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Gunmen Stage Deadly Attack at Stock Exchange

4 rush building in Karachi, Pakistan, are shot dead by cops after killing multiple people

(Newser) - The death toll is still murky, but an attack Monday on a Pakistan stock exchange building in the country's largest city has left multiple people dead and several injured. The BBC reports the attack started in Karachi when four gunmen wielding automatic rifles drove up in a silver Toyota...

'Human Error' to Blame in Plane Crash That Killed 97

Pakistan faults overconfident pilot and air traffic control

(Newser) - Pakistan's aviation minister said Wednesday that "human error" on the part of the pilot, the co-pilot, and air traffic control caused last month's plane crash in Karachi that killed 97 people on board. The announcement shed new light on the tragedy after Pakistani investigators had earlier said...

At Least 2 Somehow Survived Jet Crash

One is a prominent Pakistani banker

(Newser) - There's a lot we don't know about Friday's crash of a Pakistani passenger jet into a Karachi neighborhood, including the number of casualties. But one number was resonating in the aftermath of the tragedy: two. That would be the number of passengers so far known to have...

Reports of Survivors Emerge After Passenger Jet Crash

Plane had 107 aboard when went down in congested area of Karachi, Pakistan

(Newser) - A passenger plane with 107 people on board crashed in a crowded neighborhood on the edge of the international airport near Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday after what appeared to be an engine failure during landing. Mayor Wasim Akhtar said at least five or six houses...

Something In the Air? 14 Dead, 500 Sick in Pakistan

Officials have blamed gas leak, soybean dust

(Newser) - At least 14 people have died and another 500 have fallen ill in Pakistan's largest city and chief commercial hub, where there are reports of a possible gas leak. Officials have offered conflicting reasons for ailments including chest pains, breathing impairments, and burning eyes, which have left many in...

An Hours-Long Shootout at Chinese Consulate in Pakistan

2 cops, 3 attackers killed in Karachi

(Newser) - Three gunmen stormed the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense, hour-long shootout during which two police officers and all the assailants were killed, officials say. All the Chinese diplomats and staff at the consulate were safe and were not harmed during...

City of 20M People Will Likely Be Run From Behind Bars

Waseem Akhtar set to become Karachi's next mayor

(Newser) - Career criminals often keep their outside "ventures" going while they're incarcerated, but Waseem Akhtar may soon be running Pakistan's largest city—20 million residents and counting—from behind bars. It's likely Akhtar, representing the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, will become mayor of Karachi on Wednesday, the Guardian ...

Pakistan Diploma Mill Makes Millions With Fake Degrees

CEO of shady software company only paid 26 cents in income tax last year

(Newser) - "I had a gut feeling that it was not right." That was what Yasir Jamshaid felt when he started working for Axact, a Pakistani software firm. It turns out his sixth sense was correct, according to a New York Times exposé that reveals a company apparently bringing in...

43 Ismailis Slaughtered on Pakistan Bus

19 injured in attack perhaps carried out by ISIS

(Newser) - At least 43 Ismaili Shia Muslims were killed and up to 19 others were injured today when gunmen boarded a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, and opened fire. Officials say six men on motorcycles, dressed as policemen, stopped the bus as it traveled from a gated community home to many Ismailis....

Dozens Die in Bus-Tanker Crash

Tanker driver flees after Pakistan crash kills 57

(Newser) - A passenger bus crashed into an oil tanker in southern Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least 57 people and leaving their remains charred beyond recognition, officials say. The chief of the emergency department at a Karachi medical center says they have received 57 bodies and treated four injured survivors. She...

Goal of Taliban Airport Assault: Hijack Plane, Mayhem

But Karachi gunfight ends sooner than militants expected

(Newser) - Last night's five-hour gunfight at Pakistan's biggest airport, which ended with at least 27 dead including the 10 militants who stormed the airport, does in fact appear to have been an attempt by the Pakistani Taliban to hijack a passenger plane. A Pakistani military spokesperson initially denied that...

Terrorists Lose Gunfight at Karachi Airport

Up to 23 dead after gunmen storm terminal for VIPs and cargo

(Newser) - Terrorists stormed an international airport in Pakistan today and engaged in a long gun battle with security forces, rattling a country's frail sense of peace, Dawn reports. The army, airport security, and other security personnel fought the ten assailants for hours, confining them to two areas of the airport...

Pakistan: No More Refugees, Please

Country cracks down on illegal Afghan immigrants, fearing flood after US withdrawal

(Newser) - If violence erupts when the US leaves Afghanistan, refugees are going to find the world a very unwelcoming place. Pakistan is cracking down on illegal immigrants from its turbulent neighbor, in anticipation of just such a surge, the Washington Post reports. Police squads in Karachi are actively hunting Afghan immigrants,...

Major 7.7 Quake Hits Pakistan
 Major 7.7 Quake Hits Pakistan 

Major 7.7 Quake Hits Pakistan

Many feared dead as homes collapse

(Newser) - A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck today in southwestern Pakistan, collapsing more than two dozen houses, and sending people fleeing into the streets and praying for their lives, officials said. At least two people died, according to the AP, but Pakistan's The Dawn puts the figure at 10, and...

Musharraf Back in Pakistan Amid Death Threats

Ex-president seeks possible political comeback

(Newser) - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ended more than four years in self-exile today with a flight to his homeland, seeking a possible political comeback in defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban militants. Security forces whisked Musharraf away in a convoy of about a dozen vehicles shortly after...

Pakistan Busts Suspect in Daniel Pearl's Murder

Militant was 'privy to' kidnapping, beheading, officials say

(Newser) - A suspect in the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has been arrested in Pakistan. Officials say a paramilitary unit captured Qari Abdul Hayee in Karachi over the weekend, ABC reports. Hayee is not believed to have personally carried out the murder, but officials say...

Pakistani Protest at US Consulate Turns Violent

Hezbollah leader urges people to 'express our anger'

(Newser) - Rage over an anti-Islamic video reignited today as hundreds of angry Pakistanis battled police outside the US consulate in Karachi, leaving one protester dead and 18 others injured, the AP reports. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the rock-throwing protesters and eventually beat them back with batons. A...

216 Killed in Pakistan Fires
 216 Killed in Pakistan Fires 

216 Killed in Pakistan Fires

Safety failures turn factories into death traps

(Newser) - The death toll from a pair of devastating factory fires that broke out in Pakistan's two biggest cities rose to 216 people today, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape buildings that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment. The more deadly blaze was at a...

India Captures Mumbai Planner

Abu Jindal was allegedly the gunmen's 'handler'

(Newser) - Indian police say they've arrested one of the masterminds behind 2008's dramatic Mumbai terrorist attack. Delhi police tell the BBC that Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, was the "handler" of the 10 gunmen, and that his voice can be heard on recordings of conversations between the gunmen...

Pakistan Cops Told to Shoot Gunmen on Sight

Violence explodes in Karachi

(Newser) - With Karachi in the midst of a wave of violence, Pakistan has taken the drastic step of ordering security forces and police to shoot on sight "any armed miscreant." Over the past four days at least 71 people have been killed in Pakistan’s largest city, including 34...

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