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    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded near a police van in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing an officer and another person and wounding seven passers-by, police said. The attack took place in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, on the Fatima Jinnah Road, according to Fida Hussain, a senior police officer. He identified the slain officer as Ajmal Sadozai. Hussain said the police van appears to have been the target of the attack. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but previous such attacks have been blamed on the Pakistani Taliban and various militant and insurgent groups. Baluchistan has been the scene of a long-running insurgency by Baluch secessionist groups that for decades have staged bombings and shooting attacks on civilians and security forces to press their demands for independence. The Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State group also have a presence in Baluchistan. Islamabad insists that Pakistani forces have quelled the insurgency in Baluchistan but violence has continued there. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen in northwestern Pakistan shot and killed a female polio worker as she was returning home Wednesday after taking part in the country’s latest anti-polio campaign, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, militants often target polio teams and police assigned to protect them in Pakistan, falsely claiming the vaccination campaigns are a Western conspiracy to sterilize children. Wednesday’s attack happened on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar. Iqra Iqbal was gunned down on her way home, said Iftikhar Khan, a police official. Pakistan regularly launches anti-polio campaigns in an effort to eradicate the highly infectious disease. The latest five-day drive against polio started on Monday. Since January last year, Pakistan has not reported any new cases, raising hopes the Islamic nation is close to becoming a polio-free country. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining countries in the world still trying to eradicate polio, which can cause severe paralysis in children. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Security forces in Pakistan’s volatile southwest raided a militant hideout Wednesday, triggering an intense firefight that killed 10 insurgents, the military said. The operation took place in Hoshab, a remote district in Baluchistan province, the military said in a statement. It said the militants were involved in multiple recent attacks on security forces. Troops also recovered a cache of weapons from the hideout. The slain insurgents were believed to be from the Baluchistan Liberation Army, designated a terrorist group by the U.S. in 2019. Baluchistan province has witnessed a low-level insurgency by small groups who demand independence from the central government in Islamabad. Although the government says it has quelled the insurgency, violence in the province has persisted. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A CASE of polio has been detected in Africa for the first time in five years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The three-year-old girl from Malawi has been left paralysed by the fast-spreading virus. 2Polio illustrationCredit: Getty 2A girl receives polio vaccine drops in Karachi, Pakistan July 20, 2020. The new case of polio in Africa has links to Pakistan, where the virus is endemicCredit: Reuters Malawi's health authorities have declared a polio outbreak after the case was flagged in the capital Lilongwe. Laboratory analysis showed the polio strain is type 1 linked to travel in Pakistan. As of 2020, type 1 is only in circulation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while type 2 and 3 have been eliminated for over a decade. But it has not spilled into another country since 2013, when an outbreak occurred in Syria, and has never jumped between continents.  The girl began experiencing symptoms in November, according to Science, but the strain she is infected with was in circulation in Pakistan in October 2019. It suggests there has been undetected spread of the...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Thieves on a motorcycle shot and killed a TV producer when he tried to ram them with his car to prevent a street robbery in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi on Friday, police said. Athar Mateen, who worked for the SAMAA news channel, was headed home after dropping off his children at school when he saw the two men snatching something from a passerby, police officer Nasir Aftab told reporters. Mateen rammed his car into their motorcycle but one of them managed to open fire, killing him. The thieves then fled the scene. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed condemned the killing and expressed condolences to Mateen’s family, while ordering police to arrest the thieves. Crowded Karachi, a port city in southern Pakistan, is notorious for street crimes. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MULTAN, Pakistan — An enraged mob stoned to death a middle-aged man for allegedly desecrating the Quran in a remote village in eastern Pakistan, police said Sunday. The custodian of a local mosque said he saw the man burning the Muslim holy book inside the mosque Saturday evening and told others before informing police, according to police spokesman Chaudhry Imran. The violence took place in a village in the district of Khanewal in Punjab province. Imran said police rushed to the scene, where a man was found surrounded by an angry crowd. Officer Mohammad Iqbal and two subordinates tried to take custody of the man but the group began throwing stones at them, seriously injuring Iqbal and slightly injuring the other two officers. Munawar Gujjar, chief of Tulamba police station, said he rushed reinforcements to the mosque but they did not arrive before the mob had stoned to death the man and hung his body from a tree. Gujjar said the victim was identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, 41, of a nearby village. “The ill-fated man has been mentally unstable for...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani women rallied Thursday to denounce a ban imposed in a region in neighboring India on the wearing of the traditional headscarf, or hijab, by Muslim girls in schools. About a hundred women took to the streets in the southern port city of Karachi in a protest organized by a Pakistani Islamist political party, the Jamaat-e-Islami. And in the eastern city of Lahore, dozens of women torched an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also demanded the lifting of the hijab ban. Earlier in the day, a court in Karnataka, a state in southern India, told students not to wear any religious clothing until it delivers a verdict on petitions seeking to overturn the ban on hijabs. The petitions were filed by students challenging the ban, which some schools implemented recently. The issue grabbed headlines last month when a government-run school in Karnataka’s Udupi district barred students wearing hijabs from entering classrooms, triggering protests outside the school gate. More schools in the state followed with similar bans, forcing the state’s top court...
