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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.

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.

Hundreds swarm ancient Pakistan ruins for grand cultural gala

Hunderds of people arrived at the ancient ruined city of Moenjodaro Saturday to attend an inaugural festival aimed at commemorating Pakistan's cultural heritage. Spearheaded by the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the two-week festival is part of a campaign to conserve the heritage of his home province of Sindh. But experts warned the festival could put Moenjodaro, a UNESCO World Heritage site built around 2600 BC, in danger.

Taliban committee for government talks includes Imran Khan

The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday said that cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan would be one of five members of a committee set up to hold talks with the government. The announcement came days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif named a similar team to facilitate dialogue with the extremists, who have waged a deadly insurgency since 2007. "The committee members will hold talks with their interlocutors in the government's team on our behalf and put forth our point of view," Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP.

Pakistan court rejects Musharraf's plea for treatment abroad

A court trying Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason Friday refused to allow him to go abroad for medical treatment, saying it had no authority to lift his travel ban. 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. Musharraf has been in a military hospital since falling ill with heart trouble while travelling to the special treason tribunal on January 2 and his lawyers had argued he needed specialist treatment abroad.

Pakistani cultural festival threatens ancient ruins

A festival to commemorate Pakistan's cultural heritage spearheaded by the scion of the Bhutto family could put the ruins of one of the world's ancient civilisations at risk, experts warned Thursday. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the heir to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has launched a campaign to conserve the heritage of his home province of Sindh with a two-week festival due to begin on February 1.

Pakistani cultural festival threatens ancient ruins

A festival to commemorate Pakistan's cultural heritage spearheaded by the scion of the Bhutto family could put the ruins of one of the world's ancient civilizations at risk, experts warned Thursday. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the heir to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has launched a campaign to conserve the heritage of his home province of Sindh with a two-week festival due to begin on February 1.

Pakistan forms committee to pave way for talks with militants

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced the formation of a committee "to pave the way for talks" with militants in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. The four member-committee is comprised of Sharif's special advisor on national affairs Irfan Sidiqui, former Inter-Services Intelligence Maj. Mohammad Amir, prominent journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai and former Ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mehmand. Sharif said that he would personally supervise the efforts for talks.

Pakistan PM scotches speculation of Taliban offensive

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday dismissed speculation he would launch an offensive against the Taliban following a wave of bloody attacks, saying peace talks deserved another chance. Sharif also called on militants to observe a ceasefire and named a committee that includes two leading journalists to assist in dialogue efforts. The government has come under fire for failing to set a strategy to respond to a surge in militant violence which has seen 114 deaths in attacks since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally.

Pakistan PM scotches speculation of Taliban offensive

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday scotched speculation his government would launch an offensive against the Taliban following a wave of bloody attacks, saying he wanted to "give the peaceful solution another chance". Sharif's government has come under fire for failing to come up with a strategy to respond to a surge in militant violence, which has seen more than 114 people killed in attacks since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally.
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