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A suicide attacker on Sunday killed a Pakistani provincial minister who had campaigned against militants and at least 10 other people, after detonating a bomb at a meeting the minister was attending.
 
Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.
 
A Pakistani teenager believed to have been kidnapped and repeatedly sexually assaulted has committed suicide after police refused to help and even taunted him, the victim's father said on Saturday.
 
Pakistan and India traded heavy gunfire on Friday, killing one person and forcing villagers in divided Kashmir to flee to safety even as the Pakistani president renewed his offer of talks with India to resolve the issue of the disputed region.
 
Pakistan's top diplomat said Thursday he would visit India later this month on an "ice breaking" tour as violence simmers in the disputed Kashmir territory.
 
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.
 
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