Pakistan arrests provincial assembly speaker over corruption
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's anti-corruption body says it has arrested the speaker of a provincial assembly and member of an opposition party headed by former President Asif Ali Zardari.
Pakistani court indicts opposition leader in housing scam
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal has indicted the country's opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif over his alleged links to a multi-million dollar housing scam in the eastern city of Lahore.
Sharif was arrested in October on charges of abusing power as chief minister of Punjab from 2013 to 2018 by awarding contacts for the housing scheme to those connected to his Pakistan Muslim League party.
Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif moved from prison cell to hospital
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An aide to Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says has he been shifted from his prison cell to a government hospital in the eastern city of Lahore.
Senator Asif Kirmani says Sharif was taken from his cell in Kot Lakhpat prison on Saturday to the Services Hospital following the recommendation of a government-appointed team of doctors.
Kirmani says Sharif was diagnosed with heart-related issues which could be life threatening.
Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif to remain in prison despite ruling
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to remain in prison despite a ruling by the country's Supreme Court that upheld a lower court's decision that freed him on bail.
Sharif and his family have been embroiled in several trials and an array of corruption charges following his ouster from office in July 2017.
Pakistan’s former PM sentenced to 7 years for corruption
ISLAMABAD (AP) — An anti-graft tribunal sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for corruption on Monday, drawing criticism from his party, which said the decision was a "black stain" on the justice system.
The verdict came after Sharif was removed from power last year over corruption allegations. Sharif, who was serving his third stint as prime minister, has denied any wrongdoing.
Pakistan’s anti-graft body arrests opposition politician
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's anti-graft body says it has arrested a senior politician from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party over links to a multimillion-dollar housing scam.
The National Accountability Bureau says Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother, who is also accused in the case, were arrested in Lahore after a court refused to extend their bail. Both are members of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League.
Pakistani PM’s party wins less seats than expected in vote
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's party didn't win as many seats as it expected in special elections held for 35 seats that remained up for grabs after July's parliament elections.
The party of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif won 11 seats in the national and provincial seats, out of 35 contested in Sunday's balloting. Khan's candidates secured 15 seats. Other small parties won the rest.
Pakistani ex-PM Sharif in court again, faces treason charges
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in court again — this time on treason charges for comments he made earlier this year, claiming militants had crossed from Pakistan into India to carry out the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
The remarks from May, when Sharif was no longer premier, had irked Pakistan's military and the government. They rejected the allegations.
Monday's hearing lasted only five minutes, after which the case was adjourned until Oct. 22.
Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings.
The Islamabad High Court made the decision after the Sharifs petitioned to appeal their sentences, which were handed down by an anti-graft tribunal earlier this year in a corruption case against them. The three were released from a prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The Latest: Official says Pakistan court releases Sharif
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the release from prison of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on bail after their sentences were suspended. (all times local):
A party aide says Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son in-law have been released from a prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi after a court suspended their prison sentences while they appeal.
Pakistan’s Ex-PM Sharif returns to prison after furlough
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A provincial government in Pakistan has returned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, as well as his daughter and son in-law, to prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Sharif and his two relatives were released on parole last week to attend the funeral of Sharif's wife, who died in a London hospital.
They were flown back from the eastern city of Lahore Monday to the capital Islamabad then taken to Adiala prison amid tight security arrangements.
Thousands attend funeral of Pakistani ex-PM’s wife in Lahore
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's wife in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday.
Kulsoom Nawaz, 68, was one of the country's most well-regarded politicians. She died on Tuesday after months of lying in critical condition at a London hospital. She had undergone surgery for throat cancer last year.
Her body was brought to her home city of Lahore by plane early Friday, and she was laid to rest at her family's graveyard.
Wife of Pakistan’s ex-premier Sharif dies at London hospital
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The wife of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif died at a hospital in London Tuesday after months in critical condition, a spokeswoman said. She was 68.
Maryam Aurangzeb, spokeswoman for the Pakistan Muslim League party, told The Associated Press that Kulsoom Nawaz passed before dawn.
"We announce with pain, sorrow and grief that Kulsoom Nawaz is no more among us," she said.