    A BRIT is fighting for his life after falling from a roof of a building in Pakistan during a wedding. The man, Subby, is understood to have been enjoying fireworks while standing on top of a four-storey house before he plunged to the ground. 1A fundraiser has been launched after a man, Subby, fell from a roof in PakistanCredit: go fund me Harris Nasim, who says he is Subby's brother, says he is on a life-support machine after suffering damage to his brain and internal bleeding in the fall. He has now launched a fundraiser in a desperate bid to raise cash for his medical bills - which he estimates could be up to £15,000. It's understood Subby had flown out to the country in South Asia from his home in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, before the freak accident. Harris wrote on the GoFundMe page: "He’s travelled without travel insurance and treatments are very costly in Pakistan especially to treat his injuries. "He fell off the roof of his house in Pakistan which is 4 stories high and he’s damaged his...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Assailants threw a hand grenade at a bus station in volatile southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a passerby and wounding two others, police said, in a sign of increasing violence in the region. The attack happened in Dera Murad Jamali, a town in Baluchistan province, said Aziz Baloch, an area police official. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. It came hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan visited another region in the province to assure his support for troops who came under attack in the Naushki and Panjgur districts last Wednesday. Nine soldiers and 20 assailants were killed in those twin attacks and subsequent clearing operations. The Baluchistan Liberation Army, a group designated terrorist by the U.S. in 2019, claimed responsibility. Baluchistan has witnessed a low-level insurgency by small groups who demand independence from the central government in Islamabad. Although authorities say they have quelled the insurgency, violence in province has persisted. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Afghan interpreter who helped rescue President Biden from a remote valley in Afghanistan in 2008 has finally landed on U.S. soil.  Mohammad Aman Khalili said that he was 'so excited' to be in America after escaping from the north of Afghanistan and spending months in neighboring Pakistan.  'I'm totally free. I am so excited. … It was a long trip as a start from the north of Afghanistan, right to the border of Pakistan,' Khalili said on 'Fox & Friends First' Monday, adding that he felt betrayed when the U.S. left him behind as troops withdrew from Afghanistan last August.  Khalili, his wife and his five children had been trying for years to escape Afghanistan when American forces hastily withdrew in August and the Taliban took over. The family has now settled in Phoenix, DailyMail.com has learned.  'It took me a long, long time. It was very scary on the roads because it was new power, a new changing situation in Afghanistan,' he said.  'The Taliban were on the roads, and they were checking and watching, as everybody is to...
