A university in the northwest of Pakistan has come under attack by armed militants, and at least seven people have reportedly been killed, with a further 20 injured. It’s not yet clear how many of the dead are attackers and how many are civilians.
Gunfire and explosions were heard Wednesday morning local time from within Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Pakistan.
There are still dead inside, and the operation is ongoing, Bilal Faizi, a local emergency service spokesman told CNN.
There have so far been no claims of responsibility.
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KABUL, AFGHANISTANAn aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will seek military aid from India during a three-day visit this week. Karzai’s trip comes during escalating border tension with Pakistan, India’s archrival.
Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi says the president will discuss recent border skirmishes with Pakistan when he visits New Delhi starting Monday. He added that Karzai would seek Indian help in “strengthening of our security forces.”
The visit could irk Pakistan, which suspects its rival India of seeking influence in Afghanistan, which Pakistan considers its own backyard.
ELIZABETH PALMER /
CBS NEWS/ May 13, 2013, 2:31 AM
ISLAMABAD – Pakistanis were mesmerized last week by the spectacle of candidate Imran Khan toppling backwards off a fork-lift at a campaign rally just days before national parliamentary elections.
Grainy pictures of the fall and Khan’s emotional appeal to his supporters later — wearing a neck brace in a hospital bed — elbowed other news stories aside.
In ordinary circumstances, one story in particular would have grabbed much bigger headlines last week.
On Thursday, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan ruled that U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory are illegal, inhumane and a violation of the United Nations charter on human rights.
- Pakistan’s Sharif headed for 3rd term as PM
- Pakistan candidate pins hopes on anti-U.S. stance
- CIA drone secrecy ruling nixed by appeals court
Today, keep a watchful eye on the sky. 🙂
Most international troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan this year.