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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday approved controversial new military courts set up to hear terror cases, rejecting an attempt to have them ruled illegal.
 
Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teenage' convict
Pakistan on Tuesday executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime.
 
Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teen' convict
Pakistan executed a convicted child killer Tuesday, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime.
 
Pakistan on Sunday released 163 Indian fishermen held for violating its territorial waters as a goodwill gesture amid tensions over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir and an attack on a police station.
 
Pakistan slum demolition drive exposes country's housing crisis
Ashrak Khan wore a defeated expression as he surveyed the brownish-gray shanty homes of his neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, his house marking the border between those still standing and others now reduced to rubble.
 
A landmark deal on Iran's nuclear program has breathed new life into plans for a gas pipeline through Pakistan -- and sparked a geopolitical tussle, with Russia looking to expand its influence, observers say.
 
Pakistan summons Indian envoy after 'spy drone' shot down
Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador Thursday after a "spy drone" was shot down in disputed Kashmir, as officials said five people were killed in cross-border shelling between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
 
Weeklong heat wave in south of Pakistan kills 1,233 people
A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 souls, an official said.
 
Heat wave subsides in Pakistan as death toll hits 860
The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing Thursday, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said.
 
The death toll from a heat wave in southern Pakistan rose to 750 on Wednesday, but the scorching weather showed signs of easing, bringing some respite to the sweltering city of Karachi.
 
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