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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 »

Pakistan Diploma Mill Makes Millions With Fake Degrees

CEO of shady software company only paid 26 cents in income tax last year

(Newser) - "I had a gut feeling that it was not right." That was what Yasir Jamshaid felt when he started working for Axact, a Pakistani software firm. It turns out his sixth sense was correct, according to a New York Times exposé that reveals a company apparently bringing in... More »

43 Ismailis Slaughtered on Pakistan Bus

19 injured in attack perhaps carried out by ISIS

(Newser) - At least 43 Ismaili Shia Muslims were killed and up to 19 others were injured today when gunmen boarded a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, and opened fire. Officials say six men on motorcycles, dressed as policemen, stopped the bus as it traveled from a gated community home to many Ismailis.... More »

Dozens Die in Bus-Tanker Crash

Tanker driver flees after Pakistan crash kills 57

(Newser) - A passenger bus crashed into an oil tanker in southern Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least 57 people and leaving their remains charred beyond recognition, officials say. The chief of the emergency department at a Karachi medical center says they have received 57 bodies and treated four injured survivors. She... 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 »

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 »

Major 7.7 Quake Hits Pakistan

Many feared dead as homes collapse

(Newser) - A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck today in southwestern Pakistan, collapsing more than two dozen houses, and sending people fleeing into the streets and praying for their lives, officials said. At least two people died, according to the AP, but Pakistan's The Dawn puts the figure at 10, and... More »

Musharraf Back in Pakistan Amid Death Threats

Ex-president seeks possible political comeback

(Newser) - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ended more than four years in self-exile today with a flight to his homeland, seeking a possible political comeback in defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban militants. Security forces whisked Musharraf away in a convoy of about a dozen vehicles shortly after... More »

Pakistan Busts Suspect in Daniel Pearl's Murder

Militant was 'privy to' kidnapping, beheading, officials say

(Newser) - A suspect in the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has been arrested in Pakistan. Officials say a paramilitary unit captured Qari Abdul Hayee in Karachi over the weekend, ABC reports. Hayee is not believed to have personally carried out the murder, but officials say... More »

Pakistani Protest at US Consulate Turns Violent

Hezbollah leader urges people to 'express our anger'

(Newser) - Rage over an anti-Islamic video reignited today as hundreds of angry Pakistanis battled police outside the US consulate in Karachi, leaving one protester dead and 18 others injured, the AP reports. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the rock-throwing protesters and eventually beat them back with batons. A... More »

216 Killed in Pakistan Fires

Safety failures turn factories into death traps

(Newser) - The death toll from a pair of devastating factory fires that broke out in Pakistan's two biggest cities rose to 216 people today, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape buildings that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment. The more deadly blaze was at a... More »

India Captures Mumbai Planner

Abu Jindal was allegedly the gunmen's 'handler'

(Newser) - Indian police say they've arrested one of the masterminds behind 2008's dramatic Mumbai terrorist attack. Delhi police tell the BBC that Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, was the "handler" of the 10 gunmen, and that his voice can be heard on recordings of conversations between the gunmen... More »

Pakistan Cops Told to Shoot Gunmen on Sight

Violence explodes in Karachi

(Newser) - With Karachi in the midst of a wave of violence, Pakistan has taken the drastic step of ordering security forces and police to shoot on sight "any armed miscreant." Over the past four days at least 71 people have been killed in Pakistan’s largest city, including 34... More »

'Brain' of al-Qaeda Reported Killed in US Strike

Top jihadist Ilyas Kashmiri dead after drone attack in Pakistan

(Newser) - Looks like another top al-Qaeda leader has gone down: A US drone in Pakistan reportedly killed Ilyas Kashmiri, who is variously described as the "military brain" of al-Qaeda ( CNN ), a potential replacement for Osama in Laden ( AP ), and one of Pakistan's top militants (... More »

Pakistanis Fight Off Deadly Attack on Naval Base

Raid 'revenge' for Osama bin Laden's death: Taliban

(Newser) - Pakistani troops have defeated a team of Taliban gunmen who raided a naval aviation base in Karachi, killing at least 12 soldiers in a 16-hour battle, reports Reuters . The raid began last night, when militants invaded the compound and used rocket-propelled grenades to destroy warplanes worth millions. They then opened... More »

Gunmen Kill Saudi Diplomat in Pakistan

Karachi shooting tied to recent grenade attack on consulate

(Newser) - Gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a Saudi diplomat as he was driving in Pakistan's largest city today, just days after two hand grenades were tossed at the Saudi consulate, police in Karachi said. The diplomat, who was a member of the security staff at the consulate, was... More »

Gambling Den Bomb Kills 15 in Pakistan

Police suspect rival gang behind deadly blast

(Newser) - A bomb hidden under a table at a gambling den in Pakistan's largest city killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens more yesterday. The Karachi gambling club was run by criminals and officials suspect the bomb was planted not by Islamic extremists, but by a rival gang, Reuters... More »

Pakistan Blast Kills 15 in Karachi

Gunmen stage attack on largest city, Karachi

(Newser) - Militants attacked a police compound in the heart of Pakistan's largest city today with a hail of gunfire and a massive car bomb, leveling the building and killing at least 15 people. The gang of around six gunmen managed to penetrate a high-security area of Karachi that is home to... More »

Pakistani Gunmen Kill 21 in Karachi

Shootings occur during election, may be gang-related

(Newser) - Gunmen have killed at least 21 Pakistanis in Karachi today in a hail of bullets that accompanies a special election to replace a lawmaker who was slain two months ago. The violence may be linked to the city's two main political parties, both of which are seeking the open seat,... More »

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