    The interpreter who helped President Joe Biden escape Afghanistan in 2008, has arrived in the United States. Mohammad Aman Khalili said he was "totally free" now that he has arrived in the U.S., months after the U.S. began evacuating allies. Khalili was one of the U.S.'s allies in Afghanistan who was left behind in August despite saving Biden and then-Sens. Chuck Hagel and John Kerry when their helicopters had to land in Afghanistan due to bad weather in 2008. "I'm totally free. I am so excited. … It was a long trip as a start from the north of Afghanistan, right to the border of Pakistan," Khalili told Fox News. "It took me a long, long time. It was very scary on the roads because it was new power, a new changing situation in Afghanistan. ... I had worked with the U.S. forces for about 13 years. It was egregious for me." Khalili added that he felt betrayed by the U.S. when the country pulled out of Afghanistan last year. Khalili had been approved to leave...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An avalanche in a remote mountainous corner of northeast Afghanistan killed at least 12 people, a provincial spokesperson said Monday. Another nine were injured. One person was missing after the late Sunday avalanche near the Pakistani border, said Najibullah Hanif, who heads Kunar province’s information and culture department. The landslide followed a day of heavy snow. Afghans from nearby villages rushed to help and were followed by officials, said Hanif, noting that district officials sent rescue teams to the remote area early Monday. Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan after the Taliban swept into Afghanistan in mid-August hoping to head off a rush of refugees. The country already hosts nearly 2 million Afghans who fled four decades of relentless war. Unofficial border crossings are frequent, even as Pakistan has almost completed a fence along the 2,670 kilometer (1,660-mile) length of the border separating the two nations. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met Sunday with leaders from Poland and Pakistan in a flurry of diplomacy on the sidelines of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Xi told President Andrzej Duda that China seeks to further improve ties with Poland, whose warm relationship with Beijing has not sat well with main rival the United States. Poland was the only European Union nation to send an elected leader to the Games despite a U.S.-led diplomatic boycott. The meeting also comes amid concerns over a Russian attack on Ukraine, with which NATO member Poland shares a lengthy border. Xi, who has not left China since 2019, has met a range of world leaders over recent days, including President Vladimir Putin of Russia, with which China is building a closer informal alliance. The meetings highlight Xi’s moves to elevate himself as a major player in world diplomacy, while positioning China’s single party authoritarian political model as an alternative to the long-dominant liberal world order led by the United States. Xi told Duda the two countries should...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A methane gas explosion in a coal mine in southwest Pakistan early Saturday killed four workers, while three others were rescued from the partly collapsed mine, an official said. Chief mine inspector Abdul Ghani said the blast took place in the Sra Ghazgai mine area outside Quetta, where the mine was allegedly being operated illegally. No owner or contractor linked to the mine could be located after the explosion because the rescued workers were in no condition to provide details, he said. Ghani said the mine was being thoroughly examined to ensure no others were trapped deep in the collapsed mine. Compromised safety conditions and a lack of proper training for mine workers have resulted in similar incidents in Pakistan’s mines. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Separatist insurgents launched twin attacks on military posts hours apart in southwest Pakistan, triggering intense firefights that killed four soldiers and 15 assailants, the country’s interior minister said Thursday. In a video statement, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said nine militants and four soldiers were killed when the assailants raided a security post Wednesday evening in the remote Naushki district of Baluchistan province. He said six militants were also killed when separatists attacked another security post in the province’s Banjgur area. The Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in a post on Twitter. Ahmed said both attacks were repulsed by the security forces. The military initially gave a lower casualty report, saying four militants and a soldier had been killed. Separatists and militants have regularly staged attacks in restive Baluchistan in recent years. Last week, militants killed 10 soldiers in an attack on a a security post there. The separatists demand independence from the central government in Islamabad. Authorities say they have quelled the insurgency, but violence in Baluchistan has persisted. Copyright © 2022 The Associated...
    Armed assailants targeted two security posts hours apart Wednesday in remote areas of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, triggering firefights that killed at at least four attackers and a soldier, the military said. Later, the newly formed separatist Baluchistan Nationalist Army claimed responsibility for the attacks in a post on Twitter. The first of the two attacks happened in Banjgur, a district in the Baluchistan province, according to a military statement. It said a soldier died in the exchange of fire there. Hours later, assailants tried to sneak into a security camp in Naushki in Baluchistan, but troops foiled the attempt and killed four attackers. One soldier was also wounded in the attack, the military said. It said intermittent exchange of fire has continued. Baluchistan has been the scene of numerous separatists and militant attacks in recent years. The Baluchistan Nationalist Army was established last month, when two minor separatist groups — the Baluchistan Republican Army and the United Baluch Army — merged and vowed to continue attacks. The latest violence comes a week after militants killed 10 soldiers in...
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Monday acquitted the owner and editor-in-chief of the country’s largest independent group of newspapers and television stations in a 35-year-old case related to allegations of tax evasion in a real estate purchase. Mir Shakilur Rehman was arrested in 2020 after authorities accused him of purchasing government land more than three decades ago in violation of rules. Rehman, who has denied the charge, was acquitted by the court on Monday, according to Rana Jawad, a senior official at Rehman’s Geo News TV station. Rehman’s Jang Group of Newspapers, which includes Geo TV, has been critical of the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Rehman was granted bail by a court last year. Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to work. The Islamic nation has witnessed harassment of journalists, human rights workers, and members of civil society. Human rights activists say Khan, elected in 2018, has failed to protect freedom of speech in Pakistan. Before becoming prime minister, Khan often publicly said that he would have...
