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Unknown attackers shot and killed the head of an immunization program in northwest Pakistan Monday, police said, the latest in a string of killings targeting people linked to a polio eradication campaign in the country.
 
Pakistan's Ahmadis battle mob, state for identity
"Are these the people with bullets who took my papa away?" 2-year-old Sabiha Ahmad asked her mother anxiously when AFP visited her family, members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi minority, who are currently living in hiding.
 
Pakistan female fighter pilot dies in crash during training mission
One of Pakistan's few female fighter jet pilots was killed in a training crash Tuesday, the air force said in a statement, adding that she was the first of its women pilots to "embrace martyrdom."
 
Camel-mounted military bagpipe band seeks fame
A haunting peal reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands reverberates across Pakistan's inhospitable Cholistan desert as the nation's first camel-mounted military bagpipe band marches, noses in the air.
 
Children study under open skies as quake rocks education in Pakistan
Ishtiaq Khalid is having a snow day, forced to stay home from his school in the Pakistani district of Shangla due to inclement weather -- but unlike most 12-year-olds, he is not happy about it.
 
An angry mob in Pakistan's Punjab province torched a factory after one of its employees was accused of committing blasphemy, police officials said on Saturday.
 
Unknown gunmen killed four paramilitary soldiers as they guarded a mosque in Pakistan's volatile megacity of Karachi Friday, officials said.
 
The Pakistani director behind a video response to the Paris attacks that has received millions of views is "humbled" by the response, he told AFP.
 
When a landslide created a huge, turquoise lake that cut them off from the world, the farmers of Gulmit were left destitute and unable to sell their potatoes. Their solution: to drag their Himalayan valley in Pakistan's far north into the Internet age.
 
Kalash tribe blamed for quake in northwest Pakistan
Conservative Muslims in Pakistan's northwest are blaming the animist Kalash for a powerful earthquake that flattened entire villages in October, claiming their immoral ways provoked Allah's wrath, in the latest attack on a diminishing tribe fighting to keep its identity alive.
 
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