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Pakistan's Musharraf 'needs US treatment'

Lawyers for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Thursday told a local court hearing treason charges against him that the retired general needed medical treatment in the United States. Musharraf is currently in a military hospital with a heart condition, after falling ill while travelling to the special treason tribunal on January 2. The 70-year-old has yet to appear in person before the three-judge panel and speculation is rife that he will escape trial by leaving the country for treatment.

Pakistan's Musharraf 'needs US treatment'

Lawyers for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Thursday told a local court hearing treason charges against him that the retired general needed medical treatment in the United States. Musharraf is currently in a military hospital with a heart condition, after falling ill while travelling to the special treason tribunal on January 2. The 70-year-old has yet to appear in person before the three-judge panel and speculation is rife that he will escape trial by leaving the country for treatment.

Pakistan's Musharraf 'needs US treatment'

Lawyers for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Thursday told a Pakistani court hearing treason charges against him that the retired general needed medical treatment in the United States. Musharraf is currently in a military hospital with a heart condition, after falling ill while travelling to the special treason tribunal two weeks ago. The 70-year-old has yet to appear in person before the three-judge panel, after missing repeated hearings due to security fears and the health scare.

Islamisation fears at top Pakistan university

The Pakistan studies lecturer is in mid-flow when his students stand and rush for the door -- his class interrupted yet again by the call to prayer. "They won't come back for at least 30 minutes and some of them even decide not to return to class," Sajjad Akhtar said, gathering his notes and sitting down to wait for his students to return. At Quaid-i-Azam University, rated the best public university in Pakistan and the best Pakistani university in Asia, this is an everyday reality across all academic departments.

Cricket: Pakistan court reinstates ex-PCB chief

A Pakistan court on Wednesday restored suspended cricket board chief Zaka Ashraf, official media said, the latest development in an embarrassing legal scandal in the cricket-mad nation. The process, which began after Ashraf was suspended following dubious elections in May last year, has tarnished the reputation of the country's cricket authorities and led to widespread ridicule. The Islamabad High Court accepted Ashraf's appeal to be reinstated, with a detailed judgement expected on Thursday, the state-run Radio Pakistan said.

Cricket: Pakistan court reinstates ex-PCB chief

A Pakistan court on Wednesday restored suspended cricket board chief Zaka Ashraf, official media said, the latest development in an embarrassing legal scandal in the cricket-mad nation. The process, which began after Ashraf was suspended following dubious elections in May last year, has tarnished the reputation of the country's cricket authorities and led to widespread ridicule. The Islamabad High Court accepted Ashraf's appeal to be reinstated, with a detailed judgement expected on Thursday, the state-run Radio Pakistan said.

Fire breaks out at Musharraf hospital in Pakistan

A fire broke out early Wednesday at the Pakistani hospital where former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was admitted for a heart condition, officials said. "There was a small fire incident at the hospital, but it was extinguished immediately," a source at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi told AFP. Another source confirmed the fire incident was "of a minor nature". Officials said the cause was being investigated and may have been started by an electrical short circuit.

Cricket: Pakistan 189-4 at lunch, need 34 to avoid innings defeat

Pakistan, fighting to save the second Test against Sri Lanka, were 189-4 at lunch on the fourth day in Dubai on Saturday. Pakistan lost key batsman Younis Khan for 77 in the first session before Misbah-ul Haq (74) and Asad Shafiq (18) saw them through to lunch. Pakistan, who conceded a big 223-run lead on first innings, need another 34 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Younis and Misbah added 129 runs for the fourth wicket. Paceman Nuwan Pradeep has figures of 2-41. The first match of the three-Test series ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi last week.

Malala praises teenage Pakistani bomb hero

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban to champion girls' rights to education, paid tribute Friday to a teenager killed stopping a suicide bomber from attacking a school. Aitzaz Hassan, 15, a student in Hangu district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has become a national hero after he tackled the bomber who had come to attack his school on Monday, at a time when hundreds of students were inside.

Pakistan's ex-president Zardari appears before anticorruption court

Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an anticorruption court Thursday in connection with graft allegations dating from the 1990s, for the first time since his five-year presidency ended last September. Zardari's lawyer Farooq Naik told reporters outside the Accountability Court that the five cases filed against the former president, who is currently co-leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, are all "baseless."
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