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Elders ban women from shopping alone in northwest Pakistan

Tribal elders and Islamic clerics in northwest Pakistan have barred women from shopping in bazaars without a male relative, elders and an official said Saturday. The decision was taken on Friday in the Karak district of conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders the restive tribal areas along the Afghan border. "We have decided that women will not visit bazaars without a male relative," Maulana Mirzaqeem, a cleric and tribal elder, told AFP by telephone. "Those who will visit markets without male relatives will be handed over to police," he said.

China in Baluchistan is bad news for regional players: newspaper

Pakistan's main business newspaper "Business Recorder" published from Karachi and Islamabad observed Monday that Chinese "quasi ownership" of Gwadar Port on Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast could become a "game changer" of the existing situation in the region. In a news analysis carried as its lead story titled "China in Baluchistan," the newspaper said it would throw a challenge, in the midterm to all Iranian ports in the Persian Gulf from Chah Bahar to Bandar Abbas and from Bushahar to Khuramshahar, as well as United Arab Emirates' Dubai Port.

China's Li offers to help end Pakistan's energy crisis

By Nick Macfie ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China and Pakistan should make cooperation on power generation a priority, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, as Islamabad seeks to end an energy crisis that triggers power cuts of up to 20 hours a day, bringing the economy to a near standstill. Li arrived in the Pakistan capital on Wednesday on the second leg of his first official trip since taking office in March after a visit to Pakistan's and China's arch rival, India.

Pakistan election in Karachi flawed: commission

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's election commission said on Saturday it failed to hold free and fair elections in the country's commercial center and biggest city, Karachi. "We have been unable to carry out free and fair elections in Karachi," it said in a statement. It is unclear whether the commission's conclusion means national elections will have to be held again. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Insight - Pakistan cleric tries hand at politics, striking fear in Shi'ites

By Michael Georgy JHANG, Pakistan (Reuters) - When Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi greets supporters on the Pakistan election trail, he opens his pitch with the kind of promises to the poor that any other politician might make. But behind the reassuring rhetoric lies what his opponents believe is a dangerous agenda - to gain a foothold in parliament and further his designs to oppress Pakistan's Shi'ite minority.

World Health Day observed in Lyari

A majority of people in Lyari suffer from hypertension and other ailments due to lack of cleanliness, good health and proper nourishment.

Six killed, three injured in Karachi violence

Six men, including an MQM activist, were killed and three others injured in different acts of violence in the city on Thursday. The gunny bag body of a man, aged about 35, bearing torture marks, was found near a drain in Nusrat Bhutto Colony within the remits of Shah Noor Jahan police station. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. The identity of the victim could not be ascertained yet.Separately, a young man, 22, was injured in firing by unidentified armed men near Shaheed Masjid within the limits of Kharadar police station.

Korangi Baloch, Azam Sports match draws in KFL

The match between Korangi Baloch and Azam Sports ended in a 1-1 draw in Aman Sports Karachi Football League at the Korangi Baloch Stadium. Azam Sports grabbed the lead in the 18th minute through their player Waseemullah. In the 61st minute, Korangi Baloch’s Abdul Hafeez scored the equalizer.PPI

Master plan for Karachi by 2030 finalized

KMC Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that the master plan for Karachi by 2030 has been finalized and every type of planning, implementation of development projects and allotment will be done according to 2030 master plan so that the requirements of Karachi could be fulfilled by 2030 and infrastructure of the city could also be improved well.He said this while addressing a reception which was given in honour of the participants of 98th National Management Course Lahore.

One killed, seven injured in two mishaps

A man was killed and seven others were injured in different road mishaps in the city on Friday, rescue sources said.They said a speeding a vehicle hit a bike rider, aged about 50, near Gulshan-e-Maymar, killing him on the spot. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. The identity of the victim could not be ascertained yet.Separately, a speeding bus No.30 overturned near Mawach Goth in Baldia Town, as a result, seven passengers - Bibi Ashraf 60, Shah Faysal 45, Umair 5, Rashida 25, Sikandar, Shaukat, Ghulam Mustafa- were injured.
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