Quetta wins 1st PSL title, beats Peshawar in final
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Quetta Gladiators won its first Pakistan Super League Twenty20 title on Sunday with a thumping eight-wicket victory over 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi in the...
Puyol among thousands to watch PSL final
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Legendary Spanish footballer Carles Puyol was among thousands of cricket fans at the National Stadium to witness the Pakistan Super League twenty20 final on...
Peshawar through to 3rd successive PSL final
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Kamran Akmal's blistering half century propelled 2017 winner Peshawar Zalmi to its third straight Pakistan Super League final with a convincing 48-run victory over...
Islamabad knocks out hosts Karachi from PSL
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Defending champions Islamabad United knocked out hosts Karachi Kings from the Pakistan Super League with a four-wicket victory in eliminator 1 on Thursday.
Australian Watson carries Quetta to PSL final
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Shane Watson's all-round performance carried Quetta Gladiators to its third Pakistan Super League final with a 10-run victory over Peshawar Zalmi in the qualifier on...
Karachi cricket fans treated to Delport ton in PSL
South Africa's Cameron Delport delighted thousands of cricket-starved fans at Karachi's National Stadium with a blistering century as the Pakistan Super League returned to the country's biggest...
PSL cricket games moved from Lahore to Karachi
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Cricket Board moved three PSL matches from Lahore to Karachi on Sunday after political and military tension between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan building collapse kills 2 in Karachi, traps others
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani rescue official says at least two bodies have been recovered from a three-story building that collapsed in a suburb of the southern port city of...
Young Pakistani man, woman slain in suspected honor killing
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a young man and a woman have been killed in the country's commercial hub, Karachi, allegedly by relatives over a perceived affront to family...
Woman acquitted of blasphemy still can’t leave Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has been transferred from a secret location near the capital to another in Karachi, but is still unable to leave the country to join her daughters in Canada, a friend said Saturday.
West Indies women beat Pakistan in Super Over in Twenty20
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The West Indies women's team defeated Pakistan in a Super Over tiebreaker on Friday to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is staging the series in a bid to showcase its ability to host international matches following a deadly 2009 terrorist attack against the Sri Lanka test team in Lahore.
Pakistan protests over acquitted Christian woman fizzle out
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police have fired tear gas and wielded batons to disperse a rally by Islamic radicals in the southern port city of Karachi against the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.
But despite the Karachi violence, nationwide rallies the extremists had called for on Friday against Aasia Bibi's freedom mostly fizzled.
Bibi had spent eight years on death row on charges of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
West Indies women win 1st match in Pakistan without problems
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The West Indies women's first cricket match in Pakistan was a 71-run victory that passed without incident on Thursday.
Pakistan has staged only short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, a World XI, and the West Indies since a deadly terrorist attack in March 2009 against the Sri Lanka test team in Lahore. A women's team from Bangladesh also toured Pakistan in October 2015.
West Indies women’s team in Pakistan for cricket series
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The West Indies women's team arrived in Karachi on Wednesday to play three Twenty20 matches as Pakistan once again bids to showcase its ability to host international cricket.
There was a heavy security presence between the airport and the team hotel, and traffic on one of Karachi's busiest roads was halted while the visiting squad travelled through on bullet-proof buses.
West Indies women’s team to play 3 T20s in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A women's cricket team from the West Indies will tour Pakistan for three Twenty20 matches at Karachi which the Pakistan Cricket Board sees it as "a major step toward revival of international cricket in the country."
Pakistan has hosted only short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, World XI and the West Indies since terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka cricket team bus at Lahore in 2009.
Pakistan says 5 arrested over attack on Chinese consulate
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says investigators have arrested five suspects charged with aiding a separatist group accused of attacking the Chinese Consulate in Karachi last year, killing two civilians and two policemen.
At a news conference on Friday, officer Amir Sheikh said the men arrested confessed to their role in facilitating three assailants, who were killed during the Nov. 23 attack at the consulate.
Kaka and Figo in Pakistan to launch World Soccer Stars event
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Soccer greats Luis Figo and Kaka arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to launch the World Soccer Stars event in a country more known for its cricket.
A private England-based group, Touchsky Group, will organize the event in late April in Karachi and Lahore with an aim toward portraying a softer image of Pakistan around the world.
Pakistani police detain suspects in politician’s killing
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani police officer says officers have detained suspects in the murder of a former lawmaker assassinated last week in the southern port city of Karachi.
