Pakistani politicians http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25931/all en UPDATE 7-Pakistan turmoil deepens as court orders PM's arrest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-7-pakistan-turmoil-deepens-court-orders-pms-arrest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Government under mounting pressure</p> <p>* Cleric emerges as pre-election wild card</p> <p>* Fears military will intervene in politics again (Adds analyst quote)</p> <p>By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Katharine Houreld</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a history of ties to the army.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-7-pakistan-turmoil-deepens-court-orders-pms-arrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Punjabi people Religion War Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:30:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734526 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Pakistan warns anti-government cleric to end protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-pakistan-warns-anti-government-cleric-end-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Recasts with warning to end protests)</p> <p>By Mubasher Bukhari</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Pakistan's interior minister on Wednesday warned an anti-government Muslim cleric and thousands of protesters camped out near parliament to disperse, saying they were at risk of attack by militants.</p> <p>Rehman Malik said authorities had learned militants might be planning to target the crowd, and that the cleric, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, would be held responsible for any attacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-pakistan-warns-anti-government-cleric-end-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Punjabi people War Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:00:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735251 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan turmoil not as 'chaotic' as appears - foreign minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/pakistan-turmoil-not-chaotic-appears-foreign-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Supreme Court ordered arrest of prime minister on Tuesday</p> <p>* Khar downplays influence of anti-government cleric</p> <p>By Michelle Nichols</p> <p>NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar suggested on Wednesday that the Supreme Court was trying to boost its power by ordering the arrest of the prime minister on corruption allegations, but during a speech in New York she said the situation was not as "chaotic" as it might appear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/pakistan-turmoil-not-chaotic-appears-foreign-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani people Pakistani politicians Politics War Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:30:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735355 at http://www.globalpost.com Firebrand cleric raises fear of "soft coup" in Pakistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/firebrand-cleric-raises-fear-soft-coup-pakistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Pakistan's evolving democracy at crucial stage</p> <p>* Fears military has hand in protest movement</p> <p>* Caretaker government in focus</p> <p>By Matthew Green and Mehreen Zahra-Malik</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 17 (Reuters) - To Pakistan's ruling party, a firebrand cleric camped outside parliament with thousands of protesters is looking more and more like the harbinger of their worst fear: a plan by the military to engineer a "soft coup".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/firebrand-cleric-raises-fear-soft-coup-pakistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Pakistan Pakistani Muslims Pakistani politicians Politics Religion Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:15:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735415 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 5-Pakistan cleric ends protest after deal with gov't http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-pakistan-anti-graft-board-refuses-arrest-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fiery cleric wins say in pre-election electoral process</p> <p>* Military denies links to protests</p> <p>* Official refuses Supreme Court order to arrest prime minister</p> <p>By Mubasher Bukhari</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A Muslim cleric with a history of ties to the military who has been calling for the Pakistani government to resign reached a deal with the administration on Thursday that will give him a say in the electoral process ahead of elections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-pakistan-anti-graft-board-refuses-arrest-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Court system of Pakistan Entertainment Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Politics of Pakistan Punjabi people Religion Supreme Court of Pakistan War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:45:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735491 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 6-Pakistan cleric ends protest after gov't concessions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-6-pakistan-cleric-ends-protest-after-govt-concessions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fiery cleric wins say in pre-election electoral process</p> <p>* Military denies links to protests</p> <p>* Official refuses Supreme Court order to arrest prime minister</p> <p>By Mubasher Bukhari and Mehreen Zahra-Malik</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A Muslim cleric with a history of ties to the military who has been calling for the Pakistani government to resign reached a deal with the administration on Thursday that will give him a say in the electoral process ahead of elections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-6-pakistan-cleric-ends-protest-after-govt-concessions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Religion War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735778 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan cleric's party may take part in election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/pakistan-clerics-party-may-take-part-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fiery cleric's party may contest elections</p> <p>* A threat of more protests if demands not met</p> <p>By Mubaher Bukhari</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A cleric who has been pushing for electoral reforms in Pakistan will resort to street protests aqain if the government does not abide by an agreement that eased a political crisis, an aide said on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/pakistan-clerics-party-may-take-part-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Government of Pakistan Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Politics Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:00:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736004 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Pakistan cleric's party may take part in election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-pakistan-clerics-party-may-take-part-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fiery cleric's party may contest elections</p> <p>* A threat of more protests if demands not met (Adds Karachi violence)</p> <p>By Mubaher Bukhari</p> <p>ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A cleric who has been pushing for electoral reforms in Pakistan will resort to street protests aqain if the government does not abide by an agreement that eased a political crisis, an aide said on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-pakistan-clerics-party-may-take-part-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Entertainment Hospitality Islam Law Pakistani politicians Politics Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:45:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736092 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss refuse to reopen Zardari graft probe: Islamabad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swiss-refuse-reopen-zardari-graft-probe-islamabad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Switzerland has refused to reopen long-running graft cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as he enjoys immunity as head of state, Pakistan's law ministry said on Sunday.