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Musharraf's lawyers walk out of treason hearing

Lawyers for Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf walked out of a hearing in his treason case Thursday, complaining of being threatened and harassed. The 70-year-old had been expected to attend the special tribunal for the first time on Thursday after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him. It was unclear whether he would come to court following his lawyers' walkout.

Musharraf's lawyers walk out of treason hearing

Lawyers for Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf walked out of a hearing in his treason case Thursday, complaining of being threatened and harassed. The 70-year-old had been expected to attend the special tribunal for the first time on Thursday after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him. It was unclear whether he would come to court following his lawyers' walkout.

No-show for Pakistan's Musharraf in treason case

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf failed to show up for a hearing in the treason case against him on Wednesday, with his lawyers citing security threats. The 70-year-old stands accused over his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, but he and his legal team have dismissed the charge as politically motivated. Conviction could mean the death penalty or life imprisonment for Musharraf, who has faced a series of criminal cases since returning from self-imposed exile last March.

Pakistan police find explosives near Musharraf's house

Pakistan police on Monday found explosives on a road close to the home of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, two days before he is to appear before a treason tribunal. The 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds) of explosives and two detonators were found around two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the retired general's home on the edge of Islamabad. The discovery was made close to where five kilos of explosives were found last Tuesday, as Musharraf's treason trial was due to start. The case was adjourned to Wednesday because of the security alert.

Cricket: Pakistan announces squad for Sri Lanka Tests

Pakistan Thursday announced a 15-man squad for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting in United Arab Emirates later this month. Squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Muhammad Talha. sh/jaf/pj

Pakistan gets new guardian of nuclear assets

Pakistan's government has appointed Lt. Gen. Zubair Hayat to head the Strategic Plans Division, which oversees the development and security of the country's nuclear assets, according to the Defense Ministry. Hayat, currently serving as Bahawalpur Corps commander, will replace retired Lt. Gen. Khalid Kidwai, who founded the SPD and served as its director general since its inception in 1999 during the presidency of Pervez Musharraf.

New book probes Bhutto murder failures

A new book brings to a wider audience a theory of cover-up, sweeping blame and staggering security failures behind the 2007 assassination of Pakistan's ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Author and Chilean diplomat Heraldo Munoz headed a damning UN report in 2010 that said Bhutto's death could have been prevented and that Pakistan deliberately failed to investigate properly. Now a UN assistant secretary general, his book "Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan", goes on sale in the United States next week.

1st LD:Lt.General Raheel Sharif appointed as Pakistan's new army chief

1st LD:Lt.General Raheel Sharif appointed as Pakistan's new army chief ISLAMABAD, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif has been appointed as Pakistan's 15th chief of army staff on Wednesday, local media reported. General Sharif has been appointed as army chief for a three- year term by President Mamnoon Hussain who signed the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Neither army nor government has confirmed his appointment yet.

Pakistan names new army chief

Pakistan on Wednesday named Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif as its new army chief, sources said, replacing the retiring General Ashfaq Kayani. The head of the 600,000-strong army is widely regarded as the most powerful man in the nuclear-armed nation, which has seen three periods of military rule and where the armed forces still exert great influence. Sharif, whose elder brother won Pakistan's highest military award for valour in the 1971 war with India, will formally take command on Thursday.

Ex-envoy says US was wrong to boost Pakistan military

Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States called Monday for his country to focus less on defense and said decades of misguided American aid have only enabled the powerful military. Husain Haqqani, an outspoken academic turned diplomat who was forced to resign in 2011 over charges that he sought US help to curb Pakistan's army, argues in a new book, "Magnificent Delusions," that the two nations have always failed to understand each other.
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