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Twisted Tale of Corpses, Cannibalism Riles Pakistan

It's not the first time the 2 brothers are accused of eating human corpses

(Newser) - The smell was foul, but the aftermath is shaping up to be much worse. The dark case that has swept Pakistan's attention, and began, sort of, with complaints to police about an unpleasant odor coming from the rural home of Muhammad Arif. Police in Punjab Province's Bhakkar district... More »

Pakistani Baby Cleared of Murder Charges

Judge decides 9-month-old should go free

(Newser) - The world's youngest fugitive is a wanted infant no more. A judge in Pakistan has dropped attempted murder charges against 9-month-old Muhammad Mosa Khan, reports the Telegraph . Images of the baby getting fingerprinted and holding his bottle in court drew international ridicule to the Pakistani justice system. Muhammad got... More »

Baby in Hiding After Attempted Murder Charge

Pakistani 9-month-old has April 12 court appearance

(Newser) - A new twist in the case of the 9-month-old Pakistani baby who has been charged with attempted murder . The infant's grandfather today tells Reuters that the child has gone into hiding, though he revealed the boy's general location: the city of Faisalabad. Why Muhammad Mosa Khan was charged... More »

Pakistani Girl's Face Greets US Drone Operators

Artists unfurl huge poster to deter airstrikes

(Newser) - In a field in Pakistan, an international group of artists has installed a huge portrait of a girl's face to remind US drone operators who's really living down there, Yahoo reports. Locals helped unroll the 90'x60' poster two weeks ago in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area of northwest... More »

Police Book Baby on Murder Charges in Pakistan

They say 9-month-old was among those who tried to kill police officers

(Newser) - It may sound like a made-up headline from a supermarket tabloid, but it's true: Police in Pakistan charged a 9-month-old baby with attempted murder, reports the Times of India . Little Muhammad Mosa Khan even showed up in court on his grandfather's lap, clutching his bottle, reports AFP . Police... More »

Musharraf Charged With High Treason

Former Pakistan president pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf actually showed up at a court hearing today, where he was charged with high treason . Musharraf, military ruler of the country from 1999 until 2008, had a new lawyer with him as he pleaded not guilty to each of five charges: three counts of subverting,... More »

US Sweetens Taliban Deal in Bid to Get POW Back

Sources say officials are willing to set 5 Gitmo prisoners free at once

(Newser) - Time is ticking away for the US to extract American POW Bowe Bergdahl before the bulk of US forces withrdraw from Afghanistan this year, and the Obama administration is now once again considering a prisoner swap. The administration is looking to re-open talks with the Taliban about trading the Army... More »

Family Fights to Keep Comatose Man in US

Minn. hospital is preparing to deport him to Pakistan, family wants him to stay

(Newser) - A 20-year-old exchange student from Pakistan is an unwitting participant in a deportation fight between his family and a hospital in Minnesota, reports the AP . Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa has been in a coma since suffering head injuries in a November car accident, and his student visa expires on Feb. 28.... More »

US Reining In Drone Strikes in Pakistan—Maybe

But White House official denies claim

(Newser) - With Pakistan looking to forge peace with the Pakistani Taliban, the US is reducing its drone strikes in the country at Islamabad's request, US officials tell the Washington Post : "That’s what they asked for, and we didn't tell them no." The Post sees the fact... More »

Pakistan Teen Is Killed Saving School From Bomber

Aitizaz Hasan stopped suicide attack, say local reports

(Newser) - A 15-year-old kid in Pakistan is being hailed as a hero after local reports say he was killed while stopping a suicide bomber from entering his school. As the Express Tribune reports, Aitizaz Hasan was standing with two friends outside his school in Hangu when a man approached and said... More »

Musharraf Skips Court, Goes to Hospital Instead

It's the 3rd hearing he's missed in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf was rushed to the hospital today with a "heart problem" he experienced while on his way to a court hearing in a high treason case , police and lawyers said. The unexpected detour is the latest drama in the legal problems that the former... More »

American al-Qaeda Hostage: US Has 'Abandoned' Me

Held in Pakistan since 2011, Warren Weinstein appeals for Obama's help

(Newser) - Little has been heard of US government worker Warren Weinstein, abducted in Pakistan in 2011 , since al-Qaeda released a video of the hostage last year. Now, he's resurfaced to plead again for President Obama to meet his captors' demands via a new video in which he "looked ashen... More »

Pakistani Party Blows CIA Station Chief's Cover

Former cricket star's party wants him tried for murder over drone strike

(Newser) - A political party in Pakistan has publicly identified the top CIA spy in the country—and it wants him interrogated and put on trial over a recent US drone strike, reports the Guardian . The PTI party, notably led by a former cricket star named Imran Khan, identified the Islamabad station... More »

Pakistan Will Try Musharraf for Treason

Former strongman could face life in prison, death

(Newser) - Pakistan has been showing signs of easing up on Pervez Musharraf , but today it announced that the former military dictator is going to stand trial on charges of treason for his imposition of emergency rule in 2007. A guilty verdict could result in a death sentence or life in prison,... More »

NC Man Charged With Trying to Join al-Qaeda in Syria

Pakistani native had online relationship with undercover FBI worker

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was on his way to Lebanon to join an al-Qaeda-linked group when he was arrested, federal prosecutors say; his father says there's "no truth" in the allegations. Pakistan-born Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, is a legal permanent US resident, the News & Observer reports. He... More »

Malala's Book Banned at Pakistan Schools

Officials: she's a 'tool' of the West

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban and lived to tell the tale—but her peers in Pakistan, at least those who are privately educated, won't be reading it in school. The teen education activist's book, I Am Malala , has been banned in Pakistani private schools, officials say.... More »

Pakistani Taliban's New Boss: Guy Who Targeted Malala

Council appoints Mullah Fazlullah

(Newser) - The Pakistani Taliban needed a new leader after its last chief was killed in a drone strike , and it has chosen the hardline commander who targeted Malala Yousafzai. Mullah Fazlullah's men tried to assassinate the education activist last year, and he will be the "new ameer," a... More »

Musharraf Can Leave House Arrest, Not Pakistan

Prison officials withdrew last night for first time since April

(Newser) - Pakistan has freed former President Pervez Musharraf from his months-long house arrest, days after he received bail in a case related to the death of a radical cleric, a prison official said today. Prison officials were withdrawn last night from Musharraf's home on the outskirts of Islamabad, where he... More »

Pakistan Grants Bail to Musharraf

He won't leave the country after house arrest: lawyers

(Newser) - After six months of house arrest , former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf has been granted bail in the case of a 2007 mosque siege. Musharraf has already received bail in three other cases, the AP notes. Some have expected the former leader to exit Pakistan once the house arrest is over,... More »

US Strike on Taliban Leader Kills Peace Efforts: Pakistan

Militants said to have picked new chief

(Newser) - Seeking peace, Pakistani officials were due to meet with Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud today—a day after the US reportedly killed him in a drone attack . Now, Pakistani officials are expressing outrage over the strike, and they've summoned the US ambassador to make their views known, the BBC... More »

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