She said arrangements were being made to bring Nawaz's body to Pakistan for burial.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court has barred the former deputy interior minister from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in a speech earlier this year.
Thursday's ruling by the Supreme Court says Talal Chaudhry, who was deputy interior minister under former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, disparaged judges during a March speech.
Pakistan ex-PM returns to prison after heart scare
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has returned to his prison cell after being hospitalized with heart trouble over the weekend.
Wasim Khwaja, an official at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, said Tuesday that Sharif's condition was stable when he left the hospital's cardiac center.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — At least four Pakistani political parties said Monday they will join hands against the "stolen mandate" of Imran Khan, whose party won the most votes in an election marred by allegations of fraud.
But it's unclear whether they have the political will or the seats to prevent Khan — a former cricket star who is believed to be backed by the military — from becoming the next prime minister.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was moved from his cell to the main hospital in Islamabad after suffering heart trouble, an official said Sunday.
Shaukat Javed, home minister of Punjab province, said a routine cardiogram preformed on the 69-year-old Sharif in the prison in Rawalpindi indicated the need for hospitalization.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — With Pakistani election officials declaring the party of Imran Khan to be the winner of parliamentary balloting, the former cricket star turned Friday to forming a coalition government, since the party did not get an outright majority.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Official results show cricket star Imran Khan won in Pakistan's polls but he will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistanis voted for a new government Wednesday in an election marred by violence and allegations of fraud. The winner will face a crumbling economy and bloodshed by militants whose latest attack saw a suicide bomber kill 31 people outside a polling station.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is set to elect its third consecutive civilian government in Wednesday's parliamentary elections.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistanis were voting Wednesday for the country's third straight civilian government, with more than 11,000 candidates vying for 270 seats in the parliament and 570 seats in four provincial assemblies.
Under Pakistani law, separate seats are reserved for women and for non-Muslim minorities, which comprise about 4 percent of the country's more than 200 million residents.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistanis go to the polls Wednesday to elect a third straight civilian government, with more than 11,000 candidates vying for 270 seats in the parliament and 570 seats in four provincial assemblies.
Under Pakistani law, separate seats are reserved for women and non-Muslim minorities, which comprise about 4 percent of the country's more than 200 million residents.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — As Pakistan prepares to make history Wednesday by electing a third straight civilian government, rights activists, analysts and candidates say the campaign has been among its dirtiest ever, imperiling the country's wobbly transition to democratic rule.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The political party of Pakistan's jailed former prime minister asked authorities on Monday to urgently move Nawaz Sharif to a hospital, saying his health was deteriorating rapidly and that he needed to be treated by his own doctors.
The request by Pervaiz Rashid, spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League party, came shortly before a team of doctors visited the jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi where Sharif is detained to examine the ousted leader.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Campaigning is heating up ahead of Pakistan national elections despite election-related violence, and the spokesman for the political party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Sharif was being held in deplorable conditions awaiting the outcome of his appeal of a 10-year sentence for corruption.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A spokesman for the political party of Pakistan's jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the former leader is being held in deplorable conditions as he awaits the outcome of his appeal over a 10-year sentence on corruption charges.
Pervaiz Rashid, of the Pakistan Muslim League, says he visited Sharif in jail on Thursday.
His statement comes amid increasing political tensions ahead of Pakistan's parliamentary elections next week.
Pakistan reverses order to try ex-PM Sharif in jail
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have reversed this week's controversial order that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be tried on corruption charges in jail for security reasons.
Information Minister Ali Zafar says Wednesday's decision was made by the Cabinet in Islamabad.
The decision came a day after Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party demanded his trial be open to public.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a candidate running for a seat in parliament from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's political party has escaped an assassination attempt in eastern Punjab province.
Local police official Mohammad Afzal said Tuesday that Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, who served as a minister in Sharif's former government, came under attack late Monday in Attock district while returning from a rally. He said Ahmed was safe Tuesday.
Pakistan rights group issues warning ahead of polls
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's independent Human Rights Commission warned Monday of "blatant, aggressive and unabashed" attempts to manipulate the results of elections set for later this month, with prominent activist I.A. Rehman calling it "the dirtiest election" in the country's troubled relationship with democratic rule.
