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Afghan officials say Pakistani rockets kill 9, wound 50

Jul. 31, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan fired a barrage of rockets across its southwestern border, killing nine people and wounding 50 in an Afghan frontier town, Afghan officials said Friday. Pakistan said Afghan border guards fired first and blamed them for the previous night's exchange. The shooting that led...

Pakistan launches probe into death of lions during transport

Jul. 31, 2020 6:27 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are investigating the deaths of a pair of lions that died two days apart during their transfer from an Islamabad zoo to an animal sanctuary in eastern Pakistan. Anis Rehman, chairman of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board, a government agency, said the lion...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad is heading back to the region in efforts to jump-start negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The trip comes as the Taliban offered a conciliatory message ahead of major Muslim holiday. The Taliban leader says they do not seek to monopolize power in a future political makeup of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban to halt military operations over 3-day Eid holiday

Jul. 29, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced they won't carry out military operations in Afghanistan for three days during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha that starts this weekend. In a statement Tuesday promising a brief respite to the fighting, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said commanders have been...

Senior UN official skips Pakistan visit, citing flight issue

Jul. 26, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The incoming president of the United Nations General Assembly announced Sunday that he was postponing a scheduled visit to Pakistan “due to some technical flight problems." Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir was elected president of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly last...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.  The Taliban say they are ready for talks with Afghanistan's political leadership after the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha at the end of July 2020, offering to hand over the last of the government prisoners in a week's time, providing the government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners.  The offer made by Shaheen in a tweet late Thursday, July 23, 2020 follows one of the most significant shakeups in the Taliban in years.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say ready for talks with Kabul after Eid holiday

Jul. 24, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are ready for talks with Afghanistan's political leadership after the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha at the end of July, offering to hand over the last of the government prisoners in a week's time, providing the government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners. The...

Kaneez Sughra, wife of kidnaped prominent Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, shows a picture her husband to journalists at a relative's home, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Jan, known for his hard hitting criticism of the country's powerful institutions, including its military, is missing, human rights groups and a family member said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani journalist recounts ordeal, abduction by armed men

Jul. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani journalist known for his criticism of the country’s military on Thursday recounted his ordeal this week when armed men abducted him in broad daylight and held him captive for a day. It was the first time Matiullah Jan, who was freed on Tuesday, shared details about his...

Kaneez Sughra, wife of kidnaped prominent Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, shows a picture her husband to journalists at a family's home, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Jan, known for his hard hitting criticism of the country's powerful institutions, including its military, is missing, human rights groups and a family member said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani journalist abducted by armed men in uniform freed

Jul. 22, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A prominent Pakistani journalist has been freed and was back home Wednesday, a day after armed agents intercepted his car, grabbed and whisked him away in broad daylight. The abduction drew an immediate outcry from almost all opposition parties in Pakistan, human rights activists and the...

Kaneez Sughra, wife of kidnaped prominent Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, shows a picture her husband to journalists while other family member gather at a family's home, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  Jan, known for his hard hitting criticism of the country's powerful institutions, including its military, is missing, human rights groups and a family member said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Rights groups raise alarm about missing Pakistani journalist

Jul. 21, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A prominent Pakistani journalist known for his hard-hitting criticism of the country's powerful institutions, including its military, is missing, human rights groups and a family member said Tuesday. At least 10 heavily armed men in three vehicles intercepted Matiullah Jan soon after he...

A man opens social media app 'Tik Tok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Pakistan has threatened the China-linked TikTok video service and blocked the Singapore-based Bigo Live streaming platform, citing what the regulating authority called widespread complaints about

Pakistan warns TikTok video service, blocks Bigo Live app

Jul. 21, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has threatened China's TikTok and blocked the Singapore-based Bigo Live streaming platform, citing what the regulating authority called widespread complaints about “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content on the apps. The move was promptly decried by Pakistani rights...

Pakistani court approves moving zoo's elephant to Cambodia

Jul. 18, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Saturday approved the relocation of an elephant to a sprawling animal sanctuary in Cambodia after animal rights activists launched a campaign saying the pachyderm that spent three decades in the Islamic nation was being mistreated at the capital's small zoo, officials...