Pakistan

“Interim” Pakistan PM May Stay Put Amid Doubts over Sharif’s Brother

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug 3 – Interim Pakistani leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took control of prime ministerial duties on Thursday after a guard of honour amid growing uncertainty that the brother of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif will eventually take over the job as planned. Sharif, disqualified by the Supreme Court last week, named

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Pakistani Lawmakers Elect Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s Ally as Replacement

By Asif Shahzad and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 – Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the new premier immediately sought to project an image of stability. Lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party banged on benches

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Pakistan Set to Elect New Prime Minister on Tuesday

By Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 31 – Pakistan’s lawmakers will elect a new prime minister on Tuesday to replace ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, with ruling party stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expected to become interim leader until Sharif’s own brother is eligible. The confirmation from parliament came after Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain convened

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Starts Hearings to Decide PM’s Future

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 17 – Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday began hearings that will decide the future of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is fighting for his job and contesting a damning corruption report by an investigative panel. The Supreme Court is expected to either put Sharif on trial on corruption charges, or

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Pakistan PM Sharif Rejects Graft Report as “Slander”

By Saad Sayeed and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 13 – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for the first time explicitly dismissed a report from a corruption investigation that raised questions about the source of his family’s wealth, rejecting it as slander. Sharif, 67, serving his third term as prime minister, faces opposition calls

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Pakistan PM Faces Pressure After Damning Corruption Probe Report

By Syed Raza Hassan and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 11 – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fighting for his political future on Tuesday after judicial investigators ruled his family had accumulated unusual wealth, with his allies denouncing the findings and vowing he would clear his name. A Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by

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Pakistan PM’s Family Rejects Findings in Corruption Probe

By Syed Raza Hassan and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 11 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and allies have rejected a damaging report by a judicial body investigating the Pakistani premier’s assets, dismissing as “trash” allegations that the Sharif family has accumulated wealth far above its earnings. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by

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