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Sep 17, 2014

New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group.

The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying a group of militants had succeeded in seizing control of the Pakistani frigate PNS Zulfiqar and tried to use it to attack nearby U.S. vessels.

Sep 13, 2014

Tense stand-off in Pakistani capital as political crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A court in Pakistan ordered on Saturday that 100 opposition activists be sent to jail for holding illegal protests, prompting a tense confrontation between demonstrators and police in the center of the capital.

Protesters led by Imran Khan, a former cricket star, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been locked in a bitter stand-off with the government for weeks, refusing to leave their protest camp until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

Sep 9, 2014

Insight – Al Qaeda’s shadowy new “emir” in South Asia handed tough job

MULTAN Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani militant Asim Umar has been handed a very tough job.

Thrust into the limelight after being named leader of al Qaeda’s newly created South Asian wing, he has been entrusted with reviving the network’s fortunes at a time when Islamic State is generating grisly headlines and luring recruits.

Sep 9, 2014

Al Qaeda’s shadowy new ‘emir’ in South Asia handed tough job

MULTAN Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani militant Asim Umar has been handed a very tough job.

Thrust into the limelight after being named leader of al Qaeda’s newly created South Asian wing, he has been entrusted with reviving the network’s fortunes at a time when Islamic State is generating grisly headlines and luring recruits.

Sep 3, 2014

Pakistan protests ease as rival leaders seek negotiated settlement

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Rival Pakistani politicians on Wednesday explored the possibility of a negotiated solution to weeks of protests aimed at the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that eased after turning violent at the weekend.

Thousands had tried to storm Sharif’s house in protests led by former cricket star Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, destabilizing the coup-prone nation.

Sep 2, 2014

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.

Sharif, who enjoys a solid majority in the chamber, convened a joint session of parliament as he seeks to reaffirm that he is fully in control more than two weeks after mass protests seeking to bring down his government erupted in the coup-prone nation.

Sep 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

ISLAMABAD, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Pakistani soldiers and
paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state
television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of
protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the
air.

Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero
cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a
firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to
bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sep 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister’s house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend.

News footage showed soldiers and paramilitary forces entering PTV national television’s headquarters in central Islamabad after a crowd broke through its gate and into the building.

Sep 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones marched on government buildings in the capital Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation turned violent over the weekend.

Protests led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly chaos on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police.

Aug 30, 2014

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country’s political crisis failed.

Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. On Saturday Sharif once again said he would not go.