Kalim Imam, the provincial police chief, said Friday his department would soon share "important news" about the assailants who killed Ali Raza Abidi outside his home in the Dec. 25 gun attack.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack which drew nationwide condemnation.
Gunmen kill ex-Pakistani lawmaker outside home in Karachi
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani police officer says gunmen opened fire on a former lawmaker outside his home in the southern port city of Karachi before fleeing.
Javed Odho says Ali Raza Abidi was critically wounded in Tuesday evening's attack and he later died at a hospital.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which drew condemnation from Prime Minister Imran Khan and several other opposition politicians.
Blast wounds 6 at religious gathering in Karachi in Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say an overnight blast targeting a religious gathering of an ethnic party has wounded six people in the southern port city of Karachi.
Saturday night's blast took place as hundreds of supporters of a faction of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement were present in the neighborhood of Gulistan-e-Johar. No one has claimed responsibility and authorities say all of the wounded are listed in stable condition.
Pakistan opens defense exhibit with over a dozen countries
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is hosting a four-day defense exhibition, an international show with over a dozen countries displaying their latest defense weapons. Archrival India is not participating.
President Arif Alvi opened the show on Tuesday in the port city of Karachi, the scene of a deadly attack on the Chinese Consulate last week.
AP Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China's growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars' worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the country's resources and leave it with crippling debt.
After attack on Chinese consulate, Pakistan points to India
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The suicide bomber that targeted the Chinese consulate in Karachi used a foreign-made C-4 plastic explosive, said Pakistani police, who suggested Saturday that the attack was orchestrated in India.
4 killed in brazen attack at Chinese consulate in Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Armed separatists stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense hour-long shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were killed, including one who was wearing a suicide vest, Pakistani officials said.
The Latest: Pakistan’s death toll from market bombing now 35
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on the attack on the Chinese Consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi (all times local):
Pakistani police say the death toll from a bombing at an open-air market in the country's northwest has risen further and is now at 35.
The attack came just a couple of hours after armed separatists stormed the Chinese Consulate in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday.
CCTV shows attack at Karachi’s China consulate
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Video of gunmen outside Karachi Chinese consulate
Pakistan reporter held for having ‘provocative literature’
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A defense lawyer says a journalist who was taken away by unidentified security forces over the weekend has been charged with possessing "provocative literature."
Nasrullah Khan, a subeditor for a local daily in Karachi, was taken from his home early Saturday by uniformed and plainclothes men and held incommunicado for two days.
Pakistan journalist detained by unidentified security forces
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The wife of a Pakistani journalist says he was detained by unidentified security forces and has been unreachable for more than 24 hours.
Nasrullah Khan's wife, Ghulam Fatima, says he was taken from their home early Saturday by armed men, some wearing uniforms, who said he would be released after questioning. They also took his computer. Khan works as a subeditor for a local daily in Karachi.
Pakistani dies after immolation to protest police bribery
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say a rickshaw driver who set himself on fire to protest police demands for bribes, has died of severe burns in Karachi.
Mohammad Khalid died on Monday morning, two days after setting himself on fire.
IS deadly new front in Pakistan’s decades-old terror war
DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election rally last month, killing 149 people and wounding 300 others.
Pakistan’s ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The party of Pakistan's prime minister-designate on Thursday suspended a newly elected lawmaker after a video surfaced online showing him beating up a citizen in the southern city of Karachi.
The action by the party of former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, Tahreek-e-Insaf, was intended to showed that it plans to take such offenses seriously.
Khan campaigned on promises he would root out corruption and ensure justice for all.
Gunmen kill 3 police, suicide bomber wounds 6 in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say gunmen killed three police in an overnight attack, while a suicide bomber wounded three Chinese engineers and three paramilitary guards in a separate incident.
Faizullah Faraq, a spokesman for the local government of the northern Gilgit Baltistan territory, says one of the gunmen who attacked the police post was killed in the ensuing shootout late Friday. Another two police were wounded in the attack.
Former Pakistan ODI player Hasan has ban extended to 4 years
ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent adjudicator has increased the spot-fixing ban on Shahzaib Hasan, who has represented Pakistan in three one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 games, from one to four years.
In February, a Pakistan Cricket Board anti-corruption tribunal suspended the opening batsman and fined him 1 million rupees ($8,060) for violating three clauses of the PCB's code of conduct while playing for the Karachi Kings in the 2017 Pakistan Super League.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a trailer truck has hit a parked passenger bus carrying wedding guests on a busy highway near the southern city of Hyderabad, killing at least 15 people.
