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Pakistan court postpones bail decision for girl accused of burning Quranupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 04:18:00

A Pakistani court on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to grant bail to a Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Quran in a case that has heightened religious tensions in the capital, Islamabad.

Pakistan spy agency chief to tell CIA: End drone strikes; ID targets for us to attackupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 05:25:00

The new chief of Pakistan's spy agency will urge the United States to end drone strikes on Pakistani soil and identify targets that the country's security forces can then attack, a senior intelligence official said.

Official: 8 Afghans killed by Pakistani artilleryupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 13:26:00

Eight people were killed in eastern Afghanistan by rockets fired from Pakistan, an official from the Afghan province of Kunar told CNN on Sunday.

A troubled political relationshipupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 23:34:00

Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Sherry Rehman, talks about efforts to repair her country's relationship with the U.S.

Pakistan satisfied with Clinton's sorryupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 20:05:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman about the U.S.-Pakistani relationship.

Pros and cons of dronesupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 17:41:00

Rep. Peter King (R) and Rep Lynn Woolsey (D) on the pros and cons of drones used overseas and in the U.S.

Drones decimating Taliban in Pakistanupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 17:41:00

On Sunday a missile launched from a U.S. drone struck a house in Pakistan's remote tribal agency of North Waziristan, killing eight suspected militants, most of whom were loyal to the Pakistani Taliban commander, Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Bahadur has reportedly overseen multiple attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Taliban video shows 17 beheaded Pakistani soldiersupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:22:00

Seventeen Pakistani soldiers who were kidnapped last week are shown beheaded in a video released by the Taliban.

Pakistan has a new prime ministerupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:22:00

Following a messy political process, new Pakistani P.M. Raja Pervez Ashraf has emerged. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan ahead of Allen talksupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 14:40:00

Four suspected militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region Tuesday night, a government official and a military official told CNN.

Pakistan elects Ashraf as new prime ministerupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 11:46:00

Raja Pervez Ashraf ascended to prime minister of Pakistan on Friday after lawmakers approved his nomination in a majority vote in parliament.

Warrant issued for Pakistani PM nomineeupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 11:46:00

Reza Sayah reports on an arrest warrant for Pakistan's ruling party candidate for prime minister, Makhdoom Shahabuddin .

Pakistan PM out, now what?updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 20:52:00

Three high-profile Pakistanis explain the fallout of the Supreme Court sacking Prime Minister Gilani.

Explainer: What's next for Pakistan?updated: Wed Jun 20 2012 22:13:00

Pakistan is facing uncertainty after the country's Supreme Court effectively removed Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from office.

Pakistani parliament to convene Friday to elect new prime ministerupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 21:26:00

Pakistan's president has summoned the lower house of parliament to meet Friday to elect a new prime minister after the nation's top court ruled that Yousuf Raza Gilani is ineligible to hold office.

Pakistan PM convicted of contemptupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 12:59:00

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is found guilty in contempt case. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Officials: Bomb attack kills 25 in Pakistanupdated: Sat Jun 16 2012 05:49:00

A bomb exploded near a market in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 25 people and injuring 40, government official Khalid Mumtaz said.

Official: 15 militants killed in suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistanupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 02:43:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Monday morning killed 15 militants and wounded three others, a local government official said, the third such deadly attack in as many days.

Drone stike kills at least 2 in Pakistan, official says updated: Sat May 26 2012 02:27:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least two militants Saturday morning in Pakistan's tribal region, a local official said.

8 killed in drone strike in Pakistan's tribal regionupdated: Thu May 24 2012 05:34:00

A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal region on Thursday, killing eight people, a senior local official said.

Pakistani president to attend NATO summit on Afghanistanupdated: Thu May 17 2012 20:31:00

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan will attend the NATO summit meeting about Afghanistan in Chicago this weekend, his office said in a statement Thursday.

