Umar Farooq

Pakistan to outlaw violent Islamist group that rails on blasphemy

Apr 14 2021

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -Pakistan is to outlaw a hardline Islamist group that railed agaisnt blasphemy to rise to prominence, the interior minister said on Wednesday, the third day of violent protests that killed two police officers and wounded 340.

Pakistani PM Khan criticised over comments blaming 'obscenity' for rape

Apr 08 2021

ISLAMABAD Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing a backlash from rights groups as well as his two ex-wives for remarks over the weekend linking the country's high incidence of rape to "obscenity" in society.

Pakistan court lifts ban on social media app TikTok

Apr 01 2021

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan A high court in Pakistan said the country's telecommunications authority can lift a block on social media app TikTok, after government officials said the company was working with them on monitoring what they called "immoral" content.

Pakistani PM rules out general lockdown

Mar 31 2021

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday ruled out a general lockdown while acknowledging the country was going through a third wave of the pandemic.

Pakistan's outgoing Finance Minister tests positive for COVID-19, as hospitals near capacity

Mar 30 2021

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's outgoing finance minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has tested positive for COVID-19, the third senior government official to do so in 24 hours, a week after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced he himself had contracted the virus.

Pakistani judge orders blasphemy probe against organisers of Women's Day march

Mar 26 2021

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan A judge in the Pakistani city of Peshawar ordered police on Friday to open an investigation into the organisers of a march marking International Women's Day over allegations they committed blasphemy.

Pakistan Prime Minister Khan criticised over meeting as COVID-19 cases rise

Mar 26 2021

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan faced widespread criticism for holding an in-person meeting with his aides five days after testing positive for COVID-19, as the country on Thursday reported the highest single day rise in infections since the peak of the first wave in June last year.

Pakistan to start private imports of CanSino COVID-19 vaccine for sale

Mar 22 2021

ISLAMABAD A private company in Pakistan will begin receiving shipments of China's CanSino Biologics COVID-19 vaccine this week for commercial sale, an official at the company's local partner told Reuters on Monday.

Pakistani province plans to build pilot crypto currency mining farms

Mar 18 2021

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is planning to build two hydroelectric-powered pilot "mining farms" to capitalise on a bullish global cryptocurrency market, a minister overseeing a new government crypto policy told Reuters on Wednesday.

Pakistani Taliban threaten organisers of Women's Day March

Mar 12 2021

ISLAMABAD The Pakistani Taliban on Friday threatened women's rights activists who organised demonstrations to mark International Women's Day in the country, accusing them of blasphemy and obscenity.

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