Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan throw stones toward police during a protest against the arrest of Khan, in Karachi, Pakistan, May 9, 2023.

A shaky political situation in Pakistan could get worse with arrest of former PM Imran Khan


Paramilitary troops arrested former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during a court appearance on Tuesday, sparking protests and complicating an already-fragile political situation in the country.

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Police file terrorism charges against Pakistan’s Imran Khan

A police officer examines a damaged car at the site of a firing incident, in Karachi, Pakistan

Taliban takeover could mean more security challenges for Chinese projects in Pakistan

Black and white cover of composer Arooj Aftab

The ‘strange grace’ of singer Arooj Aftab

Trader displays sari with image of modi with his military tanks

As elections loom, India’s Modi vows to end terrorism in Kashmir — with more military force

Pashtun women in Pakistan hold posters of their missing family members

Is Pakistan poised for a Pashtun Spring?

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Pashtuns are an ethnic minority group composed largely of about 30 million people in Pakistan. They have also gone missing by the thousands.

A security officer is seen perched through a vehicle's sun roof as electoral workers stand in line along a wall in Karachi, Pakistan.

Suicide bomber kills dozens as Pakistanis vote in cliffhanger election

A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling center as Pakistanis voted on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Baby Eva has yet to meet her Pakistani grandmother.

A Pakistani mom sets out to visit her new American granddaughter, and is turned back at the visa counter


Dual citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Sudan are hit by the new US program that restricts their travel. But Pakistanis say they’re victims of a visa clampdown as well.

A Pakistani executioner and his job

An interview with an executioner: ‘I don’t feel anything’


It’s not an interview a journalist gets to do every day — with an executioner. The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil got that chance when she sat down with Sabir Massih, 32, who’s hanged nearly 50 people since Pakistan reinstated the death penalty. He tells Khalil what goes through his mind when he pulls the lever.

The BBC's Mobeen Azhar speaks to Imam Ghazi, leader of the Red Mosque

Go inside a Pakistani madrassa where Osama bin Laden is called a hero


Across Pakistan, an increasingly radical brand of Islamic school or madrassa is gaining influence, spreading a purist form of Islam through its students, many of whom go on to become imams and preachers across the country.