PAKISTAN POLITICS

  • Pakistan Army steps in; government, protesters return to talks August 29, 2014

    Islamabad: In moves that could provide a breakthrough in the political crisis, Pakistan's powerful Army on Friday stepped in to try and resolve the standoff between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and protesters as both sides returned to the negotiating table. Hours after Army Chief Raheel Sharif mediated between the embattled government...
  • Pak crisis deepens, Qadri issues 48hour deadline to government August 25, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's political crisis deepened on Monday with cleric TahirulQadri giving a fresh 48hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down after a former top Election Commission official backed protesters' allegations of rigging in last year's polls. Buoyed by former additional secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Afzal Khan's...
  • My goal is to fulfil my mother's dream: Benazir Bhutto's son Bilawal February 5, 2014

    In Pakistan, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's son Bilawal Bhutto is in the spotlight. Just a month after he turned 25, the legal age to stand for election, Bhutto is making a splash with the Sindh Festival at Mohenjodaro. In an exclusive interview to CNNIBN, Bhutto said that his goal...
  • Pak: There was a plot to assassinate me, claims Imran Khan June 11, 2013

    Lahore: Cricketerturnedpolitician Imran Khan has claimed that a plot was hatched to assassinate him during an election rally in Punjab before Pakistan's General Elections on May 11. "I was informed by the government before the May 11 polls that there was a plot to assassinate me at an election rally...
  • Pak: PM Nawaz Sharif retains foreign affairs portfolio June 8, 2013

    Islamabad: With Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deciding to retain the foreign affairs portfolio, former minister Sartaj Aziz will play a crucial role as his advisor in charting a way forward on issues like relations with India and the US. The Cabinet Division has notified the appointment of the 84yearold Aziz as...
  • Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif formally nominated for PM's post June 2, 2013

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif was on Saturday formally nominated as candidate for the position of Pakistan's prime minister by the newlyelected members of parliament, said sources in his Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PMLN) party. The party won majority seats in the May 11 general elections and is in a strong position to form...
  • Hope Sharif fulfils promises made during campaign: Khurshid May 30, 2013

    Allahabad: India on Wednesday expressed hope that Pakistan Prime Ministerelect Nawaz Sharif will "convert into reality" the "positive signals" he had given during his election campaign. "There were many positive signals from Nawaz Sharif with relation to India during the election campaign. We hope that he will work towards converting...
  • Pakistan: Imran's supporters stage protest over killing of PTI leader May 20, 2013

    Supporters of Pakistan TehreekeInsaf (PTI), the party led by Imran Khan, gathered in the Clifton district of southern Karachi on Sunday to protest against the killing of senior party member Zahra Shahid. ...
  • Pak: Imran's party to form govt in KhyberPakhtunkhwa May 14, 2013

    Islamabad: Imran Khan's Pakistan TehrikeInsaf is set to form government in the militancyhit KhyberPakhtunkhwa province with the backing of the JamaateIslami while the PMLN and several smaller parties are expected to form a coalition in the restive Balochistan province. The Pakistan TehrikeInsaf emerged the single largest party in KhyberPakhtunkwa by...
  • Pak: Terror charges framed against Musharraf April 19, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan former President Pervez Musharraf was slapped with terror charges on Friday by a court and placed under house arrest at his famrhouse. The court directed the police to produce Musharraf before antiterror court in two days. Musharraf was earlier in the day arrested in a case relating to...
  • Pakistan polls: MQM candidate shot dead in Sindh April 11, 2013

    Islamabad: A Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader, who was a candidate for Pakistan's upcoming polls, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in southern Sindh province on Thursday, police said. Two gunmen, who were riding a motorcycle, shot at Fakhrul Islam outside his home in Halanaka area of Hyderabad city this afternoon. Islam...
  • Pak: Bilawal Bhutto returns in time for elections April 2, 2013

    Lahore: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party is back home and in time to campaign for the May 11 elections. He returned late on Monday night a week after he controversially left for Dubai. There have been reports of differences between Bilawal and his father, President Asif Ali...
  • Pakistan: Imran Khan heats up election campaign April 2, 2013

    Pakistan's election season is heating up despite a bombing and threats of more violence. And there is another wild card in the race to lead chaotic Pakistan. Retired cricket idol Imran Khan told supporters on Sunday, "We will establish a new Pakistan." ...
  • Two tribal women to contest polls for first time in Pak April 1, 2013

