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Pakistan discusses economic recovery plans with WB, IMF

WASHINGTON: Senior managers of the Pakistani economy engaged with the officials of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington this week, exchanging views on plans for an economic recovery. The group included Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue and Dr Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank of Pakistan. A government ... Read More »

Pakistan to play 13 Tests in World Test Championship

LAHORE: Pakistan will play a total of 13 Tests against six countries barring arch-rivals and world No.1 India and eighth-ranked West Indies in the newly-installed ICC World Test Championship till January 2021. “The ICC is introducing the World Test Championship to give context to bilateral Test series. The nine top-ranked sides will compete in the tournament, with each side playing ... Read More »

Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada: reports

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has arrived in Canada with her husband, German media reported Friday, quoting her lawyer. "She is united with her family", Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook told the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. DW was not able to immediately confirm the development. Bibi's two daughters already live in Canada. The lawyer did not disclose any further details about Bibi's departure from Pakistan, citing security reasons. It was previously reported that Bibi could not leave her native country aboard a regular flight. Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after her neighbors complained she had insulted Prophet Muhammad. A year later, she was sentenced to death despite strong opposition from human rights groups. The news comes just days after Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected an appeal against its October decision to acquit her. She had been living under the "protective custody" of Pakistani authorities since her release from prison in November. Bibi's acquittal on October 31 had led to violent protests by hard-line Islamists. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, which petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse its earlier ruling, had called for new rallies after the top court this week rejected its petition. But nationwide rallies the extremists had called for on Friday mostly fizzled out, barring some violence in the southern port city of Karachi. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook was still in Pakistan. He had returned to the country shortly before the final Supreme Court hearing after spending months abroad due to death threats. "I'm in my apartment, I'm not going to my office," he told the newspaper

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has arrived in Canada with her ... Read More »

Lawyer says Asia Bibi ‘wants to leave for Germany’

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani-Christian woman accused of blasphemy, was released from jail on Wednesday amid violent Islamist protests against her Supreme Court acquittal. But Bibi can reportedly still not leave the country. Bibi's lawyer, Saif-ul-Mulook,told the Bild am Sonntag German newspaper that Asia Bibi "would be happy if she could leave for Germany with her family." Bibi, who was acquitted by Pakistan's Supreme Court on blasphemy charges on October 31, is reportedly still in Pakistan despite her release from jail on Wednesday. Mulook fled Pakistan to the Netherlands a day after the court's decidion. Bibi's was one of the most high-profile blasphemy cases in Pakistan, with international rights groups and Western governments demanding a fair trial in her case. In 2015, Bibi's daughter met with Pope Francis, who offered prayers for her mother at the Vatican. Bibi was arrested in June 2009, after her neighbors complained she had made derogatory remarks about Islam's Prophet Muhammad. A year later, Bibi was sentenced to death, despite strong opposition from national and international human rights groups. Despite her acquittal by the Supreme Court, Bibi remained in prison due to Islamist protests, spearheaded by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party. Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan, where 97 percent of its 180 million inhabitants are Muslims. Rights activists have demanded reforms of the controversial blasphemy laws, which were introduced by the Islamic military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s. Activists say the laws have little to do with blasphemy and are often used to settle petty disputes and personal vendettas Several European countries are willing to take Bibi and her family in, but it is unclear when she would be allowed to leave the South Asian country. What next for Bibi? Haroon Janjua, DW's correspondent in Islamabad, said Prime Minister Imran Khan's government wants to complete all legal requirements before Bibi, who is reportedly under protective custody currently, can leave the country. A review petition against Bibi's acquittal was filed right after the Supreme Court's October 31 verdict. The country's highest court is likely to make a decision on the petition in the next few days. Experts say it is unlikely that the top court's judges, including the Supreme Court's chief justice, would accept the petition, as it would require a larger bench to hear it. After violent protests against the suspension of Bibi's death erupted across the country, Khan's government opted to make a deal with Islamists to "avoid bloodshed." The move was heavily criticized by rights groups. But Khan recently told media that his government would not compromise on legal decisions. "I want to make it clear that the government stands with the decision of the Supreme Court and there will be no compromise on it," Khan said on Saturday. "The rule of law depends on following verdicts of the Supreme Court and if you do not follow the top court's decision then law finishes in the country," he added. Earlier this week, Bibi's attorney told S. Khan, DW's Islamabad correspondent, that he does not think that PM Khan's government has taken any U-turn on the Supreme Court's decision. "I believe that religious hardliners needed a way out, and the authorities gave them that. The conditions of the government-TLP agreement do not amount to the surrender of the state. Having said that, it is a citizen's constitutional right to file a review petition in the Supreme Court." "Almos all blasphemy cases in Pakistan are fabricated. There are people who misuse blasphemy laws. Even if there is a blasphemy charge against anyone, there should be a fair trial without fear and intimidation," Mulook added. Persecution of religious minorities Pakistan's Christians and other religious minorities have often complained of legal and social discrimination in their country. In the past few years, many Christians and Hindus have been brutally murdered over unproven blasphemy allegations. In one case, a young Christian girl with Down syndrome was accused in August 2012 of burning pages upon which verses of the Koran were inscribed. Rimsha Masih was taken into police custody and only released months later, when charges were dropped. The case caused an uproar in her hometown and beyond and sparked riots and violence against Christians in the region. In 2013, she and her family relocated to Canada. In 2014, a Christian couple was beaten to death for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Koran. Their bodies were subsequently burned in a brick kiln. In September last year, a Christian man in Pakistan was sentenced to death for sharing "blasphemous" material on WhatsApp.

