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Oct 12, 2014

Pakistan says 12 dead in border clashes with India, appeals to U.N.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Indian firing across a disputed border with Pakistan has killed 12 civilians and injured 52 in Pakistan so far this month, according to a Sunday press release from the Foreign Ministry.

Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, said that officials from UNMOGIP, a U.N. observation team, were going to the disputed border to observe the ceasefire violations.

Oct 8, 2014

Five more civilians killed in worst India-Pakistan fighting for years

SRINAGAR/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Five civilians were killed and thousands took refuge in camps in the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday after some of the most intense fighting between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India in a decade.

A total of nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed since fighting erupted more than week ago in the mostly Muslim Himalayan region. Kashmir is claimed by both countries and has been a major focus of tension in South Asia.

Oct 1, 2014

In attack by al Qaeda, lines blur between Pakistan’s military, militants

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 warship, PNS Zulfiqar.

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.

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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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