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Pakistan quake death toll surges above 300

Desperate villagers in southwest Pakistan clawed through the wreckage of their ruined homes Wednesday, a day after a huge earthquake struck, killing more than 300 people and creating a new island off the coast. The 7.7-magnitude quake hit on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province's remote Awaran district -- a dirt-poor expanse of land that is roughly the size of Wales. At least 328 people have been confirmed dead and more than 450 injured, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and the Baluchistan government.

Oceanography experts visit new island off Pakistani coast

Experts from Pakistan's National Institute of Oceanography have visited a small island created by Tuesday's powerful earthquake that rocked the country's southwestern province of Balochistan, media reports said Wednesday. The island is about 21 meters above sea level and has a landmass of 100-120 meters by 250-300 meters, the experts were quoted by GEO TV as saying.

More than 270 killed in huge Pakistan quake

Desperate villagers in southwest Pakistan clawed through the wreckage of their ruined homes Wednesday, a day after a huge earthquake struck, killing more than 270 people and creating a new island off the coast. The 7.7-magnitude quake hit on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province's remote Awaran district -- a dirt-poor expanse of land that is roughly the size of Wales. At least 271 people have been confirmed dead and more than 440 injured, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the Baluchistan government's earthquake response control room.

Pakistan quake island unlikely to last

A small island created in the Arabian Sea by the huge earthquake that hit southwest Pakistan has fascinated locals but experts say it is unlikely to last long. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday in Baluchistan's remote Awaran district, killing more than 200 people and affecting hundreds of thousands. Off the coastline near the port of Gwadar, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the epicentre, locals were astonished to see a new piece of land surface from the waves.

Hundreds killed in huge Pakistan earthquake

Tremors were felt on Tuesday as far away as New Delhi and even Dubai in the Gulf, while people in the Indian city of Ahmedabad near the border with Pakistan ran into the streets in panic.

Nine Shiites injured in Pakistan hand grenade attack

Nine people were injured in a hand grenade attack targeting a Shiite mosque in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Thursday, officials said. The attack took place in Majeed Colony, in the bustling eastern neighbourhood of Landhi. "Attackers threw a hand grenade on a Shiite mosque, wounding nine people, two of them seriously," city police chief Shahid Hayat told AFP. He said the mosque was the target, adding that the attackers later fled.

Days before death, Pakistani ganglord vowed to protect Karachi turf

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Days before he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi, one of Pakistan's most feared men said he would rather see the city in ruin than give up control over his turf in the country's volatile commercial capital. Zafar Baloch, a notorious figure wielding enormous power in Karachi, was killed by a group of gunmen on motorbikes overnight in an attack that sent shock waves through the sprawling port city generating a quarter of Pakistan's economy.

Pakistan court takes action on bar on women voters

A high court in northwest Pakistan Thursday ordered the authorities to withhold bye-election results of two constituencies where women were not allowed to cast votes, an official said. The country held bye-elections after 42 seats became vacant after candidates in the May general elections held more than one seat and could keep only one. "The Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court has taken the suo moto notice of media reports that women were not allowed to cast their votes in two constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province," a court official told AFP.

Karachi's plague of violence brings armoured car boom

As an unprecedented wave of killings and kidnappings hits Karachi, the Pakistani city's elite are splashing out to have their luxury cars made bomb and bulletproof. The sprawling metropolis of 18 million people on the Arabian Sea is Pakistan's economic heart, with ranks of factories, import-export wheeler-dealers and slick bankers. But it is also the crucible of the country's worst excesses of violence, criminality and inequality.

Football: Pakistan confident of hosting Asian football

Pakistan's football chief Friday said he was confident about hosting qualifying matches for the AFC's under-16 championship despite a bomb attack that killed eight young football fans in Karachi last week. Pakistan has been a "no go" area for foreign teams since the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001 and the ensuing war on terror which sparked security fears in the South Asian country. Terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore four years ago washed away all hopes of Pakistan staging any cricketing or international sporting event.
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