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Pakistan Plans to Deport All Illegal Immigrants

That includes 1.7M Afghans

(Newser) - Pakistan will carry out its recently announced plans to deport all illegal immigrants, including 1.7 million Afghans, in a "phased and orderly manner," the foreign ministry said Friday. The statement is likely meant to assuage international concerns and calm fears among Afghan refugees in Pakistan after Islamabad...

He Went to the Doctor, Learned Someone Took His Kidney

Police say they busted an illegal organ harvesting ring in Pakistan

(Newser) - It sounds as sketchy as it does illegal: Police in Pakistan say they've busted an organ harvesting ring that carried out operations assisted by a car mechanic who handled the anesthesia. Dr. Fawad Mukhtar has been arrested along with the mechanic and six others. CNN reports they stand accused...

Law Would Jail Parents Whose Children Aren't Vaccinated

Skepticism in Pakistan has turned violent

(Newser) - Authorities in one Pakistan province are turning to a contentious new tactic in the decades-long initiative to wipe out polio: prison. Last month, the government in Sindh introduced a bill, now in the final stages of becoming law, that would imprison parents for up to one month if they fail...

Dozens Killed in 'Heinous' Pakistan Bombing

At least 52 killed in attack on rally celebrating prophet's birthday

(Newser) - A powerful bomb exploded near a mosque at a rally celebrating the birthday of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 52 people and injuring nearly 70 others, police and a government official said. The bombing occurred in Mastung, a district in Baluchistan province, where...

All 8 Rescued From Dangling Cable Car

'Everyone was praying for this moment'

(Newser) - Six children and two adults have been rescued safely from a cable car that was dangling over a rive canyon in a remote area of Pakistan for more than 12 hours. Authorities say military commandos assisted by civilians used helicopters and a makeshift chairlift to rescue the group from more...

Daring Pakistan Rescue: 2 Kids Saved So Far From Cable Car

Military commandos trying to save 4 more kids and 2 adults

(Newser) - Two children have been rescued from a dangling cable car in Pakistan, while military commandos work on getting four more children and two adults safely out, reports the AP . The commandos were initially using helicopters, but that strategy was being abandoned as night falls, per the BBC . The latter outlet...

30 Killed When Express Train Derails in Pakistan

More than 90 others hurt

(Newser) - Ten cars of a passenger train derailed in southern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 30 people and injuring more than 90 others, officials said. Some of the derailed cars on the Hazara Express train overturned in the crash near the town of Nawabshah, senior railway officer Mahmoodur Rehman Lakho said. The...

Ex-Prime Minister Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

Pakistan postpones elections after conviction of Imran Khan

(Newser) - An opposition leader and former prime minister was sentenced to three years in prison Saturday after being convicted of corruption, a verdict that probably ends the possibility of Imran Khan running in the next election and deals a setback to Pakistan's efforts to solidify its democracy. Khan was arrested...

Blast Kills 40, Injures 200 at Political Rally in Pakistan

Bombing occurred when senior party leader's arrival was announced

(Newser) - A powerful bomb ripped through a political rally by supporters of a hard-line cleric and political leader on Sunday in Pakistan's northwestern Bajur district, police and health officials said. At least 40 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded, including children, in one of the worst attacks in years....

She Tried the Big 14 Last Year and Failed. Now, Success

Kristin Harila, Tenjen Sherpa summit at K2, scale world's highest mountains in record 92 days

(Newser) - A Norwegian woman mountain climber and her Nepali Sherpa guide have set a new record by scaling the world's 14 highest peaks in 92 days, a Pakistani mountaineering official said. On Thursday, Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa summited K2 on the Chinese-Pakistani border in the Karakorum Range—considered to...

Pakistan Court Frees Former PM as Nation Braces

Arrest of Imran Khan had set off days of violence

(Newser) - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose arrest earlier this week sparked a wave of violence across the country , per the AP . Khan's backers danced in the streets outside the court building, celebrating the latest turn in the confrontation between...

Pakistan Erupts After Former PM Arrested

Ally likens Imran Khan's arrest at Islamabad court to an 'abduction'

(Newser) - Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested Tuesday as he appeared in a court in the country’s capital to face charges in multiple graft cases. Security agents dragged Khan outside and shoved him into an armored car before whisking him away, per the AP . The arrest drew...

Strong 6.5 Quake Rattles Pakistan, Afghanistan
6.5 Quake Shakes
Pakistan, Afghanistan

6.5 Quake Shakes Pakistan, Afghanistan

At least 11 died, including girl killed in stampede

(Newser) - This story has been updated with the latest death toll. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled much of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday, sending panicked residents fleeing from homes and offices and frightening people even in remote villages. At least nine people died in Pakistan and two in Afghanistan, officials...

Police Storm Home of Former Pakistan PM, Arrest 61

They swooped after Imran Khan departed for court hearing

(Newser) - Pakistani police stormed former Prime Minister Imran Khan's residence in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday and arrested 61 people amid tear gas and clashes between Khan's supporters and police, officials said. Senior police officer Suhail Sukhera, who led the operation in an upscale Lahore neighborhood, said...

Pakistan's Musharraf, Key US Ally After 9/11, Dies at 79
He Became a Reluctant
US Ally After 9/11

He Became a Reluctant US Ally After 9/11

Former Pakistani leader Musharraf dies at 79

(Newser) - Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the US war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died at 79. Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan...

Bomber Slipped by Security With Police Uniform

He wasn't checked by security in Peshawar, police confirm

(Newser) - A suicide bomber who killed at least 100 people inside a mosque within a high-security police compound in Pakistan on Monday simply drove in on a motorbike. "Those on duty didn't check him because he was in a police uniform," Moazzam Jah Ansari, who leads the provincial...

No One Knows How Attacker Got So Deep in Cop Compound

Death toll in suicide bombing at mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, rises to 83

(Newser) - A Pakistani hospital spokesman says the death toll from Monday's suicide bombing at a mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to 83, the AP reports. Mohammad Asim, the spokesman, says more bodies were retrieved from the rubble of the mosque overnight and early on Tuesday, and...

Pakistan's Former Leader Shot in Assassination Attempt

Imran Khan reportedly shot in leg as bullets fly at campaign truck

(Newser) - At least one gunman opened fire at a campaign truck carrying Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, wounding him slightly and also some of his supporters, according to a senior leader from his party and police, per the AP . Party official Asad Umar said Khan was wounded...

Gates Foundation Commits $1.2B to Ending Polio

Virus still spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan

(Newser) - Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining countries where the polio virus is in circulation. "The last steps to eradication are by far the toughest," said Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which he said is committed to a global "polio-free future."...

Pakistan Asks US Ambassador to Explain a Biden Remark

President questioned nation's nuclear weapons safety

(Newser) - Pakistan has questions about President Biden's comment that it's "maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world." Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Saturday he's called in US Ambassador Donald Blome in Islamabad for an explanation, Reuters reports. In a speech Thursday, Biden said...

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