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Pakistani military says U.S. drone strikes have killed 67 civilians since 2008

Claim likely to cause widespread surprise in a country where the remote controlled aircraft are widely hated Just 67 civilians were killed by US drone strikes since 2008 according to figures released by Pakistan’s military. The figure amounts to just 3% of the total number killed and is strikingly lower…

Pakistan: U.S. drone strikes have only killed 67 civilians since 2008

Pakistan’s defence ministry said Wednesday US drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas have killed 67 civilians since 2008, a surprisingly low figure given previous casualty estimates. The figure represents three percent of the total killed in the past five years according to ministry data given in a written answer…

Report: Pakistan secretly endorsed U.S. drone strikes

Pakistan for years secretly approved of US drone attacks on its territory despite public denunciations, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing secret documents. The purported evidence of Islamabad’s involvement came as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the White House and urged an end to the attacks, which are widely unpopular…

Malala says she’s no ‘Western puppet’

Malala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ right to an education, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated…

Naming the Dead’ project will name and number people killed by drone airstrikes to challenge CIA claims of no civilian deaths

A project launched on Monday aims to record properly the names and numbers of people who are killed by US drone airstrikes in Pakistan. The website, “Naming the Dead”, is an initiative by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), a not-for-profit organisation that has won awards for its work exposing…

Outrage grows in Pakistan over rape of 5-year-old

AFP – Rights campaigners staged protest rallies across Pakistan on Sunday against the rape of a five-year-old girl in the eastern city of Lahore whose condition was now relatively stable. Police still have no clue who carried out the attack despite detaining several suspects and releasing most of them after…

U.S. steps up Pakistan surveillance: Washington Post ‘black budget’ analysis

While US intelligence agencies spend billions monitoring enemies like Al-Qaeda and Iran, they pay just as much as attention to ally Pakistan, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The United States has intensified surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, is concerned about biological and chemical arms sites there and tries to evaluate…

Muslims celebrate Eid amid threat of violence

Muslims marked the Eid al-Fitr festival Thursday with feasts and prayers, even as bombings killed dozens of people in Asia and the threat of fresh violence loomed in the Middle East. A suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded 50 others, most of them policemen attending the funeral of a…

Pakistan to go global with ‘Burka Avenger’ superhero animation

Pakistan’s new cartoon superhero who fights bad guys disguised in a flowing black burka is set to go global, her creator told AFP, with plans afoot to broadcast the show in 60 countries. The Urdu-language animation “Burka Avenger”, showing the adventures of a mild-mannered teacher who uses her superpowers to…

Visitors flock to Pakistani-controlled Kashmir valley in rare tourist boom

Success stories can be rare in Pakistan, but business is booming in one Kashmir tourist spot as the region rebuilds after a devastating earthquake and shrugs off associations with violence. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani tourists drawn to the lakes and glaciers of the Neelum valley are injecting desperately needed…

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