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Musharraf's lawyers 'threatened with beheading'

Lawyers representing Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a landmark treason case said on Wednesday they had been threatened with beheading and urged a new venue for the trial. They also urged the court to let Musharraf, who last month became the first former army chief to appear in court for treason, to go abroad for medical treatment. The case relates to his 2007 imposition of emergency rule and is seen as a key test of civilian authority over the country's powerful army.

Cricket: Pakistan beat Afghanistan in Asia Cup

Defending champions Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 72 runs in the Asia Cup match in Dhaka on Thursday. Umar Akmal hit an 89-ball 102 not out to lift Pakistan to 248-8 in their 50 overs before they restricted their rivals to 176 all out in 47.2 overs. Five-time champions India, who beat Bangladesh by six wickets in their first match on Wednesday, play Sri Lanka on Friday. Sri Lanka won their first match against Pakistan by 12 runs on Tuesday. str-sh/lm

Cricket: Pakistan names Latif as chief selector

Pakistan Wednesday appointed former Test captain Rashid Latif as chief selector and tasked him with helping in the fight against corruption. The straight-talking 45-year-old is known for taking a stand against match-fixing, which has dogged cricket in Pakistan over the years. "Latif accepted the offer to become the chief selector with effect from 1st April 2014," said a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) release.

Pakistan court rejects Musharraf plea for military trial

A special court in Pakistan hearing treason charges against ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday rejected his plea for trial in a military court and set a date next month to indict him. Lawyers of Musharraf had challenged the right of the civilian court in Islamabad to try the former army chief who appeared in person before judges for the first time on Tuesday. "This application is dismissed," lead judge Faisal Arab said at the end of Friday's hearing.

Pakistan's Musharraf at court for first 'treason' hearing

Pakistan's ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf became the first former army chief to appear in a national court on Tuesday in a treason case seen as a test of civilian rule over the country's powerful army. The 70-year-old arrived in a heavily protected cavalcade of at least half a dozen vehicles wearing a dark blazer and appearing relaxed during a hearing that lasted only a few minutes. He sat in a witness box and stood briefly when addressed by the judge, but did not speak. Asked afterwards how he was feeling, he told AFP that he was "good".

Pakistan's Musharraf finally makes it to court to face treason charges

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrived in court to face treason charges on Tuesday, a victory for the country's increasingly assertive judiciary after months of delays. Musharraf, 70, faces the death penalty if found guilty of charges related to his suspension of the constitution and imposition of emergency rule in 2007, when he was trying to extend his rule as president.

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.

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.

Cricket: Pakistan's Akmal bailed after scuffle with policeman

Pakistan cricket star Umar Akmal was released on bail Sunday, a day after his arrest for violating traffic rules and scuffling with a policeman. The 23-year-old was charged with interfering with government work and "scuffling" with the policeman after he failed to stop at a traffic signal and refused to show documents on Saturday. Traffic policeman Mohammad Zeeshan accused Akmal of tearing his uniform and assaulting him, charges the batsman denied. Akmal's lawyer said the court allowed bail in the sum of 100,000 rupees (around 950 dollars).
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