Pakistan

Death Toll in Pakistan Blast Rises to 24

By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan Dec 13 (Reuters) – A blast killed 24 people and injured 70 in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, and a banned Sunni Islamist group claimed responsibility for the attack. “This is revenge for the killing of Muslims by the Syrian president and Iran,” said Ali

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Blast in Northwestern Pakistan Kills 10, Injures 50

By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan Dec 13 – Ten people were killed and at least 50 injured in a blast in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, but it was unclear which militant group was responsible. Parachinar has a large Shiite population, unusual in Sunni-majority Pakistan, and locals have expressed fears

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Attack on Kandahar Airport Base by Taliban Kills 37 Civilians

By Sayed Sarwar Amani and Ismail Sameem KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed and wounded in fighting at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar after an overnight attack by Taliban insurgents that security forces had not entirely suppressed nearly 24 hours later. With final mopping up operations

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Afghan, Pakistan Leaders Hold Unyielding Positions at Meet

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 – Leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan held firm to positions on their troubled ties at a conference on Afghanistan’s future on Wednesday that risked being overshadowed by a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s biggest city. The “Heart of Asia” meeting, an annual gathering of Asian and other countries to pledge

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Fate of Afghan Taliban Leader Remains Unclear

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 4 – Conflicting reports have deepened uncertainty surrounding the fate of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after the insurgent Islamist group repeatedly denied he had been wounded in a gunfight after a dispute with other senior leaders. Several sources in the Taliban have said that Mansour, whose claim

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Let My Country Awake

Bangladesh is slowly being riven apart BY Nazmus Sakib Nirjhor When his autopsy had drawn to a close, the doctors at the Forensic Department of Dhaka Medical College declared that there were signs of fatal strikes to the head of Faisal Arefin Dipan; his spinal cord had been severed. Dipan was the owner of Jagriti

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Meet to Discuss Restarting Peace Talks With Taliban

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan met in Paris on Monday to discuss ways to resurrect peace talks with Taliban insurgents and to improve relations between the neighbours that soured earlier in the year after a string of militant attacks in Kabul. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s

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Gunmen Shoot Two Pakistani Soldiers in Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, Dec 1 – Gunmen killed two Pakistani soldiers in the southern city of Karachi on Tuesday, the military said, a rare attack on the powerful army that could indicate the beginning of a push-back against a tightening crackdown on violence. The two were shot on a busy road in

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Pakistan Aims to Raise $379 million in New Taxes to Meet IMF Targets

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – Pakistan must raise an extra $379 million through new tax measures, the finance minister said on Monday, as the government seeks to qualify for its latest IMF loan tranche. Earlier this month, the IMF approved the release in December of a $502 million tranche of Pakistan’s three-year

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