Politics of Pakistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25208/all en UPDATE 2-String of bombings kill 101, injure 200 in Pakistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-2-string-bombings-kill-101-injure-200-pakistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* At least 101 killed by bombs</p> <p>* Sectarian group, separatists, claim attacks</p> <p>* One of the bloodiest days in years in Pakistan (Updates with context and background)</p> <p>By Gul Yousufzai</p> <p>QUETTA, Pakistan Jan 10 (Reuters) - At least 101 people were killed in bombings in two Pakistani cities on Thursday in one of the country's bloodiest days in recent years, officials said, with most casualties caused by sectarian attacks in Quetta.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-2-string-bombings-kill-101-injure-200-pakistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Pakistan Politics of Pakistan Terrorism in Pakistan War Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:00:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732819 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 5-Pakistan cleric ends protest after deal with gov't http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-pakistan-anti-graft-board-refuses-arrest-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fiery cleric wins say in pre-election electoral process</p> <p>* Military denies links to protests</p> <p>* Official refuses Supreme Court order to arrest prime minister</p> <p>By Mubasher Bukhari</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A Muslim cleric with a history of ties to the military who has been calling for the Pakistani government to resign reached a deal with the administration on Thursday that will give him a say in the electoral process ahead of elections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-pakistan-anti-graft-board-refuses-arrest-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Court system of Pakistan Entertainment Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Politics of Pakistan Punjabi people Religion Supreme Court of Pakistan War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:45:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735491 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistani politicians consult on caretakers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/pakistani-politicians-consult-caretakers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistani politicians on Sunday were deep in consultations over the formation of a caretaker administration to lead the country in the run-up to elections due by mid-May.</p> <p>The civilian government led by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) made history by completing its full five-year term, but Taliban attacks and record levels of violence against Shiite Muslims have raised fears about security for the polls.</p> <p>"We are trying to create consensus over caretaker setup," former information minister PPP spokesman Qamar Zaman Kaira said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/pakistani-politicians-consult-caretakers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Muslim League Pakistan Politics Politics of Pakistan AFP Sun, 17 Mar 2013 14:00:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5786021 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan lawmakers tasked with picking interim PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/pakistan-lawmakers-tasked-picking-interim-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A committee of Pakistani lawmakers has been tasked with picking a caretaker prime minister to lead the nation in the run-up to polls after politicians failed to reach a deal, an official statement said Tuesday.</p> <p>Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf of the Pakistan People's Party and opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-N party had a deadline of March 19 to agree on somebody to take charge.</p> <p>But all the names proposed by Ashraf to lead the country until the elections, due by mid-May, were rejected.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/pakistan-lawmakers-tasked-picking-interim-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Muslim League Pakistani politicians Politics of Pakistan AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:32:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788096 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan Taliban threaten to send Musharraf to "hell" when he returns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/pakistan-taliban-threaten-send-musharraf-hell-when-he-returns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sheree Sardar</p> <p>ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban have threatened to despatch suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile on Sunday to contest elections.</p> <p>In a Taliban video obtained by Reuters, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, warned: "The mujahideen of Islam have prepared a special squad to send Musharraf to hell. There are suicide bombers, snipers, a special assault unit and a close combat team."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/pakistan-taliban-threaten-send-musharraf-hell-when-he-returns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Muhajir people Nishan-e-Imtiaz Pakistan Pakistani Muslims Pakistani people Pervez Musharraf Politics of Pakistan Religion Taliban War Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:15:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791726 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan ex-president says deal avoids homecoming arrest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/pakistan-ex-president-says-deal-avoids-homecoming-arrest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amena Bakr</p> <p>DUBAI (Reuters) - Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday he has been granted bail in advance to avoid being arrested upon his planned return home on Sunday following nearly four years of self-imposed exile.</p> <p>Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup, resigned in 2008 when his allies lost a vote and a new government threatened him with impeachment. He left the country a year later.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/pakistan-ex-president-says-deal-avoids-homecoming-arrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Pakistan Pakistani people Pervez Musharraf Politics of Pakistan War Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:00:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791886 at http://www.globalpost.com Rain disrupts Khan election rally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130323/rain-disrupts-khan-election-rally <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Heavy wind and rain forced an early halt to what Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan had intended as a landmark campaign rally to launch his bid to become the next prime minister in the May 11 elections.</p> <p>Tens of thousands of people poured into the venue at Pakistan's independence monument in Lahore expecting to hear Khan's manifesto, but police said the numbers fell short of an estimated 100,000 who attended a similar gathering 17 months ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130323/rain-disrupts-khan-election-rally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cricket Imran Khan Pakistan Politics of Pakistan Social Issues AFP Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:16:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792032 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Musharraf en route back to Pakistan: AFP http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/urgent-musharraf-en-route-back-pakistan-afp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Sunday en route back to Pakistan after more than four years in self-imposed exile.