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Islamic group faces pressure after gatherings raise virus fears

Islamabad - An Islamic missionary movement is at the centre of a growing controversy in South Asia after it repeatedly held massive gatherings despite warnings about the coronavirus.

Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions rise

Islamabad - Pakistan's army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory.

Hundreds of abandoned animals die at Pakistan pet markets

Karachi - Abandoned when Pakistan's largest cities went into lockdown, hundreds of caged cats, dogs and rabbits have been found dead inside pet markets hurriedly shuttered as the coronavirus spread.

Dozens of doctors demanding virus safety equipment arrested in Pakistan

Quetta - More than 50 doctors protesting the lack of safety equipment as they battle the coronavirus were arrested Monday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police and physicians said.

20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

Lahore - Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.

Four acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder rearrested pending appeal

Islamabad - Four men acquitted in the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan have been rearrested and will stay in jail while prosecutors appeal the ruling, officials said.

Death sentence overturned for Briton convicted over Daniel Pearl murder

Karachi - A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the death sentence for British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been convicted over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl.

Pakistan approves military deployment to curb virus

Islamabad - Pakistan on Monday authorised the army to deploy across the country and in the capital Islamabad in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Pakistan halts international passenger flights for two weeks

Islamabad - Pakistan announced Saturday it is suspending for a fortnight all international passenger flights into and out of the country in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Pakistani pilgrims decry squalid coronavirus quarantine camp

Lahore - Hundreds of Pakistanis who returned home from a pilgrimage to Iran are stuck in filthy coronavirus quarantine camps with limited medical care, and fear squalid conditions are helping spread the disease.

Pakistan fighter jet crashes in capital during parade rehearsal

Islamabad - A Pakistani F-16 fighter jet crashed in Islamabad Wednesday, killing the pilot, during a rehearsal for a national day military parade, officials said.

Chaotic week after US-Taliban deal leaves Afghans' fate unclear

Islamabad - A US-Taliban deal that was supposed to kickstart peace talks between the insurgents and the Kabul government is looking flimsier by the day, with fighting raging across Afghanistan and no one sure about what comes next.

Pakistan's 'biggest feminist' under fire after sexist tirade

Lahore - He calls himself "Pakistan's biggest feminist", but soap-opera writer Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar sparked a national row this week after he hurled abuse at a women's rights activist on live television.

Pakistan building collapse kills at least 11: officials

Karachi - At least 11 people were killed and 22 others wounded when a five-storey residential complex collapsed in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Thursday, leaving additional victims trapped in the rubble.

Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Punjab - Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

Bin Laden doctor launches hunger strike in Pakistan

Islamabad - The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track and kill Osama bin Laden has launched a hunger strike from his prison cell, his lawyer and family said Monday.

'Fear and panic' as virus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

Islamabad - With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran.

Pakistan no longer a militant safe haven: PM Imran Khan

Islamabad - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted Monday that his country is no longer a militant safe haven, and said his administration fully supports the Afghan peace process.

UN's Guterres calls for 'transformational change' on climate

Islamabad - Governments must deliver decisive actions and "transformational change" to combat global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday, blasting a recent climate summit in Madrid.

In 'mini Kabul', Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan

Peshawar - Afghan boys sell fresh fruit on carts, signs are written in Dari or Pashto, and restaurants in the bustling bazaar sell Afghan dishes such as Kabuli pulao.But this "mini Kabul" is in Pakistan, which this week marks 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees.
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