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Imran appeals to SC to save Pakistan from anarchy, civil war

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Hardline Pakistan Taliban group claims police attack

A new hardline breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on police in Pakistan`s restive northwest that killed one official.

Imran booked for forcing police to release his party workers

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274 killed, over two million affected in Pakistan floods

At least 274 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.

Bomb blast in Pakistan's Balochistan; 3 killed, dozens injured

At least three people were killed and over 20 got injured when a bomb exploded in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Saturday.

Pakistan remains China's priority: Xi Jinping tells Sartaj Aziz

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Pakistan Army deployed for flood relief

Pakistan today deployed the army for relief operations as the country grapples with the deadliest floods in its history that have killed nearly 260 people and affected over a million others.

Nearly 260 dead in rains, floods in Pak; over one million affected

Nearly 260 people have been killed and more than one million affected due to rains and devastating floods in Pakistan with authorities racing against both time and tide to limit destruction, officials said on Wednesday.

Talks progress between Pakistan government, PAT

Deliberations between the Pakistan government and protesting Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party continued here Wednesday with the two sides set to resume their talks Friday, a media report said.

65 militants killed in Pak military offensive in N Waziristan

At least 65 militants were killed on Wednesday as Pakistani air force jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, where the military is mounting a major offensive against the Taliban militants.

243 killed in Pakistan's deadliest flood

Islamabad: Nearly half a million people in Pakistan have been hit by the deadliest flood in the country's history that has claimed 243 lives, as authorities braced to save major towns along the swollen Chenab river, which has left a trail of devastation.

Flood waters submerged thousands of homes after the Chenab river rose dramatically over the weekend, rendering people homeless.

Severe damage has been caused by the Jhelum and Chenab rivers, which swelled after heavy monsoon rainfall last week.

The showers which started last week continued through the weekend in Punjab and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The major damage has been done in Punjab.

More than 4,36,000 people have been affected in Punjab and 30,000 in PoK due to flooding.

The death toll from the devastating floods triggered by heavy monsoon rain today rose to 241, a National Disaster Management Authority official said.

The NDMA said 168 people have been killed in Punjab, 64 in PoK and 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The victims include 12 worshippers who were killed today when a two-storey mosque in a densely-populated area of Lahore collapsed.

More than 400 people have been injured in floods and rain-related incidents.

Army and civilian rescue agencies mounted relief efforts to get villagers to safety with the help of helicopters and boats.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who visited the flood-hit areas in the province, said the floods were the "deadliest in the history of Pakistan".

Although the rains have stopped, the flood waters are likely to submerge hundreds of more villages. Pakistani authorities were bracing for worsening conditions as water level in the Chenab was rising.

The immediate attention is on Trimmu barrage in Jhang district, where Jhelum river joins Chenab.

The two rivers are carrying more than 900,000 cusec water against the maximum 700,000 cusec capacity of Trimmu.

After Jhang, the central city of Multan is also on the flood list.

Dunya TV reported that only option to save the city is to create several breeches in the embankments of the river, which will flood several more villages and hamlets.

Chenab has left a trail of devastation in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha and Khushabad and Jhang districts.

The Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Indus Water Commission (PIWC), Indus River System Authority (Irsa) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met yesterday to review coordination in rescue efforts.

Indian mission in Islamabad issues 350-400 visas to Pak bizmen

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Over 200 killed in floods, rains in Pakistan

Over 200 people were killed and nearly 400 injured in floods and rain-related incidents in Pakistan, mainly in Punjab province, with four days of torrential downpour leaving a trail of death and devastation.

PML-Q chief says only Army can resolve ongoing political crisis in Pakistan

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Chinese president`s Pakistan visit postponed due to protests

Pakistan`s foreign ministry Saturday said Chinese President Xi Jinping`s state visit scheduled for this month had been postponed due to anti-government protests in Islamabad.

160 killed in torrential rains in Pakistan

At least 160 people have been killed and 148 others injured in torrential monsoon rains in Pakistan that have wreaked havoc across the country as troops raced to evacuate people from deluged areas.

CPI(M) bats for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue

The CPI(M) on Wednesday called for resumption of talks between India and Pakistan and said the country should not give an impression that it does not want to hold dialogue with its neighbour.

Pakistan protests ease as rival leaders seek negotiated settlement

Rival Pakistani politicians on Wednesday explored the possibility of a negotiated solution to weeks of protests aimed at the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that eased after turning violent at the weekend.

Pakistan military says 900 militants killed in anti-Taliban operation

Pakistan`s military said Wednesday it had killed more than 900 militants and lost 82 soldiers since the start of a major operation against the Taliban in the tribal northwest in June.