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Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

May. 19, 2022 04:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with rising violence, Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil, but so far the Taliban remain reluctant to take action — trying instead to broker a peace. Last month came a...

Pakistan Taliban extend truce for more talks with government

May. 18, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday said they are extending a cease-fire with the government until May 30, after the two sides held an initial round of talks hosted by the Afghan Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. The spokesman for the militant group, Mohammad...

Pakistan ups security for ex-PM Khan over deadly plot claims

May. 16, 2022 04:16 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan beefed up security around former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, the interior ministry said, two days after he had claimed at a rally in eastern Punjab province that there was a plot to assassinate him. The ministry said in a statement that dozens of...

Pakistan court asks intel agency not to arrest TV journalist

May. 11, 2022 05:24 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court in Islamabad ordered a key Pakistani intelligence agency not to arrest a prominent anchorperson who is accused of spreading fake news and hate content on social media against the military, his colleagues said Wednesday. The journalist Sami Abrahim is...

Aid group reports surging numbers in child abuse in Pakistan

Apr. 29, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani aid group dedicated to child protection said Friday its data shows assaults and sexual abuse of children have surged by nearly a third in the country last year. The organization’s director said she fears an increase in “dark web” gangs trading in...

Pakistan court asks intel agency to stop harassing TV anchor

Apr. 28, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court in Islamabad on Thursday asked Pakistan’s intelligence agency and the police to stop harassing a prominent TV anchor after his lawyer petitioned the court, saying his client’s fundamental rights were being violated by security officials. The order by...

Suicide blast in southern Pakistan kills 3 Chinese, driver

Apr. 26, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — An explosion ripped through a van inside a university campus in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing three Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver, officials said. A separatist militant group claimed responsibility and said the attack was carried out by a woman...

U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar meets with Pakistani leaders

Apr. 20, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar met Wednesday with Pakistani leaders in the first visit by a member of Congress since a new coalition government came into power in Islamabad last week after the ouster of former premier Imran Khan. According to a government statement, Omar met...

Pakistan's new Cabinet sworn in at presidency in Islamabad

Apr. 19, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Cabinet of Pakistan's newly-elected prime minister, Shahbaz Sharif, was sworn in Tuesday during a brief ceremony. Acting President Sadiq Sanjrani administered the oath to the 34 ministers at the white marble palace known as the Presidency in the capital,...

Pakistan warns neighbor Afghanistan not to shelter militants

Apr. 17, 2022 06:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan fired off a sharp warning Sunday to Afghanistan's hard-line religious rulers to stop sheltering homegrown Pakistani Taliban militants who have staged increasingly deadly attacks against the country’s military. The warning followed Afghan reports that...