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[22 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

People in Pakistan are praising a teenage boy who residents and police say died this week while trying to stop a suicide bomber who was targeting his school in the country’s violence-prone northwest.
Local police official Raheem Khan said on Thursday that 17-year-old Aitzaz Hasan died on Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
A teacher at the school told investigators that he saw Hasan chasing the attacker and then saw the attacker detonate the bomb that killed the teen, Khan said.
Pakistani media reported that Hasan …

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[15 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to education was being flown to Britain on Monday for specialist, long-term care, the military said.
Malala Yousafzai, 14, who was shot in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last Tuesday, was being sent abroad at a time when her condition is “optimal and before any unforeseen complications had set in,” it said.
Malala was being transported in a specialist air ambulance from the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan said an army intensive care …

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[6 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan will re-open NATO’s supply lines into neighbouring Afghanistan after the most pressing impasse between Pakistan and the US was resolved with a simple “sorry”.
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday phoned Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, and told her “we are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military” in a botched NATO strike last year.
In a statement, she said later, “Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives. We are committed to working closely with Pakistan …

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[9 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan arrived in India on Sunday — the first by a Pakistani head of state in seven years amid thawing relations between the two nuclear-armed archrivals.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India will host a lunch in honor of Zardari in New Delhi before the Pakistani leader travels to the shrine of a revered Sufi saint at Ajmer in Rajasthan state, officials said.
Zardari’s visit Sunday, a private trip, comes in the wake of Pakistan’s recent promise to grant India “most favored nation” trading status.
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[22 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Japan has decided to extend an additional emergency grant aid of $10 million to Pakistan in the wake of disastrous floods this summer, the Foreign Ministry said.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba conveyed the decision Tuesday to his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar, during bilateral talks in New York, the Foreign Ministry said.
The latest aid comes after Japan’s decision Sept. 9 to provide emergency relief goods, including tents and water purification equipment, worth about $450,000 to Pakistan, whose southern region has been affected by floods stemming from torrential rains in August.
The flooding …

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[27 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Against a backdrop of militant bombs and bullets, wealthy young Pakistanis are turning to the beat of modern music to help bring social change to their troubled Muslim nation.
‘I love how when you enter the place, you’re completely transformed,’ said DJ Faisal Big at a recent all-night rave in a brick factory courtesy of London’s Ministry of Sound.
‘It doesn’t feel like Pakistan – definitely not the Pakistan you see on the media.’
The one-off Ministry of Sound event cost US$100, an expensive night out in the impoverished country – but the …

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[22 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan’s military is ready to help stem a tide of political and ethnic violence in the city of Karachi, if the civilian government asked it to do so, a newspaper on Sunday quoted country’s powerful army chief as saying.
The comments by General Ashfaq Kayani came amid growing calls by political parties and business groups for the army to step in to stop worsening security situation in the commercial hub of the country where about 900 people have been killed in violence this year, almost a third of them in July.
The …

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[21 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

PAKISTAN’S first woman foreign minister – and also its youngest – was sworn in on Tuesday, ending a five-month job vacancy a week before crucial peace talks in India.
Hina Rabbani Khar, aged 34, is also expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the regional Asean forum in Indonesia this week.
‘On the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the president of Pakistan has decided to elevate Ms Hina Rabbani Khar as federal minister for foreign affairs,’ her ministry said.
‘Ms Khar has the distinction of …

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[6 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

A KEY US lawmaker on Wednesday urged a halt to an aid programme for flood victims in Pakistan in the wake of revelations that slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin laden lived there unperturbed for years.
Republican Representative Kay Granger, who chairs a key committee with oversight over foreign assistance, pressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to shelve nearly US$200 million in ‘cash payments’ to Pakistan agencies.
‘My opposition to the programme has only been heightened by the discovery of the most notorious terrorist in the world living hundreds of yards from a …

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[28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

TOP officials from India and Pakistan were due to meet on Monday in New Delhi to discuss counter-terrorism and the 2008 Mumbai attacks in a new effort to advance their slow-moving peace process.
The home secretaries of both countries are also expected to discuss the drugs trade during two days of talks that will look to build on recent momentum and a thaw in relations brought on by their shared love of cricket.
India and Pakistan will meet in the semi-final of the cricket World Cup on Wednesday in an explosive encounter …