Pakistan on alert as top court to rule in case that may oust PM

A ring of steel was placed around Pakistan’s Supreme Court Thursday ahead of a ruling on corruption allegations that could see the prime minister ousted from power after the Panama Papers linked his family to offshore businesses. Around 1,500 police commandoes and riot forces have been deployed around the court in Islamabad ahead of the highly-anticipated decision, expected in the […]

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Gunmen Kill Prominent Female Activist in Pakistan

Sabeen Mahmud was shot in what friends are calling an assassination Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women’s rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country’s restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. While investigators declined to speculate on a motive for the killing of Sabeen Mahmud, friends and […]

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5,000 Rally Against Charlie Hebdo in Pakistan

Pakistan’s president previously called on Charlie Hebdo to apologize Around 5,000 people gathered in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday for the latest rally against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo‘s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Protesters held posters that read, “This is not freedom of expression, it is open aggression against Islam,” while a terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is linked to attacks […]

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Thousands Heading to Opposition Rally in Pakistan

Thousands of Pakistani opposition supporters were on the road for a second day Friday, heading in two separate convoys to the capital, Islamabad, for a massive rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. The convoys, which started out on Thursday morning from the city of Lahore, were in response […]

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Pakistan and the Taliban Making Peace? Don’t Hold Your Breath

As the standoff between the U.S. and Afghanistan continues over a post-2014 security agreement, pending peace talks in neighboring Pakistan seem to be stuck in a holding pattern as well. Local media reported that members of a government-appointed committee were scheduled to meet on Feb. 4 to discuss the peace process with intermediaries of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a move that seemed […]

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Pakistan Ex-President Musharraf Will Be Put on Trial for Treason

Pakistan’s government will request the Supreme Court to try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, the Interior Minister said Sunday. Government officials are accusing Musharraf of treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while he was in power, the Associated Press reports. Musharraf rose to power after a 1999 military coup, one of three in Pakistan’s 66 years […]

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Weary of Violence, Pakistan Opts for Peace Talks With the Taliban

Pakistan’s political leaders have decided to pursue negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban and other militants in an attempt to bring a halt to an unrelenting wave of terrorist violence across the country that has killed over 800 since a general election in May. On Monday, a conference of all of Pakistan’s political parties said it supported the new government’s efforts […]

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Soccer Diplomacy: Casting Tensions Aside, Afghanistan and Pakistan Play First Match in Three Decades

Soccer fans are getting ready to pack the stands in Kabul today as the Afghan national team prepares to play its first home game in over 10 years against Pakistan. It’s also the first time that the two neighboring teams have gone head to head in more than 30 years. “I am confident that the first international game after more […]

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Pakistan’s Biggest Challenge Is Not the Taliban — It’s Electricity

For Pakistan’s new government, the biggest challenge isn’t taming the many militant groups that mount near daily attacks across the country. “Our No. 1 challenge is energy,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s new Minister for Water and Power, tells TIME. “It’s a bigger challenge than even terrorism.” While Taliban attacks have claimed the lives of tens of thousands, and destroyed the […]

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Nawaz Sharif’s Return to Power Brings Pakistan’s Challenges in Focus

In 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup. His vanquisher, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was broadly welcomed in Pakistan, and later, by the international community. Sharif was first thrown in jail, and later dispatched into exile for seven years. In his absence, some claimed that Sharif’s party — and his political career — was finished. Now, in an astonishing […]

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