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Rivals of Pakistan's ex-premier Khan name Shehbaz Sharif as joint candidate for prime minister

Feb. 20, 2024 21:47 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The political rivals of Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced details of a power-sharing agreement late Tuesday, naming Shehbaz Sharif as their joint candidate for prime minister. The much-awaited announcement followed days of talks...

Landslide in eastern Afghanistan leaves at least 5 people dead and 25 missing, Taliban official says

Feb. 19, 2024 22:24 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A landslide triggered by heavy rain and snowfall buried more than two dozen houses in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five people and leaving more than 20 others missing, a provincial official said Monday. The landslide Sunday night destroyed or damaged more...

Imprisoned former Pakistani premier Khan appeals 3 recent convictions

Feb. 16, 2024 14:14 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The legal team of Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday appealed his recent convictions and sentences in three controversial legal cases, a defense lawyer said. Khan was sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison on charges of...

Pakistan's former premier Sharif and allies agree to form a coalition

Feb. 13, 2024 14:32 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and its allies announced late Tuesday that they will jointly form a coalition government, ending the uncertainty since last week when no party won a simple majority in parliamentary elections. The latest...

Pakistan's election left no clear winner. So who is likely to govern and what happens next?

Feb. 12, 2024 21:55 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s parliamentary elections left no clear winner. Allies of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan won the most seats in the lower house of parliament in the elections last Thursday. It was a shock outcome given the obstacles: His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf...

Pakistan's premier defends the delay in releasing election results and denies the vote was unfair

Feb. 12, 2024 14:23 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's caretaker prime minister on Monday defended the widely criticized delay in announcing the results of last week's parliamentary election, saying authorities took only 36 hours to count over 60 million votes while grappling with militant attacks. ...

Allies of ex-premier Imran Khan secure biggest share of seats in Pakistan's final election tally

Feb. 11, 2024 08:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Allies of imprisoned Pakistani ex-premier Imran Khan won more seats in national elections than the political parties who ousted him from power nearly two years ago, according to a final tally of results published Sunday. The vote last Thursday to choose a new...

Pakistan hits back at criticism of election conduct and insists cellphone curbs were necessary

Feb. 10, 2024 05:51 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Saturday hit back at criticism over the conduct of its parliamentary elections, which were held amid sporadic militant attacks and an unprecedented stoppage of all mobile phone services. The strongly worded reaction from the Foreign Ministry insisted...

Delays, deals, nepo babies, trends and vote rigging: Five takeaways from Pakistan’s elections

Feb. 10, 2024 04:22 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan held parliamentary election l ast Thursday, with 44 parties fighting for a share of 266 seats in the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament. A further 70 seats have been reserved for minorities and women. If no party wins a majority of 169 seats, the one...

Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif says he will seek a coalition government after trailing jailed rival Khan

Feb. 09, 2024 17:56 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The former prime minister of Pakistan expected his party would claim an easy victory in the country’s parliamentary elections, sending him to the top job for a fourth time. Instead, Nawaz Sharif faces a difficult path to power. Independent candidates...