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  1. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani politicians meet with protesters to try to end crisis

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:41pm by Reuters

    ... year's general election that swept Sharif to power by a landslide was rigged, and they are demanding his resignation. Sharif's party won the election by a landslide, taking 190 out of 342 ... insurgency, a crippling power crisis and a sluggish economy. Before the talks, thousands of Pakistani protesters had tried to blockade parliament after Qadri told them not to allow anyone in or out. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577860/pakistani-politicians-meet-protesters-try-end-crisis
  2. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani lawmakers to resign in bid to force Nawaz Sharif out

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:20pm by AFP

    ... and plagued with militant violence and criminal gangs. Khan accuses Sharif of rigging elections last year. Sharif won a landslide victory in the first democratic transfer of power in the coup-plagued ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576168/pakistani-lawmakers-resign-bid-force-nawaz-sharif-out
  3. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    More than 20,000 rally in Islamabad, calling for Sharif to resign as PM

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters

    ... but the power of protesters to paralyse the central business district has presented the biggest challenge yet to the 15-month-old civilian government. The unrest has raised questions about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574936/60000-protesters-fill-rain-soaked-streets-push-pakistan-pms-resignation
  4. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Clashes in Pakistan after shots fired at opposition leader Imran Khan

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:43pm

    ... members of Sharif’s ruling party have suggested the protests are secretly backed by elements in the powerful military, which has had an uneasy relationship with Sharif. How far Khan and Qadri ... and the government holding out hope for peace talks. The government is also struggling to overcome daily power shortages, high unemployment, and spiralling crime – the legacy of decades of corruption ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1574222/clashes-pakistan-after-shots-fired-opposition-leader-imran-khan
  5. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Islamabad braced for huge Imran Khan-led protest against Sharif

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:41pm by GDN

    ... comes a little more than a year after a landslide election victory swept Nawaz Sharif, a conservative businessman, to power for the third time. If [the police] try to stop peaceful protest ... Sharif's authority has been undermined by Pakistan's powerful military, Canada-based cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and Khan- a demagogue politician who claims Sharif's faction of the Pakistan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1571528/islamabad-braced-huge-imran-khan-led-protest-against-sharif
  6. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    8 killed in Lahore as Pakistani police clash with backers of popular cleric

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:58pm by AFP

    ... democracy which he considers corrupt. The religiously moderate cleric has a large following in Pakistan. But some analysts believe he is also supported by the country's powerful military ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1535199/8-killed-lahore-pakistani-police-clash-backers-popular-cleric
  7. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani government appeals against lifting of travel ban on Pervez Musharraf

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:20pm by AFP

    ... battling several court cases since his return- including treason charges for imposing emergency rule in 2007- stoking tensions between civilian authorities and the powerful military. Akram Sheikh, ... he said. Thursday's decision to overturn the travel ban had briefly raised hopes by Musharraf's supporters of a face-saving deal between civilian authorities and the powerful army ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1532521/pakistan-appeal-ruling-allowing-ex-president-musharraf-leave-country
  8. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Ex-spy Hamid Gul says Abdullah is the key to peace in Afghanistan

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 10:51pm by AFP

    ... with him are also jihadis," he continued, referring to running mates Mohammad Khan, an ally of powerful Islamist warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who has traditional ties to Pakistan, and Mohammad ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1530347/ex-spy-hamid-gul-says-abdullah-key-peace-afghanistan
  9. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani broadcaster Geo News ordered off air for two weeks

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 10:12pm by Reuters

    ... Associated Press in Islamabad Pakistani news channel off air amid spy row Pakistan's media regulatory agency yesterday suspended the operating licence of the country's leading news channel for two weeks after a clash with the powerful military spy agency. The decision was announced by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. The organisation suspended Geo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1526921/pakistani-broadcaster-geo-news-ordered-air-two-weeks
  10. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Exiled MQM leader Altaf Hussain arrested on money-laundering charge

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 04:20am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Karachi Money-laundering charge leads to large protests and unrest in MQM chief's Karachi powerbase Exiled party leader arrested in London The powerful exiled ... for his release. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has its power base in the violence-wracked city, Pakistan's largest, which it controls with an iron fist. Hussain's arrest, confirmed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1524917/exiled-mqm-leader-altaf-hussain-arrested-money-laundering-charge

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