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Female Pakistani Cop Hailed as Hero for Fending Off Mob

She saved a woman who was wearing a dress people thought was offensive

(Newser) - When a Pakistani woman was attacked by a mob angry over what the woman was wearing, a female police officer stepped in to save her. Sheher Bano, an assistant superintendent of police in the city of Lahore, is now being hailed as a hero for rescuing the woman, NBC News...

Pakistan Has New PM Amid 'Vote Thief!' Cries

Shehbaz Sharif is elected over protestations of supporters of jailed Imran Khan

(Newser) - Lawmakers in Pakistan's National Assembly on Sunday elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister for the second time—as allies of imprisoned former premier Imran Khan in parliament shouted in protest and raised claims of vote rigging. Sharif secured 201 votes, well above the 169 needed...

Why a Mob Went After Woman for This Colorful Dress

It was a frightening mistake that could've ended much worse

(Newser) - Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan, so when a woman there was accused of said crime over the weekend, a mob made up of hundreds of angry men descended upon a Lahore restaurant where she was hiding out. The woman's supposed infraction, per the Independent : She was wearing...

On Eve of Pakistan Elections, Blasts at Party Offices Kill 26

Pakistan's caretaker PM says government is committed to holding elections in peace

(Newser) - A pair of bombings at the election offices of a political party and an independent candidate in southwest Pakistan killed at least 26 people and wounded more than two dozen others, officials said Wednesday, the day before parliamentary elections are to be held, per the AP . The first attack hit...

Jailed Ex-Prime Minister Gets Another 10 Years
Bad News Keeps Piling
On for Imran Khan

Bad News Keeps Piling On for Imran Khan

Pakistan's former prime minister and his wife get 7 more years in jail, for an apparently illegal marriage

(Newser) - On Saturday, a Pakistani court convicted and sentenced former PM Imran Khan and his wife to seven years in prison on a charge that their 2018 marriage violated the law, officials and a defense lawyer said. The verdict follows another case in which Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, were...

Timing of Former Pakistan PM's Convictions Is Noteworthy

Sentences come ahead of next week's parliamentary elections

(Newser) - On Tuesday, former Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to another 14 years in a separate case and disqualified from holding any public office for a decade. The timing is noteworthy—not in that the sentences were handed...

Pakistan, Iran Exchange Airstrikes
New World Flashpoint:

New World Flashpoint: Baluchistan

Iran, Pakistan exchange airstrikes over border region

(Newser) - Pakistani airstrikes on Iran on Thursday morning killed four children and three women, a local official told Iranian state television. State media said several explosions were heard near Saravan city close to the border of Iran and Pakistan, the AP reports. The strikes early Thursday follow Iran launching strikes into...

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...

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