Pakistani Supreme Court ups pressure on government

ISLAMABAD - (APINTL) The Supreme Court threatened to imprison the head of Pakistan's anti-corruption agency Tuesday, as the government failed to meet a 24-hour deadline to reopen a slew of graft cases, including several against the president. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry gave Naveed...

Pakistani court orders gov't to block Facebook

LAHORE, Pakistan - (AP) A Pakistani court ordered the government Wednesday to block Facebook because of a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, a senior legal official said. The page on the social networking site has generated criticism in Pakistan and elsewhere...

Pakistan lifts Facebook ban after page removed

LAHORE, Pakistan - (AP) Pakistan lifted a ban on Facebook on Monday after officials from the social networking site apologized for a page deemed offensive to Muslims and removed its contents, a top information technology official said. The move came almost two weeks after Pakistan imposed the ban...

Pakistan president woos Chinese energy investment

BEIJING - (AP) Pakistan's president appealed Wednesday for Chinese help in developing his country's stagnant energy sector, pointing to nuclear power as one growth area but making no public mention of a deal with China that has alarmed the U.S. and others. The weeklong visit to China is Asif...

Saving Face, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

When the documentary " Saving Face " won this year's Academy Award for best short documentary, it was the first Oscar earned by a Pakistani film. The documentary is now available for viewing on HBO . Yet some Pakistanis criticize the film because it has caused the country to "lose...

Pakistani cleric faces possible blasphemy charge

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani police are investigating whether a Muslim cleric who allegedly tried to frame a Christian girl for blasphemy should be charged with insulting Islam himself and potentially face life in prison, a police officer said Monday. Khalid Chisti was arrested Saturday after a Full...

Pakistan Christian girl in Quran case to be freed

ISLAMABAD (AP) - In a rare move, a Pakistani judge granted bail Friday to a young, mentally challenged Christian girl accused of insulting Islam by burning pages of the religion's holy book. Activists who had pressed for the girl's release welcomed the rare decision to grant bail in a blasphemy...

Baluchistan Journalists threatened: Death or jail

QETTA Pakistan (AP) - The telephone call to local journalists generally comes in the late evening. The voice on the other end is harsh. He has a statement he wants printed, and he prefaces it with a terse order: "Report our messages without Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Change of Pakistan's blasphemy laws unlikely

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of burning pages of a Quran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world. The girl was believed to be Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Pakistan: In twist, Muslims accused of blasphemy

KARACHI Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's blasphemy laws may be used to punish Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple in an intriguing twist for a country where harsh laws governing religious insults are primarily used against Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Pakistan court acquits Christian girl of blasphemy

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said. The ruling was the final chapter in a case that caused an international outcry over Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, which are very Full version...