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Pakistan to Challenge Bail for Mumbai Attacks 'Mastermind'

A Pakistani government prosecutor said Friday he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which sparked strong condemnation from India.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is accused of planning the 60-hour siege on India's commercial capital that left 166 people dead and was blamed on the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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Pakistani Man Kills Niece for Listening to Loud Music

A teenage Pakistani girl has been shot dead by her uncle following a row over loud music, police said Tuesday.

The incident happened Saturday in the Kallar Kahar valley in Punjab province's Chakwal district, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital Islamabad.

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Afghan President Makes First Pakistan Trip with Eye on Taliban Talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made his first official trip to neighboring Pakistan on Friday, seeking to improve ties crucial to his hopes of reviving Taliban peace talks as U.S. troops end their 13-year war.

Ghani will hold talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the pair are expected to watch a cricket match between the two countries on Saturday, in a public demonstration of better relations despite fraught cross-border tensions.

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Militant Group Claims Suicide Bombing against Pakistani Politician

A militant group Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing targeting the head of a leading Pakistani religious political party.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) party escaped unscathed from the blast after addressing a rally in the capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Thursday.

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Pakistan Anti-PM Protesters Storm State TV

Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying a fortnight-long political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation.

Transmissions of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel were cut after protesters armed with clubs stormed the building in Islamabad's high-security "red zone", before being removed by security forces after around half an hour.

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At Least 50 Injured as Police Clash with Protesters in Islamabad

At least 50 people were injured in clashes between police and opposition protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad Saturday, officials said, with the toll expected to rise as fighting continues.

"We have received more than 50 injured, most of them have rubber bullet injuries. Seventeen among them are women," said Wasim Khawaja, a spokesman for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital.

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No Option but Army Role to End Pakistan Crisis

Pakistan's interior minister said Friday the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation.

The country's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif was named mediator on Thursday in the standoff between the government and protesters led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.

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Pakistan Deploys Army in Anti-Government Protests

Pakistan on Tuesday sent troops to boost security in Islamabad's government district after opposition politician Imran Khan pledged to lead protesters on parliament in a high-stakes bid to depose the prime minister.

Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, says last year's general election was rigged and has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

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Khan's Lawmakers to Resign in Pakistan Poll Row

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan's party announced Monday it is to renounce all its parliamentary seats, in a bitter row with the government over alleged poll rigging.

Former cricket star Khan claims last year's general election, in which his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party came third, was rigged and has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign and hold new polls.

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Thousands of Pakistan Protesters Press Demands

Thousands of opposition demonstrators crowded the streets of the Pakistani capital for a second day Sunday, after a populist cleric issued a 48-hour ultimatum demanding the arrest of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The ultimatum came as protesters led by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan converged on Islamabad from the eastern city of Lahore to press their demands.

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