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Asif Ali Zardari set to step down as Pakistan president

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari steps down on Sunday having defied expectations by holding onto power for a record five years but facing criticism for leaving the economy and security in a shocking state. Never popular and always shrouded in controversy, Zardari — once jailed for 11 years for alleged…

Pakistan army wants Zardari out but not a coup

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is fed up with unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the country’s 64 years of independence, military sources said. Tensions are rising between…

Pakistan Prime Minister fears ouster

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said conspirators were plotting to bring down his government, giving his most public indication yet that he fears being ousted from power. He spoke as the Supreme Court met again to decide whether to order a formal inquiry into a secret memo,…

Army says coup memo attempt to hurt Pakistan: reports

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief has said a memo accusing the military of plotting a coup, which could damage the unpopular president and led to the resignation of Islamabad’s ambassador to Washington, was an attempt to hurt national security, newspapers said. General Ashfaq Kayani, arguably the most powerful man…

Pakistan president suffers minor heart attack

Pakistan’s embattled President Asif Ali Zardari will remain in hospital in Dubai until further notice after suffering a minor heart attack and undergoing an operation, officials said on Wednesday. The unpopular 56-year-old head of state flew to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday after falling ill in the midst of a major scandal over…

Pakistan cabinet resigns

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s ministers on Wednesday submitted their resignations to the prime minister as part of plans to appoint a smaller cabinet in order to reduce government spending at a time of economic crisis. Still reeling from unprecedented flooding last year that caused damages of $9.7 billion, the government is…

Group protests US plan to give billions in military aid to Pakistan

US-India advocacy group USINPAC slammed the Obama administration’s new aid package to Pakistan, denouncing it as counterproductive to US efforts at fighting terrorism and advancing government accountability in the developing nation. “The U.S. has been trying to get the Government of Pakistan’s support in the war on terror for the…

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