Pakistan

Pakistan Says Arrests Militants Over Indian Air Base Attack

ISLAMABAD, Jan 13 – Pakistan said on Wednesday it had arrested several members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which is suspected of masterminding an attack this month on an Indian air base. News of the arrests comes 48 hours before a rare meeting of foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed rivals is tentatively scheduled to take

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Blast Kills 14, Injures 20 Near Pakistan Polio Centre

QUETTA, Jan 13 – A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people, most of them police, outside a polio eradication centre in Pakistan’s western city of Quetta on Wednesday, police said following the latest militant attack on the anti-polio campaign in the country. The bomb ripped through a police van that had just arrived at

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Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 – Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies. Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in

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Four-Country Talks on Taliban to Begin in Pakistan

By Amjad Ali ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 – Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to begin talks on Monday aimed at restarting the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting the Taliban insurgents. Officials from the four countries will meet in Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office sources said, in what

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Pakistan Expels Bangladeshi Diplomat Amid Worsening ‘Spy’ Row

DHAKA, Jan 7 – A Bangladeshi diplomat will leave the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Thursday, officials said, amid a deepening row between the two countries that has also seen a Pakistani diplomat in Dhaka expelled after being accused of spying. Maushumi Rahman, the political counsellor at the Bangladeshi high commission in Islamabad, was declared

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Saudi Foreign Minister Heads to Pakistan as Iran Tensions Deepen

By Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister arrives in Pakistan on Thursday, where he will meet leaders of a government keen to defuse spiraling sectarian tension between the Sunni-majority kingdom and Shiite Iran. Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric on Saturday has inflamed tension across the Middle East and

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California Shooter’s Visa Record Shows Routine Interview, No Flags Raised

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Jan 7 – The record of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik’s U.S. visa interview in Pakistan shows it was conducted without any obvious irregularities and triggered no significant suspicions, according to a source familiar with the official State Department file. The apparent lack of anything untoward in Malik’s interview in Pakistan

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Bangladesh Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence for Islamist Leader

DHAKA, Jan 6 – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist party leader on Wednesday for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan more than four decades ago, a government lawyer said. Four opposition politicians, including three leaders of the Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted by

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Cry, For My Son, For His Freedom

A Pakistani immigrant recounts her struggle since the arrest of her son for plotting a terrorist attack, and her husband’s subsequent detention by immigration authorities By Fatima Bhojani On August 14, 2009 he wrote: “I am trying to stay strong. Ma, today I talk to you and you were crying a lot I know you

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