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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.

Hagel meets Pakistan's prime minister

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday arrived in Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for talks on the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan-U.S. defense relations. A press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office said that during the meeting, "the two leaders agreed to work together to strengthen Pakistan-U.S. relations and advance the shared interest of a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan and the region."

Pakistani immigrant sues U.S. over false arrest in war on terrorism

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., Dec 5, Reuters - A Pakistani immigrant who says he was held for more than 10 months in solitary confinement after being falsely arrested on terrorism charges has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Miami, saying he was a victim of "overzealousness" in the U.S. war on terrorism. Irfan Khan, a 40-year-old Muslim, emigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1994 and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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 gets new army chief, chief justice

The Pakistani government announced Wednesday that Gen. Raheel Sharif has been named as the new chief of army staff to replace Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, who is retiring after six years in what is effectively the country's most powerful position. President Mamnoon Hussain, who appointed Gen. Sharif on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has also approved the appointment of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as chief justice of the Supreme Court, replacing Iftkhar Muhammad Chaudhry who is due to retire on Dec. 11, a senior government official said.

Profile: Pakistan's new Army Chief Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif

Profile: Pakistan's new Army Chief Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif ISLAMABAD, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan army has released the profile of the country's new army chief, Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif, who was appointed by the prime minister on Wednesday. Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif hails from a martial stock. He was born in the southwestern city of Quetta on June 16, 1956 to Major and Mrs. Muhammad Sharif. He is an alumnus of Government College Lahore and Pakistan Military Academy, from where he passed out with 54th Pakistan Military Academy Long Course.

Pakistan workers hold sit-in to stop NATO supplies to Afghanistan

Workers in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province in northwestern Pakistan began an indefinite sit-in on Saturday to block the transit of NATO supplies to Afghanistan through the road transit hub at Peshawar. "Our coalition is ruling in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. We will not allow transit of NATO supplies through our province," Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, told thousands of participants of the sit-in at the junction linking roads to the main highway to Karachi port.

Pakistan wants to try former dictator Musharraf for treason

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan moved on Monday to put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason for suspending the constitution and declaring a state of emergency while he was in power. Musharraf has been embroiled in a complicated web of legal cases after returning to Pakistan this year from self-imposed exile to take part in a May election. His arrest was unprecedented in a country where the army wields enormous power.

Travel ban hearing for Pakistan's Musharraf postponed

A Pakistani court on Monday adjourned a hearing into a travel ban against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, his lawyer said, a day after the government announced it would try him for treason. The former general applied last week to be removed from the government's "exit control list" that stops him leaving Pakistan, to go to visit his sick mother in Dubai. Musharraf is facing a host of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule, including for the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason

Pakistan announced Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007. The decision puts the country's civilian leaders on an unprecedented collision course with the all powerful military and comes after Musharraf was granted bail in other criminal cases, stoking rumours a deal for his departure could be imminent. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the move in a live television broadcast.
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