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ITF moves Pakistan-India Davis Cup matchup to Kazakhstan

Nov. 19, 2019 5:26 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The International Tennis Federation has moved Pakistan’s Davis Cup matchup against India to a neutral venue in Kazakhstan. The best-of-five series between the fierce political rivals will be played in Nur-Sultan on Nov. 29-30. The ITF says “the Davis Cup Committee has voted...

Pakistani cleric ends sit-in, calls for blocking highways

Nov. 13, 2019 11:00 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Pakistani cleric says his tens of thousands of supporters have ended their sit-in in the capital and will start blocking highways across the country. Maulana Fazlur Rehman is looking to pressure Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign, accusing him of bad governance. Rehman delivered...

Radical Pakistani cleric continues sit-in; PM won't resign

Nov. 4, 2019 1:18 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Pakistani cleric, who galvanized tens of thousands of followers to march on Islamabad, met Monday with opposition politicians and agreed to continue their sit-in even after a deadline he imposed for the prime minister to resign passed without Imran Khan stepping down. Maulana...

Afghan official: Kabul to probe Pakistan security complaint

Nov. 4, 2019 2:13 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistan closed its consular services in Kabul on Monday, citing unspecified security concerns and an Afghan official said the government would investigate the issue, though it was not officially informed of any concerns. Pakistan's Embassy announced the closure in a statement,...

Pakistani Islamists await deadline they set for PM to resign

Nov. 3, 2019 4:09 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Islamists at a massive protest camp in Pakistan's capital awaited a Sunday deadline set by their leader calling for the prime minister resign. Authorities in Islamabad strengthened security around the camp as the protest entered its third day, including walls of...

Pakistani Islamists stage sit-in, demand PM resign

Nov. 2, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Islamists remained in a protest camp in the heart of Pakistan's capital Saturday amid tight security, as authorities deployed additional shipping containers and riot police to block access to key government buildings. The protest caravan rolled into Islamabad on...

Pakistani Islamists camp out in Islamabad, urge PM to quit

Nov. 1, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of members of a radical Islamist party camped out in Pakistan's capital overnight, demanding Friday the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan over economic hardships Leading a caravan of hundreds of cars and buses was Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the Jamiat...

Pakistan to use DNA tests to identify train fire victims

Nov. 1, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's forensic experts will carry out DNA tests to identify most of the victims of the massive train fire in eastern Punjab province the previous day that killed 74 people and injured dozens, officials said Friday. The tests are are required to identify as many as 52 charred...

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

Oct. 31, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — 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 stop amid contradictory reports about the condition of the train's brakes. Three carriages were consumed...

Pakistan steps up security ahead of rally in Islamabad

Oct. 30, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities are deploying police and putting shipping containers in the capital Islamabad ahead of the arrival of a massive anti-government protest caravan. The measures Wednesday are aimed at stopping demonstrations from reaching the Red Zone, where government offices,...