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

Richard Holbrooke: We cannot treat Afghanistan in isolation from Pakistan

The situation is bad today, when it shouldn't be, because the international community, including, I regret to say, the United States, perhaps especially the United States, prematurely decided that they were doing okay and refocused their attention on Iraq. That has proved to be a historic mistake. Twice in the last 20 years the United States has turned away from Afghanistan, in 1989 and again around 2003. We cannot make that mistake again.

Pakistan suffers again from old rivalry

Both men have twice enjoyed the fruits of political power. Both have been jailed, accused of corruption, and live as millionaires in a poverty-stricken country.

Pakistan clamps down on protests amid fresh fears of a military coup

The government is trying to stop a march by lawyers from reaching Islamabad

Andrew Buncombe: Leaders play silly games while the nation burns

Sometimes with Pakistan it is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. When police went to arrest Athar Minallah, a senior lawyer, yesterday he managed to lock himself in his car and telephone his media friends. Soon there was such a scrum of journalists that Pakistan's interior minister was forced to personally come to the scene and let Mr Minallah free. "They arrested me but they did not have the professional ability to do it," said Mr Minallah, half smiling, half bemused.

Omar Waraich: Another attack adds to the pile of unsolved cases

There is now an established pattern that follows terrorist attacks in Pakistan. The grim details are beamed around the world and as Pakistanis respond with a mixture of shock, fear and anger, the world asks how much deeper the country can plunge. The government denies glaring security and intelligence failures. Ministers insist they are pursuing strong leads and vow to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Leading article: Benazir Bhutto's divisive legacy to Pakistan

One year on, most of the region's ingrained problems remain unsolved

From crisis to crisis: Zardari's Pakistan

One year since Benazir Bhutto's death, the frenzied grief that propelled her husband to the presidency is replaced by uncertainty and a creeping radicalisation. Andrew Buncombe and Omar Waraich report

One year on, Pakistan issues Benazir Bhutto coin

It is difficult to escape Benazir Bhutto's image in Pakistan. Since the former prime minister's assassination in a suicide attack last December, vast portraits have come to adorn government buildings, bridges, billboards and supporters' cars across the country. And now Pakistanis will only have to reach into their pockets to see her face.

It's mutual – if they don't come, we won't go, says PCB chief

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, has warned that world cricket could face a damaging schism as a result of terrorism and other security threats after the last two matches of England's one-day international series in India were abandoned in the wake of the terror attacks in Mumbai with the tour party returning home yesterday.

How a Pakistani protest song is redefining Islam as anti-terrorist

More than 60 million people have responded to an Islamic protest song. By Photini Philippidou

Pakistan's Zardari sworn in as president

Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was sworn in as president today, in what allies and investors hoped was a step toward stability after months of uncertainty.

Musharraf finally bows out – but Pakistan's turmoil unlikely to end

The dictator has gone. Now the battle for his spoils begins.

Musharraf's peaceful exit brings only uncertainty

President Pervez Musharraf’s days in office were numbered from the moment his nemesis, Nawaz Sharif, came to power in the elections that brought a coalition government to Pakistan.

Implications of Musharraf's resignation

Pervez Musharraf, 65, came to power in a 1999 coup and has anchored nuclear-armed Pakistan's alliance with the United States, especially since Pakistan signed up for the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism after the 9/11 attacks.

Musharraf announces resignation

Pakistan's beleagured president Pervez Musharraf today finally fell on his sword and announced that he was standing down as the country's head of state.

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