Pakistan - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Pakistan Seeking employment: Terrorist who flipped on al-Qaida NEW YORK (AP) — As mid-career resumes go, this one's a doozy: Bryant Neal Vinas tried to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, advised al-Qaida on potential bombing targets, then morphed into a prized informer for the U.S. government. After eight years in solitary confinement, the 34-year-old New Yorker is set to become a free man. Which raises the question: W... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:50:00Z Islamic State group claims attack on Pakistan lawmaker QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The Islamic State group said it carried out a brazen suicide attack on a Pakistani lawmaker in southwest Baluchistan province on Friday that killed 25 people despite a protracted crackdown on the assortment of militant groups operating in Pakistan. Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, deputy leader of Pakistan's Senate or Upper House of Parliame... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-05-12T15:54:00Z The Latest: IS claims deadly attack on Pakistani lawmaker ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the attack in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The Islamic State group says that it carried out the deadly attack on Pakistan's deputy Senate leader in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province. The claim of responsibility was posted on IS-a... Fri, 12 May 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-05-12T12:53:00Z Al-Qaida member who flipped and helped US gets time served NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge decided to spare an admitted homegrown terrorist known as Bashir the American a long prison term on Thursday, agreeing he should instead receive a sentence of time served — about eight years in mostly solitary confinement — as credit for becoming a prized U.S. government cooperator. Bryant Neal Vinas, 34, grew up in obscuri... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-05-11T21:03:00Z 8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China BEIJING (AP) — A moderate earthquake that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's earthquake administration said. The morning quake struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China's Xinjiang region... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:54:00Z Monitoring group offers mixed review of rights in Pakistan ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent watchdog on Wednesday offered a mixed report card in its annual look at the state of human rights in Pakistan, welcoming the enactment of new laws to protect women but decrying an uptick in religiously motivated vigilantism. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said the country was among the world's most prolific enforce... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:02:00 GMT 2017-05-10T13:02:00Z Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan said Sunday its forces killed at least 50 Afghan troops and destroyed five checkpoints in clashes along the disputed border two days earlier, while Afghanistan dismissed the account, saying only two border police and a civilian were killed. The two armies traded fire Friday around the Chaman border crossing, which has been... Sun, 07 May 2017 14:10:00 GMT 2017-05-07T14:10:00Z Pakistan-Afghan border cross-fire kills 15 on both sides QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Backed by artillery, Afghan security forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and troops escorting them on Friday, killing nine and drawing a response from the military, Pakistan said. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the incident, a significant escalation of hostilities between the two neighbors. Fri, 05 May 2017 15:02:00 GMT 2017-05-05T15:02:00Z Lynch mob storms police station in Pakistani, child killed QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a boy has been killed in a shootout between police and an angry mob after it attacked a police station, demanding they should be allowed to execute a minority Hindu being held over blasphemy charges. Local police official Atta Ullah said the clash took place in the town of Hub in the southwestern Baluchistan province aft... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:42:00Z Pakistan executes 3 militants convicted by military courts ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military say authorities have executed three Pakistani Taliban militants after they were convicted by military courts over links to acts of terrorism. In a statement, it said the latest executions were carried out Thursday. Pakistan has executed 428 prisoners — mostly convicted of routine murders instead of a... Thu, 04 May 2017 14:22:00 GMT 2017-05-04T14:22:00Z Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption. Friday's rally came a week after Pakistan's Supreme Court, acting on a petition submitted by Khan, asked investigators to c... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:00:00Z Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive in an emailed statement that boasted o... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T15:29:00Z Pakistani Taliban say detained militant used for propaganda ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban say the country's top intelligence service is using a captured senior militant to spread propaganda that the militant group is beholden to spy agencies in India and Afghanistan. Pakistan's army released a video late Wednesday showing Ahsanullah Ahsan, a longtime media spokesman for the Taliban and another extremist g... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:04:00 GMT 2017-04-27T17:04:00Z India bans social media sites to quell unrest in Kashmir SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in the disputed region after videos depicting the alleged abuse of Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. But the sites remained online Thursday as the local telecom company struggled to block them. The government said Wedne... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:12:00 GMT 2017-04-27T10:12:00Z As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections could be built as soon as this summer. P... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-04-27T06:23:00Z 3 Pakistani women confess to killing man over blasphemy ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three female friends in a rare incident confessed on Friday to killing a man for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad days after he returned from living in hiding abroad for 13 years, police said. A local police inspector investigating the case, Nadeem Ashraf, told The Associated Press that the women were arrested this week for killing Faza... