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S. Korean PM to visit Pakistan for high-level talks

CHONGQING, China, April 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won flew to Pakistan on Sunday to hold meetings with senior officials and businessmen to discuss cooperation in the economy and other areas, his office said. Chung is the highest-ranking South Korean official to visit the South Asian country since the establishment of their diplomatic ties in 1983. He departed from the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, wrapping up his five-day visit to China.

Pakistan government faces fight over tough anti-terror law

The Pakistani government is facing a battle to enact a tough anti-terror law that rights activists and opposition parties have attacked as repressive. The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance allows security forces to detain suspects for up to 90 days without disclosing their whereabouts or the allegations against them. Anyone arrested under the new law must prove their innocence -- reversing the usual legal burden of proof -- and satisfy courts they are not engaged in terror activities.

Sunni hardliner declared winner in Pakistan election dispute

The head of a group banned by the Pakistani government as a terrorist organisation has won a seat in parliament following an election tribunal's decision, officials said Thursday. Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, who leads the sectarian Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), won an appeal after losing the seat at Jhang in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province, during last May's general election.

Pakistan re-enters global bond market after seven years

Pakistan has re-entered the international bond market after a seven-year gap, the finance ministry said Wednesday, raising $2 billion to boost dwindling foreign exchange reserves and shore up the rupee. "The transaction represents the largest ever international bond offering by Pakistan," a finance ministry spokesman said in a statement. Pakistan raised $750 million and $500 million in its last bond issues in 2007, which were offered with a 7.75 percent mark-up and a 10-year term.

Football: Pakistan street children return to rapturous welcome

Pakistan's street children footballers returned home Tuesday to jubilant scenes after clinching the bronze medal in Brazil, with captain Sameer Ahmed hailing the "once in a lifetime" experience. Competing for the first time in the Street Child World Cup, the Pakistanis hammered title-holders India 13-0 in their first match before beating Kenya and Mauritius and tying with the United States to top their group.

Football: Pakistan street children return to rapturous welcome

Pakistan's street children footballers returned home Tuesday to jubilant scenes after clinching the bronze medal in Brazil, with captain Sameer Ahmed hailing the "once in a lifetime" experience. Competing for the first time in the Street Child World Cup, the Pakistanis hammered title-holders India 13-0 in their first match before beating Kenya and Mauritius and tying with the United States to top their group.

Pakistan train bombing kills 13

A bomb blast on a train in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan killed at least 13 people and injured 40 others on Tuesday, officials said, with the death toll feared to rise. The United Baluch Army (UBA), one of several armed separatist groups in Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing, with its spokesman warning of more such attacks in the coming days in response to a major military operation against militants that began on Monday.

Pakistan military will 'preserve dignity' despite ex-chief's trial

(This April 7 story was refiled to correct Musharraf's status to show he is not under house arrest in the final paragraph) ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's military will protect its dignity "at all costs", the army chief said on Monday in an apparent show of irritation over the treason trial of former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan military will 'preserve dignity' despite ex-chief's trial

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's military will protect its dignity "at all costs", the army chief said on Monday in an apparent show of irritation over the treason trial of former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf. Such talk from the army chief, General Raheel Sharif, the most powerful figure in Pakistan, is likely to raise concern about political intervention by the army, which would set back hopes for the development of democracy and civilian rule.

Pakistan court orders Musharraf to appear in murder case

A Pakistani court hearing the murder case of a slain Baluch nationalist leader on Monday ordered embattled former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to appear in person on April 21 or face arrest. Musharraf, who was last week indicted by a special court for treason, has been on bail in three other major cases dating to his time in power, including one relating to the 2006 assassination of Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti during a military operation.
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