Category Archives: Pakistan

HIV outbreak sparks panic in southern Pakistan

Parents nervously watch as their children wait to be tested for HIV in a village in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have been allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe.

Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Pakistan port city of Gwadar

At least one person has been killed after three gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military said Saturday.

Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Pakistan port city of Gwadar

Three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday, killing at least one guard and battling security forces inside, officials and the army said.

Asia Bibi, Christian woman in blasphemy row, leaves Pakistan

A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row over false blasphemy charges, Asia Bibi, has left the country, her lawyer and media said on Wednesday, more than six months after she was acquitted by Pakistan’s top court.

Pakistan urges Facebook to take down polio vaccine misinformation

Pakistan urged Facebook to remove harmful polio-related content from the social networking site on Friday, saying it was jeopardising eradication initiatives and putting the lives of vaccinators at risk.

Islamabad’s policy is ‘not to escalate’ tensions with India, Pakistan’s ambassador tells FRANCE 24

Pakistan’s ambassador to France, Moin ul Haque, told FRANCE 24 on Wednesday that despite the decision to shoot down two Indian jets in retaliation for air strikes on Pakistani soil, Islamabad is committed “not to escalate” but rather “to defuse the situation”. Pakistan’s response to what he called an “unfortunate act of aggression” was “clearly part of our self-defence”, he said. Ul Haque added that best way to resolve the situation is “through talks and peaceful dialogue” with the help of international mediation. The ambassador also expressed “disappointment” after France called on Islamabad this week to rein in terror groups operating within its borders. “We are a little disappointed with that statement, that it does not take into account what Pakistan has suffered as a victim of terrorism, what Pakistan has done and achieved to eliminate terrorism from our soil and our region.”

Pakistan’s top court upholds acquittal of Christian woman in blasphemy case

Pakistan’s top court on Tuesday upheld its acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, clearing the last legal hurdle and freeing Aasia Bibi to leave the country.

Ousted Pakistan PM Sharif jailed seven years for corruption

Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison for corruption Monday, state media reported, the latest conviction in a series of allegations which saw him ousted from power last year.

Dozens killed as bomb hidden in vegetables tears through Pakistan market

At least 31 people were killed and 50 wounded when a bomb hidden in a carton of vegetables ripped through a crowded marketplace in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region Friday, officials said.

Policemen killed in attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi

Two policemen were killed on Friday when gunmen stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi, officials said, with the attack claimed by a separatist group which branded Beijing “an oppressor”.

Pakistani Christian woman freed after blasphemy sentence acquittal

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy was reversed last week by the Supreme Court has been released from prison, officials said late Wednesday.

Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy is ‘at a safe place’ in Pakistan

A Pakistani Christian woman has been freed from prison a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, and she is at a secure location in the country, officials said on Thursday.

Pakistan frees Christian woman on death row for blasphemy

Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican.