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Parents in Pakistan could face prison time for not vaccinating their kids against polio

Oct. 02, 2023 11:47 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in one Pakistan province are turning to a controversial new tactic in the decades-long initiative to wipe out polio: prison. Last month, the government in Sindh introduced a bill that would imprison parents for up to one month if they fail to...

Pakistan launches anti-polio vaccine drive targeting 44M children amid tight security

Oct. 02, 2023 06:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan launched its second nationwide anti-polio campaign of the year Monday in an effort to inoculate 44 million children under the age of 5 amid signs the country was close to eradicating the disease. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul-Haq-Kakar launched the...

Pakistani Taliban attack a police post in eastern Punjab province, killing 1 officer

Oct. 01, 2023 07:20 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked a police post in eastern Punjab province early Sunday, killing one officer and injuring three others, and triggering a shootout that killed two of the attackers, officials said. The attack occurred in the Mianwali district...

Death toll from Pakistan bombing rises to 54 as suspicion falls on local Islamic State group chapter

Sep. 30, 2023 05:16 AM EDT

QUETTTA, Pakistan (AP) — The death toll from a bombing in southwestern Pakistan as people celebrated the Prophet Muhammad's birthday rose to 54 after two critically wounded patients died in hospitals overnight, officials said Saturday. A suspected suicide bomber or bombers blew...

Dozens dead after blast in southwestern Pakistan at a rally celebrating birthday of Islam's prophet

Sep. 29, 2023 10:00 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of people celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 52 people and wounding nearly 70 others, authorities said, in one of the country's deadliest attacks...

The centuries-old card game of bridge offers a sharp contrast to esports at the Asian Games

Sep. 28, 2023 08:40 AM EDT

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — If you're looking for another kind of esport to follow from the Asian Games, try the centuries-old card game of bridge. Here the “e” would stand for “elderly” to represent the game's aging demographic — not for “electronic” as in the...

Pakistan's Imran Khan remains behind bars as cases pile up. Another court orders he stay in jail

Sep. 26, 2023 13:10 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered that former Prime Minister Imran Khan remain in custody for two more weeks as authorities investigate charges that he had revealed state secrets after his 2022 ouster. The development is the latest in an unprecedented pileup of...

After 4 months, Pakistan resumes issuing ID cards to transgender people, officials say

Sep. 26, 2023 03:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities resumed issuing ID cards to transgender people, officials and activists said Tuesday, after a four-month pause and following an Islamic court's controversial ruling that gutted a law aimed at protecting trans rights. The national database and...

Pakistani raid on a militant hideout near Afghanistan leaves 3 militants dead, the military says

Sep. 26, 2023 03:12 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani troops raided a suspected militant hideout in a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold near the border with Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed three militants, the military said Tuesday. A militant commander was among those killed in the shootout...

Pakistani journalist who supported jailed ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan is freed by his captors

Sep. 25, 2023 10:12 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A prominent Pakistani television journalist who went missing after his arrest more than four months ago was freed Monday and returned home, police and his colleagues said. It was widely believed that security agencies had held Imran Riaz Khan, who is known for...