Peshawar through to 3rd successive PSL final
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Kamran Akmal's blistering half century propelled 2017 winner Peshawar Zalmi to its third straight Pakistan Super League final with a convincing 48-run victory over...
Islamabad knocks out hosts Karachi from PSL
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Defending champions Islamabad United knocked out hosts Karachi Kings from the Pakistan Super League with a four-wicket victory in eliminator 1 on Thursday.
Australian Watson carries Quetta to PSL final
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Shane Watson's all-round performance carried Quetta Gladiators to its third Pakistan Super League final with a 10-run victory over Peshawar Zalmi in the qualifier on...
Karachi cricket fans treated to Delport ton in PSL
South Africa's Cameron Delport delighted thousands of cricket-starved fans at Karachi's National Stadium with a blistering century as the Pakistan Super League returned to the country's biggest...
NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Saturday that it was returning a key diplomat to Pakistan's capital amid an easing of tensions between the nuclear neighbors, but also demanded that its archrival take...
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Interior Ministry said Tuesday that authorities arrested dozens of suspects in the wake of last month's suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40...
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the latest escalation between Pakistan and India (all times local):
Pakistan's Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested dozens of...
PSL cricket games moved from Lahore to Karachi
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Cricket Board moved three PSL matches from Lahore to Karachi on Sunday after political and military tension between India and Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):
Pakistan has handed over an Indian pilot captured after his plane was shot down by the...
The Latest: Pakistan, Turkish leaders discuss India standoff
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):
Turkish officials say Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has called President Recep...
Pakistan pledges to release captive Indian fighter pilot
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian fighter pilot, a move that could help defuse the most serious confrontation in two...
Q&A: What’s at stake as India-Pakistan tensions rise?
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan face their worst tension in years over the disputed region of Kashmir, with Islamabad saying they shot down two Indian warplanes Wednesday...
The Latest: China urges restraint from both Pakistan, India
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on India-Pakistan tensions after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times local):
Pakistan arrests provincial assembly speaker over corruption
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's anti-corruption body says it has arrested the speaker of a provincial assembly and member of an opposition party headed by former President Asif Ali Zardari.
Pakistani PM willing to talk but warns India not to attack
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister offered to hold talks with India, even as he warned New Delhi to refrain from launching any attacks on his country following last week's suicide bombing...
Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.
Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, called Iran a "chief sponsor of terrorism," saying its allegations sought to divert the attention of the Iranian people from the country's own troubles.
Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit on Sunday, arriving in Pakistan where Saudi officials signed agreements worth $20 billion to help the Islamic nation overcome its financial crisis.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and top government and military officials greeted him at Islamabad's airport, where he received a 21-gun salute. Earlier, Pakistan Air Force jets escorted Prince Mohammad's flight when he entered the country's airspace.
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Taliban say unable to attend Pakistan talks; blame blacklist
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban has postponed an unscheduled round of peace talks with the United States set for Monday in Pakistan saying "most" members of their negotiating team are unable to travel because they're on the U.S. and United Nations' blacklists.
The statement Sunday offered no other details. It did not explain how several members previously were able to travel to meetings in the United Arab Emirates and Moscow.
AP Explains: What are India’s options after Kashmir attack
NEW DELHI (AP) — With India's general election barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish archrival Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 41 soldiers in disputed Kashmir.
Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many Pakistanis, who were preparing to welcome the Saudi delegation amid extraordinary security in the capital.
India warns of ‘crushing response’ to Kashmir suicide attack
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday's bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in Kashmir.
Pakistan says Saudi prince to visit, sign investment deals
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad later this week on an official visit that is expected to include the signing of agreements for billions of dollars of investment in the South Asian country.
Pakistani premier, president back rebels in Indian Kashmir
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister and president on Tuesday offered support for rebels in the Indian part of the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir as the country staged rallies marking the annual Day of Solidarity with Kashmir.
Rallies were also held in the Pakistani-controlled sector of the territory while a Pakistani minister declared the struggle of the rebels in Kashmir a jihad, or Muslim holy war, saying it would go on until Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan.
Pakistan upholds acquittal of woman in blasphemy case
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Tuesday upheld its acquittal of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dealing a blow to radical Islamists who had staged violent mass protests last year calling for her execution.
Pakistan court to review acquittal in blasphemy trial
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The lawyer of a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for charges of blasphemy vowed to secure her freedom when the country's Supreme Court meets Tuesday to reconsider an acquittal announced last year.
Pakistan to ease restrictions on visas to promote tourism
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has announced plans to ease visa restrictions for tourists from 90 countries, including the U.S. and Europe, in a bid to revive its tourism sector, decimated by years of negligence and problems with militants.
Cabinet minister Fahmida Mirza announces the plans on Friday in Islamabad. She pledged authorities would do everything possible to ensure the safety of visiting tourists.
Graham says he’ll ask Trump to meet Pakistan, Afghan leaders
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he will urge President Donald Trump to meet with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan so that they can devise a plan to end Afghanistan's 17-year war, the U.S.'s longest military engagement.
