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Pakistan ex-PM banned in one seat as election bias claims persist

Pakistan ex-PM banned in one seat as election bias claims persistBy Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani election tribunal disqualified outgoing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday from running in his home constituency, dealing the latest blow to the party of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif. The ruling follows the arrest by an anti-corruption body of another member of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after he was named to contest a seat. In the case of Abbasi, an election commission tribunal ruled that he did not declare an accurate value of his assets in his nomination papers.



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Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'

Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism."



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Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting

Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shootingHundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday. Sabika Sheikh was among the 10 people gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe last Friday when a heavily armed student opened fire on classmates. Relatives sobbed and hugged as Sheikh’s remains arrived at her family home in a casket draped with a Pakistani flag.



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Pakistan bars U.S. diplomat from leaving amid tense relations: media

Pakistan bars U.S. diplomat from leaving amid tense relations: mediaPakistani authorities have barred a U.S. diplomat involved in a fatal traffic accident from leaving the country, forcing an American military aircraft flown in for his departure to leave without him, local media reported on Saturday. The move came a day after Pakistan said it would restrict the movements of all American diplomats in the country in response to Washington’s similar restrictions on Pakistani embassy diplomats. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on the media reports, and a U.S. State Department spokesperson in Washington would neither confirm nor deny them.



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Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes ahead of leaders' talks

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes ahead of leaders' talksThe Afghan government on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes in the Afghan province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, causing “huge financial damage”. The tension comes ahead of a scheduled visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, when he and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are expected to discuss cooperation on stopping militant attacks. Pakistani jets dropped four bombs on Wednesday evening in Kunar’s Dangam district, according to a statement from Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs.



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Labor of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

Labor of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in PakistanAs cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan's roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a quieter, bygone era.



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Nobel winner Malala visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shooting

Nobel winner Malala visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shootingBy Asif Shahzad and Jibran Ahmad MINGORA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai visited her birthplace in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Saturday, bursting into tears as she entered her childhood home for the first time since a Taliban gunman shot her in 2012. The 20-year-old told a family friend she planned to return home after completing her education at Oxford, where she is reading for a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. Roads were blocked off in the town of Mingora as Yousafzai, known universally by her first name, flew in by military helicopter with her parents and brother.



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The Latest: Nobel laureate Malala returns to Pakistan home

The Latest: Nobel laureate Malala returns to Pakistan homeMINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's return to Pakistan (all times local):



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Malala to return to Pakistan after finishing her studies in Britain

Malala to return to Pakistan after finishing her studies in BritainMalala Yousafzai, the women’s education activist and youngest ever Nobel Prize Winner, said yesterday that she plans to return permanently to Pakistan after finishing her studies in Britain. Ms Yousafzai, who is known across the world simply as ‘Malala’, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 while she was campaigning for female education in the Swat Valley. In her first visit to the country since the attack, she yesterday told Pakistani media that she plans to return to the country in two years - after finishing her course in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. “My plan is to return to Pakistan as this is my country,” she said. “The Pakistani government and military have helped me in visiting my home country. I will return to Pakistan permanently after completing my education.” She described herself as “completely focusing on education” at Oxford, but said that she wanted “to work for the education of children and make it possible for every girl in Pakistan to receive a high-level education, to fulfil her dreams and become a part of society”. Malala matriculated at the University of Oxford in October 2017. Credit: David Hartley While in Pakistan, Ms Yousafzai hopes to visit her home town in the Swat Valley, around 160 miles (250km) from the capital, Islamabad. It was there, in 2012, that a Taliban gunman singled her out on the bus she rode to school, and shot her in the head. Yesterday Ms Yousafzai, now 20, acknowledged the work of the Pakistani military in saving her life. "My treatment here was by Army doctors, and if they had not done my surgery in time I would not be here today," she said. After leaving Pakistan, she founded her own not-for-profit educational fund, the Malala Fund. She continued to write and campaign, and in 2013 co-authored her biography, I Am Malala. In 2014, she became the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize Sources close to Ms Yousafzai's family yesterday told The Daily Telegraph that she had discussed with them her plans to move back to Pakistan, but had not yet decided what she would do upon her return. She told the media that she had missed “everything about Pakistan” while she had been studying in Britain. “Right from the rivers, the mountains, to even the dirty streets and the garbage around our house, and my friends and how we used to have gossip and talk about our school life, to how we used to fight with our neighbours,” she said. Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize  Credit: Andy Rain/EPA Aside from her educational commitments, she said that security concerns had prevented her from returning before now. A student who also attends Ms Yousafzai's Oxford college, Lady Margaret Hall, said yesterday that while studying she had plain clothes security detail with her at all times. Before beginning her degree at Oxford, she studied at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham. While many in Pakistan welcomed her return, others were more critical of her reforming stance and accused her of promoting her own, non-Islamic, values. A group of private schools in Pakistan declared Friday to be "I Am Not Malala Day", for what its spokesman described as her "anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan ideology". Responding to her critics, she said: "I am proud of my religion, and I am proud of my country." "I just don't know anything I've said that makes me anti-Pakistan or anti-Islam."



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Malala makes an emotional return home to Pakistan

Malala makes an emotional return home to PakistanFor the first time since she was shot in the head by the Taliban six years ago, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has made an emotional visit back home to Pakistan. Julian Satterthwaite reports.



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