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Jul 28, 2014

Wounded Pakistani bomb-squad policeman longs to get back to the field

DERA ISMAIL KHAN Pakistan (Reuters) – When a mine blew off Pakistani police Inspector Inayat Ullah’s right foot and most of his left hand in January, hundreds of people crowded into the hospital, desperate to give blood to their city’s hero.

Now Ullah – nicknamed “Tiger” – is back at work as head of the district bomb squad and vowing to combat a wave of bombs he believes the Pakistani Taliban will plant after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr this week.

Jul 2, 2014

New Pakistan anti-terror law raises fears over civil rights

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday giving security forces sweeping powers to clamp down on militancy, but some activists and legislators criticized the provisions as too harsh.

The legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, must now be signed into law by the president.

Jul 1, 2014

Pakistani officials: any militants in North Waziristan a target, even Haqqanis

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani officials said on Tuesday they would target any militants, including the Haqqanis, as they proceed with a military operation in the remote region of North Waziristan, but mounting evidence showed many militants had already fled.

The Haqqani network, which mainly operates out of Pakistan’s border areas, has been blamed for some of the deadliest and most sophisticated attacks on NATO and Afghan troops over the border in Afghanistan.

Jun 23, 2014

Anti-government cleric returns to Pakistan, supporters clash with police

LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) – A prominent cleric landed in Pakistan on Monday after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad where his supporters clashed with police amid government concerns about the return of a man who describes himself as a revolutionary.

Tahirul Qadri, a Pakistani preacher turned political activist who usually lives Canada, is a divisive figure in Pakistan where he made headlines last year when he led mass rallies against the previous government.

Jun 23, 2014

Anti-govt cleric returns to Pakistan, supporters clash with police

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 23 (Reuters) – A prominent cleric
landed in Pakistan on Monday after his plane was diverted from
the capital Islamabad where his supporters clashed with police
amid government concerns about the return of a man who describes
himself as a revolutionary.

Tahirul Qadri, a Pakistani preacher turned political
activist who usually lives Canada, is a divisive figure in
Pakistan where he made headlines last year when he led mass
rallies against the previous government.

May 29, 2014

Pakistan PM demands prompt report on “honour killing” of pregnant woman

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has demanded to know why police apparently stood by while a pregnant woman was stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country’s top courts, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Farzana Iqbal, 25, was attacked on Tuesday, police said, because she had married the man she loved. Her husband said that police did nothing during the 15 minutes the violence lasted outside Lahore High Court.

May 29, 2014

Pakistan police stood by as pregnant woman beaten to death, husband says

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has demanded to know why police apparently stood by while a pregnant woman was stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country’s top courts, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Farzana Iqbal, 25, was attacked on Tuesday, police said, because she had married the man she loved. Her husband said that police did nothing during the 15 minutes the violence lasted outside Lahore High Court.

May 28, 2014

Anglican leader says minorities in Pakistan ‘under siege’

LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) – The spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans urged Pakistan to treat all people equally on Wednesday during a trip designed to show his support for the embattled Christian community, saying many felt “under siege”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday to meet Muslim and Anglican leaders at a time when Christians feel under attack from both authorities and their Muslim neighbors due to Pakistan’s oppressive blasphemy laws.

May 26, 2014

American doctor shot dead in Pakistan in suspected sectarian attack

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A volunteer American cardiologist was shot dead in Pakistan on Monday, a member of his minority Ahmadi community said, the latest attack on a group which says it is Muslim but whose religion is rejected by the state.

Mehdi Ali had taken his five-year-old son and a cousin to a graveyard in Punjab province at dawn to pray when he was shot, said Salim ud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.

May 20, 2014

Pakistan ball maker to fulfill World Cup dream

SIALKOT Pakistan (Reuters) – It was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: to manufacture the ball for the biggest soccer tournament on the planet.

“The people were chanting all around me. I just thought, ‘This is the real thing’,” Akhtar told Reuters. “I was part of the crowd. I never had that kind of feeling before.”

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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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