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Pakistan High Court Lifts Ban on Sharif

Two-time ex-PM will be allowed to contest elections

(Newser) - The Pakistani Supreme Court has lifted a ban on opposition leader Nawaz Sharif that prevented him from running for election, clearing the way for the popular politician to vie for a third term as prime minister. Sharif had been blocked from public office because of a criminal conviction in 2000... More »

Party Quits Pakistan Coalition

People's Party, government's senior partner, likely to remain, with new allies

(Newser) - Pakistan’s coalition government collapsed today, the Wall Street Journal reports, with the Pakistan Muslim League—led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif—breaking with the Pakistan People’s Party. Sharif said his party was quitting the alliance because it wouldn’t restore judges sacked by just-ousted president Pervez Musharraf.... More »

Coalition Moves to Impeach Musharraf

Party leaders agree terms to oust president

(Newser) - Pakistan's opposition leaders reached an early-morning deal to impeach embattled president Pervez Musharraf unless he voluntarily steps down, reports the Times of London. A list of charges is being drawn up, and will give the president options to defend himself before Parliament. Musharraf vowed to fight his ouster, saying, "... More »

Musharraf Will, Won't, Will Attend Olympic Kick-Off

He flip-flops on trip amid impeachment talk

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf will be in Beijing tomorrow for the Olympics' opening ceremony, the foreign ministry said today, reversing an earlier announcement that he had canceled the trip. The president is battling possible impeachment at home, the BBC reports, and opposition leaders met yesterday, reportedly to discuss an ouster. The cancellation... More »

Rival Calls for Musharraf's Head

'We asked you to quit with honor but you didn't,' Sharif says

(Newser) - A political rival blasted President Pervez Musharraf today, leading a massive crowd to chant “Hang him, hang him,” the New York Times reports. In a televised address that capped off days of protest in Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif grew heated: “We asked you to quit with honor after... More »

'Traitor' Musharraf Should Be Tried: Sharif

Pakistan coalition continues to disagree on president's fate

(Newser) - Nawaz Sharif labeled Pervez Musharraf a "traitor" today, and claimed his allies in Pakistan's coalition government had agreed to oust the president, the AP reports. "A high treason case should be registered against him and he should be given the punishment of a traitor," Sharif told members... More »

Pakistan Teeters After Ministers Quit Coalition

Sharif pulls out over rehiring judges; Zardari will lead talks

(Newser) - Pakistan's 6-week-old government is in turmoil today after the prime minister refused to accept the resignation of nine members of the cabinet. Former PM Nawaz Sharif led the walkout in a dispute over the reinstatement of judges sacked during last year's state of emergency, reports the BBC. More »

Judges' Dispute Sunders Pakistan's Ruling Coalition

Sharif's Muslim League breaks with People's Party, will still support government

(Newser) - The second-largest party in Pakistan's ruling coalition pulled out today after a disagreement over the reinstatement of judges removed by President Pervez Musharraf, Bloomberg reports. Nawaz Sharif said nine Pakistan Muslim League ministers would leave the cabinet led by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, but would not enter the opposition,... More »

Bhutto's Party to Name Next Pakistani PM

Shariz allies drop candidate as 'goodwill gesture' to PPP

(Newser) - The party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said today it will name Pakistan's next premier this weekend, AFP reports. After former PM Nawaz Sharif's party pulled their  candidate as a "goodwill gesture," the PPP candidate will likely be sworn in Tuesday without much debate, the AP reports.... More »

Musharraf Opposition Seek to Build Alliance

Parties of Bhutto, Sharif look to each other, smaller partners

(Newser) - The party of fallen Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto is moving toward an alliance with longtime rival Nawaz Sharif after a strong showing in Monday's parliamentary election, Reuters reports. A coalition of the two parties, along with smaller independents, could control enough of the legislature to oust President Pervez Musharraf,... More »

Bhutto Loyalist Frontrunner to Be Pakistan PM

Musharraf's party concedes defeat after drubbing at ballot box

(Newser) - President Pervez Musharraf's party has admitted defeat after losing a resounding two-thirds of its seats in parliament in Pakistan's parliamentary elections. Although final results are still not in, Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party and Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League have crushed the president's faction, which placed a distant third. The likely... More »

Pakistani Opposition Claims Win

Leading Musharraf party members lose in early returns

(Newser) - Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was trounced in a national election today as opposition leaders declared victory against militant rule and the Bush administration, the New York Times reports. An unofficial tally projected victory and 110 seats for the Pakistan People's Party, and 100 seats for Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N... More »

Bhutto Widower Warns of Pakistan Election Backlash

People 'on the warpath,' Asif Ali Zardari warns

(Newser) - The Pakistani government's suspected plans to disrupt tomorrow's elections will trigger widespread violence and the possible collapse of the nation, warned the widower of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto. "People are absolutely on the warpath" and will take to the streets if the election is rigged, Asif Ali Zardari told... More »

Pakistan Car Bomb Kills 37 Two Days Before Vote

Blast hits election office as fears mount over security, rigged results

(Newser) - A car bomb exploded during a rally by Benazir Bhutto’s political party in Pakistan today, killing 37 people and wounding nearly 100 just two days before crucial elections. The blast happened in front of an election office of the Pakistan People’s Party, which Bhutto led before her assassination... More »

US Offers a Tentative Hand to Nawaz Sharif

After Bhutto's death, Washington surveys a new political scene

(Newser) - With Benazir Bhutto gone and elections postponed, the White House is taking stock of its options in Pakistan and cautiously reaching out to a man they had once cold-shouldered: Nawaz Sharif. The prime minister whom Pervez Musharraf deposed in his 1999 bloodless coup is looking increasingly attractive to Washington, writes... More »

Bhutto Husband & Son Picked to Head Party

Election likely to be delayed up to 8 weeks

(Newser) - As violence continued to flare in Pakistan following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, officials indicated that Jan. 8 elections will likely be postponed six to eight weeks, Reuters reports. Officials from Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, meanwhile, picked her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, and 19-year-old son, Bilawal,... More »

Sharif Calls for Election Boycott

Opposition leader demands Musharraf quit

(Newser) - Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif called on his countrymen to boycott the coming elections and demanded President Pervez Musharraf resign following the shocking assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Sharif, 57, long a political adversary of Bhutto, rushed to the hospital in Rawalpindi and sat silently by her body after she... More »

Ex-Pakistan PM Tosses Hat Into Election Ring

Musharraf welcomes rival, rejects US military action against al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif launched his party into next month's elections today, dropping a boycott threat after Benazir Bhutto and other hopefuls decided to run, the AP reports. “We cannot leave the field open,” a party spokesman said. Sharif's party was one of 33 in an opposition... More »

Sharif Barred From Pakistan Vote

Criminal convictions cited; ex-PM blames Musharraf's political maneuvering

(Newser) - Pakistani election officials today barred Nawaz Sharif from running in January elections, citing the ex-PM's criminal past. Sharif, who had pushed for an election boycott but registered anyway, dismissed the rejection, saying it would only strengthen his “vigor and resolve.” Sharif's record stems from trumped-up charges related to... More »

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