A nuclear clash could starve the worldupdated: Fri May 11 2012 07:57:00

Recent ballistic missile tests by India, Pakistan and North Korea -- which has ominously threatened to "reduce to ashes" the South Korean military "in minutes" -- are once again focusing the world's attention on the dangers of nuclear war.

Prime minister says Pakistan, U.S. operating on a trust deficitupdated: Wed May 09 2012 14:43:00

With his fate at home hanging in the balance, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani repudiated U.S. claims that Pakistan was falling short on fighting the war on terrorism and said instead that his nation was operating on a trust deficit with Washington.

What next for Pakistan's convicted Prime Minister?updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 06:16:00

Far from clarifying matters, the Pakistani Supreme Court's guilty verdict against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has added several layers of uncertainty about the fate of Pakistan's civilian government and its longest serving prime minister.

Pakistani prime minister convicted of contempt but avoids prison timeupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 06:09:00

The Pakistani Supreme Court on Thursday convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt of court but gave him just a symbolic sentence that will not require him to serve time in prison.

Pakistan test fires medium-range missileupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:23:00

Pakistan said Wednesday that it had conducted a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, just days after its arch-rival India tested a longer-range missile.

Pakistan tests medium-range missileupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:23:00

Pakistan says it has test-fired a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Officials: U.S. troops have fired from base inside Afghanistan at Pakistan 4 timesupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 05:51:00

U.S. troops have fired into Pakistani territory at least four times in the last 10 months in cross-border skirmishes that they say are in response to shelling from inside Pakistan, CNN has learned.

First images of Pakistan plane crashupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 21:36:00

First images from GEO TV of the plane crash site and debris near Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

No survivors from Pakistan plane crash, official saysupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 21:36:00

A commercial airplane carrying 127 people crashed Friday in Islamabad just before it was to land at a nearby airport, according to Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority, which cited poor weather as a possible factor.

Pakistan mulling when to deport bin Laden family membersupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 06:15:00

Pakistan says it is liaising with the governments of Yemen and Saudi Arabia before it decides when to deport several of Osama bin Laden's family members of back to their homelands.

Pakistan agrees to re-engage with U.S., sets conditionsupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 12:27:00

Pakistan's parliament set out new guidelines for its relations with the United States, as it agreed to re-engage with Washington after months of tension over deadly airstrikes on a Pakistani border post by NATO forces and other issues.

Pakistani rescuers resume search for 139 trapped in avalancheupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 05:27:00

Rescue crews continued their frantic search Sunday at a Himalayan military outpost near the Indian border where a massive avalanche buried up to 139 people, most of them Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan troops trapped in avalancheupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 05:27:00

A rescue is under way for trapped soldiers near the Pakistan and India border. CNN's Natalie Allen reports.

Pakistan's president visits India amid warming tiesupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 09:19:00

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met with the Indian prime minister in New Delhi on Sunday -- the first visit to India by a Pakistani head of state in seven years.

Pakistan's Zardari visits Indiaupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 09:19:00

Asif Ali Zardari meets the Indian prime minister -- the first visit to India by a Pakistani president in 7 years.

Pakistan president to visit India amid warming tiesupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 08:56:00

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan is scheduled to visit India on Sunday, the first by a Pakistani head of state in seven years, amid thawing relations between the two nuclear-armed archrivals.

Drone strike hits Pakistani tribal regionupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 05:47:00

A drone strike took place early Friday in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan, a Pakistani military official said.

CIA drone war in Pakistan in sharp declineupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 05:54:00

The past year has seen the number of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan plummet. In the first three months of 2012, there were 11, compared with 21 in the first three months of 2011 and a record 28 in the first quarter of 2010.

Obama calls for 'balanced approach' to U.S.-Pakistan relationsupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 06:03:00

President Barack Obama expressed hope Tuesday that the United States and Pakistan can arrive at a "balanced approach" to relations as he met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for the first time since a string of damaging episodes last year.

