South Asia

South Asia

Maldives court frees former president Yameen

Jailed former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen was freed yesterday after the High Court overturned his conviction and 11-year prison sentence on graft and money-laundering charges.

2d ago

X blocked in Pakistan over nat’l security

Pakistan’s interior ministry said yesterday it blocked access to social media platform X in February on national security concerns, confirming a long-suspected shutdown.

3d ago

Nobel Peace Prize winner Maguire nominates Burmese activist Zarni for 2024 prize

Peace activist and 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire has nominated the UK-exiled Burmese human rights activist and genocide scholar Maung Zarni for the prestigious prize

5d ago

Gunmen kill Pakistani once linked to murder of ‘Indian spy’

Gunmen shot dead a man once charged with the 2013 killing of an Indian national jailed in Pakistan for alleged spying, according to officials and a police report, against a backdrop of fraught relations between the rival South Asian powers.

5d ago

At least 11 killed by gunmen in Pakistan's Balochistan

Nine people from Punjab were killed near Noshki, Balochistan in the early hours of Saturday, when gunmen forced them off a bus they were travelling in and shot them, officials said. Another attack on a separate vehicle killed two people

1w ago

17 killed as truck carrying pilgrims plunges into ravine in Pakistan

At least 17 people were killed while over 40 sustained injuries after a truck carrying pilgrims plunged into a ravine in Balochistan’s Hub district on Wednesday, officials said

1w ago

Cross-border raids / Pakistan denounces India HM’s remarks

Pakistan yesterday denounced “provocative remarks” made by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in which he said India would enter Pakistan to kill anyone who escapes over its border after trying to carry out militant attacks.

2w ago

Toshakhana Case: Imran Khan’s jail sentence suspended

A Pakistani court yesterday granted former prime minister Imran Khan an appeal of his conviction for graft and suspended his 14-year jail sentence, his lawyer said, a relief for his embattled party which had won most seats in February’s national polls.

2w ago

Liquor Policy ‘Scam’: Kejriwal moved to jail

Senior opposition Indian politician Arvind Kejriwal was moved to a high-security prison yesterday after his arrest last month, a case supporters say is politically motivated and that comes ahead of elections.

2w ago

‘Modi trying match-fixing in this election’

Indian opposition parties yesterday united to protest against the arrest of a prominent leader weeks before a national election, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party of rigging the vote and harassing them with large tax demands.

2w ago

China halts work on two projects after deadly attack

Chinese contractors have halted construction on two major dam projects in Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed five Chinese engineers and a Pakistani driver this week,

3w ago

6 Pak HC judges alleges coercion by spy agency

Six Pakistan High Court judges have accused the nation’s intelligence agency of intimidating and coercing them over “politically consequential” cases in a letter seen by AFP yesterday.

3w ago

Five Chinese dam workers, driver killed in Pakistan

A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers working on a dam project in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing six people, police said, the third major attack on Chinese interests in the South Asian country in a week.

3w ago

Bangladesh high commissioner to Pakistan asked to return home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) yesterday asked Md Ruhul Alam Siddique, currently serving as the high commissioner of Bangladesh to Pakistan, to return home

3w ago

Pakistan ex-PM Imran predicts govt’s fall in 4 to 5 months

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan does not see the incumbent government lasting more than four to five months, and believes that its fall will pave the way for his release from Adiala Jail.

US warns Pakistan on ties over election irregularities

The United States said Wednesday that relations with Pakistan will suffer if it does not probe irregularities in last month's election and rerun votes if needed

Explosion in Pakistan coal mine kills 12 miners

Twelve miners were killed and eight rescued after an explosion in a coal mine in south-western Pakistan, officials said today

2 Pakistan miners killed, 8 feared dead in gas explosion

Two bodies have been pulled from a collapsed mine in southern Pakistan, rescuers said Wednesday, with eight more people feared dead

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