    Peshawar, PakistanGunmen killed a Christian priest and wounded another as the clerics drove home from church in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said.Two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the car on the city's ring-road, killing Pastor William Siraj instantly, officers added.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting in a city where scores of people died in a twin suicide bombing outside a church in 2013 -- one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's Christian minority.Azad Marshall, the most senior bishop in the Church of Pakistan, condemned the attack and tweeted: "We demand justice and protection of Christians from the Government of Pakistan."Pakistan's northwestern areas bordering Afghanistan have seen a rise in militant attacks on security forces in recent days, many of them claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a group which associates itself with the Afghan Taliban.Read MoreTV footage showed emergency services removing Siraj from the car, and people chanting "Long live Jesus Christ" as they carried his body on a bed through the streets to a house. Mourners hugged each other and sobbed.Pastor Siraj's...
    Unknown gunmen opened fire on three Christian priests as they exited church in their car in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar Sunday, leaving one dead and one wounded. The three priests from the Church of Pakistan were leaving a city church following Sunday services when two gunmen riding a motorcycle began firing on their vehicle. Pastor William Siraj, 75, received multiple gunshot wounds and died instantly whereas Reverend Patrick Naeem Patrick suffered a gunshot wound to the hand and is in stable condition. The third, unnamed priest in the car was unharmed. As yet no one has taken responsibility for the shooting, the latest attack on Pakistan’s small Christian community, and police officials say an operation to find and arrest the assailants is under way. “We strongly condemn the firing on clergy of Diocese of Peshawar and instant killing of Pastor William Siraj and injuring Rev Patrick Naeem earlier today,” Church of Pakistan Bishop Azad Marshall wrote on Twitter. “We demand justice and protection of Christians from the Government of Pakistan.” Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, chairman of Pakistan’s Ulema...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Alex Hales and Paul Stirling struck blistering half centuries as two-time champion Islamabad United inflicted a crushing nine-wicket defeat on Peshawar Zalmi in their opening Pakistan Super League game on Sunday. Englishman Hales hammered 13 fours and a six in his belligerent unbeaten 82 off 54 balls and Stirling was even more ruthless in scoring 57 off just 25 deliveries as Islamabad cruised to 172-1 in 15.5 overs and handed Peshawar their heaviest ever defeat in the PSL when batting first. Islamabad followed the template of chasing at the National Stadium after winning the toss and had earlier restricted Peshawar to 168-6. All five games in this season have won by the teams chasing. Sherefane Rutherford’s unbeaten 70 off 46 balls rescued Peshawar from 35-4 as Ben Cutting (26) and Shoaib Malik (25) shared half-century stands with the left-handed West Indian. Islamabad’s bowling, comprising mostly Pakistan international players, ran through the top order with fast bowlers Faheem Ashraf claiming two wickets (2-23) and Hasan Ali (2-34) clean bowling Tom Kohler-Cadmore off his third delivery. Haider Ali...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed four policemen and wounded eight others as they were travelling in a restive zone of southwest Pakistan on Friday, a top elected official and police said. The attack happened in the town of Sui in Baluchistan province. No one claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on separatist groups who have claimed previous such attacks on security forces in the area. Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, the provincial chief minister, condemned the bombing and called it an act of terrorism. He vowed to make all efforts to arrest those who orchestrated the attack. Bizenjo said the slain and wounded were part of a special local police force known as the Peace Force. The latest attack came two days after militants attacked a security post in Baluchistan, triggering a firefight that killed 10 soldiers and an assailant. Baluchistan has been the site of a long-running insurgency, with an array of separatist groups staging attacks, mainly on government troops and police. The separatists in the province have been demanding independence from the central government in Islamabad....
