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Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan's pop pioneer turned preacher, dead at 52

Islamabad - Junaid Jamshed, a pioneer of Pakistani pop who renounced music to become a Muslim evangelist and started one of the country's most successful clothing boutiques was among 47 people killed in a plane crash Wednesday.

Pakistan plane issued Mayday call before deadly crash

- A Pakistani aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board, authorities said, as they began collecting DNA Thursday to identify victims.

Pakistan plane carrying 48 crashes killing all on board

Islamabad - A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday in the country's mountainous north and burst into flames killing everyone on board, authorities said, in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the nation's history.

Spain smashes another fake police ring that robbed tourists

Barcelona - Spanish police said Wednesday they had smashed a criminal gang of Iranians and Pakistanis who preyed on tourists in Barcelona by posing as police, just days after dismantling a similar ring in Madrid.

Pakistan plane carrying 48 crashes, reportedly on fire

Islamabad - A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday in the country's mountainous north and burst into flames, authorities said, as rescue workers pulled dozens of bodies from the wreckage and officials expressed little hope for survivors.

11 dead, 75 injured in Pakistan hotel fire

Karachi - A pre-dawn inferno at a four-star hotel in Pakistan's Karachi killed 11 people on Monday and wounded 75, police said, with desperate guests jumping from windows and scrambling down knotted bedsheets to escape.

Thai police hold suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255

Bangkok - A Pakistani man suspected of starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago that killed 255 people has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Saturday.

Pakistan says Trump declared its PM 'terrific' in call

Islamabad - Pakistan said Donald Trump praised its prime minister as a "terrific guy" and offered support for a "fantastic" country, in an effusive phone call that baffled many after sharp criticisms in the past.

Rush to build bunkers in Pakistani Kashmir as fears grow

- Residents in Pakistani Kashmir are racing to build underground bunkers for the first time since the 1990s, frightened by what they say is the worst cross-border violence since a ceasefire was agreed in 2003.

Two Indian soldiers killed in attack on army base

Srinagar - Armed militants attacked a major Indian army base near the border with Pakistan early Tuesday, killing two soldiers, police said.

Pakistani market where women seek justice

- A narrow path winds through Kashmir's Valley of Pearls towards 13 tin-roofed shops hidden in a rickety row, a women-only market that doubles as a space for those seeking help against the violence of Pakistan's patriarchy.

Pakistan province criminalises 'forced conversions'

Karachi - A Pakistan province Thursday passed a law making "forced conversions" punishable with a life sentence and forbidding minors from changing their religion, a bid to protect minorities in the conservative Muslim country.

Nine killed in Indian firing on Kashmir bus: Pakistan

Muzaffarabad - At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded in cross-border fire which hit a Pakistani bus in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest deadly skirmish between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan 'war on terror' has cost $118 bn: state bank

Karachi - Pakistan's "war on terror" has cost the developing country a whopping $118 billion so far, a new central bank report has said, an amount equivalent to well over one third of its gross domestic product.

Outcry as Pakistan deports teachers linked to Turkish coup suspect

Islamabad - Pakistan's decision to deport dozens of Turkish teachers was "politically-motivated", Amnesty International said Thursday, and sparked small demonstrations in major cities as Turkey's president wrapped up a state visit to the country.

Families ripped apart in Pakistan shrine attack

Khuzdar - Survivors of a massive bomb attack on a shrine in southwest Pakistan that killed dozens spoke of their horror Sunday after families were ripped apart in a strike showing the expanding reach of the Islamic State group.

IS-claimed bombing kills at least 52 at Pakistan shrine: officials

Quetta - At least 52 people died and more than 100 others were injured Saturday in a bomb blast at a remote Sufi shrine in Pakistan, officials said, with the Islamic State group claiming the attack.

Bomb kills at least 43 at Pakistan shrine: officials

Quetta - At least 43 people died and scores of others were injured when a bomb exploded at a remote Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Saturday, officials said.

Bomb kills at least 25 at Pakistan shrine: officials

Quetta - At least 25 people died and 35 others were injured when a bomb exploded at a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Saturday, officials said.

Pakistan deports National Geographic 'Afghan girl'

Peshawar - An Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover was deported by Pakistani officials early Wednesday to her war-torn homeland following a brief period of detention for using fraudulent identity papers.

Death toll rises to 26 in Pakistan shipbreaking blast

Quetta - The death toll from an explosion and fire at a Pakistan shipbreaking yard last week has risen to 26, officials said Sunday.

Death toll rises to 20 in Pakistan shipbreaking blast

Quetta - The death toll from a recent explosion and fire at a Pakistan shipbreaking yard has risen to 20, officials said Saturday, as an inquiry committee met for the first time to determine responsibility.

Pakistan to deport 'heartbroken' National Geographic 'Afghan girl'

Peshawar - The Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover says she is "heartbroken" at news she will be deported from Pakistan to the war-torn homeland she first fled decades ago.

17 dead, 50 injured as Pakistan trains collide

Karachi - At least 17 people have been killed and dozens more injured after two trains carrying hundreds of passengers collided in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi early Thursday, officials said.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' denied bail in Pakistan

Peshawar - A Pakistani court refused bail Wednesday to an Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic cover after she was arrested in Pakistan and accused of being one of thousands of refugees using fake ID cards.

Pakistan to free on bail National Geographic 'Afghan girl'

Islamabad - An Afghan woman immortalised on a National Geographic magazine cover is to be freed on bail days after being arrested in Pakistan for fraud, a government minister said Sunday.

India expels Pakistani visa official for 'espionage'

New Delhi - India announced Thursday it was expelling a Pakistani visa official for suspected spying after he was briefly detained carrying sensitive defence documents, with tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours already running high.

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan

Peshawar - An Afghan woman immortalised on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

Pakistan police academy attackers 'pretended to be soldiers'

Quetta - Heavily armed militants who stormed a Pakistani police academy tricked cadets hiding in their rooms into opening locked doors by pretending to be soldiers, witnesses told AFP Tuesday as chilling accounts emerged from survivors.

Pakistan police academy attack ends with 20 killed, scores wounded

Quetta - At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in an overnight raid by militants on a police academy in southwest Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday, after declaring a military counter-operation was finished.
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