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Exiled Politician Tells His Pakistan Party He is Still Boss

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik LONDON, Nov 27 – His grip on the powerful Pakistani party he has run for decades under threat, maverick politician Altaf Hussain said from self-imposed exile that he was still in charge and foes within his party would be rejected by voters in a 2018 general election. The sweltering metropolis of Karachi

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Twelve Dead in Huge Blast at Pakistani Ship-Breaking Yard

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Nov 1  – At least 12 Pakistani workers were killed and more than 50 injured on Tuesday after a huge blast ripped through an oil tanker at a ship-breaking yard, trapping others inside the vessel, local officials said. The leader of a ship-breaking workers union said fire had engulfed the

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Gunmen Kill Four at Shiite Muslim Gathering in Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 29 – Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least four people at a religious gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack claimed by the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al Alami faction. The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad

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MQM Party Headquarters Sealed by Pakistan Forces after TV station Attack

KARACHI, Aug 23 – Pakistani paramilitary forces have sealed the headquarters of a powerful political party in the commercial hub of Karachi and detained five of its top leaders, after supporters of the party stormed the office of a television channel. Supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) rushed to the office of ARY News on

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Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility for Karachi Military Killings

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, July 27 – A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s killing of two military officers in the southern city of Karachi, a spokesman for the Islamist group said. The killings were the latest attacks in the busy port city of 20 million people, where paramilitary forces have been cracking

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Noted Pakistani Sufi Singer Shot Dead in Karachi

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, June 23 – Motorcycle-borne gunmen on Wednesday shot dead an acclaimed Pakistani singer in the busy port city of Karachi, police said, two days after masked men kidnapped the son of a top provincial judge. Karachi, a metropolis of about 20 million people, is home to Pakistan‘s stock exchange and central

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Kidnappers Snatch Son of Top Provincial Judge in Pakistan

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, June 21 – Masked men kidnapped the son of a senior Pakistani judge in the southern port city of Karachi, police said on Tuesday, suspecting the victim could be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations to free imprisoned Islamist militants. Awais Ali Shah, the son of Sindh High

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Slumbering Pakistani Steel Giant Shows Why State Sell-Offs are Stalled

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Tommy Wilkes KARACHI, Feb 17  – Once the producer of almost half the country’s steel needs, state-owned Pakistan Steel Mills’ (PSM) cavernous factory buildings on the outskirts of Karachi stand eerily still. A 4.5 km-long conveyor belt that once carried coal from the nearby port is idle and blast furnaces rest

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