Pakistan lawmakers to debate end to U.S. drone strikesupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 13:12:00

Pakistan's parliament is expected this week to debate a committee's recommendation that the United States stop drone strikes inside its territory and apologize unconditionally for airstrikes last year that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

How nations risk nuclear terrorism updated: Mon Mar 26 2012 10:58:00

World leaders are meeting in Seoul this week to discuss how to deal with the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Pakistan starts legal proceedings against bin Laden widowsupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 12:45:00

Pakistani authorities have started legal proceedings against the widows of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for allegedly entering Pakistan illegally and alleged forgery, Pakistan's interior minister told reporters Thursday.

Suicide attack at funeral kills at least 14 in Pakistanupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 06:18:00

A suicide bomber targeted a funeral in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 37 others, officials said.

New chief named for Pakistan's intelligence bureauupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 13:26:00

Pakistan's prime minister named a new head of Inter-Services Intelligence, the country's powerful spy agency and a critical element in the U.S. fight against insurgents in both Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

Pakistani Taliban official raises questions about his demotionupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 10:16:00

A prominent figure in the Pakistani Taliban on Thursday questioned a decision by the group's leadership to remove him from his position of deputy commander over accusations he held unauthorized talks with the Pakistani government

Pakistan will proceed on pipeline to Iran, minister saysupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 10:10:00

Pakistan announced plans Thursday to proceed with the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Iran in an apparent rebuff to warnings from Washington to call off the project.

Forgotten petition takes Pakistan's spy agency to courtupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 12:57:00

A 16-year-old petition alleging that Pakistan's intelligence agency bribed senior politicians in the 1990 general elections resurfaced in the country's highest court Wednesday, the attorney for the petitioner told CNN.

Official: Assailants attack buses in Pakistan, kill 18 updated: Tue Feb 28 2012 11:08:00

In an unusual attack in a relatively peaceful region of northwest Pakistan, assailants ambushed four passenger buses, pulled out Shiite males and killed 18 of them Tuesday, police said.

5 killed in attack in Pakistanupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 07:13:00

An explosion outside a political rally in northwest Pakistan Monday killed five people and wounded 10, officials said.

Pakistan to U.S. envoy: Stay awayupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 05:37:00

Pakistan says a visit by U.S. special envoy Marc Grossman could stir anti-American sentiment.

US official detained at airport in Pakistanupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 05:37:00

An employee at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was detained at the Peshawar airport in Pakistan on Tuesday after bullets were found in his luggage, police said

Pakistan's prime minister faces contempt hearing Mondayupdated: Sun Feb 12 2012 13:04:00

Pakistan's prime minister says he has an "extremely capable" lawyer and doesn't believe the country's supreme court will jail him on contempt charges after a Monday hearing.

Officials: Drone strike in Pakistan kills 4 updated: Thu Feb 09 2012 06:21:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four people in Pakistan's tribal region Thursday morning, Pakistani officials told CNN.

Pakistani prime minister appeals against contempt chargeupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 06:09:00

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani filed an appeal Wednesday against a Supreme Court decision to charge him with contempt, his lawyer said, the latest move in a drawn-out struggle between the country's political leaders and the judiciary.

Pakistan PM: No objection to prisonupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 06:09:00

The Pakistani prime minister tells CNN he has no objection to being sent to prison if the court desires.

Secret NATO Taliban report revives Pakistan fearsupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 12:36:00

Pakistan continues to support the Taliban in Afghanistan, a secret NATO report says, according to a journalist who has read it, despite years of Pakistani denials and American pressure to stop backing the insurgency.

Pakistan denies helping the Talibanupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 12:36:00

Jerome Starkey of The Times discusses a leaked, highly classified report on the Afghan Taliban.

Militant attacks kill 8 Pakistani soldiersupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 06:09:00

Hundreds of militants stormed military checkpoints in northwest Pakistan early Tuesday, killing at least eight soldiers and injuring 10 others, military and government officials said -- the latest in a string of attacks against security forces.

