Politics of Pakistan

Musharraf in Pakistan court over Bhutto killing

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers cordon off a street as a vehicle carrying Pervez Musharraf returns to his residence after he appeared at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf appeared before an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday over the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, officials said.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 4:41am

Pakistan government refuses to order Musharraf treason trial

Pakistani lawyer Tofiq Asif, who petitioned the Supreme Court against former president Pervez Musharraf, addresses members of the press outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday. Photo: AFP

Pakistan’s caretaker government on Monday refused to put former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, telling the Supreme Court that it was beyond its mandate.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:28pm

Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf gets approval to run for parliament

Pervez Musharraf

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan for nine years after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, returned to Pakistan from four years in self-imposed exile on March 24, vowing to run for the May 11 poll in four constituencies.

8 Apr 2013 - 3:56am

Pakistan army chief issues warning in rare statement

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Pakistan's army chief has warned against efforts to undermine the military in a rare public statement that analysts interpreted as a response to unprecedented pressure from the government, media and judiciary.

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am

Pakistan on the Brink: The future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West

Pakistan on the Brink: The future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West by Ahmed Rashid Viking Manreet

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Her assassination ... was a conspiracy to rob Pakistan of its best hope to establish democracy

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, on the 2007 murder of his wife, Benazir Bhutto (above)

Like apples, their hearts were rotten even if their skins were red, and when the skins broke, there was a real mess

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pakistan is on the edge of disintegration

Pakistan is in the hole of all holes. Telling its rulers, generals and fundamentalist agitators that the first law of holes is to stop digging goes unheard. It makes one almost wish for a return to the calm, measured ways of the military quasi-dictator Pervez Musharraf, ousted in 2008.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Slow progress on women's roles

While the proportion of women elected to district councils has almost tripled in the past two decades, the proportion appointed to councils by the government has inched up a mere 1 per cent in the same period.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

the five Ws

Your primer to an issue in the news


Pakistan has delayed a decision about whether to postpone its planned January 8 elections.


Because of the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last week. Her murder was followed by widespread riots and turmoil which has caused colossal damage.


2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tough at the top

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz appears relaxed and genial. He has just been preaching the virtues of his economic reforms to regional financiers at the annual Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong - a walk in the park for the former Citibank executive.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Fewer women in top advisory bodies

More than half of government groups do not meet the 25 per cent benchmark set by the Women's Commission in 2004

The number of women in top consultative bodies has been shrinking, despite lower-ranked advisory bodies striving to raise the representation of women to meet the 25 per cent benchmark set in 2004.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

DAB to mount challenge over part-time judges

Lawmaker says the judiciary should steer clear of politics

The DAB is to challenge whether part-time judges should be allowed to have political affiliations.

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Suicide bomber in attack on judge

A suicide bomber set off explosives in a judge's office in Sichuan province, injuring the judge in an apparent revenge attack.

A spokesman for the Guangyuan city government yesterday confirmed the attack, which happened on Wednesday. The blast occurred on the fifth floor of the court building.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Pakistan is safe for investors, PM tells business

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday told Hong Kong businesses his country was wrongly linked in the public mind to the July 7 attacks on London and that his country was safe for foreign investment.

Mr Aziz also later praised the city as Asia's 'seat of entrepreneurial initiative' and an example to his nation.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

In Afghanistan, age-old enmities remain as fresh as ever

Malalai Joya caused a furore at Afghanistan's landmark grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, when she demanded that the country's Islamist warlords and their henchmen be tried in an international court for crimes against humanity.

24 Dec 2003 - 12:00am