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Plane With 40 Aboard Goes Missing in Pakistan

Air traffic controllers lost contact

(Newser) - Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes has gone missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board, reports the AP . Daniyal Gilani, the spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, says their ATR-42 aircraft carrying around 40 passengers and crew lost touch Wednesday with the... More »

Trump Apparently Had 'Reckless and Bizarre' Call With Pakistan PM

Protocol was apparently breached on both sides

(Newser) - A phone call between Donald Trump and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif took place on Monday, and Pakistan's press office took a most unusual step afterward: It released on Wednesday what appears to be a transcript of what Trump said, the Washington Post reports. "Appears" comes into play because... More »

Bomb Blast At Shrine Packed With Families, Women, Children

At least 50 people died in the IS suicide attack in Pakistan

(Newser) - The death toll from a bomb blast at a Sufi shrine in southwest Pakistan Saturday has risen to 50 people with more than 100 wounded, officials said. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at the shrine of Sufi saint Shah Bilal Noorani in the southwestern... More »

Iconic 'Afghan Girl' Learns Her Fate

Pakistani court orders Sharbat Gula to serve a 15-day sentence, pay a fine

(Newser) - Sharbat Gula, better known as National Geographic's "Afghan Girl," has pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and illegally staying in Pakistan and will be deported once she has finished up a short jail sentence, reports CNN . Her lawyer says a Pakistani court considered Gula's health in sentencing... More »

Pakistan Denies Bail for Iconic 'Afghan Girl'

Sharbat Gula, of 'National Geographic' cover fame, charged with impersonating a Pakistani

(Newser) - In 1985, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" became famous worldwide as the haunting cover model for National Geographic. In 2016, Sharbat Gula (spelled Gulla in some sources) is making headlines once again after she was arrested last week in Pakistan for allegedly harboring fake ID papers—and this week, a... More »

National Geographic's 'Afghan Girl' Arrested

Sharbat Gulla allegedly possessed fake Pakistan ID

(Newser) - Sharbat Gulla, better known as the iconic "Afghan Girl" who stared out of a 1985 National Geographic cover with her haunting green eyes, has been arrested. A Pakistan investigator says that Gulla was arrested during a raid Wednesday at a home in Peshawar, Pakistan, during which she was found... More »

Attackers Kill Dozens at Police Training Center

At least 59 dead in Pakistan attack

(Newser) - Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy on the outskirts the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. Pakistani officials feared the death toll could rise further,... More »

Pakistani Tea Seller Has Girls, Fame After Photo Goes Viral

Arshad Khan was offered his first modeling gig within days

(Newser) - In what should give hope to people toiling away at menial jobs everywhere (provided, of course, that they're extremely good looking), an 18-year-old Pakistani tea seller is the toast of the internet, a professional fashion model, and a Hollywood hopeful less than a week after someone put his photo... More »

Pakistan Just Made Life Worse for 'Honor' Killers

Law passed for mandatory 25 years in prison

(Newser) - Pakistani lawmakers have passed a law that stiffens the penalty for convicted "honor" killers and closes a loophole that often allowed them to go free. The bill was passed Thursday after a raucous debate that lasted nearly four hours, the AP reports. The law gives a mandatory 25 years... More »

US Gives $1.3M to Family of Aid Worker Killed by Drone

Giovanni Lo Porto was an al-Qaeda hostage killed in Pakistan in 2015

(Newser) - La Repubblica and the Telegraph say it's a "donation in memory," not compensation, but whatever the term, the US government has agreed to pay around $1.3 million to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, the BBC reports.... More »

2 Utah Climbers Missing on Pakistan Mountain

Snowstorm hit when they were halfway up

(Newser) - Friends and relatives are deeply worried about two Utah men believed to be stranded on one of Pakistan's highest and toughest mountains. Accomplished mountaineers Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson set out to climb the north face of Baintha Brakk II, also known as Ogre II, on Aug. 21, and... More »

City of 20M People Will Likely Be Run From Behind Bars

Waseem Akhtar set to become Karachi's next mayor

(Newser) - Career criminals often keep their outside "ventures" going while they're incarcerated, but Waseem Akhtar may soon be running Pakistan's largest city—20 million residents and counting—from behind bars. It's likely Akhtar, representing the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, will become mayor of Karachi on Wednesday, the Guardian ... More »

Ex Allegedly Confesses to 'Honor Killing' of British Woman

Samia Shahid was killed while visiting relatives in Pakistan last month

(Newser) - A British woman was murdered in an "honor killing" in Pakistan last month, and her ex-husband has confessed to the crime, police sources tell the Telegraph . Samia Shahid, 28, was visiting her relatives in northern Punjab when, those relatives say, she died of a heart attack. Her second husband... More »

Dozens Killed in Pakistan Hospital Bombing

Blast hit soon after lawyer's body brought in

(Newser) - A bomb has exploded at a government-run hospital in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, killing at least 42 people. A senior police official says that dozens more people were wounded in the Monday explosion, which took place shortly after the body of a lawyer killed in a shooting attack... More »

Family Implodes After Son Kills Sister Model for Honor

Qandeel Baloch's sister, cousin have now been arrested; parents want revenge on son

(Newser) - It wasn't just controversial photos that led to Qandeel Baloch's murder . The mother of "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" claims her son killed her 26-year-old daughter only after he was taunted by friends. "They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonor," she... More »

Pakistani Man Mutilated, Murdered in 'Honor Killing'

Allah Ditta had his lips, nose, and arms cut off by attackers because he was having an affair

(Newser) - In an incident as relatively rare as it is relentlessly horrific, a 24-year-old man is dead following an "honor killing" Tuesday in Pakistan, CNN reports. Married man Allah Ditta was having an affair with a married woman. According to Daily Pakistan , the unnamed woman had previously tried to elope... More »

Pakistani Police Take 'Rare Step' in Case of Murdered Star

A prominent cleric also is being investigated in the killing

(Newser) - Pakistan's so-called blood-money laws won't help Waseem Azeem avoid punishment in the death of his sister, 26-year-old fashion model and social media star Qandeel Baloch. That's because police took the "rare step" of becoming the main complainant in the case, the Guardian reports. Under the "... More »

Brother Busted in Model's Honor Killing: 'No Regrets'

Pakistani admits strangling sister who posted controversial pictures on social media

(Newser) - The brother of the model dubbed "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" has admitted killing Qandeel Baloch for "honor," reports al Jazeera , and he doesn't exactly sound filled with remorse. "I have no regrets," Muhammad Wasim told a press conference Sunday, following his arrest. Wasim says... More »

Brother Allegedly Murders 'Pakistan's Kim Kardashian'

Qandeel Baloch defied country's conservative norms

(Newser) - Pakistani fashion model Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a Muslim cleric on social media, was strangled to death by her brother in a suspected "honor killing," police say. Her parents told police one of her six brothers strangled her to death... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan, India From Flash Floods

In one northern Pakistan village, an entire mosque was swept away

(Newser) - Bad weather is keeping rescuers in Pakistan from helping survivors and recovering bodies after torrential monsoon rains caused flash floods that swept away homes, an army post, and a mosque Saturday into Sunday, killing dozens, CNN and the BBC report. And many others are feared missing, with an official in... More »

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