Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 : More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, in a book unveiled by the government on Tuesday. For years, the South Asian nation has been plagued by violence by Islamist militants, who often use suicide bombers and preach that their […]

Pakistan’s Baluchistan region elects new chief minister amid turmoil

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan 13 : Pakistan’s volatile Baluchistan province elected a new chief minister on Saturday, days after the previous leader was ousted in a blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of the 2018 polls. Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo, former deputy speaker of the provincial assembly and member of […]

Two dead in protests over Pakistan girl’s rape and murder

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Jan 10 : Two civilians were killed when officers fired live rounds to disburse crowds that attacked a police station in Pakistan on Wednesday in a protest over the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl. Police recovered the body of Zainab Ansari on Tuesday from a garbage dumpster in […]

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 : A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his country’s military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by security services. Taha Siddiqui, who reports for France 24 and is the Pakistan […]

Anti-establishment Pakistani journalist escapes kidnap attempt

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 : A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his country’s military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by the security services. Taha Siddiqui, who reports for France 24 and is the […]

Seven killed, 23 injured in Pakistan blast aimed at police truck

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan 9 : A bomb went off in the centre of the Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of the province of Balochistan, killing seven people and wounding 23 on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said. The blast targeted a police truck close to a high security area where the provincial […]