Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister whose government was overthrown by a military coup more than a decade ago, appears to be back on top in Pakistan, election officials have said, despite claims by other parties of vote rigging.
According to unofficial results disclosed Sunday from the country's violence-marred elections over the weekend, Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), looks to have won most of the seats in the National Assembly.
One of the country's leading industrialists and richest men, Sharif has been prime minister twice before and was overthrown in a coup when Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized power in 1999. Sharif was subsequently jailed before going into exile in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Pakistan in 2007.FULL STORY
A Pakistani court has rejected bail for former President Pervez Musharraf, setting the stage for his possible arrest, his lawyer said Thursday.
Surrounded by his security detail, Musharraf left the Islamabad High Court after it issued the decision, said lawyer Ahmed Raza Qasoori. Local television showed him walking through a large crowd outside the courthouse and getting into a black SUV to return to his villa.
Musharraf resigned as president of the south Asian nation five years ago and went into exile in London and Dubai. He returned to Pakistan recently, saying he planned to contest three different court cases against him and run in upcoming elections.FULL STORY
At least 40 people are feared dead in Iran and seven more in Pakistan after a powerful earthquake near the countries' shared border, Iran's state-run Press TV reported Tuesday, citing local reports.
Akbar Hussain Durrani, provincial home minister of Balochistan province, told CNN that six people had been killed by the quake and more than a dozen injured in the province's Washuk district.
The quake destroyed more than 50 shops in the district, Durrani said.FULL STORY
After more than four years of self-imposed exile, Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf landed in Karachi on Sunday despite threats of arrest and assassination.
Musharraf resigned as president of the south Asian nation five years ago, but he hopes to lead his party in May elections.
He has been living in London and Dubai, and risks possible arrest and the Pakistani Taliban have vowed to assassinate him if he returns to the nation.FULL STORY
For the first time since the Taliban shot her five months ago, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has done what made her a target of the would-be assassins: She's gone to school.
The 15-year-old on Tuesday attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham, England, the city in which doctors treated her after she received initial care in Pakistan, a public relations agency working with her announced.FULL STORY
Pakistani officials have arrested a suspect in connection with the gruesome 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Qari Abdul Hayee is believed to be the one who facilitated Pearl's kidnapping, a senior Pakistani official said.
Pearl was kidnapped while researching a story in Karachi about Pakistani militants and the so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reid. He was later beheaded, and a video of his killing was sent to U.S. officials.FULL STORY
Five years after he resigned as Pakistan's president and left the South Asian nation, Gen. Pervez Musharraf will return to the country intent on leading his party in upcoming elections, he announced Saturday.
Musharraf plans to fly on a commercial airline into Karachi on March 24, then attend a rally attended by 50,000 people including more than 200 Pakistani expatriates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, he said in a statement.
But whether the rest of Pakistan welcomes him back, including the authorities now heading the country, remains to be seen.FULL STORY
A group of farmers is on its way to tend to crops. Suddenly, a missile slams into its midst, thrusting shrapnel in all directions.
A CIA drone, flying so high that the farmers can't see it, has killed most of them. None of them were militants.
It's a common scenario, a United Nations human rights researcher said Friday in a statement on drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan.FULL STORY
Militants killed five Indian officers at a police training camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir province on Wednesday, police said.
It was the first attack in the city of Srinagar in at least three years, CNN's sister network IBN reported.
It comes a month after the execution in India of a militant from Kashmir, who led an attack on the nation's parliament in 2001, killing nine people.FULL STORY
Outraged Pakistani Christians took to the streets of Lahore on Sunday, protesting a rash of violence against their community over the weekend.
Demonstrators denounced the burning of more than 100 homes of Christians on Saturday - a spree spurred by allegations that a Christian man made remarks against the Muslim prophet Mohammed.FULL STORY
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot and wounded over her advocacy for the education of girls in her country, is "recovering very well, very fast," her father said in a CNN interview Friday.
Speaking in an interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, Ziauddin Yousafzai said his daughter - who he described as "strong" and "fit physically" - has had an international impact.
"When she was stopped and the militants wanted to stop her locally, they could not succeed. Because now she is a global icon for the rights of the girls...," he said. Gordon Brown, U.N. special envoy for global education, was a participant in the interview. He said July 12, Malala's 16th birthday, would become "Malala Day."
No group has stepped forward so far to claim responsibility for a massive car bombing in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi that killed at least 42 people over the weekend in what appeared to be the latest attack on the Shiite minority in the country.
The blast Sunday tore into nearby buildings, wounding about 145 people, and authorities warned that the death toll could rise as rescue workers continued to search for bodies amid the rubble.FULL STORY
[Updated at 12:23 p.m.] A total of 27 people were killed and 60 were wounded, police say.
[Posted at 11:04 a.m.] Back-to-back blasts in Pakistan's largest city killed at least 10 people, police said.
The two explosions wounded 30 others in Karachi's Abbas town, said Muhammad Aslam, a police official. Police believe there are more bodies under the rubble of a market damaged by the blasts.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf condemned the attack.FULL STORY
Health workers administering polio vaccinations to children came under attack in northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing their police escort, authorities said.
Two women administering the shots entered a house on the outskirts of Mardan when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire of them, according to Danishwar Khan, a local police official.
Attacks like these have become a frequent occurrence in some parts of Pakistan and have left 10 workers dead.FULL STORY
Pakistani authorities arrested the leader of an outlawed Sunni militant group believed to be behind a suicide bombing at a marketplace that left dozens dead, a senior police official said.
Malik Ishaq, the leader the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e Jhangvi, was taken into custody Friday at his home in Rahim Yar Khan in the Punjab province, police official Ishfaq Gujar said.
Police did not outline the charges against Ishaq, but said it was part of a crackdown on the group.FULL STORY
Shiite Muslims in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury scores of people killed in a devastating weekend bombing until authorities respond to their demands to take military action against the Sunni extremists behind the attack.
The macabre protest is an expression of the anger and frustration among Shiites in the southwestern province of Balochistan, whose capital is Quetta, over the government's failure to shield them from a series of bloody sectarian attacks in recent months.
The outlawed Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has said it carried out the attack Saturday in Quetta in which police say a suicide bomber rammed a water tanker laden with explosives into a crowded marketplace, setting off a huge blast that killed more than 80 people and wounded at least 180 others.FULL STORY
Pakistani police have revised the cause of a blast that killed at least 83 people on Saturday.
Police now say a suicide bomber, driving an explosive-laden water tanker, rammed the vehicle into buildings at a crowded marketplace in Quetta.
Previously, police said explosives were packed in a parked water tanker and were remotely detonated.FULL STORY