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Pakistan's Prez Steps Down, 1st in History to Finish Term

Asif Ali Zardari hands over power after 5-year term

(Newser) - The bar isn't set really high in Pakistani politics, because leaving office willingly when you're supposed to makes history: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari stepped down today at the end of his five-year term, becoming the first democratically elected president in the country's history to complete his... More »

Pakistan Charges Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

Former president indicted on murder, other charges

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf was indicted today on murder charges connected to Benazir Bhutto's 2007 assassination , the AP reports. Musharraf, who pleaded not guilty, appeared in person after failing to show up to the originally scheduled indictment earlier this month. The prosecutor says he was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit... More »

Musharraf a No-Show at His Own Indictment

Authorities cite security concerns, but maybe a deal is in the works?

(Newser) - A seemingly ironic twist for Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan today: The former leader was supposed to be indicted on charges that his government did nothing to prevent the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. But Musharraf couldn't show up in court because of death threats against him, reports Reuters... More »

Prosecutor in Benazir Bhutto Murder Slain

Chaudhry Zulfiqar shot on way to court

(Newser) - The prosecutor working the case of Benazir Bhutto's assassination has been shot and killed in Pakistan. Chaudhry Zulfiqar was attacked en route to a hearing in the death of the former leader—a case that remains without a conviction. Motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on the car carrying Zulfiqar, who... More »

Pakistan Boots Musharraf From Election

Onetime military dictator having a rough time mounting a comeback

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf has got to be feeling more than a little unloved these days: Pakistani judges today disqualified Musharraf from running in an upcoming parliamentary election, a blow to the former military ruler who recently returned from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback. Musharraf had won approval a week... More »

Bhutto's Son Launches Own Political Career

Bilawal gives rousing speech in Pakistan

(Newser) - Five years to the day of Benazir Bhutto's assassination , her only son arrived on the political scene in Pakistan, reports AFP . Bilawal Bhutto Zardari gave what the AP calls a "fiery" political speech, his first. "How ever many Bhuttos you kill, more Bhuttos will emerge from every... More »

Ex-Police Chief Indicted in Bhutto Assassination

Another cop, plus five Taliban militants also indicted

(Newser) - It looks more and more like Benazir Bhutto never had a chance that day. A Pakistani court today indicted two police officers in connection with her 2007 assassination in Rawalpindi, including the former police chief of the city. The pair, in charge of the former prime minister's security, had... More »

Raid Also Killed Osama Son, Heir Apparent

'Future al-Qaeda leader' Hamza bin Laden killed

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's youngest son and presumed heir won't be going into the family business. US officials say Hamza bin Laden was killed along with his father in the raid on the Abbotabad compound, reports the Telegraph . Hamza, believed to have been around 20 years old, was the... More »

Pakistan Court: Find Musharraf

Courts issue second arrest warrant in Bhutto slaying

(Newser) - A prosecutor says a court has told Pakistani authorities to trace the address of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to arrest him in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination. Musharraf left Pakistan for London after quitting the presidency in 2008. Prosecutors allege Musharraf was part of the conspiracy to kill... More »

Pakistan Issues Warrant for Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

'Accused' of not providing adequate security

(Newser) - Three years after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto sent Pakistan reeling, a judge has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf, naming him as an "accused" in her death, reports the BBC. Musharraf stands accused of not providing adequate security for Bhutto; two senior cops told investigators... More »

2 Top Cops Busted in Benazir Bhutto Assassination

Police officials 'failed to protect' former prime minister

(Newser) - Two top Pakistani police officials have been arrested in connection with the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. She was killed three years ago by a 15-year-old suicide bomber as she campaigned for reelection after an eight-year exile."No one believes this boy acted alone," a recent... More »

Pakistan Now Owns War on Terror: Zardari

Blames corruption charges on political enemies

(Newser) - On the anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, it is necessary to reflect on “how her legacy must be preserved against those who would return Pakistan to darkness,” writes the husband of the former prime minister, President Asif Ali Zardari. Zardari claims victory over militants in Swat, and... More »

10 Who Died Too Young

From Aaliyah to Tillman to Russert, they had more to offer

(Newser) - In looking back at the '00s, the sad tales of luminaries who died too young stand out. Newsweek asked friends and admirers for their reflections:
  • Randy Pausch, d. 2008: "Despite it all," JJ Abrams writes, the "Last Lecture" professor "was radiant, kind, and good-humored."
  • Tim
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Fatima Bhutto: US Should Cut Pakistan Off

Don't give cash to corrupt government, says Zardari's niece

(Newser) - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is going to Washington next week to seek billions more to combat terrorism and keep the troubled nation afloat—and the Obama administration should swat away his outstretched hand, says Fatima Bhutto, estranged niece of Zardari's slain wife, Benazir Bhutto. "No amount of money,... More »

Taliban Chief Claims Lahore Attack, Vows to Hit US

Mehsud vows he will attack again in Pakistan and US

(Newser) - The head of the Pakistani Taliban and the man accused of masterminding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has claimed responsibility for yesterday's commando assault on the Lahore police academy and has threatened more attacks, the Times of London reports. Baitullah Mehsud personally called Western news agencies to take credit for... More »

Weakness at Top Worsens Pakistan's Woes

Zardari has alienated party allies and foes alike: officials

(Newser) - In less than 6 months at Pakistan's helm, Asif Ali Zardari has surrounded himself with cronies, alienated top advisers, and created a situation that has diplomats warning that he's undercutting efforts to oppose al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Benazir Bhutto's widower is holed up inside his palace, and cabinet ministers who... More »

Clooney Wooing Bhutto Niece?

Star rumored to be trying to entice Pakistan-based poet to Hollywood

(Newser) - George Clooney has been secretly romancing the politically outspoken niece of assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, Celebitchy reports. Sources tell the National Enquirer that the 47-year-old playboy actor is getting serious about Karachi-based poet and journalist Fatima Bhutto, 26, who he met at an international conference last year, and is... More »

Bhutto's Daughter Mourns With YouTube Rap Video

She would take the pain away, apparently

(Newser) - Benazir Bhutto’s oldest daughter has marked the anniversary of her mother’s death with a heartfelt tribute—in the form of a dirge-like YouTube rap video. Over a montage of images of her late mother, 18-year-old Bakhtawar Zardari sings lines like, “You have beauty and intelligence, everything you... More »

Pakistan Mourns Bhutto on Anniversary of Slaying

Government calls for UN to probe former PM's assasssination

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have traveled to Benazir Bhutto's hometowm to mark the first anniversary of her assassination, Reuters reports. The former prime minister was killed in a gun and bomb attack at an election rally a year ago today. Many questions still surround the killing and the country's... More »

Zardari: Mumbai Attack Targeted Pakistan, Too

Terrorists sought to impede country's peace process with India

(Newser) - Pakistan played no part in the Mumbai attacks, President Asif Ali Zardari writes in today’s New York Times, except perhaps as a co-victim. The attacks “were directed not only at India,” he writes, “but at Pakistan’s new democratic government and the peace process with India... More »

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