Islamabad reax as Pakistan plans to free Indian pilot

Reaction from Islamabad as Pakistan says it will release a captured Indian pilot in a “peace gesture”, taking a step towards rapprochement as clashes between the nuclear-armed rivals ignited fears of a disastrous conflict.

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thousands of travellers were stranded in Bangkok on Thursday when Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India.

Tourists stranded as Thai Airways cancels flights over Pakistan

Thousands of holidaymakers are stranded in Bangkok after Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad suddenly closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India. IMAGES of people at Suvarnabhumi airport

EU urges ‘maximum restraint’ from India, Pakistan after strike

The spokeswoman for EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini calls on New Delhi and Islamabad to exercise “maximum restraint” after Indian warplanes attacked a militant camp in Pakistan. SOUNDBITE from Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson of Federica Mogherini

Saudi crown prince arrives in Islamabad

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman is greeted by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at the airport in Islamabad, as the powerful royal scion kicks off an Asia tour. IMAGES

Violent protests in Jammu after deadly attack on Indian soldiers

Sporadic protests break out across India, including Jammu where vehicles and tyres are burned in response to the deadly attack carried out by militants that killed at least 41 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir. India has accused Islamabad of harbouring the militants behind the bombing, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowing a “heavy price” for those responsible.

Valentine’s Day trade slow in Pakistan

Flower and balloon sellers in Islamabad say business has been slow ahead of Valentine’s Day in Pakistan, where the event has grown increasingly popular but has been banned from being promoted in recent years.

Pakistan: 30 years after Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’

It’s been thirty years after Iran called for the killing of Salman Rushdie, the British novelist behind “The Satanic Verses”, the novel which triggered mass protests from London to Islamabad.