Asia Briefs:Pakistan marks one year since school massacre

Pakistan marks one year since school massacre

PESHAWAR • Pakistani students yesterday marked the first anniversary of a Taleban school massacre that left 151 people dead, bearing images of their classmates and teachers slain in the incident which shocked a country.

Parents of the 134 children killed were greeted by powerful military chief Raheel Sharif at the start of the ceremony at the Army Public School, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition leader Imran Khan also in attendance.


Philippine court puts off ruling on US military pact

MANILA • The Philippine Supreme Court yesterday put off for a second time a decision on the legality of a new security agreement with the United States, raising fresh doubt about a deal that would give the US access to its military bases.

The pact is widely seen as important for both as the Philippines confronts an assertive China in the disputed South China Sea and the US implements a "pivot" back to Asia.


North Korea jails Canadian pastor for life

SEOUL • North Korea's highest court has sentenced a South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labour for life for subversion, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor of a church that is one of Canada's largest, has been held by North Korea since February. Earlier this year, he appeared on North Korean state media confessing to crimes against the state.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs:Pakistan marks one year since school massacre'. Print Edition | Subscribe