Churches burned in Pakistan after Christian accused of blasphemy

Mobs set churches ablaze and vandalized homes in Jaranwala, Pakistan, on 16 August 2023 after a Christian man was accused of descrating a Quran. EFE/EPA/Ilyas Sheikh

Islamabad, Aug 16 (EFE).- Several churches were set ablaze Wednesday in a town outside the northeastern Pakistani city of Faisalabad after Muslims accused a Christian of desecrating a Quran. Mobs also burned and sacked homes of Christians in Jaranwala in response to the allegations, which were amplified from loudspeakers at area mosques, police spokesman Mohammed … Read more

Ornaments, watches: the case of luxurious gifts of former Pakistan PM Khan

A handout photo made available by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) opposition party shows PTI chairman Imran Khan (4-L) at his residence in Lahore, Pakistan, 15 March 2023. EFE/EPA/PTI HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

By Amjad Ali Islamabad, Mar 16 (EFE).- Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is accused of keeping several state gifts received during his tenure, including expensive ornaments and luxury watches, without having paid the appropriate sum as required by the law. The gifts, which Khan retained after losing power in a no confidence motion in … Read more

Police halt arrest of former PM Khan amid clashes with supporters

Islamabad, Mar 15 (EFE).- Pakistani police said Wednesday that they have suspended an operation to arrest former prime minister Imran Khan after two days of clashes with his supporters at his home in the eastern city of Lahore. Khan is wanted by police on charges relating to undeclared state gifts he received during his term … Read more

9 policemen killed in suicide blast in southwestern Pakistan

A file picture of a policeman standing guard at a street in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in Pakistan. EFE/FILE/Waheed Khan

Islamabad, March 6 (EFE).- At least nine policemen were killed and 14 others were wounded Monday in a suicide blast near a moving police van in the restive Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan, police said. The blast occurred on the Kambri Bridge in the area bordering Sibi and Kachhi districts, according to Afzal Khan, a … Read more

Power restored in Pakistan after major breakdown

Multan, Pakistan, Jan 24 (EFE).- Electricity was restored in Pakistan on Tuesday morning after a major power outage caused a blackout across the country, including in the capital Islamabad and financial hub of Karachi. An energy ministry statement said all grid stations across the country were working now. Ministry spokesperson Sohail Atiq said power generating … Read more

Suicide bomber kills 2 in Pakistan’s tribal region

Islamabad, Dec 15 (EFE).- A suicide bomber on a motorcycle has killed at least two people, including a soldier, in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district near the border with Afghanistan, a military statement said on Thursday. Nine civilians suffered wounds in the bombing that shook parts of Miran Shah along the Pak-Afghan border region on … Read more

Pakistani Taliban announces end of ceasefire in the country

Islamabad, Nov 28 (EFE).- The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday announced a resumption of attacks in the country, thus putting an end to the ceasefire reached with the government earlier this year. The announcement is also an indication of a failure in the negotiations between the Taliban and the government. “The Ministry of Defense … Read more