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Spate of attacks shake Pakistan's dwindling Sikh community

Chichawatni - Pilgrims descended from all over the world on a small town in Pakistan that is home to one of Sikhism's holiest sites this week, dipping into holy spring water and solemnly offering prayers.

China gets 40-year rights to Pakistan port, access to Arabian Sea

Gwadar - China is investing over $1.62 billion on Pakistan's Gwadar Port facility and the added infrastructure, including an expressway, international airport, breakwater and cargo terminal. In return, Beijing will have the right to operate the port for 40 years.

'U.S. national' shot, wounded in Pakistan's Karachi

Karachi - A woman identified by police as a U.S. national was shot and wounded in Karachi Thursday, officials said, with leaflets found at the scene claiming the attack on behalf of the Islamic State group.

Gunmen kill 20 labourers in SW Pakistan: officials

Quetta - Gunmen have killed 20 construction workers in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, shooting them at point blank range after identifying they were not local, officials said Saturday.

Pakistan frees Mumbai attacks 'mastermind,' angering India

Islamabad - Pakistani authorities have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on bail, officials said Friday, in a move that swiftly drew furious condemnation from India.

Pakistan parliament rejects Saudi call to join Yemen coalition

Islamabad - Pakistan's parliament on Friday urged the government to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its coalition against Shiite Huthi rebels.

Pakistani kills 10 including ex-fiancee in dowry dispute: police

Peshawar - A man in northwest Pakistan gunned down his former fiancee and nine of her relatives Sunday, police said, six months after murdering his own parents and two brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.

Pakistan army battles Taliban for strategic valley

Peshawar - High in the mountains along the Afghan border, Pakistan's fight against Taliban militants is focusing on their last, fearsome redoubt -- the notorious Tirah Valley, home to renegades and rebels for centuries.

The USA meets Chile April 1 in World Polo Championship final

Santiago - The U.S. and Chile advanced Tuesday to the World Polo Championship final to be played at Santiago de Chile. The Chilean and American teams will meet today (Wednesday) for the gold medal while England and Brazil will contest third place.

Doctors' group says 1.3 million killed in U.S. 'War on Terror'

A group of international physicians' organizations has published a study concluding US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed more than 1.3 million people.

Pakistan kills 34 militants in air strikes

Islamabad - Pakistan's military said it killed 34 militants Wednesday in air strikes on a tribal region near the Afghan border as part of a major offensive against insurgents that began last year.

Statue of Buddha's death discovered in Pakistan

Peshawar - Archaeologists in Pakistan have unearthed the largest statue ever found at the site of Takshashila, the ancient university, depicting the the death of Buddha.

Pakistan executes 10 death-row prisoners

Islamabad - Pakistan on Tuesday hanged 10 convicted murderers from prisons across the country, the highest number in a single day after the government lifted a six-year-old moratorium on capital punishment, officials said.

Taliban attacks on Pakistani Christian district kill eight

Lahore - Eight people were killed and more than 50 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Pakistan Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

Pakistan court orders release of Mumbai attacks suspect

Islamabad - A Pakistan court on Friday cancelled a detention order against the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, potentially paving the way for his release.

Pakistan raids MQM political party offices in Karachi

Karachi - Pakistani security forces raided the offices of the main political party in Karachi on Wednesday, seizing a "huge quantity" of weapons and arresting activists, including one accused of murdering a journalist.

Pakistan lifts death penalty moratorium

Islamabad - Pakistan has lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, officials said Tuesday, after restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of a Taliban school massacre.

Global fears grow with building of nuclear reactor in Karachi

Karachi - China has reportedly signed an agreement with Pakistan to supply two nuclear reactors to the energy-starved country, despite an international ban on supplying nuclear technology to the country.

Pakistan arrests 45 Indian fishermen: Police

Karachi - Pakistani marine forces have arrested 45 Indian fishermen for violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, police said Saturday.

Pakistan parents arrested for not getting children polio vaccine

Peshawar - Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed this past weekend because they refused to get their children vaccinated against polio. As of Tuesday, 471 people have been thrown in jail out of a list of 1,000 "chronic" refusal cases.
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