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Aug 10, 2015

Child abuse scandal shocks Pakistan, families angry at police

HUSAIN KHAN WALA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Parents at the center of a growing child abuse scandal in Pakistan have accused police of failing to do enough to break up a pedophile ring in Punjab province, the prime minister’s political heartland.

Accounts of abuse in the central Punjabi village of Husain Khan Wala were splashed across the front pages of Pakistani newspapers over the weekend, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to be questioned on the topic in parliament on Monday.

Aug 10, 2015

Insight – Extrajudicial killings rise in Pakistan police crackdown in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Some senior current and former Karachi police officials say extrajudicial killings by the force are happening as part of a crackdown on crime in the city, in a stark admission of the practice by Pakistani authorities.

Karachi, a metropolis of 20 million that hosts the stock exchange and central bank, is beset by armed violence, and many of its sprawling slums are no-go areas for outsiders.

Aug 10, 2015

Extrajudicial killings rise in Pakistan police crackdown in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Some senior current and former Karachi police officials say extrajudicial killings by the force are happening as part of a crackdown on crime in the city, in a stark admission of the practice by Pakistani authorities.

Karachi, a metropolis of 20 million that hosts the stock exchange and central bank, is beset by armed violence, and many of its sprawling slums are no-go areas for outsiders.

Aug 7, 2015

India, Pakistan talks face new hurdles as expectations diverge

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India plans to present Pakistan with a dossier of evidence of its involvement in militant attacks when officials from the two countries meet this month, which could jeopardize the rivals’ first attempt in months to restart talks.

Interviews with Indian and Pakistani officials show that the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars since independence in 1947, are approaching the talks between top security officials on Aug. 23-24 in New Delhi with starkly different expectations.

Jul 14, 2015

Pakistan helped secure Taliban talks, but Afghan mistrust lingers

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military, long accused of harboring insurgents who fight its cause in Afghanistan and beyond, says its role in brokering landmark Taliban peace talks last week proves it is serious about tackling Islamist militancy in the region.

The heads of the army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency were personally involved in bringing about talks between the Afghan Taliban and Kabul government on July 8 near Islamabad, said two senior officials close to the process.

Jul 8, 2015

Taliban, Afghan officials hold peace talks, agree to meet again

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The first official peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul concluded with an agreement to meet again after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistan hosted the meeting in a tentative step towards ending more than 13 years of war in neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban have been trying to re-establish their hard-line Islamist regime after it was toppled by U.S.-led military intervention in 2001.

Jul 2, 2015

Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal, killing 12

LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, July 2 (Reuters) – A train
carrying hundreds of Pakistan military personnel and their
families plunged into a canal on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers,
when a bridge collapsed in what the army suspects was sabotage,
officials said.

The military’s media wing confirmed that four carriages fell
into the canal. It said the commander of one unit was among the
casualties.

Jul 2, 2015

Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal

LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, July 2 (Reuters) – A train
carrying hundreds of Pakistan soldiers and their families
plunged several feet into a canal on Thursday when a bridge
collapsed in the country’s east in what the army suspects was
sabotage, officials said.

At least six people were missing, but officials at the
ministry of railways and the military had not confirmed any
deaths. An army spokesman confirmed that four carriages plunged
into the canal.

Jun 18, 2015

Pakistani military, politicians swap jibes over corruption

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s main opposition party on Thursday accused the powerful army of trying to usurp the powers of a provincial government, intensifying a showdown between the military and politicians in Pakistan’s biggest and richest city.

For the past week, politicians and the military have traded barbs over corruption in the southern port city of Karachi, home to 20 million people and the country’s financial heart.

Jun 12, 2015

Pakistan clamps down on aid groups, orders Save the Children to leave

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan will tighten oversight of aid groups and activists “working without any rules”, the interior minister said Friday, as officials gave Save the Children 15 days to leave the country.

Police locked the gate of Save the Children’s office in Islamabad late on Thursday and posted a notice saying the building was sealed.