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A girl is snatched away as payment for a family debt

MIRPUR KHAS, Pakistan, Dec 24, (AP): The mother rummages through a large metal trunk, searching for a picture of her young daughter taken away in the night to be the bride of a man who says the family owed him $1,000. Beneath the blankets, clothes and silver ornaments that she …

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Pakistan’s Afridi says arrest of an Indian fan ‘shameful’

Karachi, Dec 21, 2016 (AFP) – Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Wednesday the arrest of an Indian student for wearing a shirt bearing his name was “shameful”, but would not deter the subcontinent’s cricket-mad fans from supporting rival players. Ripon Chowdhury, 21, was arrested on Sunday in Hailakandi, a small …

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Pakistan’s national carrier mocked for goat sacrifice

Islamabad, Dec 19, 2016 (AFP) – Pakistan’s embattled national carrier has been widely mocked for sacrificing a goat next to a plane to ward off bad luck, weeks after one of the country’s worst air disasters. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) turboprop plane built by European manufacturer ATR plummeted into …

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Pakistan grounds French-built ATR planes after fatal crash

Islamabad, Dec 12, 2016 (AFP) -Pakistan’s national carrier Monday grounded its 10 French-built ATR turboprop planes after a crash last week killed 47 people and a second aircraft reported technical issues shortly before it was supposed to take off overnight. Pakistan International Airlines flight 661 smashed into a hillside in …

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11 dead, 75 injured in Pakistan hotel fire

Karachi, Dec 5, 2016 (AFP) -A pre-dawn fire at a hotel in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi on Monday killed at least 11 people and wounded 75 others, police and a doctor said. Among the dead were four women while the injured included some foreigners. “We have received 11 dead …

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Sectarian attacks leave two dead in Pakistan’s Karachi

Karachi, Nov 27, 2016 (AFP) -Unknown gunmen killed a senior police officer and a manager of a flour mill in two separate sectarian attacks in Pakistan’s southern port city Karachi on Sunday, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Traffic Police Faiz Ali Shigri and mill manager Sajid Sheikh were each shot …

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Pakistani sectarian militant faction says working with IS, Qaeda

ISLAMABAD, Nov 25, (AFP): A Pakistani sectarian militant faction says it is working with both Islamic State jihadists and al-Qaeda to carry out attacks in the country. Ali Bin Sufyan, a spokesman for the Al Alami faction of the homegrown Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) group, said the militants would work with “whoever …

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Outcry as Pak deports Turks

ISLAMABAD, Nov 18, (Agencies): Pakistan’s decision to deport dozens of Turkish teachers was “politicallymotivated”, Amnesty International said Thursday, and sparked small demonstrations in major cities as Turkey’s president wrapped up a state visit to the country. Pakistan confirmed Wednesday it had ordered the deportation of 130 teachers along with school …

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Pak doc transplants hope to millions for free – At 79 Dr Rizvi fuelled by love of his job

KARACHI, Nov 17, (AFP): Camped on the baking concrete outside a gleaming transplant centre, Karachi’s sick have come from miles around in desperate hope for a last chance at life. There, Dr Adibul Rizvi provides free medical care to hundreds of thousands of people each year, providing a much-needed alternative …

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ISIS flourishes, recruits in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Nov 13, (AP): The Islamic State group is increasing its presence in Pakistan, recruiting Uzbek militants, attracting disgruntled Taleban fighters and partnering with one of Pakistan’s most violent sectarian groups, according to police officers, Taleban officials and analysts. Its latest atrocity was an attack Saturday on a Sufishrine in …

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