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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."

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."

One-week reprieve for Musharraf in treason trial

A court trying Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason Thursday ordered him to appear in person on January 16, after considering a medical report on his heart complaint. The ruling grants the 70-year-old, currently in a military hospital, a week's respite in the case which has gripped the nuclear-armed nation for the past fortnight. He has yet to appear in person before the specially-convened three-judge tribunal, missing hearings due to security fears and lately a health scare.

Pakistan ex-president in court on graft charges

Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an anti-corruption court on Thursday over multi-million-dollar graft allegations dating back to the 1990s. The cases against Zardari relate to kickbacks, money-laundering and the illegal construction of a polo ground at the prime minister's official residence, during his slain wife Benazir Bhutto's two stints as premier. As president, Zardari enjoyed immunity from prosecution, but this ended when he stepped down in September last year after five years in office.

Musharraf treason court to consider medical report

A special court set up to try Pakistan's former ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason adjourned Tuesday to consider a medical report on his heart complaint. The 70-year-old was rushed to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, which borders Islamabad, on his way to the tribunal last week. The court adjourned the hearing until Wednesday to allow time to assess the doctors' report and said defence and prosecution teams would receive copies.
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