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Pakistan blocks Wikipedia, says it hurt Muslim sentiments

Feb. 06, 2023 03:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulator said Monday it blocked Wikipedia services in the country for hurting Muslim sentiment by not removing purportedly blasphemous content from the site. Critics denounced Islamabad's action, saying it was a blow to digital rights. Under...

Bomb kills soldier, wounds 11 people in southwest Pakistan

Feb. 06, 2023 04:31 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bombing near a vehicle carrying Pakistani paramilitary troops in southwestern Baluchistan province killed a soldier and wounded 11 people, mostly civilians, police and security officials said Monday. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the...

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan martial ruler in 9/11 wars, dies

Feb. 05, 2023 20:42 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, officials said Sunday. He was 79. Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president...

Pakistani troops kill 2 militants in raid near Afghan border

Feb. 03, 2023 13:09 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani troops on Friday raided a militant hideout in a former stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban militant group, in the country's northwest and near the border with Afghanistan, the military said. The raid triggered a shootout that killed that killed two militants. ...

Pakistan PM warns of 'tough time' to fulfill IMF conditions

Feb. 03, 2023 09:51 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Friday warned of a “tough time" as his government struggles to comply with conditions set by the International Monetary Fund for the next tranche of the country's bailout package. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif addressed an auditorium...

Militant who killed 101 at Pakistan mosque wore uniform

Feb. 02, 2023 13:52 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber who killed 101 people this week at a mosque in northwestern Pakistan had disguised himself in police uniform and did not raise suspicion among the guards, the provincial police chief said Thursday. The bomber arrived pushing a motorcycle...

Taliban asks Pakistan not to blame them for violence at home

Feb. 01, 2023 13:03 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban-appointed foreign minister Wednesday asked Pakistani authorities to look for the reasons behind militant violence in their country instead of blaming Afghanistan. The comments from Amir Khan Muttaqi came two days after Pakistani officials said...

Peshawar, the city of flowers, becomes epicenter of violence

Feb. 01, 2023 06:01 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Peshawar was once known as “the city of flowers,” surrounded by orchards of pear, quince and pomegranate trees. It was a trading city, situated at the gates of a key mountain valley connecting South and Central Asia. But for the past four...

Pakistan bombing raises fears over security breach, 100 dead

Jan. 31, 2023 14:11 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities scrambled on Tuesday to determine how a suicide bomber was able to carry out one of the country’s deadliest militant attacks in years, unleashing an explosion in a crowded mosque inside a highly secured police compound in the city of Peshawar. The...

What's behind the Pakistani Taliban's insurgency?

Jan. 30, 2023 23:15 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — When a suicide bomber struck a mosque inside a police compound in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, suspicion immediately fell on the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP. In a post on Twitter, a commander for the group,...