Pakistan

Pakistan’s PM, Military Meet to Respond to Trump’s Criticism

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 – Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will meet with powerful Pakistani generals on Thursday to formulate a response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan that includes greater pressure on Islamabad to do more to rein in militants. President Donald Trump has chastised Pakistan for harbouring “agents of

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“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 PM Sharif Dismissed from Office After Damning Probe into Family Wealth

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 28 – Pakistan‘s top court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office after a damning corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power. The Supreme Court dismissed Sharif after an investigative panel alleged his family could not account for its vast wealth. The court

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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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