Munir Ahmed

  • Associated Press Aug 5, 2019

    India Government Revokes Disputed Kashmir's Special Status

    India’s government revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order Monday as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the restive Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule. Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation amid an uproar in India’s Parliament and while Kashmir was under a security lockdown that kept...

  • Air Force Mar 3, 2019

    First Lull in Kashmir Since Latest India-Pakistan Escalation

    Residents near the disputed boundary in divided Kashmir region said Sunday it was quiet overnight, their first lull since a dangerous escalation between Pakistan and India erupted last week bringing the two nuclear-armed rivals close to full-out war. Many villagers used the calm in Pakistani-held Kashmir to leave their homes in Chakoti area along the so-called Line of Control, the...

  • Air Force Feb 27, 2019

    Pakistan Says 2 Indian Warplanes Downed, Pilot Captured

    Pakistan’s military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, answering an airstrike a day earlier by Indian fighter jets inside Pakistan and raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in two decades. Within hours Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television urging peace talks with...

  • Afghanistan Nov 1, 2018

    Pakistan Court Acquits Christian on Death Row for Blasphemy

    A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row under Pakistan’s blasphemy law was acquitted and ordered released Wednesday by the country’s top court, a ruling that raised fears of violence by religious extremists who held angry protests over the verdict. Asia Bibi was in an undisclosed location for her safety, and her lawyer said he expected that she...

  • Associated Press Mar 31, 2018

    Nobel Prize Winner Malala Visits Her Pakistan Hometown

    Pakistan’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her hometown Saturday for the first time since receiving a gunshot wound to the head there in 2012 for her work as an advocate for young women’s education. Yousafzai and her family arrived in a helicopter provided by the Pakistani military, which took her to the town of Mingora in the...

  • Associated Press Mar 29, 2018

    Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan for 1st Time Since She Was Shot

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Thursday said she was excited to be back in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants angered at her championing of education for girls. Yousafzai said in a brief speech at a ceremony at Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s office that she will continue to campaign...

  • Associated Press Jan 31, 2018

    Magnitude 6.1 Quake Rattles Afghanistan and Pakistan

    A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday, including the capital cities of both countries, killing a young girl and injuring 15 others, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake’s center was in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Jarm in the Hindu Kush region. It had a...

  • Associated Press Nov 24, 2017

    Pakistan Releases US-Wanted Militant Suspect on Court Order

    Pakistani authorities acting on a court order released a U.S.-wanted militant Friday who allegedly founded a banned group linked to the 2008 Mumbai, India attack that killed 168 people, his spokesman and officials said. Hafiz Saeed, who has been designated a terrorist by the U.S. Justice Department and has a $10 million bounty on his head, was released before dawn...

  • cellular telephone Nov 8, 2017

    Woman Charged With Deadly Poisonings Had Warned Against Being Forced to Marry

    Aasia Bibi had warned her parents time and again that if they forced her to marry her cousin, a man she disliked, she would be capable of going to any length to exit the union. She was already in a relationship, she said, and should be allowed to marry the man of her choice. Now, investigators in this tiny, remote...

  • JUDGE Nov 1, 2017

    Pakistani Bride Kills 17 in Botched Plot to Kill Husband

    Pakistani police arrested a newly married woman on murder charges after she allegedly poisoned her husband’s milk and it inadvertently killed 17 other people in a remote village, a senior police officer said Wednesday. District police chief Sohail Habib Tajak said a judge allowed police to question the woman, 21-year-old Aasia Bibi, for two weeks to determine whether it was...

  • Asher Klein Oct 13, 2017

    After 5 Years in Captivity, US-Canadian Family Released From Taliban-Linked Group

    Five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children — all born in captivity — are free after a dramatic rescue orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, officials said Thursday. The family flew out of Pakistan Friday and was headed to the U.K....

  • Donald Trump Sep 25, 2017

    Pakistani Cricket Star Khan Criticizes US's Afghan Policy

    Cricket legend and potential Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday criticized the United States’ new strategy for Afghanistan and said a continued military campaign will not solve the 16-year-old conflict in the neighboring nation....
    Khan, who is considered a likely contender for premier after next year’s parliamentary elections, also rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s allegation that Pakistan harbors extremists who...

  • SUPREME COURT Jul 29, 2017

    Pakistan Names Abbasi Interim Prime Minister

    Pakistan’s ruling party named senior lawmaker Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as successor to the deposed prime minister on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from office for concealing assets. Sharif proposed Abbasi as interim prime minister at the meeting of Pakistan Muslim League party in Islamabad. His request was endorsed by lawmakers from his party. Because Sharif’s...

  • SUPREME COURT Jul 28, 2017

    Disqualified by Court, Pakistan's Prime Minister Steps Down

    A five-judge panel of Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday disqualified thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office over allegations of corruption and ordered criminal charges be filed against him and his family. The court panel in a unanimous decision said Sharif was disqualified for not remaining “truthful and honest” after considering evidence against him. It also ruled that Sharif...

  • Associated Press Jun 25, 2017

    Death Toll From Pakistan Attacks Climbs to 85

    A Pakistani official says the death toll from twin bombings at a crowded market at northwestern town of Parachinar has risen to 67, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks to 85. Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, confirmed the toll Saturday, saying residents who had been preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan were now in...

  • Pakistan Feb 17, 2017

    Islamic State Attack on Pakistan Shrine Kills 75

    An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials,...

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