    Islamabad: Two women from Pakistan's restive northwest have made history by becoming the first tribal women to file nomination papers for the May 11 parliamentary polls. Fortyyearold Badam Zari filed nomination papers for a National Assembly constituency in the restive Bajaur tribal region on Saturday while Nusrat Begum plans to...
  • Pervez Musharraf unfazed by shoe hurling incident March 30, 2013

    A day after a shoe was hurled at Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistani president remains unfazed. "I didn't even see it. There was nothing that hit me. I was told that somebody hurled something," he said. ...
  • Felt insulted standing before the judge: Musharraf March 30, 2013

    Washington: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he felt a little "insulted and humiliated" standing before a judge in a Karachi court, where he appeared to seek extension of his prearrest bail in a series of cases. Musharraf, 69, who ruled Pakistan for about a decade, following a military...
  • Pakistan: Musharraf to announce political plans today March 25, 2013

    Rejecting Taliban threats of assassination and legal trouble, former President Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan on Sunday, ending his 4year long selfimposed exile. He will be announcing his political plans later on Monday evening. ...
  • Pak government makes history by completing its term March 17, 2013

    Islamabad: Breaking a jinx, Pakistani politics has achieved a major milestone with the National Assembly completing its full term for the first time, even as the country's leadership continue to be divided on the issue of choosing a caretaker premier to oversee polls. The National Assembly or lower house of...
  • Pakistan's finance minister resigns ahead of polls February 19, 2013

    Islamabad: Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Tuesday resigned as the Finance Minister of Pakistan amidst mounting speculation that he would play a key role in the caretaker administration that is expected to oversee the next general election scheduled for midMay. Shaikh was replaced by Minister of State for Finance Saleem H Mandviwala...
  • Zardari, son move into bombproof Bilawal House February 9, 2013

    Lahore: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have moved into a new sprawling bombproof residence in this eastern city that will be the base for their political activities in Punjab province ahead of the general election. Zardari drove straight from the airport to Bilawal House, his...
  • Pak govt sets up committee to talk to Qadri January 17, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistan government has constituted a highpowered fourmember committee to hold talks with Sufi cleric TahirulQadri. This came as Qadri's deadline to the government to act on his demands came to an end. Qadri on Thursday gave the Pakistan government a 90minute deadline to act on his demands to quit...
  • Pakistan SC keeps the heat on PM Ashraf in corruption case January 17, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's political crisis seems to be deepening. The Supreme Court there intends to keep the heat on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in a corruption case. To add to the government's troubles, Sufi cleric TahirulQadri is drawing thousands at his rally against the government and has set a midnight...
  • Pakistan PM's aide on country's internal political crisis January 16, 2013

    Pakistan Prime Minister Raza Pervez Ashraf's aide Fawwad Chaudhry speaks about the political crisis of the country. ...
  • Bilawal likely to begin political career before Pak polls November 23, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is intent on launching his son Bilawal's formal political career before the general election early next year though he will not achieve the minimum age of 25 for contesting polls till September 2013. Zardari plans to launch the political career of Bilawal, the nominal...
  • Pak parties stay away from Saeed's conference July 7, 2012

    Lahore: In a setback to Hafiz Saeed promoted DefaePakistan Council, no mainstream political parties on Saturday attended a conference convened by it to mobilise support for its planned long march against the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. The conference was not attended by representatives of key political parties like...
  • Pak nuclear scientist A Q Khan to join politics? May 3, 2012

    Lahore: Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan has expressed his willingness to contest elections while suggesting the formation of a government of technocrats because politicians have failed to deliver good governance. Khan, 76, made the remarks while addressing students at the Punjab University on Wednesday. Khan has been accused of...
  • Musharraf has no chance of coming back: Gilani January 20, 2012

    Lahore: In a veiled attack on former president Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said dictators who made tall claims of eradicating poverty and corruption failed and there was "no chance" for them to stage a come back. Gilani's comments came a day after Musharraf postponed his...
  • Pak standoff: Army to back SC against govt January 13, 2012

    Islamabad: The Pakistan Army's top commanders have decided to throw their weight behind the Supreme Court in its standoff with the civilian government over the memo scandal and the revival of highprofile graft cases, according to a media report on Friday. The decision was made at a meeting of top commanders...
  • After the 'long march' new battle lines drawn March 19, 2009

    We all know that the White House basement, besides providing tight spaces for forlorn interns, also houses a Situation Room. Important national security decisions are taken there, both during times of war and peace. In movies, the seclusion and darkness of simulated Situation Rooms emphasize the gravity of the decisions...
  • Opinion: Will the real Imran Khan please stand up? November 24, 2007

    My guess is that the real Imran Khan is still to be found in the dressing room. ...