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Country profile for Pakistan

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Most parts of the country are dangerous.

Do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

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Most parts of the country are safe.

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General Information

  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Major Languages: Urdu, English
  • Currency: Pakistani Rupee
  • Timezone: GMT +5:00

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Map of Pakistan

There are a number of security concerns throughout Pakistan and the country is generally regarded as a high-risk destination.  The NATO-led conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan significantly destabilised the country, especially along the north-western border.  The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the stronghold of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is particularly volatile.  Due to the prevalence of TTP and other militant groups in the FATA (of both Pakistani and Afghani origin) the Pakistani military regularly carries out major operations in the area and all non-essential travel to it should be avoided.  There have also been a series of attacks by TTP and affiliated groups on polio vaccinations teams across north-western Pakistan, which the assailants deem to be un-Islamic.  As a consequence Pakistan and Afghanistan remain the only two countries in the world where polio is endemic.

Sectarian and politically-motivated violence is reported on an almost daily basis in Pakistan, with attacks increasing since 2010.  Minority Shia Muslims are regularly targeted by Sunni militant groups, including TTP, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.  Most attacks are carried out in public areas, such as mosques and crowded markets, and often involve planted or suicide bombs. In March, 2016 the TTP faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar carried out a suicide bomb attack at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in the city of Lahore, which targeted Christian worshippers celebrating Easter.  At least 75 people died in the attack, the majority of them Muslims, while hundreds more were wounded.  The group also carried out a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the Mohmand Agency in September, 2016, killing 28 people.

The TTP faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and the Islamic State (IS) both claimed responsibility for an attack on the Government Hospital in Quetta, Balochistan in August, 2016.  At least 70 people, many of them lawyers, were killed in the suicide bombing and subsequent shooting, while more than 130 others were wounded.  There have also been a number of targeted attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, including the bombing of a bus transporting government workers in Peshawar in March, 2016.  The majority of incidents in KP and Balochistan target security forces and government officials; however, civilians are often affected.

Relations with India had been improving, with bilateral trade increasing in recent years.  However, historical political tensions remain; most notably over the disputed region of Kashmir which both countries continue to claim.  In 2016 tensions have increased due to the escalating violence in Kashmir and the attack on India's Pathankot airbase in January, 2016 by a Kashmir-based militant group, the United Jihad Council.  Indian officials implied state involvement in the attack, leading to complaints from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Relations have deteriorated further since July, 2016 over the security situation in India-administered Kashmir.  A wave of violent protests were sparked when Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a militant commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen group.  The authorities imposed curfews across Jammu and Kashmir, while more than 70 civilians were killed and hundreds more wounded in clashes with security forces.  The 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, carried out by Pakistani nationals, threatened to severely damage relations after India suggested that there had been “state involvement” in the incident. 

There are high levels of street crime in most of Pakistan’s major cities, with pick-pocketing and bag-snatching particularly common.  Visitors are advised to take precautions to safeguard personal belongings.  There is an increased threat of violent crime in Balochistan, KP, Karachi and in the FATA.  Karachi has witnessed scores of targeted killings in recent years, the majority of which are politicially or ethnically motivated.  Kidnappings are also common in Karachi and are carried out by groups with both political and economic motives.  In June, 2016 the son of a Sindh Hight Court Chief Justice was kidnapped by a faction of the TTP in Karachi before being transported to KP province.  He was rescued by Pakistani soldiers during a raid near the town of Tank, where militants were attempting to smuggle him across the border into Afghanistan.  Political groups in Karachi often call strikes at short notice which severely disrupt life in the city.  Corruption is also widespread in Pakistan, notably in the lower levels of the police force were salaries are generally low.

Pakistan is prone to natural disasters and extreme weather systems.  Powerful earthquakes are common, and due to the weak infrastructure in large parts of the country, often result in mass casualties.  A 7.5-magnitude quake in Afghanistan in October 2015 killed more than 360 people in north-west Pakistan and wounded more than 1,000 others.  The 7.6-magnitude quake in Kashmir in 2005 killed more than 85,000 people and displaced nearly three million, making it the deadliest in the country's modern history.  Floods and landslides are reported every year during the regional monsoon season; however in 2010 the country was hit by widespread flooding which affected almost a quarter of the territory.  An estimated 2,000 people were killed and 20 million were directly affected or displaced.


News articles

By Dawn.com

DawnNews cameraman injured in Quetta blast dies

A DawnNews cameraman tragically became the victim of a suicide bombing targeting a Quetta hospital as he performed his duty Monday. The blast left 54 people dead and several others injured.

By Daily Pakistan

Journalist killed in Quetta

A local journalist was killed in Quetta’s Civil Hospital after an explosion on Monday morning.

By RMNP

Pakistani journalist assassinated

Jewan Arain, a journalist of Dharti TV Channel , was killed in Ghambat Khurha, Sindh, in Pakistan's Southeast, on November 5.

By INSI

Journalist shot dead in Pakistan

Yaqoob Shehzad, a correspondent for Pakistan's Express News TV Channel, has been killed by a gunman in the northern city of Hafizabad, according to local news reports.

By Business Standard

TV journalist shot dead in Pakistan

A local TV journalist was today shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mianwali district of Pakistan's Punjab province. 

By INSI

Journalist gunned down in Pakistan

A Reuters stringer was killed on Sunday (March 2) in Mansehra, Pakistan when unknown gunmen shot him in the neck.

By The Guardian

Pakistani TV reporter murdered

Pakistani TV reporter Shan Daher (aka Dayer or Odhor) was shot on his way home from his work at the Abb Takk news channel in the Larkana district of Sindh province.

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Alerts for Pakistan

Five militants killed in nationwide counter-terror operations

At least five militants have been killed, two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel have been wounded and 11 militants have been arrested in nationwide counter-terror operations within the last 24 hours. According to reports, the security forces conducted at least 29 property raids in various parts of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The five militants were killed and two FC personnel were wounded after a gunfight broke out during a cordon and search operation in the Gawak area of Mand in Balochistan.

Drone strike kills seven near Afghanistan-Pakistan border

At least seven militants have been killed in an alleged drone strike near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to reports, local officials have claimed that drone strikes hit a Tehreek-e-Taliban hideout in the Lawara Mandi area of North Waziristan. However, administration officials have challenged this claim, suggesting the strikes took place over the border, in the Gorwek area of the Khost province in Afghanistan. It's suspected the strike was conducted by the US forces; however, this has not been confirmed.

High terror threat against medical workers

The US Embassy in Pakistan has issued an alert regarding a high terror threat against medical workers in Pakistan. Foreign medical workers working for charities or non-governmental organisations have been identified as likely targets of terrorist attacks. Foreign nationals have been advised to vary routines and travel routes to avoid being easily ambushed. As of 12 April 2017, there is an active travel warning advising against all unnecessary travel to the country and any foreign nationals feeling unsafe should consult their nearest consular office and consider immediate departure from Pakistan.

Policeman killed in Punjab shooting

A policeman has been killed and another policeman has been wounded in a shooting in Punjab. Unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on two policemen in Khanpur on Tuesday morning. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear and no suspects have been identified as police investigations continue.

Five killed in counter-terror raid, Karachi

At least five people have been killed in a counter-terror raid carried out by the Pakistani security forces in Karachi. The security forces raided a property in the New Urdu Bazaar area after receiving information regarding the presence of Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat (TTS) militants in the area. Three confirmed TTS militants were killed, along with an accomplice and a five-year-old girl. The association between the five-year-old girl and the TTP militants has not been made clear and it remains unknown whether the girl was a bystander, a daughter of one of the militants, or a hostage.

Four militants executed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Four convicted militants have been executed in a prison in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The four convicts were proven members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban militant group and had been sentenced to death for acts of terrorism. Pakistan has been conducting extensive counter-terror operations since high-fatality terror attacks hit the Sindh and Peshawar areas in February earlier this year.

Ten killed in roadside explosion, Kurram

At least 10 people have been killed and several others have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Kurram Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It's suspected that an improvised explosive device (IED) was remotely detonated in the Godar area of the north-western Kurram Agency as a passenger bus drove over the IED on Tuesday. Military and police investigations are underway. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Government representative shot dead in Punjab

A local government representative of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, Jamshed Tarar, has been shot dead in the Punjab province. Unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on Tarar's vehicle near the village of Joko in the Mandi Bahauddin area of Punjab. Two bodyguards and an aide have also been wounded in the targeted killing. No group or individual have claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Angoor Adda and Ghulam Khan border crossings re-open

Two crossing points along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have re-opened. On Thursday, the Angoor Adda crossing point connecting the Paktika province of Afghanistan and the South Waziristan area of Pakistan re-opened. The Ghulam Khan border crossing point between the Khost province of Afghanistan and the North Waziristan area of Pakistan also re-opened on Friday. The border crossings were closed indefinitely amid concerns regarding transnational terrorism; however, the decision to re-open them has been made to better facilitate international trade.

Anti-corruption rally to take place, Karachi

A rally against corruption is due to take place in Karachi on Sunday 23 April. The rally has been organised by the Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) - who have accused the left-wing Pakistan Peoples' Party of corruption and discrimination. The rally will commence in the Liaquatabad area and will progress towards the Mazar-e-Quaid area. Travellers should be aware of the likelihood of general disruption throughout the surrounding area and exercise extreme caution in crowded public areas where pickpockets and thieves may thrive.

Protests to take place over electricity shutdowns

Protests have been arranged in response to intentional power shutdowns by the local governments. The first protest will take place on Saturday 22 April in the Muzaffarabad area of Azad Kashmir, while the second protest will take place on Thursday 27 April in the Minar-e-Pakistan area of Lahore. Both protests have been organised by the left-wing Pakistan Peoples' Party.

Anti-government protests to take place in Islamabad

Anti-government protests are due to take place on Friday 28 April in Islamabad, The protests follow the decision of a court that there was insufficient evidence to remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over allegations of corruption. Opposition leaders claim that Sharif has lost moral grounds to rule and demand his resignation.

Eight terror suspects killed in counter-terror operations, Punjab

Eight terror suspects have been killed and two security personnel have been wounded in counter-terror operations in Punjab. The operations were carried out by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Wednesday and targeted suspected terrorists in the Narang Mandi area of the Sheikhupura district. The suspects are believed to have been members of the Jamaatul Ahrar militant group - a breakaway faction of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Three to four suspected terrorists managed to escape the security forces and a cache of weapons, explosives, suicide vests, and ammunition was recovered from the site.

High terror alert for Islamabad airport

A high terror alert has been issued to the main airport in Islamabad. Authorities have ordered additional security measures to be deployed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad after reports of a potential terrorist attack have surfaced. Travellers should expect strengthened security measures and be prepared to report any suspicious activity to the security forces.

University professor killed in stabbing incident, Lahore

A university professor has been killed in a stabbing incident in Lahore. The victim had been a professor at the University of Punjab and was known to be of Ahmadi faith. It has been confirmed that the victim was targeted in the Muslim Town area of Lahore and it is suspected that she was targeted due to her faith. This will be the third faith-related killing in the area in recent months. Three suspects have been detained in connection with the murder.

Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in cross-border fire, Jammu and Kashmir

At least eight Pakistani soldiers have been killed and two Indian soldiers have been wounded in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian armed forces allegedly opened retaliatory fire on the Pakistani armed forces in the Naushera area of Jammu and Kashmir following an alleged incursion on the ceasefire from the Pakistani side of the border. Both sides have violated the ceasefire multiple times and have typically accused one another of initiating the crossfires.

Child killed in grenade attack, Quetta

A child has been killed and two others have been wounded in a grenade attack in Quetta. A hand grenade was allegedly thrown at a group of children playing in the street in the Killi Barat area of Quetta. The perpetrators remain unidentified and investigations are ongoing. It remains unknown whether or not the incident is related to terrorism.

Three wounded in bus shelter bomb explosion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least three people have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The explosion occurred on Thursday at a bus shelter in the Bannu area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Investigations found that the explosive device had been detonated from inside a bus which had pulled into the bus stop at the time of the incident. No suspects have been officially identified or detained.

Student lynched by mob in Mardan

A 23-year-old student has been killed by a mob at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.  District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed said 45 people have been arrested in connection with the incident, while the university campus has been placed on lockdown.  The cause of the unrest has not been confirmed.

Militants killed in operations near Dera Ghazi Khan

At least 10 suspected militants and three Pakistani soldiers have been killed in operations near Dera Ghazi Khan.  Pakistan Rangers Punjab, Counter-Terrorism Department and other security agencies carried out raids in Basti Dadwani against members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Friday.  Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the operation was still underway.

Dozens arrested in counter-terror operations, Punjab

Approximately 45 terror suspects have been detained by the police in counter-terror operations in Punjab. The counter-terror police units performed multiple property raids as part of the ongoing Radd-ul-Fasaad counter-terror operation, successfully detaining all suspects. Various weapons and ammunition were also discovered and confiscated during the raids. No casualties have been reported. Investigations are ongoing.

Intelligence officer killed in shooting, Karachi

A Pakistani intelligence officer has been killed in a shooting incident in Karachi. The victim, Fareed Khan, was shot down by two unidentified gunmen on motorcycles in an alleged terrorist attack in the Manghopir area on Tuesday night. The attackers allegedly confirmed Khan's identity before killing him. Due to Khan's position as an intelligence officer, it's suspected that the targeted killing was motivated by terrorism. Investigations and search operations have been launched. 

Three killed in violent crimes, Karachi

At least three people have been killed and three others have been wounded in three separate violent incidents in Karachi. A female was kidnapped and sexually assaulted before being murdered in the Korangi Crossing area. A male was also found dead in Baldia town. A third person was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting incident in the Purana Golimar area. The three crimes are not thought to be connected. The police have warned travellers and residents of the consistently high level of violent crime in the city.

Ten militants killed in clashes with security forces, Lahore

At least 10 suspected militants have been killed in clashes with the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Lahore. According to reports, the CTD unit had been performing a property raid when a group of militants attempted to ambush the security forces - leading to a clash in which at least 10 militants were killed. It's believed the militants were affiliated with the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militant group.

Protests in Karachi over clean water shortage

Local residents in Karachi have gathered outside the Cantonment Board office in Clifton to protest against the shortage of clean water in the area. Protesters claim the local government should take action after residents had to go without clean water for several days. 

Former government advisor kidnapped, Islamabad

A former government advisor, Nawab Ali Leghari, has been abducted from the Islamabad area. Leghari was kidnapped from his private residence in the Lohi Behr area of Islamabad. The identities and motives of the kidnappers remain unknown and no suspects have been detained. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the abduction or made a ransom demand.

Four killed in roadside shooting

Four people have been killed in a roadside shooting incident in Balochistan. The four victims were shot dead by unidentified assailants on the roadside of the Kharan-Mach Highway in the Kharan area of Balochistan. The victims had been working on the road at the time of the shooting. Investigations are underway; however, no suspects or motives have been identified and it remains unknown if the attack was linked to terrorism.

Seven people killed in Lahore suicide bombing

At least seven people have been killed and 20 others have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Lahore. The incident occurred on Bedian Road on Wednesday morning and allegedly targeted security personnel in the area. Along with the attacker, four Pakistani soldiers and two government officials have been killed in the blast. A security perimeter has been established around the area and police investigations are underway. The incident is thought to be terror-related; however, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

Earthquake strikes Khyber Pakhtunkwa

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake has hit the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The earthquake occurred on Tuesday and the epicentre was located in the northern Hindu Kush mountain range near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, at a depth of 159km. The earthquake was allegedly felt in the Chitral, Mansehra, and Mingora areas; however, no major damage or casualties have been reported.

Anti-vehicle landmine kills soldier in South Waziristan

An anti-vehicle landmine has killed one Pakistani soldier and wounded another in the South Waziristan Agency. The incident occurred on Sunday when the security forces, travelling in a military vehicle, hit the landmine - which had been planted at the side of the road. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant groups have both been known to plant anti-vehicle explosives along roadsides to target security personnel or civilians.

Twenty killed in Sufi shrine mass torture incident, Punjab

At least 20 people have been killed and several others have been wounded in a mass torture incident at a Sufi shrine in the Punjab province. A chamber in the shrine - located near Sargodha city - was used by the shrine's custodian, Abdul Waheed, to summon followers to their deaths. According to the BBC, Waheed would call followers into the chamber, drug them and torture them before killing them. Several victims managed to escape when children raised alarm after looking through a door into the chamber. Police investigations have discovered that Waheed may be suffering from a mental health disorder - as his apparent motive for the killings seemed to be based on a perceived threat to his control over the shrine. The case is not thought to be terror-related.

Twenty-two killed in market explosion, Kurram Agency

As many as 22 people have been killed and approximately 50 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in a market in the Kurram Agency. The incident occurred in the Shandak Bazar area in Parachinar city. Local officials reportedly believe the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber. It's unclear precisely how many people have been killed; however, according to reports, a local official has estimated that 22 people have been killed. The explosion comes just three months after a similar incident in another Parachinar market in January 2017 which killed around 25 people. No individual or group has claimed responsibility yet; however, the January attack was claimed by the Lashkar-i Jhangvi al-Alami militant group and Shehryar Mehsud - a splinter group of the Tehreek-i Taliban militant group.

Pakistani military fire on Kunar province

The Pakistani military forces have allegedly fired over 70 rockets at the eastern Kunar province in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours. The shelling has targeted the Khas Kunar and Sarkano districts; however, no civilian casualties or damages have been reported. The shelling comes just weeks after Afghanistan submitted a formal complaint to the UN regarding 1,266 Pakistani artillery shells fired since January 2017. 

Dozens of terror suspects arrested in counter-terror operations

At least 42 people have been arrested in nationwide counter-terror operations conducted in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and in the Punjab province. The operations were carried out as part of the Radd-ul Fasad counter-terror operation. Suspects were identified and detained in the Hangu area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the Bhakar and Narowal areas of Punjab. Several supplies of weapons and illegal drugs were also discovered and seized by the security forces.

Infant kidnapped from hospital in Karachi

A newborn infant has been kidnapped from Qatar Hospital in Karachi. The incident happened on Thursday, when a woman entered the maternity ward and fed the mother of the newborn something which caused the mother's condition to deteriorate whilst the suspect abducted her newborn child. The suspect has since been apprehended and the newborn has been rescued from the Sohrab Goth area of Karachi. It's suspected that the child was kidnapped to be sold to couples hoping to adopt or to human trafficking rings.

Potential terror attack foiled at Lahore airport

A suspected terror attack attempt has been foiled at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. On Wednesday morning, the airport security personnel stopped the suspect during routine inspections and discovered a firearm and large cache of ammunition in the suspect's vehicle. The suspect has been arrested and remains in police custody for questioning.

Seven killed in anti-terror operations, Orakzai Agency

At least seven people have been killed in anti-terror operations conducted by the Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) in the Orakzai Agency in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Five suspected militants and two FC soldiers have been killed in the operation - which targeted militants in the Mirak village of Kalaya as part of the ongoing Radd-ul-Fasaad anti-terror operation. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Two wounded in gun attack on police, Charsadda

Two people have been wounded in a gun attack on the police forces in the Charsadda district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The assailant opened fire on police forces as they were conducting a census in the Harichand area. One police officer was wounded and the assailant was also wounded when police officers retaliated to neutralise the threat. The suspect has since been arrested and remains in custody whilst receiving medical attention. 

Afghanistan-Pakistan border to re-open

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossing points to re-open following over a month of indefinite closure. The Torkham and Chaman border crossings were closed indefinitely on Thursday 16 February after several large-scale terror attacks in Pakistan - which Pakistan officials believed were being orchestrated by terrorists based in Afghanistan. The closure affected thousands of Pakistani and Afghan nationals, as well as business and trade. According to Al Jazeera, the decision to re-open the border has been made on the understanding that it is in the best interests of the ordinary people.

Three killed in twin suicide attack on security forces, Shabqadar

At least three people have been killed and two others have been wounded in a twin suicide bombing on the Frontier Constabulary (FC) Centre in Shabqadar. Both suicide bombers were killed in the attacks and one paramilitary soldier was also killed, while two other FC soldiers were wounded. A faction of the outlawed Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eight killed in cross-border firing, Khyber Agency

At least eight people have been killed in a cross-border firing incident in the Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. A group of six militants have allegedly attacked a security checkpost along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the Khyber Agency in the early hours of Friday morning. Although the attack was repelled, two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed along with all six militants. The border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been a point of tension between the two countries in recent weeks, as Pakistani authorities blame recent terror attacks on terrorists operating from Afghan bases across the border. As a result, the border has been subjected to indefinite closures on Pakistani orders.

One policeman killed in shooting, Peshawar

One policeman has been killed and two others have been wounded in a shooting incident in Peshawar. A lone gunman allegedly opened fire on a police van in the Tehkal area of Peshawar. Police officers returned fire and managed to neutralise the gunman; however, the motive behind the attack remains unclear.

Pakistani Navy successfully tests anti-ship missile

The Pakistani Navy has successfully tested a land-based anti-ship missile. The missile test was allegedly conducted from an undisclosed coastal region and successfully hit a sea target. The technological and avionic advancement will enable the Pakistani Navy to further extend its defensive reach at sea, with a high degree of accuracy.  

Three teachers kidnapped in Balochistan

Three teachers have been kidnapped by unidentified men in the Awaran district of the Balochistan province. The teachers were abducted on Tuesday evening from the Gishkor area of Awaran and had reportedly been on census duty at the time of the abduction. The police have launched investigations and a search operation is ongoing.

Balochistan government official kidnapped in Quetta

The higher education secretary for Balochistan, Abdullah Jan, has been kidnapped from the Wahdat Colony area of Quetta. The victim's son told The Tribune that the kidnappers intercepted his father's car on his way to work - abducted Jan and his driver and transporting them to an unknown location. Operations to locate the hostages and identify the perpetrators have been launched; however, the precise motive behind the incident remains unclear.

Four wounded in cross-border firing

Four people have been wounded in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed Kashmir region. The Indian Army has allegedly commenced unprovoked firing on townships throughout the Abbaspur and Rawalakot areas - prompting retaliatory fire from the Pakistani forces. Dunya News has reported that two people have been wounded in the Chari Kot area and another two have been wounded in the Polas and Taroti villages.

Truck drivers protest at closed border crossing

Truck drivers have been protesting at the closed border crossing point between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Torkham. The border crossing had recently been reopened temporarily to allow stranded Afghan and Pakistani nationals to return to their native countries; however, since the reclosure of the crossing point, truck drivers have become stranded and have started protesting as a result. The truck drivers claim the border closure has brought trade and business to a halt, making it hard for them to earn a living or find lodgings.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has been killed in cross-border firing near the Line of Control separating India and Pakistan. The altercation occurred in the Gulpur area of the Poonch sector in Jammu. Indian Army officials were reported by The Times of India to have claimed that the firing was initiated by the Pakistani side - to which the Indian troops retaliated. Both sides have broken the ceasefire int he heavily disputed region various times, often blaming the other side.

Civilian wounded in cross-border fire, Jammu and Kashmir

A Pakistani civilian woman has been wounded in cross-border shooting along the Line of Control (LoC) separating India and Pakistan in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred in the Baroh area of Bhimber and it has been confirmed that the firing came from Indian troops; however, it remains unclear if the Pakistani woman had been attempting to illegally cross the border. Both Pakistan and India have accused each other of violating ceasefire agreements in recent months.

Five terror suspects executed by military courts

Five terror suspects have been given the death sentence by the military courts. The suspects - identified as members of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist group - were executed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on charges of terrorism. Pakistan has adopted a hardline approach in response to a recent increase in terrorist activity.

Afghanistan-Pakistan border points closed indefinitely

Border crossing points along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have been closed again following the temporary reopening of two border points. The crossing points were initially closed following a sudden increase in terrorist activity in Pakistan which the Pakistani government attributed to terrorists operating across the border from eastern Afghanistan provinces. According to Khyber News, the Torkham and Chaman crossing points were reopened temporarily to allow stranded citizens to return to their native countries; however, the closure has now been re-implemented indefinitely.

Afghan government files complaint against Pakistan to UN

The Afghan government in Kabul has filed a complaint to the UN regarding the Pakistani government in Islamabad. The complaint states that the Pakistani government has allowed its military to violate Afghanistan's territorial integrity by shelling eastern Afghan provinces bordering with Pakistan. According to Ariana News, the official complaint details almost 1,300 mortars and artillery shells fired over the Nangarhar and Kunar provinces in Afghanistan within the last two months - causing extensive damage and killing dozens of civilians unnecessarily. The complaint also claims that the Pakistani military has been flying unauthorised Pakistani aircraft over Afghani airspace.

Soldier killed in mine blast, Balochistan

A Pakistani soldier has been killed in a roadside explosion when a patrol vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Balochistan province. The anti-vehicle IED had been planted at a roadside in the Arawan district and was detonated via remote control as the patrol vehicle passed by. Although one soldier was killed and the vehicle was badly damaged, none of the other soldiers travelling in the vehicle were hurt. It's believed the IED was planted by militants targeting the Pakistani security forces. Investigations into the incident have been launched.

Twelve killed in counter-terror operations, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Twelve people have been killed in counter-terror operations carried out by the Pakistani military in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Ten suspected militants and two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a military raid on a property in the Baja area of Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The raid was allegedly being carried out as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad - which has been ongoing since terror attacks escalated in Pakistan last month.

Ten new cases of dengue fever confirmed in Karachi

Ten new cases of the dengue fever virus have been confirmed by health authorities in Karachi. All cases have been reported within the last week, speaking concerns of a sharp increase in the number of cases being reported. The health authorities have attributed the increase to a recent change in weather and sub-sufficient levels of hygiene within the city. In 2016, 107 cases of dengue fever were confirmed. Travellers should take precautions against mosquito bites - which is how the virus is transmitted.

