taliban delegation will arrive in Pakistan's capital on Monday for a three-day visit, according to official statements, as both sides in the Afghan peace process continue consultations during a break in negotiations. The Taliban delegation, led by the militant group's top political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is set to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the foreign minister during the visit, according to a Pakistan foreign office statement. Two Taliban political sources in Doha told Reuters they would also hold a meeting in Pakistan among their leadership. The Taliban last visited Islamabad in August, just before the peace talks with the Afghan government began in Doha as the United States pushed for a political settlement while it withdraws troops from the war-torn country. After reaching an agreement on procedural ground rules this month, negotiators representing the government and the Taliban are taking a break until Jan. 5 when they will continue to work on an agenda. Diplomatic sources told Reuters that both sides will continue to consult with...
    This is the moment the world's loneliest elephant had his first contact with a member of his own species in eight years after being rescued from a dilapidated zoo. Kaavan, a Sri Lankan elephant who spent three decades in captivity in Islamabad, made his new friend after being flown to a sanctuary in Cambodia last month. Touching video shows the moment the two elephants came face-to-face, reaching their trunks through the bars of their enclosures in greeting. More video showed Kaavan enjoying his spacious new enclosure, including playing on a tyre swing and dousing himself in dirt - which elephants do to protect their skin from heat and insect bites. This is the moment Kaavan (left), dubbed the world's loneliest elephant after spending eight years in solo captivity at a zoo in Pakistan, met another member of his species Kaavan (left) met the other elephant Tuesday at a sanctuary in Cambodia, where he was relocated after a years-long campaign to free him from Islamabad zoo Kaavan was born in Sri Lanka but given as a gift by the...
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Khadim Hussein Rizvi, a radical Pakistani religious scholar who this week led thousands of supporters into a sit-in in Islamabad over the republishing in France of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous, died on Thursday. He was 54. According to the cleric’s spokesman and a doctor at the hospital where Rizvi was taken to in the eastern city of Lahore, he was showing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 but had not been tested for the coronavirus. The doctor, Salman Ahmed, said Rizvi had had a high fever for four days and developed serious respiratory problems on Thursday. He was then taken to hospital where he died. The protest by Rizvi’s party, the Tehreek-e-Labiak, started Sunday on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, where protesters and Pakistani security forces briefly clashed, prompting the police to fire tear gas at stone-hurling demonstrators. The rally was one in a series held around the country to express outrage over the caricatures. After the violence in Islamabad died down, the protesters subsequently staged a sit-in...
    Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, documented its highest Chinese coronavirus positivity rate since March on Tuesday, an exclamation point on a surging wave of cases nationwide that follow weeks of Islamist mob protests against French President Emmanuel Macron for his condemnation of a jihadist beheading. Islamist Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has also attacked Macron and routinely advocates for a global law against expression that offends Muslims, reimposed a series of social distancing and hygienic measures on Pakistanis known as “standard operating procedures” on Monday to limit the spread of the virus. He did not ban political rallies, but he announced that his party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), would cancel all scheduled rallies in anticipation of the 2023 general elections. The significant rise in coronavirus cases in the country is occurring alongside similar “second wave” increases in diagnoses nationwide. In Pakistan, however, the rise also follows four weeks of organized mob behavior by Islamist groups demanding a boycott of France and political rallies by the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) that movement leaders insist will not stop on account of the...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of a radical Islamic scholar on Tuesday ended their sit-in in the Pakistani capital over the republishing in France of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous. The sit-in at the edge of Islamabad was disbanded after the protesters got assurances from the government that their demand for cutting diplomatic ties with France would be discussed in Parliament in three months. An agreement was reached between government ministers and leaders of Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party shortly after midnight Monday, after which the protesters started dispersing. The sit-in, headed by firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, started with a protest march on Sunday night from the nearby garrison city of Rawalpindi. As the protesters neared the Faizabad intersection, which connects the capital, Islamabad, with Rawalpindi, they clashed with security forces. Police fired rounds of teargas in response to stones hurled by protesters. Several policemen and protesters were reportedly injured. After the violence died down, the protesters staged a sit-in at the intersection, demanding the government recall Pakistan’s ambassador to France and...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of a radical cleric’s political party rallied on the outskirts of Islamabad on Monday demanding the Pakistani government cut diplomatic ties with France over the republishing of caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous. A sit-in Monday by supporters of Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan at an important intersection connecting the garrison city of Rawalpindi with the capital Islamabad started spontaneously. It followed the protest Sunday night organized by TLP chief Khadim Husain Rizvi. Protesters demanded the government recall Pakistan’s ambassador from France and expel the French ambassador in Islamabad. The prophet caricatures are deemed offensive by many Muslims and have sparked protests in Asia and the Middle East, with calls for boycott of French products. They were also seen as the trigger for several attacks against French nationals and interests in recent weeks. Associated Press reporters at the scene saw protesters clash with security forces on the road leading to the Faizabad intersection. The rally attracted some 5,000 people and police lobbed tear gas cannisters. Several protesters and security people were injured. ...
