LONDON (Reuters) – Maria Golovnina, Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan who was widely loved and admired for her courage, compassion and professionalism, died in Islamabad on Monday. Maria, 34, was found collapsed and unconscious in the bureau and was rushed to hospital, but medical teams were unable to save her.
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At least two people were killed and seven others injured on Wednesday when militants attacked a minority Shia mosque near Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi, the latest in a series of incidents of sectarian violence in the country.
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Essentially it will have to be Pakistan’s call whether to make Jaishankar’s Islamabad visit a roaring success or a moderate success simply because it would be structured in such a fashion that it would have zero chances of failure.
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For the eighth time, the judge of the anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistani suspects charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was changed on Wednesday as the case was transferred to another court.
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The Pakistan government on Saturday challenged LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s bail in the Islamabad High Court, saying an anti-terrorism court ignored testimony in the 26/11 case while granting bail to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind.
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In a sharp reaction, India on Monday conveyed to Pakistan its “strong concern” at the lack of
effective action by it in the case of Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, saying there seems to be no end in sight to that country remaining a safe-haven for well-known terror groups.
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Law enforcement agencies have identified 1,159 educational institutes in the Pakistani capital as soft targets for terrorists, the media reported on Tuesday.
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Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Pakistan turned down Russia’s request to postpone the execution of its citizen Akhlaque Ahmed, who was hanged to death in Faisalabad Sunday. “Russia repeatedly approached Pakistani authorities with a plea to reconsider the sentence for Akhlaque,” said a statement issued by the Russian embassy in Islamabad Sunday, according to the Dawn online. Russia said that it had wanted the death sentence of Akhlaque Ahmed to be postponed on humanitarian grounds.
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