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India's Glowing Border Is Visible From Space

Thanks to nearly 1,200 miles of floodlights

(Newser) - An astronaut above the International Space Station has captured a stunning image of what NASA refers to as "one of the few places on Earth where an international boundary can be seen at night." The Sept. 23 image shows the glowing, snaking border between India and Pakistan, visible... More »

Pakistan Can't Hang Man Who Can't Stand

It's unclear if paraplegic Abdul Basit will face eventual execution

(Newser) - A man was given a last-minute stay of his execution in Pakistan today, not over concerns that the country is running "a conveyor belt of executions"—though that is a real criticism—but because Abdul Basit is unable to stand on the gallows. Basit, 43, acquired tubercular meningitis... More »

Pakistan Now Has Its Own Killer Drones

Army says strike hit 'high profile' militants

(Newser) - Pakistan used its first-ever armed drone today, killing three "high profile" militants near the Afghan border, according to the army. The missiles hit a compound in the Shawal valley of the Waziristan tribal region, a Pakistani army statement said. Pakistan first displayed the drone at a military parade earlier... More »

Advocates Are Fuming Over Pakistan's Latest Execution

Some say Shafqat Hussain was a minor at time of killing, confessed under torture

(Newser) - Despite last-minute pleas to save his life, a convicted killer who some say may have been innocent was hanged in a Pakistan prison early today. Shafqat Hussain, convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 7-year-old boy in 2004, reportedly confessed to police, though his lawyer says he only did so under... More »

Pakistan Terror Leader Killed in Mysterious Shootout

Police say he was killed in convoy ambush

(Newser) - Pakistani police gunned down one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout today, killing a man believed to be behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites. Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaeda-linked... More »

65K Heatstroke Cases, Morgues Overrun in Pakistan

Weeklong heat wave has now claimed 1.2K people

(Newser) - A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi's hospitals since June 20... More »

Pakistan to Save the Children: Get Out Now

Charity given 15 days to vacate country

(Newser) - Save the Children has carried out its charity work in Pakistan for more than three decades, but now the nonprofit has 15 days to get out of the country. The government has ordered it so, sending police to lock the gate of the charity's Islamabad office last night, Reuters... More »

8 Malala Suspects Didn't Go to Jail as Reported

No good explanation why 'misreporting' took so long to correct

(Newser) - The secretive trial of Malala Yousafzai's alleged attackers now has another surprise to reveal: Even though it was widely reported at the end of April that 10 Taliban militants had been convicted and sentenced to Pakistan's equivalent of a life sentence for trying to kill her, Pakistani officials... More »

Bin Laden Wrote About Ditching Pakistan Compound

Just months before he was killed in 2011 raid

(Newser) - Yesterday, secret documents from a "treasure trove" Osama bin Laden kept in his Pakistan hideout were released, and today, another revelation has emerged from some of that correspondence. Feeling isolated and missing family, bin Laden confessed in a letter that he was thinking about splitting Abbottabad and joining up... More »

Secret Osama Docs Released: Love Notes, Dentist Fears

'Treasure trove' also confirms bin Laden's obsession with attacking US

(Newser) - The Navy SEALs didn't just take out Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011—they also retrieved hundreds of documents from his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout that have reportedly been described by officials as a "treasure trove" of info about the al-Qaeda leader. The Office of the Director of... More »

Pakistan Diploma Mill Makes Millions With Fake Degrees

CEO of shady software company only paid 26 cents in income tax last year

(Newser) - "I had a gut feeling that it was not right." That was what Yasir Jamshaid felt when he started working for Axact, a Pakistani software firm. It turns out his sixth sense was correct, according to a New York Times exposé that reveals a company apparently bringing in... More »

43 Ismailis Slaughtered on Pakistan Bus

19 injured in attack perhaps carried out by ISIS

(Newser) - At least 43 Ismaili Shia Muslims were killed and up to 19 others were injured today when gunmen boarded a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, and opened fire. Officials say six men on motorcycles, dressed as policemen, stopped the bus as it traveled from a gated community home to many Ismailis.... More »

Ambassadors, Wives Killed in Pakistan Helicopter Crash

Taliban claims it shot down aircraft full of envoys

(Newser) - The ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia were killed today when an army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries made a crash landing in the country's north, the military says. An army spokesman says the Mi-17 helicopter made the... More »

10 Will Serve Life for Malala Attack

Gunmen who shot her aren't among those convicted

(Newser) - Ten men will serve 25 years in prison, Pakistan's equivalent of a life sentence, for the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai and her classmates. Members of the terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were convicted and sentenced in an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan yesterday, Al Jazeera reports. Arrested in September, they... More »

China to Build a Direct Path to Indian Ocean

Chinese to announce $45B investment in Pakistani energy, infrastructure

(Newser) - China doesn't touch the Indian Ocean, but it soon intends to have access to it. Chinese president Xi Jinping is currently on a two-day trip to Pakistan to finalize a big investment in its links with its neighbor: $45 billion to be spent on energy and infrastructure projects, the... More »

Asteroid Named After Anti-Taliban Activist

Malala Yousafzai honored by NASA researcher

(Newser) - A dark rock you might spot orbiting the sun every 5.5 years now has its own name: 316201 Malala (2010 ML48) . The part we all understand—Malala—refers to Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, 17, who drew the world's attention by defying Taliban rule... More »

Suspect in Mumbai Attacks Sprung From Pakistan Jail

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi freed from Islamabad-area prison pending his trial

(Newser) - Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected Pakistani mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks , was freed from a jail near Islamabad today, following a court order that he be set free pending trial. Lakhvi was said to be the operations chief for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organization blamed for the 2008 attacks. It's unclear... More »

Why a Supermodel Ended Up in a Pakistani Jail

Ayyan Ali's trouble stems from a suitcase filled with half-a-million dollars

(Newser) - You'd expect to hear about a supermodel frequenting bars, not being behind them, but the latter is Ayyan Ali's current situation. The 23-year-old is a supermodel in Pakistan, and she's been jailed in the country since March 14 following her arrest at the Islamabad airport. The BBC... More »

Pakistan: Man Slaughtered 10 Over Failed Proposal

Suspect had reportedly killed his parents months earlier

(Newser) - A dispute over a marriage proposal in Pakistan resulted in a staggering body count, according to police in Khyber Pakhtunkwha province. Police say Gul Ahmed, enraged by a failed engagement to his cousin Naveeda Bibi, killed his uncle, aunt, and eight cousins, including Naveeda, yesterday morning, the AP reports. The... More »

Dozens Die in Bus-Tanker Crash

Tanker driver flees after Pakistan crash kills 57

(Newser) - A passenger bus crashed into an oil tanker in southern Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least 57 people and leaving their remains charred beyond recognition, officials say. The chief of the emergency department at a Karachi medical center says they have received 57 bodies and treated four injured survivors. She... More »

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