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Pakistan court charges Musharraf with high treason
March 31, 2014
A court in Pakistan on Monday charged former president Pervez Musharraf with high treason. If convicted, the former leader could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice....... [more]

Pakistan court sentences Christian man to death for blasphemy
March 28, 2014
A Pakistani judge on Thursday sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy. Sanitation worker Sawan Masih, whose argument with a friend set off a riot in which an angered Muslim crowd set fire to a Christian town last March, is to be hanged after being found guilty of insulting the prophet Moham....... [more]

UN: drone strikes should follow international law
March 28, 2014
The UN General Assembly (GA) called upon nations to ensure military drones are used in accordance with international law in a resolution passed on Friday. The resolution was presented by Switzerland and Pakistan and expressed concern over global compliance with international law in the use of armed....... [more]

Pakistan court to charge Musharraf with high treason
March 27, 2014
A court order from a special court in Pakistan on Thursday stated that the court will frame formal high treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf on March 31. The order also reiterated that Musharraf would be arrested if he failed to appear at his trial, and a non-bailable arrest war....... [more]

Bangladesh authorities move to ban Islamist group
March 25, 2014
Bangladeshi investigators on Tuesday moved the government to ban Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) for its alleged involvement in war crimes occurring during the nation's 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War from Pakistan. Government investigators reportedly obtained evidence that Jammat formed armed gr....... [more]

UN report shows increase in asylum claims to industrialized countries
March 22, 2014
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a report on Friday detailing the asylum trends in industrialized countries in 2013. The report shows a notable increase in asylum claims across industrialized countries compared to recent years. Unlike in recent years, however, where Afghanistan....... [more]

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for Musharraf
March 14, 2014
A Pakistani court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf in the event that he fails to attend the next court hearing on March 31. The court also directed the government to ensure Musharraf's safety when he travels to court. Musharraf has been charged with treason re....... [more]

US military repatriates Algerian Guantanamo detainee
March 13, 2014
The US Department of Defense on Wednesday announced the transfer of Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. Belbacha, a native Algerian who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial or formal charges. Algeria tried Belbacha in absentia in 2009....... [more]

Musharraf appeals denial of military court trial
March 6, 2014
Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying Musharraf's request....... [more]

Judge among 11 dead in attack on Pakistan court
March 3, 2014
A gun and suicide bomb attack on Monday on a court complex in Islamabad, Pakistan, left 11 people dead and 25 injured. Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, senior advocate Rao Abdul Rashid, advocate Tanveer Ahmend Shah, and several other members of court staff were among those killed in the first....... [more]

Pakistan court sentences 6 for murder of journalist
March 2, 2014
The Pakistani High Court of Sindh Karachi sentenced six men on Saturday for the 2011 murder of prominent TV journalist Wali Khan Babar. The landmark ruling makes the first time in Pakistan's history that individuals have been tried and sentenced for the murder of a journalist. The two men receiving....... [more]




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