Pakistani police arrested the leader of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) and more than 300 members of this Islamist party, which paralysed the country for three days after the announcement of Asia Bibi’s acquittal, sources said on Saturday. TLP leader “Khadim Hussain Rizvi was taken into police custody by the police and transferred to a house,” tweeted…

At least 31 people were killed and more than 50 injured on Friday in an attack in a market in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas, local officials reported. “An artisanal device, hidden in a vegetable box, exploded, killing 31 people and injuring more than 50 others,” a local administrative official told AFP Ameen Ullah. “We are…

The US has carried out a total of 409 drone attacks in Pakistan since January 2004, killing 2,714 people and injuring 728 others, a media report said on Friday. The attacks over the years have targeted the areas of Bajaur, Bannu, Hangu, Khyber, Kurram, Mohmand, North Waziristan, Nushki, Orakzai, and South Waziristan, Dawn reported. Majority…

Asia Bibi, whose acquittal a week ago pawned the wrath of Islamists, who had paralysed Pakistan for three days, is still in prison, prison sources told AFP on Wednesday. The Christian, sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010, “is still in Multan prison” (centre), said Zawar Hussain Warraich, Minister of Prisons of Punjab Province, of…

Pakistani Asia Bibi’s husband, acquitted after ten years in prison for “blasphemy”, criticized Saturday, November 3, 2018, the agreement reached the day before by the government with the Islamists, which compromises his wife’s release. This agreement, after three days of demonstrations against the acquittal of this Christian woman initially sentenced to death, “should never have…

Pakistan remained largely paralyzed by Islamists protesting against the acquittal of the Christian Asia Bibi on Friday, November 2, although the powerful army called on them not to abuse its patience. All major roads and highways in the country were closed to traffic on Friday, while traffic on secondary roads appeared to be reduced as…

The powerful Pakistani army warned extremists protesting against the acquittal of Christian Asia Bibi on Friday that Army’s “patience” had limits, as Islamists block several cities for the third consecutive day. The army’s tolerance has reached “a limit,” said its spokesman, General Asif Ghafoor, on Friday, while one of the leaders of the demonstrators called…

Pakistan has tried to remain neutral as Syria, Yemen and the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar have inflamed tensions in the Middle East. Pakistan is now finding out it may no longer be able to sit on the sidelines. Pakistan is poised to re-enter the quagmire of Middle East politics, having sat warily on the sidelines…

Radical Islamists announced demonstrations on Wednesday and threatened Pakistan’s Supreme Court judges if they acquitted on appeal the Christian Asia Bibi, the best-known blasphemy death row inmate in Pakistan. If she were to be released, “Pakistani Muslims will take appropriate action before the judges (…) and lead them to a horrible end,” said officials of…