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Polish Ice Warriors tell of defeat by Pakistan's Savage Mountain

Islamabad - Pummelled by weeks of hurricane-force blizzards and sub-zero temperatures -- not to mention high-altitude disputes -- the elite climbers known as Poland's Ice Warriors gave in: K2 remains unclimbed in winter, one of mountaineering's final frontiers.

Ousted Pakistan PM's brother takes charge of ruling party

Islamabad - The brother of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif formally took charge of the country's ruling party Tuesday, a day after being outmanoeuvred in elections for Senate chairman -- sparking accusations of foul play.

Into the dark: Climber recounts terrible choice on Pakistan mountain

Islamabad - Engulfed in a blizzard at 6,000 metres, Denis Urubko screamed into the vast darkness on Pakistan's "killer mountain" -- then, through the wind came a woman's faint reply, setting up a daring late-night rescue.

Polish mountaineers call off winter K2 summit bid

Islamabad - A team of Polish mountaineers attempting the first winter summit of K2, the world's second highest peak, have called off their bid citing bad weather, after a drama-filled expedition which made international headlines.

Pakistan elects first female Dalit senator

Islamabad - Pakistan elected its first female senator from the lowest Dalit caste in weekend polls which also saw the ruling party strengthen its hand ahead of a general election in the Muslim-majority country.

Pakistan to 'devise strategy' to stay off terror financing list

Islamabad - Pakistan will develop a strategy to avoid being put on a global terror financing watchlist, the finance minister said Monday, after China and Saudi Arabia deserted Islamabad over the issue at a recent meeting in Paris.

Maverick climber calls off 'suicidal' solo bid to summit K2

Islamabad - Russian-Polish climber Denis Urubko has called off his attempt to summit K2 alone during winter, a post on his former teammates' Facebook page said Monday, after a weekend drama saw him begin what another climber had called a suicide mission.

Mountaineer attempts first winter solo summit on K2

Islamabad - A Russian-Polish mountaineer has launched the first solo attempt to summit Pakistan's K2 -- the world's second-highest park -- during winter, in what fellow climbers described as a reckless decision.

Pakistan acquits 12 men accused of child sex abuse

Lahore - A Pakistani court acquitted 12 men of child sex abuse and blackmail charges on Saturday, the latest verdict in a massive paedophilia scandal that rocked the country in August 2015.

Pakistan avoids financial watchlist over militancy funding: minister

Islamabad - Pakistan has narrowly avoided being targeted by a global watchdog over terrorism financing, the foreign minister said, after reports that the US had supported a motion to place its ally on the group's watchlist.

Dying young in Pakistan, where babies face the highest risk

Islamabad - In the neonatal intensive care department of an Islamabad hospital, scrawny infants struggle for survival -- victims of a vacuum in resources and education in the country with the highest newborn mortality rate in the world.

Pakistan child killer handed four death sentences

Lahore - A Pakistani court Saturday handed four death sentences to a man charged with raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, in a case that shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district.

Pakistan lays 'moral compass' Asma Jahangir to rest

Lahore - Pakistan bid farewell to its top rights advocate Asma Jahangir Tuesday, with thousands cramming into a major cricket ground under tight security to grieve the diminutive woman described by many as the country's "moral compass".

Pakistan officials arrest gang in spinal fluid scam

Islamabad - Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market.

Pakistan Taliban says deputy chief killed in US drone strike

Islamabad - The deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a US drone strike, the militant group said in a statement Monday, as Washington continues to intensify attacks along the Afghan border region.

Top Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

Lahore - Leading Pakistani human rights advocate Asma Jahangir has died, her family said Sunday, in a major blow to the country's embattled rights community. She was 66.The lawyer and former UN special rapporteur died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister....

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan: refugees' choice

Peshawar - Death awaits you in Afghanistan, says refugee Mohammad Wali, insisting he prefers to endure a grim existence in a Pakistani camp than return home and be killed.

Pakistan court hands out death sentence over blasphemy lynching

Haripur - A Pakistani court sentenced one person to death and five others to life imprisonment on Wednesday for lynching a student accused of blasphemy, a crime which sent shockwaves through the conservative Muslim country.

Pakistani killing unleashes rage over extrajudicial murders

Karachi - The killing of a young social media star in Pakistan's chaotic port city of Karachi has unleashed festering anger at a rash of alleged extrajudicial murders and the police accused of orchestrating them.

Bomb kills eight Shiites in NW Pakistan

Peshawar - A roadside bomb on Tuesday killed eight people including three women and a child in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, in the latest attack apparently targeting Shiite Muslims.
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