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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.

Bhutto's children to take part in politics

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan's slain premier Benazir Bhutto, said Friday his two sisters would follow him into politics, in a speech on the sixth anniversary of his mother's death. The 25-year-old scion of the Bhutto dynasty has been the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman since his mother's assassination in 2007 but has so far had a fairly limited role as a party figurehead. The PPP was heavily defeated in May's general election after five years in government, following a lacklustre campaign marred by Taliban violence.

Pakistan offers to fly Musharraf's sick mother home

The Pakistani government Friday offered to fly home the sick mother of former president Pervez Musharraf, who faces a series of major criminal cases and is barred from leaving the country. The former general is accused of a range of offences related to his 1999-2008 rule of the nuclear-armed nation, including treason and the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The pursuit of criminal cases against the former army chief has put the government on a potential collision course with the powerful military.

Musharraf lawyers complain to UN over Pakistan 'show trial'

Lawyers for Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf said Friday a treason charge levied against him was politically motivated and that he would face a "show trial", urging the UN to intervene. The legal team also called on the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia to denounce Musharraf's trial to "repay their debt" for his support in the US-led "war on terror" in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Musharraf vows to face justice in Pakistan

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf Thursday vowed to face justice and not flee the country in his first interview since being placed under house arrest eight months ago. Musharraf has faced a range of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule after returning to Pakistan from self-imposed exile in March, including the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistan's Musharraf vows to face cases against him

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf Thursday vowed to face all the criminal cases brought against him in his first interview since being placed under house arrest eight months ago. Musharraf has faced a range of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule after returning to Pakistan from self-imposed exile in March, including the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistan court summons Musharraf in high treason case

A Pakistani special court on Friday summoned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to appear in a high treason case, an offence that could see him face death or life in prison, a government prosecutor said. "Musharraf has been ordered to appear before the court on December 24," Akram Sheikh, the head of the government prosecution team told AFP by telephone. It will be the first time in Pakistan's history that a former military dictator will face a treason trial.

Pakistan's new chief justice sworn in

Pakistan's new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain administered swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry and other top government officials including ministers attended the ceremony.

Pakistan's new chief justice sworn in

Pakistan's new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry and other top government officials including ministers attended the ceremony.

Pakistan's Punjab province chief minister arrives in India

Pakistan's Punjab province chief minister arrives in India NEW DELHI, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is also Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's brother, arrived in India Thursday. During his tour as a guest of Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister of the northern Indian state of Punjab, Sharif will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma in the national capital. Sharif will also pay a visit to a metro station in Connaught Place at the heart of the Indian capital.
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