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

Musharraf locked in battle to avoid impeachment as allies turn away

Pakistan President 'unfit' to rule, declares regional assembly

Pressure mounts against Musharraf

The assembly in Pakistan's most powerful province today declared President Pervez Musharraf unfit for office and demanded he step down.

Leading article: Musharraf's day of reckoning

For the past seven years, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has been supported by the West on the basis that, whatever his weaknesses within the country, he was still a bulwark against terror in the post-9/11 world. Better the dictator you know than the dark forces which could be unleashed by his demise was the outside view, even when the increasingly embattled leader declared a state of emergency and sacked the judges last year in his efforts to hold on to power.

Musharraf will face impeachment bid

Pakistan's ruling coalition today announced it will seek the impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf, cranking up pressure on the US-backed former general to resign.

Leading article: A fresh start, and cautious hopes for a nation's future

In the hours and days after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, the prospects for Pakistan looked as bleak as for many a year. Just three months later, the darkest of the clouds seems to be lifting. It would be too optimistic to hazard that, perhaps, Ms Bhutto's death had not been in vain. But there are, for the first time, a few rays of light on the horizon.

Blow to Musharraf as new premier frees chief justice

Iftikhar Chaudhry, Pakistan's deposed chief justice, has been freed from house arrest within minutes of the country's new Prime Minister being chosen, in a swift double blow to President Pervez Musharraf.

Reconciliation, by Benazir Bhutto

The last, hopeful message of a Muslim modernist

Australia postpone Pakistan trip

Cricket Australia have postponed their tour of Pakistan on advice from the Australian government. Chief executive James Sutherland confirmed they would not be travelling for the three-Test series, which was scheduled to start on 29 March, due to security concerns.

Judges to be reinstated as coalition lands its first blow on Musharraf

In a devastating blow to President Pervez Musharraf, the winners of last month's election yesterday vowed to join forces and reinstate Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and other judges sacked during the imposition of the state of emergency last November.

Leading Article: There must now be no return to military rule

The Pakistani general elections have had a more positive outcome than many inside and outside the country dared to hope. With most of the votes counted in the world's sixth most populous country, the opposition parties have registered a sweeping victory. President Musharraf's coalition of supportive parties performed atrociously, despite a campaign of intimidating rival supporters and attempted vote-rigging.

Pakistan's pro-Musharraf party concedes defeat in elections

Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf is facing perhaps his toughest political challenge after his parliamentary allies admitted defeat in an election poised to change the country's balance of power. The result has already raised questions about Mr Musharraf's political future.

Farzana Shaikh: Pakistan's army will still be the final arbiter

Tomorrow's election will make little difference

Bhutto widower open to Musharraf power share

Benazir Bhutto's husband and political successor has said the assassinated prime minister's party is prepared to share power with President Pervez Musharraf after next week's elections, but warned his supporters could take to the streets in protest if the ballot is rigged.

Inquiry into Bhutto's death fails to satisfy supporters

The controversy surrounding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has been reopened after British detectives concluded the Pakistani opposition leader was killed after severely striking her head – rather than from a gunshot wound. The detectives also said it seemed that a suicide bomber who fired shots at Ms Bhutto before detonating the blast carried out the attack alone.

The best press photos of the year

An image by the British photographer Tim Hetherington of a fatigued US soldier in Afghanistan has won top prize in the international World Press Photo awards.

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