Pakistan says Saudi Arabia wants warplanes, warships, soldiers for Yemen

Apr 6, 2015

Pakistan says Saudi Arabia wants warplanes, warships, soldiers for Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen has asked Pakistan to contribute soldiers, Pakistan’s defense minister said Monday, raising the possibility of a ground offensive in the country. Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif made the comments as Pakistan’s parliament debates whether to contribute ...

Mar 27, 2015

Pakistan mulling Saudi request to send troops to Yemen

Pakistan said Thursday it is considering a request from Saudi Arabia to contribute troops to a Gulf-led operation against militants in Yemen who have seized large swaths of the country. A delegation of high-level Pakistani officials, including Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, is expected ...

Pakistan: Short-range nukes needed to deter India

Mar 24, 2015

Pakistan: Short-range nukes needed to deter India

Pakistan needs short-range “tactical” nuclear weapons to deter arch-rival India, a top adviser to its government said Monday, dismissing concerns it could increase the risk of a nuclear war. Khalid Kidwai also rejected concerns over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, insisting that adequate ...

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Mar 19, 2015

Japan pledges $16.2 million in aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan refugees

Japan will provide $16.2 million in assistance to back U.N. activities for the welfare of people displaced from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas. The announcement was made Tuesday at a joint ceremony attended by Japanese Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Takashi Katae and U.N. Resident ...

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead

Mar 18, 2015

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead

A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility. Samiullah Afridi represented Dr. Shakil Afridi, who was jailed in 2012 ...

12 Taliban involved in Pakistan school attack arrested

Feb 13, 2015

12 Taliban involved in Pakistan school attack arrested

Pakistan announced the arrest of 12 members of the Pakistani Taliban militant group over their alleged involvement in a deadly attack on a Pakistani school, an army spokesman said Thursday. Another nine members of what is believed to be a 27-member cell have already ...

Feb 11, 2015

Australia's highest court rules Pakistani refugee can stay

Australia’s highest court has ordered the government to allow a Pakistani refugee to make Australia his home, ruling that he could not be refused a visa simply because he arrived by boat. The unanimous decision of the High Court’s six judges on Wednesday was ...

NGO tries to save South Asian relics

Jan 30, 2015

NGO tries to save South Asian relics

by Yugo Hirano

From the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-daro to Buddhist Gandhara art, South Asia is rich in cultural heritage but under threat from economic sprawl and a lack of restoration capabilities. To help preserve cultural sites at risk, a group of Japanese archaeologists has set ...