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Militants attacked a security post in a remote area of southwest Pakistan, triggering a firefight that killed 10 soldiers and an assailant, the military said Thursday. The predawn attack happened Wednesday in Kech, a town in Baluchistan province, according to a statement released by the military. It said the troops returned fire, killing one attacker. No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack. The military said security forces later arrested three insurgents and that a search for those who launched the attack was still underway. Baluchistan has been the site of a long-running insurgency, with an array of separatist groups staging attacks, mainly on government troops and police. The separatists in the province have been demanding independence from the central government in Islamabad. Although Pakistani authorities say they have quelled the insurgency, violence in Baluchistan has persisted. The latest violence comes days after a Baluchistan-based separatist group claimed responsibility for a bombing in the city of Lahore that killed three people. Pakistan has recently seen a flurry of attacks across the country, including...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi clashed overnight with activists demanding the repeal of a law to limit powers of local mayors, killing one, officials said Thursday. The violence erupted when police swung batons and fired tear gas to prevent rallygoers from marching towards government offices in the southern port city, drawing nationwide condemnation across the political spectrum. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, told reporters that party member Mohammad Aslam died at a hospital after being injured in the ensuing crush with police. Women and children were also among the dozens of injured. MQM mainly represents ethnic Mohajirs, who fled to Pakistan from India during 1947′s partition, and it dominates politics in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province. It is an ally in the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Thousands are expected to attend the activist’s funeral on Thursday, and the MQM has called for another day of protests. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an overnight gun attack on police in the Islamabad that killed an officer and both assailants, raising fears insurgents had a presence in one of the country’s safest cities. Mohammad Khurasani, the spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, took to Twitter to claim responsibility for the attack in Pakistan’s capital. He said the TTP also targeted police in two separate attacks in the northwest a day earlier. There was no official confirmation of the militant attacks on police in the northwestern districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Pakistan’s interior minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed attended the funeral of the police officer who was killed in Islamabad on Monday night. Ahmed said both of the slain militants involved in the attack had been identified. Although militants often target security forces in Pakistan, the country’s capital has largely been peaceful in recent years. The Pakistani Taliban, who have been emboldened since the Afghan Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, on Tuesday warned that they could carry out more attacks...
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday confirmed the weekend killing of a former spokesman in neighboring Afghanistan and vowed to avenge the murder. The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is known as TTP, announced on Twitter the death of the man known as Mohammad Khurasani, which is an alias. His real name was Khalid Balti. The confirmation comes days after Pakistani security officials said the former spokesman of TTP had been shot dead in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. The TTP did not confirm the claim until Thursday. The current TTP spokesman, who also goes by the name Mohammad Khurasani, said on Twitter that Balti was killed on Jan. 9 while traveling. He said Balti’s death was a great loss and his death would soon be avenged. Balti was commander of the TTP and he served as the group’s spokesman from 2011 to 2015. That’s when he was arrested in Afghanistan and was freed after the Taliban seized power. Since then, the TTP has been emboldened. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is an umbrella group and is a separate organization from...
    At least 22 people, including 10 children, died in a popular mountain resort town in Pakistan after being stuck in their vehicles overnight during a heavy snowstorm as temperatures plummeted, officials said Saturday. Army members take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP) Army troops take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP) Army members take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP) Most of the victims died of hypothermia, officials said. Among them was an Islamabad police officer and seven other members of his family, fellow police officer Atiq Ahmed said. FORMER...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Temperatures fell to minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit) amid heavy snowfall at Pakistan’s mountain resort town of Murree overnight, killing at least 16 people who were stuck in their vehicles, officials said Saturday. Atiq Ahmed, an Islamabad police officer said eight of the 16 fatalities were from the family of fellow Islamabad police officer Naveed Iqbal, who also died. All 16 died of hypothermia, officials said. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said thousands of vehicles had been pulled from the snow but more than a thousand were still stuck in the area Saturday. Located 28 miles (45.5 kilometers) north of the capital of Islamabad, Murree is a popular winter resort that attracts well over a million tourists annually. Streets leading into the city are often blocked by snow in winter. Ahmed, the interior minister, said more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) of snow fell in the area overnight and all incoming traffic was blocked Saturday. The minister said paramilitary troops and a special military mountain unit had been called in to help. “Until then no...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded outside a college in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing four people and wounding at least 15, mostly passers-by, police and a rescue official said. The attack happened outside the Science College in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, according to Fida Hussain, a senior police officer. Baqi Hussain, a rescuer, said that they transported three bodies and about a dozen wounded to a hospital, where one of the seriously wounded died. Hussain also confirmed four people died in the bombing. The college was closed at the time of the attack due to the winter break and none of the teachers or students were among the victims. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but previous such attacks have been blamed on militants and separatists. Baluchistan is the scene of a long-running insurgency by Baluch secessionist groups that for decades have staged bombings and shooting attacks on civilians and security forces to press their demands for independence. The Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State group also have a presence in Baluchistan. Islamabad...
