Angry Pakistani airline passengers have forced two lawmakers off a plane for delaying its departure by almost two hours, sparking a passionate debate about the country`s so-called `VIP culture` after footage was posted online.
With the government launching a crackdown on protesters led by Imran Khan, the cricketer- turned-politician on Tuesday appealed to the Supreme Court to save Pakistan from anarchy saying the country is heading towards civil war.
President Xi Jinping, who had put off his visit to Islamabad due to the political turmoil there on Friday assured all-weather ally Pakistan that China has always seen the bilateral relations with it as a diplomatic priority.
Nearly 260 people have been killed and more than one million affected due to rains and devastating floods in Pakistan with authorities racing against both time and tide to limit destruction, officials said on Wednesday.
At least 65 militants were killed on Wednesday as Pakistani air force jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, where the military is mounting a major offensive against the Taliban militants.
Islamabad: Nearly half a million people in Pakistan have been hit by the deadliest flood in the country's history that has claimed 243 lives, as authorities braced to save major towns along the swollen Chenab river, which has left a trail of devastation.
Flood waters submerged thousands of homes after the Chenab river rose dramatically over the weekend, rendering people homeless.
Severe damage has been caused by the Jhelum and Chenab rivers, which swelled after heavy monsoon rainfall last week.
The showers which started last week continued through the weekend in Punjab and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The major damage has been done in Punjab.
More than 4,36,000 people have been affected in Punjab and 30,000 in PoK due to flooding.
The death toll from the devastating floods triggered by heavy monsoon rain today rose to 241, a National Disaster Management Authority official said.
The NDMA said 168 people have been killed in Punjab, 64 in PoK and 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The victims include 12 worshippers who were killed today when a two-storey mosque in a densely-populated area of Lahore collapsed.
More than 400 people have been injured in floods and rain-related incidents.
Army and civilian rescue agencies mounted relief efforts to get villagers to safety with the help of helicopters and boats.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who visited the flood-hit areas in the province, said the floods were the "deadliest in the history of Pakistan".
Although the rains have stopped, the flood waters are likely to submerge hundreds of more villages. Pakistani authorities were bracing for worsening conditions as water level in the Chenab was rising.
The immediate attention is on Trimmu barrage in Jhang district, where Jhelum river joins Chenab.
The two rivers are carrying more than 900,000 cusec water against the maximum 700,000 cusec capacity of Trimmu.
After Jhang, the central city of Multan is also on the flood list.
Dunya TV reported that only option to save the city is to create several breeches in the embankments of the river, which will flood several more villages and hamlets.
Chenab has left a trail of devastation in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha and Khushabad and Jhang districts.
The Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Indus Water Commission (PIWC), Indus River System Authority (Irsa) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met yesterday to review coordination in rescue efforts.
The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has issued as many as 350-400 visas to Pakistani businessmen to participate in the 2nd edition of 'Lifestyle Pakistan' exhibition to be held here from September 11.
Over 200 people were killed and nearly 400 injured in floods and rain-related incidents in Pakistan, mainly in Punjab province, with four days of torrential downpour leaving a trail of death and devastation.
In the wake of growing political instability in the country, Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that matters were now out of politicians` hands and the military alone was capable of resolving the ongoing crisis in Pakistan.