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Pakistan swears in new parliament amid chaotic scenes as Imran Khan's followers protests vote count

Feb. 29, 2024 10:01 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's National Assembly swore in newly elected members of parliament on Thursday in a chaotic scene as allies of imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan shouted and protested what they claim was a rigged election. Lawmakers from Khan's Pakistan...

Pakistan's former premier Imran Khan and his wife plead not guilty in another corruption case

Feb. 27, 2024 11:59 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a graft case alleging they accepted a gift of land from a real estate tycoon in exchange for large sums of laundered money, officials said. The case is the second to...

Pakistani ex-Premier Nawaz Sharif's daughter takes over top provincial post. Rivals boycott her

Feb. 26, 2024 20:11 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The eldest daughter and close aide of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday became the country’s first-ever female chief minister in eastern Punjab province. Her rivals accused authorities of nepotism and boycotted the session of the provincial...

Pakistani ex-Prime Minister Khan wants the IMF to link talks to an independent audit of the election

Feb. 23, 2024 16:01 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan is writing a letter to the International Monetary Fund urging it to link any talks with Islamabad to an audit of the country's recent election, which his party alleges was rigged, an official from his party said Friday. ...

Pakistan blocks X for the sixth day as activists criticize the social media platform's shutdown

Feb. 22, 2024 15:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulators have blocked the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, with users across the country on Thursday enduring the sixth day of sweeping disruptions, partial and complete shutdowns. There was no comment on the outage by the Pakistan...

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

Feb. 21, 2024 11:20 AM 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...