    Coronavirus vaccination rates around the world are low for a lot of reasons—short supplies in developing countries, lack of trust in the governments handing out the jabs, and conspiracy theories about what’s in the vaccine and its side effects. But experts point to another possible factor which has gotten less attention: the CIA. In its quest to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, spies at the CIA used a Hepatitis B vaccination program as cover in an attempt to collect DNA samples that could locate the 9/11 mastermind’s family in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The effort was a flop and landed a doctor hired by the CIA in a Pakistani prison. But a decade later, public health experts and researchers say the agency’s vaccine caper could have helped erode crucial trust in vaccination efforts now necessary to end the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan—and in some cases across the globe. “The CIA’s fake vaccination program overstepped a boundary in that they engaged in an activity that is purely humanitarian and purely medical and health-related,” Sam Worthington, the CEO of InterAction, an alliance...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The death toll from a sewer gas blast in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi jumped to 17 as some critically injured people died overnight and Sunday, police said. Initially, 12 people were reported dead and 11 others injured in Saturday’s gas explosion in a sewage system in the commercial hub of Pakistan Saturday. Senior police officer Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh said the loss of lives and property could be blamed on human errors of construction over the sewer. He said the number of injured also increased to 16. The blast destroyed the HBL bank building constructed over the sewer. The building was one of several ordered to vacate after violating building laws, according to Mukhtar Abro, a local administrator, who said the structures were to be demolished in coming weeks. Many sewage channels in the city have been covered, mostly illegally, by constructing concrete structures over them. Also Sunday, a roadside bomb killed two and wounded three others in a passing vehicle in the country’s northwest. Police officer Abdus Samad said the vehicle was...
    By Adil Jawad | Associated Press KARACHI, Pakistan — A powerful gas explosion in a sewage system in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, killed at least 12 people and injured 11 others Saturday, police and a health official said. Police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said the blast was apparently caused when something ignited gas that had accumulated in the sewer beneath a local bank building in the Shershah neighborhood of the port city. The powerful blast destroyed the HBL bank building. Video footage aired by local television stations showed the entire structure of the Shershah branch was damaged. The floor was blown out and furniture was mired in sewage from below. The impact of the blast damaged several cars parked nearby and threw debris onto a gas station on the other side of the building. Jokhio said it was not yet clear what ignited the gas but a team of explosives experts had been summoned to investigate. Dr. Sabir Memon at Trauma Center Karachi said 10 people were killed and 13 others were injured, at least three critically. He said several injured...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful gas explosion in a sewage system in a southern Pakistan city killed at least 10 people and injured 13 others Saturday, police and a health official said. Police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said the blast was apparently caused when something ignited gas that had accumulated in the sewer beneath a bank building in the Shershah neighborhood of the port city of Karachi. Jokhio said it was not yet clear what ignited the gas but a team of explosives experts had been summoned to investigate. Dr. Sabir Memon at Trauma Center Karachi said 10 people were killed and 13 others were inured, at least three critically. He said several injured were sent to the intensive care unit. Jokhio said windows were shattered in nearby buildings and a parked vehicle nearby was also badly damaged. Many sewage channels in the city have been covered, mostly illegally, by constructing concrete structures over them. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police, health officials say gas explosion in sewage system kills at least 10 in southern Pakistan city. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Virus-hit West Indies won the toss and elected to field in the first Twenty20 against Pakistan on Monday. West Indies is without three players — left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and allrounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers — who tested positive for the coronavirus in Karachi and are self-isolating for 10 days. West Indies is also missing regular skipper Kieron Pollard, who was ruled out for the series due to a hamstring injury, while another experienced allrounder Andre Russell is playing the Big Bash League in Australia. West Indies, playing their first Twenty20 since the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, awarded debuts to fast bowler Dominic Drakes and top order batter Shamarh Brookes. Pakistan named a full-strength side for the opening game of the three-match series with Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim the three fast bowlers. Vice-captain Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are the two spin options. The top order batting lineup features the top two run-getters in T20s this year — Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam —...
