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Tributes continue to pour in for Pakistani teenager

Tributes continue to pour in for a Pakistani teenager who was killed when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school on Monday.

Aitzaz Hasan, 17, and bomber were killed when the explosive device detonated but no other students or staff were hurt, police said.

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His name was Aitzaz Hasan. He was 15 years old. He was blown to pieces. He saved everyone. Keep him in your prayers. http://t.co/CTSN5rSkkO

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What an incredibly brave boy...what extraordinary things he might have done more in life....RIP Hero http://t.co/qGQ6yrBtoJ #AitzazHasan

The schoolboy has been praised for his bravery and recommended for Pakistan's top civilian award posthumously.

Read: Pakistan schoolboy dies stopping suicide bomber

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'Conscious' Musharraf taken to military hospital

A spokesperson for the former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has confirmed he has been taken to hospital while en route to a court hearing over his treason trial:

We can confirm that former President Musharraf is admitted in a military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

He is conscious, oriented in time and space and is being examined by Pakistani military doctors.

– DR RAZA BOKHARI

The AFP news agency had earlier reported that he was suffering from a "heart problem"

Musharraf 'taken to hospital with a heart problem'

The AFP news agency is reporting the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has been taken to hospital with a "heart problem."

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#BREAKING Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf rushed to hospital with 'heart problem'

The 70-year-old was due to stand trial for treason, but the hearing on Wednesday was delayed again after his lawyers claimed that explosive devices were found along his expected route to court.

Imran Khan supporters gather for anti-NATO drone rally

Supporters of Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan started gathering for a rally in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar to halt NATO supplies into Afghanistan.

Khan, whose political party is now in charge of the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province bordering Afghanistan, has threatened to cut NATO supply lines through his region from November 23 if US drone strikes do not end.

mran Khan (C), a Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Credit: APTN
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Credit: APTN
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party of former cricket star Imran Khan protest during a rally Credit: APTN

Twin bomb blasts in Pakistan kill at least seven

At least seven people including a child have been killed in twin blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi.

Twin blasts have killed at least seven in Pakistan's Karachi.
Twin blasts have killed at least seven in Pakistan's Karachi. Credit: RTV

As well as the fatalities, around 28 people were injured as the bombs exploded outside a tea stall and a nearby caterer’s shop within a minute of each other, Pakistan newspaper The Express Tribune reported.

One of the victims is believed to be a child, with the explosions hitting a tea stall and a caterer's shop.
One of the victims is believed to be a child, with the explosions hitting a tea stall and a caterer's shop. Credit: RTV

Police officials said the blasts were caused by planted bombs, made from around three to four kilograms of explosive material and ball bearings.

Shops, cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blasts.
Shops, cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blasts. Credit: RTV

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New Pakistan Taliban chief linked to Malala shooting

An Islamic seminary belonging to hardline cleric Mullah Fazlullah in Swat Valley. Credit: Reuters

The Pakistani Taliban have elected Mullah Fazlullah, a ruthless commander from the Swat Valley, as their new leader following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike last week, a Taliban spokesman said.

"Fazlullah is the new TTP (Pakistani Taliban) chief," he said. "The decision was taken at a shura meeting today."

Mullah Fazlullah was thought to have briefed the two assassins sent to kill schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who now lives in Britain after recovering from gunshot wounds to the head.

Pakistan: Mehsud killing 'derails' Taliban peace talks

The Pakistani government says the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud is a US bid to derail planned peace talks. Some lawmakers have demanded the blocking of US supply lines into Afghanistan in retaliation.

The US ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson (centre) has been summoned over the Taliban killing Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

"The murder of Hakimullah is the murder of all efforts at peace," said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. "Americans said they support our efforts at peace. Is this support?"

Despite Mehsud's reputation as an uncompromising commander, Pakistan's new government had vowed to try to stop the violence through peace talks and it reacted angrily to his death.

Shah Farman, a spokesman for the government of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said provincial lawmakers would pass a resolution on Monday to cut NATO supply lines into landlocked Afghanistan. A major one passes through the nearby Khyber Pass.

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