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March 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's commercial capital, Karachi, suffered a major power outage when the country's main power utility cut supply because the city's power company had not paid its bills, an official said. Karachi is Pakistan's biggest city, with a population of more than 13 million. A spokesman for Pakistan Electric Power Co., which manages the main state power utility, said Karachi Electric Supply Co. owed $554 million and had not replied to letters seeking payment. The local utility said power had been partly restored.
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April 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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July 9, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
Police in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, struggled Friday to quell a wave of violence that has claimed at least 80 lives in the last four days and left sections of the fear-ridden city largely deserted. Karachi, a port city of 18 million, has long been plagued by bloodshed stemming from links between political leaders and organized crime gangs. Fueling the violence are continuing battles among rival gangs for prime real estate, which can yield millions of dollars in profits.
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January 9, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A car bombing in Karachi on Thursday killed a leading police investigator known as a tireless opponent of the Pakistani Taliban, dealing a blow to efforts to rein in the militant group in Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Chaudhry Aslam , a superintendent of police with the Criminal Investigation Department in Karachi. The blast also killed two other police officials and wounded 11 people. “He was killed because he was responsible for killing over 50" activists in the militant movement, Taliban spokesman Shaidullah Shahid told the media.
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January 12, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
In most places, newspaper headlines about a cease-fire between rival political parties tend to be about policy squabbles. In Karachi, such references are more often literal. More than 40 people have died here in the last five days in so-called targeted killings, most of the victims slain because of their political affiliations. Some were executed with shocking brutality -- three of the bodies found Sunday had been decapitated. "Think of Chicago or New York a century ago," said Ikram Sehgal, a political analyst and longtime Karachi resident.
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December 15, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Rome dominated the ancient world. Paris starred as the cultural diva of the 1800s. And New York soared as the steel-and-glass incarnation of the American Century. So what metropolis best defines our restless, rickety present age — Shanghai; Mumbai, India; São Paulo, Brazil? In his first book, "Instant City," Steve Inskeep , co-host of NPR's "Morning Edition," constructs a compelling case for bestowing the title on Karachi, Pakistan, a destination that usually rates higher among battle-hardened news correspondents than pleasure-hunting tourists.
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September 9, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Police officers and agents of the federal investigative agency searched Palestinian dwellings and student dormitories here Monday for clues to last Friday's hijacking of a Pan American World Airways jetliner. An estimated 3,000 Palestinians live in Karachi, about two-thirds of them students. Four men identified as Palestinians were captured after they raked the cabin of the Boeing 747 with gunfire and hand grenades, killing or fatally wounding 17 passengers and injuring about 127 others.
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June 28, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Pakistani security forces raided a Taliban hide-out in the southern city of Karachi and pounded suspected militant training camps in the northwest, killing at least 20 people and underscoring the nationwide challenge of eradicating insurgents. Police officials said the foray in Karachi thwarted plans for terrorist attacks in the country's largest city, while the bombing and shelling of targets in South Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan further weakened the Taliban as the military prepares for a new offensive there.
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July 21, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Given a choice between a camel and a truck, Arslar Khan says he would take a truck. Khan, 35, a Karachi camel cart driver, appeared to be astonished that anyone would even ask such a stupid question. "A truck," he said patiently, "is a machine. A camel is an animal. A truck is 10 million times better." The only good thing about a camel, he said, glaring at his own camel, a 16-year-old gray dromedary, is that Mohammed the Prophet had one.
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March 8, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez
U.S. officials cast doubt early Monday on Pakistani intelligence statements that Karachi officials had arrested a Southern California native, a top propagandist for Al Qaeda who is wanted by the U.S. on treason charges. U.S. intelligence agencies spent Sunday sorting out conflicting reports on the purported arrest of Adam Gadahn of Riverside. By late Sunday night, U.S. officials said the picture remained unclear. "In terms of who may have been arrested, the Pakistani rumor mill belched out three very different possibilities in about six hours," one U.S. official said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KARACHI, Pakistan - The first Pakistani film up for Oscar consideration in half a century faces 75 foreign-language rivals from around the world, many made with much larger budgets and far slicker marketing campaigns. It must survive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's winnowing process that narrows the field to five before the envelope opens at the Dolby Theatre on March 2. For the filmmakers of the low-budget "Zinda Bhaag" set in the back alleys of Lahore, however, getting the film into Pakistan's few cinemas and showing the world a different side of their country is in itself a big win. The movie opens Friday in Los Angeles "Just seeing something positive come out of Pakistan beyond war and terror, when there are so many problems, something beyond guns and jihadis , is an achievement," producer Mazhar Zaidi said.