Two soldiers killed in gunfight, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a gunfight with militants in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The shootout occurred in the Swabi district of the province as the soldiers encountered a group of militants during an operation in the Malikabad area of Swabi. The armed forces had been conducting an operation in the area based on intelligence received which indicated a militant presence there. No civilians were harmed in the exchange of fire.

Pakistani military resume shelling on Afghanistan

The Pakistani military has resumed shelling on eastern Afghanistan provinces along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. According to Tolo News, the Pakistani military has fired 145 missiles into the eastern Kunar province in the last two days. No casualties have been reported so despite some infrastructure damages. The firing could have negative diplomatic implications for the two countries who have a history of tense relations with each other. Despite the temporary re-opening of two border points and recent efforts to cooperate in counter-terror initiatives - it seems likely that military tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan will continue to rise.

Fifteen killed in militant attacks on border security

At least 15 people have been killed in a series of militant attacks on border security posts in the Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to Al Jazeera, ten suspected Afghani terrorists and six soldiers of the Pakistan Army have been killed in the attacks, which targeted three border security check posts. The attackers allegedly came from the Afghanistan side of the border and the attack was repelled.

Four terror suspects killed in FR Bannu

Four terror suspects and two security officials have been killed in counter-terror operations launched in the Frontier Region Bannu (FR Bannu) of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). The Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) troops launched the operation based on intelligence which suggested a militant presence in the Jani Khel area of FR Bannu. The militants allegedly opened fire on the FC troops upon encountering them - leading to a shootout in which four suspects and two FC personnel were killed. 

English teaching schools potential terror targets, Lahore

The Punjab Home Department has issued a warning that certain schools in Lahore may be targeted in terror attacks. The warnings stated that schools which have curriculums including lessons on the English language could be being targeted by extremists. The US Consulate General has assessed the threat and agreed there to be a credible risk of terror plots underway planning to target English teaching schools. An OSAC report has been issued advising foreign nationals to avoid such schools and to remain extremely cautious and aware of the high threat level to westerners and foreign nationals in Pakistan

One killed, 22 detained in counter-terror operations, Balochistan

One suspected militant has been killed and 22 others have been detained in counter-terror operations conducted in the Indore and Kech areas of Balochistan. Frontier Corps (FC) joined Pakistani intelligence personnel to perform targeted raids and search operations. During a search operation, the militants opened fire on the FC forces - who retaliated in kind, killing one suspect. Pakistan has launched large-scale counter-terror operations following several terror attacks in Pakistan in February which killed and wounded dozens of civilians. 

Two people killed in US drone strike, Kurram Agency

Two people have been killed in a US drone strike which hit two men riding a motorcycle in the southern area of the Kurram Agency. It's not clear whether or not the two men were the targets of the strike, and the identities of the men have not yet been released. This is the first airstrike the US military has performed on Pakistani territory since May 2016 and -according to Pakistan Today - is the first official drone strike conducted under the Trump administration.

One child killed, one wounded in mine explosion, Quetta

One child has been killed and another has been wounded after a landmine exploded in the Nushki district near Quetta in Balochistan. The two young brothers had been grazing their goats when the landmine exploded. Nushki is near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and while it is possible the explosive was planted by terrorists operating from Afghanistan, it's also possible the landmine was planted a long time ago.

Four wounded in IED blast, Quetta

At least four people have been wounded as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on the Sariab Road in Quetta. The IED had been planted at the roadside and was detonated via remote control in an attempt to target a Frontier Corps (FC) military vehicle as it passed by. Three FC personnel were wounded, along with one civilian. Police have launched an investigation in collaboration with FC troops in the area and traffic diversions have been put in place. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Three kidnapped by Dhamio tribe in Shikarpur

Three men have been kidnapped by armed members of the Dhamio tribe in the Shikarpur district of Sindh.The group of armed men raided the Muhammad Saleh Dhamio village near Lakhi Ghulam Shah and held three victims at gunpoint after breaking into the house of Anwar Ali Dhamio. The three hostages have been identified as Anwar, and his son Ehsan Ali Dhamio, and nephew Abdul Whab Dhamio. Police officers from the Katcha police station have launched a search operation and suspect that personal motives were behind the kidnapping.

Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings to reopen

Border crossing points along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border have been scheduled to reopen following a temporary closure enforced by Pakistan over security concerns. The Pakistani military authorities had enforced border closures and issued a red alert along the border amid a wave of increased terror attacks in Pakistan - which were thought to be orchestrated from militant bases in Afghanistan. After a period of intensified military tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which the Pakistani military conducted several large-scale offensive attacks over the Afghanistan border - killing dozens of civilians - the border has been scheduled to reopen and is expected to return to normal operations this week.

Terror suspect intercepted en route to Peshawar

A suspected terrorist has been intercepted by Pakistani counter-terrorism police in the Khyber Agency. The suspect had allegedly been transporting explosives and was en route to Peshawar when counter-terrorism police captured the suspect. It's likely the militant had been transporting the explosives to be used in a terror attack in Peshawar. It remains unknown if an accomplice was waiting for the explosives, or if the suspect intended to carry out an attack themselves. The militant has since been detained and remains in police custody for questioning.

Six terror suspects killed in police operation, Punjab

Six suspected terrorists have been killed in police operations in the Punjab province. Police were conducting a property raid in the Sultan Mahmud Sarki area near Muzaffargarh when the suspects opened fire on the officers - leading to a fatal shootout in which six militants were killed and four others managed to escape. The suspect group were believed to be members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants group. A cache of weapons and explosives was also found and confiscated.

Two terror suspects killed in military operations

Two suspected terrorists have been killed in counter-terror operations carried out by the Pakistani military near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The suspects were targeted as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, and they have been identified as commanders of the Jamaatu-al Ahrar militant group. The Pakistani military has claimed that the two suspects were involved in the planning of a suicide bombing which killed scores of people in Lahore on Monday 13 February.

Government approves cross border counter-terror operations

The Pakistani government has approved the extension of counter-terror operations across borders into international territory outside of Pakistan. The decision has been made following a series of public criticisms against the government for failing to implement adequate counter-terror measures to prevent the outbreak of violent terror attacks. Over 100 civilians have been killed in recent terror attacks in Pakistan, and many civilians have blamed the government's lack of aggressive offensives against terrorism. Afghanistan is likely to be targeted in particular, as Pakistani officials have claimed the terror attacks have bene orchestrated by terrorist networks operating from bases in Afghanistan. Pakistani military already conducted cross-border firing last week - killing dozens of Afghani civilians.

Possible terror targets identifed in Karachi

A list of locations and buildings thought to be at an especially high risk of being targeted by terrorists has been released by the Sindh state department. Places listed as possible targets were: Empress Market, Sindh Assembly, Sindh High Court, the Zainab Market, Jinnah Road markets, and restaurants in the Do Darya area. Travellers and local nationals have been advised to take extreme caution in these areas over the next few weeks.

Disruption to health services as strike continues in Punjab

Health workers have entered their third day of strike action, leading to extensive disruption to healthcare service across the Punjab province. The Young Doctors Association (YDA) has taken to strike action to protest the arrest of the vice-president of the YDA, Dr Atif, on corruption charges. Doctors reportedly refuse to treat patients - letting them suffer until the provincial government meets their demands. In some areas, YDA members have clashed with anti-corruption officials. 

Seven killed, 30 wounded in explosion, Lahore

At least seven people have been killed and 30 others have been wounded in an explosion in Lahore. Four cars and 12 motorcycles were destroyed in the blast which occurred in the Defence Block of Lahore city. While local government officials claim the blast was not terror-related and came from a generator nearby, law ministers claim the blast originated from a bomb which had been placed inside a building which was under construction at the time. Neither report has been confirmed yet as investigations continue; however, considering the recent wave of terror attacks in Pakistan, it seems likely that this was another.

Pakistan conducts airstrikes along Afghanistan-Pakistan border

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has conducted airstrikes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in an attempt to target militants operating between the Khost province in Afghanistan and the North Waziristan Agency in Pakistan. The PAF allegedly targeted Jamaat-ul Ahraar and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant hideouts in the Wucha Bibi area near the border in the North Waziristan Agency. Pakistan has recently intensified military operations against terrorism after a series of terror attacks last week - which Pakistani officials claim were orchestrated by militants based in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, leading to a partial border closure and offensive cross-border assaults by the Pakistani military forces. Afghanistan has complained that the counter-terror operations conducted by the Pakistani military have not been entirely accurate - leading to a high civilian death count. No comment has been made as to how many terror suspects were killed in these latest airstrikes.

Eight militants killed in counter-terror operations, Karachi

Eight militants have been killed in counter-terror operations carried out by the Pakistani police forces in Karachi. The suspected terrorists were killed in a police raid on a property on Bakra Peri Road after they received intelligence suggesting a militant presence in the area. Police officials claim that enough evidence was found during the raid to suggest that the suspects had been planning to carry out a terror attack in Karachi. Pakistani police and military counter-terror operations have intensified recently following a huge spike in terrorist activity within the last two weeks.

Grenade attack on Union Council guest house kills two in Buner

Two people have been killed in a grenade attack on a Union Council property in Buner. Unidentified assailants threw a grenade into the guest house of the Totalai Union Council Nazim in the Kas Kuruno area of Totalai in Buner over the weekend. The single explosion was strong enough to cause the roof to collapse - killing two people who had been sleeping in the property at the time of the attack.

Afghanistan-Pakistan relations escalate amid cross-border shelling

Afghanistan-Pakistan international relations have escalated recently amid a wave of cross-border shelling from Pakistani forces. The Pakistani armed forces have been firing on eastern Afghanistan provinces in alleged anti-terror operations designed to target Afghani militants who have been organising terror attacks in Pakistan. However, the Pakistani rockets have killed and harmed more civilians than it has militants - leading to civilian protests in the Asadabad area of the Kunar province, in which a Pakistan flag was burnt to demonstrate the civilian anger. The border between the two countries has been put on red alert as major crossing points have been closed indefinitely.

Seven killed, 20 wounded in Charsadda terror attack

At least seven civilians have been killed and at least 20 others have been wounded in a terror attack which has taken place in Charsadda of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Three suspected suicide bombers attempted to storm the Tehsil Kacheri court in Charsadda. While two of the three were apprehended and shot down, one bomber detonated himself at the gate entrance of the local court after he was refused entry. A gunfight was allegedly heard in the area following the blast. The attack comes just one week after 72 people were killed in a similar attack on a supreme court in Sindh. The recent rise in terror attacks in Pakistan has tested relations with Afghanistan, with many Pakistani officials blaming Afghanistani terror groups.

Faisalabad on high alert for terror attacks

A high alert for terror attacks has been issued to Faisalabad in the Punjab province following the recent wave of terror-related incidents in the province. The city is home to some of the most significant sites and building in the region - making it a high-level target for terror attacks. The alert will stay in place until Wednesday 22 February - at which point the security situation will be reviewed and the alert will be reinstated if deemed necessary. The issuance of the alert follows the arrests of 35 terror suspects throughout Faisalabad - which raised concerns of an imminent terrorist threat to the area.

Five terror suspects killed in counter-terror operation, Punjab

Five terror suspects have been killed in counter-terror operations in the Punjab province. Personnel from the counter-terrorism unit confirmed the operation took place in the Layyah district on Sunday evening, stating that five terror suspects were eliminated, while three other suspects managed to escape. Weapons, ammunition and maps were also seized during the operation. The suspects were allegedly members of the banned Jamat-ul-Ahrar militant group which is thought to have links to the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Five wounded in Quetta shooting

Five people have been wounded in a shooting incident in Quetta. Unidentified men allegedly opened fire after engaging in a verbal disagreement with the victims on Double Road. One of the victims was a security guard of the National Database and Registration Authority Office. The assailants managed to escape the scene and the police have launched a full investigation into the incident.

Red alert issued along Afghanistan-Pakistan border

A red alert has been issued along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border as further border crossing point closures have come into effect. Further to the closure of the Torkham crossing point in North Waziristan, Pakistan has now closed the Ghulam Khan border crossing - also in North Waziristan - as well as the Chaman border gate in Balochistan. All of these closures have been implemented indefinitely with no scheduled date for re-opening. The high-level security alert has been raised as terrorist attacks in Pakistan have drastically increased recently. Pakistani security officials believe the militant groups responsible for the recent attacks have been operating from across the border in Afghanistan.

Sixteen wounded in explosion in Hyderabad

At least 16 people have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Hyberabad. A small explosive device containing ball bearings was thrown at shops under a bridge in the Abdul Wahab Shah Jilani Flyover. It's believed the attack was carried out by two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle. Police investigations are underway, however no suspects have been arrested so far and it remains possible that the motives were terrorist in nature.

Protests take place outside police office, Sindh

Protests have taken place outside the police office in Sehwan in Sindh following a large-scale terrorist attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS). The attack killed at least 70 people and wounded at least 150 others. People have gathered in outside the police station to vocalise a general disgruntlement with the lacking security measurements provided by the police forces at the scene of the attack. Only two police officers had been on site at the time of the attack - which many protesters are claiming simply wasn't sufficient security. The gathering has become angry and violent, with a police van exploding after it was set on fire. No casualties have been reported thus far. 

Eight militants killed in search operations, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least eight suspected militants have been killed in search operations conducted by the Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. The operations were launched in the Hangu area of the region to track down suspected militants following a large-scale terror attack which targeted a shrine yesterday, killing at least 70 people and wounding at least 150 more. Within the last 24 hours, the FC troops have launched various offensives designed to target affiliates of the Islamic State (IS) - who claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday. Operations will continue for at leats the next few days.

Two civilians killed in Pakistani shelling, Kunar

Two Afghani civilians have been killed in Pakistani shelling in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, which borders Pakistan. The Pakistani military allegedly fired dozens of artillery shells at the Sarkano district from the Pakistani side of the Durand Line. One of the rockets hit a civilian house, killing a woman and her 15-year-old son in the process. It remains unclear is any more civilians were wounded in the shelling. The incident has come after Islamic State (IS) militants conducted a suicide bombing in a Pakistani shrine - killing over 70 people and wounding at least 150 others. The militants were believed to have been operating from eastern Afghanistan provinces which border Pakistan - leading to the indefinite closure of a crossing point along the border by Pakistani forces earlier today.

Five killed in gun attack on police van, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Five people have been killed in a gun attack on a police van in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. One civilian and four policemen were killed in the attack which targeted the law enforcement vehicle less than 24 hours after a mass terrorist attack carried out by the Islamic State (IS) killed over 70 people. No group has claimed responsibility for the gun attack at the moment, however it is suspected that IS militants were behind the incident.

Border crossing closed after militant attack on Pakistani soldiers

Pakistani officials have closed the Torkham border crossing point along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border which joins the Khyber Agency of Pakistan with the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The closure has been put in place to last indefinitely after a group of suspected militants attacked the Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) from the Afghanistan side of the border. The FC troops managed to repel the attack, although two FC soldiers were wounded during the gunfight.

Nationwide counter-terror operations kill 37 terrorists

At least 37 suspected terrorists have been killed in nationwide counter-terror operations carried out by the Pakistani law enforcement agencies. The Sindh Rangers confirmed the operations targeted suspected terrorists in DI Khan, Karachi, Orakzai, Bakka Khel, Peshawar, and Sargodha. The operations were launched following a terrorist attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan on Thursday which killed at least 72 people. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack and Pakistan have allegedly blocked border routes with Afghanistan following the incident, as it is suspected that the IS forces have been operating from a base in Afghanistan. Nationwide sweeping operations will continue for the next few days.

Dozens killed and wounded in shrine explosion, Sindh

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in an explosion outside the shrine of Laal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Sindh province. Preliminary reports have suggested that as many as 72 people have been killed and over 100 people have been wounded - final casualty figures are yet to be confirmed. The blast occurred during a busy time at the shrine and allegedly caused chaos and panic as people stampeded to flee the area. Nearby hospitals have declared a state of emergency as they are inundated with patients. No group has claimed responsibility for the terror attack yet.

Six terror suspects killed in counterterror operations, Punjab

Six terror suspects have been killed in counterterror operations carried out in the Punjab province. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) launched the arrest operation in the Khanewal area after receiving information regarding the presence of 10 individuals suspected to be associated with the banned terror group, Al-Ahrar - which had claimed responsibility for a recent suicide bombing in Punjab in which at least 13 people were killed. The suspects allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the CTD unit - prompting retaliatory fire which killed six suspects. CTD officers also confiscated a large cache of weapons and explosives.

Five militants killed in military search operations, Mohmand

Five militants have been killed during a manhunt launched by the Frontier Corps (FC) in the Mohmand Agency following a suicide bombing earlier today which killed at least seven people. The suspects were tracked down during a search operation for any affiliates of the two perpetrators of the bombing. The operation was launched in Sheikh Banda of the Ghalanai area and the five terror suspects were gunned down after they attempted to flee from the FC troops. It has not been confirmed whether or not the suspects were definitely affiliated with the perpetrators of the attack, however it is believed that they were planning to conduct further suicide bombings. Another suspect has been detained and remains in custody for questioning.

Two wounded in shooting, Muzaffarabad

Two people have been wounded in a shooting incident in Muzaffarabad. A Shia cleric and his wife were shot at whilst they were travelling on a motorcycle in the Garhi Dupatta area of Muzaffarabad. The assailants - travelling in a black Toyota Corolla - managed to escape unidentified and it remains unclear whether the incident was personally motivated or a sectarian attack. The cleric was allegedly shot in the neck and remains in critical condition.

Three killed, 18 wounded in suicide bombing, Peshawar

Three people have been killed and 18 others have been wounded in a suicide bombing in Peshawar. An unidentified assailant on a motorcycle targeted civil judges travelling in a government vehicle in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar. One of the judges was killed, along with the driver of the vehicle and the bomber. The wounded parties have been transferred to a nearby hospital. The area where the blast occurred has been cordoned off and a state of emergency has ben issued. The explosion was reportedly strong enough to destroy the government vehicle, as well as blowing out the windows of nearby buildings. A manhunt has been launched to track down any affiliates of the bomber. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven killed in suicide bombing, Mohmand

Seven people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the federally administered tribal areas (FATA) of the Mohmand Agency. A suspected Taliban-affiliated militant carried out the suicide bombing near the main gate of the tribal headquarters in the Ghalanai area of the FATA. A faction of the Pakistan Taliban, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (aka Freedom Movement), has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed three policemen and two passers-by as well as the perpetrator. The suicide bomber was also accompanied by another militant, who was shot dead by police when he attempted to storm the compound following the explosion.

Two killed, 11 wounded in bomb incident, Quetta

Two people have been killed and 11 other shave been wounded following a mishap during a bomb disposal in the Quetta area. The bomb disposal squad had been dispatched to defuse a series of explosives which had been planted near the Saryab bridge in Quetta when one of the explosives mistakenly detonated. Two bomb disposal squad members have been killed and 11 other squad members have been wounded. It remains unknown who planted the explosives as no group has claimed responsibility for the bombs.

Suicide bombing kills 13 outside Punjab Assembly

A suicide bombing has occurred outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore. At least 13 people have been confirmed dead and at least 83 others have been wounded in the blast. The incident took place during a protest in the area - where a large gathering of up to 400 pharmaceutical manufacturers and chemists had been holding a demonstration and had drawn a significant police presence to the area shortly a nearby vehicle exploded. Two members of the police force have been identified among those killed. The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Police have cordoned off the area and investigations are underway. Last week, the National Counterterrorism Authority warned of a potential terror attack in Lahore - stating that all high-profile locations and buildings should be under heavy surveillance. Allegedly, the Assembly security had been heightened prior to the attack.

IED kills one in Bajaur Agency

One person has been killed and four school children wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bajaur Agency in north-western Pakistan.  The blast hit a vehicle in the Tehsil Arang area on Friday. The injured were transferred to Timergara Hospital for treatment, while police are searching for the perpetrators.

Six terror suspects killed in police clash, Karachi

Six terror suspects have been killed in clashes with the police forces in Karachi. The police forces were performing a property raid after being informed of the presence of militants in the area near the Super Highway Toll Plaza in Karachi, when the suspects engaged in an exchange of gunfire with the police officers. The police officers allegedly responded with retaliatory fire - killing all six suspects in the process. No police casualties have been reported.

Evacuations over glacial slip threat

At least 14 people from the town of Skardu have been evacuated as an impending glacial slip threatens the area. Skardu is located in the Arando area of Gilgit Baltistan - where extremely cold wintry conditions have brought heavy snowfall, covering dozens of houses, farms and livestock. Main access roads have also been blocked of by the heavy snow - which is estimated to be up to 10 feet deep after just three days of snowfall. There is currently an extremely high risk of avalanches and glacier slips as heavy snow continues to fall across the northern parts of Pakistan.

Earthquake hits Balochistan province

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck the Balochistan province in the areas of Gwadar, Pasni and Turbat. The earthquake hit at around 22:03 UTC, at a depth of 25.9km. No immediate damages or casualties have been reported, however the local authorities have issued a high alert for the districts affected. The southern Makran coast of Pakistan is subject to occasional earthquakes due to its proximity to the Arabian plate - which pushes against the Eurasian plate.

Two Pakistani soldiers wounded in roadside bomb explosion, Balochistan

Two soldiers of the Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) have been wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Balochistan province. The FC convoy had been travelling along the Roghani Road in the Chaman area when it encountered the roadside explosive. It's suspected that the bomb was remotely controlled in an attempt to target the Pakistani security forces. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two policemen wounded in car bomb explosion, Bannu

Two Pakistani policemen have been wounded in a car bomb explosion at the Mandan Police Station in Bannu of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A suspected terrorist allegedly rammed the police station's main gate with an explosive-laden vehicle - detonating the explosives in a suicide bombing, and destroying much of a section of the police station building. No police fatalities have been reported.

Avalanche kills 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least 14 people have been killed and nine others have been wounded in an avalanche in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The avalanche came amid extreme cold weather conditions and heavy snowfall - hitting the Sher Shall village in the Chitral district. Rescue operations are underway, however heavy snowfall has blocked the main access routes to the area - slowing rescue efforts. 

Afghan consular official killed in shooting, Karachi

An Afghan consular official has been killed in a shooting incident in Karachi. The victim has been identified as Zaki Adu - the thirs secretary of the Afghan consulate. A security guard allegedly had an argument with Adu in the lobby, when he opened fire, killing Adu immediately. The incident is not believed to be terrorist-related and is currently under investigation, with the security guard detained for questioning. 

Man killed by police at security chekpoint, Islamabad

A man has been killed by a policeman at a police security checkpoint in Islamabad. The man allegedly failed to stop when ordered to halt at the police checkpoint. The policeman opened fire on the man, killing him immediately. The shooting has caused protests by civilians along the main road in Islamabad. The policeman has fled the area amid the protests. Police have opened an investigation into the incident to determine whetehr or not the man was wrongfully shot dead.

Young girl kidnapped by terrorists in Quetta

A 10-year-old girl has been rescued after she was kidnapped by suspected terrorists in Quetta. Frontier corps rescued the young girl from Qambrani road after she had been abducted earlier the same day. The kidnappers managed to flee the scene upon the arrival of the security forces. The young girl reported that the suspects had told her that they wanted her to detonate explosives. It's believed the suspects kidnapped the girl with the intention of forcing her to carry out a suicide bombing. Police investigations continue.

One militant killed, three soldiers wounded in routine operation

One militant has been killed and three Pakistani soldiers have been wounded in clashes with suspected terrorists during a routine sanitisation operation in the Dera Ismail Khan area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The militant group allegedly opened fire on the army personnel in the Luni jungle area. The armed soldiers returned fire and killed one of the militant group. Eight other suspects have been detained, and are believed to be in affiliation with the Tehrrek-i-Taliban Pakistan Naurang group. 

High threat of terrorism in Punjab

A high threat of terrorism has been issued by the Punjab Home Department in Punjab. There is a high risk of terrorist attacks in Lahore and other major cities throughout the Punjab province. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised travellers that there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and violent attack against western nationals. Travellers should be vigilant, avoid large crowds and minimise exposure to high risk areas.

Eleven killed, nine wounded in road accident, Malakand

At least 11 people have been killed and nine others have been wounded in a road accident in the Malakand area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The accident occurred when a passenger coach bus crashed into another coach bus in a head-on collision. Although road safety and vehicle regulations are often poorly implemented, officials believe the accident was caused by careless driving.

Teenager killed in shooting incident, Bahawalpur

A 16-year-old student has been shot dead by a bus guard in Bahawalpur. The incident occurred after a group of students got into an altercation with the bus guards over allegations that their group was overloading the bus. One of the bus guards opened fire on the group and killed the teenage student on the spot. Police arrived and arrested the guard at the scene. The incident has motivated the student group to protest the shooting, blocking the national highway along the Bahawalpur-Ahmedpur Sharqia section. Travel disruptions should be expected in the area until protesters  have dispersed.

Seventeen killed, 18 wounded amid wintry conditions, Balochistan

At least 17 people have been killed and 18 others have been wounded amid cold winter weather in the Balochistan province. Heavy rain and snow has caused many roofs to collapse in places such as Quetta, Mastung, Sherani and Kalat. The Kozak Top, Kan Mehtarzai and Ziarat routes were also blocked due to heavy snowfall - which caused further disruption. These routes have now been cleared and are back in operation. Travellers have been advised to continue to exercise extreme caution if travelling in the area, in case roads become blocked again. People have also been advised to regularly check that their roofs are not becoming over-burdened under the weight of heavy snow.

Two militants killed in police operations, Karachi

Two militants have been killed in a police operations in Karachi. The militants were shot down in the Gadar area of Karachi, after they allegedly opened fire on Sindh Rangers - who retaliated with gunfire. The Rangers had been performing intelligence-driven raids of suspected Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant hideouts when the two suspects opened fire on the officers in an attempt to flee the scene. While many associates of the suspected TTP militants managed to escape, 14 others were arrested. Weapons and ammunition have also been seized. Travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the area, and should be cautious of the continued presence of the TTP, and of the high probability of violent clashes between TTP militants and security forces.

