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A young Pakistani woman self-immolated after police refused to act on her claim she was gang-raped by their colleagues, officials and activists said Wednesday.
 
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he is trying to revive peace talks with the Taliban after the latest round was derailed by untimely news of the death of leader Mullah Omar.
 
Searching for quake missing - 10 years on
The morning the Pakistan earthquake struck 10 years ago, Nazish Naz had been reluctant to go to school, telling her elder sister the day felt cursed. Less than an hour after the 16-year-old left home, disaster struck.
 
The 'water mafias' that suck Karachi dry
The moment they saw the city water tanker stop in their neighborhood, Mohammed and Nayla rushed toward it. That day, the water was free -- a rare event in Karachi, where organized gangs siphon it off to sell to thirsty residents.
 
Pakistan executed a convict on death row before dawn on Tuesday, despite appeals by an international rights group that claimed the man was a juvenile at the time of his arrest in a murder case.
 
Gunmen on Thursday shot dead a prison official and his brother in northwestern Pakistan, a week after a Taliban attack on an air force base which killed 29 people, police said.
 
Pakistani Taliban attacked an air force base in the country's restive northwest Friday, killing at least 29 people, most of them soldiers, in their deadliest assault in months following a major military offensive against them.
 
Fifteen Islamist militants have been killed and seven of their hideouts destroyed in fresh air attacks in Pakistan's lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the military said.
 
Pakistan marks 50th anniversary of India war amid tensions
Pakistan on Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of its second war with arch-rival India, weeks after the two nuclear powers faced off in some of their deadliest skirmishes for over a decade.
 
Pakistan's fading Parsi community faces future away from home
For more than 1,000 years, Parsis have thrived in South Asia but an aging population and emigration to the West driven by instability in Pakistan means the tiny community of "fire worshippers" could soon be consigned to the country's history books.
 
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