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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...

Illinois Woman Drops Lawsuit Against 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) An Illinois woman has dropped her lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, leaving just one legal claim that millions of people were duped into buying Mortenson's books and donating to his charity based on lies. Former teacher Deborah Netter dropped...

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...

CA1 on Well-Founded Fear, Pakistan: Khattak v. Holder

"While we will not reverse the BIA's findings where the evidence at least admits the possibility of a conclusion in accord with the BIA's, "we will remand if the agency fails to state 'with sufficient particularity and clarity the reasons for denial of asylum' or otherwise to...

CA7 on Pakistan, PML-N: Mustafa v. Holder

"Ghulam Mustafa and his family seek review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals in which the Board affirmed the immigration judge’s denial of their applications for asylum and withholding of removal. Mustafa, a citizen of Pakistan and member of the Nawaz faction of the Pakistani...

CA1 on Imputed Political Opinion, Pakistan: Javed v. Holder

"Javed's credible, factual testimony amply established that his persecutors imputed a political opinion to him (albeit incorrectly), and that this opinion was at least a "central reason" for their attacks on him. ... The Board and IJ's contrary conclusion is not supported by the...

AAO Extreme Hardship Waiver Victory: Pakistan

"The AAO finds the record to establish that the applicant's spouse would experience extreme hardship if she were to relocate to Pakistan to reside with the applicant due to his inadmissibility. The applicant's spouse has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, becoming a U.S....

A Doctor's Visa is Cancelled, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Mystified

"Doctor from Pakistan stuck behind red tape on his way to working at the Oklahoma City VA. Dr. Khaleeq Siddiqui was just weeks from completing his residency training and accepting a position at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center when his visa was mysteriously canceled. Dr. Khaleeq Siddiqui has...

Lahore High Court Orders Pakistan to Act on Climate Change

Ashgar Leghari, a farmer from Pakistan, sued the national government for failure to carry out the 2012 National Climate Policy and Framework. The Lahore High Court ruled that “Climate Change is a defining challenge of our time and has led to dramatic alterations in our planet’s climate system...