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Pakistan batsman fractures skull after career best score

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has fractured his skull after he was hit in the head at the end of a career-best 176, during the second test with New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Shehzad failed to fend off the Corey Anderson bouncer, instead being struck, forcing him to fall on his wicket, causing his dismissal.

Ahmed Shehzad was on 176 at the time. Credit: Reuters

Team manager Moin Khan said: "The specialist surgeon has confirmed minor fracture and has advised 48 hours of close monitoring.

"In case the pain doesn't subside, then the surgeon may opt for decompression."


Indian official insists border area is 'safe' after blast

An Indian border official has said that the Indian side of the border at the main crossing with Pakistan is safe and that security has been increased.

Full beds in a hospital near the Pakistani/Indian border Credit: Dunya TV / Reuters

Ashok Kumar, inspector general of India's Border Security Force, said the blast took place 500 meters (0.3 miles) from the Wagah border on the Pakistani side at about 6:15pm local time (11:45am UK time).

An ambulance leaves the scene of the blast Credit: Dunya TV / Reuters

Local TV pictures showed ambulances leaving the scene of the blast and injured people being carried into hospital on stretchers.

Police: 45 people killed in India-Pakistan border blast

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on the India-Pakistan border, near the Pakistani city of Lahore, has risen to at least 45 people.

The explosion on the Pakistani side of the border targeted a crowd attending a daily ceremony at the Wagah crossing.

A Pakistan provincial police chief confirmed the latest death toll.

Indian security officials confirmed their side of the border had been declared safe.


'At least 35 dead' near India-Pakistan border

At least 35 people have been killed in an explosion near the Pakistani-Indian border on Sunday after a daily ceremony at the Wagah border crossing, according to Reuters.

"We received 35 bodies including those of women and children and 60 to 70 were wounded," Deputy Medical Superintendent of Ghurki Hospital near the Wagah border crossing, identified only as Dr Khurram, told local newspaper Express News.

British man shot and injured Pakistani prison

A British man has been shot and injured in a Pakistani prison where he was awaiting a death sentence under the country's blasphemy laws.

The charity Reprieve said Mohammad Asghar, from Edinburgh, had been shot but no information was available about his condition.

He was arrested in 2010 in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, for claiming to be the Prophet Mohammed in letters sent to various officials, according to prosecutor Javed Gul. He was later sentenced to death.

However, a lawyer who defended Mr Asghar said he suffers from mental illness and the case was really a property dispute.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are urgently looking into reports that a British national has been injured in prison in Pakistan."

Taliban militants responsible for Malala shooting arrested

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala Yousufzai Credit: PA

Taliban activists claimed responsibility for shooting Malala in 2012 for her advocacy of women's right to education but no one had been arrested until now.

Two other schoolgirls were also injured in the attack.

The Pakistani army's head of press Asim Bajwa told reporters 10 attackers had been identified and arrested.

Malala survived the attack after being airlifted to Britain for treatment and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

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