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Pakistan PM chairs parliament session as crisis deepens

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over mass protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. Sharif had called the session and he

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Pakistan protesters vow no let-up until PM quits

More than 20,000 anti-government protesters flooded the centre of Pakistan's capital on Saturday, vowing to stay in the streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. The numbers were far below what protest organizers expe

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Pakistan court clears election bar on Sharif

Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that popular former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his politician brother can contest elections, removing a cause of political uncertainty in recent months. Two-time prime minister Sharif, who pol

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Pakistan court suspends ruling on Sharifs

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a ruling barring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother from holding elected office and restored their government in the key province of Punjab. President Asif Ali Zardari plunged P

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Pakistan to restore democracy in key province

The Pakistani government will restore democracy quickly in its biggest and politically most important province as part of reconciliation efforts, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday. Gilani announced on Monday that the govern

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Pakistani opposition leader Sharif detained

Former Pakistani prime minister and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has been placed under house arrest in the city of Lahore, his party officials said on Sunday, hours before he was due to address a protest rally. Sharif has thrown his supp

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Pakistan crisis deepens as protests begin

Hundreds of black-suited Pakistani lawyers and flag-waving opposition activists launched a cross-country protest on Thursday, as the year-old civilian coalition government scrambled for ways to avert a showdown. The movement for an indepen

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Pakistan bans protests on eve of long march

Authorities in Pakistan's key Punjab province have banned protests and begun rounding up activists a day before a rally by lawyers that could challenge the year-old government, officials said on Wednesday. Anti-government lawyers and o

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Pakistan court ruling sparks fears of instability

Pakistan plunged towards a debilitating power struggle on Wednesday as the Supreme Court destabilised a provincial government controlled by President Asif Ali Zardari's main rival, former premier Nawaz Sharif. The court's decision to nulli

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Sharif pulls party out of coalition

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif pulled his party out of the ruling coalition on Monday, deepening a political crisis that has diverted government attention from pressing security and economic problems. The move came just a wee

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