    Taliban gunmen shot dead one police officer and wounded another protecting polio vaccination workers in north-western Pakistan, officials today confirmed. The terror group struck out in Tank, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the second day of a five-day anti-polio drive in a bid to vaccinate more than 6million children.  Two gunmen riding a motorbike 'opened fire' on a police security detail that was escorting the polio vaccinators - killing one on the spot and critically wounding another, eyewitnesses confirmed.  Mohammad Khurasani, spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.   The Taliban had previously denounced the polio vaccine as a 'Western conspiracy' and 'bio-weapon' that would endanger children.  The terror group promised violent attacks against those found to be supplying and using it. Saturday marked the first time the TTP had attacked those involved in a vaccination effort since announcing the end of a one-month ceasefire with the Government. Two police officers were shot, one killed, by Taliban gunmen in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday. Pictured: Pakistani security officials stand guard at a roadside checkpoint in Karachi The...
    This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Dec. 2-8, 2021. This week’s selection shows scenes from across the region, including images of daily life in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia hosting its its first ever Formula One race and dramatic winter weather in Tel Aviv. The gallery was curated by Oded Balilty, AP Chief photographer for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and Dusan Vranic, Deputy News Director for Photography & Storytelling for the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The body of a Sri Lankan factory manager who was tortured and set on fire by a mob in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy was buried in his native village with state honors on Wednesday. Buddhist clergy performed religious rites at the home of Priyantha Kumara before police led a procession in which family and friends carried the casket with his charred remains to the cemetery. The road was decorated with condolence banners and white flags symbolizing mourning. Kumara was assaulted by a mob of hundreds of people and was dragged into the street and set on fire last Friday in Sialkot, Pakistan, where he helped run a sports equipment factory. Workers at the factory accused him of desecrating posters bearing the name of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The victim’s brother, Arunasiri Wasantha Kumara Diyawadana, who also works as a technical director at a garment factory in Pakistan, said factories should have a secure environment. “That was not happening in this particular case,” he said. He called for an improvement in management practices so any dispute can...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani army helicopter crashed on Monday in bad weather in the Pakistan-administered section of disputed Kashmir, killing the two pilots on board, the military said. A statement from the military said the helicopter went down on the Siachen glacier, one of the world’s longest mountain glaciers, located in the Karakoram Range, and often referred to as the “highest battleground on earth” because of the wars that Pakistan and India have fought over the Himalayan region of Kashmir. Rescue helicopters and troops have been dispatched to Siachen, the military said. No further details on the crash were immediately available. The two pilots were identified as Maj. Irfan Bercha and Maj. Raja Zeeshan Jahanzeb. Siachen is known for tragedies, a desolate place where more troops have died from avalanches or bitter cold than in combat. Since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Police arrested 13 suspects and detained dozens of others in the lynching of a Sri Lankan employee at a sports equipment factory in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday. A mob of hundreds of enraged Muslims descended on the factory in the district of Sialkot in Punjab province Friday after the Sri Lankan manager of the factory was accused of blasphemy. The mob grabbed Priyantha Kumara, lynched him and publicly burned the body, according to police. Factory workers accused the victim of desecrating posters bearing the name of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Punjab police chief Rao Sardar said Saturday that investigators arrested prominent suspects after seeing their clear role on video in instigating workers to violence, killing the manager and dragging his body outside, and taking selfies with his burning body and proudly admitting what they did. Sardar, in his initial report to authorities, said the victim had asked the workers to remove all stickers from factory machines before a foreign delegation arrived. It said the incident started at around 11 a.m. and three constables reached...
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The head of a team of vets on Tuesday called for urgent medical care for a pair of elephants in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi. Dr. Frank Goeritz, whose team was dispatched by a global animal welfare group to examine four elephants in total, reported that one the elephants needs a “complicated” surgery to remove damaged and infected tusks. A second elephant has dental problems and a medical issue with a foot, according to the vets dispatched by Four Paws. Such “diseases are very painful and can lead to life-threatening situations in elephants,” the vets said, according to a report prepared by Goeritz, who was sent to Pakistan with the help of Four Paws. The group said a Pakistani court in Karachi had asked for the animal welfare experts to assess the wellbeing of the four elephants in Karachi Zoo and Karachi Safari Park. Overall, Goeritz said, the health of the two elephants, plus two more he examined, is good. Goeritz also submitted his medical report about the condition of elephants to a...
