October 18, 2013 |
KARACHI, Pakistan - The first Pakistani film up for Oscar consideration in half a century faces 75 foreign-language rivals from around the world, many made with much larger budgets and far slicker marketing campaigns. It must survive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's winnowing process that narrows the field to five before the envelope opens at the Dolby Theatre on March 2. For the filmmakers of the low-budget "Zinda Bhaag" set in the back alleys of Lahore, however, getting the film into Pakistan's few cinemas and showing the world a different side of their country is in itself a big win. The movie opens Friday in Los Angeles "Just seeing something positive come out of Pakistan beyond war and terror, when there are so many problems, something beyond guns and jihadis , is an achievement," producer Mazhar Zaidi said.
August 27, 2011 |
Gunmen on Friday kidnapped the son of a liberal provincial governor assassinated this year in retaliation for his opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law. The abduction of Salman Taseer's son Shahbaz in the eastern city of Lahore raised concern that Islamic extremists were intent on targeting members of the Taseer family, some of whom have continued to speak out against intolerance in Pakistani society after the Punjab province governor's slaying...
February 2, 2011 |
A Pakistani judge Tuesday barred authorities from releasing an American Consulate official accused of double murder despite the U.S. government's insistence that diplomatic immunity shields him from prosecution. Five days after Raymond Davis shot to death two Pakistani men in the eastern city of Lahore in what he said was self-defense, authorities here showed no signs of bowing to demands from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad that the 36-year-old be freed because he is a diplomat and therefore cannot be tried on criminal charges.
March 16, 2011 |
A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan was acquitted and released on Wednesday after a deal to pay "blood money" to the victims' families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters. The deal ends a long-simmering diplomatic standoff between Pakistan and the United States. "The court first indicted him but the families later told court that they have accepted the blood money and they have pardoned him," Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters.
May 29, 2005 |
After living several months with Muslims in rural Pakistan last year, I saw the birth of my inner mullah. And it hasn't gone away. By "mullah," I mean the leaders who want to tie Pakistan and the Muslim world to a strict reading of Islamic law. I mean the people who were restrained by police last weekend in Lahore as hundreds of women staged a historic run for women's rights, jogging in street clothes and even high heels through the city. Women in sports isn't un-Islamic, the runners said.
July 18, 2009 |
Psst -- don't tell anyone, but there's still another part of Pakistan, an oasis of striking beauty all but free of the turmoil, Taliban militancy, suicide bombers and security fears that have gripped much of the rest of the country. Clocks here in Skardu in northern Pakistan, an hour's flight from Islamabad, may display the same time as their counterparts in the capital, or in Lahore and Karachi.
May 27, 2011 |
In a clear sign of Pakistan's deepening mistrust of the United States, Islamabad has told the Obama administration to reduce the number of U.S. troops in the country and has moved to close three military intelligence liaison centers, setting back American efforts to eliminate insurgent sanctuaries in largely lawless areas bordering Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The liaison centers, also known as intelligence fusion cells, in Quetta and Peshawar are the main conduits for the United States to share satellite imagery, target data and other intelligence with Pakistani ground forces conducting operations against militants, including Taliban fighters who slip into Afghanistan to attack U.S. and allied forces.
September 8, 2010 |
A powerful suicide bomb blast Tuesday tore through a police compound in the northwestern Pakistani town of Kohat, killing at least 14 people, the latest in a string of attacks carried out by Islamic militants as the government and security forces are struggling to cope with this summer's catastrophic floods. The bombing in Kohat, situated between Taliban strongholds in Pakistan's tribal areas and the volatile city of Peshawar, was the fourth such strike in the country in a week.
November 15, 2011 |
Once the foreign policy face of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has severed ties with the country's ruling party and is now eyeing a new political life, possibly with a rising party led by former cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan. Qureshi, a former stalwart within President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, announced his departure from the party and his resignation as one of its lawmakers. At odds with the PPP since his ouster as foreign minister in February, Qureshi has been talking with Khan about joining his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)