Allow Taliban to open office in Pakistan: Imran Khan

Islamabad: Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the Pakistani Taliban should be allowed to open an office in the country so that peace talks could be held with the militants. Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, asked the PML-N government to declare a ceasefire if it is serious about holding talks with militants. Khan, who has often been accused of being soft on the Taliban, said: “People voted for the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf because they want peace.” “At the All Parties Conference, all political parties decided to talkRead More

Nawaz Sharif led PML-N return to power in Pakistan

Islamabad: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant return to the centre stage of Pakistani politics at a time when the country is bedeviled by immense problems ranging from a tanking economy, corruption to Taliban insurgency. The PML-N is now comfortably placed to form a coalition government, setting up an unprecedented third term as premier for Sharif who is set to return to power at a time when Pakistan is facing several major challenges, including growing extremism, a strong Taliban presence in the country’s northwest, rampant corruption, uneasy relationsRead More

Court Restores Shahbaz Sharif as Punjab CM

Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday issued orders to restore Nawaz Sharif’s brother, Shahbaz, as chief minister of the country’s Punjab province. The directives are part of a review of a court ruling last month that banned PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz from holding elected office due to convictions they faced in the past. The suspension of the ban restores Shahbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Punjab province which was the venue of a venomous terror attack on a police training school on Monday. Welcoming the court directives ShahbazRead More

Pak Protesters March despite Government Ban

In what easily is the biggest ever challenge faced by PPP co-chair and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, thousands of PML-N supporters started a four-day anti-government march from Karachi on Thursday, the 1,500 km protest march is headed for the federal capital Islamabad. A thick security blanket has engulfed several Pakistani cities, in wake of the protest march call issued by former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Plain-clothes policemen baton charged activists at several places and forcibly took them away after cramming them into vans. In a belligerent mood, Sharif’s supportersRead More