Official: Pakistan yet to decide on charges against doctor in bin Laden raidupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:36:00

Pakistan has not yet decided whether to try a Pakistani doctor for high treason for assisting the United States in gathering intelligence ahead of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, a senior Pakistani government official said Monday.

Musharraf, facing arrest, postpones return to Pakistanupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 14:12:00

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has postponed his return from exile until the political situation in Pakistan and the court cases against him are resolved, a senior leader in his party said Friday.

Comedy shows roast Pakistani politiciansupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 14:12:00

Every week, millions of Pakistanis watch political comedy shows mocking what many view as Pakistan's inept leadership.

Musharraf: Prepared for risk in Pakistanupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:21:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf about his return to Pakistan.

Figure at center of Pakistan 'memogate' wants to testify from abroadupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 23:07:00

The man at the center of a dispute over whether Pakistan's civilian government last year sought U.S. help to sideline the military leadership has decided against going to Islamabad to testify to a commission set up by the Supreme Court.

Poliitcal drama in Pakistan high courtupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 05:30:00

A legal showdown appears to be brewing between Pakistani courts and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Reza Sayah reports.

Ex-generals say Pakistan's Musharraf should be allowed homeupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 05:30:00

Former top Pakistani military officers Sunday called for Pakistan's former strongman to be allowed back without facing arrest and condemned what they called the "bashing" of the country's armed forces.

Civilian aid to Pakistan continues despite growing tensions, U.S. says updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 05:29:00

The United States is committed to "a strong, mutually respectful relationship with Pakistan" and will continue to provide civilian aid, the U.S. State Department said, despite tensions between the two nations.

Pakistani PM: President is immune from charges anywhereupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 14:18:00

Pakistan's prime minister was called before the country's Supreme Court Thursday in a battle over corruption cases facing the president and other officials.

Musharraf plans return to Pakistanupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 05:58:00

Brian Todd reports on Pervez Musharraf's stated desire to return to Pakistan. Will he be arrested?

Party: Musharraf reassessing return home after government warning updated: Thu Jan 19 2012 05:58:00

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is reassessing a planned return home after the government warned he will be detained as soon as he sets foot in the nation, his political party said Thursday.

Musharraf warned again: Return home and you will be arrestedupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 22:47:00

Pakistan reiterated Wednesday that it will arrest former President Pervez Musharraf should he return home after three years of self-imposed exile.

Ahmed: Pakistan coup seems more likelyupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 21:22:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks to former Pakistani Ambassador to UK Akbar Ahmed about the possibility of a coup in Pakistan.

Five reasons why the army won't take over Pakistanupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 21:22:00

Pakistan is facing its most serious political crisis in years, with rapidly escalating conflicts between the civilian government, the military and the judiciary, against the backdrop of a faltering economy, widespread poverty, corruption and the bloody war with Islamist militant groups.

No more 'business as usual' with U.S.updated: Mon Jan 16 2012 14:56:00

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani talks to CNN's Reza Sayah about the strained relationship with the U.S.

Pakistan Supreme Court orders PM to face contempt hearingupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 14:56:00

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to face a contempt of court hearing this week, officials said, setting up a potential showdown between the nation's judicial and political leaders.

Pakistani president, military leader meet amid tensionsupdated: Sat Jan 14 2012 14:31:00

Embattled Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari met with Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani -- a sign that, some say, shows tensions between Pakistan's civilian and military leadership are cooling down.

President Zardari returns to Pakistan amid heightened tensionsupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:32:00

Pakistan's president has returned to his nation's capital after a private trip to Dubai, officials said Friday, amid what appears to be growing tension surrounding his hold on power.

Blame game in Pakistan airstrikeupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:21:00

The CIA looks to restore relations after a U.S. strike killed 24 Pakistani troops. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Musharraf on nuclear securityupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 09:22:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria speaks with Pervez Musharraf about the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Pervez Musharraf: The career of Pakistan's strongmanupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 09:22:00

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf came to power in a bloodless military coup in 1999 when he was chief of Pakistan's army. He held power until the 2008 elections after which he resigned. Since then he has lived in self-imposed exile in London. In late 2010 he launched the All Pakistan Muslim League party with a view to running for office in 2013. Musharraf now says he plans to return to his home country sometime at the end of January.

