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Islamist hardliners protest as Pakistan awaits blasphemy ruling

Lahore - Several thousand Islamist hardliners protested in Lahore Friday as Pakistan awaits a pivotal ruling in the country's most notorious blasphemy case, that of a Christian mother who has been on death row since 2010.

Pakistani judge removed over rare public criticism of ISI

Islamabad - A Pakistani high court judge who publicly accused the country's powerful intelligence service of manipulating judicial decisions to influence the last general election was removed from his post Thursday.

Hardliners threaten judges as Pakistan awaits blasphemy ruling

Islamabad - Religious hardliners in Pakistan Wednesday threatened judges and announced protests as the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling on the fate of a Christian woman who faces becoming the first person to be executed for blasphemy.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Pakistan to begin bailout talks with IMF: minister

Islamabad - Pakistan will begin talks with the International Monetary Fund for a bailout package to stabilise its teetering economy and plug dwindling reserves, its finance minister said Monday.

Pakistan Christian in last appeal on blasphemy death sentence

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court said it had reached a judgement Monday after hearing the final appeal of a Christian mother on death row for blasphemy, but that it will announce its ruling later in the notorious case, which has gone all the way to the Vatican...

Pakistan court hears last appeal of Christian facing blasphemy execution

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court said it had reached a judgement Monday after hearing the final appeal of a Christian mother on death row for blasphemy, but that it will announce its ruling later in the notorious case, which has gone all the way to the Vatican...

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif arrested for graft

Islamabad - Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested Friday for graft, officials said, the latest corruption allegation against the Sharif political dynasty that was ousted from power by ex-cricketer Imran Khan in elections this summer.

Saudi Arabia to invest in oil refinery in Pakistan's Gwadar

Islamabad - Saudi Arabia will invest in a new oil refinery in Pakistan's growing deep sea port of Gwadar, Islamabad announced Thursday.

Imran Khan's bid to crowdfund $14bn for Pakistan dams

Islamabad - It's a far cry from those sponsored Facebook posts asking you to invest in a start-up's new digital watch or an unbreakable phone case.

Cash cows: Pakistan PM's house auctions buffalos for austerity

Islamabad - The Pakistani premier's house milked its livestock reserves Thursday as dozens gathered for a buffalo auction in the capital Islamabad, in the latest push for Prime Minister Imran Khan's highly publicised austerity drive.

Seven soldiers killed in militant clashes in NW Pakistan

Islamabad - Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with militants in the country's northwest near the Afghan border on Saturday, the military said.

Pakistan invites Saudi to invest in China economic corridor

Islamabad - Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to invest in the Beijing-funded, multi-billion dollar infrastructure corridor being constructed in Pakistan, its information minister said Thursday, as concerns grow over the country's debt levels.

Former PM Nawaz released from prison following court orders

Islamabad - Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif was released from prison late Wednesday to be met by jubilant supporters after a court suspended his prison sentence for corruption pending an appeal hearing.

Pakistan court orders release of former PM Nawaz on bail

Islamabad - A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing, his lawyer said.

Pakistan court orders release of former PM Nawaz on bail: lawyer

Islamabad - A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences pending an appeal hearing, his lawyer said.

Pakistan's Khan to visit Riyadh on first trip: officials

Islamabad - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will head to Riyadh on Tuesday for his first foreign visit since coming to power, officials said.

Pakistan mourns death of Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of jailed ex-PM Sharif

Islamabad - Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, died of cancer in London on Tuesday as her husband remains locked up in jail in his home country following his fall from power.

Pakistan caves to Islamist pressure over minority economic advisor

Islamabad - Pakistan premier Imran Khan's government backed down Friday over its controversial decision to appoint a member of a persecuted religious minority as an economic advisor, underscoring the pressure it faces from hardline Islamists.
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