Pakistan

Musharraf disqualified from parliamentary polls

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, April 16 : Courts in Pakistan have disqualified former president Pervez Musharraf for contesting parliamentary elections for suspending the constitution and imposing emergency in 2007 during his rule, lawyers said Tuesday.

Musharraf wanted to contest the National Assembly elections from four constituencies, including capital Islamabad, but his nomination papers were rejected by the Pakistan Election Commission authorities, reported Xinhua.

Ensure Musharraf does not leave Pakistan: Apex court

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, April 8 : Pakistan's Supreme Court Monday summoned former president Pervez Musharraf in a treason case against him and directed authorities to ensure that he does not leave the country, a media report said.

The court has summoned Musharraf Tuesday in the treason case against him, reported Dawn.

The former army chief returned to Pakistan March 24 to contest elections after spending over four years in self-imposed exile.

The apex court also directed the police to ensure implementation of its order and that Musharraf appears before the bench.

Pakistan to prepare bouncy wickets

Pakistan-Cricket-Board-2013Islamabad, April 6 : The Pakistan Cricket Board has adopted a strategy of preparing bouncy wickets to help its national team prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.

According to official sources, the PCB authorities have ordered the preparation of special pitches, matching English conditions, to be used in the training camp to help batsmen who struggle at the bouncy pitches, Xinhua reports.

Musharraf's nomination papers rejected

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, April 5 : The nomination papers of Pakistan's former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for the upcoming general elections were rejected Friday from Kasur, one of the four parliamentary constituencies he is seeking to contest from.

Advocate Javed Kasuri had raised objections over Musharraf's candidacy, citing Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution that lay down rules for qualification and disqualification for contestants for the Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament), Dawn reported.

Accepting the objections, the returning officer rejected the nomination papers.

Shoe hurling shows Pakistanis feeling miserable: Daily

Shoe hurling shows Pakistanis feeling miserable: DailyIslamabad, April 1 " A shoe thrown at former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf shows Pakistanis are feeling miserable since they have been "suffering greedy politicians and generals for too long", a Pakistani daily said Monday.

An editorial in the Daily Times said that Musharraf found himself in a rather embarrassing spot Friday at the Sindh High Court when a lawyer hurled a shoe at him.

Zardari seeks report on molested women in Libya

Zardari seeks report on molested women in LibyaIslamabad, March 31 - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has sought a report on the molestation of women of Pakistani-origin in Libya, a government spokesperson said.

The activists, two of whom are sisters, were reportedly participating in an aid convoy bound for Gaza that intended to try to break the Israeli blockade, Xinhua reported.

President Zardari has expressed serious concern over the molestation reports and called for a report from the concerned ministry, said Farhatullah Babar, spokesperson to President Zardari.

Pakistan bans Musharraf from leaving country

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 30 : Pakistan Saturday stopped former president Pervez Musharraf from leaving the country a day after a court ordered it.

The interior ministry issued directives to the immigration authorities to put Musharraf's name on the Exit Control List (ECL), reported Xinhua, citing Radio Pakistan.

It also sent a notification to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which deals with the immigration affairs at the airports.

Pakistani court extends Musharraf's bail

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 29 : Former president Pervez Musharraf's bail was extended for 15 days Friday by a Pakistani court, a media report said.

Musharraf arrived at the Sindh High Court seeking to extend his period of bail in a series of cases, including the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, reported Geo News.

Musharraf Sunday returned to Pakistan after four years in self-imposed exile, spending time in London and Dubai.

Musharraf's political future uncertain

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 26 : Former president Pervez Musharraf, who has ended four years of self exiles, says he wants to "save Pakistan" but his political future remains uncertain.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, had lived in exile in Britain and the United Arab Emirates since he had resigned in August 2008, Xinhua reoported.

He launched the All Pakistan Muslim League during exile and will lead the campaign for his party and himself amid serious security threats by the Taliban militants.

Kayani, John Kerry discuss Afghanistan

Ashfaq-Parvez-Kayani-John-Kerry1Islamabad, March 25 : Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan and held discussion over the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, Geo News reported Monday.

The two sides also talked about security issues concerning the South Asia region during their meet held Sunday.

