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Oct 26, 2015

Insight: Pakistani homicide unit’s new tactic: find evidence, don’t plant it

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s first specialized homicide investigation unit is promoting a radical idea: find evidence, don’t plant it.

Launched last month by police in the eastern province of Punjab, the 478-strong unit pairs veterans with university graduates who had an extra year of training in forensics, report writing and interrogation.

Oct 25, 2015

Pakistani homicide unit’s new tactic: find evidence, don’t plant it

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s first specialized homicide investigation unit is promoting a radical idea: find evidence, don’t plant it.

Launched last month by police in the eastern province of Punjab, the 478-strong unit pairs veterans with university graduates who had an extra year of training in forensics, report writing and interrogation.

Oct 21, 2015

Pakistan to tell U.S. it won’t accept limits on tactical nuclear arms

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will tell U.S. President Barack Obama this week that Islamabad will not accept limits on its use of small tactical nuclear weapons, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistan insists smaller weapons would deter a sudden attack by its bigger neighbour India. But the United States worries tactical weapons may further destabilise an already volatile region because their smaller size makes them more tempting to use in a conventional war.

Sep 26, 2015

Pakistan to hang man who claims he was 15 at time of crime

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities are set to hang a man who says he was 15 when he was arrested for a murder he claims he did not commit, lawyers said on Saturday, in the latest case to shine a spotlight on Pakistan’s crumbling criminal justice system.

Ansar Iqbal says he was 15 when he and a friend were arrested 16 years ago for the murder of neighbor, which the victim’s family said was over an argument at a cricket match. Iqbal says police framed him because he was poor by planting two guns at his house.

Sep 24, 2015

No meeting scheduled for Pakistan and India at UN general assembly

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan have no plan to meet at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly, the Pakistani foreign office said on Thursday, scotching speculation that the leaders of the two nations might seek the opportunity to improve rocky ties.

Both Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are due to stay at the same hotel in New York during the meeting of world leaders this month, leading some media to speculate the two would meet.

Sep 22, 2015

Pakistan jail officials unsure how to hang paralysed convict

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani jail authorities postponed executing a prisoner who is in a wheelchair an hour before he was due to be hanged on Tuesday, because prison rules did not make it clear how they should proceed, his lawyers said.

Abdul Basit was to have been hanged in the eastern city of Faisalabad in the morning, but authorities were stymied at the last minute because he could not walk to the gallows as required by the jail manual.

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.

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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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