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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. "Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf (for treason) under Article 6 of the Constitution," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a press conference televised live.

Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason

Pakistan will try former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf for treason for imposing emergency rule in 2007, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Sunday. "Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf (for treason) under Article 6 of the Constitution," Khan told a press conference televised live. mmg/sm

New video shows Czech hostages alive in Pakistan

Relatives of two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in March released a new video on Wednesday that showed them asking Czech authorities to take action to free them. The video of Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka was made in late August and delivered to the Czech embassy in Islamabad, foreign ministry spokeswoman Johana Grohova told reporters. She declined further comment. The women speak separately in English in the video, which offers no indication of the kidnappers' identity or more recent proof of life.

Pakistan extends custody of former dictator Musharraf

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf on Friday, dampening hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon following months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate. Musharraf was arrested two weeks ago on charges related a 2007 raid on a radical mosque - just as his lawyer announced the former ruler was free to leave the country after being granted bail in another, unrelated case.

Pakistan's Musharraf ordered held for two weeks day after arrest

By Amjad Ali ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A court ordered former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf to be detained for 14 days on Friday, the latest twist in a long-running feud between the one-time army chief and the judiciary. The order followed his arrest on Thursday over accusations that he was responsible for a 2007 raid on a radical mosque that killed more than 100 people, police said.

Pakistan rearrests ex-president Musharraf over Red Mosque deaths

By Amjad Ali and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan rearrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday after accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people when he ordered commandos to storm the Red Mosque in 2007. The operation at the radical mosque in the capital of Islamabad followed a week-long standoff between the mosque's supporters and security forces.

Cricket: England's Shah retires from first-class cricket

Former England batsman Owais Shah announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Shah wants to concentrate on shorter formats of the game, meaning he could remain at Essex next season. Shah, who played six Tests and 88 limited overs matches for England, completed his first-class career with a hundred against Glamorgan last week. "I have really enjoyed my Championship cricket career," Shah said in a statement. "I started off playing four-day cricket for Middlesex and my main aim was to play for England.

Pakistan nominates first film for Oscar in 50 years

Pakistan has put forward a film for the Oscars for the first time in nearly 50 years as its struggling film industry shows signs of revival, officials said Monday. "The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has selected "Zinda Bhaag"as the first Pakistani film in over fifty years to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the 'Foreign Language Film Award' category at the 86th Academy Awards," a statement issued by the selectors said. In addition to Zinda Bhaag (Flee Alive), a further three films were submitted to the committee for consideration: Chambeli, Josh and Lamha.

Pakistan TV preacher defends Ramadan baby give-away

A charismatic Muslim preacher criticised for giving out babies to childless couples live on prime-time Pakistani television denies he is fighting a ratings war and insists he is spreading charity. Aamir Liaqat Hussain, one of the biggest stars on Pakistani TV, spoke to AFP as a local foundation involved in the process said a third baby is due to be given away in the coming days. Hussain broadcasts a marathon 12-hour show each day during the holy month of Ramadan, watched by millions across the country.

Babies given away live on air in Pakistani talk show

By Katharine Houreld and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani television is screening what many call its most controversial content yet in a ruthless quest for ratings: a talk-show host who gives away babies live on air. Aamir Liaquat Hussain, a bespectacled 41-year-old with a neatly trimmed beard, gave away two abandoned infant girls to childless families last month and plans to give away a baby boy this week.
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