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Cricket security officials will gather in Bangladesh later this week to decide whether it is safe to stage the World Twenty20 there. They may decide on a last-ditch switch to another country, possibly Sri Lanka, if there are enough concerns that it will be dangerous to run a tournament in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, where there has been severe civil unrest recently.

Shooting that has Lahore taking aim at America

US embassy official's killing of two locals has whipped up diplomatic tensions – and put Pakistan in no mood for leniency

US consulate man held after two Pakistanis are shot dead

Police in Lahore were last night investigating an incident in which a US consulate employee apparently shot dead two armed men who approached his car while he parked at a busy junction.

Pakistan: Teenage suicide bomber kills 13

A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up near a religious procession of Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday, killing at least 13 people.

'Salmaan Taseer came here and he sacrificed his life for me'

Sentenced to death for blasphemy, Aasia Bibi's hopes rested on the liberal politician killed this week. Andrew Buncombe gives the first account of her despair at the murder

Salmaan Taseer: Governor of Punjab and outspoken defender of minority causes

Speaking up for minorities came easy to Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of Punjab who was brutally assassinated by his own bodyguard last Tuesday. Half a century before he took up the cause of Aasia Noreen, a poor Christian woman facing a death sentence for blasphemy that she never committed, Taseer and his childhood friends resolved to protest the death sentence of Jimmy Wilson, a poor African-American.

Garlands for killer as Punjab leader is buried

Salmaan Taseer, the outspoken Pakistani politician who took a public stand against bigotry and discrimination and paid with his life for doing so, was buried yesterday with state honours amid tight security.

Zardari hanging pardon 'is illegal'

A court has barred President Asif Ali Zardari from pardoning a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohamed.

Hardliners call for deaths of Surrey Muslims

Islamic extremists have started openly calling for the destruction of a controversial Muslim sect in a major escalation of sectarian conflict within British Islam, an investigation by The Independent has revealed.

Robert Fisk: Relatives with blood on their hands

Eight of the women who sought refuge in Hina Jilani's Lahore shelter died later at the hands of their families. In the second part of our investigation, the lawyer explains how authorities covered up

Suicide bombers attack Shia march in Pakistan

Three suicide bombs exploded during a Shia procession in Pakistan yesterday, killing at least six people and wounding 88.

Suicide bombers kill at least 35 worshippers in Lahore shrine

Two suicide bombers struck a popular Muslim shrine in Pakistan's second largest city late last night, killing 35 people and wounding 175 others in the second major attack in Lahore in a month, the city's top official said.

History in the taking: lost photos that reveal India's making

The rediscovered life's work of a pioneering photojournalist cast new light on Gandhi, Partition and Mountbatten

Worshippers slaughtered in deadly 'final warning'

Qamar Suleman had just left his house for Friday prayers in Lahore's Garhi Shahu neighbourhood when gunfire and explosions erupted at the end of his street.

Dozens killed as two mosques attacked in Pakistan

Suspected Islamist militants attacked two mosques packed with hundreds of worshippers from a minority sect in eastern Pakistan today, holding hostages and battling police, officials and witnesses said. Some 80 people died, and dozens were wounded in the worst attack ever against the Ahmadi sect.

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