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‘Raped twice’: Pakistan virginity tests block justice for victims

Raped at 14, Shazia took the rare and courageous step of reporting the crime to Pakistani police, only to face a traumatic “virginity test” — a long-standing practice that denies justice to victims. The teenager was still in a daze after she was assaulted by her father’s cousin when police forced her to see a […]

Pakistan hit by nationwide power blackout

Power was gradually being restored to major cities across Pakistan on Sunday (10) after it was hit by a massive electricity blackout, officials said. The electricity distribution system in the nation of more than 210 million people is a complex and delicate web, and a problem in one section of the grid can lead to […]

Pakistan protesters end blockade over deaths of miners

THOUSANDS of mourners gathered in Pakistan Saturday(9) for the burial of 10 miners who were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group that sparked an outcry over the lack of protection for workers. A six-day protest by the Shiite Hazara community over the killings in the country’s restive southwest was finally called […]

Imran Khan accuses Shiite protesters of ‘blackmail’

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan on Friday (8) accused Hazara Shiite protesters of blackmailing him, as they refused for a sixth day to bury the bodies of miners killed in a brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The 10 miners from the minority community were kidnapped near a remote coal mine in the […]

Pakistan jails leader of group linked to Mumbai attacks

A Pakistani court on Friday (8) sentenced a militant leader accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks to five years in jail for terror financing. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior figure in the banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday where he was running a medical dispensary. The […]

Hazara Shiites refuse to bury dead as Pakistan protest continues

Hundreds of mourners in Pakistan protested on Wednesday (6) for a fourth day alongside the bodies of miners killed in a brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State (Daesh) group, as officials urged them to bury their dead. Up to 2,500 people from the minority Shiite Hazara community have since Sunday blocked a road on […]

Police ‘were cowards’ in Pakistan Hindu temple attack

POLICE officers showed ‘cowardice and negligence’ in failing to confront a mob that attacked and set fire to a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan, the provincial police chief said Tuesday(5). Around 1,500 Muslims last week descended on the temple — in a remote village of northeast Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province — after protesting against renovations being […]

Shiites mourn miners killed in Pakistan attack claimed by Islamic State

Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for an attack on Sunday (3) that killed 11 miners from Pakistan’s minority Shi’ite Hazaras in Baluchistan province. The attack took place early on Sunday morning in the Mach area of Bolan district around 100 kms southeast of Baluchistan’s capital Quetta, killing the miners who were in a shared residential […]

Pakistan provincial court bans virginity tests on rape victims

A court in Pakistan’s most populous province on Monday outlawed virginity tests on rape victims — a longstanding practice in the country used to assess a woman’s so-called honour. Critics of the tests, including an invasive “two-finger test”, had filed petitions in the eastern city of Lahore in a bid to have them outlawed. The […]

Pakistan arrests alleged militant group leader on terrorism financing charge

PAKISTAN on Saturday(2) arrested a man accused of being a leader of an Islamist militant group blamed by the US and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a counter-terrorism official said. The arrest is in relation to terrorism financing, the official said, and not a specific militant attack. “Proscribed organisation LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) leader Zaki ur […]

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