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UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020

Militants attack Karachi stock exchange, killing at least 3

Militants attacked the stock exchange in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday, killing at least three people — two guards and a policeman, according to police. Special police forces …


UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

As virus spikes, Pakistan says there’s no choice but to open

The coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan at one of the fastest rates in the world, and overwhelmed hospitals are turning away patients. But the government is pushing ahead with opening …


Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighborhood

A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there …


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Pakistani doctors who protested PPE shortage released from jail; Iran to test those without COVID-19 symptoms

The Pakistani military says dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for protesting a lack of protective equipment to treat the growing number of coronavirus cases will get the equipment …


Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, when Muslims gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down.


Polio immunization suspended amid coronavirus pandemic

Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.


Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Instead, …


Afghan refugees tell UN: ‘We need peace, land to go home’

Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, …


Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. But what none of …


Pakistan court overturns death penalty for ex-president

A Pakistani court on Monday overturned the death sentence given to the country’s ex-military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, a former close U.S. ally in the war against terror.


Pakistan sentences former dictator to death in treason case

A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced the country’s former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf to death in a treason case related to the state of emergency he imposed in 2007 …


Ryan Crocker’s reluctance to negotiate with Taliban recounted in Afghan report

Ryan Crocker, a Spokane native who served as ambassador in the Middle East during six presidential administrations, was interviewed in 2016 for “Lessons Learned,” a project conducted through the Special …


Survivors say burning train took 20 minutes to stop, 74 dead

A raging fire swept through a train in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab Province on Thursday killing 74 people and survivors said afterward it took nearly 20 minutes for the train to …


Pakistan PM warns of `bloodbath’ in Kashmir; India PM silent

Insisting he wasn’t making a threat, Pakistan’s leader denounced his Indian counterpart on Friday and warned that any war between the nuclear rivals could “have consequences for the world.” India’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

Pakistan: Risk of ‘accidental war’ with India over Kashmir

Pakistan’s foreign minister warned Tuesday that India’s “illegal occupation” of Muslim-majority Kashmir could drive the nuclear-armed countries “into an accidental war.”


Kashmir police say thousands detained in crackdown in region

At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curtail unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Hundreds defy restrictions, join protests in Kashmir

Hundreds of people have defied unprecedented security restrictions and held a street protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir


India’s Modi defends Kashmir policy amid clash with Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used an Independence Day speech to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as about 7 million residents of the …


India eases restrictions in Kashmir for Islamic festival

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say they eased restrictions in the region’s main city for a third straight day ahead of a major Islamic festival.


Pakistan downgrades diplomatic ties with India over Kashmir

The political crisis over the disputed territory of Kashmir escalated Wednesday when Pakistan said it would downgrade its diplomatic ties with India, expel the Indian ambassador and suspend bilateral trade …


Troops lock down Kashmir as India votes to strip its status

Indian lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that strips the statehood from the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir amid an indefinite security lockdown in the disputed Himalayan territory, actions that neighboring …


Unrest feared after India revokes Kashmir’s special status

India’s Hindu nationalist-led government moved Monday to revoke the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, cutting off communications and deploying thousands of troops in the restive Himalayan region amid fears the …


Pakistani army plane crashes into homes, killing 19

A Pakistani military plane crashed into a residential area before dawn on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people, most of them in their homes on the outskirts of the city …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Trump seeks Pakistan’s help to end long Afghanistan war

President Donald Trump claimed Monday he could end the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan in a matter of days but that it would kill millions of people and wipe the …


Iran’s foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

Iran’s foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

IHOP to open 19 restaurants in Pakistan

IHOP plans to open its first location in Pakistan by the end of the year, part of the American pancake restaurant’s efforts to seek new revenue abroad.


8 killed in India-Pakistan fighting amid high tensions

Indian and Pakistani soldiers have again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

India strikes inside Pakistan after deadly Kashmir attack

A pre-dawn airstrike inside Pakistan that India said targeted a terrorist training camp and killed a “very large number” of militants ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday between the two nuclear-armed …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Kashmir tensions increase as 7 killed in fighting

Tensions escalated in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with seven people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers scoured the area for …