David Cameron warns Pakistan over UK aid

David Cameron announced £650 million in assistance for Pakistani education today, as part of an effort to launch a "fresh start" in Britain's relationship with the south Asian country.

Rupert Cornwell: These suspicious allies must worktogether, whether they like it or not

The diplomatic relationship between Pakistan and the US – testy and fraught with mutual suspicion – bears out as few others the dictum of Lord Palmerston's that countries have no permanent friends or allies, only permanent interests.

Thousands attend funeral of murdered Pakistani minister

Blood was met with demands for more blood today as angry Christian demonstrators demanded that the killers of slain Pakistani minister Shahbaz Bhatti be captured and hanged.

Leading article: A nation on the verge of democratic collapse

Pakistan: A state that cannot, or will not, protect vulnerable minorities cannot be called a democracy

Christian Pakistan minister assassinated by gunmen

Pakistan's government minister for religious minorities died today after being shot by gunmen in the capital Islamabad, hospital officials said.

Kerry pushes for US gunman's release

Senator John Kerry was in Islamabad yesterday to push for the release of Raymond Davis, an American consulate employee facing charges over two killings.

Veteran US diplomat to replace Holbrooke as Pakistan-Afghan envoy

The long and fractious search for a replacement for the late Richard Holbrooke as a special US envoy to both Pakistan and Afghanistan is over, but the job of filling his shoes is looking more impossible than ever, not least because of an expected exodus of top American officials from Kabul this year.

US to scrap talks with Pakistan in row over diplomat

The United States may scrap upcoming talks with Pakistan about the war in Afghanistan to further pressure Islamabad to free an American accused of shooting dead two Pakistanis, US officials said.

US official accused of murder is barred from leaving Pakistan

A court in Lahore has ordered the Pakistani government not to release an American official arrested over a double shooting in the city and said that his name should be added to the "exit control list" so that he cannot leave the country.

Governor's killer 'inspired by clerics'

The bodyguard who murdered the liberal Pakistani Governor Salmaan Taseer says he was inspired by sermons from two Islamic clerics.

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.

Guard kills governor of Pakistan's Punjab province

The governor of Pakistan's central Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards in Islamabad today, plunging the country into a new political crisis.

Pakistan's coalition in turmoil after junior partner walks out

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday scrambled to shore up support for his crumbling coalition and stave off attempts to oust him after a junior partner walked out, stripping the coalition of its majority.

Clarke takes up reins from injured Ponting despite dreadful form

Australia yesterday appointed as captain a man who is known as Pup and has made 148 runs in the entire Ashes series so far. With the Ashes already lost, Michael Clarke will replace the injured Ricky Ponting for the fifth Test which begins in Sydney next Monday.

Eight killed in 'US missile strikes'

Two suspected US missile strikes targeting the same building killed eight people in a region near Afghanistan today, including at least two people who were retrieving bodies from the first attack, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

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