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5 Japanese workers in Pakistan escape suicide blast targeting their van. A Pakistani bystander dies

Apr. 19, 2024 12:39 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a van carrying Japanese nationals in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Friday, police said. The Japanese nationals escaped unharmed but officials later said one bystander was killed. Initially, police said the van was heading to...

Key ally of Pakistan's prime minister demands end to ban on social media platform X

Apr. 19, 2024 05:02 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An important ally of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif demanded the government lift a two-month-old ban on the social media platform X, saying on Friday that it violates citizens' right to speech and expression. The ban on X has been in place since February,...

250,000 Afghan children need education, food and homes after returning from Pakistan, says NGO

Apr. 18, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A quarter of a million Afghan children need education, food and homes after being forcibly returned from Pakistan, a nongovernmental organization said Thursday. Pakistan is cracking down on foreigners it alleges are in the country illegally, including 1.7 million...

Gunmen ambush vehicle carrying customs officials in northwest Pakistan, killing 4 officers

Apr. 18, 2024 11:22 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying officials from the customs department in troubled northwest Pakistan on Thursday evening, killing four of them before fleeing the scene, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack...

Pakistan says Iran's President Raisi will visit next week despite tensions in the Middle East

Apr. 18, 2024 08:44 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi will visit Pakistan as scheduled next week despite increasing tension in the Middle East in the wake of Tehran's aerial attack on Israel, Pakistan's foreign minister said Thursday. Ishaq Dar said Raisi will arrive in the capital,...

Pakistani security forces kill 7 militants trying to sneak into the country from Afghanistan

Apr. 17, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces killed seven militants in a remote northwestern border area on Wednesday when they tried to sneak into the country from Afghanistan, the military said. The military's statement said the insurgents had been detected near Ghulam...

Death toll from 4 days of rains rises to 63 in Pakistan with more rain on the forecast

Apr. 17, 2024 06:48 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Lightning and heavy rains led to 14 deaths in Pakistan, officials said Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of extreme weather to at least 63, as the heaviest downpour in decades flooded villages on the country's southwestern coast. Flash floods have also...

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia call for a cease-fire in Gaza, saying efforts so far are insufficient

Apr. 16, 2024 10:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called for an immediate cease-fire and uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid in Gaza. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, on a visit to Islamabad, said that international efforts toward a cease-fire...

Saudi foreign minister arrives in Pakistan to discuss how to help with the country's economic crisis

Apr. 15, 2024 20:45 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Monday led a high-level delegation on a two-day visit to Pakistan, which is seeking help in overcoming one of its worst economic crises. Prince Faisal bin Farhan's visit comes a week after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with...

Lightning, rains kill 49 in Pakistan as authorities declare a state of emergency in the southwest

Apr. 15, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Lightning and heavy rains have killed at least 49 people across Pakistan in the past three days, officials said Monday, as authorities in the country's southwest declared a state of emergency. Some deaths occurred when lightning struck farmers harvesting wheat....