    A 5,000-strong mob has burned multiple police stations in Pakistan while demanding officers hand over a man accused of torching a copy of the Koran.  The crowd gathered outside the police station in the town of Charsadda, in northern Pakistan, late Sunday after learning cops were holding a man accused of blasphemy. Thugs demanded police hand the man over 'so we can burn him alive the way he burned the Koran', before settling light to the station and surrounding checkpoints. Police were attacked by a mob in northern Pakistan demanding they hand over a 'mentally impaired' man accused of burning a copy of the Koran Around 5,000 people gathered late Sunday before attacking the local police station, causing officers to flee overnight 2,000 people were still at the police station on Monday morning, as local officials said troops have been called in to restore order Around 30 cars were also torched in a night of anarchy that continued into Monday morning when around 2,000 people remained at the scene. 'The mob stormed the station asking to hand over the man to...
    Malala Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University with a philosophy, politics and economics degree on Friday, nine years after being shot by the Taliban after campaigning for girls to be to be educated in her native Pakistan. The youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, now 24, took to Instagram to share moving pictures of her graduation ceremony, which was initially due to take place in May 2020, but was delayed by Covid and moved to the Autumn of 2021. Malala was seen posing in her hat and gown as she stood by the university, as well as alongside her proud parents Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai Yousafzai and new husband Asser Malik. It comes just months after the Taliban excluded girls from returning to secondary school and replaced Afghanistan's women's ministry with an all-male 'vice and virtue' department.  Malala Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University with a philosophy, politics and economics degree on Friday, nine years after being shot by the Taliban as she campaigned for girls to be to be educated in her native Pakistan Sharing pictures on campus and surrounded...
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An assailant targeted a female Pakistani journalist in the eastern city of Lahore while she was driving with her daughter and sister late at night, the police said Thursday. The attacker used an iron bar to smash the car’s front windshield in the Wednesday night attack and shouted threats before the women escaped unharmed, the police said. It was unclear why Ambreen Fatima and her family were targeted. She works for Pakistan’s Urdu-language newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt and is the wife of Ahmad Noorani, an investigative journalist who was also attacked in 2017, in an assault in Islamabad. Noorani is known for his critical writing about the Pakistani judiciary, bureaucracy and intelligence agencies. Pakistan’s government insists it supports freedom of speech but journalists and press freedom advocates often accuse the country’s military and its agencies of harassing and attacking journalists — or not doing enough to stop such attacks. The Pakistani journalists’ community condemned the attack on Fatima. Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif demanded a probe into the incident and punishment for those behind the...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed three workers at a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan, officials said on Sunday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Suhail Anwar Hashmi, the top administrator in Harnai district in Baluchistan province, said the early morning violence took place in the Sharag area where most of the province’s coal mines are located. Haranai is located about 124 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. Hashmi said counterterrorism and local police teams were searching for the assailants. Baluch separatist groups have previously claimed responsibility for similar attacks on coal miners in the region. In January, gunmen abducted a group of workers from a coal mine in the district of Bolan and shot them dead in a nearby mountainous area. Authorities found 11 bodies and three wounded at the site. The gas- and mineral-rich Baluchistan province has been the scene of a low-level insurgency for some two decades. Initially, insurgents demanded a greater share for the local population of the province’s gas and mineral income. But later,...
    Thousands of Sikh pilgrims have arrived in Pakistan for an annual commemoration of the birth of their religion’s founder, officials said on Wednesday. Two main border crossings from India — at Wagah and Kartarpur — were reopened for the festivities, after being closed due to coronavirus restrictions for two years. The week-long celebrations mark 552 years since the birth of Guru Nanak, who settled in today’s Pakistan. His shrine is also in Pakistan, and visible from across the border in India. Sikhs are a tiny minority in Muslim-majority Pakistan, although many of their religious sites remain there. Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations, having fought several wars since independence. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Dozens of relatives of two civilians killed in a controversial gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir staged a protest in the disputed region’s main city on Wednesday, pleading with authorities to return the bodies so they could bury them. Four people, including two civilians and two suspected rebels, died Monday night in the raid by government forces on alleged militants in Srinagar, police said. Police said the civilians died in the crossfire between government troops and the rebels, who included a Pakistani national. However, witnesses and families of the civilians said Indian troops used them as human shields during the standoff. Indian authorities later secretly buried the bodies in a remote northwestern village as part of a policy that started in 2020. Since then, authorities have buried the bodies of hundreds of suspected rebels and their alleged associates, including civilians, in unmarked graves in remote areas, denying their families proper funerals. The family members of the two civilians, identified as trader Mohammad Altaf Bhat and Mudassir Ahmed, a dental surgeon and real estate dealer, assembled in an area...