Candidate of Pakistani political party killed in suicide attack at rally

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, July 22 : A Pakistani candidate from the party of former cricket star Imran Khan was killed in a suicide attack that wounded four others, a police official said, just days ahead of Wednesday’s general elections. The attack in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follows a spate […]

Pakistan court jails aide of former prime minister ahead of election

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 22 : A Pakistani anti-narcotics court has jailed for life an aide of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for misuse of a key drug-making chemical, a government prosecutor said three days ahead of a divisive general election. Saturday’s conviction takes the aide, Hanif Abbasi, out of the race, the […]

Hardline Islamists push religion to centre of Pakistan election

By Asif Shahzad and Kay Johnson LAHORE, Pakistan, July 22 : Pakistani cleric Hafiz Saeed is one of the United States’ most-wanted terrorist suspects, accused over the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. At home, his charities are banned, as is a new Islamist political party launched by his followers. None of that has […]

The town that doesn’t vote: Pakistan’s Ahmadis say forced to abstain

By Saad Sayeed RABWAH, Pakistan, July 21 : There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its residents will not vote in a July 25 poll. The people of […]

Pakistan gives army broad election powers at polling stations

By Idrees Ali and Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, July 20 : After a five-year interlude, Pakistan’s election authorities have granted broad judicial powers to the powerful military at polling stations during next week’s general election. The July 25 election is seen as a two-way race between parties led by former cricket star Imran Khan and now-jailed […]

Missing Pakistani peace activist returns home, friends say

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan July 20 : A peace activist who disappeared last year after criticising Pakistan’s military has returned to his home in the eastern province of Punjab, his friends said on Friday. Liberals have long criticised what they see as the military’s use of militant factions to further political and security objectives. […]