Anti-government protest to take place, Punjab

An anti-government protest has been scheduled to take place in Punjab onFriday 27 January. The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) have planned a demonstration against the Punjab government to protest the government's apparent lack of action over the murder of 14 people - some of whom had been PAT workers - in Lahore on 17 June 2014. PAT members claim that the government has failed to deliver adequate justice, and will demand that the government renew action on the incident. Travellers in the area should expect some travel disupriotn, and have been advised to avoid large crowds which could quickly become violent.

Eight security personnel ambushed, Balochistan

Eight Pakistani security personnel have been wounded amid an ambush in the Balochistan. The security forces has been on route to carry out a raid operation when they were ambushed by suspected militants in the Gichak are of Balochistan on Monday 23 January. Back-up security forces were sent to assist in a manhunt for the militants after the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however security officials believe the incident is consistent with attacks carried out by militant groups in the area - who have a history of targeting security personnel. No civilians or military casualties have been reported. Travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the Balochistan province amid increasing incidents of violent militancy.

Two suspected kidnappers killed in police raid, Karachi

Two suspected kidnappers have been killed during a police raid in Karachi. On Monday, the police forces raided a suspected hideout in the Northern Bypass area of Karachi. The two suspected kidnappers allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the police officers - who returned the gunfire in a shootout which proved to have fatal consquences for the suspects. A teenage hostage was recovered without injury and has been relocated for debriefing before he is reunited with his family. The 17-year-old has been kidnapped on Thursday 05 January, and his kidnappers had demanded 50 million rupees in ransom.

Six soldiers wounded in roadside bombing, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least six Pakistani soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb in the Tank district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Frontier Corps had been on patrol in the area when their vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted along the roadside. Security personnel have secured the area and launched a search operation in the immediate vicinity. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Those in the area should take caution when travelling, as IEDs planted to target security vehicles have also been known to kill or seriously maim civilians.

Twenty-two killed, 90 wounded in market bomb explosion, Kurram Agency

At least 22 people have been killed and around 90 others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in Parachinar city in the Kurram Agency. The explosion occurred on Saturday morning, in Eidgah market - a vegetable market in the predominantly Shia Muslim area of Parachinar. The bomb is thought to have been concealed within a vegetable crate - which was supposedly brought in from outside the Agency. Responsibility for the incident has been claimed by the banned militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi - who have a history of attacking the Shia community. A representative from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi also claimed that the attack was carried out as part of a collaborative effort between the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Shahruar group of the Mahsud Taliban militant network. Travellers should avoid travel to the Parachinar area - which has been subjected to intense violence between Shia and Sunni Muslim communities.

Pakistan makes nuclear threat to Indian Army

Pakistani military officials have announced that the Pakistani Army will resort to the 'nuclear option' if Indian troops implement operation 'cold start' on Pakistani territory. In a statement to the Financial Times, an Islamabad official stated that "if ever our national security is threatened by advancing foreign forces, Pakistan will use all of its weapons - and I mean all of our weapons - to defend our country". This statement comes after India's new army chief confirmed the existence of operation 'cold start': a secret military strategy to attack Pakistan in the even of a crisis. Pakistan also successfully tested its first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile earlier this month - further encouraging nuclear arms build up between the two countries. Although nuclear war remains an unlikely eventuality between two nuclear states due to its absolutely destructive nature, travellers should be aware of the deteriorating diplomatic relations and high military tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

Two terror suspects detained in police operations, Multan

At least two terror suspects have been detained in police operations in the Seetal Mari area of Multan. Police investigations have determined that one of the terror suspects is thought to have travelled to Afghanistan in 2012 to receive terrorist training from the Islamic State. The police have handed over both terror suspects to the Counter Terrorism Department of Pakistan.

Two policeman killed in militant attacks, Quetta

Two policeman have been killed in two separate militant attacks in Quetta, Balochistan province. One policeman was shot dead by unknown militants in the Killi Deba area of Quetta - the victim was identified to have been a constable. Another policeman was shot dead whilst he was on duty near the Passport Office area and suspected militants opened fire on him. The incidents are reported to have have taken place two hours apart, with police officers investigating possible connections between the two shootings. 

Two policemen killed in shooting, Punjab

Two policemen have been killed in a clash with unknown assailants at a security checkpoint near the Millat Town Police Station. The shooting occurred when the assailants were stopped by police officers in the Faisalabad area of Punjab. The suspects opened fire from their motorcycle, killing the policemen before fleeing the scene. The police have launched a full investigation into the incident, including a search operation in the surrounding area.

Five killed, 30 wounded in truck crash, Azad Kashmir

Five people have been killed and 30 others have been wounded as a truck has crashed into a school in the Azad Kashmir province. The truck driver allegedly lost control due to faulty breaks, causing the truck to crash into a school in the Birpani area of the Bagh district in Azad Kashmir. One teacher and four children were killed, with many more children wounded. An investigation has been launched into the incident. Police can confirm that it is not being treated suspiciously.

Policeman killed in shooting, Karachi

A policeman has been killed in a shooting near his residence in the Soldier Bazaar area in Karachi. Two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle shot at the policeman, leaving him with fatal wounds. Investigators are allegedly treating the case as a targeted murder and have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators of the attack. Karachi has become increasingly dangerous in recent months as violent crime increased. Those in the area should take caution against gun crime and avoid travelling along at night.

Human rights groups protest the disappearances of four men

Human rights groups have held protests across Pakistan to call the government to action over the disappearances of four men within the last week. Many protesters have accused the security forces of forcing the disappearances by arresting the men in secret for expressing critical views of the military. Furthermore, some people reportedly believe that the civilian government has been feigning ignorance as to the whereabouts of the men. The government claims it is already investigating one of the cases, however pro-democracy activists demand that the government investigate all four cases. Anti-liberals have criticised the actions of pro-democracy activists. Nationwide protests are expected to continue throughout the week, with a high risk of violent clashes.

Two children wounded in school attack, Punjab

Two children have been wounded in an attack on a private school in the Gujranwala district of Punjab province. Hashmat Memorial school in the tehsil Kamoki area of Gujranwala was targeted when unidentified men threw an explosive at the school. Police from the Wahandu jurisdiction will be investigating the incident, which has terrified the school children and local community.

Military tests first submarine-launched cruise missile

The Pakistani military has successfully tested its first submarine-launched nuclear-capable cruise missile from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. The Babur-3 missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to a distance of 450 km (280 miles). The test will likely heighten already strained diplomatic relations with India, as both countries justify nuclear development as defensive precautions against the other. India has previously successfully tested a similar missile in 2013.

Teenage girl killed in shooting, Karachi

An 18-year-old girl has been killed in a shooting incident in the Pak Colony area of Karachi. The girl was abducted by unidentified men on her way home from work, and later shot dead. The victim's father had been killed by drug peddlers several months prior to the incident - police are now investigating any links between the murders, and have commenced search raids to arrest suspects. Karachi has become increasingly dangerous recently amid a rise in violent attacks. Those in the area should remain vigilant with personal safety.

Two women wounded in grenade attack, Karachi

Two women have been wounded in a grenade attack in the Landhi area of Karachi. The women were targeted in their house as the attackers threw a hand grenade at the property. The attackers were allegedly two men who had made marriage proposals to the women, and had been refused. The women, who are sisters, have received treatment in hospital with reports stating that both are in critical conditions. One of the attackers is thought to be a drug addict who is part of the local Lyari gang. Violent crime has been increasing in Karachi recently, with shootings and grenade attacks on the rise. Those in the area should take caution when travelling through the Karachi area.

Bomb diffused in Peshawar market, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A bomb has been diffused by the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) in Peshawar of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The 15kg bomb was found in a fruit box in a pushcart in the Karkhano market in Peshawar. The BDS responded to reports of a battery lying unattended in the area and managed to successfully foil the terror attempt by diffusing the bomb. It has been determined that the bomb was remote-controlled, however the perpertrators have not yet been identified.

Five wounded in shooting, Balochistan

Five people have been wounded in targeted shootings in the Qila Mubarak area of Quetta in the Balochistan province. Unidentified assailants allegedly targeted a taxi transporting the five members of the local Hazara community along Spini road in Qila Mubarak. All five have been transferred to the Bolan Medical Complex, with two of the victims reported to be in critical condition. Police have launched an investigation into the assault and have warned local residents and travellers in the area that the assailants may still be at large.

Eight killed, six wounded in rickshaw-train crash, Punjab

Eight people, including five children, have been killed in a crash between the Hazara Express train and a motorcycle rickshaw in the Punjab province. The incident occurred on the railway line around at the Jalal Pur Pir Wala crossing in Lodhrān. The crossing gate attendant was absent from the junction at the time of the crash and has been detained by police for questioning. The train driver reportedly stated that visibility along the track was also impaired by dense fog - indicating that perhaps the train service should not have been allowed to operate in the first place. An investigation will take place into the railway officials decision to operate the train despite the heavy fog. Travellers in the area should expect train services delays and some road congestion around the crossing.

One civilian killed, two policemen wounded in grenade attack, Karachi

At least one civilian has been killed and two policemen have been wounded in a grenade attack on the Taimuria police station in the North Nazimabad area of the Karachi province. One policemen was wounded in the explosion from the grenade, while another policeman was wounded and a civilian passer-by was killed in the shootout which followed the explosion. The assailants managed to escape unidentified, however police investigators believe they were militants attempting to target police forces.

Six wounded in roadside bombing, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least six people have been killed in a roadside bombing incident in the Dera Ismail Khan area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast targeted a police vehicle on Bannu road, which had been on a routine patrol in the area. Four policemen have been wounded, as well as two female civilians who happened to be in the vicinity of the explosion. Police investigations are ongoing. Militants often target police security forces in the area, however civilians are often the victims of such attacks - making the area a high risk location.

One policeman killed in shooting, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

One policeman has been shot dead in the Muslimabad area of Peshawar in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Two unidentified assailants allegedly opened fire on the policeman near his home in Peshawar. The motive behind the attack remains unknown, however reports indicate that two Tehreek-e-Taliban militants have been detained during a raid in Swat - investigations are underway to determine if there is any connection between the militants and the shooting. The risk of terrorism in Peshawar is very high - police officers combating terrorism are often targeted by militants. 

Two militants arrested, Karachi

Two terror suspects have been arrested by Pakistani Rangers in the  Garden Town area of Karachi. The militants are thought to affiliated with the military wing of the Muttahida Quasi Movement (MQM). The MQM is a military-political party in Pakistan which militants have been known to associate themselves with in the past. The Rangers have seized a huge cache of weapons and ammunition - which the militants had allegedly been planning to use to disrupt law and order in the city.

Protests as PIA cancels 100 tickets for flight to Karachi

On 22 December, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) cancelled 100 tickets on a flight from Islamabad to Karachi, leaving passengers stranded at the airport. Passengers then staged a protest at the Benazir International Airport in Islamabad. They were then issued replacement tickets for 23 December. 

One killed, four arrested as police foil Karachi University terror plot

One terror suspect has been killed and four terror others have been arrested by Pakistani police forces. The suspects were detained by Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) on the national highway near Kathore, as they were on route to carry out a suicide bombing at Karachi University. One suspect attempted to flee and opened fire on the LEA forces, prompting a shoot out in which the suspect was killed. The LEA believe the suspects to be militants of a banned terrorist outfit, however no group has commented on the incident as of yet. A large cache of weapons and explosives has been seized by the security forces.

Two civilians killed in landmine explosion, Balochistan

Two civilians have been killed in a landmine explosion in the Kathan area of the Dera Bugti district in the Balochistan province. The civilians had been riding on a motorcycle when they rode over the landmine, which had been planted in the area. Although no group had claimed responsibility for the incident, local authorities believe the al-Qaeda-affiliated ethnic Baloch separatists - who have a history of planting landmines - were behind the attack. Travellers have been advised to avoid the Balochistan province, due to frequent violence and militancy from the Baloch separatists.

Five militants killed in police operations, Dera Ghazi Khan

At least five militants have been killed in police operations in Cotibala town in the Dera Ghazi Khan district. Counter-terrorism police officers conducted a search operation targeting nine militants thought to be operating from the district. During the operation, the militants resisted arrest - leading to a cross-fire in which five were killed while four others escaped. Weapons and explosives were also seized during the operation, which the militants had planned to use to carry out a terrorist attack. 

Four robbers killed in police operations, Lahore

Four robbers have been killed in police operations in the Siggiyun Pull district of the Lahore province. Pakistani police forces responded to reports of a robbery in progress in the area, sparking a gunfight when police officers successfully intervened the robbery. Three robbers had been arrested when four other robbers on motorcycles opened fire on the police in an attempt to free their accomplices.  The three detainees were killed in the cross-fire and another robber was killed whilst three managed to escape. Those in the area have been advised to be on alert for three armed and dangerous robbers. 

Bank official shot dead in Karachi

A 56-year-old bank official has been shot dead in the Central District of Karachi.  Aijaz Aslam was shot dead outside his residence in Shadman Town by gunmen on a motorcycle on Wednesday.  He was taken Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  His colleagues said Aslam had no religious or political affiliations and had no known grievances which would have explained the killing.

Four wounded in National Highway bomb explosion, Sindh

Four people have been wounded in a bomb explosion at Qasim Ali petrol pump on the National Highway near Sukkur in Sindh. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been planted on a bicycle abandoned near the petrol pump. The IED was remotely detonated as a large vehicle passed by which had been transporting Chinese engineers to work on the Rohri-Multan section of the highway. Police investigations are underway. with approximately 20 suspects detained and awaiting questioning. Travellers should expect some traffic delays along the highway as investigations continue.

Protesters dispersed with tear gas, Karachi

Police have dispersed protesters in Karachi using tear gas. Steel mill workers were protesting on the national highway in Karachi over a salary dispute when Pakistani police were called to disperse the protesters who had been blocking the highway. Reports have claimed the polcie violently used batons and tear gas to clear the area of the protesters. No casualties have been reported and travellers should expect traffic to return to normal. Further demonstrations may be expected around the area as the dispute between workers and steel companies continues.

One killed in militant attack, Quetta

One person has been killed in a militant attack in the Nawan Kali area of Quetta. Islamic State (IS) loyalists from the Deobandi band of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant groups opened fire on a military vehicle -  killing one man who allegedly sacrificed himself to save others. The man was a soldier of the Frontier Corps of Pakistan Army, and was also identified as a Shi'ite Muslim. The soldier was not targeted in the attacks, but many Shia and Sunni Muslims attended his funeral as thanks for his sacrifice. Travellers should be cautious when travelling in areas afflicted by fighting between IS forces and the security forces.

One child killed, three wounded inbomb explosion, Warziristan

One child has been killed and three other children have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Abbakel area of Warziristan. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded off a rutted path, killing a small girl and wounding three small boys. The names and ages of the children are yet to independently confirmed. The three wounded children have been moved to a nearby hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack - however investigations believe the IED was a mine which had been long-left buried in the area. Travellers are reminded not to travel off path as IEDs and other mines are often buried and forgotten about.

Seven wounded in grenade attack, Balochistan

Seven people have been wounded in a grenade attack on the National Party's office in the Turbat district of the Balochistan province. Four office workers have been severely wounded whilst three others have suffered minor injuries. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however the National Party has frequently been targeted by Baloch separatists in similar attacks. Civilians in the Balochistan province have been advised to be wary of high political tensions and to report any suspicious activity to the local authorities. Travellers should avoid the province where possible.

Two killed in militant clashes, Kashmir

Two militants have been killed in clashes with the Indian military in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian police officials have confirmed that military operations undertook a 42-hour gunbattle against anti-Indian militants in the Arwani village in the Kashmir province. The militants represent a portion of people living in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region who support Pakistani claims to sovereignty over the disputed territory. Travellers and other civilians have been advised to vacate and avoid the Jammu and Kashmir region whilst international tensions remain high between Indian and Pakistani military forces.

Man killed in shooting, Quetta

A man has been killed in a shooting in the suburban Challo Bawri area of Quetta. Police officers have confirmed the death of a civilian after assailants opened fire on a welding shop. The attackers managed to escape from the scene and have not yet been identified - police investigations are ongoing. Civilians in the area have been advised to be on high alert for unprovoked attacks on personal safety, especially from known militants.

Four killed in ant-terror operations, Sheikhupura

Four terror suspects have been killed in anti-terror operations carried out by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in the Machike area of Sheikhupura. The suspects had allegedly been planning to carry out a terrorist attack on installations at a nearby oil depot. At least seven suspects opened fire on the CTD when the team raided the group's hideout - the surviving suspects managed to escape the scene. People in the area have been advised to report any suspicious activity and to be extra vigilant.

All passengers and crew aboard Flight PK-661 confirmed dead

All passengers and crew aboard the Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 have been confirmed dead. The plane crashed into a mountainside in the Havelian area shortly after takeoff from Islamabad en route to Chitral. The plane lost all contact with flight radars before the fatal crash, which left no survivors. At least 37 passengers were on board, with several crew members. Despite criticisms of the airlines poor safety regulations, officials have said there is no evidence of technical or human error so far.

Twenty-one bodies recovered from Flight PK-661 wreckage

At least 21 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of Pakistan International Airline Flight PK-661. The crash site has been located on a mountainside in the Havelian area, around 70km north of Islamabad. Official investigations are underway. The airline has been criticised in the past for poor safety checks and regulation failures. The death toll is expected to rise as no passengers or crew are thought to have survived the crash. Travellers through the airport in Islamabad may experience some delays or flight cancellations.

Disappeared passenger plane thought to have crashed, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 has vanished en route from Chitral to Islamabd, as all radars have lost contact with the passenger plane. The flight is thought to have at least 37 passengers on board. The plane has reportedly disappeared off all radars near Havelian in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, sending air traffic control and airline security into concerns for the passengers' safety. Army troops and air forces have been stationed near the last known position of the flight to locate the aircraft as reports surface of a plane crash near the Havelian area. It remains unknown if the flight experienced a malfunction mid-flight or if the plane was hijacked.

Three killed by police in armed robbery attempt on passenger bus, Kala Shah Kaku

Three armed robbers have been killed in an armed robbery attempt on a passenger bus in Kala Shah Kaku. The bus had been en route from Sialkot to Lahore when a band of five armed robbers ambushed the passengers - stealing cash, gold, jewellery, phones and other valuables. A shoot out was triggered when police arrived on the scene. Three of the suspects have been killed in the cross-fire while two others have managed to escape. No civilian or security personnel casualties have been reported - investigations into the incident and searches for the two escapees are underway. Those in the local area have been warned to watch out for two armed and dangerous suspects on the run.

Eleven killed, 70 wounded in hotel fire, Karachi

At least 11 people have been killed and 70 others have been wounded in a hotel fire in the Shahrah-e-Faisal area of Karachi. The four-star Regent Plaza hotel was set ablaze after the fire spread quickly from the ground-floor kitchen. Many hotel guests were forced to evacuate the building by climbing out of windows down improvised ropes. The hotel has since reported extensive smoke damage - relocating guests to other hotels in the vicinity. 

Five militants killed in security operations, Balochistan

At least five militants have been killed and several others have been arrested during anti-terror operations carried out by the security forces in the Haramzai area of Pishin in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. At least one security officer has been wounded in the gunfight. A large cache of weapons, foreign currency and explosives has been seized by the security forces. Local residents have been advised to expect security operations and violence to continue in the area and travellers have been strongly advised not to visit the district as fighting continues.

Two bombs explode in Peshawar

Two bombs have exploded in Peshawar, both targeting Pakistani police forces. The first bomb attack occurred on the Northern Bypass, damaging the vehicle of police officer, Chamakni Abdus Salam. In the second bomb incident, militants targeted a police van in Piranu market. The explosive was hidden in a nearby garbage dump. No casualties have been reported. Militants have mostly targeted security forces and civilians. Local residents and travellers have been encouraged to avoid dangerous areas and report any suspicious activity to the local security forces.

Two militants killed, three wounded and two arrested, Dera Bugti

At least two militants have been killed, three more have been wounded and two others have been arrested during a clash with the Frontier Corps in Dera Bugti city of the Balochistan province. The Frontier Corps has been carrying out a search operation of five terrorist hideouts in the city when they met resistance. The security forces also seized rockets, Improvised Explosive Devices, and other explosive material from the hideouts. People are advised to avoid travel to the area.

Three Pakistani spies arrested, Laghman

Three members of the Pakistani intelligence service have been arrested in Mehtarlam city in the Laghman province of Afghanistan. The three men have been detained under terrorist charges and are accused of planning to plant mines and organise armed assassinations within the city. Pakistan have yet to respond to these claims.

Pakistan warns India against full-scale war

The Indian and Pakistani military officials have held talks over raised tensions in the heavily disputed Kashmir region, following the deaths of 14 Pakistani nationals under Indian shelling. The Pakistani military official has allegedly told the Indian military to stop unprovoked attacks on the Pakistani side of the border, or the Pakistani military will soon respond with full force and risk another full-scale war being declared. The two countries have already fought two wars over the Kashmir region since 1947.

Nine killed, 11 wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Nine people have been killed and eleven others have been wounded in cross-border fire in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian troops have been reported to have fired on a civilian bus in unprovoked attacks. The Indian firing allegedly hit a bus in the town of Lawat. Indian officials are yet to comment on the incident.

Three killed in Peshawar bombing

Three security officers were killed and eight others (including some civilians) were wounded in a bomb explosion in the Bashirabad area of Peshawar. Islamic State extremists, Jamaatul Ahrar - a splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan terrorist group (TTP) - claimed responsibility for the attack. The Jamaatul Ahrar militants allegedly targeted the security personnel as they passed by the bomb - which was detonated via remote control.

Four BSF troops killed in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Four Indian Border Force Security (BSF) personnel were killed, including a BSF Commander, and one civilian was injured in cross-border fire in the heavily disputed Kashmir region. Pakistani troops allegedly fired 60mm mortars at Indian border forces, killing four from shelling. Indian officials have advised civilians to avoid the areas near the Line of Contact.

Two killed in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Two people have been killed and at least eight were wounded in cross-border fire in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Reports claim unprovoked Indian shelling commenced on civilian villages. The Pakistani troops allegedly responded to Indian firing.

Indian submarine attempted to enter Pakistani waters

Pakistani Navy officials claim an Indian submarine attempted to enter Pakistani waters undetected. The Pakistani Navy allegedly detected the Indian submarine and prevented it from entering Pakistani territoy by forcing it to retreat. Tensions between the neighbouring countries have risen in recent months after a ceasefire over the heavily disputed Kashmir region was violated repeatedly by both sides. Indian officials have not commented on the reported incident as of yet.

One killed, two wounded in military operations, Punjab

One Islamic State (IS) commander was killed and two Pakistani soldiers were wounded in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the Pakistani military forces in Murree, Punjab. Two other IS militants escaped in the shoot out. The counter terrorism department seized rifles, explosives, bomb-making equipment and suicide vests and claimed the findings confirmed suspicions that the militants were planning an attack on Islamabad.

Eight terrorist suspects arrested in Lahore

The Pakistani Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested at least eight terrorist suspects in Lahore. Two of the apprehended suspects were confirmed to be members of the banned Hizb-ul-Tehrir terrorist group. Several laptops and pieces of 'hate-literature' were confiscated as evidence of their efforts to promote the terrorist cause. The detainees have been moved to an undisclosed secure location for questioning.

Pakistan military drill held near Indian border

The Pakistan military has allegedly held major ground and air drills near the Indian border. In the current state of heightened tensions between the neighbouring countries over the disputed Kashmir region, the drills were seen to be an aggressive display of military readiness. The drills involved combat aircraft, tanks, artillery, mobile missile launchers and other heavy weapons in a passive aggressive display for Indian counterparts. Civilians are advised to vacate where possible from the Jammu and Kashmir regions as fighting escalates.

Seven killed in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire in the disputed Kashmir region. The Pakistani military claimed that Indian troops commenced unprovoked firing, to which they responded accordingly. The Indian military has yet to comment on the claims.

Fifty-two killed, 100 wounded in Islamic State attack, Balochistan

At least 52 were killed and another 100 were wounded in a suicide attack on the Sufi Saint Shah Noorani shrine in the south-western Balochistan province of Pakistan. The Islamic State militant group allegedly claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. The attack was thought to target Shia Muslims during worship. Many of the injured were transported to hospitals by private vehicles, as emergency rescue teams struggled to quickly reach the mountainous area.

Three militants killed in Karachi shootout

Three militants were killed in a shootout with Pakistani Ranger in the Manghopir district of Karachi province. It is reported that one of the three militants, Salman alias Yasir, was involved in the battles against the Pakistan Army in Swat and reportedly held four soldiers hostage in 2008. The militants were shot dead as part of an operation to clear the area, after information was delivered to the military that the area was a hide out for extremists. The suspects opened fire on the Pakistani military and tried to flee - weapons and ammunition were seized after the clash.

Five more Indian diplomats leave Pakistan

Pakistani officials confirm the departure of five more Indian diplomats accused of espionage in Islamabad. India responded to allegations of espionage, stating that the accusations were 'factually incorrect'. Pakistan threatened to exile the diplomats, however it is assumed that the five, along with three other who returned to India earlier in the week, left Pakistan of their own accord. Of the eight Indian diplomats accused of espionage by Pakistani officials, only one still remains in Pakistan.

Three dead, five wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Pakistani officials say three have been killed and five have been wounded under Indian firing targetting Nakyal and Danjar village in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistani official, Sardar Zeeshan Nisar, claims the Indian forces began targeting unarmed civilian villages in unprovoked attacks. Indian officials contradict Pakistani statements and claim they were responding to a Pakistani attack on Poonch.

