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Blast kills 31 as Pakistanis cast ballots

Ex-cricket star may be on verge of win ISLAMABAD, July 25, (AP): A suicide bomber struck outside a crowded polling station in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, killing 31 people as Pakistanis cast ballots Wednesday in a general election meant to lead to the nation’s third consecutive civilian government. The …

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Main parties openly campaign in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 19, (Agencies): For over 25 years, maverick political leader Altaf Hussain had an iron grip on Karachi, able to bring Pakistan’s largest city to a standstill with a single phone call. But much has changed in the last five years in the coastal metropolis of 20 million …

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Pakistan suicide attack kills 130

Fears of more election violence ISLAMABAD, July 14, (Agencies): A week of bombings on political rallies has shattered the relative peace of Pakistan’s general election campaign, culminating in a devastating suicide attack that killed at least 130 people at a rally in the southwestern Baluchistan province. As campaigning intensifies, attacks …

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Pakistan to deploy 371,388 troops – ‘Hope’ for Afghan peace talks — US

KABUL, July 10, (Agencies): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday there was “now hope” for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taleban, during an unannounced visit to Kabul. Pompeo’s first visit to Afghanistan since he was sworn in as America’s top diplomat in April came amid …

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Pakistans ex-PM Sharif gets 10-yr jail term

ISLAMABAD, July 7, (Agencies): A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, in a major blow to his party ahead of general elections on July 25. The guilty verdict in …

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Didn’t choose this life – Bhutto scion

THATTA, Pakistan, July 3, (Agencies): His mother was assassinated on the campaign trail and his grandfather was executed by a military dictator, but that has not prevented Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from seeking the job they both held: prime minister of Pakistan. Oxford-educated and single, 29-year-old Bhutto Zardari is campaigning himself …

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Student stabbed 23 times in Pakistan fights for justice – Alleged attacker walks free

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 14, (AFP): A Pakistani law student has emerged as a women’s rights crusader after she was stabbed 23 times in a busy street only to see her alleged attacker walk free, igniting outrage across the deeply patriarchal country. Khadija Siddiqui, 23, survived the frenzied attack in broad …

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‘Intel chief asked me to resign’ – Sharif comments likely to further fray tense relations

ISLAMABAD, May 24, (Agencies): Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday accused a former intelligence chief of asking him to resign during opposition protests in 2014, comments likely to further fray tense civil-military relations ahead of general elections. Sharif’s allegations, made in court documents before the three-time premier read …

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Pakistan buries Texas shooting victim

Hundreds mourn Pakistani exchange student KARACHI, May 23, (Agencies): Hundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday. Sabika Sheikh was among the 10 people gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe last …

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US diplomat involved in fatal traffic accident leaves Pakistan

Islamabad, May 15, 2018 (AFP) – Pakistan has allowed a US diplomat involved in a fatal traffic accident to leave the country, an official said Tuesday, following a weeks-long standoff and street protests over the incident. The diplomat — described as the defence attache in an earlier report — departed …

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