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Pakistan accelerates jeep rally to boost desert tourism

In a cloud of dust and diesel fumes, a souped-up 4x4 roars through the silence of Pakistan's Cholistan desert, cheered on by tens of thousands of spectators. Nearly 90 drivers were drawn to throw their vehicles around the dry, rocky 214-kilometre (133-mile) track in a desolate, baking hot corner of Punjab province for this year's Cholistan Jeep Rally. The event, which began in 2005, has grown in popularity despite the remote location, about 400 kilometres southwest of Lahore, the provincial capital, with fans coming from across Pakistan to see the action.

Pakistani Hindus urge authorities to save temple

Hindus in Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi on Monday urged authorities to halt construction work on an underpass, which they say endangers a 150-year-old temple. The minority community said vibrations from excavation work on a road being built just metres away from the Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple could cause irreparable damage to the building's structure. Pakistan's Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Monday ordered local authorities to provide an impact report within two weeks, but a Hindu community leader said that may be too late to save the temple.

Road accident kills 35 in southwest Pakistan

A collision between two passenger buses and a petrol tanker killed 35 people in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said, with many of the victims burning to death. A bus travelling to Karachi collided with the tanker in the early hours of the morning in Gadani district on the coast of Baluchistan province, senior administration official Akber Haripal told AFP.

Gun and grenade feud kills 14, mostly women and children, in Pakistan's Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Rival gangs opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent district of Pakistan's financial hub, Karachi, on Wednesday, killing 14 people, including eight women and three children, police said. Karachi, a city and port of more than 18 million people, is home to many militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban. Many political parties there have armed wings to fight turf wars.

16 dead as rival gangs clash in Pakistan's Karachi

Street battles between two rival gangs armed with RPGs and machine guns killed at least 16 people -- including four women -- in Pakistan's Karachi on Wednesday, officials said. The clash, which according to police also injured 39 people, mainly schoolchildren, was the worst outbreak of criminal-related violence to plague the troubled city in recent months. It "erupted this morning when two gangs exchanged heavy gunfire" in the Lyari neighbourhood, senior police official Faisal Bashir said, adding that school pupils had been hurt in the crossfire.

16 dead as rival gangs clash in Pakistan's Karachi

Street battles between two rival gangs armed with RPGs and machine guns killed at least 16 people -- including four women -- in Pakistan's Karachi on Wednesday, officials said. The clash, which according to police also injured 39 people, mainly schoolchildren, was the worst outbreak of criminal-related violence to plague the troubled city in recent months. It "erupted this morning when two gangs exchanged heavy gunfire" in the Lyari neighbourhood, senior police official Faisal Bashir said, adding that school pupils had been hurt in the crossfire.

Gunmen kill 8 in Pakistan's Karachi

Gunmen on motorcycles Sunday shot dead eight people including an eight-year-old girl at a faith healer's house in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, police and doctors said. At least 12 others were also wounded in the shooting at Baldia Town, a low-income Karachi neighbourhood, as dozens of people waited for their turn to see the faith healer. "Six gunmen on three motorcycles stormed into the house and started indiscriminate firing," senior police official Irfan Baloch told AFP.

Gunmen kill 8 in Pakistan's Karachi

Gunmen on motorcycles Sunday shot dead eight people including an eight-year-old girl at a faith healer's house in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, police and doctors said. At least 12 others were also wounded in the shooting at Baldia Town, a low-income Karachi neighbourhood, as dozens of people waited for their turn to see the faith healer. "Six gunmen on three motorcycles stormed into the house and started indiscriminate firing," senior police official Irfan Baloch told AFP.

Pakistan honours teenage bomb hero with bravery award

A Pakistani teenager who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber, saving the lives of hundreds of students, has been honoured with the country's highest award for bravery. Aitzaz Hassan, 15, a student in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has become a national hero after tackling the bomber who came to attack his school on Monday, with hundreds of students inside. Hassan died in hospital after the bomber blew himself up at the school gates. No one else was wounded or killed in the incident.

Happiness for some in Pakistan's gated communities

On the edge of Rawalpindi, Islamabad's scruffy, congested twin city, a grand arched gateway opens to a rather different Pakistan, one of tidy lawns, golf courses and constant, reliable electricity. Welcome to Bahria Town, where Pakistan's new middle class takes refuge from the Taliban attacks and endless power cuts that plague the rest of the country.
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