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Sep 30, 2014

In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

The early September dawn raid at a naval base in the southern city of Karachi was thwarted, but not before Jakhrani, two officers and an unidentified fourth assailant snuck past a patrol boat in a dinghy and engaged in an intense firefight on or around the ship.

Sep 30, 2014

Insight – In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

The early September dawn raid at a naval base in the southern city of Karachi was thwarted, but not before Jakhrani, two officers and an unidentified fourth assailant snuck past a patrol boat in a dinghy and engaged in an intense firefight on or around the ship.

Sep 30, 2014

Online abuse of women in Pakistan turns into real-world violence

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real world violence against them, but large social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, internet rights group Bytes for All said.

Women face online threats globally, but they run a unique risk in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where there is a tradition of men killing women seen as having injured a family’s honor, besides punitive laws against blasphemy.

Sep 26, 2014

Corrected – Pakistan policeman wounds British man jailed for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – (Corrects to show Christian not killed)

A Pakistani policeman on Thursday shot and wounded a 70-year-old British man with a history of mental illness in the jail where he is on death row for blasphemy, his lawyers said.

An activist said a Christian pastor accused of the same offence was killed in the attack, but the pastor’s sister said on Friday this was not true and that the police had got their facts wrong.

Sep 26, 2014

Pakistan policeman wounds British man jailed for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD, Sept 25 (Reuters) – A Pakistani policeman on
Thursday shot and wounded a 70-year-old British man with a
history of mental illness in the jail where he is on death row
for blasphemy, his lawyers said.

An activist said a Christian pastor accused of the same
offence was killed in the attack, but the pastor’s sister said
on Friday this was not true and that the police had got their
facts wrong.

Sep 25, 2014

Pakistan policeman kills Christian accused of blasphemy

ISLAMABAD Sept 25 (Reuters) – A Pakistani policeman shot two
men in jail on Thursday, killing one accused of blasphemy and
wounding another condemned to death on the same charge, lawyers
and an activist said.

Christian pastor Zafar Bhatti was killed and 70-year-old
Briton Muhammad Asghar, who has a history of mental illness, was
wounded in the attack in Rawalpindi, next to the capital,
Islamabad.

Sep 25, 2014

British man jailed for blasphemy wounded in Pakistan jail

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani policeman on Thursday shot and wounded a 70-year-old British man with a history of mental illness in the jail where he is on death row for blasphemy, his lawyers said.

Muhammad Asghar, from Edinburgh, was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to death in January after a disgruntled tenant presented letters he had written saying he was a prophet.

Sep 20, 2014

14 Pakistanis freed from U.S. custody in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison: lawyers

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from U.S. custody in Bagram Prison in Afghanistan and repatriated to Pakistan on Saturday, a Pakistani legal firm representing some of the prisoners said.

Justice Project Pakistan has been representing several Bagram detainees since 2010 in a bid to force the Pakistani government to bring them home. 

Aug 25, 2014

How Pakistan’s Sharif stumbled into protests crisis

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – As thousands of protesters blockaded Pakistan’s parliament last week, the spirits of the lawmakers inside were briefly lifted by a rare appearance from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

    But Sharif only listened in silence as legislator after legislator denounced the protesters seeking his government’s resignation. He then stood up, and left through a back door. 

Aug 21, 2014

Pakistani protest leader says talks with government suspended

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday, as the continuing impasse raised fears for the nuclear-armed country’s stability.

Former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital, Islamabad, since last Friday.

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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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