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

Robert Fisk: Pakistan's advocates of justice

The top judge is again on a collision course with the country's political leaders, this time over corruption. Robert Fisk reports from Islamabad on the judiciary's battle to uphold due process and the rule of law

Zardari sacrifices goats to 'ward off evil'

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has a black goat slaughtered at his house almost every day to ward off "evil eyes" and protect him from "black magic", it emerged yesterday.

Sarah Sands: The menace that stalks the frozen foods

The distinction between those who are snapped by press photographers and those who are not is not necessarily related to degrees of fame. For instance, a film executive mentioned to me recently that Clint Eastwood is quite often in London, but does not seek attention and so does not attract it.

Omar Waraich: Outraged in public, yet Pakistan quietly approves

The criticism creates real problems for us in terms of the Pakistani public and helps create real animosity

Zardari vows to fight for role in Pakistan's future

Pakistan's beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday vowed that he was ready to fight his opponents even as he faced repeated calls to step down.

Zardari 'must relinquish powers of Musharraf'

Pakistan President accused of dragging his feet on constitutional change

Life's a drag act for the TV presenter challenging homophobia in Pakistan

Arifa Akbar meets the unlikely celebrity forcing an intolerant society to confront its prejudices

Taliban chief is still alive, claims aide

The man suspected of masterminding the murder of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto may still be alive, despite claims he had been killed in a US missile attack last week.

Does God Hate Women?, By Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom

Do religions enshrine mysogyny? This book has all the answers, but is it asking the right question?

The Wish Maker, By Ali Sethi

A child's rites of passage in a troubled land

Omar Waraich: If proved, these charges could prove explosive for Zardari

If Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is anxious about his past returning to haunt him, he has betrayed no sign of it.

From body-builder to militant chief: the man with a price on his head

Waziristan may be home to Osama bin Laden, but it is the much younger Baitullah Mehsud who is the target of the new military operation being launched there, one intended to crush him.

Leading article: Britain's security hinges on curbing terrorism in Pakistan

Tougher visa checks alone will not eradicate this menace

Bhutto son feted as young Gandhi is held

Two scions of South Asia's best-known political dynasties were on public display yesterday, but in very different surroundings. One was dressed in a crisp shalwar kameez, feted by steady stream of parliamentarians and ministers – most more than twice his age – as he watched his father making a rare public appearance. The other appeared in front of an angry crowd who were baton-charged by police when he was arrested.

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