The accident took place before dawn Monday in the town of Matiarai in southern Sindh province.
Local police official Mohammad Tahir says 17 people were injured in the crash and some were in critical condition.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer accused of scores of extrajudicial killings has been released on bail.
Rao Anwar, a former Karachi police chief whose forces have been accused of killing of more than 400 people in police raids, was released on Wednesday.
Pakistan Christians welcome new Catholic cardinal
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Christians, a tiny minority in Islamic Pakistan, have given a warm welcome to newly appointed Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Coutts in the southern port city of Karachi.
Coutts was heralded Tuesday at the Karachi airport. The 73-year-old former archbishop was among 14 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis at a ceremony in Vatican City this month.
Coutts, born in India, is only the second cardinal from Pakistan after Cardinal Joseph Cordero who died in 1994.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Christians have welcomed the elevation of Archbishop Joseph Coutts to cardinal.
Coutts, the 73-year-old archbishop of Karachi, was among 14 new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis at a ceremony on Thursday. He is only the second cardinal from Muslim-majority Pakistan, after Cardinal Joseph Cordero, who died in 1994.
Christians are a tiny minority in Pakistan, where they face discrimination and where they have been targeted by Islamic extremists.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of people in Karachi attended the funeral Wednesday for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school.
Sabika Sheikh was among 10 students and staff slain Friday at Santa Fe High School near Houston.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani welfare organization says the heatwave gripping the region amid widespread power cuts has killed 65 people in Karachi.
Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman for the private group Edhi, which is also the country's largest ambulance service, said on Tuesday that their morgue received 65 bodies over the past four days, including of people who died after losing consciousness on the streets.
He says these people died before they could be taken to hospital.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Abdul Aziz Sheikh sits on the ground floor of his Karachi home surrounded by mourning friends, relatives and local politicians that have come to give their condolences. Composed, he fights back tears. On the floor above, his wife is still in shock. The friends around her wail in grief.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan field hockey great Mansoor Ahmed died on Saturday after suffering from a heart ailment for three years. He was 49.
"(Mansoor) passed away this afternoon due to several heart complications," Dr. Naveed Qamar said at a news conference at a hospital in the southern port city of Karachi.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say four people were burned alive when a truck collided with the motorized rickshaw they were in near a famous shrine in the country's south.
Police officer Ali Nawaz said on Monday that the four victims were cousins from Karachi who were travelling home late the previous night after attending an annual festival at the famous shrine of Sufi saint Shahbaz Qalander in the town of Sehwan.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a road accident on a highway in the south has killed seven members of a family, including a newlywed couple.
Officer Aslam Aqilani said on Friday that only a 2-year-old girl, who was thrown out of the car in the crash, survived when an SUV rear-ended the family's car late on Thursday night.
The car caught fire, quickly turning into a fireball. Aqilani says police and rescue workers had to cut through metal and wreckage to retrieve the bodies.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they lobbed tear gas and fired gunshots in the air to try to disperse an angry crowd hurling stones at the officers. The violence left one protester dead after a gunshot to the head.
The clashes erupted on Tuesday in the port city of Karachi during a demonstration over the disappearance and killing of a 7-year-old girl this week. The protesters accused police of negligence in the case.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting a pregnant singer as she performed at a party held by a wealthy landlord.
Local police chief Hazoor Baksh Junejo said Thursday the man suspected of killing local performer Samina Sindhu has been arrested. Sindhu's husband, Mohammad Ashiq, says the party on Tuesday was held by a wealthy landlord to celebrate his son's birth. He says one of the guests drunkenly ordered Sindhu to dance before shooting her.
Pakistan thrashes jet lagged West Indies by 143 runs
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan thrashed a jet lagged West Indies by 143 runs in their Twenty20 opener on Sunday for the second biggest margin of victory in top-level T20 cricket.
West Indies collapsed in Karachi to its lowest ever T20 score of 60 in 13.4 overs after opting to bowl after only arriving in the country late Saturday night.
Pakistan scored its joint highest T20 score of 203-5.
Karachi set to host 3 T20s against West Indies
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan gets another chance to showcase its ability to host international cricket when West Indies starts a three-match Twenty20 series on Sunday in Karachi.
The southern port city had a successful dress rehearsal for the April 1-3 games when it hosted the Pakistan Super League final last week.