Tour de Impossible? Pakistan hosts ‘world’s toughest cycle race’ | AFP

Finishing nearly 5,000 metres above sea level after hundreds of kilometres winding past blackened glaciers and snow-capped peaks: a new Pakistani race presents a world-class challenge for cyclists — climbing towards the “Roof of the World”.

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Kicking up dust: Pakistan’s traditional bull racing | AFP

Farmers in Pakistan grab the reins as they compete in a traditional bull race in Bilawal village, some 70 kilometers from Islamabad.

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Another loss for Pakistan against arch rival India in World Cup | AFP

In what is one of cricket’s biggest rivalries, India thrash Pakistan at Old Trafford in the World Cup.

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Pakistan ex-president Zardari arrested over graft charges | AFP

Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari is arrested after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw millions allegedly siphoned out of the country.

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Pakistan’s Kalash minority battles tourism deluge | AFP

In remote valleys in northern Pakistan, the Kalash minority celebrates spring’s arrival with a colourful dance but an influx of camera-wielding visitors is threatening their unique traditions.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offers Eid prayers | AFP

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offers prayers as Muslims around the world celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. IMAGES

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HIV outbreak sparks panic in Southern Pakistan

Hundreds of people in a village in southern Pakistan have allegedly been infected with HIV by a doctor using a contaminated syringe. Health officials say more than 400 people, many of them children, have tested HIV positive in recent weeks as experts warn of a surge in infection rates across Pakistan, due to the use of unsanitary equipment and rampant malpractice — often at the hands of quack doctors.