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In Pakistan public education suffocates under surging population

- At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse, as a surging population overstretches the country's fragile education system.

Pakistan rejects US blacklist for religious freedom violations

Islamabad - Pakistan on Wednesday rejected Washington's decision to place it on a blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, branding the move "politically motivated" and defending its treatment of minorities.

#MeToo takes fight for gender equality to new heights: UN Women chief

Islamabad - The global #MeToo campaign has taken the battle for women's rights to "where we have never been before", the head of the UN's agency for gender equality told AFP during her first official visit to Pakistan Friday.

Pakistan will no longer fight someone else's war: Imran Khan

Islamabad - Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else's war, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday, striking a note of defiance against US demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.

Op-Ed: Military drones; the new wave raises questions

Sydney - New technologies, and more capabilities, and more punch are making drones serious military threats. Theoretically, there is no real limit to what these drains can carry, and deliver to a target.

Trump letter to Imran Khan seeks Pakistan's help in Afghanistan

Islamabad - Pakistan's foreign ministry said Monday that US President Donald Trump has written a letter to prime minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad's support in securing a "negotiated settlement" to the war in Afghanistan.

Crackdown on hardliners as Pakistan detains blasphemy protest cleric

Islamabad - Pakistani police Saturday arrested hundreds of supporters of a hardline cleric whose party recently paralysed the country with violent protests over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Women's fight for toilets in rural Pakistan

- For as long as she can remember, Ayeesha Siddiqua has fought her male relatives for access to toilets -- but a sanitation drive by new premier Imran Khan could make life easier for women in patriarchal Pakistan.

Crackdown on hardliners as Pakistan detains blasphemy protest cleric

Islamabad - Pakistan authorities launched a crackdown Saturday against hundreds of supporters of a hardline cleric whose party recently paralysed the country with violent protests over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Suicide blast kills at least 31 in Pakistan market

Peshawar - At least 31 people were killed and 50 wounded when a suicide blast ripped through a crowded marketplace in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region Friday, officials said.

Four killed as gunmen attack Chinese consulate in Karachi

- Four people were killed on Friday when gunmen armed with hand grenades and a suicide vest stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi, officials said, with the attack claimed by a separatist group which branded Beijing "an oppressor"...

IMF team ends Pakistan visit as talks continue

Islamabad - A team from the International Monetary Fund concluded its visit to Pakistan Tuesday, the government said, adding that "substantive progress" had been made but talks will continue on a possible bailout.

Imran Khan hits back after Trump's 'tirade' on Pakistan

Islamabad - Pakistan leader Imran Khan hit back Monday at Donald Trump's claim that Islamabad does not do "a damn thing" for the US, calling on the president to name an ally which has sacrificed more against militancy.

Asia Bibi: Pakistani Christian woman in limbo after blasphemy verdict

Islamabad - A week after being freed from jail, Asia Bibi -- a Pakistani Christian woman on death row for eight years for blasphemy -- remains in limbo, with negotiations apparently under way to allow her to leave the country despite objections from Islamist hardl...

Woman at centre of Pakistani blasphemy row leaves jail

Islamabad - A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail after an acquittal that triggered Islamist protests, but is still in Pakistan, officials said Thursday amid appeals for her to be offered asylum.

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi freed from jail: lawyer

Islamabad - Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, has been freed from jail, her lawyer said Thursday.

IMF team in Pakistan as China pledges economic aid

Islamabad - An International Monetary Fund team arrived in Islamabad Wednesday for talks on a possible IMF bailout, even as Pakistan insisted it had solved its immediate balance of payments crisis.

Pakistan blasphemy Christian still in jail one week on

Islamabad - One week after the country's highest court ordered her release, a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was still in prison Wednesday, with no immediate prospect of freedom.

Pakistan PM under fire for deal with hardliners in blasphemy row

Islamabad - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will return home to a deepening political crisis Monday, with pressure mounting over a deal struck with Islamists hardliners that analysts say has eroded faith in his government.

Husband of Pakistan blasphemy case woman pleads for asylum

Islamabad - The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman at the centre of a divisive blasphemy case has pleaded for international help to leave the country, saying he feared for his family's safety.
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