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have imposed a mini-lockdown in some areas of the capital, Islamabad, sealing off hot spots to contain the rising coronavirus. The government says the restrictions will remain in place until there is an improvement in the situation. Similar mini-lockdowns have also been imposed in hot spots of Pakistan’s other major cities, including the southern port city of Karachi, the eastern city of Lahore and the garrison city of Rawalpindi. But people are still ignoring social distancing rules, although authorities are fining those not wearing masks and violating social distancing rules. The latest development comes hours after Pakistan on Tuesday reported 1,637 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in the past 24 hours. The country has registered 346,476 confirmed cases and 7,000 deaths since February. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — President-elect Joe Biden, stressing health care as he prepares to take office in a pandemic, champions Affordable Care Act as it goes before the Supreme Court — Peruvian lawmakers vote to remove president over handling of the pandemic and...
    By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have imposed a mini-lockdown in some areas of the capital, Islamabad, sealing off hot spots to contain the rising coronavirus. The government says the restrictions will remain in place until there is an improvement in the situation. Similar mini-lockdowns have also been imposed in hot spots of Pakistan’s other major cities, including the southern port city of Karachi, the eastern city of Lahore and the garrison city of Rawalpindi. But people are still ignoring social distancing rules, although authorities are fining those not wearing masks and violating social distancing rules. The latest development comes hours after Pakistan on Tuesday reported 1,637 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in the past 24 hours. The country has registered 346,476 confirmed cases and 7,000 deaths since February. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — President-elect Joe Biden, stressing health care as he prepares to take office in a pandemic, champions Affordable Care Act as it goes before the Supreme Court — Peruvian lawmakers vote to remove president over handling of...
    Thousands of Muslims throughout India took to the streets Friday to protest French President Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to criminalize cartoons, resulting in about 2,000 arrests in Madhya Pradesh alone. The largest Madhya Pradesh protest occurred in the large city of Bhopal, and resulted in the arrest of lawmaker Arif Masood. Muslims in Mumbai also assembled in protest, lining the roads with photos of Macron’s face so that cars would have no choice but to run them over. As Friday is traditionally the day of the week when Muslims attend prayers at their local mosques, many convened around the world after the prayers to protest the French. In Islamabad, the capital of neighboring Pakistan, thousands attempted to storm the French Embassy, prompting police to use tear gas to hold back the crowd. The Islamic world — including, notably, governments and heads of state — has erupted with anti-French sentiment following the beheading of Samuel Paty, a French teacher, on October 16. A teen Chechen immigrant beheaded Paty after parents of Paty’s students organized to call for a fatwa on the teacher. Paty used...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s minority Hindus rallied late on Thursday in Islamabad, briefly clashing with the police, to protest the deaths of 11 members of a Hindu migrant family who died in India last month under mysterious circumstances. Since then, the dead migrants’ relatives have held small rallies in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province but this was the first time they had taken their demonstration to the country’s capital, vowing to stage a sit-in near the Indian Embassy. The protesters accuse India’s secret service of poisoning the 11 Hindus, who were found dead at a farmhouse in India’s Jodhpur district in Rajasthan state. The demonstrators arrived in Islamabad around midnight, chanting, “We want justice.” They briefly skirmished with officers who prevented them from reaching the embassy site. After the Aug. 9 deaths, Indian media reports suggested the Hindu family members, originally from Pakistan, had taken their own lives. Official Islamabad says New Delhi had not shared any reports of the case. Thursday’s rally was an unusual move for Pakistan’s Hindus, who have mostly lived without conflict with...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan was in Pakistan on Monday to express his gratitude for Islamabad’s role in helping launch the much-awaited negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan representatives, the Pakistani military said. The historic negotiations kicked off over the weekend in Qatar, a Middle East nation where the Taliban have maintained a political office for the past several years. The start of negotiations was the latest in a flurry of diplomatic accomplishments by the Trump administration ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. While the start of the talks on Saturday was mainly about ceremony, the hard negotiations on agreeing to a road map for a post-war Afghanistan will be held behind closed doors and over a number of sessions. The sides will be tackling tough issues, including the terms of a permanent cease-fire, the rights of women and minorities, and the disarming of tens of thousands of Taliban fighters and militias loyal to warlords, some of them aligned with the government. Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and a U.S. delegation visiting...
