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Pakistan police arrest six over child wedding

Multan - Police have arrested six people accused of arranging the marriage of a seven-year-old boy and six-year-old girl in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

Bicycle suicide bomb in Quetta kills at least nine

Quetta - Nine people were killed and more than 35 injured Saturday when a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up near a security forces truck in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said.

Kabul peace talks with Taliban 'expected this month': officials

Islamabad - Direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban are "expected to take place" by the end of the month, representatives from four countries involved in pre-cursor roadmap negotiations said in a joint statement issued Saturday in Islamabad.

Pakistan orders 400,000 porn sites blocked

Islamabad - Pakistan has asked Internet companies to block more than 400,000 pornography websites, officials said Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on what the top court calls "offensive content" in the Muslim-majority nation.

Pakistan's thin red line: Armed teachers in classrooms

Peshawar - Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun."This is an M20 pistol," he said.

Pakistan university attackers vow to target schools in new video

Islamabad - The Taliban faction behind a massacre at a university in northwest Pakistan this week issued a video message Friday vowing to target schools throughout the country, calling them "nurseries" for people who challenge Allah's law.

Pakistan's Supreme Court overturns ban on hunting rare bird

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court Friday overturned its decision to ban the hunting of the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac.

Pakistan mourns university massacre victims

Charsadda - Pakistan observed a day of national mourning Thursday for the 21 people killed when heavily-armed gunmen stormed a university in the troubled northwest, exposing the failings in a national crackdown on extremism.

Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Pakistan university attack

Charsadda - A chemistry teacher who tried to shield his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at a Pakistani university was known as "The Protector" even before his death in a hail of bullets Wednesday.

Timeline of deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan

Islamabad - Gunmen attacked a university in the northwestern Pakistani town of Charsadda Wednesday and police said at least 21 people were killed.The Pakistani Taliban, whose insurgency has killed thousands since it erupted in 2007, claimed responsibility.

Death toll in Pakistan university attack rises to 21, operation ended

Charsadda - The death toll in a gun and explosives attack on a university in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 21, police told AFP, adding that security forces had ended the operation against the gunmen.

Pakistani child sex abuse victims struggle to rebuild lives

- "I don't regret speaking out, but since then, people have looked at me with strange eyes," laments 16-year-old village boy Irfan.

Pakistan court acquits Musharraf of rebel leader's killing

Quetta - A Pakistani court Monday acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile, lawyers said.

Pakistan police arrest cleric for inciting boy to cut off own hand

Islamabad - Police in Pakistan have arrested an imam for inciting violence after a 15-year-old boy who was reported to have been mistakenly accused of blasphemy cut off his own hand.

Pakistan PM to visit Saudi and Iran 'to ease tension'

Islamabad - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead a high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia and Iran this week to try to ease tension between the Muslim countries, a minister said Sunday.

Mr Musclemania's dilemma: Abandon his passion or Pakistan?

Lahore - Salman Ahmed was alone in the crowd when he became the first Pakistani to win the Musclemania world bodybuilding title in Las Vegas last year, unable to afford an entourage of managers, coaches, promoters like his fellow competitors.

Pakistan executed 332 after reinstating death penalty: Report

Islamabad - Pakistan announced this week that authorities have executed 332 criminals and militants since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in 2014, the first time an official tally has been released.

Pakistani boy cuts off own hand after blasphemy mistake: Police

Lahore - A 15-year-old Pakistani boy cut off his own hand believing he had committed blasphemy, only to be celebrated by his parents and neighbours for the act, police told AFP Friday.

At least 15 dead in southwest Pakistan blast: police

Quetta - At least 15 people were killed in a blast apparently targeting police outside a polio vaccination centre in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, according to officials.

Pakistan hosts four-way talks to revive Afghan peace process

Islamabad - Pakistan Monday hosted four-country talks aimed at luring the Afghan Taliban back to the negotiating table with the Kabul government, even as the insurgents wage an unprecedented winter campaign of violence.
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