Terror attack targets university in Pakistan

  • At least 19 people have been killed after gunmen stormed the Bacha Khan University in the north west city of Charsadda. 

  • Umar Mansoor, a commander from the Pakistani Taliban said four of its suicide attackers were responsible but a spokesperson for the group disputed his claim. +

  • Local reports say the attackers used the cover of thick winter fog to make their way into the university

  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said those who carried out the attack 'have no religion' and said his government would 'eliminate them'.


Chinese tourist kidnapped in Pakistan freed

  • Hong Xudong was abducted in May 2014 while travelling on his bicycle in the Dera Ismail Khan district - Pakistani security forces are said to have carried out a rescue operation, but details are limited. 

  • While a Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, BBC News say it is unclear exactly which group was involved. 


748 people die in Sindh province heatwave; most deaths in Karachi

  • Updated figures, reported by Geo TV, come as Pakistan's Met Office says that while there may be some rain in Karachi on Tuesday, the maximum temperatures will remain above 40 degrees celsius. 

  • The heatwave has coincided with load-shedding of electricity supply in Sindh, with some areas facing up to 20 hours of supply disruption a day according to some accounts.