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Pakistan court indicts ex-president Musharraf for treason

A Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military. Tahira Safdar, one of three judges hearing the case in a special court, read out five charges relating to Musharraf's 2007 imposition of emergency rule, with the ex-president pleading "not guilty" to each of them. Musharraf, who had earlier arrived at the court in a convoy of SUVs with over 2,000 security personnel deployed along his route, then turned to address the judges.

Pakistan court indicts ex-president Musharraf for treason

A Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason on charges relating to his 2007 imposition of emergency in a historic first for a country ruled for half its history by the army. A special tribunal comprising three judges read out five charges, with the ex-president pleading "not guilty" to each of them. Musharraf, who has been absent from most of the tribunal's hearings owing to security threats and ill health, then turned to address the court.

Pakistan court indicts ex-president Musharraf for treason

A Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason on charges relating to his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, in a historic first for a country controlled for half its history by the army. Tahira Safdar, one of three judges of a special court convened to hear the case, read out five charges, with the ex-president pleading "not guilty" to each of them. Musharraf, who has been absent from most of the tribunal's hearings owing to security threats and ill health, then turned to address the court.

Bomb kills girl, injures 16 in SW Pakistan

A bomb blast targeting a vehicle carrying security forces killed a young girl and wounded 16 others -- including up to eight children -- in Pakistan's troubled southwest Saturday, police said. The attack occurred in the Saryab area on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich Baluchistan province that borders Iran and Afghanistan. "An improvised explosive device, which was planted in an auto rickshaw parked along the roadside went off as a vehicle of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed by it," city police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP.

Musharraf's lawyers call for suspension of trial

Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf called on Friday for his treason trial to be suspended because they claim the government is colluding with elements of the judiciary to "fix and manipulate" the proceedings. The legal team said it based its claim on "leaked secret communication" from an unnamed source in the office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In a statement issued in London, the former military ruler's lawyers called for an "immediate and unconditional suspension of the Special Court and a comprehensive investigation" into their claims.

Cricket: India restrict Pakistan to 130-7 in World T20

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs as India kept Pakistan down to 130-7 in the opening match of the World Twenty20 Super-10 round in Dhaka on Friday. Left-arm slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with 1-18 from his four overs to keep the free-stroking Pakistani batsmen in check after India elected to field in the Group Two match. Umar Akmal top-scored for Pakistan with 33 off 30 balls, but found little support at the other end as wickets fell at regular intervals on the slow pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Pakistan PM approves new counter-terrorism measures

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the formation of a rapid response force and a national intelligence directorate Tuesday to boost efforts against a decade-long Islamist insurgency, his office said. Sharif confirmed the measures during a meeting with Pakistan's top civil and military officials, and said the establishment of high security prisons would be fast-tracked, his office said in a statement.

Pakistan court orders Musharraf to appear or face arrest

A special tribunal hearing a landmark treason case against Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday ordered him to appear in person on March 31 or face arrest. The court was due to indict Musharraf on Friday over his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but Musharraf's lawyers said he was unable to appear because of the threats to his life. The case is seen as a key test of civilian authority over Pakistan's powerful military.

An anonymous country gives Pakistan $2 billion, minister says

Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday said a "friendly Muslim country seeking anonymity" had contributed a $1.5-2 billion to a new Pakistan Development Fund. Other countries might also contribute, he added. The statement gave some background to a 10 percent appreciation in the Pakistani rupee in the last three days that was attributed to a large amount of dollars pumped into the foreign currency market by the central bank.

Misery mounts in drought-hit southeast Pakistan

Two-month-old Mangal succumbed to pneumonia on Tuesday in Mithi, southeast Pakistan, the latest victim of a deadly web of drought, disease and malnutrition in one of the country's most deprived regions. Her father Buru had held a plastic tube supplying oxygen into her tiny nostrils all night, but his silent prayers were not enough. She died in a government hospital in Mithi, the main town of Tharparkar district, becoming one of at least 67 children to die of poverty-driven disease in the area since December.
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