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Pakistan's Bhutto lashes out at the 'stone-age' Taliban

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan's assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, on Saturday slammed the Taliban for trying to drag the country back to the "stone-age." Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of a two-week cultural festival in his home province of Sindh, Bhutto also urged the country to rise up against the threats. "The Taliban want to impose the law of terror in the country, but I want to tell them, if you have to live in Pakistan you will have to follow its constitution," he said.

Pakistan students wounded in Valentine's Day clash

At least three students were wounded Friday in a clash at a university in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, following a dispute over Valentine's Day celebrations in the deeply Muslim country, police said. Students from the left-leaning Pakhtun Students Federation were marking the international day of romance with red balloons and cake when they were attacked by students from the rival Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) group.

Car bomb kills at least 8 policemen in Karachi

A powerful car bomb attack on a police bus on Thursday in Pakistan's commercial hub of Karachi killed at least eight policemen and injured at least 36 others, officials said. The attack came early in the morning. "Apparently an explosive-laden car hit the police bus transporting officials for security duty," Muhammad Iqbal, a senior police official, told AFP. Doctor Semi Jamali at Karachi's Jinnah hospital confirmed that they had received eight bodies. At least 36 injured officers were hospitalised, ten of whom were in critical condition, she said.

Cricket: Imran Khan criticises cricket chief appointment

Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan Tuesday lashed out at the country's newly reappointed cricket chief, alleging he was being rewarded for helping the ruling party commit fraud in last year's general elections. Najam Sethi, a prominent journalist who was also appointed as interim chief minister of the Punjab province during last year's election campaign, was reinstated as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman on Monday by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. His predecessor Zaka Ashraf was removed on charges of not running the board properly.

Cricket: Ashraf removed as Pakistan tussle goes on

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday removed the country's cricket chief Zaka Ashraf in the latest twist to the long-running saga dogging the national board. It is the second time in less than a year that Ashraf has been unseated as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which will be run for now by an 11-strong interim committee appointed by Sharif. Ashraf's removal by a court order in May last year due to doubts over his election kicked off a series of legal challenges that critics say has damaged the sport in Pakistan.

Cricket: Ashraf removed as Pakistan tussle goes on

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday removed the country's cricket chief Zaka Ashraf, in the latest twist to a long-running saga dogging the national board. It is the second time in less than a year that Ashraf has been unseated as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which will be run for the time being by an 11-strong interim committee appointed by Sharif. Ashraf's removal by a court order in May last year due to doubts over his election led to a series of legal challenges that critics say has damaged the sport in Pakistan.

Pakistan treason court summons Musharraf on February 18

A court trying Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason Friday ordered him to appear on February 18, the latest postponement in the long-delayed case. The 70-year-old is facing treason charges, which can carry the death penalty, over his imposition of a state of emergency in 2007 while he was president. He was first ordered before the tribunal on December 24 but has yet to put in an appearance, with bomb scares and health problems keeping him away.

Pakistan treason court summons Musharraf on February 18

A court trying Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason Friday ordered him to appear on February 18, the latest postponement in the long-delayed case. The 70-year-old is facing treason charges, which can carry the death penalty, over his imposition of a state of emergency in 2007 while he was president. He was first ordered before the the tribunal on December 24 but has yet to put in an appearance, with bomb scares and health problems keeping him away.

No peace until Pakistan embraces Islamic law: Taliban negotiators

Negotiators representing Taliban insurgents said Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from neighbouring Afghanistan. The tough conditions appear to deal a blow to hopes that talks with the Pakistani government could end the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) insurgency that has rocked the nuclear-armed country since 2007.

Pakistan's Musharraf to appear before court

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf "intends" appear before a special court set to try him for high treason, his spokesman said Tuesday, after speculation he could escape trial by going abroad for medical treatment. The 70-year-old is facing treason charges, which can carry the death penalty, over his imposition of a state of emergency in 2007 while he was president.
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