Pakistani Taliban choose new leader, dismiss peace talks

Pakistanis watch a TV news report about the new leader of the Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, in Islamabad on Thursday. Photo: AP

The Pakistani Taliban appointed a hardline cleric linked to the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai as their new chief on Thursday and dismissed proposed peace talks with the government as a “waste of time”.

Friday, 8 November, 2013, 9:57am

US implicitly defends killing Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud

Pakistani men read newspapers carrying front-page reports about the drone-attack death of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Photo: EPA

The United States implicitly defended on Monday the killing of a top extremist leader in a drone strike in Pakistan, but admitted “tensions” and occasional “misunderstandings” in its relations with Islamabad.

5 Nov 2013 - 12:27pm

Three per cent of drone deaths civilian: Pakistan

A US Air Force drone during a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. Photo: AP

Pakistan’s government said on Wednesday 3 per cent of 2,227 people killed in US drone strikes since 2008 were civilians, a surprisingly low figure that sparked criticism from groups that have investigated deaths from the attacks.

1 Nov 2013 - 5:15pm 1 comment

Militants fire on Pakistan quake relief helicopter

 Pakistan army officers transfer the injured to an army helicopter in Baluchistan. Photo: Xinhua

Two rockets fired by militants in Pakistan’s quake-struck region narrowly missed a government relief helicopter on Thursday as survivors complained aid was not reaching far-flung areas and the death toll climbed to 348.

27 Sep 2013 - 12:51pm

Seven killed in bomb blast in Pakistan’s Karachi

 Rescuers work beside a damaged vehicle at the blast site in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

A bomb blast in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi early on Wednesday killed seven people and wounded 26 others, police said.

The blast took place in the impoverished Lyari neighbourhood of the city after a football match.

“The bomb was planted on a motorbike that was parked outside the stadium, killing seven people, many of them teenage boys,” police official Tariq Dharejo saod.

7 Aug 2013 - 12:46pm

Five Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops

 Indian policemen detain a man during a protest in Srinagar, summer capital of Kashmir. Pakistani troops have killed five Indian soldiers in an attack on Kashmir. Photo: Xinhua

Pakistani troops killed five Indian soldiers in an attack on a military post in Indian Kashmir, Indian officials said on Tuesday.

“Pakistani troops simply attacked the Indian post, violating the ceasefire and they killed five of our soldiers,” a senior army official in Indian-administered Kashmir said on condition of anonymity.

6 Aug 2013 - 5:24pm

China Mobile eyes Pakistan expansion

China Mobile's latest Pakistan move looks like a continuation of China Mobile's confused global expansion policy. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile's potential bid for a Pakistan telco reflects a its new leaders' continuation of a muddled global expansion policy from the past

26 Jun 2013 - 5:05pm

25 die in Pakistan bus, hospital bombings

Firefighters extinguish the blaze that gutted the former home of founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah early yesterday. Photo: AFP

At least 25 people were killed in troubled southwest Pakistan yesterday when militants blew up a bus carrying women students and attacked a hospital treating survivors.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:12am

Pakistan's male-dominated air force gives women a fighting chance

Ayesha Farooq chats with her colleagues. She is one of only 19 women pilots in the Pakistan Air Force. Photo: Reuters

With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a grin when asked if it is lonely being Pakistan's only war-ready female fighter pilot.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:10am

Pollywood a window into seedy, risky side of Pakistani cinema

Cinema workers take a break in front of Pashto posters. Photo: Reuters

A projectionist lies asleep in the sweltering Pakistan heat, his face covered by a cloth. A colleague rewinds a reel manually while on screen, through the hashish smoke, a woman bounces on a bed singing "hello, hello, hello" into a mobile phone.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:32am

New Pakistani PM Sharif tells US to halt drone strikes

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: AP

Just days after taking power, Pakistan's new government has lodged a protest with the US and summoned a top American envoy to vent its frustration following a US drone strike that intelligence officials say killed seven militants.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:00am

Two men appear in British court over diverted Pakistan plane

Police and rescue service vehicles wait at Stansted Airport, England, on Friday, after Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore, was diverted to Stansted following an incident on board. Photo: AP

Two British men accused of threatening to blow up a Pakistan International Airways (PIA) plane and kill its passengers and crew were remanded in custody following a court hearing on Monday.

27 May 2013 - 9:50pm

Pakistan minibus explosion kills 16 schoolchildren and teacher

The minibus driver is said to have escaped the flames and now faces arrest. Photo: Reuters

Sixteen schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death in eastern Pakistan early yesterday when a short-circuit near a leaking fuel tank caused their minibus to burst into flames.

26 May 2013 - 7:09am

China news round-up: Xi Jinping set to visit the US, Lanzhou unifies hukou

Pakistani commuters ride past a welcome billboard showing portraits of visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso in Islamabad on May 21, 2013. Photo: AFP

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Member of Pakistani cricket star's party shot dead in Karachi

Soldiers patrol the streets after the Election Commission ordered re-polling at 43 polling stations in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Police say Zahra Shahid Hussain was gunned down outside her home in the city of Karachi in southern Sindh province. All three gunmen escaped after the attack and no one has claimed responsibility for the killing.

19 May 2013 - 10:02am