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UN to seek $800 million more in aid for flood-hit Pakistan

Sep. 30, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United Nations will seek $800 million more in aid from the international community to respond to soaring life-saving needs of Pakistani flood survivors, a U.N. official said Friday. The unprecedented deluges — likely worsened by climate change — have killed...

Pakistan launches anti-harassment hotline for trans people

Sep. 30, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Friday launched a hotline for transgender people in an effort to protect them from discrimination and harassment, a senior government official said. Trans people in Pakistan are considered outcasts by many, especially in conservative areas in the...

Bombing inside Pakistani sweets shop kills 1, wounds 14

Sep. 30, 2022 04:26 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded inside a sweet shop in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 14 others, officials said. The bombing happened in the town of Kohlu in Baluchistan province, according to district administrator Qurban Ali. He...

Pakistani court acquits ex-PM's daughter in corruption case

Sep. 29, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court in Pakistan's capital city on Thursday acquitted the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after she was sentenced to seven years in prison over charges connected with the purchase of luxury apartments in London. Maryam Nawaz, the vice president of...

3 million children may miss a semester in flood-hit Pakistan

Sep. 29, 2022 06:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Almost 3 million children in Pakistan may miss at least one semester because of flood damage to schools, officials said Thursday, following heavy monsoon rains likely worsened by climate change. Unprecedented deluges since mid-June have affected more than 33...

Gunman kills Chinese-Pakistani national in Karachi, wounds 2

Sep. 28, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A gunman posing as a dental patient shot and killed a dual national Chinese-Pakistani man working in a dental clinic in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Wednesday before fleeing the scene, police said. A Chinese couple running the clinic was...

Pakistan appoints new finance minister amid economic crisis

Sep. 28, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan appointed a new finance minister on Wednesday, as the impoverished Islamic nation struggles to recover from an economic crisis worsened by deadly floods. Ishaq Dar, a senior figure in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, has been finance minister three...

Top Pakistan diplomat urges flood aid, patience with Taliban

Sep. 28, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says the international community should work with Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, not against them, when it comes to combatting foreign extremist groups and the economic and humanitarian crises in that country — even as many U.S. officials say the...

Washington announces more aid for flood-ravaged Pakistan

Sep. 27, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United States has boosted assistance to Pakistan’s flood relief efforts, announcing $10 million in aid, in addition to Washington's already announced financial assistance of $56.1 million, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Washington is the biggest...

At UN, a fleeting opportunity to tell their nations' stories

Sep. 27, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan's new prime minister stepped onto the U.N. podium and faced world leaders, ready to spin a tale of floods and climate change and more than 33 million people at risk. Shahbaz Sharif began: “As I stand here today to tell the story of my country ...” ...