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Imran Khan braves march into Pakistan's Taliban heartland

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Pakistan president demands investigation into arrest of disabled Christian girl accused of blasphemy after 'burning pages of the Koran'

Pakistan’s president has demanded an investigation into the arrest of a young Christian girl, said to have Down’s Syndrome, who has been accused of blasphemy after she allegedly burned pages of the Koran.

Pakistan's PM summoned in corruption case

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Pakistan elects new prime minister as ruling party seeks to draw a line under weeks of political turmoil

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Pakistan president moves quickly for PM

Pakistan's President has summoned parliament to meet tomorrow to elect a new prime minister, with the Textile Minister, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, emerging as the likely candidate for the job.

Omar Waraich: Pakistan suffers a coup by other means

It was a coup by other means. In the past, Pakistan’s democratic hopes were often thwarted by generals taking power for themselves, or shunting governments aside by subtler means. Now it is the turn of another unelected and unaccountable institution to try the same.

Archie Bland: Big match highlights how goals must be uppermost

It's been a pretty big few days for world leaders. First the G8 grappled with the economic crisis, then we had the Nato summit on Afghanistan; these are talks of the utmost importance. Maybe, then, it's a little odd that the most memorable image to be produced from the talks was not of sober politicians in statesmanlike negotiation, but of the great and the good getting overexcited by a game of football.

World leaders at the Nato summit pose at Soldier Field in Chicago

Afghans face terror threat after Nato exit, Obama admits

President and British advisers acknowledge Afghans face tough future as West looks to open exit routes through Pakistan

Lieutenant-General Zaheer ul Islam, the new head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency

Pakistan appoints a new chief of intelligence

Pakistan has announced a new head for its notorious Inter-Services Intelligence agency, ending weeks of speculation over who would fill the powerful role.

Pakistan Prime Minister to be charged with contempt

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by the Prime Minister against a looming contempt charge, paving the way for a case that could plunge the country into political turmoil.

Pakistan president's immunity to be debated

Pakistan's government has bowed to a Supreme Court demand to debate whether the President enjoys immunity from a past corruption case, a concession that could help defuse a crisis threatening the administration.

Omar Waraich: Gilani faces fight of his life to survive this onslaught

A vote reaffirming faith in democracy would seem odd in any parliament. But in Pakistan it underscored the fragility of the ruling coalition after the Prime Minister was summoned to the Supreme Court to face contempt proceedings.

Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani faces court proceedings

Pakistan's top court has initiated contempt proceedings against the prime minister for failing to carry out the court's order to open a corruption probe into the president.

Dubai trip fuels Zardari rumours

Pakistan's president left the troubled country yesterday for what was described as a one-day private visit to Dubai, officials said, in the midst of a deepening crisis between the government and the powerful military.

Yousuf Gilani asked aid groups to help rebuild areas affected by the fighting

Pakistan PM sacks defence secretary

Pakistan's prime minister has sacked the defence secretary, his office said today, in a move likely to ratchet up tension with the powerful military and raise fears of instability in a country vital to efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

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