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Pakistan Taliban ends cease-fire with govt, vows new attacks

Nov. 28, 2022 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday ended a monthslong cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, ordering its fighters to resume attacks across the country, where scores of deadly attacks have been blamed on the insurgent group. In a statement, the outlawed...

Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive amid spike in cases

Nov. 28, 2022 03:04 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities launched a new nationwide anti-polio drive on Monday amid a spike in new cases among children, health officials said. It is the sixth such campaign this year and will last for five days, aiming to inoculate children under the age of 5 in high-risk areas. ...

Pakistan arrests senator over comments about army chief

Nov. 27, 2022 05:06 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Federal police in Pakistan have arrested a senator for comments critical of top military officers, colleagues from his Tehreek-e-Insaf political party said Sunday. It was the second time he was taken into custody in as many months. Azam Khan Swati, a senior member...

Pakistan's ex-PM Khan says his party to quit all assemblies

Nov. 27, 2022 01:03 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former premier Imran Khan said Saturday his party was quitting the country's regional and national assemblies, as he made his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month. Khan, a former cricket star turned politician,...

Military says its forces killed 9 insurgents in SW Pakistan

Nov. 26, 2022 09:58 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani security forces shot and killed nine alleged insurgents Saturday during a raid on their hideout in southwestern Baluchistan province, the military said. A military statement said security forces conducted a raid on members of the separatist Baluchistan...

Pakistan arrests man accused of killing daughter in Italy

Nov. 25, 2022 06:23 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani man suspected of killing his 18-year-old daughter in Italy after she reportedly refused an arranged marriage has been arrested and is being questioned by investigators in the capital, Islamabad, a senior police official said Friday. Shabbir Abbas...

Pakistan appoints ex-spy master Gen. Munir as new army chief

Nov. 24, 2022 23:15 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has named the country's former spy chief as head of the military, the information minister said Thursday, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. The army has historically wielded huge influence in Pakistan,...

Pakistan PM to appoint new army chief amid political turmoil

Nov. 23, 2022 10:21 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is poised to appoint a new army chief after receiving a list of candidates for the key position, officials said Wednesday, despite ongoing political turmoil in the country. Pakistan’s army has historically wielded huge...

Pakistani PM unwell, tests positive for COVID for 3rd time

Nov. 15, 2022 06:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister tested positive for the coronavirus and was feeling unwell on Tuesday, a day after returning from London, the country’s information minister said. It was the third time that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif had tested positive for the...

Imran Khan urges followers to march on Islamabad without him

Nov. 10, 2022 10:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan urged his followers Thursday to resume their protest march on the country’s capital to demand early elections — even though he is staying out of the march for now, a week after he was wounded in the leg in a gunman’s attempt on...