Three out of eight Indian diplomats leave Pakistan

Three out of eight Indian diplomats accused of spying in Islamabad have left Pakistan. It is not yet clear if the three left Pakistan of their own accord, were exiled by Pakistan or were withdrawn by Indian officials. Pakistani security officials are reported as saying that the other five Indian diplomats are due to leave Islamabad soon. This news comes after weeks of growing tensions between the two countries as fighting over the Kashmir region was accompanied by the publication of diplomats' identities on either side, and accusations of espionage from Pakistani officials.

Fifteen wounded in grenade attack

Fifteen people were wounded in a grenade attack near a school in Singo Lane, Lyari District in Karachi province. Seven of the victims were children. Chakiwara Police stated that the unidentified militants were riding motorcycles when they threw the hand grenades at the private school and fled. The wounded were taken to the Civil Hospital, with four reported to be in life-threatening condition.

Three civilians killed, six wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Pakistani officials claim three civilians have been killed, while six others have been wounded under Indian fire. Adnan Khurshid, a local Pakistani administrator, claims that Indian forces started unprovoked firing targeting civilian populations in the disputed Kashmir region. Col. Nitin Joshi, an Indian spokesman, claimed the Pakistan side initiated firing. 

Thick smog disrupts air traffic across Pakistan

Thick smog caused disruption to Pakistan's main cities air traffic, resulting in five flights being diverted due to poor visibility. The smog has also caused road accidents  - killing more than a dozen in central Punjab - as well as widespread allergy outbreaks. The Punjab government considered shutting down factories as a short to tackle the smog, but has not acted on a decision as of yet. Pakistan Metrological Department chief, Ghulam Rasool, suggests that the lack of rain has contributed to the smog; however, the weather is predicted to remain dry, indicating this problem may continue for the foreseeable future.

National Highway in Karachi blocked by Shia protesters

Shia protesters have blocked the national highwayin Karachi in protest against the arrest of Shia leaders. The traffic gridlock caused schools in the area to shutdown temporarily, after the protesters blocked the highway for two hours. Police dispersed the protesters blocking railway tracks in the Malir and Model Colony areas with teargas.

Body of another student found: Hazara University to remain closed

Hazara University (HU) closed for three more days after the body of another student was found in a field. Tayyab is believed to have been shot my his cousin, Chand (Chanzeb) - who allegedly shot and killed another HU student, Suleman, in a snooker bar brawl on Wednesday night. Approximately 130 students were detained in the bar fight, and heavy police forces were brought in to deal with masses of angry students blocking the Karakoram Highway. 

Two civilians injured in cross-border firing, Kashmir

Two civilians were injured by Pakistani firing in the Kashmir province when a mortar bomb exploded next to a civilian home. Indian officials claim the Pakistani troops commenced unprovoked firing on civilian areas, to which Indian forces are said to have responded in kind. This is the latest in a series of increasingly frequent civilian casualties amidst rising tensions in the region.

Pakistan uncovers Indian 'spy ring' in Islamabad

The Pakistani government has accused the Indian government of running a 'spy-ring'. Eight Indian diplomats have been accused of engaging in terrorist and spy activities outside of their official business. Pakistan have released the identities of all suspected spies and it remains unclear is India will withdraw them or if they will be expelled by Pakistan. Among the list of accusations is the sabotage of Pakistan's $46bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Six of the diplomats allegedly worked for New Delhi's Research & Analysis Wing intelligence agency, while two were operatives for the Intelligence Bureau agency.

Woman seriously injured in 'honour killing'

Fourty-year-old Shareefan Bibi was brutally attacked by her two brothers, Muhammad Afzal and Muhammad Munir in an 'honour killing attempt'. It is reported that Afzal believed Bibi to be responsible for the kidnap of his daughter. After gouging out her yes and cutting off her feet the two men fled the scene. Bibi was taken to a rural health centre and then to Multan hospital where she is in critical condition

Twenty-one killed, 45 injured in train crash, Karachi

At least 21 dead and 45 injured in collision between two passenger trains at Jumma Goth railway station. The accident occurred when the Farid Express, from Lahore, was rammed by the incoming Zakria Express from the central city of Multan as it waited at the station. Officials say there could have been up to 1,000 passengers on the trains, with efforts to rescue any trapped passengers ongoing.

Pakistan to expel two Indian diplomats

Pakistan officials claim to suspect that two Indian diplomats are spies from the Indian Intelligence Bureau. Amid already rising tensions, the two Indian nationals will be expelled from Pakistan if they are confirmed to be spying in Islamabad. 

Two-thousand opposition party supporters released

Two-thousand supporters of Imran Khan's opposition party have been released from jails in the Punjab province today. Khan's party has been calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over a money-laundering scandal. The opposition rally has been called off after news broke that the Pakistani High Court has ordered the Prime Minister to respond to allegations.

Cross-border fire in Kashmir causes schools to close

Almost 300 schools have had to close indefinitely in the Kashmir, Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. The closures were confirmed following the death of 14 civilians in cross-border firing between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir border.

Eight killed in latest Kashmir border fire

Eight civilians have been killed and nine others wounded by Pakistani shelling as cross-border firing escalated in Kashmir this afternoon. Civil Administrator Patwan Kotwal confirmed that two women were killed in the Rajouri sector, while the remaining six, two of whom were children, were killed in the Ramgarh sector.

Civil society activists call for peace following deadly border skirmishes between India and Pakistan

Peace activists have called on India and Pakistan to de-escalate military tensions over Kashmir border disputes, following at least 19 civilian deaths in the past week. Local residents in Kashmir have begun to relocate in response to the fighting around the Line of Control (LoC).  “It seems all these firings are being carried on by both the governments for internal reasons to satisfy specific constituencies of jingoistic nationalism, and offer little diplomatic advantage to either side,” said the Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum For Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD).

Eleven killed and dozens wounded in ship-breaking yard explosion

At least eleven workers have been killed and dozens more wounded in an explosion at a ship-breaking yard in Gadani. A ship caught fire shortly after a gas cylinder exploded. Many are still believed to be trapped inside the ship, while dozens more had to jump overboard to escape the blaze.

Police detain 1,500 opposition supporters ahead of rally

Police in Pakistan have arrested 1,500 supporters of the opposition Tehree-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice) party and banned mass anti-government street rallies in the capital, Islamabad.  Police have also clashed with protesters around the capital and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi region, although the high court has allowed a fixed rally as long as it is confined to a park in Islamabad.  The PTI party was founded by former national cricket captain Imran Khan.

India and Pakistan expel each others diplomats

Pakistan's foreign secretary told the Indian High Commissioner that the governemt would be expelling a diplomat - Surjeet Singh - after accusing him of activities that were "in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms".  The move came a day after New Delhi said it was expelling a Pakistani diplomat for "espionage activities".  Meanwhile Pakistan's main industry body - The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry - said it was reviewing trade ties with India.

India-Pakistan exchange fire along LoC

India and Pakistan have exchanged heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC), the latest in a recent escalation between the two rival states.  Pakistani troops fired mortar shells at villages of Kathua, Heeranagar, Samba, Arnia, RS Pura and Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evening, leading to a return of fire from India.  Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate from villages along the border, while the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) said 15 Pakistani Rangers and one BSF soldier was killed in the clashes.

Four killed in cross-border shelling in Kashmir

Two Pakistani civilians, and Indian soldier and a young Indian boy have been killed in cross-border shelling.  The Pakistani Punjab Rangers blamed the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) for violating the ceasefire, claiming shelling hit Harpal, Pukhlian and Charwah, which separates Punjab from Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.  Military officials in Pakistan said they carried out "surgical strikes" in response.

LeJ kills scores in Pakistan police academy attack

At least 60 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in an attack on a police training centre in Quetta, Balochistan province.  Three militants armed with suicide vests stormed the college late on Monday, leading to a five hour security operation during with all of the assailants were killed.  The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

One Indian border security officer wounded in firefight across Line of Control with Pakistan near Hiranagar

On 21 October, one member of the Border Security Force was critically wounded in one of two firefights across the Line of Control (LoC) in Hiranagar, in Jammu and Kashmir. The firefights reportedly involved small arms and mortars. An unconfirmed number of casualties were sustained on the Pakistani side of the LoC. Indian army officials have stated that the clashes were started by Pakistani Rangers.

Two killed and nine wounded in landmine explosion in Balochistan

On 20 October, two people were killed and nine were wounded when a landmine exploded in Sibi district, Balochistan. The mine reportedly detonated as a vehicle carrying local tribesmen drove past in the Babar Kach area. Two were killed on the spot and the other nine were rushed to the local hospital for treatment. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

One killed and seven wounded in grenade attack in Karachi

On 17 October, one child was killed and seven other people, including women, were wounded in a grenade attack in the Liaquatabad neighbourhood of Karachi. Police state that unidentified men threw a grenade at a group of people in Block 4 of Liaquatabad, near Dar-e-Abbas Imambargah, killing the 13-year-old child and wounding the others. A woman and child are in a critical condition in hospital, and the rest of the wounded have been described as stable. The banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami (LeJ) militant group have claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. 

Twenty-four people killed in bus crash

On 17 October, at least 24 people were killed and more than 70 injured when two passenger buses collided in Khanpur in Rahimyar Khan district, about 800km from Istanbul. Police believe that the crash was caused by speeding, and that the two buses slammed into trees after colliding with each other. Women and children are among those killed. A rescue operation was launched, with police and rescuers using cutters to retrieve bodies stuck inside the buses.

India kills seven militants in Kashmir

The Indian security forces have been killed seven suspected militants in northern Kashmir.  The army said the deaths occurred when gunmen attacked two army bases in Kupwara and in the Nowgam sector. Last week India claimed to have targeted militants in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, although Pakistan's military chief General Raheel Sharif claimed that India fabricated the claims for political reasons.

Six dead in Balochistan train bombing

At least six people have been killed and 19 others wounded in a twin bomb blast on a train in Balochistan.  The devices exploded as the Jaffar Express passed the village of Mach, around 65km south-east of Quetta.  The separatist Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they were targeting military personnel on board the train.  A similar attack was foiled near Quetta on Thursday, according to railway officials.

Indian border villages evacuated over rising tension with Pakistan

Villages along Punjab's border with Pakistan have been placed on high alert after conflict broke out with Pakistani forces on the disputed Line of Control (LoC) overnight. Some areas have been evacuated. Schools in the border belt were ordered to close following the escalation of tension and extra Border Security Force (BSF) troops have been positioned in the area. 

Two Pakistani soldiers killed in border incident in Kashmir

Two Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops in the disputed Kashmir region. India stated that it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistani-ruled Kashmir, and claimed that the strikes had inflicted significant casualties on the militants. However, Pakistan refutes this claim and stated that it had repulsed a raid by Indian troops and returned fire across the Line of Control (LoC). Two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the exchange of fire across the LoC in the Himalayan region. 

Nine wounded in IED explosion targeting police in Shabgadar

On 26 September, an improvised explosive device (IED) wounded at least nine people, including four police officers, in the Sarokalley area of Charsadda district. Police have stated that the police van was on a routine patrol when it was deliberately targeted by the remote-detonated IED near Masal Khan village in Shabgadar tehsil. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group have claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Attack repelled from across Afghanistan border

Pakistani security forces have reportedly repelled an attack by militants from across the border inside Afghanistan. Militants attacked areas in the Mohmand Agency and in Bajaur but were pushed back. No more details have been released yet. 

One dead and five injured in 4.9 magnitude earthquake in Sindh

On 23 September, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake hit several areas of Sindh province, killing one person and injuring five others. The epicentre of the quake was located 60km northeast of Nawabshah, with a focal depth of 20km. All casualties were in Jamshoro district and have been taken to Hyderabad Civil Hospital. 

At least sixteen killed in suicide blast in Mohmand Agency

At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide blast at a mosque in the Anbar tehsil of Mohmand Agency as they were praying. At least 23 others were wounded in the attack, and emergency services have been transported to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar. The authorities have confirmed that it was a suicide attack, with the attacker blowing himself up on the veranda of the mosque. Rescue operations are still underway to evacuate the wounded. 

Six killed and over a hundred injured in train crash in Punjab province

At least six passengers were killed and over 100 injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the town of Sher Khan and the city of Multan in Punjab province. The accident, which happened just before dawn on 15 September, occurred when the freight train halted so that the driver could remove the body of a man crushed to death whilst crossing the track. The train was then hit from behind by a passenger train. Reports state that the driver of the passenger train did not see the red stop signal which went up after the man was killed by the freight train. Six bodies and more than 100 injured passengers, some in a critical condition, have been taken to local hospitals.

Two killed in IED attack on police training centre in Quetta

Two policemen were killed and a further 10 wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated outside a police training centre in the Sariab Mill area of Quetta, Balochistan, on 13 September. The device was reportedly detonated remotely as a police vehicle was passing the area. Explosive disposal teams and the police forensics unit believe that approximately 6kg of explosive material was used in the attack. The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terror group have since claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police officer killed in Shikarpur suicide blast during Eid prayers

One policeman was killed and 10 people were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up during Eid prayers in Khanpur tehsil, Shikarpur. A second attacker fled the scene. At the same time, two other attackers attempted to attack another Eid prayer ground but were stopped at the entrance by police due to their suspicious appearance. One attacker was shot dead and the other was arrested by police. 

Eight wounded by roadside bomb in Peshawar

On 8 September, seven policeman and one civilian were injured when a roadside bomb exploded at Warsak Road in the Darmangi area of Peshawar. The target was a police van that was on a routine patrol, and the device is believed to have been remotely detonated. Security forces have cordoned off the area and transferred the wounded to Lady Reading Hospital.

At least twelve killed in explosion at district court

At least 12 people have been killed and 52 wounded when two bombs exploded outside a district court in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northwest Pakistan. Chief rescue officer, Haris Habib, reported that rescue services have recovered 12 bodies, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians. It is not yet known who is responsible for the attack. 

Four terrorists killed in foiled attack on Christian colony

Four attackers and one civilian died when militants attacked a Christian colony near Peshawar. Gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed the Christian neighbourhood early Friday morning, sparking off an intense firefight in which three security officials and two civilian guards were wounded. Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, an army spokesman, stated that the attack was quickly repulsed and that security forces are searching for any accomplices. A police official stated that four suicide bombers entered the colony and one of them went to the church but it was empty. It was not clear if any of the attackers detonated their suicide vests. The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Eight arrested in anti-terror operation in Balochistan

Eight suspected terrorists have been detained during a military operation in Chaman, located near the Pakistani-Afghan border. During the raid a large cache of weapons was recovered, including improvised explosive devices (IED) and rockets. The operation is part of a larger offensive launched by several intelligence and military agencies in early August, targeting insurgent groups across the country.

Two ASWJ clerics shot dead at seminary in Karachi

Two clerics allegedly linked to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) group were victims of a targeted assassination in Karachi on Tuesday. Police state that two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at the Iqra Darul Atfal seminary in Gulshan-i-Iqbal area, killing Mufti Ghulam Akbar and his guest Mufti Kamran. The ASWJ is the successor organisation of the previously banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, which aimed to counter Shi'ite influence within country.

Two children injured by hand grenade in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Two children in a school in Dhob Darra, in the Upper Dir valley, were injured today when a grenade they found on the floor exploded. One of the children is in a critical condition in hospital. The police suspect Taliban militants of having deliberately left the grenade in the proximity of the children, knowing they would most likely pick it up. 

One dead and four injured in assault on ARY News office in Karachi

A group of protesters attacked the ARY News office in the Saddar area of Karachi on 22 August, resulting in the death of one person and left at least four others injured. ARY News officials have accused a group of Muttahida Quami Movement militants of the attack, after the head of the group called for people to storm the office due to an alleged biased coverage of the group's activities by the media.

AFPAK border checkpoint at Chaman (Balochistan) closed for fifth day

Pakistani authorities today announced that the border checkpoint at Chaman will remain closed for the fifth consecutive day, after negotiations on 21 August failed. The border was closed after a group of Afghan demonstrators attacked the friendship gate and burnt a Pakistani flag on 18 August. Traffic and trade through this border checkpoint has been completely disrupted, and it has not been specified when the border crossing will reopen. 

Deadly case of Crimean-Congo fever in Quetta

On 21 August, Pakistani authorities reported that one person has died in Quetta's hospital after contracting Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). It is believed that she could have contracted the virus in Afghanistan.  Dr. Mukhtar, a senior doctor at the hospital, said 84 patients suspected of contracting CCHF has been admitted to the hospital this year, with 22 confirmed cases and nine fatalities. CCHF is a tick-borne viral disease which causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever and has a high fatality rate.

Security officer killed in explosion in Bajaur Agency

A security officer has been killed in a bomb blast in the tribal region of Bajaur Agency, western Pakistan. The incident took place at the Salarzai area. A civilian was also injured in the blast and rushed to a local medical facility. The tribal areas of western Pakistan are often scenes of roadside bomb attacks that target government soldiers. 

Bomb disposal technician killed in explosion

A bomb disposal technician was killed on 17 August when the device he was attempting to defuse detonated. The technician had successfully defused two devices prior to the explosion. The bomb was located near the Pat Feeder Canal in Sohbatpur, Naseerabad district.

Landmine blast kills two soldiers in Khuber Agency

At least two members of the security forces were killed and seven others injured by a landmine blast in the tribal area of Khyber Agency, north-western Pakistan. Local news reported that the device detonated as security forces were carrying out a military operation in Rajgal. Last week, four suspected suicide bombers were arrested at the Shaks area of Jamrud, days before the commemoration of Pakistan's Independence day on Sunday.

Four suspected suicide bombers arrested in Khyber Agency

Pakistan's security forces have arrested four suspected suicide bombers in the northern Khyber Agency.  Officers carried out raids in the Shaks area of Jamrud on Friday.  Five suicide vests were recovered in the raids, with assistant political agent Ziaullah Marwat claiming that the suspects were planning large scale attacks around Pakistan's Independence Day on 14 August.

Bomb wounds 14 in Quetta

At least 14 people have been wounded in a bombing in Quetta, days after the deadly suicide attack in the city that killed 74 people.  The latest blast targeted a security vehicle on the Zarghoon Road in central Quetta, close to the hospital targeted on Monday.  "It was a judge's car that was passing, but I believe it was the police who were the target," said home minister Safaraz Bugti.

Scores killed in suicide attack at hospital in Quetta

At least 75 people were killed and scores were injured in a bomb attack at a hospital in Quetta, Balochistan region. The attack happened as a group of lawyers and media workers gathered at the emergency room of the hospital when they were surprised by a suicide bomber on Monday. Balochistan's health secretary, Mohammed Omar Baloch, said that the death toll is feared to be higher than 50 people. The law and media professionals were there to mourn the death of the regional Bar Association President, who was gunned down on the same morning. No group has claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.

Four wounded by roadside bomb in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least four people were wounded after being hit by a roadside bomb blast in Charsadda city, northern Pakistan, on Wednesday. According to the authorities unknown assailants planted the device near a police checkpoint on Rajab Road. Charsadda is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where two weeks ago a group of elders and government representatives were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in the Sheringal area of Upper Dir.

Three killed in foiled attack in Balochistan

Three suspected militants from a banned organization have been killed during clashes with security forces in Balochistan, south-western Pakistan. Authorities managed to foil an imminent attack, planned to be carried out during the Independence day festivities in Kech district. The operation also led to the seizure of several arms and explosives stored inside a cave in Seekhnam, Barkhan area.

Two Hazara men shot dead in Quetta

Two men from the Hazara minority group have been shot dead in the northern city of Quetta.  Ghulam Nabi and Mohammad Nabi were travelling home when they were gunned down in the Sariab Road area of the city on Monday.  “Gunmen on a motorcycle stopped the rickshaw and then opened fire on them and fled the scene,” Abdullah Jan Afridi, a senior police officer in Quetta, told AFP.  "We are investigating but apparently it is a sectarian attack,” Afridi added.

Three wounde by roadside bomb in Peshawar

Pakistani authorities reported that three people were injured on Friday after they were hit by a roadside bomb blast in Peshawar, northern Pakistan. Sources stated that the device was planted near the Charsadda bus terminal. The police isolated the area after the blast injured two civilians and a traffic warden. Peshawar is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where seven people of a peace committee also died after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Sheringal area of Upper Dir.

Two Hindus shot in Sindh province attack

Two Hindu men have been shot in a gun attack in Sindh province, eastern Pakistan. The duo were having tea at a stall in Mirpur Mathelo town, Ghotki district, when unknown armed men opened fire on them. One of the victims was critically wounded, while the other succumbed to his injuries after being taken to hospital. Sectarian tensions in the area have been high since a Hindu man was spotted destroying pages of the Quran near Daharki last week.

Police officer killed by gunmen in Quetta

A police officer has been shot dead by gunmen in the northern city of Quetta. Aziz-ur-Rehman was targeted by unknown men on the Sariab Road in the rural area of Shahwani. Aziz was rushed to the local hospital, however he succumbed to his wounds. At the end of June, four men were shot dead by armed militants in separate incidents on the Sariab road in the Kechi Baig and Hazar Ganji areas.

Five police wounded in Lahore shooting

A bystander has been killed and five police officers wounded in a shooting in the city of Lahore.  The incident happened during a gunbattle between police and protesters near the Multan Road area of Chung on Thursday.  The protesters began by throwing stones at police, who responded with tear gas, but the situation soon escalated and live rounds were used by both sides.

Peace committee vehicle hit by IED blast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Seven people were killed when a passenger vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region on Monday. The incident happened in the Sheringal area of Upper Dir as the bus was carrying representatives of local government and elders to resolve a tribal dispute in the area. Local police sources told the AFP that the intended target was Malik Mutabar Khan, a pro-government elder and peace committee head, who was not in the car at the time of the attack.

Police shoot dead four militants in Karachi

Pakistani police have shot dead four suspected militants in the southern city of Karachi.  An exchange of fire erupted during a security operation in the Sohrab Goth area of the city.  Two other suspected militants were arrested following the clash, while a large cache of explosives was also recovered.

Twelve terrorists sentenced to death by military courts

Twelve terrorists are set to face the death penalty over armed attacks against civilians and security forces, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Pakistani army. The members of the Pakistani branch of the Taliban group, Lashkar-e-Jahngvi, were tried and convicted by multiple military courts. The measure comes as part of the wider efforts to crackdown on militants in the region after the deadly 2014 Peshawar school attack, where over 150 people were killed. 

Six al-Qaeda members killed in Punjab

At least six suspected al-Qaeda militants have been killed in a joint operation in Punjab. District Police Officer Faisal Rana said on Wednesday that the operation, assisted by intelligence officials, targeted a terrorist stronghold in the eastern Okara district, where several weapons and a cache of ammunition were recovered. Two police officers were injured when the assailants fired on the authorities. The operation comes months after a major police operation targeted militants in Southern Punjab over the attacks in Lahore in March, which left 72 people dead and hundreds injured.

Three Pakistanis shot dead by Indian border troops

Three Pakistanis have been shot dead by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) along the Indo-Pak border.  A BSF official said a night patrol spotted five people entering Indian territory in the Darya Mansoor area and called on them to surrender.  When they failed to comply with the orders the BSF patrol opened fire on them, killing three and forcing two others to flee back to Pakistan.

Eleven wounded by IED blast in Mardan

At least 11 people have been injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Mardan, northern Pakistan. The device was planted by unknown militants outside a shop at Toru Chowk in Khawaja Ganj Bazaar. Police sources believe the attack was targeted at two police officers, who were critically wounded in the blast. In May nine people were injured in a suicide bombing in the same region.

Floods kills dozens across Pakistan and India

At least 55 people have been killed and dozens more are missing following flooding and landslides across India and northern Pakistan.  Mosques and homes were badly damaged in Ursoon village in the Chitral district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, close to the Afghan border.  In India's Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh states at least 25 people have died in recent days.

Two injured in IED blast near Afghan border

Two former members of a peace committee were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on Tuesday. The roadside bomb was activated when two motorcycles were passing through Dawizai, Mohmand Agency. The victims were rushed to the local hospital, as Pakistani authorities launched a search operation in the area. Dawizai is located near the Afghan-Pakistani border, in a region designated as the Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA).

Police intelligence officer shot dead in Karachi

A Chakiwara police intelligence officer has been shot dead by unknown assailants in Lyari, Karachi. Head Constable Perwez was gunned down while on patrol with four other officers. He was hit in the chest and taken to the local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. In another incident, paramilitary forces raided several areas of Lyari, Orangi and Jamshed. Eight criminals were arrested, including two members of a militant wing of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a Pakistani secular political party.

Three jihadists shot dead in joint operation in Quetta

Frontier Corps (FC) officers along with other security agencies killed at least three Jihadists in Quetta on Thursday. An FC spokesperson confirmed that security forces conducted a raid on the Sariab Road, which led to clashes between security forces and militants. The terrorists, members of an outlawed group, were suspected of the targeted killing of police officers and FC personnel. Recently six FC officers were shot dead by unknown assailants in separate incidents across Quetta.

Frontier Corps officers killed in Quetta

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle have ambushed and killed four Frontier Corps (FC) in Quetta, Balochistan region. FC spokesperson Khan Wasey said on Wednesday that three guards died on the spot while the other succumbed to his wounds on the way to hospital. Two other people were injured in the shooting, including a bystander. The attack comes a day after four police officers were shot dead in separate incidents in the same region.

Four police officers shot dead in Quetta

Four police officers have been shot dead by armed militants in two separate attacks in the city of Quetta.  In the first incident a police vehicle came under fire on the Sariab road in the Kechi Baig area, leaving two officers dead and a civilian wounded.  In the Hazar Ganji area gunmen fired on the Station House Officer (SHO), killing the police guard and driver of the officer.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attacks and said that all efforts to find the perpetrators were being made. 

Suicide vest retrieved at petrol station in Nawabshah

A suicide vest has been recovered from a van at a petrol station in Nawabshah, southern Pakistan. The jacket containing three kilos of explosives attached to batteries was seized, along with the van's driver. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sakrand Anwar Durrani said the vehicle was under surveillance after a tip-off. The vehicle was raided by security forces which recovered and defused the device.