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani-Christian woman accused of blasphemy, was released from jail on Wednesday amid violent Islamist protests against her Supreme Court acquittal. But Bibi can reportedly still not leave the country. Bibi’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Mulook,told the Bild am Sonntag German newspaper that Asia Bibi “would be happy if she could leave for Germany with her family.” Bibi, who was acquitted ... Read More »

Islamists block roads in Pakistan over Asia Bibi blasphemy case

Many schools were closed in Pakistan as Islamist groups blocked roads and rallied against the acquittal of Asia Bibi in a flashpoint blasphemy case. An Islamist leader called for Supreme Court judges to be killed. Pakistani authorities deployed troops to guard state buildings in major cities as Islamist protests over Asia Bibi entered their second day on Thursday. Supporters of the extremists Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party blocked 10 roads around Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi, several others outside Lahore and one major entry to the capital Islamabad. Private schools in all three cities were closed. Islamists launched protests after the country's Supreme Court ruled to acquit Bibi of blasphemy in a widely publicized case. Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan. TLP co-founder Muhammad Afzal Qadri told his supporters in Lahore that members of the three-judge panel that dismissed the charges should be killed. "All three deserve to be killed," Qadri said at a protest in Lahore. "Either their security, their driver or their cook should kill them." Qadri also said the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan should be forced to step down and urged military officers to rebel against powerful military head Javed Bajwa. We will not allow traffic to be blocked' TLP spokesman Pir Ejaz Shah had earlier told DW that the group "will embrace death but will not compromise on our stance" in the blasphemy case. On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Khan urged the protesters not to "test the patience of the state." "We will not allow any damages. We will not allow traffic to be blocked," Khan said. "I appeal to you, do not push the state to the extent that it is forced to take action." Another Islamist group, the Milli Yakjehti Council, is meeting to discuss its response and possible protests over the Bibi case on Thursday. Meanwhile, Asia Bibi's brother told the AP news agency that the mother of four is set to leave Pakistan. Her paperwork is being processed and she is preparing to leave an undisclosed location where she is being held for security reasons. The brother did not say which country Bibi is traveling to. Both France and Spain have already offered her asylum.

Many schools were closed in Pakistan as Islamist groups blocked roads and rallied against the acquittal of Asia Bibi in a flashpoint blasphemy case. An Islamist leader called for Supreme Court judges to be killed. Pakistani authorities deployed troops to guard state buildings in major cities as Islamist protests over Asia Bibi entered their second day on Thursday. Supporters of ... Read More »