Musharraf announces he will return to Pakistan late this monthupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 16:46:00

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pledged in a speech Sunday to return to his country later this month, despite word from authorities that he will be arrested when he does so.

Pakistan releases imprisoned Indian fishermenupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 22:05:00

The Pakistani government has released from a Karachi, Pakistan, jail 179 Indian fishermen imprisoned for violating territorial waters, officials said Saturday.

Pakistan, India swap lists of nuclear sitesupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 10:08:00

Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan exchanged lists of their nuclear sites Sunday in accordance with a 1988 agreement that prohibits the neighboring countries from attacking the locations, officials in Islamabad said.

15 killed in Pakistan explosionsupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 13:52:00

Explosions near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan killed 15 people Friday, authorities said.

Pakistan's high court investigating memo scandalupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 11:14:00

Pakistan's Supreme Court appointed a panel Friday to investigate a memo allegedly drafted by the civilian leadership in which it asked the United States to rein in the nation's powerful military.

Pakistan disputes U.S. findings on deadly airstrikeupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 05:35:00

Pakistan's government has formally disputed the findings of a U.S. investigation into a November airstrike that killed 24 Pakistanis, saying the bombardment went on long after it reported its troops were under fire.

Pakistan-India border gate war danceupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 22:33:00

CNN's Reza Sayah reports on a Pakistani-Indian tradition dating back to 1959, a sunset flag-lowering ceremony war dance.

India and Pakistan hold arms talksupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 22:33:00

Representatives of India and Pakistan on Tuesday will hold the second day of two-day talks on conventional and nuclear weapons, Indian officials said.

Pakistan's Gilani welcomes army denial of coup plansupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 13:35:00

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani tempered political sizzle Saturday by welcoming a statement by the army chief that dispelled notions of a military coup.

Taliban claim suicide bombing that killed 6 in Pakistan updated: Sat Dec 24 2011 07:35:00

The Taliban are claiming responsibility for a suicide car bombing Saturday that struck a military housing area in northwest Pakistan, a spokesman for the group said.

Prime minister's 'conspiracy' comments jolt Pakistanupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 09:04:00

Pakistan was abuzz Friday with political rumor and intrigue about the possibility of a looming clash between elected leaders and the military after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said he believed plots were under way to topple the government.

U.S.-Pakistan relations 'a mess'updated: Fri Dec 23 2011 05:23:00

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey calls U.S.-Pakistan relations "a mess."

Senate passes defense authorization billupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 17:22:00

The Senate gave approval Thursday to a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Pakistan boosts border security after airstrikeupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 18:11:00

Pakistan, in a bid to bolster its border with Afghanistan, has installed anti-aircraft guns and radars to monitor air activity, a senior Pakistani military official told CNN.

After airstrike, Pakistan considers bolstering borderupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 07:23:00

The Pakistani military is considering bolstering its air defense system along its border with Afghanistan in response to a NATO airstrike last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, a lawmaker told CNN.

U.S.: Pakistan border closures haven't hurt resupplyupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 21:18:00

The Pentagon continued to say the closure of two border points by Pakistan has had no impact on the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan.

The 'invisible man' between Pakistan, USupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 09:10:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks to Monsoor Ijaz on U.S. involvement in Pakistan.

Virginia man pleads guilty to concealing Pakistan's funding for his lobbying workupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 13:22:00

A Virginia man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a scheme to conceal Pakistani government funding for his lobbying efforts in the United States, the Department of Justice announced.

Pakistani leader's trip to Dubai spurs talk of his departureupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 11:50:00

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has traveled to Dubai for medical reasons, fueling speculation in Pakistan that the embattled leader may resign.

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