Shahbaz Sharif

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Ex-'Playboy' Just Elected Pakistan's New PM

Former cricket star Imran Khan, voted in Friday, has promised to stop corruption

(Newser) - Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country's next prime minister, in a step toward the country's third civilian transfer of power. In the vote at the National Assembly, Khan secured 176 votes, defeating the opposition's candidate, Shahbaz Sharif... More »

Pakistan's Zardari Under Pressure to Resign

Opposition pressures embattled prez to quit or surrender powers

(Newser) - Pakistan's main opposition party demanded today that President Asif Ali Zardari relinquish much of his power amid calls for the unpopular leader to assume a ceremonial role or resign. Zardari inherited sweeping powers from military dictator Pervez Musharraf, and had promised to return them to the prime minister—but has... More »

Pakistan Bans Protest, Arrests Opposition Workers

(Newser) - Pakistan’s government began cracking down on the opposition today in ways reminiscent of deposed dictator Pervez Musharraf, the New York Times reports. Police arrested hundreds of political workers today, and the government banned a protest national march scheduled for tomorrow, declaring that demonstrators wouldn’t be allowed into Islamabad.... More »

Pakistan Court Upholds Ban on Sharif; Tensions Rise

Political infighting may cause more instability

(Newser) - Pakistan’s supreme court refused today to let opposition leader Nawaz Sharif or his brother hold elected office, prompting fears of political infighting that could further destabilize the country, the BBC reports. President Asif Ali Zardari immediately moved to dismiss the provincial government in Punjab led by Sharif’s brother... More »

Pakistan Charges 5 in Bhutto Murder

Top Taliban leader and others accused of plotting assassination

(Newser) - Police in Pakistan have filed charges against five men, including the country’s top Taliban commander, accusing them of planning the December assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the AP reports. President Pervez Musharaff had named the Taliban leader (and suspected al-Qaeda operative), Baitullah Mehsud, days after the attack, but today’s... More »

Pakistan Politics: A Family Affair

Candidates emerge from traditional dynasties

(Newser) - In Pakistan, candidates are born. As ever, the top up-and-coming politicians are coming from Pakistan’s classic dynasties. The Christian Science Monitor talked with Moonis Elahi, son of Pervez Musharraf’s favored PM candidate, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, son of Shahbaz Sharif and nephew of Nawaz. And of course, there is... More »

Pakistan Orders Arrest of Exiled PM's Brother

Former leader intends to return next week

(Newser) - A Pakistan court has ordered the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Both Sharifs are planning to return to Pakistan next week after seven years of exile, where they will mount opposition to the rule of General Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf has been ordering... More »

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