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August 24, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Residents of Vanakbara, a fishing village in the western Indian district of Diu near Pakistan, were busy Saturday preparing garlands, laying out their best clothes and checking train schedules after dozens of their relatives crossed the border into India after months in a Pakistani prison. The 61 detainees from this area were among 338 Indian fishermen let out of a Karachi prison and returned to India during the day, a goodwill gesture by Islamabad after weeks of deadly clashes along the de facto border in disputed Kashmir.
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June 22, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KARACHI, Pakistan - To members of Imran Khan's upstart Movement for Justice party, the assassination of one of their top officials last month here in the nation's largest city sent a blunt message: Welcome to Karachi, where power, armed thugs and turf wars combine to transform politics into blood sport. Zahra Shahid Hussain, who led the women's wing of the party in the southern province of Sindh, had just gotten out of her car in her driveway when two young men pulled up on a motorcycle, a senior Karachi police official said.
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April 19, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was arrested and placed in police custody Friday, a day after commandos whisked him away from an Islamabad courthouse where he faces charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power. Musharraf, who only a few weeks ago presented himself as a patriotic savior returning to his homeland from self-imposed exile, was being held at police headquarters at least until his next court appearance, which was expected within 48 hours.
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March 3, 2013 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured Sunday when either one or two bombs exploded in a Shiite-majority neighborhood of Karachi, local officials said. Initial reports said that two blasts had detonated near a Shiite Muslim prayer hall in the populous port city. The first occurred about 7 p.m. as people left religious celebrations, television networks reported, while the second, less-powerful explosion took place in the same area about 10 minutes later.
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November 3, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
SHAH BANDAR, Pakistan - In his dreams, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari sees a spectacular metropolis rising up from the vast stretches of mangrove swamp and sea-salted wasteland along the mighty Indus River Delta. High-speed rail zips people from place to place. Vacationers soak up the South Asian sun at seaside resorts. Universities, factories and a new seaport pump vitality into the region. Miles of bike lanes crisscross the city, whose population would eventually reach 10 million.
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September 16, 2009 | Associated Press
Burka-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades tried to attack an oil terminal in southern Pakistan, killing a security guard who intercepted them and fleeing as police arrived, officials said Tuesday. The three attackers, dressed in the all-encompassing garment worn by some Muslim women, tried to enter the terminal Monday in the port city of Karachi where oil supplies arrive for the country's largest refinery, police said. A security guard on duty confronted them but was shot to death by the attackers.
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December 26, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A rally in Karachi organized by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan drew a massive crowd of supporters Sunday, bolstering his image as a potent force in Pakistan's turbulent political landscape. Pakistani news reports estimated that as many as 100,000 supporters crammed into a field next to the iconic white marble mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, on the anniversary of Jinnah's birthday. Looking out on a sea of red and green flags for Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Khan told backers that, if his party came to power, he would ensure that the rule of law was applied evenly and would work to eradicate the taint of corruption found at every layer of Pakistani society.
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July 3, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The U.S. and Pakistan resolved a bitter seven-month standoff when Washington apologized for killing two dozen Pakistani soldiers in errant airstrikes and, in return, Islamabad agreed to reopen crucial supply routes for American and coalition military forces in Afghanistan. The deal Tuesday ends a diplomatic deadlock that brought U.S. relations with the nuclear-armed South Asian nation to a near standstill, cost the U.S. and its allies $100 million a month in extra transport fees, hindered counter-terrorism operations against Pakistan-based militants and added hurdles to the planned withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan.
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March 29, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KHURRIANWALA, Pakistan - Villagers in this small textile town thought Saeed Mehmood ul Hasan had a pipeline to God. They believed that his Koranic maxims - sometimes scrawled onto wadded scraps of paper, stuffed into a leather pouch and worn around the neck - could cure headaches, mend an ailing kidney or patch up a family rift. Allah Wasaya was among those who believed, and last year he hired Hasan to resolve a family spat over money. He and his family stopped believing, Wasaya said, when they determined that Hasan's remedy was a diversion for darker pursuits.
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