Imran Khan to resume protests – this time taking on Pakistan’s military

After surviving an assassination attempt, many believe ex-PM could use his support to press army to back a return to power

It will be the moment that Imran Khan has been building up to for weeks. On Saturday, Pakistan’s toppled prime minister and former superstar cricketer will bring his “long march 2.0” to the city of Rawalpindi as he continues to push for early general elections. If a vote is called, Khan insists he will win overwhelmingly.

Khan’s appearance will be his first public outing since an assassination attempt earlier this month, when he was shot in the leg as his march travelled through Punjab. He remains unable to walk so will address the crowds from a wheelchair. According to security agencies, there remains a high risk of another assassination attempt, so Khan will be shielded within a cube of bulletproof glass.

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Pakistan parliament ousts Imran Khan in last-minute vote

Pakistan’s prime minister found to have broken the law by attempting to stop vote going ahead

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has lost a no-confidence vote in parliament after a dramatic week in which he violated the constitution in an attempt to stop the move going ahead.

Khan, the former premier cricketer turned pious Islamist politician, has been fighting for his political life for weeks, after losing his parliamentary majority.

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Mob attacks and sets fire to Hindu temple in Pakistan

Crowds reportedly led by Islamic clerics attempt to destroy ancient shrine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region

A violent religious mob has set fire to a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region and attempted to tear it to the ground.

Crowds of thousands, reportedly led by Islamic clerics, descended on the Hindu temple in the village of Teri, in Karak district, on Wednesday and began to rip bricks from the walls and set it on fire.

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Imran Khan’s Tinder and Grindr ban in Pakistan criticised as ‘hypocrisy’

Dating app ban is move to appease conservative factions and sign of weakness, say critics

For Hamza Baloch, Grindr was a life-changer. As a gay man in Pakistan, an Islamic republic where homosexuality carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, his means of meeting others in the LGBT community had always been shrouded in secrecy and risk and kept within known safe spaces.

But the arrival of dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder in Pakistan about four years ago brought with it a small revolution among young people across the spectrum of sexuality. Here they could connect and meet people on their own terms, with an honesty about their sexuality that was previously taboo and dangerous. The apps proved popular: Tinder has been downloaded 440,000 times in Pakistan in the last 13 months.

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Pakistan Covid-19 doctors witness black market deals in blood plasma

Patients are looking for cure as healthcare system is on brink of collapse, say doctors

As coronavirus chaos has enveloped Pakistan, with hospitals overflowing, doctors dying and infections escalating at an unmanageable rate, a dangerous black market in blood plasma has emerged.

The blood plasma of recovered coronavirus patients is now being sold for upwards of £3,000 to those who are desperately looking for a cure, at a time when doctors say Pakistan’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse.

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‘Many will starve’: locusts devour crops and livelihoods in Pakistan

Farmers faced with worst plague in recent history say they have been left to fend for themselves

Mir Gul Muhammad, a farmer in Balochistan province, was blunt. “The worst that we have ever seen, ever, in our whole life,” he said of the swarms of locusts that descended on his village of Gharok.

“I cultivated around 50 acres of cotton crops and all of them have been eaten and destroyed by locusts,” he said. “Besides cotton, my other crops – onion, chilli and tomato – have been affected badly too. It is a loss of around 10m rupees [£51,000]. As a farmer, it will take years to recover from this loss.”

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Family of Pakistani journalist await truth of his death in Sweden

Sajid Hussain’s body was found in a river abroad after his work earned him death threats at home

It was late at night on 30 April and Wajid Hussain was still in his office when the phone rang. A voice on the other end, 5,000 miles away from him in Pakistan, brought news that felt like a punch to the stomach: police in the Swedish city of Uppsala confirmed that a body found in a river a week before was that of his older brother, the exiled journalist Sajid Hussain. Sajid had been missing for almost two months.

According to Uppsala police, while an autopsy has been carried out, the exact cause of Sajid’s death has yet to be determined. “Initially there was a suspicion of him being murdered,” said Karin Rosander, a spokesperson for Uppsala police. “Those suspicions have now lessened but we have nothing definite right now.”

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‘Please evacuate us’: 800 Pakistan students plead for help to escape Wuhan

The group have been confined to a hostel for three weeks and want their government to help them fly back home

Hundreds of Pakistani students trapped in the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak have said they are going through “mental torture” and pleaded with their government to help get them out.

Rehan Rasheed, who has been studying medicine in Wuhan since 2015, criticised the Pakistan government and prime minister Imran Khan for refusing to bring back the more than 800 students who have been trapped in the city since it was locked down by the Chinese authorities in an attempt to contain the outbreak.

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‘Extreme fear and self-censorship’: media freedom under threat in Pakistan

Journalists face blanked-out articles, pulled funding and channel shutdown if they dare to criticise the state

For almost five years, Talat Hussain, a well-known Pakistani journalist, hosted a popular current affairs talk show on Geo TV, openly discussing the political issues of the day. But last year all that changed. Forced to comply with a “total blackout” of news that criticised the military or the government of the new prime minister, Imran Khan, Hussain found himself unable to speak freely.

“My programmes were being repeatedly censored,” said Hussain. “I was told that any suggestion that the 2018 elections were rigged or that the army was part of the running of the government by Imran Khan was unacceptable.”

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