Senior LeT member arrested in Kupwara district

A senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group was arrested on Tuesday in the Kupwara district in northern Kashmir. Abu Ukasha, known as 'Hanzullah', was caught by local authorities during a search operation in the Sogam area. A parallel operation was also launched in the Lolab forests to target his associates and other LeT militants. LeT is a Pakistan-based Islamist group which often carries out attacks against Indian security forces and government buildings.

Son of leading judge kidnapped in Karachi

The son of a leading judge has been kidnapped in the southern port city of Karachi.  Masked men seized Awais Ali Shah, the son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjah Ali Shah, outside a supermarket in the Clifton area on Monday.  “We are looking at the CCTV cameras in the Clifton area to ascertain what happened. But he apparently stopped over at the shopping mart,” said DIG Police District Chief Munir Ahmed Sheikh.

One injured by bomb blast in Mardan

At least one civilian has been injured in a bomb blast in Mardan on the outskirts of Islamabad. The bomb went off near the house of the former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti. According to local authorities the device was planted inside a traffic police checkpoint. Khan Hoti is a senior member of the Awami National Party (ANP), whose members are frequently targeted by opposition militant groups that operate in north-western Pakistan.

Nine criminals arrested across Karachi

Nine criminals were arrested across Karachi by a Pakistani paramilitary force on Wednesday. The operation was carried out in the Ranchhore Lane, Baldia and Kharadar areas of the city. According to security sources, the suspects were members of a local political party. Operations against organized crime has intensified after the federal government empowered paramilitary rangers to carry out operations to support the police against crimes related to targeted killings, kidnappings, extortion and terrorism.

Three militants killed in Swat clashes

Three suspected militants have been killed by Pakistan's security forces during operations in the north-western district of Swat.  The raids took place in the Totano Bandai area of Kabal Tehsil on Tuesday morning.  Police also arrested 12 people during the operation, while an assistant sub-inspector and two security guards were also wounded in an exchange of fire.

Five killed in Quetta shootout

Five suspected militants were killed in a shootout with police in the city of Quetta on Tuesday.   According to a police statement the incident happened in the Chashma Achozai area of the city.  Officers also recovered weapons and 15kgs of explosives from the militant's hideout.  Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri praised the officers involved in the operation.

Two killed in clashes at Afghan-Pakistan border

An Afghan soldier and a Pakistan army major have been killed in clashes at the Torkham border crossing.  Border forces exchanged fire at around 21:00 on Sunday evening and fighting continued until 05:00 on Monday, with both countries blaming each other for starting the clashes.  Eight Pakistanis and six Afghans were also wounded in the incident.  "We currently have agreed on a ceasefire with Pakistan.  We hope this problem will end through the work by diplomatic addresses," said the Afghan government's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Five killed in Karachi shootings

Five people have been killed in shootings in the southern port city of Karachi.  Officers from the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) shot dead three suspected militants in the Korangi area of the city late on Thursday.  Elsewhere two criminal gang members died in a shootout with police in the Pak Colony district.

Teenage girl burnt to death for refusing marriage proposal

A 19-year-old Pakistani girl has been tortured and burnt to death for refusing a marriage proposal in Islamabad.  Maria Sadaqat was attacked at her home on Sunday and succumbed to her injuries in hospital on Wednesday.  Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif launched an immediate investigation into the killing.  She reportedly turned down a proposal from the son of the owner of the school where she worked.

Four dead in Quetta blast

At least four people have been killed and eight others wounded in a bomb attack in the city of Quetta.  The remote-controlled bomb targeted a police patrol on the Spinny road on Tuesday.  “Up to 3kg of explosives hidden in a cane, blew up when the police mobile passed by the area,” said provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti.

Two traffic police officers shot dead in Karachi

Two traffic police officers were shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday.  Unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on the officers in the Aisha Manzil area of the city.  Police said the assailants managed to flee before other officers arrived on the scene.

Taliban leader killed in US airstrike

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been killed in a US airstrike in Pakistan.  Mansour was travelling in a vehicle near the Afghan border in Balochistan province when he was targeted by a drone.  US Secretary of State John Kerry said Mansour had posed "a continuing, imminent threat to US personnel".  The Taliban have not confirmed the reports.

Patrol officer killed by bomb blast in Quetta

A patrol officer has been killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in Quetta, south-western Pakistan. The officer's vehicle was targeted by a roadside bomb, which went off during a routine patrol on Thursday morning. Security sources reported that the device was remotely detonated by unknown militants. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other separatist groups operate across the region.

Police officer killed in twin Peshawar blast

A police officer was killed and 15 others wounded in twin blasts in Peshawar on Wednesday morning.  Both explosions were caused by IEDs which had been planted in the Mithra area of the city.  Local officials said the injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.

Four men kidnapped in Kech district

Three government officials and a contractor were kidnapped from the south-western Kech district on Sunday.  The assailants intercepted the group in the Zareen Bogh area and abducted them at gunpoint.  Members of the Frontier Corps and other security agencies have been dispatched to the area to locate the victims.

Two police officers killed in Quetta blast

Two police officers have been killed and five others wounded in a bomb attack in the northern city of Quetta.  The device exploded at a checkpoint near Balochistan University on Tuesday.  The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.  “The TTP’s special unit MSG targeted the police through an IED,” a TTP spokesperson said in a statement.

 

Son of ex-Pakistan PM rescued in Afghanistan

The son of Pakistan's former prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, has been rescued in the Afghan province of Ghazni.  Ali Haider Gilani was freed in a joint US-Afghan military operation on Tuesday, three years after he was kidnapped from the town of Multan in Pakistan's Punjab province.  The Pakistani Taliban have always been suspected of carrying out the attack in 2013.

Pakistani activist shot dead in Karachi

A leading activist has been shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi.  Khurram Zaki, 40, was a former journalist who setup a website to promote democratic values and condemn sectarianism.  He was killed by gunmen on motorcycles at a restaurant in the north of the city on Saturday night.  A splinter group from the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five police wounded by IED in Quetta

Five Pakistani police officers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Quetta on Tuesday.  The officers were patrolling the Eastern Bypass area when the device exploded.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Police officer shot dead in Peshawar

A police officer was shot dead in the Yaka Toot area of Peshawar on Wednesday.  Gunmen on motorcycles carried out the targeted killing as Qaiser Ali Shah, the ASI of Peshawar police, was returning home from work.  No group claimed responsibility for the killing, which came two days after a female doctor and her father-in-law were also gunned down in the city.

Seven police officers shot dead in Orangi Town

Seven police officers were killed by gunmen in the southern city of Karachi on Wednesday. Feroz Shah, a senior police officer, told AFP that a group of eight men on motorcycles gunned down the guards, who were protecting a polio vaccination team, in the western Orangi Town neighbourhood. Efforts to treat polio within the country have been undermined by frequent Taliban attacks on immunisation teams, which since 2012 have killed more than 80 workers and police guards.

One dead in Mardan bombing

At least one person has been killed and 18 others were wounded in a suicide bombing in Mardan. Tuesday's attack was carried out inside the Mardan Excise and Taxation Department by an assailant wearing a suicide vest.  Jamaatul Ahrar, a faction of the terrorist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police DSP shot dead in Swat district

A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) has been killed by Taliban gunmen in the Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  Two of the police officer's guards were also wounded in the incident in Mingora on Tuesday.  Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility of the attack

Two wounded in accidental grenade blast in Karachi court

Two people have been wounded after a grenade exploded in an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Monday.  The device went off during the trial of a man accused of involvement in an extortion gang which had carried out several grenade attacks.  “Upon the request by the judge, the investigator tried to demonstrate the working of the grenade by pulling something out of it,” defence lawyer Abdul Jabbar Lakho told reporters.  Karachi police chief Additional Inspector General Mushtaq Mahar has ordered an investigation into why the device hadn't been properly defused.

Afghanistan earthquake kills six in Pakistan

Six people have been killed and five others wounded in north-western Pakistan after Sunday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan.  Around 20 houses were also damaged in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the quake hit near Afghanistan's border with Tajikistan.  Last October a 7.5-magnitude quake in north-eastern Afghanistan killed more than 280 people in Pakistan.

Six militants killed in counter-terror raids

Six suspected militants have been killed in counter-terror operations in the city of Lahore.  The Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) carried out the raids in the Shera Kot area of the city on Tuesday evening.  The suspects, who were reportedly members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), opened fire on the CTD officers, leading to a gunfight.  Four other members of the group managed to escape the scene.

Dozens killed in Pakistan flooding

At least 65 people have been killed in flash flooding across north-western Pakistan.  The mountainous areas of Kohistan and Shangla in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were badly hit by flooding and landslides following heavy rains.  Severe weather was also reported across Giglit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

Taliban commander captured in North Waziristan

A senior Taliban commander has been captured by Pakistani security forces in a remote region of North Waziristan.  Ahmad Mehsud, a commander in Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was hiding in a house in the Razmak area when he was arrested.  The raid was carried out as part of operation Zarb-e-Azb, which has been targeting militant groups since June, 2014.

Thousands rally over blasphemy law reforms

Thousands of Sunni Thareek group members have gathered in front of the parliament in Islamabad to demand the revision of Pakistan's blasphemy laws. The hard-line Islamist demonstrators also called for the immediate execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy by the moderate governor Salman Taseer. The governor was shot dead by Mumtaz Qadri in 2011, who was later executed. Over 7,000 police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed to contain the protesters.

Hundreds arrested in connection with Lahore attack

The Pakistani authorities have arrested hundreds of people in connection with Sunday's suicide bomb attack in Lahore, which killed at least 72 people.  Raids have been carried out across several cities in the Punjab province in the aftermath of the attack, which was claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban.  On Monday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to chase the "cowardly" terrorists in a televised address, while security officials have told the Dawn newspaper that the army and paramilitary rangers will conduct widespread operations across Punjab.

Thousand protest over Qadri's execution

Around 20,000 have people joined a protest outside Pakistan's parliament in Islamabad over the execution of Islamist Mumtaz Qadri.  The rallies began on Sunday and have continued into Monday, with reports of clashes between protesters and riot police.  Qadri was killed last month after he was convicted of murdering reformist politician Salman Taseer over his opposition to blasphemy laws.

Suicide bomb attack kills 69 in Lahore

At least 69 people have been killed and more than 300 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Lahore.  The blast hit the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the south-west of the city on Sunday afternoon where Christian family members were celebrating Easter.  Officials said many of the victims were women and children.  A faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has claimed responsibility for the attack and warned of further suicide bombings.

Four dead in north-west Pakistan shootings

Four people have been killed in separate shootings across north-western Pakistan.  On Wednesday gunmen on motorcycles shot dead two police officers in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, while a former intelligence official was killed in Peshawar.  A shopkeeper was also gunned down by assailants on motorcycles in the town of Shabqadar on Tuesday.  No group has claimed responsibility for the killings.

Boy in monster mask shot dead in Karachi

An 11-year-old boy wearing a monster mask has been shot dead by a security guard in the southern port city of Karachi.  Police said Ghulam Nabi opened fire after Ali Hassan sneaked up in an attempt to scare him.  The boy was taken to Jinnah hospital, where he later died of his injuries, while the guard was arrested.

Five dead in Tarel Valley clashes

Three wanted terrorists and two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in clashes in the Tarel Valley in the north-eastern region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The assailants were suspected of involvement in previous attacks against civil transport, tourists and security forces. The region is known to host Sunni extremist groups such as the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Sixteen killed in Peshawar bus blast

At least 16 people have been killed and 30 others wounded in a bus bombing in the north-western city of Pehawar.  The vehicle was transporting government workers from Mardan to Peshawar when the device exploded on Wednesday morning.  No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said "such cowardly acts could not deter our resolve to weed out terrorism from the country."

Rangers kill four militants in Karachi

Pakistani rangers have killed four suspected militants in the southern port city of Karachi.  The operation was carried out in the Sultanabad area of Manghopir in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  Security sources said the four were members of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Five militants killed in Punjab clashes

Five militants have been killed in clashes with officers from Pakistan's Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Punjab.  The officers raided a house in the Nankana Sahib district early on Sunday following a tip-off that they were plotting to target local government offices.  A CTD source told local media that the militants were members of the Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and were also associated with the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

Government employees kidnapped in South Waziristan

Eight government employees were kidnapped by an unknown militant group in north-western Pakistan on Thursday. The incident happened when the Fata Development Authority officials were heading to inspect a dam under construction in the bordering tribal district of South Waziristan. The assailants approached the men by car and took them to an unknown location. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Military operations continue in North Waziristan

The Pakistani military said 21 suspected militants have been killed in airstrikes and ground offensives in North Waziristan since Monday.  "Ops continue. Imp heights & passes along Pak-Afgn Bdr secured. Valley's sanitisation in progress," said spokesman Asim Bajwa.  The operations began on Monday in the Shawal Valley and have continued into Tuesday.

Nine dead in suicide bomb attack

At least nine people have been killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in north-western Pakistan.  The assailant detonated the device outside a district court in the Shabqadar market area in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.  A splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was revenge for the recent execution of Mumtaz Qadri who shot dead Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer in 2011.

Eight killed during operations in Karachi

Eight suspected militants have been killed in two separate police operations in the southern city of Karachi. In Surjani Town, five kidnappers were killed and several weapons were seized during a raid led by the Anti-Violent Crime Cell. In another operation in Machar Colony, three members of the terrorist group Lyari Gang War were killed in a gun battle. The group is known to carry out extortions and kidnappings in the Karachi area.

Four soldiers wounded in South Waziristan

Four Pakistani soldiers have been wounded in an ambush in South Waziristan.  The troops were on patrol in the Zang Sar area when they were targeted.  Local officials said soldiers were dispatched to track down the assailants, adding that four were killed in an exchange of fire.

Local politician shot dead in Karachi

A local politician has been shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi.  Abdul Rasheed from the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) was gunned down near his house in the Korangi area of the city.  A 15-year-old girl was also wounded in the shooting.

Two US consulate workers killed in Peshawar blast

Two US consulate workers have been killed in an explosion in the north-western city of Peshawar.  US Secretary of State John Kerry said the pair died along with a number of Pakistani soldiers as they were clearing a narcotics field.  "The US government strongly condemns the attack," said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Militants and soldiers killed in border operations

At least 19 suspected militants and five police officers have been killed in clashes near the Afghan border.  The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the clashes took place in the Shawal area of North Waziristan on Saturday.  "Ground forces surrounded a group of fleeing terrorists in area near Pak-Afghan border in Shawal. Intense exchange of fire took took place,” states a statement released by ISPR.

Up to 50 shops destroyed in Uri

Around 50 shops were destroyed in a huge fire in northern Kashmir on Tuesday. According to the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Sandeep Bhat, the fire started in a bakery and quickly spread towards the surrounding shops, offices and hotels. The emergency services - with the support of the local population and the army - brought the fire under control after many properties were damaged and destroyed. The local residents blame the widespread damage on the emergency services, who only have one fire service vehicle.

Three suspected Indian spies arrested in Karachi

The Pakistan Rangers claims to have arrested three Indian spies in the southern city of Karachi. The alleged members of an Indian spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), were forced to appear before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday. The Pakistani authorities believe that the group is responsible for several attacks in Karachi, leading the court to permit their preventive detention for 90 days under articles of the Pakistan Protection Act.

Militants killed in North Waziristan airstrikes

At least 15 militants have been killed in airstrikes in North Waziristan, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).  Jets hit targets in the Alwara, Khartangi and Meezar areas, close to the Afghan border, on Tuesday.  Several ammunition stockpiles were also destroyed in the strikes.

Twelve militants killed in Karachi clashes

At least 12 suspected militants have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the southern city of Karachi.  Eight militants were shot dead in the Pipri area during a police raid, while four others died in Gadap.  Two police officers were wounded in the clashes and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.  Officials said the insurgents belonged to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) groups

Three police officers shot dead in Faisalabad

Three police officers have been shot dead in an attack in the eastern city of Faisalabad in Pakistan's Punjab province.  Two gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on the officers in the Meeranwala Bangla area of the city on Friday evening.  The Islamic State (IS) militant group have claimed responsibility for the attack, while police said they found pro-IS leaflets at the scene.

Two policemen killed in Lahore shooting

Two police officers were killed during an attack on a police checkpoint in Lahore on Wednesday. Unidentified gunmen riding three motorcycles opened fire after being stopped by the authorities in the Chanab Pulli area. The police are investigating the incident and searching for the suspects.

Seven militants killed in Sheikhupura clashes

Seven suspected militants have been killed in clashes with counter terrorism officers in Sheikhupura, around 30km west of Lahore.  The incident took place in the Shikarpur area on Tuesday night.  The suspects were identified as belonging to Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

Afghan governor kidnapped in Pakistan

A former provincial governor in Afghanistan has been kidnapped while visiting Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.  Sayed Fazlullah Waheedi, who has served as governor of Heart and Kunar provinces, was seized by gunmen near the city's  Jinnah Supermarket.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, while police say an investigation has been launched to free Waheedi.

Three grenade attacks hit Karachi

Several people have been wounded in a triple grenade attack in the southern port city of Karachi.  The first attack was reported near the entrance of Mobina town police station, while unknown assailants also targeted the APWA girls college near Karimabad.  Later another grenade was thrown at a private school in North Nazimabad.

Twelve terrorists condemned to death by military court

Twelve convicted terrorists have been condemned to death by a court in Pakistan. The sentences were approved by the army chief, General Raheel Sharif, after the conclusion that the terrorists were members of subversive groups and involved in terrorist activities. Under Pakistani law the convicted terrorists reserve their right to file appeal against the verdict of military court in the Supreme Court.

Ten killed in road accident in Shrikhupura

Ten people were killed in a collision between a gas tanker and a bus on Wednesday . The accident happened in the Shrikhupura district, in Pakistan's most populous Punjab province. Due to the poor conditions of the roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving, Pakistan has a high rate of fatal road traffic accidents.

Nine killed in Quetta suicide blast

At least nine people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-western city of Quetta.  The blast targeted a security forces' vehicle near the Quetta district courts on Saturday.  Muhammad Khurasani, a spokesman for Tekreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said the group carried out the attack.

Two dead in Karachi airport clashes

At least two people have been killed in clashes between protesters and Pakistani security forces at Karachi airport.  Several other people were wounded in the unrest, which was led by staff from the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines.  Police denied firing on the protesters, with the police chief in the city's eastern district, Kamran Fazal saying: "My officers told me that they might be fired from the crowd.  We are searching for the empty shells and only then can we establish who opened fire."

Four police officers killed in Quetta

Four police officers were killed in the north-western Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday. The attackers opened fire on the officers in Satellite Town, killing three on the spot and wounding another, who later succumbed to his injuries.  Earlier this month a suicide bomber killed 15 people, including 12 police, in Quetta's surrounding area.

Bomb squad foils IED at Peshawar school

The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) have defused an IED at a private school in the north-western city of Peshawar.  According to officials the device was given to a child by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, who told him to take it to his school in the Bashirabad area of the city.  Last week the Bacha Khan University was attacked by TTP militants last week, killing 19 students.

Pakistan Taliban chief killed in Afghan drone strike

The leader of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reported to have been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.  According to reports Mullah Fazullah and five other people died when a strike hit his house in Nangarhar province.  No official confirmation of the strike has been released in either Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Two officers from elite unit shot dead in Peshawar

Two members of the Elite Force Unit have been shot dead by unknown militants in Peshawar.  The officers were riding a motorcycle in the Rasheed Garhi when they were gunned down on Friday. “Both officials were immediately shifted to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) but died before reaching the hospital,” said an official from Yakatot police station.

Gunmen attack university in north-west Pakistan

At least 20 people have been killed and 50 others wounded after gunmen stormed a university in north-west Pakistan.  Police officials said six gunmen targeted the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on Wednesday morning, while the local media reported that members of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack.  In 2014 TTP militants killed 130 people at a school in Peshawar.

Suicide bomber targets police in Peshawar

At least 10 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a police checkpoint in the north-western city of Peshawar.  The assailant appeared to detonate the device among a traffic jam near the Karkhano Market on Tuesday morning.  The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide bomb targets polio centre in Quetta

At least 14 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack near a polio vaccination centre in the city of Quetta.  The blast struck a police vehicle which was due to transport officers and polio workers across Balochistan province.  Islamic militants have carried out multiple attacks against polio vaccination teams in recent years, claiming the programme is part of a Western conspiracy.

Seven Afghans kidnapped in Baluchistan province

Seven Afghan nationals have been kidnapped by gunmen in Pakistan's Balochistan province.  The incident took place in the Taftan area of Chagai district, close to the border with Iran, on Sunday evening.  Local police said two other Afghans were seriously wounded in the attack and were receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.

Four terror suspects arrested in Karachi

A raid by police in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase 1 neighbourhood of Karachi resulted in the arrest of four suspected Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists. Police received a tip-off that the suspects were planning to launch a suicide attack in the city. There was a brief firefight before the suspects were arrested, and police managed to recover a kilogram of explosive material in the raid.

Factory roof collapse injures at least 30

The collapse of a factory roof on Sheikhupura road, Gujranwala, has injured at least 30 people. Four explosions were heard after the collapse following a boiler explosion, which subsequently triggered cylinder blasts. Local authorities have evacuated the injured to a nearby hospital. 

Police foil terrorist plot in Bannu

The Special Police Unit in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have arrested seven suspected terrorists in two raids in Bannu.  Six people were captured in an operation in the Perokhel area, while in a separate raid a seventh person linked to a banned militant group was arrested.  All of the suspects have been moved to an unknown location for further interrogation.

Troops clash with militants near Pakistani border

Fighting is ongoing between Indian troops and militants at an air force base in Pathankot, near the border with Pakistan.  At least seven soldiers and six attackers have been killed since the clashes erupted before dawn on Saturday.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes days after Indian PM Narendra Modi travelled to Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif.

Suicide bomb kills 18 in Mardan district

At least 18 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  The blast struck near the National Database and Registration Authority on Nisatta Road on Tuesday as people queued to apply for National Identity Cards (NIC).  Local police said a security guard stopped the assailant at the office gate, after which he detinated around 8 to 10kg of explosives.

Earthquake hits northern Afghanistan

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has hit north-eastern Afghanistan, close to the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan.  At least 40 people are reported to have been wounded in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, while a dozen others were injured in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. The US Geological Survey USGS said the earthquake's epicentre was around 80km south-east of Fayzabad in Badakshan. In October a 7.5-magnitude quake killed some 400 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Six suspected militants killed in Khyber airstrikes

At least six suspected militants have been killed in airstrikes in the Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley, close to the border with Afghanistan. “PAF jets struck hideouts of the militants in Tirah valley,” said a security source. Journalists are banned from Pakistan's tribal regions and are unable to verify the casualty figures.

Four dead in Sindh province clashes

Four people, including two police officers, have been killed in clashes between rival political parties in the Sanghar district of Sindh province.  Workers from the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) clashed on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of local elections in the district.  The vote had previously been postponed after 11 people died in violence during the first phase of polling in early November.

Militants killed in Balochistan raids

At least 13 suspected militants have been killed in raids by Pakistan's security forces in the south-western province of Balochistan. "Thirteen suspected militants were killed after exchange of fire with security forces, a huge cache of weapons was recovered from their custody. Their bodies have been moved to a local hospital," a local administration official said. The raids were carried out in the Awaran district on Monday morning.

Market bomb kills 23 in Kurram

At least 23 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded in a bombing in a market in the north-western Kurram tribal region. “The death toll has reached 23 as many of the critically wounded succumbed to injuries as they were being shifted to helicopters to fly them to Peshawar,” Amjad Ali Khan, the political administrator of Kurram, told AFP. No group claimed responsibility for the attack in Parachinar, which appeared to target a mainly Shia region.

Four arrested in Islamabad over targeted killings

Four men suspected of involvement in a series of targeted killings have been arrested in Islamabad. “The Capital police’s investigation wing made the arrests on Wednesday,” a police source told the Dawn newspaper, adding that the suspects were affiliated to a Karachi-based political party.  The suspects are belived to have regularly travelled from Islamabad to Karachi to carry out "tasks", usually killing specific people.  They are also accussed of carrying out a number of armed robberies in Islamabad over the past 15 months.

Gunmen kill two Shia Hazaras in Quetta

Unidentified gunmen have killed two Shia Hazaras in the northern town of Quetta. “Armed assailants opened fire at a vehicle on Spini road and killed two members of the Hazara community,” said a police official, who added that it was "a targeted killing". Last week two Hazara brothers were shot in the same area, one of them was killed and the other wounded.

Three suspected militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Three heavily armed militants have been killed in a gun battle with Indian troops near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. "Army troops launched an operation in the evening today [Thursday] when the infiltration bid by a group of heavily armed terrorists was detected by surveillance devices and alert sentries of Indian Army," Public Relation Officer (PRO), Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said.  The incident occurred in the Poonch district at around 1700 on Thursday.

Taliban militants killed in Karachi gun battle

Two members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) militant group have been killed in a gun battle with Pakistan Rangers Sindh.  The clashes took place in the Lyari suburb of Karachi on Wednesday evening.  According to reports the gunmen opened fire on the rangers as they tried to arrest them.

Taliban leader wounded in Quetta gunfight

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, is reported to have been seriously wounded in a gunfight in Pakistan.  Mansour was allegedly meeting other militants - including Mullah Abdullah Sarhadi - in the northern city of Quetta on Tuesday when the shooting erupted.  A Taliban spokesman denied the incident, telling Al Jazeera that "the fight never happened" and "no such meeting took place".

Two military police officers shot dead in Karachi

Two military police officers have been killed by gunmen on a motorcycle in the port city of Karachi.  The officers were targeted by two assailants near the Tibet Centre on MA Jinnah road on Tuesday afternoon. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the incident, saying the “martyred” soldiers sacrificed their lives for a “peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.”

