Police open criminal cases against 17,000 members of Pakistan’s outgoing ruling party

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, July 16 : Police have opened criminal cases against nearly 17,000 members of Pakistan’s outgoing ruling party over breaking election rules, a statement said on Monday, as the country prepares to go to the polls next week. The latest 16,868 cases, which the police statement said were registered in the […]

Ousted Pakistan PM arrested on return, as bomber kills scores

By Drazen Jorgic and Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, July 13 : Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, both facing lengthy prison terms, were arrested minutes after landing in the country on Friday as they returned seeking to revitalise their flagging party ahead of a July 25 election. Underscoring the tensions gripping Pakistan […]

Ousted Pakistan PM flying home to face jail, authorities lock down Lahore city

By Drazen Jorgic and Mubasher Bukhari ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, July 13 : Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, both sentenced to lengthy jail terms in absentia, are due to return to Pakistan on Friday in a high-stakes gamble to galvanise their beleaguered party ahead of a July 25 general election. On Friday afternoon, […]

Pakistan’s Imran Khan “quietly confident” he will be PM

By Kay Johnson LAHORE, Pakistan, July 13 : Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan said he was “quietly confident” of victory in a general election this month and that as prime minister, he would drive an anti-corruption and anti-poverty campaign in the south Asian nation. The 65-year-old opposition leader, a glamorous part of the London upper […]