Cricket security officials will gather in Bangladesh later this week to decide whether it is safe to stage the World Twenty20 there. They may decide on a last-ditch switch to another country, possibly Sri Lanka, if there are enough concerns that it will be dangerous to run a tournament in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, where there has been severe civil unrest recently.

'Eyewash' says India as Pakistan arrests two

Pakistan has confirmed that it has arrested two leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organisation that India accuses of planning the massacre of civilians in Mumbai, but a senior Indian official said that Pakistan's actions so far were "eyewash".

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Two suicide car bombers struck in the Pakistani city of Lahore today, killing 24 people and wounding dozens, most of them in an attack on a government security office, police and officials said.

Blasts rock naval college in Lahore

A suicide attack at a naval college in Pakistan killed four people and injured another 14 today, officials said, underlining the security challenge facing the winners of the country's landmark elections.

Pilgrims celebrate one of holiest days in Shia Muslim calendar

Yesterday was Arbaeen, one of the holiest days in the Shia Muslim calendar. Nine million worshippers visited the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala while in the streets of Lahore, Pakistani Shias joined processions. Arbaeen mourns the death of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Mohamed

Don't sack Musharraf, US and UK warn election victors

The US and Britain are pressing Pervez Musharraf’s victorious opponents to drop their demands that he resign as president and that the country’s independent judiciary be restored before forming a government.

Sharif's day of triumph after exile and jail

"Our tiger has triumphed," chanted an ecstatic crowd of Nawaz Sharif supporters in his heartland of Lahore yesterday as a cavalcade of motorcycles, festooned with Pakistan Muslim League-N flags (PML-N) sped past, lights flashing and horns beeping.

Increase in violence threatens low turnout in Pakistan

Pakistan's opposition politicians have give the authorities a final warning not to rig the outcome of today's parliamentary election – threatening that their supporters will take to the streets in protest.

Former exile Nawaz Sharif plays kingmaker

Beneath an ochre-coloured wall close to the Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Mohammed Aslam was somehow trying to find a way to feed his family.

Suicide bomb in Lahore kills 24 outside high court

A suicide bomber killed at least 24 people and injured 70 others in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, in the first major attack since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto two weeks ago.

The Pakistani artist fighting back

The Pakistani artist Ijaz ul Hassan has been censored, threatened and even imprisoned because of his work. As martial law descends on his homeland once more, he tells Arifa Akbar why he will never stop fighting
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