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During Dramatic Rescue, a Shout of 'Kill the Hostages'

But Canadian-American abductees were freed; they may wind up living in Canada

(Newser) - Hidden in the trunk of a car traveling through northwest Pakistan Wednesday, a US-Canadian family of five suddenly heard gunfire, followed by a cry from one of their abductors. "Kill the hostages," the man shouted, per the New York Times . After a short firefight, however, Pakistani forces pulled... 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: No More Refugees, Please

Country cracks down on illegal Afghan immigrants, fearing flood after US withdrawal

(Newser) - If violence erupts when the US leaves Afghanistan, refugees are going to find the world a very unwelcoming place. Pakistan is cracking down on illegal immigrants from its turbulent neighbor, in anticipation of just such a surge, the Washington Post reports. Police squads in Karachi are actively hunting Afghan immigrants,... 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 Prison officials were withdrawn last night from Musharraf's home on the outskirts of Islamabad, where he...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 »

Prosecutor in Benazir Bhutto Murder Slain

Chaudhry Zulfiqar shot on way to court

(Newser) - The prosecutor working the case of Benazir Bhutto's assassination has been shot and killed in Pakistan. Chaudhry Zulfiqar was attacked en route to a hearing in the death of the former leader—a case that remains without a conviction. Motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on the car carrying Zulfiqar, who... More »

Bangladesh Protests Leave Dozens Injured

Pakistani official offers $100K for filmmaker's murder

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Bangladesh today as rage over an anti-Islamic film continued to inflame the Muslim world, the Guardian reports. Scores were hurt in the nation's capital, Dhaka, when protesters threw stones and police fired back with teargas and batons. Police also arrested dozens of... More »

Disabled Girl, 11, Busted for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Mob threatens to torch Christian homes

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl apparently suffering from Down syndrome has been arrested in Pakistan for blasphemy. A mob demanded the Christian girl's arrest for allegedly desecrating pages of the Koran, and threatened to torch Christian homes outside Islamabad if she wasn't busted, reports the BBC . The girl's parents... More »

'Regret' vs. 'Apology': Difference Is Big to Pakistan

US officials have debated for 6 months: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal offers a peek into the world of diplo-speak and semantics today. Its story examines how US officials have struggled for six months with a vexing question—whether to formally apologize to Islamabad for a November attack that killed 24 Pakistani troops at the Afghan border. The... More »

127 Feared Dead After Pakistani Jet Crashes

Passenger plane goes down in bad weather

(Newser) - A Pakistani passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed today as it was landing in bad weather at an airport near the capital, Islamabad, officials say. A government minister expressed little hope of finding survivors. The Bhoja Air Boeing 737-200 went down in farmland just a few miles away... More »

Pakistan Sentences, Jails Osama bin Laden's Widows

2 daughters also get 45 days' detention, fine for illegally living in country

(Newser) - The three widows and two eldest daughters of Osama bin Laden have been sentenced to 45 days' imprisonment for illegally living in Pakistan, their lawyer says. They have also been fined 10,000 rupees each—approximately $114, the BBC reports. With a month of detention already behind them, the family... More »

Bin Laden Fathered 4 Kids While on the Run: Wife

Youngest wife reveals al-Qaeda leader's movements after 9/11

(Newser) - During the nine years Osama bin Laden spent in hiding in Pakistan after 9/11, he made his way between five different homes in the country and fathered four children, according to his youngest wife. As recounted by a Pakistani police report, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah revealed that two of the children... More »

US, Afghanistan, Taliban: Secret Talks Under Way

Hamid Karzai is in Pakistan today to discuss negotiations

(Newser) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Pakistan today, one day after telling the Wall Street Journal that his country has entered into three-way peace talks with the Taliban and the US. Karzai is in Pakistan to discuss the negotiations and request that country's help; Islamabad's cooperation is necessary,... More »

Boars on Rampage in Islamabad

200-pound animals feast on local trash

(Newser) - Just another winter in Islamabad: Wild boars with healthy appetites are wreaking havoc in the city, streaming in to munch on the Pakistani capital's garbage. Visiting some of the city's ritziest locations—including the president's home and classy hotels—they have reportedly caused car accidents, injuries, and... More »

Obama: bin Laden Is Dead, 'Justice Has Been Served'

President addresses the nation on death of al-Qaeda leader

(Newser) - President Obama tonight confirmed that Osama bin Laden is dead and gave new details about how that came to be: The president tasked Leon Panetta with capturing or killing bin Laden shortly after taking office, and "last August, after years of painstaking work, I was briefed on a possible... More »

152 Die as Plane Crashes in Pakistan

Jet goes down outside Islamabad in heavy rain

(Newser) - There were no survivors among the 152 passengers and crew on board an Airblue plane that crashed into hills near the Pakistani capital this morning. The Airbus 321, flying from Karachi to Islamabad, lost contact with the control tower as it was about to land, a local official told AP... More »

Taliban Torch 50 Trucks in NATO Supply Convoy

Attack calls into question Pakistan supply route

(Newser) - In a bold attack on the allied military supply chain in Afghanistan, Taliban gunmen last night torched a convoy of 50 NATO supply trucks in Pakistan, killing at least seven people. The gunmen ambushed the convoy on the outskirts of Islamabad, killed drivers and security guards, then set the vehicles... More »

Bomber Hits Pakistan Navy HQ

Security officer killed, 2 guards and 2 civilians wounded

(Newser) - In the latest attack on Pakistani security forces, a suicide bomber blew himself up today at the entrance to naval headquarters in the northern city of Islamabad, killing a security officer and critically wounding two other guards. Two civilians were also hurt in the attack, one of them a 6-year-old... More »

Brigadier Assassinated in Islamabad

Head of UN mission killed as army pushes into Taliban heartland

(Newser) - A top army officer was gunned down in the Pakistani capital today as the military continued to push into the Taliban's Waziristan sanctuary. Brigadier Moinudin Ahmed, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, was shot dead  along with his driver by suspected militants on a motorbike as their jeep... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills 5 at Pakistan UN Office

Terrorist infiltrated World Food Program headquarters

(Newser) - A suicide bomber disguised as a security officer infiltrated UN offices in the Pakistani capital today, killing five people and leaving several others critically injured. Witnesses said the blast at the UN World Food Program, in one of Islamabad's more exclusive neighborhoods, shattered windows and left victims lying in pools... More »

Taliban Are Filmed Killing Pakistani Lovers

Film captured on cell phone in mountain village

(Newser) - Taliban enforcers in Pakistan have been filmed in a chilling video shooting down two lovers charged with committing adultery, reports the BBC. The man and woman are seen talking to members of the Taliban, and then move away as they appear to sense the danger they're in. Both are shot... More »

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