Pakistan

Pakistani court issues nationwide ban on Valentine's Day

The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine's Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be celebrated in "any public space or government building."

The court has requested Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to monitor these platforms and share any information that shows that the ban has been compromised.

Pakistan: Woman sentenced to death for burning daughter alive

Parveen Bibi told a court in Lahore, Punjab that she killed her daughter "for bringing shame to her family," police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar told CNN Tuesday.

Parveen's son Ahmer Rafique was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crime.

 

Brutal killing

Zeenat Rafique, 18, was strangled and set alight by her mother and brother in June 2016 after she eloped against their wishes.

Australia beats Pakistan by 92 runs at the Gabba in first ODI

A maiden ODI century from Matthew Wade helped the home side reach 9-268 from the full 50 overs, and Pakistan was dismissed for 176 with 7.2 overs to spare.

On a fiercely hot day in Brisbane, Australian debutant paceman Billy Stanlake went off with heat stress early in the Pakistan innings, while opener Azhar Ali picked up a hamstring injury running between wickets and was eventually forced to retire hurt on 12, shortly after Sharjeel Khan was dismissed for 18.

Stanlake returned later, but only bowled three overs for 13.

Australia runs through Pakistan to complete unlikely win at MCG

Earlier in the day, Steve Smith declared with Australia 9-624, leading by 181 runs after their first innings and giving his attack something at which to bowl.

Pakistan then lost one wicket in a brief spurt before lunch, four more fell in the afternoon session before losing the final five after tea to be all out for 163.

After being given an awkward 70 overs to negotiate, Pakistan started terribly when opener Sami Aslam dropped a defensive stroke on to his pads and back into the stumps in the second over.

Kashmir tension: Pakistan ends ban on Bollywood films

The decision to ban the films came amid a rise in military tensions over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

The boycott was imposed after some Indian film-makers had banned Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood films.

Bollywood is popular in Pakistan, and the self-imposed ban is reported to have led to a dramatic loss of revenue.

The move followed a surge in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Film distributors and cinema owners in Pakistan said they would resume screening the films on Monday.

Afghan forces 'kill Pakistan Taliban commander Azam Tariq'

Azam Tariq died in Paktika province, near Pakistan's border. His son and nine others were also reported killed.

Tariq was a former Pakistani Taliban spokesman and part of a breakaway faction after the group split in 2014.

Many Pakistani Taliban now operate from Afghanistan after they were dislodged from strongholds in north-west Pakistan by a military offensive.

Could India and Pakistan go to war?

After all, both countries have long been nuclear powers -- a deterrent that encompasses the lives of a combined 1.4 billion people. Both nations have also seen some years of relative peace along their border, a break from the wars that pockmarked the 20th Century.

And yet, hours after 18 were killed in an attack on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, the director-general of military operations for the Indian Army announced that the terrorists carried gear which had "Pakistani markings."

The allegation unleashed a torrent of fury on social media.

Samia Shahid 'honour killing': Father dismisses murder accusations

Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid made the denial before he appeared in court along with Ms Shahid's first husband, Chaudhry Muhammad Shakeel, who is accused of murder.

Mr Shahid is being held as an accessory to her murder.

Ms Shahid, 28, from Bradford, died in July in northern Punjab.

The BBC has since learnt that Ms Shahid had not obtained a legal divorce before her second marriage.

A final report into her death was due to be presented in court, but the prosecution said it needed more time to examine it.

Pakistan beat England in final ODI

Chasing 303, Pakistan slipped to 77-3 before Sarfraz Ahmed (90) and Shoaib Malik (77) shared 163.

Despite a late wobble, the tourists got home with 10 balls to spare.

England's 302-9 came via 87 from Jason Roy and Ben Stokes' 75, but they took only 42 runs off the last eight overs in a slide of five wickets for 64.

They were stifled by some impressive pace bowling from Hasan Ali, who took 4-60, and Mohammad Amir (3-50).

Pakistan: 'Dead-baby-swap gang' arrested in Peshawar

The gang swapped newborn babies with the bodies of dead infants in hospitals and maternity homes, and told their parents the child had died, police told the BBC.

The babies were then sold to childless couples for between 70,000-300,000 rupees (£500-2,200; $650-$2,850).

Pakistan has seen several high-profile cases of baby abductions recently.

Police told the BBC they had received a number of complaints about stolen babies.

Some women who had given birth to healthy babies said they were told within hours that their child had died