News Pervez Musharraf

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

The Independent archive: Obituary: President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq

18 August 1988: President Zia ul-Haq, the ruler of Pakistan, was killed yesterday when the military transport plane in which he was travelling exploded and crashed

Rich pickings at the executive dining table

After-dinner speaking can be a lucrative alternative career for some celebrities.

Pressure builds on Pakistan to sign test ban

THE FIVE nuclear devices Pakistan exploded yesterday in Baluchistan threatened Pakistan itself with economic collapse, the region with frighteningly heightened tensions, and the world with a new nuclear arms race.

British workers held in Pakistan

PAKISTAN'S government was accused last night of holding 35 British power company employees and their families hostage in a row over electricity payments.

Pakistan weighs cost of avenging nuclear blast

MY KARACHI taxi driver had just finished lambasting the driver of the large, spanking new BMW in front, one of those crooks in the army, he supposed, who grew rich by stealing from the population at large, when I asked him about India's nuclear test.

Bhutto assets to be seized

Millions of pounds of assets and documents held in Britain said to belong to Benazir Bhutto, the deposed Pakistani prime minister, and her husband, are expected to be seized after the Government agreed to assist an anti-corruption investigation by Pakistan.

Bhutto: pounds 1bn in bank is not mine

Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, yesterday denied for the first time that Swiss bank accounts, frozen last month on suspicion that they contained illegally obtained funds, belonged either to her or her husband.

Painful memories of Partition

In the flood of Raj nostalgia engulfing the 50th anniversary of Indian independence, it is often forgotten that Pakistan was founded at the same time. Some might imagine that that is because there is little to celebrate.

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The Princessa: Machiavelli for women by Harriet Rubin, Bloomsbury, pounds 12.99

Comment: Utilities met their Waterloo overseas

Running a utility is such a dreadfully dull job, though not one without its financial compensations, as the relentless tide of boardroom excesses among the privatised water and electricity companies has taught us. How much more fun it is to get away from the dreary world of electricity pools, distribution price reviews and K factors and do a spot of business instead in Brazil, or Thailand or perhaps even Pakistan.

Maverick MP scolded for broadcast

The Radio Authority has warned George Galloway, the maverick Labour candidate for Glasgow Hillhead, about his broadcasting on the Asian radio station Spectrum International.

A LAYMAN'S GUIDE TO BEING WYLIE

Branded a writer-rustler for prising the likes of Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis from their. agents, Andrew Wylie is a man who knows what he wants. Marianne Macdonald met him

Tories snap up directorships

Former ministers and Conservative MPs who are leaving the Commons at the general election have taken on a raft of director-ships and public posts to fill their time, the latest Register of Members' Interests has revealed.

The Khan who couldn't

Imran Khan offered himself to the Pakistani electorate as a warrior hero who would fight for the masses. So what went wrong? By Jan McGirk

Bhutto routed as cynical Pakistanis turn to Sharif

Thousands of Pakistan Muslim League supporters started setting off firecrackers and firing off celebratory gun shots as soon as the polling booths closed, but even they seemed stunned by the size of their winning margin when the final election tally came in yesterday.
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