Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

By Kay Johnson and Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 : Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court disqualified him as the country’s leader over unreported income. The new ruling could throw into disarray Senate elections […]

Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

By Asif Shahzad and Mubasher Bukhari RAWALPINDI/MURIDKE, Pakistan, Feb 20 : The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan’s government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4×4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers. Islamabad hopes that by seizing control of the […]

Study finds new superbug typhoid strain behind Pakistan outbreak

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 20 : An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant “superbug” strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday. Researchers from Britain’s Wellcome Sanger Institute who analysed the genetics of the typhoid strain found […]