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  • Outgoing Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari reviews honor guards during a farewell ceremony at President House in Islamabad on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Mr. Zardari is stepping down at the end of his five-year term, becoming the first democratically elected president in the country's history to complete his full tenure in office. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari steps down as his term ends

    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari stepped down Sunday at the end of his five-year term, becoming the first democratically elected president in the country's history to complete his full term in office.

  • Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani (The Washington Times)

    Embassy Row: Ideological 'maniacs'

    The embattled former ambassador from Pakistan cited threats from "ideologically driven maniacs" as he defied his country's highest court this week by refusing to return home for a hearing into a complex case involving accusations of treason and a shadowy figure who claims the ex-envoy was part of a political conspiracy.

  • ** FILE ** In this Friday, June 22, 2012, file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf waves in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the country's prime minister as part of a corruption case involving private power stations, officials said Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

    Separation 
of powers fight roils Pakistan

    Pakistan's top court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in a corruption case Tuesday, the latest clash between the government and a judiciary that repeatedly has pressured the country's political leaders.

  • Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gather to pay tribute in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, the fifth anniversary of her assassination. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Son of late Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto launches political career

    The 24-year-old son of the late former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto launched his political career Thursday with a fiery speech before thousands of cheering supporters observing the fifth anniversary of his mother's assassination.

  • Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly with a photo of Pakistan's late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto next to him at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Pakistani president fires back at critics over terror fight

    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday slammed critics who say his country has not done enough in the fight against terrorists and blamed U.S. drone attacks against suspected terrorists for complicating efforts to win hearts and minds.

  • ** FILE ** Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani prime minister agrees to court demand in graft case

    Pakistan's prime minister told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the government would comply with a longstanding demand to reopen an old corruption case against the president, defusing a conflict that has roiled the country's political system and led to the ouster of the previous premier.

  • Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf waves upon his arrival for a hearing at the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Mr. Ashraf appeared before the court to explain why he has not followed instructions from a panel of judges to reopen an old corruption case against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani court gives PM more time to obey order

    Pakistan's top court on Monday gave the country's prime minister three more weeks to decide whether to obey its order to reopen an old corruption case against the president or face the prospect of being ousted from office like his predecessor.

  • Pakistan government refuses to reopen case against leader

    Pakistan's government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it will not reopen an old corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that has already brought down one prime minister and now threatens his replacement.

  • Makhdoom Shahabuddin (center), nominated prime minister by the ruling Pakistan People's party, speaks to reporters June 21, 2012, after filing his candidacy paper at the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Associated Press)

    Pakistan gets new prime minister

    Pakistani lawmakers elected a ruling party loyalist as the new prime minister Friday, despite corruption allegations and his failure to end the country's energy crisis — setting in motion what is likely to be a short and turbulent premiership.

  • Makhdoom Shahabuddin (center), nominated as prime minister by the ruling Pakistan People's Party, leaves Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday, June 21, 2012, after filing his candidacy papers. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Candidate for Pakistani prime minister faces arrest warrant

    A Pakistani judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday for the ruling party's candidate for prime minister over allegations he illegally imported drugs, injecting fresh uncertainty into efforts to replace the previous premier, who was ousted by the Supreme Court.

  • **FILE** Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) shakes hands May 22, 2012, with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Associated Press)

    Pakistani court dismisses prime minister

    Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed the country's prime minister Tuesday, two months after it had convicted him of contempt for failing to reopen a corruption investigation against President Asif Ali Zardari.

  • Embassy Row: 'Hurt, but not surprised'

    Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States Tuesday denounced a judicial inquiry that accused him of "disloyalty" to Pakistan and claimed he orchestrated a letter to the Pentagon seeking U.S. help in case of a military coup against the civilian government in Islamabad.

  • Pakistan's Zardari to attend NATO summit in Chicago

    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will attend the NATO summit, which begins Sunday in Chicago, his office said Wednesday, signaling that a deal is close on reopening alliance supply routes into landlocked Afghanistan from Pakistani ports.

  • ** FILE ** Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    NATO invites Pakistan to summit in Chicago

    NATO on Tuesday invited Pakistan's president to the upcoming Chicago summit on Afghanistan, the strongest sign yet that Islamabad is ready to reopen its western border to U.S. and NATO military supplies heading to the war in the neighboring country.

  • Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (center), surrounded by guards, leaves the Supreme Court in  Islamabad on Thursday, April 26, 2012, after he was convicted of contempt for refusing to reopen an old corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Pakistan's top court convicts prime minister of contempt

    Pakistan's Supreme Court convicted the prime minister of contempt on Thursday but gave him only a symbolic few minutes of detention inside the court, leaving the premier in power but weakened and facing fresh calls to resign.

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