US warns of possible attack in Islamabad amid security fears
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad on Sunday warned its staff of a possible attack on Americans at a top hotel in Pakistan's capital as the city was already on high alert following a suicide bombing earlier in the week. The U.S. government is aware of information that “unknown individuals are possibly plotting to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad sometime during the holidays," the embassy said in a security alert. The advisory banned its American personnel from visiting the popular hotel over the holidays. Read more: Afghan forces shell border town, killing 6: Pakistani army The U.S. mission also urged all personnel to refrain from non-essential travel in Islamabad during the holiday season. The embassy directive came two days after a suicide bombing in a residential area of the capital killed a police officer and wounded ten others. The explosion happened when police stopped a taxi for inspection during a patrol. According to the police, a rear seat passenger detonated explosives he was carrying, blowing up the vehicle. Militants with the Pakistani Taliban, who are separate from but allied with Afghanistan's rulers, later claimed the attack. Read more: Pakistan launches operation to free officers held by Taliban Islamabad's administration has since put the city on high alert, banning public gatherings and processions, even as campaigns are ongoing for upcoming local elections. Police have stepped up patrols and established snap checkpoints to inspect vehicles across the city. A suicide bombing targeted the capital's Marriott Hotel in September 2008, in one of the deadliest such incidents in the capital. Attackers drove a dump truck up to the hotel's gates before detonating it, killing 63 people and wounding over 250 others.
Pakistani PM invites Hasina to visit Islamabad
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit his country as the two leaders met in London during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth ll. “Pakistan prime minister several times invited our prime minister to visit Pakistan,” Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem reporters. Read: Govt commits to strengthening social services workforce for protection of children Bangladesh prime minister also briefly spoke with several world leaders, including Indian President Droupadi Murmu. Hasina also held long discussion with former British prime minister David Cameron. Cameron expresed interesr to visit Bangladesh, Muna said.
Islamabad keen to boost ties with Dhaka exploring untapped potential
Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Imran Ahmed Siddiqui has said his country wants to boost ties with Bangladesh by exploring untapped potential and reviving all the old connections saying Pakistan can benefit from Bangladesh’s development.
No. 11 batter Musa snatches 1-wicket PSL win for Islamabad
The No. 11 batsman Mohammad Musa snatched a one-wicket win for Islamabad United against Lahore Qalandars with one ball left, and defending champion Quetta Gladiators survived an early batting collapse to beat Karachi Kings by five wickets, in Pakistan Super League matches on Sunday.
Former champions Islamabad, Peshawar earn 1st PSL wins
Former champions Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi earned their first victories in the Pakistan Super League on Saturday.
Bangladesh Mission celebrates Bangabandhu's birth centenary in Islamabad
Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad celebrated the symbolic launch of countdown of birth centenary celebration and Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Friday with due solemnity.
Bangladesh missions celebrate Bangabandhu birth centenary countdown
Bangladesh high commissions in Islamabad and New Delhi, Deputy High-Commission in Kolkata and embassy in Hanoi celebrated the inauguration of the countdown for celebrating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.