Pakistan’s Christians call for protection, unity after Easter bomb

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 29 : A year ago, Wasif Masih, 16, had a narrow escape when a suicide bomber from a faction of the Pakistani Taliban blew himself up during Sunday worship outside his church in a Christian neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore. This past Easter Sunday, […]

Taliban faction taunts Pakistan PM after Easter Day bombing

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Mar 29 : The Pakistani militants who bombed a Lahore park on Easter Sunday, killing 70 people, taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today, declaring their war had come to his doorstep. The military has said it is hunting the Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction and has carried out several raids since the suicide […]

Linked to Taliban and IS, Pakistani group seizes notoriety with bomb in park

By Jibran Ahmed and Kay Johnson PESHAWAR, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, Mar 28 : The Taliban faction that killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday has been quickly gaining attention in militant circles. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’s recent rise to prominence – Sunday’s attack was the fifth it has claimed since […]

Facebook stumbles again with ‘Safety Check’ after Lahore blast

By David Henry Undated,Mar 28 : Facebook Inc apologized to users on the other side of the world from suicide bombing in Pakistan who received computer-addressed notices asking if they were safe. Facebook users as far away as New York and Virginia showed notifications they received on social media site Twitter. “Unfortunately, many people not […]

Pakistan blasphemy killer’s supporters clash with police near parliament

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Mar 27 : – Hundreds of hardline Muslim activists in Pakistan set fires near parliament and clashed with police today to protest the execution of a man they consider a hero for assassinating a governor over his criticism of harsh blasphemy laws. Police fired tear gas at the protesters, who had […]

Ten dead, 30 injured in blast outside park in Pakistan’s Lahore

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 27 : A blast killed 10 people outside a public park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political heartland of Punjab, rescue officials said. Police said the nature of the blast was not clear. “At least 10 people have been killed in […]