Remote-controlled bomb explodes in Karachi

One person has been killed and four others wounded after a remote-controlled bomb exploded in Karachi.  Wednesday's blast happened near a bus terminal in the Lea Market area of the city.  Bomb disposal officers said the device contained half a kilogram of explosives.  No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Journalist shot dead in Kohat

A Pakistani journalist has been killed by unidentified gunmen in the north-western town of Kohat.  Hafeez Ur Rehman, who worked for the Neo TV network, was targeted outside his home on the outskirts of the town. "He was hit by three bullets and died on the spot," Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman in Kohat, told the AFP news agency.

One dead, four wounded in Karachi attacks

One person has been killed and four others wounded in separate grenade and gun attacks in the southern city of Karachi.  The grenade exploded outside a vine shop in the Maripur area on Thursday, wounding four people, while a man was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Lyari area of the city.  Security forces also carried out several raids in Lyari, arresting 15 suspected criminals and recovering automatic weapons and explosives. 

Airstrikes target TTP militants in North Waziristan

At least 22 suspected militants have been killed after Pakistani jets carried out a series of airstrikes in North Waziristan over the weekend.  Officials said the strikes destroyed six Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) camps in the Shawal area.  The military has been increasing the number of strikes against the Taliban since militants attacked a school in Peshawar last year, killing 150 people.

Kidnapped workers released in Tank

A group of 21 workers kidnapped from the Gomal Zam dam area have been released in the city of Tank.  The group were abducted by a group of unknown gunmen in South Waziristan on 22 October. “The kidnappers had set free the labourers in Kot Khadak in the limits of the Gomal Bazaar police station early in the day and from there they have been brought to the office of the political agent in Tank city,” an official said.

Police kill six suspected militants in Karachi

Pakistani police have killed six suspected militants in an operation on the outskirts of Karachi.  Officers raided a hideout in the Manghopir area on Thursday evening, leading to an exchange of fire which left six militants dead. “They had come from Swat to carry out major terror acts in the provincial capital,” said a security  official.  Two of the deceased were identified as belonging to the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) group.

Twelve dead in local election clashes

At least 12 people have been killed and 16 others wounded after rival groups clashed during the local bodies' election in the Punjab and Sindh provinces.  Police said the fighting involved two groups supporting the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F). “The two groups belonging to the PPP, which rules Sindh province, and the PML-F, headed by a famous spiritual leader Pir Sahab Pagara, clashed with each other just an hour before the end of polling time,” local police official Pir Muhammad Shah told the AFP.

Two Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

Two Indian soldiers have been killed by their Pakistani counterparts in an apparent ceasefire violation in Kashmir. "In a major ceasefire violation today [Monday], Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir," said an Indian army officer.  A ceasefire was agreed in 2003 between India and Pakistan but it is regularly violated by both sides.

Two police officers shot dead in Karachi

Two Pakistani police officers have been shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi.  The officers, who were deployed to guard the lawyer in the Wali Babar murder case, were targeted in the Haideri area of the city. Journalist Wali Babar, who was working for a private news channel, was murdered in January 2011 near Liaquatabad, Karachi

Seven Frontier Corps killed in border attack

At least seven Frontier Corps troops have been killed in an attack on their border post in South-Waziristan. "The terrorists opened heavy fire from across the Pak-Afghan border early on Tuesday," the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.  Troops are deployed along the border to prevent militant groups crossing between the two countries shared border.

Massive earthquake hits South Asia

At least 35 people have been killed after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, with strong tremors felt in India and Pakistan. The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was around 50km south-west of the town of Jarm and it struck at 09:09 UTC. Twelve deaths and 50 injuries have been reported at a girl's school in Takhar province, Afghanistan, while at least 29 people have been killed in north-western Pakistan. The death toll is expected to rise in both countries.

Bus blast kills 11 in Quetta

At least 11 people have been killed and 23 others wounded after a bomb exploded on a packed passenger bus in the northern city of Quetta.  Police officials said that 6kg of explosives were planted on the roof of the vehicle and detonated with a timer.  The blast happened on the Saryab road on Monday evening as workers were travelling from the centre of the city to the suburbs.

Police kill three suspected militants in Rawalpindi

At least three suspected militants have been killed in clashes with police in Rawalpindi.  Security forces carried out a joint raid in the Chakri area of the city on Thursday, leading to a gunfight with the suspected militants.  A police officer also died in the incident.

Landslide kills 13 in Karachi

Thirteen people have been killed after a landslide hit a slum area in the southern port city of Karachi.  Senior police officer Javed Jaskani said a section of a hillside collapsed on the makeshift houses early on Tuesday.  An investigation to determine the cause of the incident is underway.

Pakistan army says two civilians killed by Indian fire

Pakistan's military says that two civilians have been killed by "unprovoked" Indian gunfire in the disputed region of Kashmir.  A spokesman said a 13-year-old girl and a 55-year-old man died on Thursday in the Nakyal sector, near the Line of Control.  The incident came two days after Indian fire killed a Pakistani soldier in Kashmir.

Taliban fighters attack air base near Peshawar

Pakistani Taliban militants have killed at least 16 people in an attack on an air base near the city of Peshawar.  Gunmen stormed a residential area of the Badaber camp and targeted people at a mosque at the site.  Major General Asim Bajwa said security forces had killed 13 militants and were searching for the remaining gunmen.  Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said a "suicidal unit" had carried out the attack. 

Two men killed by gunmen in Rawalpindi

Unknown gunmen in Rawalpindi shot and killed two men on a motorbike near Committee Chowk on Wednesday. The deceased men were Aamil Najar Shah, a known spiritual person, and his apprentice Kashif. The gunmen fled the scene on a motorbike immediately after the attack. The victims died at the scene before emergency services could arrive. The bodies have been taken to a hospital for an autopsy, and police have launched a search operation to catch the gunmen. 

One Pakistani soldier killed by Indian firing in Kashmir

A Pakistani soldier was killed on Tuesday by what Pakistan's military has called "unprovoked firing" from Indian border forces at Rawalakot's Battal Sector if the Line of Control. This is the disputed area of Kashmir, that both India and Pakistan claim is part of their territory. The Pakistani soldier has been identified as sepoy Shams, a 20-year-old soldier who lived in Shanglot village in Gopis Tehsil, Chizer district, Gilgit Baltistan. The Pakistani military said that its troops "responded befittingly" to coming under fire, but did not provide any further details. 

Seventeen militants killed in airstrikes in North Waziristan

On September 13, at least 17 militants were killed by airstrikes in Gorbaz and Zoi, in the Shawal district of North Waziristan. At least four militant hideouts were destroyed in the raids. An unknown number of militants were injured in the attacks. Separately, two security personnel were killed in a Taliban assault in the Khaisoor area of Tiarza, South Waziristan. 

Ten killed in explosion at Multan bus station

At least ten people have been killed and more than 40 injured in an explosion at a bus terminal in Multan. Officials say the explosion happened when a motorcycle hit a motorised rickshaw at the bus stop, causing a large fire. Police believe one of the vehicles was carrying explosives, but forensic teams are still investigating. Ball bearings were removed from the site of the explosion. Local media quoted officials as saying that a bomb was fitted to the motorcycle, but one police official said that the bomb was remotely detonated. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The death toll is expected to rise due to the serious nature of some of the injuries. 

Second media worker shot dead in Karachi

A second ex-journalist has been shot dead near his home in Karachi by unidentified gunmen. This is the third such attack on media personnel in less than 24 hours. Aftab Alam had worked with the largest private broadcaster in the country, Geo News. On Tuesday night, gunmen shot at Geo TV's news van in Karachi, killing a technician and injuring the driver. A journalist with the PTV broadcast service was seriously injured when he was shot in an attack in Peshawar. The motives behind the attacks are not yet clear, the police have said. Aftab Alam was on his way collect his children from school when he was shot by gunmen on a motorcycle. 

Pakistani forces kill top Baluch rebel leader

Pakistani forces believe they have killed a top insurgent leader in the province of Baluchistan. Allah Nazar, chief of the banned Baluch Liberation Front (BLF), is believed to have been killed in a raid last month. "According to unconfirmed reports...he was killed in a recent operation conducted by security forces in Awaran district," Baluchistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugtu said. "We are still confirming. There has been no communication and his presence has not been reported since a certain time, which indicates that he died."

Gunmen kill driver of murdered Pakistani activist

Gunmen in Karachi have killed the driver of a prominent activist who was murdered in April. Ghulam Abbas was shot dead in the Korangi area of the city late on Monday night. He was a witness to the murder of Sabeen Mehmud, who was killed after hosting a gathering to discuss violence in Balochistan. Police are unsure if the murders are connected, but are increasing protection for other witnesses. Reports say that two men on a motorbike shot Mr Abbas outside of his home before fleeing. Police reports state that he was shot three times and died at the scene. 

Homemade drone kills three militants

Pakistan's military says it has deployed a locally-made drone for the first time, killing three militants near the Afghan border. In a statement, the army said missiles fired from the drone hit a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing three "high profile terrorists."

Three police officers killed in Peshawar shooting

At least three police officers have been killed and six others wounded in an attack by unknown gunmen in the north-western city of Peshawar.  Senior Superintendent Mian Saeed said the officers were carrying out house-to-house searches in the Urmar Payan area when a gunfight erupted.  The police said one of the assailants was also killed in the clash, while the others escaped the area.

Six killed by suicide bomber in north-west Pakistan

A suicide bomber has killed at least six people and wounded 31 others in an attack outside a local government office in a north-western tribal area on Tuesday. The attack occurred in the town of Jamrud, in the Khyber tribal district along the Afghan border. Four tribal policemen were killed and ore than 15 personnel were wounded, four of them critically. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban and Islamist groups have carried out several recent attacks against the local government and the police. 

Two pro-government Tribal Elders killed in Bajaur Agency

On August 28, a tribal elder was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Bar Chamarkand, Bajaur Agency. The victim was Malik Bahlol, a pro-government tribal elder. This was the second attack against pro-government tribal elders in the area in the past 48 hours. On August 27, tribal elder Rahmin Gul was killed by a roadside bomb in the same area. 

Pakistan airports on red alert fearing militant attack

The government has placed all 36 airports in the country on red alert, fearing retaliation from militants. According to sources, the security at major airports, including Benazir Bhutto International Airport and Nur Khan Airbase, has been increased on Tuesday. Although security has been increased at airports, passengers are still being handled smoothly, according to senior security officials. However, temporary passes for visitors had been cancelled, and people entering airport premises are being subjected to questioning and searches. 

Civilians killed as India and Pakistan exchange fire

At least ten civilians have been killed and more than 50 others wounded as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border. The fighting on Friday comes less than a week after planned security talks between the two countries were cancelled. Six civilians died near the city of Sialkot in Pakistan's Punjab province, and at least four villagers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir. Both sides have blamed the other for the attacks. 

Pakistan cancels meeting over Kashmir feud

Pakistan has cancelled a conference of lawmakers from Commonwealth countries after a feud with India over Kashmir. India demanded that lawmakers from Indian-administered Kashmir be included at the event, Pakistan National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq said. More than 50 countries were expected to participate at the conference in Islamabad on 30 September. Kashmir, claimed by both countries in its entirety, has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years. Pakistan does not recognise the Indian state government in Kashmir, and had not invited the speaker of the assembly government.

Pakistani military says airstrikes kill 25 militants in the northwest

Military airstrikes in the Shawal valley of north-west Pakistan on Wednesday have killed at least 25 suspected militants, two intelligence officials have said. Residents have reported continuous bombing since Sunday, when a provincial minister was among the 19 people killed by a suicide bomber in Punjab province. "Jet air bombing destroyed five militant hideouts and killed 25 militants," said one of the two officials who confirmed the death toll. 

MQM's Rashid Godil shot in Karachi

Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Rashid Godil was critically wounded after unidentified armed men opened fire on his vehicle near his residence in Karachi's Bahadurabad area on Tuesday. The unknown assailants, riding motorbikes, intercepted Godil's vehicle and fired eight 9mm bullets. Godil was travelling with is driver and a family member when the attack took place. Hospital sources say he suffered five bullet wounds to his chest, head and arm. The condition of the family member is unknown. Hospital sources say that Godil's driver died from the wounds he sustained in the attack later in hospital.

Air strikes kill 40 suspected militants

On August 16, the Pakistani army claimed to have killed 40 suspected militants in airstrikes in the Shawal area of the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, although these claims have not been independently verified. In a separate conflict, three paramilitary soldiers and two militants were killed in a firefight at a checkpoint in Chaghi district, south-western Baluchistan province. 

Five killed in anti-terror raids in Karachi

At least five terrorists were killed in a joint operation with the Pakistani Sindh Rangers and police in Manghopir area of Karachi. Officials said that the Pakistani police and paramilitary forces launched a joint operation against the terrorist' hideout, which resulted in the death of at least five of the terrorists. On Sunday, Rangers and police had also killed four militants in another joint operation in Memon Goth area of Malir. 

Punjab minister Shuja Khanzada killed in Pakistan blast

Punjab's Home Minister Shuja Khanzada has been killed in a suicide attack in Punjab province. 12 other people died in the attack at Mr Khanzada's office in District Attock, about 80km north-west of the capital, Islamabad. Mr Khanzada was seen as the man in charge of the anti-terror campaign in Pakistan's biggest province. A Sunni militant group with ties to al-Qaeda has said it ordered the attack. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi said it was a response to last month's killing of its leader, Malik Ishaq. Mr Khanzada was meeting supporters in his hometown of Attock when a large bomb exploded, causing the roof to cave in and trapping dozens under the rubble.

Four policemen gunned down in Karachi

At least four police officers have been killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on them in the city of Karachi. The officers were having lunch in the the Korangi area of the city when the gunmen opened fire on them.

Suspected US drone strike kills 4 militants in Pakistan

Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected US drone strike has killed four militants in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border. The officials said that two missiles hit a militant hideout in the village of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, where the military has been carrying out a major offensive against local and foreign militants since June last year. The officials say the apparent target of late Thursday's strike were members of the Haqqani militant network. 

Shots fired at Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram's car

Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram's car has been fired at in Karachi. The shooting took place near the National Stadium in Karachi's Karsaz area on Wednesday. The ex-bowler was not hurt in the attack. Police said the incident appeared to be a case of road rage. Wasim said that "a car hit mine, I stopped him and then his guy stepped out and fired at my car."

Three killed in Pakistani-Indian Kashmir firing

Pakistani and Indian border guards have traded gunfire and mortar fire along the disputed border in the Kashmir region, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian villager. Pakistan's military said six civilians were wounded due to the "unprovoked" firing by Indian troops in the Bawjat sector near Sialkot, a city in the eastern Punjab province. It said Pakistani troops responded to the Indian fire. Indian Inspector-General Danish Rana blamed Pakistan for firing first, saying an Indian villager was killed when Pakistani troops shot at a dozen Indian border posts in the Jammu region. 

Floods kill 116 people across Pakistan

At least 116 people have died across Pakistan in floods caused by monsoon rains. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said efforts were being made to reach out to victims, who number at least 700,000. 59 people have died in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 22 in Punjab, 20 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, 10 in Balochistan and 5 in Gilgit-Baltistan, according to the NDMA. 

Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in raid

A senior Al-Qaeda commander has been killed an his wife detained in a raid by Pakistani security forces. "Umar Lateef was killed in an encounter with local security agencies," Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti has said. Lateef was a senior commander of Al-Qaeda for Pakistan's Baluchistan and south Punjab regions. His brother escaped during the raid. It is assumed he fled to Afghanistan. The raid occurred in the Chaghi district of Baluchistan.

Two soldiers, three militants dead in attack

At least two soldiers and three Taliban militants were killed in an early-morning attack on a security checkpoint in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan. "Around ten militants attacked the security forces' checkpoint outside Bannu district suddenly under the cover of darkness. The forces responded effectively and killed three attackers. Two soldiers were also killed during the fight," a senior security official has said.

Sunni militant chief killed by police

The leader of banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been shot dead by police when supporters attempted to free him from police custody. Malik Ishaq was killed along with his two sons and 11 other militants when the police convoy transporting them was fired upon by supporters in Muzaffargarh, Punjab province. Six police officers were reportedly injured, although the extent of their injuries is unknown.

Two killed in Quetta shooting

Two people travelling in a taxi have been shot and killed by unidentified men on motorbikes in the city of Quetta.  The victims, identified as Raz Mohammad and Mohammad Tahir, were targeted in the Ferozabad area on Tuesday.

Flash floods kill 12 across Pakistan

At least 12 people have been killed in flash flooding across Pakistan following heavy monsoon rains.  Six members of the same family died in the disputed Kashmir region, while deaths have also been reported in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.  Pakistani authorities have warned that further monsoon rains are expected in the coming days.

Five civilians killed in Kashmir clashes

At least five civilians have been killed in fighting between Indian and Pakistani troops in the disputed region of Kashmir.  Pakistan said Indian soldiers killed four civilians and wounded five others, while India said one woman died when Pakistani troops opened fire along the Line of Control.  The Pakistani military also said that it shot down an Indian spy drone in the region. "An Indian spy drone was shot down by Pakistani troops which intruded into Pakistan along (the Line of Control) near Bhimber today. The spy drone is used for aerial photography," a statement from the Pakistani military said.

Major power cut leaves Karachi in darkness

A major power cut left large areas of southern Pakistan plunged into darkness on Tuesday night.  The port city of Karachi was badly affected by breakdowns at the Bin Qasim Power Plant.  The water supply in the city was also badly affected by the outage.

Train wreck kills 17 near Wazirabad

A train carrying army personnel has been derailed after a bridge collapsed near Wazirabad, Punjab province. The Pakastani transport minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique, suggested that the derailment was caused by sabotage and investigations are continuing.

Awami National party leader shot dead in Charsadda

A local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) was gunned down by unknown assailants in Utmanzai area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district. Two motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire at a local office of the ANP at Utmanzai bazaar area but managed to flee from the scene.

Emergency in Karachi over heatwave

Paramilitary forces have setup emergency medical camps in the streets of Karachi in response to the deadly heatwave which has hit the region.  At least 450 people have now died across the southern province of Sindh, with the majority of victims succumbing to heatstroke.  Power failures across the province have left people without air conditioning and access to running water, while the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said it had received orders from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to undertake immediate response measures.

Heatwave kills 130 in Pakistan's Sindh province

At least 130 people have died in a heatwave in the Sindh province of Pakistan.  Health officials said the majority of the fatalities have been recorded in the city of Karachi, where temperatures have reached 45C. Dr Seemin Jamali, the head of the emergency department at state-run Jinnah Hospital, said "they all died of heatstroke".

Airstrikes kill 20 suspected militants in North Waziristan

Pakistan's military says 20 suspected militants have been killed in government airstrikes in North Waziristan.  Planes targeted rebel positions in the Datta Khel area as part of the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Four police officers killed in Quetta

At least four police officers have been killed and two others wounded in a shooting in Quetta.  Gunmen on motocycles opened fire on the officers in the Manan Chowk area of Pashtunabad on Thursday morning before fleeing the scene.  Earlier this week gunmen killed five members of the Hazara community the Bacha Khan Chowk area of the city.

Senior police officer shot dead in Karachi

A deputy superintendent has been assassinated in the southern city of Karachi.  DSP Majeed Abbasi was killed on Tuesday when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in Shah Latif Town.  Local reports suggest that the assailants belong to the Swati faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP).

Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban clashes

Seven Pakistani soldiers and at least 19 Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes in North Waziristan. “Nineteen terrorists were killed, including five of their commanders, in an intense exchange of fire with security forces last night in an uncleared pocket along the North Waziristan-Afghan border,” Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.  The statement also said that the soldiers were killed when a militant detonated a suicide vest.

Five Hazaras shot dead in Quetta

At least five members of the Hazara community have been killed in the northern city of Quetta.  The victims were shot dead by unknown assailants in the Bacha Khan Chowk area on Sunday evening. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch said “strict action will be taken against the elements involved in the target killing.”

Militants killed in Balochistan raids

At least 15 militants have been killed during security operations across Balochistan.  According to a Frontier Corps (FC) spokesman troops conducted raids in the Panjgur, Kalat and Khlou districts on Monday. About 25 suspects were also detained during FC and police search operations in Kharotabad and its surrounding areas.

Post-election violence leaves 24 dead in north-west

At least 24 people have been killed in violence following local elections in the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  In Tank district the supporters of the losing candidate attacked the supporters of Wali Khan, the winning candidate, killing 10 people and wounding 10 others.  Other similar incidents were reported in Gambit Barati and Nowshere.

Police officer killed in suicide bomb attack in Lahore

A police officer has been killed and six others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Lahore.  The device exploded near the city's Gaddafi Stadium, which was hosting a one-day cricket match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three Hazaras shot dead in Quetta

Two members of the Shia Hazara community have been killed in a shooting in the Meezan Chowk area of Quetta. “The attackers were on foot and ran away after opening fire,” CCPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema told local media. The incident came just days after three more Hazaras were killed in the city. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack.

Nine security officials wounded in Mohmand Agency IED blasts

Nine security officials have been wounded in two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts in the Mohmand Agency in north-west Pakistan.  Eight members of the Bajaur Scouts were wounded by a blast in the Safai Tehsil area, while another official was hurt during a bomb disposal exercise in the same area.

Three police officers shot dead in Karachi

Three Pakistani police officers have been shot dead in the southern city of Karachi.  Four unidentified assailants opened fire on a police vehicle in the Azizabad area of the city on Wednesday morning. The officers were later identified as Sub-inspector Sikander and Constables Abid and Asharf.

Protests erupt in Punjab over lawyer deaths

Angry lawyers attempted to break into the Punjab Assembly building on Tuesday in protest at the killing of two of their colleagues.  Rana Khalid Abbas, president of the Daska bar association, and Irfan Chauhan were reportedly shot dead by a police officer at Daska City station on Monday.  Protests have also taken place in several others cities across Punjab, including Sialkot, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Multan.

Authorities charge 106 people over killing of Christian couple

Pakistan's anti-terrorism police has indicted 106 people on murder charges after a Christian couple was killed by a mob in Punjab province last year.  The court in Lahore said three Muslim clerics are accused of inciting a mob of 400 people to attack Sajjad Mesih and his pregnant wife Sharma after burned pages of the Koran were found near their home in Kot Radha Kishen.

Polio worker wounded in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa attack

A female polio worker and a police officer were wounded in an attack on a vaccination team in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa on Tuesday. Gunmen opened fire on the team in the Mardan district on Tuesday evening, leading to police personnel returning fire. One of the assailants was reportedly killed during the exchange of fire.

Gunmen kill 43 in Karachi bus attack

At least 43 people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded in an attack on a bus in the southern city of Karachi.  The bus, which was carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims, was targeted at the Safoora Chowk intersection in the eastern part of the city. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack and ordered an investigation, while a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Foreign diplomats killed in army helicopter crash

At least seven people have been killed after a Pakistani military helicopter carrying foreign diplomats in the northern region of Gilgit-Baltistan.  The Philippine and Norwegian ambassadors both died along with the wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys. The Pakistani Taliban said they were behind the attack; however Pakistan's Defence Minister, Khawaja Asif, said initial reports suggest it was an accident.

Gunmen attack school in Kurram Agency

At least one person has been killed after gunmen attacked a school in the Kurram Agency, close to the border with Afghanistan.  Officials said two assailants wearing explosives tried to storm a football match at the Alizai High School before security guards opened fire.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dozens killed as heavy rain batters north-western Pakistan

At least 44 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded after heavy rain and strong winds battered north-western Pakistan. Mushtaq Ghani, the information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, declared a state of emergency at all hospitals in the province.  Dozens of houses were damaged in Nowshera, Charsada and Peshawar.

Human rights activist shot dead in Karachi

A prominent human rights activist has been shot dead in the southern city of Karachi.  Sabeen Mahmud was hit four times shortly after she hosted an event on Balochistan's "disappeared people" in the city.  Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has condemned the killing.

Militants killed in Waziristan airstrikes

At least 57 Tehreek-e-Taliban militants have been killed in airstrikes and ground operations in North and South Waziristan, according to Pakistan military officials. Military warplanes bombed the hideouts of suspected militants in Data Khel Tehsil of North Waziristan, a security official said, adding that at least 22 militants were killed in the air raid. In the neighbouring South Waziristan, the military repulsed a Taliban attack on a security check post and killed eight attackers.

Security forces wounded in South Waziristan clash

Seven members of the security services have been wounded in clashes with militants in South Waziristan.  According to local officials a group of militants attacked a checkpoint in the Ladha Tehsil area of Ziarat on Tuesday night.  

Two soldiers killed in Gwadar clashes

Two paramilitary soldiers have been killed during clashes with suspected militants in the Gwadar district of Baluchistan in south-western Pakistan. "A militant and two FC personnel were killed during a gun battle,” a Frontier Corps spokesperson said.  According to reports the clashes started when members of the Baloch Republic Army (BRA) attacked the air traffic control radar in Pasni.

Parliament votes against entering Yemen conflict

Pakistan's parliament has voted against joining the Saudi Arabia-led coalition against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.  After several days of debate MPs decided that "Pakistan should maintain neutrality" and reject the request from its ally, Saudi Arabia.  The draft resolution did say that the country would "stand shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia and its people".

Air strikes kill 30 militants in north-west Pakistan

Pakistani have killed at least 30 suspected militants in air strikes in north-western Pakistan.  The bombing campaign was carried out in the remote Tirah valley of Khyber Agency.  The military were targeting the Lashkar-e-Islam group, which recently announced an alliance with the Pakistani Taliban.

Two killed in Karachi mosque bombing

At least two people have been killed and four others wounded in a bombing at a mosque in Karachi.  The device exploded outside the Saleh Mosque in the Aram Bagh area of the city after Friday prayers.  Local police said the bomb had been planted on a nearby motorcycle.

