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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.

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's Musharraf survives assassination bomb attempt

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped what police called an assassination attempt as a roadside bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday. The bomb was planted on Musharraf's route from an army hospital in Rawalpindi, where he has been staying since January, to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. It went off at around 2:00 am (2100 GMT Wednesday). Nobody was injured and there have so far been no claims of responsibility.

Pakistan's Musharraf survives assassination bomb attempt

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday, police said. The bomb was planted on Musharraf's route from an army hospital where he has been staying since January to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. Nobody was injured and there have so far been no claims of responsibility.

Former Pakistani President Musharraf discharged from hospital

Former President Pervez Musharraf was discharged from an army hospital in the early hours of Thursday and returned to his farmhouse in the capital Islamabad, police said. Musharraf was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on Jan. 2 and remained hospitalized for three months ostensibly to avoid indictment in a high treason case. On Monday, he was indicted by a special court on five counts of high treason.

IMF sees Pakistan growth picking up

The International Monetary Fund said Friday it saw strong signs of growth in Pakistan as the long-troubled economy undertakes structural reforms. The IMF, which this week released a fresh $555.6 million as part of its support program for Pakistan, confirmed its recent forecast of 3.1 percent growth this year, which was revised up from an earlier 2.8 percent. "The overall economic situation in Pakistan is gradually improving," said Jeffrey Franks, the IMF mission chief for the country.

IMF sees Pakistan growth picking up

The International Monetary Fund said Friday it saw strong signs of growth in Pakistan as the long-troubled economy undertakes structural reforms. The IMF, which this week released a fresh $555.6 million as part of its support program for Pakistan, confirmed its recent forecast of 3.1 percent growth this year, which was revised up from an earlier 2.8 percent. "The overall economic situation in Pakistan is gradually improving," said Jeffrey Franks, the IMF mission chief for the country.

Pakistan honours murdered reporter with top award

A Pakistani journalist who was shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi three years ago was posthumously honoured Sunday with one of the country's top civilian awards. Wali Khan Babar, a reporter for the private Geo television station, was murdered on January 13, 2011 while returning home from work. Earlier this month a Pakistani court convicted six men of murdering Babar in what is believed to be the first case convicting anyone for killing a journalist in the country.

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.
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