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Former president of Pakistan has been granted bail after spending seven months under house arrest, prison officials have confirmed

Governor who opposed blasphemy laws is shot dead

The Governor of Pakistan's largest province was shot dead by one of his own bodyguards yesterday, apparently in protest at his stand against controversial blasphemy laws.

Omar Waraich: A rare breed of politician who fought for tolerance

"Who the hell are these illiterate maulvis to decide whether I'm a Muslim or not?" Salmaan Taseer asked me, a month before he was brutally assassinated outside his Islamabad home by his own bodyguard.

Leading article: Another step closer to the abyss

Even by the grim standards of Pakistan's recent years, these are dark days. The murder of the governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, an outspoken opponent of the country's draconian blasphemy laws, is not only a shocking event in itself. It also removes from the public stage one of the few men in high office who was prepared to stand up for what he believed in and call for these odious laws to be reformed. Now it is clearer than ever the price that can be paid by those who are ready to take on extreme Islamists. Mr Taseer's successor as governor may be less willing to be so forthright in confronting the clerics and their many supporters.

Pakistan court issues warrants over Bhutto's death

A Pakistani court has issued arrest warrants for two senior police officials accused of negligence in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said today.

Haider says he has given ICC proof of plot to fix matches

Zulqarnain Haider, the Pakistan wicketkeeper who has applied for asylum in the UK, says he has handed over two letters to the ICC's anti-corruption unit that were given to him in Dubai by third parties seeking to fix two one-day internationals against South Africa.

Haider explains his position to PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman has spoken to Zulqarnain Haider and assured him of its full co-operation after the wicketkeeper left the squad in Dubai and went to London where he has applied for asylum.

Farooq Leghari

Briefly

Pakistan's general in exile plots an unlikely return to power

Former ruler Pervez Musharraf says he can lead country again, despite past blunders

Minister sacked over army slur

Pakistan's minister for defence production has resigned after being summoned by the prime minister to explain comments he made criticising the army and accusing it of killing politicians.

Tough talk from the boss provokes red faces among staff at the embassy

The Pakistani high commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, has, for some, become one of the most entertaining figures in the saga of the Pakistani cricket team and the fixing scandal exposed by the News of the World.

PM to explain comments to Pakistan's President today

David Cameron came face to face with Pakistan's President, Asif Ali Zardari, last night but an explanation for his controversial remarks about the export of terrorism will have to wait.

Adrian Hamilton: The benighted lot of Pakistan

A little over a year ago, the Pakistan army launched a much-lauded (in the West at least) assault on the Taliban in the Swat Valley and North-West Pakistan. The result was well over a million civilians displaced and some 10,000 or more killed. Now the monsoons have come to the same people in the same area, killing at least 1,300 and affecting more than three million.

Andrew Buncombe: Fatima Bhutto and her dislike of 'dodgy questions'

Fatima Bhutto, the smart, stylish and charming niece of the late Benazir Bhutto has been getting some pretty good press of late for her new memoir Songs of Blood and Sword.

Pakistan braces for UN report on Benazir

More than two years after Benazir Bhutto was killed while seeking to make a political comeback, the UN is today due to reveal the findings of a nine-month investigation into the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister.

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