</p> <p>Pakistan wrote to Swiss authorities in October over the multi-million dollar allegations against Zardari, which date back to the 1990s, at the insistence of the country's Supreme Court.</p> <p>Zardari and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto, were accused of using Swiss banks to launder $12 million in alleged kickbacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swiss-refuse-reopen-zardari-graft-probe-islamabad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asif Ali Zardari Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani people Pakistani politicians Politics AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:27:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751590 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss refuse to reopen Zardari graft probe: Islamabad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swiss-refuse-reopen-zardari-graft-probe-islamabad-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Switzerland has refused to reopen long-running corruption cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as he enjoys immunity as head of state, Pakistan's law ministry said on Sunday.</p> <p>The development could draw a line under a three-year row that has pitted Pakistan's top court against the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), cost a prime minister his job and threatened to bring down the government before the end of its term.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swiss-refuse-reopen-zardari-graft-probe-islamabad-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asif Ali Zardari Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani people Pakistani politicians Politics Technology AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:15:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751594 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss refuse to reopen Zardari graft probe: Islamabad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swiss-refuse-reopen-zardari-graft-probe-islamabad-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Switzerland has refused to reopen long-running corruption cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari because he has immunity as head of state, Pakistan's law ministry said Sunday.</p> <p>The development could draw a line under a three-year row that has pitted Pakistan's top court against the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), cost a prime minister his job and threatened to bring down the government before the end of its term.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swiss-refuse-reopen-zardari-graft-probe-islamabad-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani people Pakistani politicians Politics Technology AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:45:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751600 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss will not reopen graft probe into Pakistan president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/swiss-will-not-reopen-graft-probe-pakistan-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Katharine Houreld</p> <p>ISLAMABAD Feb 10 (Reuters) - Swiss authorities will not reopen a corruption probe into the Pakistani president, officials said Sunday, laying to rest a case that cost one Pakistani prime minister his job and inflamed tensions between Pakistan's executive and judiciary.</p> <p>Switzerland began investigating allegations in the late 1990s that Zardari and his late wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, had taken $12 million in kickbacks from Swiss cargo inspection companies and stashed the money in Swiss accounts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/swiss-will-not-reopen-graft-probe-pakistan-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Pakistan Pakistani Muslims Pakistani politicians Politics Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5751764 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan opens first major urban public transport scheme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/pakistan-opens-first-major-urban-public-transport-scheme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Authorities in Pakistan on Sunday launched a "Metro Bus" system in the second largest city, Lahore, opening the restive country's first major urban public transport scheme.</p> <p>The 30 billion rupee ($300 million) project, completed in collaboration with Turkish company Al-Buraq, will ferry up to 12,000 passengers an hour along a dedicated 29-kilometre (20 mile) roadway from the suburbs to the city centre, officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/pakistan-opens-first-major-urban-public-transport-scheme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Lahore Law Pakistan Pakistani politicians Social Issues Technology AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:15:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751809 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan provincial leader survives assassination bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/pakistan-provincial-leader-survives-assassination-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The chief minister of Pakistan's restive northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province survived a suicide bombing assassination bid on Friday.</p> <p>Ameer Haider Khan Hoti was travelling to a political rally when the attacker threw a grenade at his car before blowing himself up, Zaka Ullah, a senior local official, told AFP, but no-one was hurt.</p> <p>The attack came less than two months after the Pakistani Taliban killed Hoti's number two Bashir Bilour in a suicide bombing at a political meeting in the provincial capital Peshawar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/pakistan-provincial-leader-survives-assassination-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administrative units of Pakistan Pakistan Pakistani politicians War AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:54:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756561 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan party vows to quit ruling coalition as polls loom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/pakistan-party-vows-quit-ruling-coalition-polls-loom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* MQM protests decision to drop murder charges</p> <p>* Blow to ruling party as it prepares for elections</p> <p>* MQM has rescinded previous threats to quit</p> <p>By Matthew Green</p> <p>KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) threatened to quit the ruling coalition on Saturday, piling fresh pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari ahead of elections due this spring.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/pakistan-party-vows-quit-ruling-coalition-polls-loom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pakistan Pakistan People's Party Pakistani people Pakistani politicians Religion War Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:45:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5757688 at http://www.globalpost.com