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July 10, 2011 | By Ashraf Khan and Nahal Toosi, Associated Press
KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistani forces regained control Saturday over trouble spots in the nation's largest city, where five days of political and ethnic violence killed at least 93 people and forced many to stay at home in fear, an official said. The fighting in Karachi, a sprawling southern port city of 18 million people, has added to the political instability in this nuclear-armed, U.S.-allied nation and provided another distraction for the government as it fights a Taliban-led insurgent movement.
NEWS
October 10, 2001
Most people in Pakistan support Gen. Musharraf's decision to partake in the war against terrorism; it's the loud religious minority that's taken to the streets in protest. Life is anything but normal. The streets of all the major cities have an eerie look. Everyone is wary of the 2 million Afghani refugees that are a part of society. Mian Akhar, a small trader, told me, "It's the actions of these Afghanis that scare me the most; they can at any time start terrorism here, in our very homes, and we will be helpless in our own country.
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March 3, 2006 | By Ken Moritsugu INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
President Bush will spend tonight in Pakistan as planned, despite security concerns underscored yesterday when a suicide car bomber killed an American diplomat and three others in Karachi. "Terrorists and killers are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan," Bush said at a news conference in India, where he signed a nuclear agreement and laid a wreath at a memorial to Mohandas Gandhi. The Karachi attack blew out windows at the U.S. Consulate and the nearby Marriott hotel and killed David Foy, 51, the consulate's facilities manager; his driver; a guard who tried to prevent the attack; and an unidentified woman.
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December 10, 2012 | By Rebecca Santana, Associated Press
KARACHI, Pakistan - Bodies are piling up in Pakistan's largest city as it suffers one of its most violent years in history, and concern is growing that the chaos is giving greater cover for the Taliban to operate and undermining the country's economic epicenter. Karachi, a sprawling port city on the Arabian Sea, has long been beset by religious, sectarian, and ethnic strife. Here armed wings of political parties battle for control of the city, Sunnis and Shiites die in tit-for-tat sectarian killings, and Taliban gunmen attack banks and kill police officers.
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September 20, 2011 | By SAEED SHAH, McClatchy Newspapers
ISLAMABAD - A suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden car rammed into the house of a senior counterterrorism police official yesterday in the southern city of Karachi, killing eight people but not the officer who was the apparent target, officials said. A woman and her 8-year-old son who were on their way to a nearby school were among those killed when the bomb struck the house of Chaudhry Aslam, a senior officer in the counterterrorism branch of the Karachi police. Also killed were six of Aslam's bodyguards.
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April 29, 2011 | By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Taliban extremists in Pakistan extended their campaign of violence Thursday against the country's security forces, targeting the navy for the third time this week with a bombing that killed five in the southern city of Karachi. A roadside bomb blasted a bus that was carrying naval personnel, killing four people in the vehicle, along with a passing motorcyclist, officials said; at least five people were wounded. On Tuesday two naval buses in different parts of the city were bombed in almost identical attacks, killing four people and wounding 56. The Pakistani Taliban, which is closely allied with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for all the blasts.
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March 20, 2013 | By Haris Anwar, Bloomberg News
Pakistani security forces have arrested a suspect in the 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in the port city of Karachi, according to Pakistani police and military officials. Qari Abdul Hayee, a former leader of the Sunni sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, or LeJ, was aware of the plan to kidnap Pearl, the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief, according to a military official with knowledge of the detention, who asked not to be identified. Imran Shaukat, the spokesman for police in Sindh province, confirmed Hayee's arrest during a news briefing in Karachi.
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September 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam film broke through a barricade near the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen were injured. In a move that could escalate tensions around the Arab world, the leader of the Hezbollah militant group on Sunday called for protests against the movie, saying that protesters should not only "express our anger" at U.S. embassies but urge leaders to act. The film, which denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries in recent days, including one in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador was killed.
NEWS
September 5, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
A Pan American jumbo jet with hundreds of passengers aboard was seized on the ground at Karachi airport early today by four uniformed men who fired shots in the air and then stormed the plane, demanding to be flown to Cyprus, officials said. Four people were reported to have been wounded in the seizure - one aboard the jet and three outside. There also were reports that gunshots had been heard from inside the plane. The American cockpit crew escaped at the first sound of gunfire, and the gunmen were demanding the crew's return.
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May 28, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Bombs exploded outside four airline offices here after they closed last night, killing one person and wounding at least four people, in a series of attacks that appeared aimed at Saudi Arabia, police said. Pakistani officials said one of the explosions killed a guard outside what they said was a Pan American World Airways office in a Karachi hotel lobby, but Pan Am officials in New York said their office in Karachi was in another hotel. There appeared to be no question, though, that the other explosions took place outside three offices of Saudia Airlines, the national airline of Saudi Arabia.
