Pakistan

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Pregnant Woman's Father to Die for Her 'Honor Killing'

Farzana Parveen's father, brother, cousins will appeal

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has sentenced a father, brother, and two cousins to death after they used stones and bricks to murder a pregnant relative who married without the family's consent. The decision came yesterday, months after Farzana Parveen 's "honor killing" outside a Lahore courthouse in May... More »

80% of Terrorism Deaths Occur in 5 Countries

Global Terrorism Index shows big jump overall from last year

(Newser) - If it feels like deadly attacks by terror groups such as the Islamic State are in the headlines every day, new numbers from the Global Terrorism Index might explain why. The survey attributes about 18,000 deaths last year to terrorism, a rise of 60% from the previous year, reports... More »

'No Mercy' for Mob That Shoved Christian Couple Into Kiln: PM

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif calls murders of Christian couple 'unacceptable crime'

(Newser) - The mob that swarmed a Christian couple's home in Pakistan on Tuesday broke down their door and beat them before dragging them to the kiln where they worked and throwing them in, CNN reports. For those acts, the killers should receive "no mercy," says Pakistani PM Nawaz... More »

Mob Kills Pakistani Couple Accused of Blasphemy

Husband, wife beaten, burned on allegations they descecrated Koran

(Newser) - A married Christian couple were killed by a mob in Pakistan after being accused of desecrating the Koran, reports AFP . The brutal assault took place at the brick kiln where they worked in the town of Kot Radha Kishan, near Lahore. Police say the pair were beaten and then burned... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills Scores in Lahore

At least 45 now confirmed dead, 70 more injured

(Newser) - The death toll in a bomb blast near Pakistan's eastern border with India is quickly rising, with a provincial police chief confirming that 45 people are dead. Mushtaq Sukhera told reporters in Lahore that the bomb exploded outside a restaurant near a Pakistani paramilitary soldiers' checkpoint at the Wagah... More »

Pakistan Upholds Christian's Death Sentence

Asia Bibi sentenced to die under blasphemy laws

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer says. Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, had appealed before the Lahore High Court against the ruling, in which... More »

Booze, Banned and Often Toxic, Is Killing in Pakistan

Bad liquor kills at least 27 during Eid celebrations

(Newser) - For many of us, knocking back a drink or four while hanging around with family during holidays is pretty customary. In Pakistan, which has been dry since 1977, it's not only illegal, it's proving quite deadly. As the Washington Post reports, 21 people in Karachi died in a... More »

10 Arrested for Malala Shooting

Pakistan army, police, intelligence community worked together to nab militants

(Newser) - For two years, Malala Yousafzai has inspired the world with her intelligence, grace, and spirit in the aftermath of her 2012 shooting by Taliban strongmen. Now the 17-year-old Pakistani girl may finally see some justice: Ten militants have been arrested in connection with the attack, a spokesman for the Pakistani... More »

Protesters Storm Pakistan State TV

Anti-government protests also target PM's residence

(Newser) - Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building today, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed further into the sprawling Red Zone government complex in the capital, Islamabad, in an effort to reach the prime minister's residence. The violence is the latest... More »

Saudi Men Need Permission to Marry Foreigners

Government cracks down, even for foreign women already in the country

(Newser) - Saudi men now need government consent to take foreign brides—and if their true love happens to be an expatriate from Myanmar, Chad, Pakistan, or Bangladesh, they're out of luck completely, reports Makkah Daily via the Al Arabiya Network . Police have informed Saudi men that they're banned from... More »

Newlyweds' Throats Slit in 'Honor Killing'

Another Pakistani woman killed for rejecting proposal

(Newser) - In the latest atrocity in the name of family "honor," a Pakistani couple were tied up and killed with butcher knives for marrying against the wishes of the bride's family. Muafia Bibi, 17, and her 30-year-old husband, Sajjad Ahmed, were killed in a village in Punjab province... More »

Cops: Pakistani Woman Gang-Raped, Hanged

Three men have confessed, say police

(Newser) - Police are investigating yet another gang rape and hanging of a young woman, this time in Pakistan instead of India. Authorities in the Punjab province area of Layyah say 20-year-old Muzammil Bibi was assaulted by three men in a field, reports Reuters . Her parents found her body hanging from a... More »

After 6-Month Hiatus, Drone Strikes Again Hit Pakistan

At least 13 killed overnight

(Newser) - Missiles from US drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said today. The two separate drone strikes sparked swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said... More »

Militants Launch Fresh Onslaught at Pakistan Airport

Gunmen attack airport security academy

(Newser) - Gunmen have launched a fresh assault on Pakistan's biggest airport just two days after a Taliban attack left dozens of people dead. Officials say security forces are battling militants who attacked a security training facility at Karachi airport from two directions, the AP reports. All flights have been suspended... More »

Goal of Taliban Airport Assault: Hijack Plane, Mayhem

But Karachi gunfight ends sooner than militants expected

(Newser) - Last night's five-hour gunfight at Pakistan's biggest airport, which ended with at least 27 dead including the 10 militants who stormed the airport, does in fact appear to have been an attempt by the Pakistani Taliban to hijack a passenger plane. A Pakistani military spokesperson initially denied that... More »

Terrorists Lose Gunfight at Karachi Airport

Up to 23 dead after gunmen storm terminal for VIPs and cargo

(Newser) - Terrorists stormed an international airport in Pakistan today and engaged in a long gun battle with security forces, rattling a country's frail sense of peace, Dawn reports. The army, airport security, and other security personnel fought the ten assailants for hours, confining them to two areas of the airport... More »

Woman Shot for Marrying for Love Survives

Pakistan teen was put in sack, thrown in canal

(Newser) - In what police in Pakistan describe as an "honor-related incident," an 18-year-old woman was shot twice and thrown in a canal by family members after marrying the man she loved. Police say that a few days after Saba Maqsood married a neighbor against her family's wishes, her... More »

Cops Arrest Uncle, Cousins in Stoning Death

Pakistani police trying to round up more than a dozen more

(Newser) - Funny how near-universal condemnation from around the globe can speed up a police investigation. Authorities in Lahore, Pakistan, arrested four more people yesterday in the stoning death of 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, reports the Indian Express . The four include an uncle and two cousins of the pregnant woman, who earned her... More »

Man: I Killed Wife to Marry Woman Who Was Stoned

Mohammad Iqbal says he strangled her 6 years ago

(Newser) - The macabre story of the pregnant woman who was stoned to death by her own family on Tuesday in Pakistan just got far more twisted: Mohammad Iqbal has revealed to CNN that he murdered his first wife so he could wed Farzana Parveen. Officials confirm that his first wife was... More »

Husband: Man Who Stoned Daughter OKed Marriage

Mohammad Iqbal says family got into money trouble

(Newser) - The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family says police ignored pleas for help and stood by as his pregnant wife was murdered outside a courthouse in broad daylight. "We were shouting for help, but nobody listened," Mohammad Iqbal tells the BBC , describing... More »

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