Jailed former Pakistani PM Sharif transferred to hospital

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, July 29 : Jailed former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif was taken to hospital in Islamabad on Sunday with a possible heart problem, said a government official and Sharif’s party. Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested on July 13, minutes after they returned from Britain seeking to revitalise their flagging […]

Doctors say jailed former Pakistani PM Sharif should be transferred to hospital

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, July 29 : Doctors are concerned about the health of jailed former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and have requested prison authorities in Rawalpindi to transfer him to a hospital, a government official said on Sunday. Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested on July 13, minutes after they returned to […]

Pakistan’s Khan set for coalition talks as full vote count announced

By Idrees Ali ISLAMABAD, July 28 : Pakistan’s likely new prime minister Imran Khan is expected to launch coalition talks on Saturday with smaller parties after the electoral commission announced long-delayed full results of an election disputed by the opponents. Khan’s party scooped up 16.86 million votes in a better-than-expected performance, trouncing the party of […]

Pakistan’s Khan talks of U.S. ties, but anti-American rhetoric has many wary

By Idrees Ali ISLAMABAD, July 27 : Over the years, Pakistan’s Imran Khan has been known for his anti-American rhetoric, once even suggesting he might as prime minister order the shooting down of U.S. drones targeting al Qaeda figures along the Pakistan-Afghan border. Now that Khan is poised to become nuclear-armed Pakistan’s leader, Washington will […]

Pakistan’s Imran Khan faces tough test in looming economic crisis

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 27 : Equity and bond markets have welcomed Imran Khan’s victory in Pakistan’s disputed election, but the former cricket hero faces a tough slog to avert a currency crisis and implement long-term reforms needed to end decades of boom-and-bust cycles. Khan’s first major economic call will be to decide whether […]

Counting begins in knife-edge Pakistani elections marred by suicide bomb

By Gul Yousafzai Jibran Ahmad QUETTA/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 25 : A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling centre as Pakistanis voted on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Neither Khan nor Sharif is likely to win a […]