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Pakistani cleric ends sit-in, calls for blocking highways

Nov. 13, 2019 11:00 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Pakistani cleric says his tens of thousands of supporters have ended their sit-in in the capital and will start blocking highways across the country. Maulana Fazlur Rehman is looking to pressure Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign, accusing him of bad governance. Rehman delivered...

Bomb attack kills 3 soldiers on patrol in northwest Pakistan

Nov. 12, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded another in a northwestern district bordering Afghanistan. The military statement Tuesday said the soldiers were on patrol in the North Waziristan region when the explosion hit their vehicle. No one immediately claimed...

Pakistan to remove ailing ex-PM from no-fly list

Nov. 12, 2019 9:09 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says its ailing ex-prime minister will be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment. Nawaz Sharif was released on bail last month after his jail sentence was temporarily suspended on medical grounds. He had remained on a no-fly list. Sharif, 69, received a seven-year jail...

Pakistan's ailing ex-PM still on no-fly list

Nov. 11, 2019 9:31 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's ailing ex-prime minister is upset that he's still on a no-fly list, blocking him from getting medical treatment abroad. Nawaz Sharif was released on bail last month after his jail sentence was temporarily suspended on medical grounds. Sharif, 69, received a...

Pakistan opens visa-free border crossing for India Sikhs

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

KARTARPUR, Pakistan (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Pakistan inaugurated Saturday a visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day. Imran Khan and Narendra Modi held separate opening ceremonies...

Poor air quality closes schools in eastern Pakistan

Nov. 7, 2019 2:30 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Dangerously poor air quality has forced Pakistan's government to close all schools in Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab province and home to 11 million people. A thick smog is hanging over the city, caused in part by widespread crop burning in the surrounding province. It's a...

Radical Pakistani cleric continues sit-in; PM won't resign

Nov. 4, 2019 1:18 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Pakistani cleric, who galvanized tens of thousands of followers to march on Islamabad, met Monday with opposition politicians and agreed to continue their sit-in even after a deadline he imposed for the prime minister to resign passed without Imran Khan stepping down. Maulana...

Pakistan grants daughter of ailing ex-prime minister bail

Nov. 4, 2019 7:12 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has freed on bail the daughter of Pakistan's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was similarly released last week from custody for medical reasons. Monday's court decision ordered Maryam Nawaz, who has been charged with money laundering, to surrender her...

Pakistani Islamists await deadline they set for PM to resign

Nov. 3, 2019 4:09 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Islamists at a massive protest camp in Pakistan's capital awaited a Sunday deadline set by their leader calling for the prime minister resign. Authorities in Islamabad strengthened security around the camp as the protest entered its third day, including walls of...

Pakistani Islamists stage sit-in, demand PM resign

Nov. 2, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Islamists remained in a protest camp in the heart of Pakistan's capital Saturday amid tight security, as authorities deployed additional shipping containers and riot police to block access to key government buildings. The protest caravan rolled into Islamabad on...