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Pakistan's law minister on Thursday announced that bills aimed at tackling "honor killings" and boosting rape convictions would soon be voted on by parliament, days after the murder of a social media star by her brother.
 
A Pakistani social media celebrity whose selfies polarized the deeply conservative Muslim country has been murdered by her brother in a suspected honor killing, officials said Saturday, prompting shock and revulsion.
 
'14 school attack mastermind  killed in US airstrike: officials
A U.S. airstrike near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan killed the mastermind of a 2014 attack on a Pakistani school that killed some 150 people, mainly children, American and Pakistani officials said Wednesday.
 
Legendary Pakistani social worker Edhi dies aged 88 after long illness
Pakistan's legendary philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who devoted his life to the poor and the destitute, died on Friday at a hospital in Karachi following a prolonged illness. He was 88.
 
In Pakistan, 'honor' killings bring new backlash
Parveen Rafiq closed her hands around the neck of her youngest daughter, Zeenat, and squeezed and squeezed until the girl was almost dead.
 
Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees until year end
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has permitted registered Afghan refugees to remain in the country until the end of the year, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday, as an earlier deadline was set to expire.
 
An act of terror
Pakistani mourners gather around an ambulance carrying the coffin of Sufi musician Amjad Sabri during his funeral in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday, June 23. Thousands of Pakistanis thronged the streets of Karachi Thursday, .....
 
One of Pakistan's best known Sufi musicians was shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi on Wednesday, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an "act of terror."
 
A pregnant woman and her husband have been abducted and shot dead by relatives who disapproved of their marriage, police said Sunday, the latest in a surge of reported "honor killings" in Pakistan.
 
Dishonorable killings
Mohammed Tofeeq holds his 10-month-old daughter, Gulshan Tofeeq, while he prays at the grave of his wife Muqadas Tofeeq, who local police say was killed by her mother, in Butrawala village on the outskirts of Gujranwala, Pakistan on Saturday, June 18.
 
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