As international forces led by the US prepare to draw down from Afghanistan, India earlier warned that Kabul was still facing an existential threat from terrorist groups ranging from Al Qaeda to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Five soldiers killed in Pakistan attack

Five soldiers killed in Pakistan attackIslamabad, March 24 - At least five soldiers were killed in a suicide attack Saturday night on an army check-post in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, an army statement said.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of the Pakistan military, said that a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the check-post in Miran Shah, the capital of North Waziristan.

The check-post was destroyed in the attack, Xinhua cited the statement as saying.

Other media reports said six people were killed and 18 were wounded.

Musharraf gets bail ahead of return to Pakistan

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 22 : A court in Pakistan Friday granted protective bail to former president Pervez Musharraf who faces arrest in the country, just two days ahead of his expected return to Pakistan after nearly five years in self exile, a media report said.

Musharraf, 70, has been living in exile in Britain and the United Arab Emirates since he resigned as the president in August 2008.  He had earlier announced that he will return to his country March 24.

An anti-terrorism court had issued an arrest warrant in 2011 for Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

12 killed in Pakistan refugee camp attack

12 killed in Pakistan refugee camp attackIslamabad, March 22 - At least 12 people were killed and 35 injured, 25 of them critically, when a bomb hit a refugee camp in Pakistan' s Nowshera city Thursday, officials said.

The blast occurred in the morning when internally displaced people from neighbouring Khyber tribal area were gathering at a food distribution centre in Jalozai camp, the largest refugee camp in the country, Xinhua reported.

An estimated 30 to 35 kg of explosive material was fixed in a car, parked outside the distribution centre, to carry out the remote control-triggered blast, a senior city official said.

No more toppling of elected government: Ashraf

No more toppling of elected government: AshrafIslamabad, March 17 : Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said the practice of replacing an elected government by military might in the country has ended.

In his farewell address to the nation, hours before the dissolution of the lower house National Assembly on completion of its five-year term Saturday, the 62-year-old leader said: "It is our resolve that free, fair and transparent elections are conducted in the country."

Daily unimpressed as Pakistan government finishes term

Daily unimpressed as Pakistan government finishes termIslamabad, March 16 - For the first time an elected government in Pakistan has completed its tenure in office but a daily noted Saturday that parliament was leaving behind a tattered economy and a shaky polity.

The first session of the national assembly was held March 17, 2008. Accordingly, the house would complete its term Saturday night.

An editorial in the News International said the elected government had made history.

Trust lacking for resolving Kashmir issue through dialogue: Khar

Hina-Rabbani-KharIslamabad, March 14 : Pakistan wants to resolve the Kashmir issue with India but the "required level of trust" for a negotiated settlement is lacking, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Thursday.

Addressing her last press conference as the foreign minister, Khar said that for India, her country's leadership decided to start investing in friendship and trust building instead of traditional hostility and animosity that the two countries witnessed in the past, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan PM invites opposition for talks on caretaker setup

Raja-Pervaiz-AshrafIslamabad, March 14 : Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Thursday invited the opposition for talks on the nomination of a consensus person to lead the caretaker setup during the polls.

The assemblies will be dissolved March 16 on the completion of five-year term. Fresh elections will be held in two months' time since the day of the dissolution of the assemblies. A caretaker government will hold the elections, reported Xinhua.

Six die in Pakistan mosque bombing

pakistan-mosque-bomb-blastIslamabad, March 9 : At least six people were killed and 28 injured when a massive explosion tore through a mosque in a densely populated area of Peshawar, a media report said.

Six people were killed the explosion inside the mosque, Superintendent of Police, Peshawar city, Khalid Hamdani said.

Over 28 people were also injured in the blast that took place inside the Ganj Ali Khan mosque near the city's Shaheen bazaar, reported Dawn.

Geo TV reported that rescue workers and police rushed the injured to Lady Reading Hospital, where an emergency has been declared.

Malala's nomination for Nobel a huge honour: Pakistani daily

Malala-YousafzaiIslamabad, March 6 : The nomination of Malala Yousufzai, Pakistani teen activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, is a huge honour for her and for Pakistan, a daily said Wednesday.

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose face is now familiar to the world as a symbol of the struggle against the Taliban, is one of the 259 candidates in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, an editorial in the News International said.

Rehman Malik questions Punjab government over terror

Rehman Malik questions Punjab government over terrorIslamabad, March 5 : Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has criticised the Punjab provincial government for doing precious little to curb terrorism, particularly against banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

He also blamed LeJ and Punjab Taliban groups for carrying out terror acts in the country.

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