Pakistan politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Pakistan politics


Pakistan election body rejects 'rigging' accusations

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party flat out rejects the pending results of the election on July 25, citing 'outright rigging' and accusing officials of preventing its representatives from overseeing the count

AFTER ELECTIONS. A Pakistani resident looks at morning newspapers at a stall a day after the general election in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan votes as suicide blast kills 30

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) '[The bomber] was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,' says a local administration official

ELECTIONS. Women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan interior minister shot, wounded in suspected assassination bid

May 07, 2018 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The shooting comes as Pakistan gears up for its second ever democratic transition and follows a series of blows to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz

Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal (C) speaks to media outside an accountability court where sacked prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared to face corruption charges in Islamabad on October 2, 2017.   Sacked Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a second appearance before an anti-corruption court on October 2, as officials said he would be indicted at a later hearing on corruption charges that could ultimately see him jailed. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

Islamist leader calls off Pakistan protests after minister resigns

Nov 27, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The decision to capitulate to the protesters' demands is a major embarrassment for the embattled ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as it eyes elections in 2018, analysts say

PROTEST VS MINISTER. Pakistani protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group shout religious slogans during a protest in Islamabad on November 26, 2017. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster

Aug 16, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Sharif s legal team lays out 19 points challenging the court s judgement saying the ruling suffered from errors floating on the surface

In this photo, Pakistani ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks with media representatives at the tomb of Pakistan's national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore on August 14, 2017. Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan court disqualifies PM Sharif from office

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:47 PM

The court also asks the national anti corruption bureau to launch a further probe into the allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which stem from the Panama Papers leak last year

DISQUALIFIED. In this file photo, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif listens to an unseen Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister's house in Islamabad on November 15, 2014. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Security high as Pakistan launches first census in 19 years

Mar 15, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The weeks long process a challenge in a country known for corruption and dysfunction will deploy a team of more than 300 000 people and involve 55 million forms

COUNTED. An official from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics marks a house after collecting information from a resident during a census in Karachi on March 15, 2017. Asif Hassan/AFP

Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'

Mar 05, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Karachi produces roughly 12 000 tons of trash daily with only half collected – the rest is strewn in the streets and alleys

In this photograph taken on January 18, 2017, a Pakistani motorcyclist rides past dumped garbage alongside a bridge in Karachi. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Malala sees herself as prime minister in 20 years

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:26 PM

I want to help my country I want my country to go forward and I m really patriotic says 17 year old Malala the youngest Nobel laureate ever

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai adjusts her scarf at a joint press conference with fellow laureate and Norwegian Prime minister after their meeting at the PM's office in Oslo on December 11, 2014. Photo by Odd Anderson/ AFP

Imran Khan threatens to shut down Pakistan with protests

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:12 AM

We will close the whole of Pakistan on December 16 Khan tells tens of thousands of supporters adding that his party workers will paralyze major cities starting with Lahore

DEFIANT. Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan (C) gestures to supporters at the anti-government rally in Islamabad on November 30, 2014. Banaras Khan/AFP

Pakistan opposition groups agree to resume talks

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:53 PM

The move comes after days of protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier raising fears that the military may intervene

PROTEST MARCH. Supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahirul Qadri and opposition politician Imran Khan shout slogans as they march towards Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence during an anti-government protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, 31 August 2014. T. Mughal/EPA

Thousands of Pakistan protesters press demands

Aug 17, 2014 - 10:09 PM

The protesters call on the arrest of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Meanwhile politicians want to keep protests from escalating into violence that can endanger the country s democracy

OPPOSITION LEADER. Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gestures as he leads a protest march to Islamabad against the country's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government in Wazirabad in eastern Punjab province on August 15. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Clashes as Pakistan anti-government marches advance on capital

Aug 16, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Khan and preacher Tahir ul Qadri say the May 2013 general election that brought Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to power in a landslide was rigged and are demanding he resign and hold new polls

