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Pakistan watchdog decries forced conversions, curbs on media

Apr. 15, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent rights watchdog on Monday raised concerns about incidents in Pakistan of forced conversions and marriages of girls from the country's minority Hindu and Christian community to Muslim men. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in it annual report said lawmakers need to pass...

Thousands of Sikhs gather for harvest festival in Pakistan

Apr. 14, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from across the world have gathered at a shrine in Pakistan to celebrate the Vaisakhi harvest festival amid heightened security. The festival concluded Sunday, with pilgrims bathing and worshipping at a pond at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in the town of Hasanabdal,...

Pakistan announces release of 360 Indian fishermen

Apr. 5, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign ministry announced Friday that authorities will release 360 Indian prisoners detained for fishing illegally in the country's territorial waters in the Arabian sea, a move aimed at easing tensions with New Delhi. Mohammad Faisal, ministry spokesman, told reporters that...

Taliban siege in remote Afghan province kills 12 more troops

Apr. 5, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition. The...

Afghan officials: Taliban kill at least 20 troops, policemen

Apr. 4, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban launched a brazen attack under the cover of darkness early Thursday on an Afghan government compound in western Badghis province, killing at least 20 soldiers and policemen, officials said. It was the latest attack by the Taliban who target Afghan forces on a daily...

Pakistan, India trade fire in disputed Kashmir: 7 people die

Apr. 2, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving seven people dead — three Pakistani soldiers, a Pakistani villager, an Indian woman and a girl and a member of the Indian paramilitary troops, officials said Tuesday. The fatalities were some of the...

Pakistan places 2 Hindu girls in protection after conversion

Mar. 26, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court placed two teenage sisters from the minority Hindu community in a government shelter on Tuesday as authorities launched an investigation into whether the girls were abducted and forced to convert and marry two Muslim men. The case of the sisters from the southern Sindh...

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Mar. 23, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Indian Prime Minister...

Pakistan celebrates National Day with military parade

Mar. 23, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistanis are celebrating their National Day with a military parade that's showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware. Pakistani President Arif Alvi marked the occasion saying that the region needs peace, not war and Pakistan wants to live peacefully...

Longest US-Taliban peace talks see 'progress' in Qatar

Mar. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made. The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government...