    Kaavan arrived at the Islamabad zoo in 1985. AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images Kavaan, dubbed "the world's loneliest elephant," has been given the all-clear to be relocated from the Pakistan zoo he has been kept in for 35 years. Kavaan has lived by himself in a small enclosure in the Marghazar Zoo, Islamabad, since 2012, but will now be moved in order to find a better life and companionship — likely to Cambodia. Animal welfare group Four Paws carried out the examination, with veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil saying that Kaavan was overweight despite being malnourished due to lack of physical activity, loneliness, and boredom. The Marghazar Zoo was shut in May by the Islamabad High Court after it was found to be negligent in its care for its animals. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   "The loneliest elephant in the world" has got the green light to escape the zoo he has been kept in for 35 years and be released into a wildlife sanctuary to find a better life and companionship. Kavaan the elephant was given...
    An elephant kept alone in a tiny enclosure in a Pakistani zoo will be allowed to leave after a campaign by animal welfare activists helped ensure him better conditions elsewhere.  Dubbed the 'world's loneliest elephant' by his supporters, Kaavan has languished at a zoo in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad for more than 35 years. Martin Bauer, a spokesman for Four Paws, said the elephant has been finally given medical approval to travel, most likely to Cambodia, where he will find companionship and better conditions. The overweight elephant Kaavan underwent a full medical examination at the zoo on Friday, said Bauer. Local wildlife officials and veterinarians of Four Paws International, feed Kavaan, the elephant slated to be moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia after it became the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by music star Cher, in Islamabad yesterday Amir Khalil, head of project development at FOUR PAWS International, (right) and Frank Goeritz, head of the veterinary service at Leibniz Institute for zoo and wildlife research in Berlin, take measurements of Kaavan, an elephant at the...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A prominent Pakistani journalist has been freed and was back home Wednesday, a day after armed agents intercepted his car, grabbed and whisked him away in broad daylight. The abduction drew an immediate outcry from almost all opposition parties in Pakistan, human rights activists and the journalist’s colleagues. The journalist, Matiullah Jan, known for his criticism of the country’s powerful institutions, including its military, confirmed that he was freed on Tuesday night. He told The Associated Press that he was back with his family but refused to share any details about his detention, which lasted about 12 hours. Human rights activists welcomed Jan’s release as did Pakistani minister for science and technology, Fawad Chaudhry, who had also condemned the abduction. About 10 armed men in three vehicles grabbed Jan soon after he arrived on Tuesday morning to pick up his wife from a school in Islamabad where she teaches. Closed-circuit TV footage showed the armed men surrounding his car; witnesses said he was thrown into a vehicle in broad daylight and taken away. ...
    Dr. Tom Frieden talks to CNN’s Chris Cuomo. CNN Former United States Centers for Disorder Management and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden says the country is not undertaking plenty of to continue to keep the Covid-19 pandemic at bay.“We may possibly be unwell and fatigued of keeping home, but the virus is not tired of generating us unwell,” Frieden explained to CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday. Frieden is now the CEO of Solve to Help you save Life, an initiative of world wide public wellness organization Vital Methods.  The uptick in the range of instances in sections of the US are not the result of the place accomplishing extra screening, as some Republicans, which includes President Donald Trump, have argued. As a substitute, the figures are heading up for the reason that there is much more disorder and it is spreading, Frieden stated. “The US response is just lagging,” Frieden mentioned. “We’re not carrying out what we have to have to do to maintain physically distant. We are not throughout the country scaling up get in touch with tracing as efficiently as...
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