Graham spoke at a news conference in Islamabad after meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has previously faced criticism for suggesting peace talks should include the Taliban.
US peace envoy: Washington wants to see peace in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Saturday that Washington was ready to "address legitimate concerns" of all Afghan sides in order to restore peace in Afghanistan.
Since being appointed in September, Khalilzad has met with all sides, including the Taliban, Afghan officials and Pakistan's political and military leadership in efforts aimed at finding a negotiated end to America's longest war in neighboring Afghanistan.
US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan after talks in Kabul
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's prime minister and other officials Friday as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year bloody war in Afghanistan, officials said.
The government released few details about Imran Khan's meeting with Khalilzad, saying he "reiterated Pakistan's commitment to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan."
US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement.
Kaka and Figo in Pakistan to launch World Soccer Stars event
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Soccer greats Luis Figo and Kaka arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to launch the World Soccer Stars event in a country more known for its cricket.
A private England-based group, Touchsky Group, will organize the event in late April in Karachi and Lahore with an aim toward portraying a softer image of Pakistan around the world.
Afghan envoy hopes 2019 to be year of peace for Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan president's special peace envoy expressed hope Wednesday that the war that has ravaged this country for over 17 years and cost the United States about $1 trillion will end in 2019.
However, Mohammad Omer Daudzai also cautioned there won't be peace until the Taliban, who have held several rounds of talks with Washington's special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, agree to direct talks with the Afghan government.
Official: UAE-Pakistan talks on oil refinery at end stage
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani minister says his government's talks with the United Arab Emirates on setting up an oil refinery in Pakistan "reached their final stage" during the visit of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also says Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan's visit on Sunday will further strengthen ties between the two countries. The prince and Prime Minister Imran Khan held a one-on-one meeting, followed by delegation-level talks.
Pakistan’s former PM sentenced to 7 years for corruption
ISLAMABAD (AP) — An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption on Monday, drawing criticism from his party, which said the decision was a "black stain" on the justice system.
The verdict came after Sharif was removed from power last year over corruption allegations. Sharif, who was serving his third stint as prime minister, has denied any wrongdoing.
British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan in June
ISLAMABAD (AP) — British Airways announced Tuesday it will resume flights to Pakistan in June, a decade after suspending them in the wake of the suicide truck bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens.
In a statement, Robert Williams, the BA head of sales for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, said it was going to be "exciting to be flying between Islamabad and Heathrow" again.
Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held another round of talks with U.S. officials on Monday, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives, part of the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.
Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.
He remembers the last thing she told him: "As soon as you leave, they will take me to the camp and I will not come back."
Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated."
Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said Thursday would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis and lead to tens of millions of aid dollars lost.
The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the rest are from Britain and the European Union, according to a government list seen by The Associated Press.
Pakistani PM says Afghan peace is in his country’s interest
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister has told a U.S. special envoy that peace and reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan is in his country's abiding interest but stopped short of promising to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Imran Khan and Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a resolution to the Afghan war, held talks on Wednesday in Islamabad.
Pakistan says Trump seeks help on Taliban talks
ISLAMABAD (AP) — President Donald Trump has reached out to Pakistan's prime minister, sending Imran Khan a letter seeking cooperation in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year war in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said Monday.
Trump has repeatedly accused Pakistan of failing to crack down on Islamic militants operating along the border and last month said it had harbored Osama bin Laden for years despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.
Pakistan’s currency plunges again as country seeks IMF loan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's currency has plunged further as the country is mired in a financial crisis and seeking an $8 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.
The Pakistani rupee traded at 142 to the dollar on Friday, a decline from 133.90 rupees to $1 at close of business the previous day.
AP Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China's growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars' worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the country's resources and leave it with crippling debt.
Pakistan to open new border entry for Indian Sikh pilgrims
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says his government has decided to open a new cross-border corridor to allow minority Sikh pilgrims from neighboring India to visit their temple of worship in Pakistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Thursday that the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone next week for construction to begin on the Kartarpura Crossing in the eastern Punjab province.
IMF cites progress in talks on Pakistan bailout
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund have made "significant progress" toward agreeing on an $8 billion bailout package, the Fund said Tuesday following a week of talks in Islamabad.
Pakistan summons US envoy over Trump’s remarks on bin Laden
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign ministry has summoned Paul Jones, America's top diplomat in Islamabad, to protest President Donald Trump's allegation that Islamabad harbored al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.
Tuesday's ministry statement said "such baseless rhetoric ... was totally unacceptable."
It claimed cooperation from Pakistan's intelligence service provided initial evidence that helped Washington trace bin Laden.
Missing Pakistani police officer’s body found in Afghanistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The body of a Pakistani police officer who went missing in Islamabad last month was found in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and the Afghan ambassador said.
Tahir Khan Dawar disappeared on Oct. 27 and was presumed abducted by militants. The case baffled authorities as Islamabad is one of the safest cities in Pakistan.
Dawar's body was handed over to authorities by Afghan officials at the Torkham border crossing, authorities s said Thursday.
AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians.
The minority, among Pakistan's poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation where radical religious and sectarian groups have become more prominent in recent years.