Articles by Asad Hashim

News Religion Asia Pakistan Jan 20, 2022

Pakistani court sentences woman to death for WhatsApp ‘blasphemy’
Asad Hashim

Muslim woman convicted for sharing images deemed to be insulting to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and one of his wives. Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani court has sentenced a Muslim woman to death for committing “blasphemy” by sharing images deemed to be insulting to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and one of . . .

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News Coronavirus pandemic Asia Pakistan Jan 20, 2022

Pakistan places new restrictions amid rise in COVID cases
Asad Hashim

The restrictions include a ban on indoor gatherings and any indoor dining at restaurants starting Thursday. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani authorities have placed new restrictions on gatherings and in some schools in major cities in a bid to control the rapidly rising cases of the country’s fifth w . . .

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News Human Rights Asia Pakistan Jan 14, 2022

HRW slams Pakistan over dissent crackdown, alleged rights abuses
Asad Hashim

Imran Khan’s government has come under fire from rights groups within and outside the country since he came to power in 2018. Islamabad, Pakistan – In a new annual report, international human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has lambasted the Pakistani government for expanding a crackdow . . .

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News Armed Groups Pakistan Taliban Asia Pakistan Jan 11, 2022

Senior Pakistani Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan: Official
Asad Hashim

Karachi, Pakistan – A senior leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban or TTP) has been killed in eastern Afghanistan, Pakistani security officials say, as a peace talks process between the armed group and the government remain stalled. In a statement, the Pakistani Taliban, said th . . .

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News Asia Pakistan Jan 10, 2022

Pakistan sets up committee to investigate Murree tourists deaths
Asad Hashim

The committee has a week to determine responsibility after at least 21 people died in freezing temperatures. Karachi, Pakistan – A committee has been created by the Pakistan government to investigate the lapses that led to the deaths of at least 21 tourists in a snow-induced traffic jam in the north . . .

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News Asia Pakistan Jan 09, 2022

Snow-trapped tourists rescued in Pakistan
Asad Hashim

Karachi, Pakistan – Authorities say they rescued all stranded tourists in the northern hill station of Murree after heavy snow trapped thousands in their vehicles and killed at least 21 people. “All stranded vehicles have been checked [and] all people in those vehicles shifted to relief camps,” said . . .

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Economy News Aviation Asia Europe Pakistan Jan 07, 2022

Pakistan flag carrier applying to resume Europe flights: Minister
Asad Hashim

Aviation minister says PIA application follows the International Civil Aviation Organization clearing the airline in a safety audit. Karachi, Pakistan – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national flag carrier of the South Asian country, expects to restart European flight operations, suspend . . .

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News Coronavirus pandemic Asia Pakistan Dec 13, 2021

Pakistan confirms first case of Omicron COVID variant
Asad Hashim

The WHO says the Omicron variant has been detected in at least 63 countries around the world since its discovery last month. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani health authorities have confirmed the detection of the country’s first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a week after the South A . . .

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News Pakistan Taliban Asia Pakistan Dec 10, 2021

Pakistani Taliban ends ceasefire, future of peace talks uncertain
Asad Hashim

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group unilaterally announces end to month-long ceasefire with the Pakistani government. Islamabad, Pakistan – The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) armed group, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has unilaterally announced an end to a month-long ceasefire with the Pak . . .

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News Pakistan Taliban Taliban Afghanistan Asia Pakistan Dec 08, 2021

In Pakistan’s borderlands, Taliban quietly expanding influence
Asad Hashim

With Afghan Taliban now controlling neighbouring Afghanistan, Waziristan residents say they fear a return to life under Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. His concerns are slightly more serious: Nadeem is standing guard against the Pakistani Taliban. In the Waziristan districts, however, such talk is being . . .

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