New Delhi: Among thousands of anxious BJP supporters gathered at the party headquarters on a humid Friday to pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, there were a few who believed that the former Prime Minister’s distinctive character lay not in political conquests, but in his being “charmingly apolitical.” K.S. Sheshadri came from Bengaluru. A senior government …

Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was on Friday elected Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister in a vote in the country’s National Assembly, three weeks after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the highest number of seats in the general election. Khan, 65, secured 176 votes out of the total 272 cast in polling in the lower house, while …

New Delhi: Tens of thousands of commoners joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in the final journey to bid adieu to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been cremated with full state honours at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of Yamuna river. The journey began around 2 p.m., an hour behind schedule, …

Port Louis: In an unprecedented gesture, the government of Mauritius will fly both the Mauritian and Indian national flags at half mast on Friday in honour of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Following the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the government has decided that both the Mauritius and India flags will remain at …

New Delhi: Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be remembered for his bold peace initiatives and also for the nuclear tests in 1998 — many foreign newspapers on Friday wrote about the late former Indian Prime Minister who passed away on Thursday. Pakistan’s influential daily Dawn on its front page wrote that Vajpayee “was idolised in Pakistan as …