Twin church bombing kills 14 in Lahore

At least 14 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded after suicide bombers attacked two churches in Lahore on Sunday.  The assailants detonated their devices during mass services at the churches in the Youhanabad area of the city.  Jamatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.  The bombing has sparked protests among Christians across Pakistan, with calls for more safety for religious minorities.

Four police officers shot dead in Karachi

Four police officers have been killed and two others wounded in gun attacks in two areas of Karachi.  The city's police chief, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, said they believed the attacks were carried out in retaliation to the recent killing of seven Taliban militants in security operations.

Authorities raid MQM party offices in Karachi

Pakistan's security forces have raided the offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party in the southern port city of Karachi.  The operation was carried out in the Azizabad area of the city on Wednesday morning after the authorities receive information that MQM was hiding criminals.  Several party workers were arrested and weapons were seized during the raid, which sparked protests in the city.

Kidnapped polio workers found dead in south-west Pakistan

Four members of a polio vaccination team have been found dead in south-western Pakistan, four days after they were kidnapped.  The bodies of a health worker, his driver and two security guards were discovered with gunshot wounds in Balochistan.  Security officials said the Taliban carried out the attack, the latest in a series of targeted killings against vaccination teams in the country.

Suicide bomb kills seven in Lahore

At least seven people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Lahore.  The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), a Talbian splinter group, claimed responsibility for the bombing.  The blast occurred outside a police compound on Empress Road, and comes just days before the city hosts a major literary festival.

Pakistan Taliban attack Shia mosque in Peshawar

At least 19 people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a Shia mosque in the north-western city of Peshawar.  Police said four or five gunmen threw grenades before storming the Imamia mosque during Friday prayers.  The attack comes two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 61 people at a mosque in southern Pakistan.

Police officer guarding polio team killed in Quetta

A Pakistani police officer guarding a polio vaccination team has been shot dead in the south-western city of Quetta.  Local officials said gunmen on a motorbike carried out the attack in the Pashtunabad suburb of the city on Wednesday.  At least 69 police and medical workers have been killed while carrying out polio vaccinations in Pakistan since December, 2012.

Shia mosque bombing leaves 20 dead in Sindh

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded after a large bomb exploded at a Shia mosque in the Sindh province of Pakistan.  The device exploded as worshippers attended Friday prayers at the town of Shikarpur. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the incident and ordered an immediate inquiry.

Polio police officer shot dead in Karachi

A Pakistani police officer escorting a polio vaccination team has been shot dead in the southern city of Karachi.  Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the team in the Orangi town area of the city.  The incident came during a three-day vaccination campaign in the country, one of only three in the world where polio remains endemic.

Violence reported at anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Karachi

Pakistani police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters during a rally against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.  At least three people were wounded in the violence, including an AFP photographer who was shot.  The rally was organised by the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in response to the publication of images of the Prophet Muhammad following last weeks attacks in Paris which left 17 people dead.

Four suspected al-Qaeda militants killed in Karachi

Four suspected al-Qaeda militants have been killed by police in the southern port city of Karachi. "The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the police raided a house in Qayyumabad neighborhood in the eastern part of Karachi where the suspects were plotting a terrorist attack," a local police official told the AFP news agency.  One of the victims was reported to a militant leader, named as "Sajjad", who moved from Bangladesh in 2009 and specialised in making IED and suicide explosive belts.

US drone strike kills nine militants near Afghan border

A US drone strike has killed at least nine suspected militants near the northern border with Afghanistan.  Pakistan officials said the strike targeted the compound of Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur in the Shawal valley of North Waziristan.

Five troops killed in Kashmir clashes

Four Pakistani troops and one Indian soldier have been killed in clashes at the international border of Kashmir.  India's Border Security Force (BSF) accused Pakistan of initiating the violence by opening fire from the Samba sector, leading to a retaliation. "We have retaliated effectively... four Pakistani rangers have been killed along the international border in Samba sector [in Jammu region]," said BSF inspector general Rakesh Sharma.

Army targets Taliban militants near Afghan border

The Pakistani army says it has killed 59 suspected Taliban militants during operations near the north-western border with Afghanistan.  The army ambushed a group of fighters in the remote Tirah valley in the Khyber agency, while others were killed in air strikes in the region.  The operation comes days after 148 people, most of  them children, were killed in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar. 

Taliban school attack kills 126 in Peshawar

At least 126 people, many of them children, have been killed in an attack by the Taliban on an army-run school in Peshawar.  A group of six militants entered the Army Public School on Tuesday morning dressed in security uniforms.  Gunfire and explosions were then heard inside the school, with some reports suggesting that a suicide bomb caused most of the fatalities.  The Pakistani military have started ground operations at the compound, while the Taliban have said the attack was in response to recent army operations in North Waziristan.

Al-Qaeda chief killed in Paksitan

A senior al-Qaeda leader has been killed during a raid in north-western Pakistan.  Adnan el Shukrijumah, who is accused of planning to bomb trains in New York and London, died in a strike in North Waziristan. “His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid,” said a statement by military’s Inter Services Public Relations.

Polio workers killed in Quetta shooting

Four members of a polio vaccination team have been killed in the south-western city of Quetta.  Two assailants on motorbikes opened fire on the health workers while they were waiting for a police escort on the outskirts of the city.  It is the latest in a series of attacks on polio vaccinators in the country, which militants claim are a guise to spy on insurgents or a Western conspiracy to sterilize Muslims.

Strong earthquake strikes off PNG

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said that there was no tsunami threat and no reports of damage have been received.  The region, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, frequently experiences seismic activity and a 7.1-magnitude quake hit PNG back in April.

Police officer kills 'blasphemer' with axe in Pakistan

A police officer has killed a Shia man in custody, claiming he committed blasphemy by insulting the companions of the Prophet Muhammad.  Sarfraz Naveed killed Syed Tufail Hyder with an axe during questioning at a police station in the city of Gujrat in eastern Punjab province.

Christian couple beaten to death by mob in Punjab

A young Christian couple have been beaten to death by a mob in a village in Pakistan's Punjab province.  Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama, who was four months pregnant, were attacked in the village of Kot Radhakishan after they were accused of descrating a copy of the Quran.  Local reports suggest that a mob of at least 1,200 people joined the attack, including people from neighbouring villages. 

Suicide bomb kills 55 at India-Pak border

At least 55 people have been killed and more than 150 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack near the India-Pakistan border.  The blast occurred at a security checkpoint close to the Wagah crossing on the Pakistan side of the border.  The director general of the Punjab Rangers, Tahir Khan, said "when the bomber saw that there was very strict checking at the security checkpoint, he decided to detonate his explosives as he began to pass through it."

Iran and Pakistan trade fire along border

Iran have fired six mortar shells at a Pakistani border town, leading to the Pakistani army returning fire.  The clash comes a week after Iranian forces killed a Pakistan Frontier Corps guard in the Mand district, with Tehran angry at Islamabad's failure to stop terrorist attacks in the Sistan Baluchestan province.

Eight Hazaras killed in Quetta bus attack

At least eight people have been killed and six others wounded after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the city of Quetta.  The bus was carrying members of the Shia Hazara community and the incident is being treated as a sectarian attack, with local police telling the DAWN news agency that "this is an act of targeted killing".

Seven killed in Multan stampede

At least seven people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a stampede at a political rally in the city of Multan.  Thousands of people had gathered at the Qasim Bagh Stadium to hear a speech by opposition politician Imran Khan, who called on Pakistan's prime minister to resign.  The stamped occurred when people tried to force their way out of a gate at the end of the event.

Thousands of civilians flee Kashmir border clashes

Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in Indian-administered Kashmir following renewed clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops.  According to officials more than 20,000 villagers fled from Arnia on Monday, and by Tuesday more than 10,000 people were in Indian government shelters.  A Pakistani man was killed and 22 other people wounded when security forces exchanged fire for several hours on Tuesday.  The latest clashes are the worst violations of the 2003 ceasefire between the two countries.

Six killed in US drone strike in North Waziristan

At least six people have been killed and five others wounded in a US drone strike in the tribal region of North Waziristan.  The strike, which hit the Datta Khel area on Tuesday, is the third in the past 36 hours to be reported in the region.  On Monday eight people died in a strike in the Bari Mail area of Shawal while on Sunday five people were killed in the same district.

Six killed in Quetta suicide bomb attack

At least six people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on Saturday evening.  The blast occurred near a crowded market in the largely Shia Aliabad area of Hazara Town.  City police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the bomber detonated his explosives when police stopped him at a checkpoint next to the market, which was crowded with Eid shoppers.

Civilians killed in Kashmir border fire

At least nine civilians have been killed and 29 others wounded after Pakistan and India exchanged fire along their disputed shared border in Kashmir.  According to an Indian army spokesman five civilians died when Pakistani troops fired mortar shells across the border into the Arnia sector.  Pakistan claimed that four civilians had died on its side of the border from shelling by Indian soldiers into the Sialkot area.  Both sides accuse the other of firing the first shots.

Senior police officer survives Karachi bombing

At least two people have died and eight others wounded after a bomb targeted a senior police officer in Karachi.  Farooq Awan from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was on his way home when the device exploded near the Saudi Embassy.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four killed in Peshawar suicide bombing

At least four people have been killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-western city of Peshawar.  Initial investigations into the attack suggest that it targeted the convoy of Brigadier Khalid Javed - the second-most senior officer in the Frontier Corps (FC).  He was wounded in the blast but is reportedly in a stable condition.

University professor shot dead in Karachi

A university professor has been shot dead in the restive southern city of Karachi.  Mohammad Shakil Auj, the dean of Islamic Studies at the city's university, was targeted by gunmen while driving to an Iranian cultural centre on Thursday.  Last week another academic from the university, Assistant Professor Massod Baig, was also killed in the city.

Militants killed in army offensive in north west Pakistan

At least 31 suspected militants and three soldiers have been killed during a major offensive by the Pakistani military in the north-western Khyber Agency.  As many as 20 people died in air strikes in the Tirah Valley, while 11 others were killed during a gun battle with troops at the Dandi Kuch border post in North Waziristan.

Car bomb kills three in Quetta market

At least three people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in a market in the south-western city of Quetta on Saturday.  Local police said a paramilitary soldier and two civilians died in the blast, which appeared to target a convoy from the Frontier Constabulary.

Police officer killed in attack on polio team

A Pakistani police officer has been killed while guarding a polio vaccination team in the restive north-west tribal region of the country.  Local officials said gunmen opened fire on the team in the Damadola area of Bajaur on Wednesday.  According to the AFP news agency at least 58 people have been killed in attacks on polio teams in Pakistan since the end of 2012.

Navy foils attack at Karachi dockyard

Pakistan's navy says it repelled an attack on its dockyard in the southern city of Karachi, foiling a major terrorist attack.  Two militants and a sailor were killed during the six-hour gun battle over the weekend; however news of the incident was not released immediately due to "strategic requirements".  The Pakistani Taliban, who carried out a similar attack in 2011, have claimed responsibility for the raid.

Thousands stranded as Kashmir flooding continues

Rescue workers are battling to rescue thousands of people stranded by devastating floods across Kashmir.  In Pakistan more than 205 people have been killed, while a further 383 have been wounded.  The army and civilian authorities have evacuated around 9,000 people from hundreds of villages hit by flooding.  Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, have both publicly offered to help each other in the relief efforts.

Army officer killed in Sufi shrine attack

Three people have been killed, including a senior military officer, in an attack at a Sufi shrine in Punjab province.  Brigadier Fazal Zahoor died along with his brother and a third man when masked gunmen on motorkbikes opened fire at worshippers in Sargodha.  Local police said that Zahoor had previously received death threats from the banned organisation Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Deadly floods hit India and Pakistan

Torrential rain across northern India and Pakistan has caused widespread flooding, with Kashmir particularly badly hit.  At least 70 people have been killed in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Punjab, with meteorologists warning that more rain and flooding should be expected over the weekend.  Many of the deaths have been caused by walls and roofs collapsing, with a spokesman for rescue services reporting "at least 28 people have been killed in different incidents of roof collapses in Punjab province during the last 24 hours".

Political protests continue in Islamabad

There have been renewed clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Pakistan's capital Islamabad over the weekend.  Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a crowd of opposition supporters when they tried to storm the house of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.  Later another group of protesters stormed the offices of the state broadcaster PTV, temporarily forcing it off air before troops were sent in to restore order.

Gunmen kill six at Zikri shrine in Awaran

At least six people from the minority Zikri sect have been killed in an attack by gunmen at a shrine in the Arwan district of Pakistan.  Three gunmen on two motorbikes opened fire on worshippers who were praying at sunset, according to local officials.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however recently graffiti warning Zikris and Hindus to embrace Islam has been reported in the area and the killing is believed to have been religiously motivated.

Shots fired at Imran Khan's convoy

Shots have been fired at the convoy of opposition politician Imran Khan near the capital, Islamabad.  Mr Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party said his vehicle was hit as it passed through the city of Gujranwala en route to a mass anti-government rally.  A separate group of protesters led by the prominent cleric Tahirul Qadri are also converging on Islamabad in what has been described as the largest challenge to PM Nawaz Sharif since he took office.

Police clash with Qadri supporters in Lahore

At least six people have been killed after supporters of the anti-government cleric and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri clashed with police in Lahore.  Four protesters and two police officers died in the unrest near Mr Qadri's home on Saturday.  Back in June 14 members of the PAT died during a police raid in the city.

Women injured in Quetta acid attack

Four Pakistani women have been seriously wounded in an acid attack at a market in Quetta.  Local police said two men targeted the women in the city's busy Shariab market. "The attackers managed to escape from the scene. Dozens of women were present in the market as they were busy Eid shopping," said Imran Qureshi, the local police superintendent.

Security forces launch ground offensive in Waziristan

The Pakistani army has launched a major ground offensive against Taliban militants in North Waziristan.  The operation follows weeks of air strikes in the region, which the country's security forces say have killed 370 militants.  At least 15 Taliban fighters were killed and three soldiers wounded in the initial stage of the offensive, which began around the tribal town of Miranshah near the Afghan border.

Gunmen open fire on passenger plane in Peshawar

Gunmen have opened fire on a passenger plane arriving at Peshawar airport in Pakistan, killing one person and wounding two crew members.  The Pakistan International Airlines flight from Riyadh managed to land safely at Bacha Khan International Airport and police have launched a manhunt to capture the unknown assailants.

Police clash with cleric's supporters in Islamabad

Police in Pakistan have clashed with supporters of an anti-government cleric at Islamabad airport.  Thousands of people had gathered to welcome Tahirul Qadiri from Canada; however, his flight was diverted to Lahore.  Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds after some demonstrators breached a security cordon.

Key Taliban commander killed in Karachi

A key Taliban commander has been killed by Pakistan's security forces in the southern port city of Karachi.  The local vice-emir of Tehreek-e-Taliban was also killed in the joint operation between police and Rangers in the Manghopir Sultanabad area.  Two security personnel were also wounded during the raid.

Thousands flee conflict in North Waziristan

Around 30,000 people have fled from North Waziristan after the Pakistani authorities eased a curfew in the area.  The military has stepped up its offensive against Taliban militants in the area in recent weeks, including the use of targeted airstrikes.  The director general of the region's Disaster Management Authority estimated that around 92,000 people have been displaced since the operation began in May, with tens of thousands more expected in the coming days.

Seven killed in Lahore clashes

At least seven people have been killed and dozens more wounded in clashes between police and supporters of Dr Tahirul Qadri in the city of Lahore.  The unrest began when members of the Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) tried to prevent police from removing barriers outside their leader's house in the Model Town suburb.  Police charged the protesters with batons and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Army launches major ground offensive in Waziristan

Pakistan's army have launched a major offensive against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal area.  The operation follows a series of airstrikes in the area that the security forces claim have killed 105 militants, and comes a week after insurgents carried out a deadly attack on Karachi airport.

Gunmen launch second raid on Karachi airport

Gunmen have attacked Karachi's main airport for the second day, leading to clashes with security forces.  A spokesman for the Airport Security Force said the militants tried to enter the facility from two separate entrances on Tuesday morning.  The raid comes a day after a gun and bomb attack at the airport's cargo terminal left at least 38 people dead.  All flights have been suspended.

Military airstrikes target north-west tribal areas

The Pakistani military has carried out a series of airstrikes in tribal areas in north-west Pakistan, killing at least 15 suspected militants.  In a statement the military said "nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed" in the raids in the Tirah Valley in the Khyber district.  The operation comes a day after Taliban militants stormed Karachi's international airport, killing more than 30 people.

Taliban claim responsibility for Karachi airport attack

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an assault on Karachi airport which left at least 30 people dead.  Gunmen stormed the Jinnah International airport late on Sunday, leading to clashes with security forces which lasted until dawn.  A Taliban spokesman said the raid was carried out as revenge for the killing of their leader last year.

Geo News TV channel shutdown for 15 days

Pakistan's Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) has suspended the license for Geo News, one of the country's largest TV stations, for 15 days.  The decision comes after the ISI intelligence agency filed a complaint as part of a deformation row.  Officials from the station complained that the move was unfair, adding that several of its journalists had been attacked and that "no one has give Geo any justice".

Two soldiers killed in Islamabad suicide blast

Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed and three civilians wounded in a suicide blast near the capital, Islamabad.  The troops were on their way to work when they were attacked in Rawalpindi, a garrison city on the outskirts of Islamabad.  

Roadside bomb kills seven in Kurram

At least seven people have been killed and three others wounded after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the town of Kurram in north-west Pakistan.  Police said the incident appeared to have been a sectarian attack as the Sunni passengers were attacked in a mostly Shia area, close to Parachinar.

Protests in Karachi after MQM leader arrested in UK

Protests have erupted in the southern city of Karachi after the exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was arrested in London on suspicion of money-laundering.  Thousands of supporters of Altaf Hussain took to the streets to call for his release, while unrest was also reported in the city of Hyderabad, which is another MQM stronghold.  

Army kills 16 militants in border clashes

The Pakistani army said it has killed at least 16 militants during operations along the border with Afghanistan.  Suspected Taliban fighters attacked a number of military checkpoints in the region, sparking several gun battles.  The army also deployed helicopter gunships in the tribal Bajaur district in north-western Pakistan.

Pregnant woman stoned to death outside Lahore court

A Pakistani woman has been stoned to death by members of her own family outside a court in the eastern city of Lahore.  Farzana Parveen, who was three months pregnant, had been due to appear in court in a case brought by her family when one of her brothers tried to shoot her.  Mrs Parveen's husband said local police watched the attack and allowed all of the assailants, apart from her father, to escape.

US doctor shot dead in Punjab province

A US doctor has been shot dead at a graveyard in Punjab province in eastern Pakistan.  Mehdi Ali Qamar, who was a member of the minority Ahmadiyya community, was praying with his wife and young son when he was shot 11 times by a gunman on a motorbike. "This is a faith-based target killing of a very precious man who was saving humanity,” said Saleem-ud Din, an Ahmadi spokesman. “We want justice.”

Twin blasts rock Islamabad

Two explosions have been reported in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, killing a security guard and wounding several other people.  The first blast was reported at an upmarket shopping centre in the central F6 area, followed by a second explosion at a car dealership in the G-9 area.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

North Waziristan airstrikes kill 60 militants

At least 60 suspected Taliban militants have been killed in government airstrikes in North Waziristan.  The Pakistani military released a statement saying that militant hideouts were targeted in Miranshah on Wednesday morning, adding that several important commanders were among those killed.

Pakistani lawyers charged with blasphemy in Punjab

Pakistani police have charged 68 lawyers with blasphemy, the latest in a series of such cases in the country.  The charges were brought following a protest in which lawyers criticized senior police officer Umar Daraz for illegally detaining one of their colleagues in the Jhang district.  A complainant from a far-right party told police that his feelings had been hurt when lawyers criticised the officer, who shares the name Umar with the second Caliph.

Earthquake kills two in southern Pakistan

At least two people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded after an earthquake hit the Sindh province of southern Pakistan.  The epicentre of the 4.6 magnitude quake was reported just north of Nawabshah city at a depth of 15km.

IED kills nine troops in North Waziristan

A roadside bomb has killed nine Pakistani soldiers and wounded several others in North Waziristan.  The improvised explosive device (IED) went off as a military convoy passed through the village of Ghulamkhan, close to the border with Afghanistan.

Human rights lawyer shot dead in Multan

A prominent human rights lawyer has been shot dead at his office in the southern city of Multan.  Rashid Rehman, who was defending a university lecturer in a high-profile blasphemy case, was killed by gunmen posing as clients on Wednesday afternoon.  Two of Mr Rehman's colleagues were also wounded in the shooting.

Pakistan to set up polio vaccination program

Pakistan will setup mandatory immunisation points at airports and border crossings to limit the spread of polio.  On Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the disease was a public health emergency and was endemic in three countries globally, including Pakistan.  Immunisation campaigns in the north-west of the country have been disrupted by the Taliban, who have carried out attacks on health workers and support staff.

Five militants killed during rival clashes

Five Taliban fighters have been killed in a bombing in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan.  Pakistani officials said the militants died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb which had been planted by a rival faction.  One of the deceased was identified as Amir Hamza, a commander of the Sanja group.

Four children killed in Karach mosque attack

Four children have been killed and 16 others wounded in an attack on a mosque in the southern port city of Karachi.  The victims were attending religious classes when a grenade was thrown into the mosque in the western Orangi district.

Mosque bombing kills four in Karachi

At least four people have been killed and 30 others wounded after a bomb exploded near a mosque in the southern port city of Karachi.  Local police said that the device, consisting of 10kg of explosives, had been planted on a rickshaw in Masjib-i-Yasrab and was detonated shortly after Friday prayers.  The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) are suspected of carrying out the attack; however no one has yet claimed responsibility for it.

Four killed in Karachi suicide blast

At least four people have been killed and 15 others wounded after a suicide bomb exploded in the southern city of Karachi.  Senior police official Shafiq Tanoli, who was the reported target of the blast, died along with three of his relatives near his house in the Sabzi Mandi area.  Mr Tanoli had survived a car bombing at his home several months ago.

Militants targeted in air strikes in north-west

At least 24 suspected militants have been killed in a series of air strikes in north-western Pakistan.  Government fighter jets took part in a major assault on "terrorist hideouts" in the Tor Dara, Spera Dam and Merokhel areas of the Tirah Valley.  The operation comes after a ceasefire between the government and Tehreek-e-Talibani Pakistan (TTP) formally ended.

Nine killed in twin attack on police

At least nine people have been killed in two separate gun and bomb attacks on police in north-western Pakistan.  A group of armed men ambushed a police patrol near Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing five officers and an ambulance driver.  In nearby Charsadda a bomb planted on a motorbike exploded near a police van, killing three civilians and wounding 33 others. 

TV news anchor wounded in Karachi gun attack

A prominent TV news anchor has been wounded in a gun attack near the airport in the southern port city of Karachi.  Hamid Mir, host on the Geo News station, was shot three times by gunmen in a car and on two motorcycles.  Mr Mir has previously been highly critical of the country's intelligence agencies and the military.

Pakistani Taliban announce end to ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban have announced that they have ended their 40-day ceasefire with the government.  A Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman said the group would not extend the ceasefire because the government had continued to arrest people and had killed more than 50 insurgents.

Taliban infighting leaves 13 dead in north-west

At least 13 militants have been killed in clashes between rival Taliban factions in the restive province of North Waziristan.  Supporters of commander Khan Said battled against followers of the later Hakimullah Mehsud in a dispute over the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) ongoing ceasefire with the government.  A total of 56 people have now been killed since the infighting started last Sunday.

Market bomb kills 23 in Islamabad

At least 23 people have been killed and almost 100 others wounded after a bomb exploded in a busy market on the outskirts of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.  The blast occurred in the Sabzi Mandi market in the Pir Wadai area, located between Islamabad and Rawalpindi.  The Pakistani Taliban have denied any involvement in the attack.

Sixteen killed in Balochistan train bombing

At least 16 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a bomb exploded on a train in the restive south-western province of Balochistan.  The device exploded as the Rawalpindi-Jaffa train arrived at a station in Sibi, 160km south of Quetta.  The separatist United Baluch Army (UBA) said that it was behind the attack.

Former president Musharraf survives bomb attack

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after a bomb exploded near his convoy in Islamabad.  The device had been planted on Faizabad bridge between Musharraf's home and an army hospital where he had been staying since January.  Nobody was wounded in the blast and no group have claimed responsibility for it.

Twin attacks kill 19 across Pakistan

At least 19 people have been killed and more than 70 others wounded in two attacks targeting Pakistani security forces in Pakistan.  A suicide bomb attack killed nine people near a police station in the north-western city of Peshawar, while a second blast killed 10 people in the southern city of Quetta.  A Taliban splinter group, Ahrar-ul-Hind, have claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Rival gangs in deadly Karachi clashes

At least 16 people have been killed after two rival gangs clashed in the restive southern city of Karachi on Wednesday.  A senior police official said that the two groups exchanged heavy gunfire before firing RPGs and throwing hand grenades at each other.  A further 39 people, including 15 school children, were wounded in the fighting.

Militants kill two polio team guards in north-west

Suspected militants have killed two police officers guarding a polio vaccination team in north-west Pakistan.  The group was ambushed by gunmen in the Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakthunkhwa province.  More than 50 people have been killed in attacks on polio workers in Pakistan since December, 2012.

Roadside bomb kills six soldiers in north-west Pakistan

At least six Pakistani soldiers have been killed and eight others wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in north-western Pakistan.  The blast occurred as the Frontier Corps troops were travelling in a convoy between the tribal districts of Hangu and Kurram.  The attack comes despite a month-long Taliban ceasefire, which was announced at the weekend.

Two NATO drivers shot dead in Jamrud

Unidentified gunmen have opened fire on a NATO supply truck in north-western Pakistan, killing two drivers.  The convoy was en route to Afghanistan when it came under fire in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency.

