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Czech govt paid $6 mn ransom for two women held in Pakistan: Report

Prague - The Czech government paid a $6-million (5.4-million-euro) ransom to secure the release last year of two women kidnapped Pakistan, the Respekt weekly reports in its Monday edition.

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.

10 Indian army soldiers missing in Himalayan avalanche

Srinagar - Rescuers searched Wednesday for 10 soldiers feared buried in an avalanche in India's remote Himalayas near the de facto border with Pakistan, an army spokesman said.

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.

Obama urges 'serious' action against Pakistan extremists

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama has urged Pakistan to show it is "serious" about crushing extremist networks operating on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined the need for more decisive action.

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 PM voices 'deep concern' in Saudi over Iran tensions

Riyadh - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday expressed "deep concern" to Saudi King Salman over escalating tensions between the Sunni kingdom and predominantly Shiite Iran.

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.

British PM attacks isolation of Muslim women

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday said more needs to be done to help Muslim women learn English to tackle discrimination and gender segregation in their communities.

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.

India, Pakistan delay talks after air base attack

New Delhi - India and Pakistan said Thursday they have postponed talks after a fatal attack on an Indian air base that New Delhi blames on a banned Pakistan-based group.

Seven Afghan troops dead after siege near Pakistan consulate

Jalalabad - Seven Afghan forces were killed Wednesday when militants launched an hours-long gun and bomb siege near Pakistan's consulate in Jalalabad city, just days after four-country talks in Islamabad aimed at reviving Taliban peace negotiations.

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.

Pakistan tells Kerry it will reveal truth of attack on India airbase

Islamabad - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured US Secretary of State John Kerry that his country is investigating the deadly attack on an Indian air force base and will soon "bring out the truth", officials said.

Pakistan to host four-way talks aimed at reviving Afghan peace process

Islamabad - Four-way talks aimed at reviving dialogue between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban will be held in Islamabad on Monday, officials said, with Pakistani authorities set to unveil a list of insurgents willing to negotiate.

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for top Islamist leader

Dhaka - Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for crimes during its 1971 independence struggle, paving the way for his execution within months.
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An 18 year old Pakistani women is taken to the hospital after she set herself on fire upon learning her alleged rapist had been freed by police.
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After the brutal attack on their neighborhood, Christians peacefully protested in Lahore, Pakistan
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The blue dot in the center shows the area where Pakistan and China performed their joint military operations. Bannu, to the west, has been the most recent site of Pakistan's attacks on terrorist. The white line also to the left is the border with Afghanistan, and Kabul can be seen even west and north of it. The capitol of Pakistan, Islamabad is to the right of the area.
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A Pakistani soldier took this photo from a cell phone showing the tanks that were being prepped to become IEDs.
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14-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai
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Imran Khan, legendary Cricket player, now takes part in a Pakistani political party and is attempting to aid the Zindagi Trust with government school reform throughout the country.
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Rimsha Masih, Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy still in danger despite bail
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A scene from the film Midnight's Children
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Iftikhar Chaudhry - Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court
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YouTube still of a six-legged baby born in Pakistan
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The recent flooding in Pakistan has devastated large areas of the country.
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Muafia Bibi's family, seen here in the back of a police van, turned themselves in to police after murdering the newlywed and her husband.
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Background photo: Central Jail in Peshawar. — Inset Photo: Dr Shakil Afridi, a government surgeon who helped the CIA uncover Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts. Pakistani authorities have sentenced Pakistani doctor to 33 years in jail on charges of treason
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Nawaz Sharif - Former Prime Minister and Head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)
Nawaz Sharif - Former Prime Minister and Head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)
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