Pakistan officials: Many killed in police center attack

پاکستانی شہر کوئٹہ میں دہشت گردی کی ایک کارروائی کے نتیجے میں کم ازکم انسٹھ افراد ہلاک جبکہ سو سے زائد زخمی ہو گئے ہیں۔ فوج کے مطابق اس مرتبہ نقاب پوش خود کش حملہ آوروں نے پولیس کی ایک تربیتی اکیڈمی کو نشانہ بنایا ہے۔ خبر رساں ادارے روئٹرز نے پاکستانی فوج کے حوالے سے بتایا ہے کہ اسلحے سے لیس خود کش حملہ آوروں نے کوئٹہ میں واقع پولیس کی تربیتی اکیڈمی پر دھاوا بولتے ہوئے کئی افراد کو یرغمال بھی بنا لیا تھا۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ جب یہ حملہ کیا گیا، اس وقت اس اکیڈمی میں دو سو کے قریب کیڈٹس موجود تھے۔ پیر کی شام شروع ہونے والی حملہ آوروں کی یہ کارروائی پانچ گھنٹے تک جاری رہی، جس دوران حملہ آوروں نے کئی کیڈٹس کو یرغمال بھی بنا لیا تھا۔ بلوچستان میں کومبنگ آپریشن شروع، پچیس مشتبہ افراد گرفتار کوئٹہ حملہ، داعش کے بعد طالبان نے بھی ذمہ داری قبول کر لی بلوچستان میں تشدد کی نئی لہر، ’ہدف پاک چین اقتصادی راہداری‘ اس حملے میں زندہ بچ جانے والے ایک زیر تربیت پولیس اہلکار نے روئٹرز کو بتایا، ’’جنگجو سیدھے ہماری بیرک میں پہنچے اور انہوں نے اندھا دھند فائرنگ شروع کر دی۔ ہم چیختے چلاتے بیرک میں ادھر ادھر بھاگنے لگے۔‘‘ ابھی تک کسی گروہ نے اس حملے کی ذمہ داری قبول نہیں کی ہے۔ بلوچستان کے وزیر داخلہ سرفراز بگٹی نے میڈیا کو بتایا ہے کہ حملہ آوروں نے یہ کارروائی ایک ایسے وقت میں کی، جب اس تربیتی اکیڈمی میں کیڈٹس آرام کر رہے تھے یا سو رہے تھے، ’’دو حملہ آوروں نے خود کو دھماکا خیز مواد سے اڑا دیا جبکہ تیسرا حملہ آور سکیورٹی فورسز کی کارروائی میں ہلاک کر دیا گیا۔‘‘ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ قبل ازیں ایسی اطلاعات تھیں کہ ان حملہ آوروں کی تعداد پانچ یا چھ تھی۔ روئٹرز نے بتایا ہے کہ جائے حادثہ پر ایک نو عمر لڑکے کی لاش کو ہستپال منتقل کیا گیا، جو مبینہ طور پر ایک حملہ آور تھا۔ یہ وہی حملہ آوار قرار دیا گیا ہے، جو سکیورٹی فورسز کی فائرنگ سے ہلاک ہوا۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ وہ سر پر گولی لگنے سے مارا گیا۔ کوئٹہ میں ایک اعلیٰ فوجی اہلکار جنرل شیر افگن نے مقامی میڈیا کو بتایا ہے کہ گو کہ کسی نے اس کارروائی کا ذمہ داری قبول نہیں کی ہے لیکن ابتدائی تفتیش سے اندازہ ہوا ہے کہ ان حملہ آوروں کا تعلق سنی جنگجو گروہ ’لشکر جھنگوی‘ سے تھا۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا، ’’ہمیں معلوم ہوا ہے کہ یہ تینوں حملہ آور افغانستان سے ہدایات حاصل کر رہے تھے۔‘‘ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان حملہ آوروں کی کمیونیکشن کو انٹرسپٹ کرنے کے بعد یہ اندازہ لگایا گیا ہے۔ بلوچستان کے وزیر اعلیٰ نے مقامی میڈیا کو بتایا، ’’دو تین قبل ہمیں خفیہ معلومات موصول ہوئی تھیں کہ کوئٹہ شہر میں ممکنہ طور پر حملہ ہو سکتا ہے۔ اسی لیے سکیورٹی ہائی الرٹ تھی۔ لیکن انہوں (حملہ آوروں ) نے پولیس ٹریننگ کالج کو نشانہ بنایا۔‘‘

Several militants stormed a police academy in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 60 people and injuring more than 120. Authorities blamed a militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban for the attack. Gunmen wearing explosive vests raided a police training college near the southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120, ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Edhi: A ‘failed state’ and a ‘messiah’

