Thousands rally in Pakistan to support Malala

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Pakistan's largest city yesterday in support of Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old girl shot and critically wounded by the Taliban last week for promoting girls' education and criticising the Islamist group.

Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pakistan amid memo saga

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari returned home from medical treatment in Dubai to face rising tension between his civilian government and the military over a memo accusing the country's generals of plotting a coup.

Liberals under siege as fundamentalists rally to back blasphemy law

Twenty thousand supporters of fundamentalist parties have rallied in the streets of Karachi in support of Pakistan's blasphemy laws as they escalated threats against liberal politicians who, like Salmaan Taseer, the slain governor of Punjab, want to see them amended.

Karachi attacks kill dozens after militant arrests

Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the anti-terrorist police headquarters in Pakistan's largest city yesterday, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 100 others. Six armed men fought a gun battle with police before a truck filled with explosive rammed the headquarters of Karachi's Criminal Investigation Department, detonated and levelled the building.

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Karachi shut after 45 killed in clashes

Clashes that killed at least 45 people overnight in Karachi scared residents off its streets today as Pakistan's largest city was on alert for more violence after the shooting of a leader in a dominant political party.