PROTEST. Pakistani Police stand guard in front of the containers to block roads to the capital Islamabad as security has been intensified ahead of the planned anti-government protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan on August 15. Photo by Sohail Shahzad/EPA

Pakistan prepares for anti-government protests

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and populist preacher Tahir ul Qadri plan to lead thousands of supporters into Islamabad over allegations of rigging in last year s general election

ON ALERT. Pakistani Army soldiers secure the President's office in the Red Zone as security has been intensified ahead of the planned anti-government protest of opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, on the eve of Independence Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan, 13 August 2014. T. Mughal/EPA

Pakistan to appeal ruling allowing Musharraf to leave country

Jun 14, 2014 - 5:01 PM

The move comes after a court in Karachi ordered the lifting of a travel ban imposed on the 70 year old last year following his return to Pakistan in a failed attempt to stand for election

MUSHARRAF. Supporters of former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf shout slogans in Karachi, Pakistan, 06 April 2014. Shahzaib Akber/EPA

Hundreds swarm ancient Pakistan ruins for grand cultural gala

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:53 AM

Experts warned that the festival could put Moenjodaro a UNESCO World Heritage site built around 2600 BC in danger

NIGHTTIME GALA. Lights illuminate the ancient ruins of Moenjodaro, the UNESCO World Heritage site around 425 km north of the port city of Karachi on February 1, 2014. Asif Hassan/AFP

Bhutto's son urges action against Pakistani Taliban

Jan 29, 2014 - 6:58 AM

Zardari the patron in chief of the main opposition Pakistan People s Party PPP told the BBC that Pakistan must wake up to the threat posed by militancy

BILAWAL SPEAKS. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of the late former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, speaks during an interview with the BBC, aired 28 January 2014. Frame grab courtesy BBC

Taliban bombing near Pakistan military HQ kills 13

Jan 20, 2014 - 2:04 PM

The bombing comes a day after the Pakistani Taliban killed 20 soldiers and wounded 30 others in a suicide bombing in the northwestern town of Bannu

Security scare delays treason trial for Pakistan's Musharraf

Dec 24, 2013 - 2:14 PM

Police said they found 5 kg of explosive material along with a detonator and two pistols close to the route Musharraf was due to take from his house to the court

TRIAL DELAYED. In this file photo, Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistani president, talks with journalists during a press conference in Karachi, Pakistan, 31 March 2013. EPA/Rehan Khan

Musharraf held at police HQ

Apr 19, 2013 - 7:17 PM

It s the first arrest of any former chief of the Pakistani army

Musharraf returns to Pakistan from exile

Mar 24, 2013 - 2:28 PM

UPDATE The 69 year old ex dictator says he is prepared to risk any danger to stand for election on May 11

Pakistan's Musharraf due to return home

Mar 24, 2013 - 7:50 AM

UPDATE The 69 year old ex dictator says he is prepared to risk any danger to stand for election on May 11

Bomb kills at least 45 in Karachi

Mar 04, 2013 - 10:03 AM

The explosion blew the front off two five story apartment blocks in the Abbas town area of Pakistan s largest city setting one on fire and trapping people beneath piles of rubble

ATTACK IN KARACHI. People gather on the site of bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan on March 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ASIF HASSAN

Pakistan foreign minister says India 'warmongering'

Jan 16, 2013 - 11:21 AM

India is warmongering over deadly clashes in disputed Kashmir Pakistan s foreign minister said Tuesday January 15 while calling for talks to end the new hostilities

In this photograph taken on August 2, 2012 Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard along fencing near the India-Pakistan Chachwal border outpost, some 65 kms north from the north-eastern Indian city of Jammu. AFP PHOTO/ STR /FILES

Pakistan police fire tear gas at Islamabad protesters

Jan 15, 2013 - 12:04 PM

The protesters are followers of Canadian Pakistani cleric Tahir ul Qadri who led a two day protest march into the capital Islamabad overnight to demand a peaceful revolution and the dissolution of parliament

Pakistan lawmakers elect new PM

Jun 22, 2012 - 11:13 PM

Raja Pervez Ashraf is Pakistan s new prime minister