August 26, 1994 |
The government said it is planning to expel about 1 million illegal immigrants living in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and commercial center. "A strategy is being finalized to expel these immigrants," Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar said in reply to a question in the National Assembly. Officials and welfare organizations have complained that large-scale illegal immigration has contributed to violence and drug trafficking in Karachi.
August 21, 1990 |
A gang of 11 convicts from a Siberian labor camp overpowered their guards aboard an Aeroflot passenger flight carrying 29 passengers and nine crew members. They hijacked the plane to Karachi, Pakistan, where they sought political asylum. No one was hurt. One of the convicts apparently smuggled weapons on board in an artificial limb, the Soviet news agency Tass reported. The hijackers surrendered after landing at Karachi International Airport.
May 31, 2002 |
FRANCE * The widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has given birth to a boy she named Adam D. Pearl, said Ashley McCown, a family spokeswoman. Adam, born Tuesday and weighing about 6 pounds, and mother Mariane Pearl "are doing fine," McCown said. Pearl, 38, the newspaper's South Asia bureau chief, disappeared Jan. 23 in Karachi, Pakistan, while researching a story. Pakistan has charged four Islamic militants in his kidnapping and murder.
May 11, 1986 |
Authorities ordered an indefinite curfew on Saturday in parts of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, as gunfights erupted between two groups, wounding at least five. The curfew was imposed after daylong clashes between groups of Pushtuns and Urdu-speaking settlers from India during which police used tear gas to break up the crowds. The fighting broke out following a bus accident in which a boy was killed.
November 14, 2008 |
A dirty brown haze sometimes more than a mile thick is darkening skies over vast areas of Asia and in the Middle East, southern Africa and the Amazon Basin, changing weather patterns and threatening health and food supplies, the United Nations reported. The so-called atmospheric brown clouds are a mix of particles, ozone and other chemicals that come from cars, coal-fired power plants, burning fields and wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. A report commissioned by the U.N. Environment Program said the clouds dim light by as much as 25% in some cities, including Karachi, Pakistan; New Delhi; Shanghai; and Beijing.
January 29, 2000 |
A bomb shattered a mosque as Muslim worshipers knelt in prayer in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan, killing four people and wounding 28. The blast came minutes after a bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded outside a court building in another part of the city, injuring four people, police said. Pakistan claimed that India sent its intelligence agents across the border to plant the explosives.
April 6, 2006 |
Libya is being sued for $10 billion over the Sept. 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, in which at least 20 passengers were killed. The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, seeks payment from Libya, its leader Moammar Kadafi, and five convicted terrorists who seized the plane at an airport. Libya supported the attackers, the suit alleges. The pilots fled, and the hijackers fired on passengers while negotiating for a flight crew to take them to Israel.
November 20, 1999 |
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared in public for the first time since he was deposed, arriving at court in an armored personnel carrier. Sharif, ousted in an Oct. 12 military coup, appeared fatigued after more than a month in what he described as a cold room in the hills. Sharif reiterated his innocence when he appeared before the court in Karachi, Pakistan's capital, in a legal process that could lead to the death penalty.
February 9, 1991
Radical students in SOUTH KOREA attacked a small police station in Seoul with about 50 firebombs to protest the country's support of the allied coalition. One police officer was reported injured. In Kwangju, 600 students threw rocks and firebombs at police in another anti-war protest. Iraq closed its consulate in Karachi, PAKISTAN, and said all 25 Iraqi diplomats and staff will return home. Baghdad has said it will break ties with governments in the allied coalition.