جہاں پاکستان کی ریاست اور حکومتیں عوام کی جانب اپنی ذمے داریاں پوری کرنے میں ناکام ہوئیں، وہاں فلاحی کارکن عبدالستار ایدھی نے چھ دہائیوں تک لوگوں کی خدمت کر کے اس خلا کو پُر کیا۔ ڈی ڈبلیو کی کشور مصطفیٰ کا تبصرہ۔ پاکستان ایک ایسا ملک ہے جہاں شہری اور عسکری بیوروکریسی انتہائی وسیع ہے۔ ملک میں بے شمار سرکاری شعبے ہیں، وزارتیں ہیں اور لاتعداد وزیر بھی ہیں۔ پاکستان کے سن انیس سو سینتالیس میں انگریز حکم رانوں سے آزادی کے باوجود اب تک ریاست اپنے شہریوں کو بنیادی سہولیات فراہم کرنے سے قاصر رہی ہے۔ 'پاکستان کے مدر ٹیریسا‘ کہلائے جانے والے عبدالستار ایدھی نہ سیاست دان تھے اور نہ ہی امیر بزنس مین، مگر عوامی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے ان کی لگن اور ان تھک محنت نے پاکستان کے غریب افراد کو وہ کچھ دیا جو ریاست نہ دے سکی۔ جب ایدھی کو یہ اندازہ ہوا کہ ریاست اپنی ذمے داریاں پوری نہیں کر رہی تو انہوں نے اپنے طور پر عوام کی فلاح کا بیڑا اٹھا لیا اور ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کو قائم کیا۔ ابتدا میں یہ صرف لوگوں کو عارضی مدد فراہم کرنے والا ادارہ تھا، تاہم جب پاکستان میں انیس سو اسی اور انیسی سو نوے کی دہائیوں میں سکیورٹی کی حالت ابتر ہوتی گئی تو ایدھی نے اپنے مشن کو وسیع کرتے ہوئے دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بننے والے افراد کی بھی مدد کرنا شروع کی۔ ایدھی ایک بہت مشکل کام حکومت کی کسی بھی مدد کے بغیر کر رہے تھے۔ اور انہوں نے یہ کام اس قدر عاجزی اور سنجیدگی کے ساتھ کیا کہ پاکستان کے عوام نے اس کی مثال اس سے پہلے کبھی نہیں دیکھی تھی۔ انہوں نے اپنی زندگی سادگی سے گزاری اور اپنی زندگی میں ہی ان کو ایک ’درویش‘ کا درجہ حاصل ہو گیا۔ آج ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کے پاس جنوبی ایشیا میں ایمبولینسوں کا سب سے بڑا نیٹ ورک ہے۔ وہ ’عوامی باورچی خانے‘ بھی چلاتی ہے جہاں سے ہر روز ہزاروں بھوکے افراد کو کھانا ملتا ہے۔ ایدھی کا فلاحی ادارہ ’دارالاطفال‘ بھی چلاتا ہے، جہاں وہ بچے لائے جاتے ہیں جن کا کوئی کفیل نہیں ہوتا۔ اسی طرح ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن گھریلو تشدد کا شکار خواتین کے لیے درالامان بھی چلاتی ہے۔ عبدالستار ایدھی کی زندگی، ان کی جدوجہد اور ان کا فلسفہء حیات ان لوگوں کو متاثر کرتا رہے گا جو انسانیت کی خدمت کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ ان کی وراثت ثابت کرتی ہے کہ انسانیت کسی بھی قومی، لسانی اور مذہبی وابستگی سے بالاتر ہے۔ لاکھوں کی تعداد میں غریب افراد ایدھی صاحب کے بنائے ان اداروں سے مستفید ہوتے رہیں گے۔ اس عظیم فلاحی کارکن کو نو جولائی کو پاکستانی ریاست کی جانب سے پورے اعزازات کے ساتھ دفنا دیا گیا۔ فوجی اور سویلین قیادت نے ایدھی کی سماج کے لیے خدمات پر انہیں سیلوٹ بھی پیش کیا۔ تاہم ایدھی کو کسی ریاستی اعزاز کی ضرورت نہیں تھی۔ ان کی جدوجہد اس بات کو ظاہر کرتی تھی کہ ریاستی رہنما اپنی ذمے داری پوری نہیں کر رہے تھے۔ جو محبت اور عزت انہیں پاکستان کے عوام سے ملی وہی ان کے لیے سب سے بڑا اعزاز تھا۔

As the Pakistani state failed to fulfill its responsibilities towards its people, the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi filled the vacuum and helped the destitute for over six decades. What legacy does he leave behind? Pakistan is a country with a huge civilian and military bureaucracy, many state departments and ministries and countless ministers. Yet, the state has failed to deliver ... Read More »

