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Pakistani Christian Initially Sentenced to Death Freed

But Asia Bibi is still in protective custody, and husband says family is in danger

(Newser) - A Christian woman acquitted by Pakistan's Supreme Court eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy was flown Wednesday night to a facility in the capital Islamabad from an undisclosed location for security reasons, two senior government officials said. Amid tight security, Asia Bibi left a detention facility... More »

'Father of the Taliban' Is Assassinated

Influential cleric Maulana Sami ul-Haq stabbed to death in his Pakistan home, says son

(Newser) - An influential cleric in Pakistan known as the "Father of the Taliban" has been assassinated inside his own home, reports Geo News . The son of Maulana Sami ul-Haq says his father, believed to be in his early 80s, was stabbed to death while at home Friday. Other reports suggested... More »

Pakistan Acquits Christian Sentenced to Die for Blasphemy

Massive protests expected after Asia Bibi freed

(Newser) - Authorities in Pakistan are braced for massive protests after the acquittal of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for alleged blasphemy against Islam. Asia Bibi was accused of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed in a 2009 argument with farmworkers who refused to drink water... More »

He Had $31M but Didn't Know It. It's Made His Life Awful

The unlucky story of Muhammad Abdul Qadir

(Newser) - Would your life be any different if someone told you $31 million once sat in your bank account (but wasn't yours) and isn't there anymore? For a Pakistani man, the answer is a resounding yes: He says his life had gotten worse. The Guardian and Dawn have the... More »

Here's the Latest Twist in Saga of Pakistan's Ex-PM

Sharif and his family freed from prison

(Newser) - Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings, the AP reports. The Islamabad High Court made the decision after the Sharifs petitioned to appeal their sentences, which were... More »

Ex-'Playboy' Just Elected Pakistan's New PM

Former cricket star Imran Khan, voted in Friday, has promised to stop corruption

(Newser) - Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country's next prime minister, in a step toward the country's third civilian transfer of power. In the vote at the National Assembly, Khan secured 176 votes, defeating the opposition's candidate, Shahbaz Sharif... More »

Former Cricketer Declared Winner in Pakistan Election

But Imran Khan will need to form coalition government

(Newser) - Cricket star Imran Khan, who promised supporters a "new" Pakistan, won the country's election but will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government, according to official results. Pakistan election officials Friday announced Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 109 of the 269 seats being... More »

Student Killed at Santa Fe High Returns to Pakistan in a Coffin

Sabika Sheikh was buried on Wednesday

(Newser) - "19 days until I'm back!" said the Snapchat message sent to her best friend last Friday morning. But Sabika Sheikh ended up returning home to Pakistan sooner than planned: Her body arrived in Karachi in a flag-draped coffin Wednesday. The 17-year-old was one of the victims of... More »

This City Endured a 122.4-Degree Day. It's Likely a Record

Temp in Nawabshah, Pakistan, on Monday may have been highest global figure in April ever

(Newser) - A city in southern Pakistan was the absolute hottest destination in April—and by "hottest," we're talking temps, not trends. In fact, Nawabshah registered the highest reliably documented temperature in the month of April ever, anywhere on the planet, per the New York Times , which noted the... More »

Malala Returns Home, Breaks Out Sobbing

Youzafzai flanked by heavy security in Pakistan

(Newser) - Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Saturday arrived in her hometown for the first time since a Taliban militant shot her there in 2012 for advocating girls' education, the AP reports. Yousafzai and her family arrived in a helicopter provided by the Pakistani military, which took... More »

Despite Threats on Her Life, Malala Returns to Pakistan

'I am already doing work there but I want my feet to touch that land'

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai has returned to the country where she was shot and almost killed six years ago for campaigning for girls' education—and where Taliban militants have vowed to finish the job if she ever comes back. The 20-year-old activist, who was 15 when she was shot along with two... More »

Rescued Climber Gave Her Shoe to Hallucination

Elisabeth Revol describes 'Killer Mountain' ordeal

(Newser) - French climber Elisabeth Revol says that as she sheltered in a crevasse on Pakistan's "Killer Mountain," she thought people were bringing her hot tea—and she felt obliged to give them one of her shoes in return. In reality, she was alone, suffering altitude-induced hallucinations as she... More »

After a Dramatic Rescue, a 'Terrible and Painful Decision'

Climber declared dead on 'Killer Mountain'

(Newser) - Climbing partners Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz are believed to have achieved their goal of reaching the summit of Pakistan's notorious "Killer Mountain" in winter—but at a terrible cost. The pair called for help from Nanga Parbat on Friday and Revol, a French national, was brought down... More »

After Girl's Death, Evidence Suggests a Serial Killer of Kids

Pakistan rocked by brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari

(Newser) - The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual... More »

He Helped Find bin Laden, Now Languishes in Jail

The AP takes a look at Shakil Afridi's ordeal

(Newser) - Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years—since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to get DNA samples from bin Laden's family as a means of pinpointing his location, aiding US Navy SEALs who tracked and killed the al-Qaeda leader. Afridi... More »

Pakistan Frees Cleric Who Helped Taliban Fight US

Court freed Sufi Mohammed on health grounds

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-US cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. Defense lawyer Fida Gul says the court set Sufi Mohammad free on health grounds, the AP reports. Mohammad,... More »

Thanks to 'Double Game,' Pakistan Loses US Aid

(Newser) - President Trump, who slammed Pakistan in his first tweet of the year , has now made good on his threat to cut off aid. The administration says it's suspending all security assistance to the country until it takes "decisive action" against Taliban and Haqqani militants on its territory targeting... More »

Trump Slams Pakistan, Iran in First Tweets of Year

He says Iran is 'failing at every level'

(Newser) - If President Trump's New Year's resolution was to get tough on Pakistan and Iran, he's off to a great start. If it was to tone down his use of Twitter, not so much. Trump laid into Pakistan in his first tweet of the year, saying the US... More »

17 Dead After Woman Allegedly Poisons Husband's Milk

Police say she wanted to 'avenge' her forced marriage

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman in Pakistan has been charged with murder after police say she poisoned her husband's milk and ended up inadvertently killing 17 people, the AP reports. According to the Independent , Asiya Bibi (also reported as Aasia Bibi) was forced to marry a 25-year-old man against her will... More »

If This Is Malala, She's Taking a Lot of Heat for This Photo

Commenters are bashing woman resembling Pakistani activist for her Western-style clothing

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai has fought for women's rights and children's education rights, and now she may have to speak out on her right to wear whatever she wants. The Telegraph reports that the 20-year-old Oxford University student and Nobel Prize laureate, who fell under the international limelight after she... More »

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