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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a Pakistani religious group, surround an armored police armored car carrying their leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, as he arrives to a court in Lahore, Pakistan. A Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of the radical Islamist party to 55-year prison terms each for taking part in violent rallies in 2018 over the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case, a party official said Friday.(AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Pakistani court hands down 55-year sentences to 86 Islamists

Jan. 17, 2020 3:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of a radical Islamist party to 55-year prison terms each for taking part in violent rallies in 2018 over the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case, a party official said Friday. The verdicts, unusually harsh for Pakistan, were...

Pakistan arrests 71-year-old man in 2005 killing of UK woman

Jan. 16, 2020 2:16 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani man has been arrested in the 2005 killing of a British woman police officer who was gunned down as she responded to a robbery in the city of Bradford in 2005, police in the U.K. said. The 71-year-old suspect, Piran Ditta Khan, who was taken in custody earlier this week,...

Pakistani air force jet crashes in training, 2 pilots killed

Jan. 7, 2020 8:18 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's air force said one if its aircraft crashed during training Tuesday in the eastern Punjab province, killing the two pilots. The FT-7 jet trainer went down in an open area and caused no damage on the ground, the air force statement said. It said an investigation had been...

Dr. Zafar Mirza, center, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health, addresses a news conference with members of the Pakistani transgender community in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Pakistan has begun issuing special health care cards for transgender people. They have often been denied treatment because doctors could not decide whether to treat them in a male or female ward. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistan issues health IDs for trans people to improve care

Dec. 31, 2019 10:20 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan began issuing special health ID cards for transgender people on Tuesday as way to lessen health care discrimination. Trans people have often been denied treatment in Pakistan because doctors could not decide whether to treat them in a male or female ward, and have even died for...

A boy points toward a house which was raided by security forces and suspects arrested in Gujranwala,, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Five al-Qaida operatives were arrested in a raid overnight in eastern Pakistan, an official with the country's counterterrorism department said Friday. (AP Photo/Aftab Rizvi)

Pakistan arrests 5 al-Qaida operatives in nighttime raid

Dec. 27, 2019 5:21 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Five al-Qaida operatives were arrested in a raid overnight in eastern Pakistan, an official with the country's counterterrorism department said Friday. According to the official, Muhammad Imran, the raid in Punjab province was carried out in collaboration with the country's top...

Kashmir border shootings kill 2 Pakistani, 2 Indians

Dec. 26, 2019 8:52 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, with the latest exchang es killing two Pakistani troops, an Indian soldier and a civilian woman, officials on both sides said Thursday. The Pakistani military said in a statement that its troops came under attack...

Pakistan to fire judge who wants Musharraf's body hanged

Dec. 19, 2019 2:14 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's government said Thursday it will seek to remove a judge who demanded while sentencing former ruler Pervez Musharraf to death that his body be publicly hanged for three days if he should die before being arrested. Musharraf was sentenced to death in absentia Tuesday in a treason...

Pakistan writes to UN, says India placed missiles in Kashmir

Dec. 19, 2019 12:19 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister said Thursday he has written to the United Nations to warn the world body of what he says are actions by New Delhi to position missile launchers in the Indian-controlled Kashmir. In the letter Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he wrote earlier this...

Supporters of former Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf protest a court's decision, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The Pakistani court sentenced Musharraf to death in a treason case related to the state of emergency he imposed in 2007 while in power, officials said. Musharraf who is apparently sick and receiving treatment in Dubai where he lives was not present in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Musharraf sees "personnel vendetta" behind his conviction

Dec. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's ailing former dictator on Wednesday said the death sentence given to him by a court in a treason case is based on a “personnel vendetta”. it was Pervez Musharraf's first reaction to Tuesday's court verdict, which had already been denounced by the country's powerful...

FILE - In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Pakistan. A Pakistani court sentenced the country's former military ruler to death in a treason case relating to the imposition of a state of emergency by him in 2007 when he was in power. Musharraf who is apparently sick and receiving treatment in Dubai where he lives was not present in the courtroom when judges announced ruling on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Pakistan sentences former dictator to death in treason case

Dec. 17, 2019 9:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced the country's former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf to death in a treason case related to the state of emergency he imposed in 2007 while in power, officials said. It's the first time in Pakistan's history that a former army chief and ruler of...