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Dec 11, 2015

Pakistani security seeks to tamp down reporting on California shooter

Pakistani security forces appeared to be trying to dampen down reporting this weekend on the background of Tashfeen Malik, who mounted an attack alongside her husband that killed 14 people in California.

Three professors at Malik’s university said they had been advised not to talk to the media, while men claiming to be from Pakistan’s security agencies told reporters to drop their investigations into her background on pain of arrest.

Dec 11, 2015

Pakistani in California shooting became hardline in Saudi Arabia: relatives

The estranged relatives of Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani woman accused of shooting dead 14 people in California, say she and her father seem to have abandoned the family’s moderate Islam and became more radicalized during years they spent in Saudi Arabia.

Malik, with her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, is accused of storming a gathering in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday and opening fire in America’s worst mass shooting in three years.

Dec 11, 2015

Pakistan woman in California shooting attended troubled university

Security officials have been closely monitoring a university in east Pakistan attended by Tashfeen Malik, the woman involved in last week’s mass shooting in California, because of concerns that Islamist militancy was taking hold there.

Malik, a Pakistani, attended the sprawling Bahauddin Zakariya University to study pharmacy between 2007 and 2012, after she had lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia.

Dec 11, 2015

Exclusive: Investigators piece together portrait of Pakistani woman in shooting massacre

Tashfeen Malik’s path to accused mass killer in California began in a small city on the Indus River in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

It was from here, when she was a toddler, that she moved with her father Gulzar 25 years ago to Saudi Arabia, where he became more deeply religious, more conservative and more hardline, according to a family member.

Dec 11, 2015

As tensions play out at home, powerful Pakistani general heads to U.S. for talks

Pakistan's newly appointed army chief General Raheel Sharif attends the change of command ceremony in with outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Kayani (not in picture) at army headquarters in Rawalpindi November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief General Raheel Sharif attends the change of command ceremony in with outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Kayani (not in picture) at army headquarters in Rawalpindi November 29, 2013. Reuters/Mian Khursheed

Days before Pakistan’s powerful army chief was due to visit Washington for talks on regional stability and fighting militancy, General Raheel Sharif engaged in thinly veiled criticism of the nuclear-armed country’s civilian government.

A terse statement from the army’s PR wing underlined the tension between Pakistan’s military and its civilian government, just as the United States prepares to receive Sharif weeks after the prime minister held talks there.

Dec 11, 2015

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

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 27, 2015. Reuters/Mike Segar


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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.

Oct 30, 2015

Pakistan’s ex-cricket star politician and journalist end marriage

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his wife, Reham Khan, have filed for divorce, they said on Friday, ending a whirlwind romance that captivated international tabloids and Pakistani voters.

Imran Khan, who captained the Pakistan team when it won the Cricket World Cup in 1992, tied the knot with the former BBC journalist in a low-key ceremony in January.

Oct 28, 2015

Online taxi giant Uber aims to launch in Pakistan by end of 2015

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) – Online taxi-hailing service Uber will launch in Pakistan by the end of the year, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, part of an aggressive push targeting megacities in the Asia Pacific region.

Undeterred by the failure of other online taxi-hailing ventures in Pakistan, Uber’s career page advertised three top manager positions in the eastern city of Lahore this week.

Oct 23, 2015

Ex-general’s new role strengthens Pakistani army’s hand in talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has appointed a newly retired general as national security advisor, strengthening the powerful military’s role in security policy, talks with archrival India and relations with neighbor Afghanistan, an official said on Friday.

The post had been held by Sartaj Aziz, a civilian who is a close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Aziz has also controlled the portfolio for foreign affairs, which he apparently will retain.

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.