DHAKA/COLOMBO, March 21: Bangladesh tightened border controls while Sri Lanka arrested more than two dozen people for violating a nationwide curfew as part of increased efforts on Saturday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in densely populated South Asia.
ISLAMABAD/COLOMBO, March 18: Pakistan’s prime minister has urged calm after its tally of coronavirus cases rose to 245 while Sri Lanka sealed itself off and shut its stock market on Wednesday, fuelling fears that South Asian countries are struggling to stem the pandemic.
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan, Jan 30: Terror attacks in Pakistan plummeted by more than 85% over the last decade. It’s a welcome statistic for the country, but one that risks being overshadowed by international concern over its efforts to curb terror funding and lingering militant activity that could test any future peace agreement in neighboring Afghanistan.
KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Contenders India and Pakistan will face off in the final of men’s volleyball at the 13th South Asian Games after Pakistan defeated its semifinal competitor Bangladesh on straight sets 3-0.
LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 4: A Pakistani court granted bail on Monday to Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been held in custody while facing trial on corruption charges, Sharif family lawyers said.
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31: A fire broke out on a train in Pakistan on Thursday when a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, killing at least 13 people, some as they jumped from the moving train to escape the flames.
KARACHI, Oct 24: India and Pakistan signed an agreement on Thursday allowing Indian pilgrims to cross the border to a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed rivals at a time of tension and clashes elsewhere on their frontier.
LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 24: Pakistan’s main opposition party said on Thursday the health of its leader, jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is deteriorating and the government is victimising him by delaying treatment as part of a campaign against him and his family.
SRINAGAR, India, Oct 20: India said on Sunday two soldiers and a civilian were killed in cross-border shelling with Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region, while Islamabad said six died on its side, making it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked Kashmir’s special status in August.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28: Insisting he wasn’t making a threat, Pakistan’s leader denounced his Indian counterpart on Friday and warned that any war between the nuclear rivals could “have consequences for the world.” India’s prime minister took the opposite approach, skipping any mention at the United Nations of his government’s crackdown in the disputed region of Kashmir.
NEW YORK, Sep 28: Foreign ministers of India and Pakistan avoided each other at an informal meeting of SAARC foreign ministers in New York on Thursday, dashing hopes that the much-awaited meeting amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions could pave the way for icebreaker dialogue between the two countries.
KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal, Mazhar Javed, has said that situation in Jammu and Kashmir had grown serious after the Indian government decided to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted autonomy to local people in these territories.
ISLAMABAD, Aug 30: Cities around Pakistan came to a standstill on Friday as tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets in a government-led demonstration of solidarity with the disputed region of Kashmir, after India revoked its autonomy this month.
NEW DELHI, Aug 29: Just before midnight on the eve of the biggest political change in Indian-administered Kashmir in decades, authorities shut down internet access, mobile and landline phones and cable TV in the disputed region home to 12.5 million people.
ISLAMABAD, Aug 27: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering a complete closure of air space to India and blocking Indian land trade to Afghanistan via Pakistan, the minister for science and technology said on Twitter.
Kashmir Valley includes territories under control of India, Pakistan and China. It has a history of being ruled by outsiders with different faiths—Hinduism and Islam particularly. In 1819, it came under Sikh kingdom of Punjab while Ranjit was the king then under the Hindu Dogra rulers in 1846. The Sikh kingdom defeated by the East-India Company, which sold it to the Raja of Jammu, Gulab Singh. King Hari Singh, the descendant of Gulab Singh, later signed annexation treaty with the Union of India.
KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Pakistan has asked Nepal to play its role as the chair of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for peace and stability in the region amid its renewed tension with India after New Delhi altered the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
NEW DELHI, August 20: U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of India and Pakistan on Monday, discussing prospects for improved trade ties with Washington and stressing the need to reduce tensions over Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 15: The U.N. Security Council is due to meet behind-closed-doors on Friday at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, diplomats said.
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, August 14: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to accuse India of planning military action in the disputed Kashmir region that has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
ISLAMABAD, Aug 14: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan used an address celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday to criticise India for its actions in the disputed Kashmir region that has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
The performance by famous Indian singer Mika Singh and his troupe at a wedding of a billionaire's daughter apparently close to former president General Pervez Musharaff of Pakistan has caused a furore, amid strained ties between Pakistan and India.
NEW DELHI, August 11: Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir will bring in trucks of essential supplies for an Islamic festival next week, as the divided Himalayan region remained in a lockdown Saturday after India’s decision to strip it of its constitutional autonomy.