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistanis observed a day of mourning on Sunday for the victims of the horrific weekend attacks that killed 153 people, including a provincial assembly candidate during an election rally in southwestern Baluchistan province.
That attack killed 149 people. Another suicide bombing also on Friday struck an election campaign convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing four.
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in custody on Saturday, a day after the deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed more than 130 people, including a candidate.
In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people Friday, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. Four others died in a strike in Pakistan's northwest, spreading panic across the country.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed at least 132 people, including a candidate, on Friday just before the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his return to the country.
In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. Four others died in a strike in Pakistan's northwest, spreading panic in the country.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on Pakistan's upcoming national elections and the return of Nawaz Sharif (all times local):
A Pakistani government official says the death toll from a suicide bombing at an election rally in the country's southwest has risen to 128.
Provincial caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai says about 300 people were also wounded Friday when the bomber targeted a rally for candidate Siraj Raisani, who was running for a seat in the provincial legislature.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police were detaining scores of supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his party said Thursday, claiming it was an attempt to prevent them from staging a welcome-home rally upon the ousted leader's return from London.
The Pakistan Muslim League said scores of its members were nabbed in the sweep in eastern Punjab province. The police meanwhile said about 100 were detained "to avoid violence."
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption case against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in prison over purchases of luxury apartments in London.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's anti-graft body says the country's former top bureaucrat who served as secretary to ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been arrested over alleged links to a housing scam.
The National Accountability Bureau says it arrested Fawad Hassan on Thursday in the eastern city of Lahore.
The arrest came a day before a judge was set to announce a much-awaited verdict against Sharif and his daughter in a corruption case.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court has barred a former Cabinet minister and loyalist of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running in next month's parliamentary elections.
The court found Danyal Aziz guilty of making critical speeches against judges following last year's disqualification of Sharif by the country's top court.
Thursday's court order says Aziz, a leader in Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party, cannot take part in the July 25 vote.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf announced Saturday that he will run for a seat in parliament in July 25 national elections.
The move comes after the country's Supreme Court conditionally allowed Musharraf to return from Dubai, where he has been living in self-exile to avoid arrest on criminal charges. Musharraf's party said he will campaign for a seat representing the northern town of Chitral.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A former Pakistani chief justice was sworn in on Friday as the caretaker prime minister for an interim period of two months, hours after Pakistan's president dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament.
It was only the third time in Pakistan's history that the National Assembly finished its five-year term. Nasir-ul-Mulk, who has a reputation as a defender of democratic institutions, will run the government pending results of July 25 parliamentary elections.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says it will hold parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on July 25.
It will be the first vote since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court for concealing financial assets abroad. His party is expected to do well, despite coming under pressure from anti-corruption authorities, and despite Sharif's recent criticism of the powerful military's role in politics.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army says the country's National Security Committee is set to discuss "recent misleading media statements" by the former prime minister regarding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor says Sunday that a review on Monday was suggested to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who belongs to disqualified premier Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court has acquitted the country's popular opposition lawmaker Imran Khan in a case over the wounding of a police chief during clashes in 2014 between Khan's supporters and police at a rally in Islamabad.
Khan was in the court for Friday's decision and welcomed the ruling.
On Sunday, the former cricket star who became Pakistan's chief opposition leader — and now seeks to become the country's next prime minister — launched his party's campaign for the July elections.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of a popular opposition lawmaker who hopes to become Pakistan's prime minister gathered Sunday in the eastern city of Lahore as his political party launched its campaign for July elections.
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The anti-graft tribunal trying Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday rejected his request to travel to London to see his ailing wife, who has been in treatment there since last year.
Sharif, along with his daughter, who is also accused of corruption, had appeared before the judge and sought permission to travel abroad for a week. Sharif's political party said the court's ruling was "disappointing."
Pakistan top court indicts minister in contempt case
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court has indicted a minister in a contempt case for critical speeches he made after the court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets.
Danyal Aziz, a ruling Pakistan Muslim League party leader and minister for privatization, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.