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Aug 20, 2015

Pakistan’s embattled comedians spin troubles into punchlines

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The crowd exploded
into laughter as Pakistani comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh threw
them his final punchline, gripping the microphone as he roasted
the dating app Tindr and traditional South Asian family
matchmaking.

“I don’t want an app to find me random girls to sleep with!”
he cried. “I want my mother to find me random girls to sleep
with!”

Aug 16, 2015

Tributes for Pakistan’s former ISI chief bound to anger neighbours

KARACHI (Reuters) – Tributes for Pakistan’s late former Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Hamid Gul poured in on Sunday, words bound to infuriate Pakistan’s neighbours after he spent a career promoting Islamic militancy in Afghanistan and India.

“(Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif has expressed his heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of … Hamid Gul,” the ruling party’s media office said on Twitter. “The prime minister prayed eternal peace for the departed soul and said that may God bless the deceased.”

Aug 14, 2015

Pakistan protests to India after Swami Aseemanand freed

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan lodged a diplomatic protest with India on Friday over its decision to release a man jailed over a 2007 train bombing that killed 68 people, most Pakistanis.

The protest to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, made as Pakistan celebrated the anniversary of its separation from India and independence from Britain, comes as the two nuclear-armed rivals prepare for a high-level meeting on Aug. 23-24.

Aug 14, 2015

Pakistan protests to India after man accused of train bombing freed

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan lodged a diplomatic protest with India on Friday over its decision to release a man jailed over a 2007 train bombing that killed 68 people, most Pakistanis.

The protest to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, made as Pakistan celebrated the anniversary of its separation from India and independence from Britain, comes as the two nuclear-armed rivals prepare for a high-level meeting on Aug. 23-24.

Aug 12, 2015

TurkmenGaz to take stake in gas pipeline to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

ISLAMABAD, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Turkmenistan’s national gas
company has agreed to take a 51 percent stake in a consortium
seeking to build a long-planned gas pipeline from Turkmenistan
to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, an official involved in the
project said on Wednesday.

TurkmenGaz is in talks with two other companies over
potential stakes in the consortium, which would have a capacity
of 3.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day, said Mobin Saulat,
head of Pakistan’s state-run Inter State Gas systems.

Aug 11, 2015

After nuclear deal, Pakistan and Iran seek to increase trade

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan is in the final stages of negotiating a deal to increase its electricity imports from Iran tenfold, a Pakistani government spokesman said Tuesday, part of a push to boost trade if sanctions relating to Iran’s nuclear program are phased out.

Pakistan’s trade with Iran, worth $1.3 billion in the financial year 2008-9, plummeted to $217 million dollars in the 2013-4 financial year.

Aug 6, 2015

Former top cop spins life on Pakistan’s mean streets into novels

ISLAMABAD, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Omar Hamid joined the Pakistani
police vowing revenge after a hitman executed his father. Having
left the force 12 years later, the Taliban murdered his
replacement – the man who had arrested his father’s killer and
become his best friend.

The two gritty, electrifying novels Hamid has published
since are packed with versions of the underworld characters he
met as he rose to become a top counter-terrorism cop in the
bowels of one of the world’s roughest cities, Karachi.

Aug 6, 2015

Pakistani Taliban claim killing of lower court judge

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday claimed credit for killing a lower court judge in the city of Rawalpindi, the insurgent group said in a statement, the latest in a series of attacks on civilians working for the criminal justice system.

Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 190 million people, is plagued by criminal gangs, sectarian militants and a Taliban insurgency.

Aug 5, 2015

Pakistan’s secret military courts given Supreme Court blessing

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that secret military courts were legal and could pass death sentences on civilians, a judgment that critics said further strengthened the military’s grip on power at the expense of civilian authorities.

Military courts were empowered to try suspected militants after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 children at an army-run school in December. The government argued civilians were too scared to convict militants.

Aug 4, 2015

Pakistan hangs man lawyers say was a child when charged with murder

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan on Tuesday hanged a man whose case triggered an international outcry after his lawyers said he was arrested as a juvenile and tortured into confessing to a murder.

Pakistan has hanged nearly 200 people since December, when a massacre by Taliban militants at an army-run school in Peshawar prompted the government to lift a de facto ban on capital punishment.

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      "Katharine Houreld has lived in Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya and spent nine years reporting from Africa before joining Reuters as the Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent in 2012."
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