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India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 11:56 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, even though critics said it undermines the country's secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists,...

Pakistani radical cleric indicted in terror financing case

Dec. 11, 2019 6:04 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Wednesday indicted a radical cleric wanted by Washington for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and four of his associates on terror financing charges. Hafiz Saeed and the four other suspects pleaded not guilty when a judge read charges against them in a...

Pakistan court orders release of ailing ex-President Zardari

Dec. 11, 2019 5:47 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court ordered on Wednesday that ailing former President Asif Ali Zardari be released on bail on medical grounds, so that he can seek medical treatment at a hospital of his choice in the country. The development came about five months after Zardari, the widower of the country's...

Pakistanis rally to end 'forced disappearances' by gov't

Dec. 10, 2019 10:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of people held a rally in Pakistan's capital on Tuesday to demand the government release what they say are hundreds of people who have been “forcibly disappeared” by security agencies in recent years. Marking international Human Rights Day, activists and families of...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Dec. 7, 2019 12:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the...

2 Pakistani soldiers, 2 militants killed in shootout in NW

Dec. 5, 2019 9:46 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military says its troops have raided a militant hideout in a former tribal region bordering Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed two soldiers and two militants. In a statement, it said Thursday’s shootout took place near the village of Boya in...

India says Pakistan firing kills 2 civilians in Kashmir

Dec. 3, 2019 9:27 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian military said Pakistani soldiers fired at about a dozen border posts in civilian areas along the highly militarized frontier in divided Kashmir on Tuesday, leaving two civilians dead and seven others injured. Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said Pakistani...

Pakistani police charge hundreds of protesters with treason

Dec. 2, 2019 4:09 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s police say it has charged hundreds of students and activists with sedition for making insulting remarks against its military at a protest demanding the lifting of a ban on political activity at universities. Sunday’s move by police in the city of Lahore to...

Pakistani students demand end to ban on unions at campuses

Nov. 29, 2019 11:07 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani students backed by rights activists are holding rallies across the country in a rare show of strength to urge Prime Minister Imran Khan to lift a decades-long ban on peaceful political activities at education institutions. Friday’s rallies in the cities of Lahore,...

Pakistan court OKs new 6-month term for army chief

Nov. 28, 2019 7:32 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday extended the army chief’s term for six months, ending days of legal tension with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. That’s still less than the three-year extension Khan originally wanted to keep the army chief at his post. But...