Pakistan

Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives

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PESHAWAR Pakistan - A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday.

Pakistan civilians flee as military steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban 8:27am GMT

PESHAWAR Pakistan - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said on Thursday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area.

U.S. drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan 6:27am GMT

WANA Pakistan - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander.

Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack 23 Oct 2014

QUETTA Pakistan - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed, and one wounded, on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said.

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Scion of Pakistan's Bhutto dynasty throws down gauntlet to PM 23 Oct 2014

NAUDERO Pakistan - The scion of Pakistan's leading political dynasty, emerging from the shadow of his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto seven years after she was assassinated, has vowed to resurrect her party's flagging fortunes.

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Scion of Pakistan's Bhutto dynasty throws down gauntlet to PM 23 Oct 2014

NAUDERO Pakistan - The scion of Pakistan's leading political dynasty, emerging from the shadow of his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto seven years after she was assassinated, has vowed to resurrect her party's flagging fortunes.

Pakistani Taliban sack influential spokesman as divisions grow 21 Oct 2014

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban have sacked the movement's influential spokesman, according to a statement received by Reuters on Tuesday, in a sign of growing divisions within the deeply fractured group.

Pakistan suspends licence of anti-government TV channel 21 Oct 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has suspended the licence of a fiercely anti-government television news channel, the state media regulator said, in a move criticised strongly by Amnesty International as politically motivated and unjustified.

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Political debut for scion of Pakistan's Bhutto dynasty 18 Oct 2014

ISLAMABAD - The only son of Pakistan's assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto told hundreds of thousands of supporters on Saturday that he would fight for his party's revival, in an appearance intended to mark the official launch of his political career.

At least nine militants killed in Pakistani army offensive 17 Oct 2014

PESHAWAR Pakistan - Pakistan's army extended its offensive against Islamist militants in mountains along the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least nine insurgents, military officials said.