Afghan president pledges relief fund for avalanche victims

Kabul  – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort. Avalanches killed at least 286 people [...]

Pakistan climber massacre suspect escapes prison

Islamabad  – A militant accused over one of Pakistan’s most notorious recent terror attacks, the massacre of 10 foreign climbers in the country’s far north in 2013, escaped from jail on Friday, officials said. Gunmen stormed [...]

Saudi Arabia beheads Indian axe murderer, Pakistani

Riyadh  – Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded an Indian axe murderer and a Pakistani heroin trafficker, bringing to 34 the number of death sentences carried out this year. Vijay Kumar Saleem, of India, was convicted of killing a Yemeni [...]

Pakistan’s spy chief heads to US amid Afghan Taliban talks push

Islamabad – Pakistan’s powerful spy chief has left on an official trip to the United States, the military said Wednesday, with possible peace talks between Afghanistan and the Afghan Taliban likely to be on the agenda. It is Lieutenant [...]

National Geographic ‘Afghan girl’ in Pakistan papers probe

Peshawar (Pakistan) – Pakistani officials are investigating after the famous green-eyed “Afghan girl” immortalised in a 1985 National Geographic magazine cover was found living in the country on fraudulent identity papers. The [...]

Pakistan police arrest schoolgirl over ‘Taliban’ extortion calls

Peshawar (Pakistan) – Police in Pakistan have arrested a schoolgirl for trying to extort money from wealthy men by pretending she was linked to Taliban militants, officers said on Tuesday. The 18-year-old girl, identified only as Lubna, [...]

Reuters Pakistan bureau chief dies in Islamabad

Islamabad  – The Pakistan and Afghanistan bureau chief for Reuters news agency died on Monday after collapsing in the office in Islamabad, the company said. Maria Golovnina, 34, was rushed to hospital in the Pakistani capital but doctors [...]

10 burn to death in Pakistan bus crash: officials

Karachi  – At least 10 people burned to death and nine others were injured when a passenger van overturned and caught fire in southern Pakistan, officials said Monday. The accident took place overnight in the southern town of Noori Abad, [...]

Pakistan trains high-altitude cops to protect climbers

Gilgit (Pakistan)  – Police in Pakistan’s far north have set up a special high-altitude unit in a bid to entice back climbers after a group of foreign mountaineers were massacred by militants in the region in 2013. The new 50-strong [...]

Pakistan terror wave sparks rare criticism of Saudi Arabia

Islamabad  – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long enjoyed close relations, but Islamabad’s new-found resolve for fighting the root causes of extremism has seen the Gulf state come in for rare criticism. The two countries, both with [...]

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