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Pakistani leader of banned sectarian group gets parliament seat

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Election Commission has awarded a parliamentary seat to the leader of a banned sectarian group that activists blame for the deaths of hundreds of people. Ahmed Ludhianvi will represent the city of Jhang, in Punjab province, the commission ruled.

Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 22

A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 22 people in the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at the wholesale market near the capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Bomb kills 17, wounds 50 in Islamabad market

A bomb tore through a bustling Islamabad market on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, police and hospital officials said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market in the busy morning period when grocers and sellers gather to trade. It is the deadliest attack to hit the Pakistani capital since the Marriott Hotel bombing in 2008 and comes as the government tries to negotiate an end to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's seven-year insurgency.

Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 20

A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, police said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at the wholesale market close to the Pakistani capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Bomb kills 17, wounds 50 in Islamabad market

A bomb tore through a bustling Islamabad market on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, police and hospital officials said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market close to the capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Fresh clashes between Pakistani militants kill 14

Fresh clashes on Tuesday between two feuding factions of the Pakistani Taliban left 14 people dead, security officials and militant sources said. A total of 34 people have now been killed since fighting broke out Sunday in the Waziristan tribal district between supporters of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud, they said.

Pakistanis target drones with giant posters of child victims

A group of Pakistani artists are hoping to generate "empathy" among US drone operators by placing giant posters of children meant to be seen from the air in the country's troubled tribal regions. The project, titled #NotABugSplat, has released a photograph -- itself taken from the air with the use of a mini-helicopter drone -- of a poster laid out in a field that shows the face of a girl who lost both her parents in one of the controversial strikes in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Clashes between Pakistani militants kill 20

Clashes between two Pakistani Taliban factions have left at least 20 dead, security officials and militant sources said Monday, in a sign of the intense rivalries within the umbrella grouping. The fighting took place in the tribal regions between supporters of Khan Said Sajna, a senior commander once tipped to lead the group, and those of former leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike last November.

At least four policemen killed in Kabul suicide attack

KABUL (Reuters) - At least four policemen were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack outside the Afghan interior ministry in the center of Kabul, a ministry spokesman said. "Unfortunately four of our policemen were martyred and so far we have no one wounded. It happened outside the main gate... The bomber tried to enter our human resources department," the spokesman said. "As soon as the bomber saw some policemen he detonated his explosives. It was impossible for him to enter the facility with the suicide vest."

Bomb kills girl, injures 16 in SW Pakistan

A bomb blast targeting a vehicle carrying security forces killed a young girl and wounded 16 others -- including up to eight children -- in Pakistan's troubled southwest Saturday, police said. The attack occurred in the Saryab area on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich Baluchistan province that borders Iran and Afghanistan. "An improvised explosive device, which was planted in an auto rickshaw parked along the roadside went off as a vehicle of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed by it," city police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP.
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