</p> <p>His scheduled Emirates flight took off from Dubai at around 10:15 am (0615 GMT), said an AFP journalist on board. "Long life to Musharraf," sang supporters of the former ruler, annoying some regular passengers. The plane is due to land in Karachi.</p> <p>gl-jm/jms</p> Pakistani Muslims Pakistani people Politics of Pakistan AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 07:30:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792316 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-President Musharraf returns to Pakistan for elections http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130324/ex-president-musharraf-returns-pakistan-elections <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Akhtar Soomro</p> <p>KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan's former President, Pervez Musharraf, returned home on Sunday after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest elections despite the possibility of arrest and death threats from the Taliban.</p> <p>Musharraf hopes to regain influence so that his party can win seats in the general election scheduled for May 11, when he will face fierce competition, including from the man he ousted in a military takeover.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130324/ex-president-musharraf-returns-pakistan-elections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Pakistan Pakistani Muslims Pakistani people Pervez Musharraf Politics of Pakistan Religion War Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5792330 at http://www.globalpost.com Musharraf: Pakistani ex-dictator back in line of fire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/musharraf-pakistani-ex-dictator-back-line-fire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former dictator who has flown home to Taliban death threats, remains hugely controversial nearly five years after he resigned, accused of treason and murder by his opponents.</p> <p>A whisky-tippling moderate, he was a key US ally in the "war on terror" and escaped at least three Al-Qaeda assassination attempts when in office, but divides opinion in a nation starting to shake off long periods of military rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/musharraf-pakistani-ex-dictator-back-line-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pakistan Pakistani politicians Pervez Musharraf Politics Politics of Pakistan War AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:45:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792368 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan's Sharif holds huge election rally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/pakistans-sharif-holds-huge-election-rally <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The frontrunner in Pakistan's election race, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, attracted tens of thousands Monday to a rally at which he promised development and economic success.</p> <p>Sharif travelled to the northwestern town of Mansehra, a stronghold of his Pakistan Muslim League-N party, where supporters packed a huge stadium.</p> <p>Two police officials estimated the crowd at up to 30,000, in contrast to the hundreds who greeted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on his return to Pakistan Sunday after four years in exile to contest the polls.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/pakistans-sharif-holds-huge-election-rally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nawaz Sharif Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics of Pakistan Social Issues Technology AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:16:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793208 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan's Sharif holds huge election rally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/pakistans-sharif-holds-huge-election-rally-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The frontrunner in Pakistan's election race, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, attracted tens of thousands Monday to a rally at which he promised development and economic revival.</p> <p>Sharif travelled to the northwestern town of Mansehra, a stronghold of his Pakistan Muslim League-N party, where supporters packed a huge stadium.</p> <p>Two police officials estimated the crowd at up to 30,000, in contrast to the hundreds who greeted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on his return to Pakistan Sunday after four years in exile to contest the polls.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/pakistans-sharif-holds-huge-election-rally-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Nawaz Sharif Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Politics of Pakistan Social Issues Technology AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793245 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistani journalist to head interim Punjab administration http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/pakistani-journalist-head-interim-punjab-administration <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Renowned Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi was on Tuesday selected to head up an interim administration to guide the politically important Punjab province through historic elections.</p> <p>Sethi was selected by a six-member parliamentary committee comprising three members each from the out-going provincial government of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/pakistani-journalist-head-interim-punjab-administration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Muslim League Pakistan Politics Politics of Pakistan AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:31:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794545 at http://www.globalpost.com Fear of attack haunts Pakistan campaign http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/fear-attack-haunts-pakistan-campaign <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistani politicians may be bitter rivals who exploit the tiniest chance to score points off one another, but one thing unites them as they campaign for May elections: fear of attack.</p> <p>In a country awash with weapons, overstretched security forces, fractious tribes, Islamist militants and deadly political and ethnic rivalry, the spectre of violence haunts politicians from left to right, conservative to reformist.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/fear-attack-haunts-pakistan-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Politics of Pakistan Social Issues War AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 04:30:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794952 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan election campaign heats up despite attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/pakistan-election-campaign-heats-despite-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistan's political parties organised huge rallies on Sunday but campaigning for historic general elections in May was marred by a bomb attack which killed two people in the country's northwest.</p> <p>The Pakistani Taliban have issued threats against the three main secular parties that made up the outgoing government and who backed army operations against the Islamist militants.</p> <p>But that did not deter politicians from holding processions on Sunday to attract voters on May 11, an election which stands to mark the country's first democratic transition to power.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/pakistan-election-campaign-heats-despite-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pakistan Politics Politics of Pakistan Technology War AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:16:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5798127 at http://www.globalpost.com