Constitution of Pakistan

Musharraf moved from house arrest to police custody

Journalists wait outside the residence of Pakistan's former leader and military chief Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was moved into police custody after being arrested yesterday, an unprecedented move against a former army chief of staff ahead of key elections.

Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 2:20am

Musharraf flees court after judge orders his arrest

Bodyguards rush former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from the High Court in Islamabad. Photo: AP

Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf fled to his heavily secured luxury villa yesterday after a court ordered he be held over charges that he illegally arrested top judges in 2007. Surrounded by bodyguards, the 69-year-old pushed past police outside the High Court in Islamabad shortly after judges refused to extend bail granted to him last month. 

19 Apr 2013 - 2:19am

Musharraf disqualified from running in Pakistan elections

Pervez Musharraf was due to run in the May 11 elections. Photo: AFP

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf was yesterday disqualified from contesting elections next month, crushing his ambition to "save" the troubled nuclear-armed nation just weeks after his return from exile.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:20am

Pakistan election vetting fails to bar corrupt candidates, observers say

Supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leader of political party Pakistan Muslims League Nawaz gather at the party local office during an election campaigns in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: EPA

After a week of sometimes bizarre scrutiny of candidates for Pakistan's election, fears are growing that the process has failed to weed out the bribe-takers and tax-dodgers it was targeting.

13 Apr 2013 - 3:07am

Pakistan averts protest crisis, heads towards historic polls

Supporters of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation celebrate in Islamabad. Photo: Reuters

Islamabad has brokered an end to a protest challenging its rule that paves the way to historic elections, but rising violence in the weak nuclear-armed state is still a threat.

18 Jan 2013 - 7:52pm

Arroyo power grab seen in charter move

Critics of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said yesterday her allies had taken a first step in their efforts to abolish the presidential system of government, in an attempt to allow her to retain power as a prime minister after her term expired.

4 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Losing faith

There is no mistaking the determination of Kaliammal Sinnasamy, 39, the Hindu woman at the centre of a widening religious quarrel between Malaysia's majority Muslims and its significant non-Muslim minority over so-called creeping Islam.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Muslim minorities push to protect constitution

Financial consultant Miljuan Hadjiran, 38, just wants to practise his religion as he sees fit - but the Islamic authorities will not allow it.

'We are Muslims but they raid us, seize our books and even stop us from praying,' said British-educated Mr Miljuan. 'They won't let us enter a mosque and they won't let us build our own either.'

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

How to win a one-horse race

During last year's chief executive by-election as well as the election in 2002, there was much public criticism about a system that allows a sole candidate to be declared elected, without a contest. One may argue that the system is reasonable because it ensures that someone takes the post even if no opponent comes forward.

7 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Back to basics

A large-scale publicity blitz on the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law will be held next year to strengthen public understanding of the mini-constitution.

7 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

One word may hold key to legal system's future

The future of the legal system could hinge on one word. And that word is 'shall'.

Barristers challenging the Government claim Hong Kong's laws ended at midnight on June 30. According to the Basic Law, common law 'shall be maintained' after the handover.

23 Jul 1997 - 12:00am