Pakistan PM chairs joint parliament session as crisis deepens


ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.


Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV 01 Sep 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. | Video

Sri Lanka court gives green light to deport Pakistani asylum seekers 01 Sep 2014

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Sri Lankan court on Monday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island's security and public health.

Pakistan government considers decisive action against protesters 01 Sep 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is preparing to launch a selective crackdown against anti-government protesters trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the defence minister said, warning demonstrators against storming government buildings.


Pakistan PM still surrounded by protesters after deadly clashes 31 Aug 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's powerful army said on Sunday any further use of force to resolve an escalating political crisis would only worsen the situation, after weeks of protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation turned violent. | Video


Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue 30 Aug 2014

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.


India says Pakistan border clashes 'extremely serious and provocative' 30 Aug 2014

NEW DELHI - Clashes along India's border with Pakistan are "extremely serious and provocative" and not conducive to improving relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.


Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on 29 Aug 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.

British police chief says won't quit over racially tinged child abuse scandal 29 Aug 2014

LONDON - A senior police officer in Britain said on Friday he wouldn't be quitting over a scandal involving the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children by men of Pakistani heritage as disturbing new details of the abuse came to light.


Pakistan's powerful army steps in to resolve political crisis 28 Aug 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army stepped into a political struggle between the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition on Thursday, signalling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilised the coup-prone nation.