ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A boy in a school uniform blew himself up at a Pakistani army recruitment center in the troubled northwest region on Thursday, killing 20 cadets, military and security officials said.
The attack challenged official assertions that army offensives had weakened al Qaeda-linked Taliban militants waging a campaign to destabilize Pakistan’s U.S.-backed government.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A boy in a school uniform blew himself up at a Pakistani army recruitment centre in the troubled northwest region on Thursday, killing 20 cadets, military and security officials said.
The attack challenged official assertions that army offensives had weakened al Qaeda-linked Taliban militants waging a campaign to destabilise Pakistan’s U.S.-backed government.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s federal cabinet resigned on Wednesday to allow Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to set up a new, smaller cabinet and reduce government expenditure, officials said.
The country’s opposition parties have long demanded that Gilani trim the size of his cabinet, one of the largest in the world, at a time when Pakistan is struggling to pay down its bills and is dependent on an International Monetary Fund loan program.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A former Pakistani spy who helped the Taliban rise to power in Afghanistan is believed to have died while being held by militants who kidnapped him 10 months ago, government and security officials said Monday.
Retired Brigadier Sultan Amir Tarar, also known as Colonel Imam, was kidnapped along with fellow former spy agent Khalid Khawaja and a British-Pakistani journalist, during a visit to Pakistan’s lawless tribal region along the Afghan border in March 2010.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan and Russia were looking for ways to tackle Islamist militancy and nuclear proliferation at talks on Monday aimed at overcoming decades of distrust between the two countries on opposite sides of the Cold War.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov is leading the Russian side for the two-day dialogue that is also expected to touch on Afghanistan, where both nations have concerns as the United States prepares to withdraw.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Relatives of a teenage Pakistani girl have apparently electrocuted her for falling in love with a man they did not approve of, police said on Sunday.
Elders and the family of Saima Bibi, 17, decided after a meeting of a village council, or panchayat, that her punishment for shaming the family should be death, police said.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s president is set to appoint close aide Latif Khosa to succeed the murdered governor of the key Punjab province, officials said, another step in resolving a week-long political crisis.
President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to name Khosa, a former attorney general, on Saturday from Karachi.
By Zeeshan Haider and Sahar Ahmed
(Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed on Thursday to reverse an unpopular fuel price hike, under pressure from the opposition.
Gilani is trying to save his administration after a key coalition partner quit government.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is fighting for his government’s political life after a main partner quit the governing coalition and sparked yet another crisis in the U.S. ally.
Soon after the main opposition party leader warned on Tuesday the government should meet its demands or risk tough political action, senior ruling party official Salman Taseer was shot by one of his guards because he campaigned against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The governor of Pakistan’s central Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards on Tuesday, deepening a political crisis in the nuclear-armed South Asian nation.
Salman Taseer, a liberal politician close to President Asif Ali Zardari, had no day-to-day role in the central government, but his killing in broad daylight at a shopping centre in Islamabad reinforces the sense that the government is incapable of stabilising the Muslim country of 170 million.