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Pakistan plane crash: ‘All I could see was fire’

Pakistan plane crash: ‘All I could see was fire’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device One of the survivors of Friday's plane crash in the Pakistani city of Karachi has described his ordeal, saying all he could see "was fire".Passenger Muhammad Zubair was one of at least two passengers who survived after the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 came down in a residential area.Health authorities in Sindh province said 97 deaths had been confirmed.The cause of the crash is not yet known.The pilot had reported a technical fault after one failed landing attempt, according local media, then issued a mayday call as the plane came down.It came days after Pakistan allowed commercial flights to resume after the country's coronavirus lockdown was eased.How did Muhammad Zubair escap...
At least seven survivors after plane carrying 98 people crashes in Pakistan

At least seven survivors after plane carrying 98 people crashes in Pakistan

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At least seven people have survived after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi with 98 people on board.Flight PK 8303 went down in a residential area of the city on Friday as the Airbus A320 plane, carrying 91 passengers and seven crew, was approaching Jinnah International Airport. The airline said the pilot had reported technical issues and witnesses said the aircraft, flying from Lahore, attempted to land two or three times before hitting a mobile tower and crashing into houses in the Model Colony area, a few miles away from the airport. ...
Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

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Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut downBy KATHY GANNON Associated PressApril 3, 2020, 10:08 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleISLAMABAD -- Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups like the country's Islamic Ideology Council. However, some provinces have issued their own lockdown orders to prevent M...
Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan ex-leader sentenced to death for treason

Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan ex-leader sentenced to death for treason

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General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military leader, has been sentenced to death at a special court hearing in Islamabad.The three-member court sentenced him over a high treason charge that has been pending since 2013. Gen Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and served as the country's president from 2001 to 2008. He is currently in Dubai after being allowed to leave the country for medical treatment in 2016.The charge relates to Gen Musharraf's suspension of the constitution in 2007, when he imposed emergency rule in a move intended to extend his tenure. Profile: Pakistan's ex-leader Gen MusharrafHe issued a video statement from a hospital bed earlier this month, describing the case against him as "baseless". Gen Musharraf is the fi...
Pakistan train fire: Investigators to look at braking system

Pakistan train fire: Investigators to look at braking system

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Investigators will be looking at the braking system of a train that caught fire in Pakistan, killing 74 people.Survivors have said they pulled emergency cords in an effort to notify the train's conductor but that the train continued to speed down the tracks for nearly 20 minutes. Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has ordered an urgent investigation into the incident. Image: The blaze destroyed three of the train's carriages after a cooking stove exploded The fire ripped through three carriages as the train travelled through eastern Punjab province near the town of Liaquatpur.It started after a gas cooking stove exploded and set other gas cylinders alight, said deputy railways commissioner Jamil Ahmed. ...