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Pakistan's Ahmadis battle mob and state for identity

Islamabad - "Are these the people with bullets who took my papa away?" two-year-old Sabiha Ahmad asked her mother anxiously when AFP visited her family, members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi minority, who are currently living in hiding.

Pakistan female fighter pilot dies in jet crash

Islamabad - One of Pakistan's few female fighter jet pilots was killed in a training crash Tuesday, the air force said in a statement, adding that she was the first of its women pilots to "embrace martyrdom".

Execution of disabled Pakistani man delayed for fourth time

Islamabad - A disabled Pakistani murder convict was given a fourth stay of execution late Tuesday just hours before he was due to be hanged, as rights activists slammed Islamabad for a executions spree on track to see 300 deaths in under a year.

Children study under open skies as quake rocks education in Pakistan

Peshawar - Ishtiaq Khalid is having a snow day, forced to stay home from his school in the Pakistani district of Shangla due to inclement weather -- but unlike most 12-year-olds, he is not happy about it.

Uneasy calm in Pakistani city after weekend of sectarian violence

Jhelum - Officials in a Pakistani city hit by sectarian riots called a meeting of religious clerics Sunday to defuse tensions as scores of Ahmadi Muslims reportedly fled after a weekend of violence.

Mob torches factory in Pakistan following blasphemy accusation

Lahore - An angry mob in Pakistan's Punjab province torched a factory after one of its employees was accused of committing blasphemy, police officials said on Saturday.

Pakistan school massacre survivors to France: 'You are not alone'

Peshawar - The survivors of Pakistan's deadliest-ever terror massacre have expressed solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks, describing those responsible as "animals" who had "nothing to do with Islam".

Pakistan train derails '16 dead, 100 injured'

Quetta - At least 16 people were killed and more than 100 hundred injured on Tuesday when a train derailed in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, administration and railway officials said.

China's new Silk Road: boom or dust for Pakistan?

- A glossy highway and hundreds of lorries transporting Chinese workers by the thousands: the new Silk Road is under construction in northern Pakistan, but locals living on the border are yet to be convinced they will receive more from it than dust.

Pakistan air strikes 'kill 15 militants'

Peshawar - Pakistan airforce jets on Saturday bombarded militant hideouts in a restive northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan killing at lease 15 suspected insurgents, security officials said.

Teenager found alive 50 hours after Pakistan factory collapse

Lahore - Rescuers in Pakistan have pulled a teenage boy alive from the rubble of a collapsed factory near Lahore 50 hours after the structure toppled, officials said on Saturday.

Hopes fade for survivors of Pakistan factory collapse

Lahore - Hopes of finding more survivors in the rubble of a collapsed Pakistani factory were fading as darkness fell Thursday, with rescuers warning the death toll would likely rise as they dig further down through the debris.

Pakistan factory collapse kills 16, dozens trapped: official

Lahore - At least 16 people were killed and 40 injured when a factory collapsed near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore Wednesday, officials said, with around a hundred more still trapped.

Election violence kills 11 in Pakistan: Officials

Karachi - An armed clash between supporters of rival political parties left at least 11 people dead during local government elections in Southern Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

'How would your kids survive?' Fears for Chitral's quake victims

Utmanzai - In the village of Charun Ovir in Pakistan's Chitral district, one of the worst hit by a powerful earthquake this week, children are sleeping on the frosty mountainside, surrounded by the rubble of their flattened homes.

'Are we not Pakistanis?' Quake survivors appeal for aid

- Desperate survivors bracing for a fourth freezing night in the rubble of their earthquake-flattened homes appealed for aid Thursday as the Pakistan government said thousands more houses had been damaged than previously thought.

Pakistan quake survivors help themselves in race against winter

Chitral - Digging through the rubble of an earthquake less than three months after being devastated by floods, residents of the northwestern Pakistan district of Chitral cannot afford to wait for government help.

Pakistan Supreme Court issues blasphemy warning

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court has called on the state to ensure that hundreds of people facing imprisonment and even execution under controversial blasphemy laws have not been falsely charged, often by enemies wanting to settle personal scores.

Third night in the cold for Afghan-Pakistan quake survivors

Swat - Entire communities of earthquake survivors in Afghanistan and Pakistan were spending a third night without shelter in plummeting temperatures Wednesday, with fears growing for children sleeping in the open as rescuers struggled to reach remote mountain...

Pakistan earthquake survivors relive trauma of 2005 disaster

Muzaffarabad - The massive earthquake that hit Pakistan and Afghanistan Monday caused panic among survivors of a 2005 quake disaster, with parents describing frantic efforts to reach their children for fear "doomsday" had come again.On October 8, 2005 a 7.
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