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Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda leader, was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, a US official has confirmed

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Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda leader, was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, a US official has confirmed. US officials said Abu Yahya al-Libi was the target of an attack which hit a volatile tribal area of Pakistan’s north-west, killing 15 suspected militants. There has been no confirmation of his death from sources in Pakistan. According to officials, he played a critic...

Malala Yousafzai's book has been banned from private schools across Pakistan

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Malala Yousafzai’s book has been banned from private schools across Pakistan, education officials said on Sunday. The Pakistani officials claim the teenage activist’s book doesn’t show enough respect for Islam and called her a tool of the West. Malala Yousafzai attracted global attention last year when the Taliban shot her in the head in northwest Pakistan for criticizing the group...

India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded

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India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded. Pakistan has rejected accusations that it killed any Indian soldiers or fired across the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir. India called the attack “barbaric” and summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Delhi over the incident. Claimed...

Ali Haider Gilani, a candidate for the Pakistan Peoples' Party, was seized in the central city of Multan

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Ali Haider Gilani, the son of Pakistan’s former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen during an election rally, his father says. According to the former prime minister, his son, Ali Haider Gilani – a candidate for the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) – was seized in the central city of Multan. Yousuf Raza Gilani accused his political opponents of be...

India and Pakistan have exchanged fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region

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India and Pakistan have exchanged fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan said Indian troops had raided a military post in the Haji Pir sector of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, killing a soldier and injuring another. An Indian army spokesman said Pakistan had “initiated unprovoked firing” at Indian military posts. Kashmir is claimed by both nations in...

Rehman Malik, Pakistan's interior minister, says he will restore access to video-sharing website YouTube in the coming hours, months after it was blocked

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...to unblock YouTube… expect the notification today!” YouTube has been blocked to users in Pakistan since September when excerpts from an anti-Islamic film were posted, sparking protests across the world. Pakistan blocked YouTube in 2008 and 2010 because of sacrilegious content. It reimposed a ban on the site on 17 September following days of protests around the world after a translated...

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest over Friday's drone strike that killed Hakimullah Mehsud

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Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the death of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has destroyed the country’s nascent peace process. “This is not just the killing of one person, it’s the death of all peace efforts,” Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said. Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest over Friday’s drone strike that killed H...

Long queues of women waiting to vote in Pakistan

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Pakistan votes in landmark national and provincial elections. The vote marks Pakistan’s first transition from one civilian government to another in its 66-year history. However, the run-up to the election has been marred by violence in which more than 100 people have been killed. A bomb blast in the port city of Karachi on Saturday morning left 10 people dead and 32 others wounded, a hospit...

Deaths drom heart pills in Punjab, Pakistan

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...Simvastatin), Concort (Amlodipine) and Soloprin (Aspirin). On or more drugs caused a rapid depletion of bone marrow, with a dramatic decrease in white cells and platelets counts that led to bleeding and death, Dr Javed Ikram of the Allama Iqbal Medical College told BBC.   Over 36 people have died from taking contaminated heart medicines in Punjab, Pakistan.   The presence of some bits of...

Ghazala Javed and her father were killed when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on them late on Monday

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Famous Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed has been shot dead in the north-western city of Peshawar. Ghazala Javed and her father were killed when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on them late on Monday, police say. Police say the murders may be linked to a family dispute. Ghazala Javed, who sang in her native Pashto, was from Pakistan’s Swat valley, which she fled three years ago during a mil...

At least 15 people have been killed during violent anti-film protests which erupted on the streets of Pakistani main cities

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At least 15 people have been killed during violent protests which erupted on the streets of Pakistan’s main cities in anger at anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims made in the US. Ten people were killed in the port city of Karachi and a further five died in the north-western city of Peshawar, hospital officials said. Protesters also breached the diplomatic enclave in the capital, Islamabad,...

Pakistan Taliban commander Latif Mehsud has been captured by US forces in a military operation,

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Pakistan Taliban commander Latif Mehsud has been captured by US forces in a military operation, the state department has confirmed. Spokeswoman Marie Harf described Latif Mehsud as a “terrorist leader” and a “senior commander” in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Marie Harf gave no details of the operation. She said he was a close confidante of the group’s leader, Haki...

Protesters in Pakistan have blocked the main supply route for provisions destined for NATO troops in Afghanistan to protest against US drone strikes

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Protesters in Pakistan have blocked the main supply route for provisions destined for NATO troops in Afghanistan to protest against US drone strikes. Opposition politician Imran Khan called for the action and said it would continue until American drone attacks in north-west Pakistan came to an end. He blames the drones for causing civilian deaths and for crushing any chance of peace with the Tali...