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:48:00 GMT 2017-04-21T18:48:00Z Arrests highlight Pakistan's struggle with extremism ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities said Monday they have arrested 22 people involved in the lynching of a university student who was accused of blasphemy and detained a teenage woman who had been recruited by the Islamic State group for a foiled attack on a church. Word of the arrests came as U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser arr... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-04-17T16:06:00Z Trump adviser visits Pakistan after massive airstrike ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser met Monday with Pakistani officials on his first visit to the South Asian country since the United States dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on neighboring Afghanistan, officials said. H.R. McMaster arrived in Islamabad after holding talks in Afghanistan on efforts to combat the Ta... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:13:00 GMT 2017-04-17T12:13:00Z Afghanistan says massive US bomb killed 36 militants KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The biggest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 militants in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, and villagers in the remote, mountainous area described being terrified by the "earsplitting blast." The strike using the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, was carried out Thursday mo... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:03:00 GMT 2017-04-15T00:03:00Z Pakistan mob kills university student over alleged blasphemy PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan say a mob has killed a university student over alleged blasphemy. Police officer Saleem Khan says a group of students at the Abdul Wali Khan University in the northwestern city of Mardan attacked Mohammad Mashal, accusing him of sharing blasphemous content on Facebook. Khan says the universit... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:06:00 GMT 2017-04-13T15:06:00Z Man pleads guilty to smuggling dozens from Pakistan to US WASHINGTON (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping smuggle dozens of people from Pakistan and Afghanistan into the United States by way of dangerous treks through Brazil and Latin America. Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, described by prosecutors as a Pakistani national and fromer resident of Brazil, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented migrants int... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-04-12T22:27:00Z Pakistan's army sentences alleged Indian spy to death ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military sentenced an Indian naval officer to death Monday on charges of espionage and sabotage, officials said. Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, had been convicted by a military tribunal, the Pakistani army said in a statement. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the head of Pakistan's armed forces, signed off on the sentence. ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:59:00 GMT 2017-04-10T12:59:00Z Taliban attack kills 6 in Pakistan, including census workers LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying census workers in eastern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six people — two data collectors and four soldiers who were escorting them, a government spokesman and police said. The attack took place on the outskirts of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, said... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:09:00 GMT 2017-04-05T09:09:00Z Pakistan shrine custodian kills 20 in apparent cult ritual MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The custodian of a local shrine and his accomplices murdered 20 devotees after intoxicating them in eastern Punjab province, police said Sunday, in what officials are calling a cult ritual. Senior police officer Mohammad Bilal said that the shrine custodian in a village near the city of Sargodha, some 320 kilometers (200 miles) nor... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMT 2017-04-02T15:30:00Z Suicide bomber kills 24 near mosque in northwestern Pakistan PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A car bomb exploded Friday near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the town of Parachinar in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 24 people and wounding over 100, officials said. The bomb was detonated near the mosque, which also is not far from the Noor Market, said Mushtaq Ghani, a spokesman for the provincial government. TV footage showed victims being... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:38:00 GMT 2017-03-31T16:38:00Z Muslim immigrant to join California lieutenant governor race LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving the Affordable Care Act, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed "Donald Trump's hate." "I am a proud Muslim and I love America," Dr. Asif Mahmood said at a news conference in front ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:04:00 GMT 2017-03-30T04:04:00Z Pakistan launches special anti-polio drive in Islamabad ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in Islamabad after traces of the virus were found in the city's sewage system. The virus was detected weeks ago but so far no cases have been reported in Islamabad. Dr. Rana Safdar, who coordinated Pakistan's polio eradication center, says the... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:10:00 GMT 2017-03-28T15:10:00Z Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday. In confirming the death of Qari Yasin, U.S. officials said Yasin was a senior terrorist fig... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:24:00 GMT 2017-03-26T03:24:00Z Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy Friday in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court, while elsewhere in the city hundreds of security forces prevented a radical cleric from holding a protest to condemn another five bloggers, who were earlier charged with insulting Islam — an offense punishable by death in this Islamic country. Polic... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-03-24T16:50:00Z Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation, an aid group said Thursday. Save the Children said more than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of school thi... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:08:00 GMT 2017-03-23T05:08:00Z