WHO launches worldwide effort to completely eliminate polio

Officials hope a coordinated effort to launch a new vaccine worldwide will finally eliminate the polio virus. But going from a handful of cases to absolute zero is more difficult than it sounds, and will cost billions. More than 150 countries and territories launched a new effort on Sunday that health experts hope will lead to the complete eradication of the polio virus within the next year or two. Polio cases are currently just a fraction of the 1 percent of cases known in 1988, when 350,000 cases were recorded in 125 countries around the world. But eliminating the last strands of the virus could prove tricky, in part because it involves a well-synchronized switching of vaccines across the globe - and that starts today, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The switch needs to be coordinated to prevent outbreaks in places where the old vaccine is no longer being used. The changeover is due to be completed by May 1. Thousands of monitors will be deployed around the world to confirm that the problem vaccine is no longer in use, according to the WHO. The old (trivalent) vaccine is geared to inoculate people from three strands of the virus. But the second strand has already been successfully eliminated in nature and now only exists through the vaccine. This is now the cause of most vaccine-caused infections, as it can gestate in the gut and be passed on to others via fecal-contaminated water. Wild polio The wild version of the virus now exists only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The new (bivalent) vaccine is designed to inoculate recipients from only two strands (one and three) of the virus. There have only been 12 cases worldwide this year, in Pakistan and Afghanistan, so the prospect of spending $5.5 billion (4.9 billion euros - the cost estimated by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative) to eliminate polio may seem exorbitant. But Michel Zaffran, the WHO's director of polio eradication, said even more money will need to be spent to keep the disease from coming back. "Taking our foot off the pedal now could mean polio will within a few years spread straight back into large parts of the world and create 100,000 or 200,000 cases," Zaffran said. "The job has not been done and will not be done until we have fully eradicated the virus." This is not the first time health officials have come close to eliminating the virus only to suffer setbacks. The GPEI was set up in 1988 with the aim of eliminating the virus by the year 2000. That effort failed but experts say the effort is worth the cost of eliminating the virus once and for all.

Officials hope a coordinated effort to launch a new vaccine worldwide will finally eliminate the polio virus. But going from a handful of cases to absolute zero is more difficult than it sounds, and will cost billions. More than 150 countries and territories launched a new effort on Sunday that health experts hope will lead to the complete eradication of ... Read More »

Deadly suicide blast at government office in Pakistan

A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast took place as people queued outside the government office. At least 21 people have died and dozens more injured after a suicide bomber attacked a government office in in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, officials said. A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place as people queued outside the regional branch of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), an agency responsible for issuing identity cards. The local police told journalists that the suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into the main gate of the office building. The attack comes amid reports that counter-terrorism authorities in Pakistan have arrested several men with alleged links with the "Islamic State" (IS). It also marks a violent end to what has been a relatively peaceful year for the terrorism-hit country. Taliban claims responsbility Jamaat ur Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant group is fighting to establish hard-line Islamist rule. Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan justified the attack on the government building, saying the office was part of the "heathen Pakistan state." "God willing, we will target all Pakistani organizations that are either directly or indirectly a part of this war," Ehsan said in a statement. The Pakistani Taliban, which once controlled large parts of the northwestern province, has suffered major setbacks since the start of major military offensives last year. It is now limited to just a few small pockets.

A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast took place as people queued outside the government office. At least 21 people have died and dozens more injured after a suicide bomber attacked a government office in in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, ... Read More »

Rescuers race to find survivors in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Islamabad mobilized the military to begin a rescue mission for survivors of a massive earthquake that has killed hundreds. Roads destroyed in the disaster made it difficult to reach the remote regions most affected. The search area for victims of a deadly earthquake along the Afghan-Pakistani border was widened on Tuesday as authorities increased the death toll to upwards of 260. That figure is expected to rise further. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the Hindu Kush mountain range, near Afghanistan's borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan. The region's already weak infrastructure took a beating in the quake, blocking roads and cutting off the most remote areas in need of help. The epicenter of Monday's earthquake was in the rural Badakhsan province, vast swathes of which are still controlled by the Taliban. Authorities in Afghanistan were still able to estimate, however, that around 63 people were killed in the disaster and hundreds injured. Schoolgirls killed in panicked stampede Around a dozen of the dead in Afghanistan were a group of schoolgirls, all under 16, who were trampled in a crush to escape their swaying school building in the remote province Takhar. "When the relatives of the dead students came to collect their bodies, they were so distressed that they could not even talk to authorities to record their names," said Hafizullah Safai, leader of the Takhar health department. Pakistan sees most of the casualties Early estimates put the death toll in Pakistan higher, with more than 200 people believed perished and more than 1,800 injured, disaster management authorities said. Islamabad immediately mobilized its army and put all military hospitals on high alert, with the air force ready to assist in search and rescue missions. The quake lasted about one minute and sent shockwaves that were felt as far away as India and Uzbekistan. Traffic in Kabul came to a standstill as terrified people abandoned their cars as they waited for the quake to stop. The disaster prompted an outpouring of sympathy from around the world. Even Pakistan's bitter rival, India, offered its condolences, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting words of consolation. The Hindu Kush range is frequently hit by earthquakes. In 2005, a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck there killed more than 75,000 people and displaced a further 3.5 million.

Islamabad mobilized the military to begin a rescue mission for survivors of a massive earthquake that has killed hundreds. Roads destroyed in the disaster made it difficult to reach the remote regions most affected. The search area for victims of a deadly earthquake along the Afghan-Pakistani border was widened on Tuesday as authorities increased the death toll to upwards of ... Read More »

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