Save the Children's foreign staff have been ordered to leave Pakistan within two weeks

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Save the Children’s foreign staff have been ordered to leave Pakistan within two weeks, the aid agency confirms. Save the Children charity says it has been given no reason for the order, but correspondents say the move is thought be fall-out from the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Following the raid, a Pakistani doctor was arrested for working for the CIA. Pakistani intelligence off...

Hakimullah Mehsud had a $5 million FBI bounty on his head and was thought to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of people

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Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has been killed in a drone strike. The strike targeted a vehicle used by Hakimullah Mehsud with four missiles in the north-western region of North Waziristan. Four other people were killed in the strike, including two of Hakimullah Mehsud’s bodyguards, intelligence sources say. Several previous claims of his death, made by US and Pakistani intelligen...

At least 25 people are dead and dozens wounded after an explosion has ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar

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...killed in the bombing of a bus carrying government employees near Peshawar. Peshawar, the main city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has been hit by numerous bomb and gun attacks blamed on Taliban insurgents in recent years. At least 25 people are dead and dozens wounded after an explosion has ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar Police said they suspected the e...

Mullah Fazlullah has been named as Pakistan’s Taliban new leader, after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack

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Mullah Fazlullah has been named as Pakistan’s Taliban new leader, after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack, a spokesman has said. Mullah Fazlullah is a particularly hardline commander whose men shot the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai. Hakimullah Mehsud was killed when missiles struck his vehicle in the North Waziristan region on 1 November. Pakistan’s government accused...

Pervez Musharraf is accused of treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and suspending Pakistani constitution

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court has been asked by the government to try the former military leader Pervez Musharraf on treason charges. Pervez Musharraf is accused of treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and suspending the constitution, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said. The government will send its request in a letter to the court on Monday. It is the latest legal setback for...

Pentagon has decided to halt its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over US drone strikes

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Pentagon has decided to halt its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over US drone strikes. Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said this would affect outgoing shipments of military equipment and other goods from US units on Afghan soil. Mark Wright said deliveries could be resumed “in the near future”. Pakistanis have blocked...

Incompetence and negligence allowed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to live in Pakistan undetected for almost a decade

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A leaked Pakistani government report reveals that incompetence and negligence allowed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to live in Pakistan undetected for almost a decade. A version of the report leaked to al-Jazeera says the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces was a “criminal act of murder” ordered by the US president. The report also reveals details of Osama bin Laden’s wher...

Pakistan's government has a formal meeting with a Taliban-nominated team in Islamabad

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Pakistan’s government has a formal meeting with a Taliban-nominated team in Islamabad, officials say. The talks are aimed at charting a “roadmap” for negotiations that will try to end a decade-long insurgency. The government set out five conditions, including ending hostilities, saying a “journey for peace” had started. The Taliban team agreed to travel to the north-...

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At least 21 suspected militants have been killed in two separate attacks of an unmanned US drone aircraft in north-west Pakistan, according to Pakistani security officials. The missiles struck targets in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border. Pakistan has previously complained that such attacks violate its sovereignty. Last month, President Barack Obama defended the use of dro...

A new 6.8-magnitude earthquake has struck Pakistani province Balochistan, where at least 400 people died in a quake earlier this week

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A new 6.8-magnitude earthquake has struck Pakistani province Balochistan, where at least 400 people died in a quake earlier this week. Reports said the new quake hit remote Awaran district, killing at least 12 people and burying others under rubble. An official told Pakistan television that communications already damaged by last Tuesday’s quake had been cut off. Efforts to help thousands le...

During their 10-year stay in Pakistan Osama Bin Laden and his family travelled all across the country, had access to medical and maternity services, and were in constant communication with the outside world

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Osama Bin Laden’s documents released on Thursday provide an insight into the workings of the mind of the slain al-Qaeda chief, but they reveal precious little about his family life during the years in hiding in Pakistan. According to other sources, during their 10-year stay in Pakistan Osama Bin Laden and his family travelled all across the country, had access to medical and maternity services, a...

Pervez Musharraf has left Dubai on a plane to Karachi, ending his self-imposed exile and defying death threats

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...Karachi, ending his self-imposed exile and defying death threats The former president faces a string of charges including conspiracy to murder, but on Friday the Pakistani authorities granted him protective bail in several outstanding cases, freeing him from immediate arrest once he steps foot in Pakistan. Pervez Musharraf tweeted a photo of himself aboard the plane, writing: “Settled in my...