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May 12, 2013 | By Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Despite a bloody campaign marred by Taliban attacks, Pakistan holds historic elections Saturday pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister once exiled by the army and an incumbent blamed for power blackouts and inflation. The vote marks the first time in Pakistan's 65-year history that a civilian government has completed its full term and handed over power in democratic elections. Previous governments have been toppled by military coups or sacked by presidents allied with the powerful army.
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May 5, 2013 | By Atif Raza, Associated Press
KARACHI, Pakistan - Two blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi killed three people near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban, a police officer said, heightening tensions ahead of the country's historic election next Saturday. Police officer Aamir Farooqi said the explosions late Saturday wounded 22 people. A spokesman for the Taliban, Ahsanullah Ahsan, claimed responsibility. Pakistan has been experiencing a wave of violence connected to the elections, mostly at the hands of Taliban extremists targeting various political parties and their candidates.
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April 4, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
When Pakistan's former military ruler and president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, flew home last week from four years of self-imposed exile, a physician-turned-entrepreneur from Villanova was by his side. Raza Bokhari, a 1991 immigrant from Pakistan who became a highly successful businessman and civic activist, describes himself as "a long-term friend of Musharraf's and his current point of contact in the U.S.A. " In a phone interview from Islamabad, Bokhari said Musharraf returned to participate in Pakistan's coming May elections - despite death threats, huge legal challenges, and an uncertain political future.
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March 20, 2013 | By Haris Anwar, Bloomberg News
Pakistani security forces have arrested a suspect in the 2002 murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in the port city of Karachi, according to Pakistani police and military officials. Qari Abdul Hayee, a former leader of the Sunni sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, or LeJ, was aware of the plan to kidnap Pearl, the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief, according to a military official with knowledge of the detention, who asked not to be identified. Imran Shaukat, the spokesman for police in Sindh province, confirmed Hayee's arrest during a news briefing in Karachi.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Abdul Sattar, Associated Press
QUETTA, Pakistan - Members of the Pakistani Shiite Hazara community Sunday threatened to hold widespread protests if the government did not arrest within 48 hours the people responsible for a massive bombing that killed 81 people in a southwestern city. Saturday's blast at a produce market in Quetta underlined the precarious situation for Shiites living in a majority Sunni country where many extremist groups don't consider them real Muslims. Scores were wounded in the blast. Most of the dead and wounded were Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated from Afghanistan over a century ago. Shiite Muslims, including Hazaras, have often been targeted by Sunni extremists in Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, as well as in the southern city of Karachi and northwestern Pakistan.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Rebecca Santana, Associated Press
KARACHI, Pakistan - Bodies are piling up in Pakistan's largest city as it suffers one of its most violent years in history, and concern is growing that the chaos is giving greater cover for the Taliban to operate and undermining the country's economic epicenter. Karachi, a sprawling port city on the Arabian Sea, has long been beset by religious, sectarian, and ethnic strife. Here armed wings of political parties battle for control of the city, Sunnis and Shiites die in tit-for-tat sectarian killings, and Taliban gunmen attack banks and kill police officers.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KARACHI, PAKISTAN - Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam film broke through a barricade near the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen were injured. In a move that could escalate tensions around the Arab world, the leader of the Hezbollah militant group on Sunday called for protests against the movie, saying that protesters should not only "express our anger" at U.S. embassies but urge leaders to act. The film, which denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries in recent days, including one in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador was killed.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Rafia Zakaria
One year after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the most familiar image from the event is not of the dead man, but of the people who ordered the raid: President Obama and his closest advisers, watching via satellite in the White House "situation room" as the operation was unfolding thousands of miles away. Such depictions suggest an American victory. But if Americans were presented with a picture of war that went beyond its reflection on American faces to include its impact on Pakistani lives, they would see a reality that would alarm them.
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April 1, 2012 | By Kathy Gannon, Associated Press
LAHORE, Pakistan - It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke, they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him that his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam to marry a Muslim boy. Only days later, Seema Bibi, a Christian woman in the province of Punjab, was kidnapped along with her four children after her husband couldn't repay a loan to a large landlord.
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March 13, 2012 | By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers
KARACHI, Pakistan - Iran and Pakistan are negotiating a barter deal in which Pakistan would supply up to 22 million tons of wheat in return for discounted electricity and petroleum products, Pakistani business leaders involved in the talks said. The proposal is part of a broader trade package being pursued by the neighboring states as Iran scrambles to find new suppliers to replace trading partners scared away by U.S. sanctions. While Iran and Pakistan have not been major trading partners historically, economic ties between the two nations are growing stronger - particularly with the construction of a pipeline to carry Iranian natural gas to energy-starved Pakistan, a project scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
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