Twin suicide blast kills 11 at Islamabad court

At least 11 people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack at a court in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.  After the bombing gunmen opened fire inside the court in the F8 market area around 0900.  A judge and several lawyers were among the victims of the attack, while more than 20 people were wounded.

Palistani Taliban announce month-long ceasefire

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) militant group have announced a month-long ceasefire in an attempt to revive peace talks with the government.  The last round of talks broke down last month when militants linked to the TTP killed 23 Pakistani soldiers they were holding.  Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the group "had instructed all its regional groups not to carry out attacks" during the period.

Polio workers killed in north-western Pakistan

At least 12 people have been killed after a roadside bomb exploded near a convoy of polio vaccination workers in north-western Pakistan.  The aid workers, who were being guarded by tribal police officers, were driving through a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when the device detonated.

Suicide bomber targets Iran's consulate in Peshawar

Two Pakistani security guards have been killed after a suicide bomber targeted the residence of the Iranian consul general in Peshawar on Monday.  An armed group affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the blast, saying "we will continue to target Iranian installations and the Shia community everywhere."

Taliban commander shot dead in Waziristan

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in North Waziristan.  Asmatullah Shaheen, who was the interim leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) last year, was ambushed as he drove through the village of Dargah Mandi.  His driver and guards were also killed in the attack.

Dozens killed in Pakistani air strikes

At least 38 suspected militants have been killed in a series of air strikes in the remote Tiray Valley in the north-western Khyber tribal district.  A military spokesman said that six militant hideouts and large amounts of explosives were also destroyed in the operations.

Pakistani airstrikes target militants in north-west

Pakistani fighter jets have target suspected militants in a series of airstrikes in north-western Pakistan.  According to local officials at least 35 people were killed in the strikes, which were carried out in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.  The decision to conduct the airstrikes was taken by the Pakistani military leadership after the approval of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Iran threatens to send troops into Pakistan

Iran's interior minister has threatened to send troops into Pakistan unless five Iranian border guards are released.  The guards were seized by a Sunni rebel group in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan region around 10 days ago, and Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli has demanded that the Pakistani government "takes the necessary measures" to secure their release.

Peace process derailed after Taliban cell executes soldiers

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the killing of 24 soldiers by members of the Taliban, calling it a "heinous act".  The Mohammed chapter of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the deaths of 23 members of the Frontier Corps, who had been held by the group since 2010.  President Sharif said the killings would have a negative impact on the ongoing peace talks between the government and the Taliban, and meeting scheduled to take place on Monday has been cancelled.

Train derailed by bomb in south-west Pakistan

At least eight people have been killed after a bomb derailed a train in south-western Pakistan.  A spokesman for the separatist Baluchistan Republican Army claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred in the Kashmor area of Sindh province.  Sarbaz Baluch told the AP news agency that the attack was carried out in response to alleged killings by Indian paramilitaries in the Dera Bugti region.

Car bomb kills 12 in Karachi

A powerful car bomb has exploded near a police bus in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.  The blast occurred early on Thursday morning as more than 50 officers were boarding the bus at a training centre in the east of the city.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Militants attack anti-Taliban militia in Peshawar

At least nine people have been killed after militants attacked an anti-Taliban militia in the north-western city of Peshawar.  A group of around 25 gunmen stormed the house of militia chief Israrullah Khan on the outskirts of the city, opening fire and throwing hand grenades.  The attack came a day after assailants threw grenades into a cinema in the city, killing 13 people.

Ten killed in Peshawar cinema blast

At least 10 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a suspected grenade attack at a cinema in Peshawar in north-western Pakistan.  The city's police chief said that three grenades had been thrown into the Shama cinema, which is known for showing adult rated films.  The incident comes two weeks after a similar attack at another cinema in the city killed five people.

Gunmen kill eight in Karachi

Gunmen on motorbikes have killed eight people, including an eight-year-old girl, in an attack on a faith healer's house in the southern city of Karachi.  A further 12 people were wounded during the shooting, which happened in the Baldia Town neighbourhood of the city.

Government begins peace talks with the Taliban

The Pakistani government has met with Taliban-nominated negotiators for the first round of peace talks in the capital, Islamabad.  The talks are aimed at ending the insurgency led by militants from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the north-western tribal areas of the country.

Nine killed in Peshawar suicide blast

At least nine people have been killed and 42 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-western city of Peshawar.  Police said that the blast occurred outside a Shia-run hotel in an apparent sectarian attack, and came after a prominent Shia scholar was gunned down in the same part of the city.

Twin blast kills five at Peshawar cinema

At least five people have been killed and 30 others wounded after two bombs exploded at a cinema in the north-western city of Peshawar.  The blasts occurred at the Picture House cinema in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar on Sunday evening.

Bomb kills three troops in Balochistan

A bomb has killed three paramilitary soldiers and wounded four others in the restive south-western province of Balochistan.  The soldiers were in a Frontier Corps patrol vehicle when a roadside bomb exploded in the remote Awaran district.

British man sentenced to death for blasphemy

A court in Pakistan has sentenced a 65-year-old British man to death after convicting him of blasphemy.  Mohammad Asghar, who has a history of mental illness, was arrested in 2010 after writing to people claiming to be a prophet.  Mr Asghar's lawyer said she had been barred from the case in Rawalpindi and that the proceedings were carried out behind closed doors. 

Six police shot dead escorting Spanish cyclist

Six police officers have been killed by unknown gunmen while protecting a Spanish round-the-world cyclist in western Pakistan.  The cyclist, Javier Colorado, suffered minor wounds and six other officers were wounded when they were ambushed in Balochistan.  The attack took place in the same region where a bomb killed 22 Shia pilgrims on Tuesday, and local police have suggested that the same group carried out both attacks. 

Shia pilgrims targeted in bus bombing

At least 22 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a bomb exploded near a bus packed with Shia pilgrims in western Pakistan.  The pilgrims were returning from religious sites in Iran to their home city of Quetta when the device exploded in the Mastung district.

Polio team killed in Charsadda bombing

At least seven people have been killed after a bomb exploded near a group of polio vaccination workers in north-western Pakistan.  Six of the victims were police officers tasked with protecting the vaccination team, while a young boy also reportedly died.  Police said that the device, which exploded in Sir Dheri, was detonated remotely.

Three polio workers shot dead in Karachi

Three polio workers have been shot dead in the restive southern city of Karachi, the latest in a series of attacks against vaccination teams in Pakistan.  Two other people were wounded in the shooting, which happened in the Qayummabad area of the city. Responding to the incident a spokesman for the Sindh Polio Workers Association announced that the vaccination campaign will be suspended in the city's East Zone.

Suicide bomb attack kills 14 in Rawalpindi

At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern garrison city of Rawalpindi.  The bomber detonated the device in a crowded market near the Pakistan army's city headquarters, which according to the local police chief is one of the most secure areas of the city.  The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the blast.

Taliban bomb attack targets security forces in Bannu

At least 22 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and 38 others wounded after a bomb hit an army convoy in the north-west of the country.  The Tehrik-i-Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack near the town of Bannu, saying it was "part of a fight against a secular system", before claiming that they were ready for meaningful dialogue with the government. 

Bomb blast derails train in central Pakistan

Three people have been killed and at least 20 others wounded after a bomb blast derailed a train in central Pakistan.  The Khushhal Khan Khattack Express was travelling through the town of Rajanpur in Punjab province when the device exploded, derailing seven of the eight carriages.  A senior police officer told the AFP that the bomb had been planted in one of the train's carriages.

Peshawar bombing kills eight

At least eight people have been killed and 67 others wounded after a bomb exploded at a Sunni Islamic seminary in the northern city of Peshawar.  Police said that two other devices were later found at the Tablighi Markaz mosque and defused by the bomb disposal squad.

Police chief killed in Karachi blast

A prominent police officer has been killed in a targeted bombing in the southern city of Karachi.  Chaudhry Aslam Khan, who had survived several previous assassination attempts, was travelling in a police convoy in the Essa Nagri area of the city when the device exploded.  Three other people also died in the attack.

Six bodies found near Sufi shrine

The bodies of six men have been found at a Sufi Muslim shrine on the outskirts of the southern city of Karachi.  Police said that all of the victims had been decapitated, and that a note from the Tehreek-e-Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack was found with the bodies.

Twin blasts kill 11 in north-western Pakistan

At least 11 people have been killed after two bombs exploded in north-western Pakistan.  The first blast was reported outside a school in a Shia area of Hangu district, with the second explosion occurring at the home of a tribal elder in the Khyber tribal district.

Dozens killed in North Waziristan unrest

The Pakistani army say that it has killed at last 33 militants in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan; however, local residents claim that many of the victims were civilians.  The military operations, which involved artillery fire and helicopter gunships, were carried out in response to a suicide bomb attack on Wednesday at a checkpoint in Khajori which left five soldiers dead.

Shia cleric shot dead in Lahore

A prominent Shia Muslim cleric has been shot dead in the city of Lahore in an apparent revenge attack following the murder of a Sunni cleric last week.  Allama Nasir Abbas, leader of the banned Tehreek Nifaz Fiqah-e-Jafaria group, was shot by an unknown gunman on a motorbike on Sunday evening.  On 06 December Maulana Shamsur Rehman was shot dead when he left a Sunni mosque in the city.

Gunmen target polio workers in north-western Pakistan

Gunmen have killed three people in two separate attacks against polio workers in north-western Pakistan.  Two police officers were shot dead near the town of Swabi where they were heading to provide security for a vaccination team, while hours later a polio worker was killed by unknown gunmen in Jamrud on the outskirts of Peshawar.

NATO supply route blocked by protesters

Activists have blocked a key NATO supply route to Afghanistan in protest against the ongoing use of drone strikes by the US.  Supporters of the Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party, led by former cricketer Imran Khan, formed the blockade on a road in the north-western province of Pakhtunkhwa, forcing supply truck to turn back.

Seven killed in twin Karachi blast

At least seven people have been killed and 18 others wounded after two bombs exploded in the southern city of Karachi.  The devices, which were planted on motorcycles outside a cafe, exploded in the largely Shia area of Ancholi.  The Islamic militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Polio campaigners kidnapped in Khyber tribal agency

Militants have kidnapped 11 teachers involved in a polio vaccination drive in the Khyber tribal agency in northern Pakistan.  Local officials have said that the teachers, who were abducted from the Hira Public School in the Bara area, were taken to an area controlled by the Lashkar-e-Islam group.

US drone strike kills six in north-west Pakistan

A suspected US drone strike has killed at least six people in the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.  Two of the deceased were reportedly Afghan militants from the Haqqani network, while students and clerics were also believed to have been killed in the strike.

Three killed in Kohat sectarian clashes

At least three people have been killed in fresh sectarian clashes in northern Pakistan, days after fighting in nearby Rawalpindi left 10 people dead.  Members of the armed group Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat held a rally in the city of Kohat to protest against the killing of Sunni Muslims in the recent unrest, leading to clashes with a rival Shia group.

Curfew imposed in Rawalpindi after 10 killed in clashes

A curfew has been imposed in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi after 10 people were killed in sectarian clashes.  The violence erupted when a Shia procession for the festival of Ashura passed by a Sunni mosque, which was holding a sermon at the time.  Dozens of people were wounded in the violence and shops in the city's Raja Bazar were set on fire, leading to the authorities ordering local residents not to go outside until midnight on Saturday.

Senior Haqqani militants shot dead in Islamabad

A senior leader of the Haqqani militant network has been killed on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.  Naseer Haqqani, who was a key financier and emissary for the group, was shot dead in the Bhara Kahu suburb by unknown gunmen.

Pakistani Taliban appoints new leader

The Pakistani Taliban have appointed Maulana Fazullah as their new leader following the death of the previous chief in a US drone strike.  Fazullah previously led Tehreek-e-Taliban's two-year rule in the north-western Swat valley, while he was also responsible for the shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last year.

US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan

A US drone strike has killed at least four suspected militants in the restive region of North Waziristan.  Four missiles hit a compound in the remote village of Danda Darpa Khel, one of which hit the vehicle of Tehreek-e-Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud.

Fresh clashes erupt along Kashmir border

An Indian border guard has been killed and six others wounded after fresh clashes erupted along Kashmir's international border, which separates India from Pakistan.  A spokesman for the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) said the skirmishes occurred at more than 50 locations in the R S PuraArnia and Akhnoor sectors.

Seven killed in Balochistan train bombing

At least seven people have been killed and 16 others wounded after a passenger train hit a bomb in the restive south-western province of Balochistan.  The train was travelling from the city of Rawalpindi to the provincial capital Quetta when the device exploded.  No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Provincial law minister killed in suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomb attack has killed eight people, including a provincial law minister, in the Khyber Pakthunkhwa province as the country marked the first day of Eid al-Adha.  Israr Gandapur was meeting people outside his home near the town of Dera Ismail Khan when the bomber struck.

Six killed in Quetta bombing

At least six people have been killed and 30 others wounded after a bomb exploded in the southern city of Quetta.  The blast occurred near a police station in the Liaquat market area of the city.

Polio workers targeted in Peshawar

At least two people have been killed after a bomb hit a police van protecting a polio vaccination team in the north-western city of Peshawar.  The blast occurred near a hostpital in the Budh Bher suburb of the city as police arrived to provide securiy to the UN-backed vaccination team.  

Rival militant clashes kill 15 in tribal region

At least 15 people have been killed after members of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban, attacked the compound of a rival militant in the North Waziristan.  Maulvi Nabi Hanafi reportedly survived the incident, which follows a similar Taliban attack on his compound last year which left 18 people dead.

Peshawar market bombing kills 42

At least 42 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a crowded market in the north-western city of Peshawar.  A spokesman for the local hospital said that 107 others were wounded in the blast, which occurred at the historic "Story Tellers" bazaar near the scene of last weeks church bombings, which killed 82 people.

Bus bombing kills 18 in Peshawar

At least 18 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded after a bomb exploded on a bus in the north-western city of Peshawar.  The bus was carrying Civil Secretariat employees when the device, which had been planted inside the rear of the vehicle, exploded.

Earthquake kills 238 in southern Pakistan

At least 238 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake struck a remote part of south-western Pakistan.  The US Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake was recorded in the Baluchistan province, while tremors could be felt hundreds of miles away in the Indian capital New Delhi.

Christians protest across Pakistan after deadly attack

Pakistani Christians have been demonstrating across the country in response to Sunday's church bombings in Peshawar which left 81 people dead and 140 others wounded.  Unrest has been reported in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Faisalabad, with protesters demanding better protection from security forces.  A faction of Tehrik-e-Taliban, the Pakistani arm of the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack.

Church bombing kills 75 in Peshawar

At least 75 people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack at a church in the north-western city of Peshawar.  A further 120 people were wounded in the blasts at the All Saints Church, which occurred as worshippers were leaving following Sunday Mass.

Senior military officers killed in roadside bombing

One of Pakistan's most senior military officers has been killed in a roadside bomb near the Afghan border.  Major General Sanaullah Khan, who was the top army commander in the north-west of the country, died along with a lieutenant colonel and another officer in the Upper Dir district.

Police arrest 185 in Karachi anti-terror operations

Police in Karachi have arrested some 185 people across the city as part of anti-terror operations.  In a statement police said that 16 illegal immigrants and 43 absconders were among those arrested, while 22 weapons were also recovered.

Pakistani army officer killed in Kashmir shelling

A Pakistani army officer has been killed by Indian shell fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed territory of Kashmir.  The incident took place in the Shakma sector and follows a series of recent skirmishes between the two forces.

Further attacks leave 10 dead in Quetta

At least 10 people have been killed in a gun attack at a Sunni mosque in the south-western city of Quetta, a day after a suicide bomber killed 37 people in the city.  Four gunmen opened fire on worshippers as they left the mosque following prayers for the Eid al-Fitr festival.

US withdraws staff from consulate in Lahore

The US has ordered all non-essential staff to leave its consulate in the Lahore due to "credible threat information."  The State Department has also issued an updated travel warning which suggests that all US citizens avoid non-essential travel to Pakistan.

Quetta suicide blast leaves 29 dead

At least 29 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral for a police officer in the south-western city of Quetta.  A further 50 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred outside a mosque just as the ceremony was about to start. 

Karachi bomb blast kills 11

At least 11 people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded after a bomb exploded in the southern city of Karachi.  The device exploded next to a football pitch in the Lyari neighbourhood of the city.

Gunmen kill 13 in Balochistanambush

Separatist Baloch gunmen have killed at least 13 people in an ambush in the south-western province of Balochistan.  The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three killed in Pakistan train blast

At least three people have been killed and 15 others wounded after a bomb exploded on a train in the eastern province of Punjab.  The train was travelling near the town of Toba Tek Singh when the device exploded.

Taliban militants raid prison, free hundreds

Around 250 prisoners have escaped from a prison in north-western Pakistan following a raid by Taliban militants.  At least 12 people were killed in the assault, including six police officers, which was carried out in the town of Dera Ismail Khan in the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Mamnoon Hussain elected as Pakistan's new president

Mamnoon Hussain has been elected as the 12th president of Pakistan, according to state media.  Mr Hussain, the candidate for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will begin a five-year term when Asif Ali Zadari steps down in September. 

Coast guards killed in militant attack

At least eight coast guards have been killed in an attack by militants in the south-western city of Gwadar.  Around 24 gunmen armed with rockets and assault rifles attacked a checkpoint before fleeing into the nearby mountains.  The Balochistan Liberation Front later claimed responsibility for the raid.

Twin market bombing kills 57 in Parachinar

At least 57 people have been killed after two bombs exploded in a market in the northern town of Parachinar, close to the Afghan border.  A further 165 people were wounded in the blasts, which occurred as local residents were buying food ahead of the iftar meal that breaks the daily Ramadan fast.

Five killed in bomb attacks on ISI office

At least five people have been killed in a series of suicide bomb attacks on an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) complex in the southern province of Sindh.  A further 40 people were wounded in the blasts, which occurred in the town of Sukkur.

Twin explosions reported in tribal area

At least 15 people have been killed after two bombs exploded in the northern tribal area of Kurram.  The first device exploded outside a Shia mosque in the town of Parachinar, while another explosion was later reported outside a different mosque in the town.

President Zardari's security chief killed in Karachi blast

President Asif Ali Zardari's chief security officer has been killed in a bomb attack in the southern port city of Karachi.  Bilal Shaikh and two other guards died when a suicide bomber detonated his device outside their vehicle in the Guru Mandir neighbourhood.

Blast in Old Anarkali area of Lahore kills five

At least five people have been killed after a bomb exploded in the Old Anarkali street food district of Lahore.  A further 50 people were wounded in the blast, some of them critically, which was the first attack in the city for three years.

US drone strike kills 17 in North Waziristan

At least 17 people have been killed in a suspected US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region, close to the border with Afghanistan.  According to reports most of the victims of the strike were fighters from the Haqqani militant network.

Car bomb kills 17 in Peshawar

At least 17 people have been killed and 40 others wounded after a car bomb exploded in the northern city of Peshawar.  The device had been planted inside the vehicle in a busy market area in the south of the city, and was reportedly targeting a passing convoy of soldiers.

Quetta blast leaves 28 dead

At least 28 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern city of Quetta.  The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group have taken responsibility for the blast, which appeared to target ethnic Hazaras.

Bomb kills seven and injures judge

A remote controlled bomb in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi has killed seven people and injured a senior judge, reports say. Several other people were injured in the blast, which the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for.

Police officer shot dead in Peshawar

A senior police officer and his driver have been shot dead in the north-western city of Peshawar.  Police sources said that assailants on motorcycles opened fire on Amanullah Khan, a deputy superintendent, as he left his house in the Saeed Abad area of the city.

Tourists killed at north Pakistan mountain camp

Gunmen have killed 11 people, including at least nine foreign tourists, after storming a hotel in Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan.  The Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was in retaliation for the killing of its senior commander Waliur Rehman in May.

Suicide bomb attack on Pakistan Shia mosque

A suicide bomb attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar has killed at least 14 people and injured anotheer 20.  The attack which happened during morning prayers has, so far, not been associated with any group.

Pakistan city in shock after attack

A day of official mourning has been declared in the Pakistani city of Quetta after 25 people were killed by gunmen in twin attacks on Saturday.  The first attack came as a bomb on a bus killed 14 female students and the second came as militants then attacked the hospital where the survivors were being treated killing another 11 people.  No clear motive has been established but an extreme Sunni Muslim militant group is suspected.

Pakistan violence: Gunmen storm Quetta hospital

A number of gunmen have stormed a hospital in the western city of Quetta laying siege to the building and killing at least 25.  An extremist Sunni militant group, Laskar-e-Jhangvi, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Troops wounded in clash with militants in Quetta

At least 16 Pakistani troops have been wounded in clashes with militants in the Kali Barat area of Quetta.  The soldiers were carrying out search operations when the militants opened fire on them, before blowing themselves up.

Militants killed in Kurram airstrikes

At least 17 militants have been killed after Pakistani jets carried out airstrikes in the Kurram tribal region.  Military operations have been ongoing in the region for the last three weeks, reportedly leaving more than 100 militants dead.

US drone strike kill senior Taliban commander

A US drone strike has killed the Pakistani Taliban's second-in-command in the North Waziristan region of the country, according to security officials.  Wali-ur-Rehman, who was expected to succed Hakimullah Mehsud as the leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed along with six other people.

Polio worker killed in Peshawar

Another female polio worker has been killed and another wounded in Peshawar, prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) to suspend its campaign.  The women were attacked by suspected Taliban gunmen on motorbikes on the outskirts of the city.  Last year at least 12 polio workers were killed in similar attacks across Pakistan.

Lawyer and sons shot dead in Karachi

A prominent Shia lawyer and his two teenage sons have been shot dead in the southern city of Karachi.  Kauser Saqlain was driving his sons to school when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on their car.  The extremist Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police officers killed in Matani ambush

At least seven police officers have been killed in an ambush in the north-western town of Matani in Punjab province.  The suspected target of the attack, chief police officer Dilawar Bangash, managed to escape but was also wounded.

Bomb attack kills 12 in Quetta

At least 11 police officers and one civilian have been killed after a bomb exploded in the south-western Pakistan.  The device had been planted on a rickshaw and appears to have been detonated remotely.

Protests held in Kashmir over killing of independence leader

Protests have taken place in Pakistani-administered Kashmir over the killing of a Sardar Arif Shahid, the most prominent pro-independence leader in the region.  Mr Shahid, who led the All Parties National Alliance (APNA), was shot dead near his home in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Election violence leaves 11 dead in Karachi

At least 11 people have been killed and 35 others wounded after a bomb exploded near the office of the Awami National Party in Karachi.  The suspected target of the attack, party candidate Amanullah Mehsud, escaped unharmed.  Last week another ANP candidate and his son were shot dead in the city. 

Gunmen abduct ex-PM's son at election rally

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from an election rally in the city of Multan.  Another person was killed when the gunmen opened fire at the rally, and comes amid a series of pre-election attacks which have left more than 100 people dead across Pakistan.

Suicide bomber kill 25 at political rally

At least 25 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at an election rally in north-west Pakistan.  The blast occurred at a gathering of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam religious party in the tribal Kurram region.  The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Election candidate targeted in bomb attack

At least five people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack aimed at an Islamist party candidate in north-west Pakistan.  The blast occurred in the town of Hangu where Sayed Janan was campaigning for the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party.  Mr Janan reportedly survived the attack.

Afghan - Pakistan border clashes

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed along the two countries shared border.  The incident occurred a few days after an Afghan border police guard was killed and two Pakistani troops wounded during violence in the Goshta distric of Nangarhar province.

Bhutto case prosecutor shot dead in Islamabad

The lead prosecutor in the Benazir Bhutto murder case has been shot dead in the capital Islamabad.  Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali was ambushed as he was driving from his home to a court hearing in Rawalpindi.

Election candidate shot dead in Karachi

An Awami National Party leader and his son have been shot dead outside a mosque in the southern city of Karachi.  Sadiq Zaman Khattak was due to stand for office at next weeks general elections.

Peshawar suicide blast leaves eight dead

At least eight people have been killed and more that 40 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the north-western city of Peshawar.  The attacker, who rammed his motorcycle into a bus, appeared to target Sahibzada Anees, a senior local official.

Taliban militants target election office in Kohat

At least eight people have been killed and 23 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the north-western city of Kohat.  The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the blasts, which occurred outside the election office of an independent candidate. 

Suicide bomb attack kills five in Quetta

At least five people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded after a suicide bomb exploded in the city of Quetta.  The blast occurred at a Frontier Corps check point near Alamdar Road, an area with a large Shia Hazara population.

Perez Musharraf arrested in Islamabad

Pakistan's former president Perez Musharraf has been arrested in Islamabad, a day after fleeing a court in the city with his security team.  Mr Musharraf, who ruled the country for almost ten years, claims the charges against him are politically motivated.

Suicide bomb attack at Peshawar rally kills 17

At least 17 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a political rally in the city of  Peshawar.  The blast occurred during a political rally for the Awami National Party (ANP) in the Yakatoot neighbourhood.  Aslam Durrani, the news editor of the Daily Pakistan, was among the victims of the attack.

Taliban militants killed in Khyber region clashes

At least 15 suspected Taliban militants and a Pakistani soldier have been killed during further clashes in the the north-west Khyber tribal region.  Military operations in the Tirah Valley have been ongoing for several days, leaving more than 100 militants dead.

Security forces clash with militants in Khyber tribal region

At least 30 militants and 23 soldiers have been killed during heavy fighting in the Khyber tribal region of Pakistan.  The troops, including members of the Special Services Group commandos, launched a decisive operation against the pro-Taliban rebels in the Tirah Valley region on Sunday.

Pakistan Data Sheet

Population:
180.4 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam
International dialing code:
+92
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 15, Medical 115, Fire 16
Drives:
Left
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Arid, hot summers and cold winters
Ohter Major Cities:
Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan
Borders:
Afghanistan, China, India, Iran