Suicide blast rips through Pakistani fruit market, killing 20

Witnesses recount the moment when at least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded by a powerful suicide blast apparently targeting the Shia Hazara ethnic minority at a crowded fruit market in Pakistan’s Quetta city.

Bomb kills 16, wounds 30 in SW Pakistan: officials

At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded in a bomb blast at a fruit market in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta. IMAGES of blast site

Women’s march slogans ignite feminist firestorm in Pakistan

Provocative posters with slogans like ‘Keep your dick pics to yourself’ at Pakistan’s women’s march last month went viral and resulted in shocked organisers reposting a slew of violent threats. The uproar has provoked a rare and at times acrimonious debate on women’s rights and cultural values in the conservative Muslim country.

Iran looks to remote port to beat US sanctions

With the web of US sanctions tightening, Iran faces a host of challenges as it looks to an isolated port in the country’s far southeast to maintain the flow of goods.The port in Chabahar, only about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the Pakistan border and located on the Indian Ocean, is Iran’s largest outside the Gulf.

Hindus in Pakistan celebrate Holi festival

Pakistan’s Hindu community in Karachi celebrates the Holi festival. The festival, which marks the arrival of spring, is also known as the “Festival of Colors”.

Cricket: Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi to win PSL

Quetta Gladiators beat former champions Peshawar Zalmi in the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) by eight wickets to lift their maiden title before a capacity 32,000 crowd at the National stadium in Karachi. Pakistan officials hope they will hold all their Twenty20 league matches next year and some international cricket at home in the near future.