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Hundreds swarm ancient Pakistan ruins for grand cultural gala

Hunderds of people arrived at the ancient ruined city of Moenjodaro Saturday to attend an inaugural festival aimed at commemorating Pakistan's cultural heritage. Spearheaded by the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the two-week festival is part of a campaign to conserve the heritage of his home province of Sindh. But experts warned the festival could put Moenjodaro, a UNESCO World Heritage site built around 2600 BC, in danger.

Pakistan court issues warrant for Musharraf's arrest

A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant Friday for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, but the retired general's lawyer told reporters he will not actually taken into custody since the warrant is bailable. The warrant was issued by a special court set up in Islamabad to try Musharraf, who has been in a military hospital since early January, on high treason charges for abrogating the Constitution when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007.

Pakistan PM scotches speculation of Taliban offensive

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday scotched speculation his government would launch an offensive against the Taliban following a wave of bloody attacks, saying he wanted to "give the peaceful solution another chance". Sharif's government has come under fire for failing to come up with a strategy to respond to a surge in militant violence, which has seen more than 114 people killed in attacks since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally.

Pakistan provincial government halts Malala book launch

A launch ceremony for education activist Malala Yousafzai's book at a university in her native Pakistan was cancelled after pressure from the provincial government, organisers and officials said Tuesday. Malala survived a Taliban assassination attempt in the country's restive northwest in 2012 and has become a global champion for the struggle for all children to go to school. An event to launch her memoir "I am Malala" at the Area Study Centre of Peshawar University on Monday was called off after police refused to provide security, organisers told AFP.

Pakistan's Devil's Advocate says he's just doing his job

For more than half a century, Pakistani lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada has provided the legal cover for the country's succession of military rulers -- but don't accuse him of supporting dictators. He was secretary to Pakistan's founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the 1940s, has been attorney general and foreign minister, and authored orders that gave legal weight to two coups d'etat.

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."

Hospitalized Musharraf summoned to appear in court next week

A special court set up to try former President Pervez Musharraf for high treason on Thursday summoned the hospitalized former dictator to appear in court on Jan. 16, deeming his health complaints not serious enough to justify his repeated failure to show up. The court also appeared to quash speculations that the 70-year-old former army chief, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, might be allowed to go abroad for medical treatment.

Hospitalized Musharraf summoned to appear in court next week

A special court set up to try former President Pervez Musharraf for high treason on Thursday summoned the hospitalized former dictator to appear in court on Jan. 16, deeming his health complaints not serious enough to justify his repeated failure to show up. The court also appeared to quash speculations that the 70-year-old former army chief, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, might be allowed to go abroad for medical treatment.

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.
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