Pakistan

5:48am

Sat May 25, 2013
The Two-Way

School Bus Fire Kills 15 Children In Pakistan

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 6:42 am

A relative of one of the children who died after a fire on a school bus, cries over the coffin, on the outskirts of Gujrat.
Mohsin Raza Reuters /Landov

A fire onboard a school bus left at least 15 children dead in Pakistan Saturday morning.

The New York Times reports the private school bus caught fire near the town of Gujrat, when the driver tried to switch from using gasoline to natural gas.

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3:09pm

Sat May 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Prominent Pakistani Politician Shot, Killed On Re-Election Eve

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:25 am

On the eve of a re-vote, a prominent Pakistani politician was shot and killed on Saturday.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports that Zahra Shahid Hussain, who was the senior vice president of Pakistan's Movement for Justice (PTI), was shot in the head during "an attempted robbery incident."

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4:52am

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

In Pakistan, Sharif Turns To Unstable Nation's Dire Problems

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am

Nawaz Sharif, who will lead Pakistan's next government, at a campaign rally last week.
T. Mughal EPA /LANDOV

With a commanding lead for his party in the vote count following Saturday's parliamentary elections, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is returning to power with a clear mandate to focus on the grave problems facing his nation, as NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from Lahore for Morning Edition.

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2:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Asia

Nawaz Sharif Expected To Win Pakistan's Elections

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 6:41 am

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The last time Nawaz Sharif was prime minister of Pakistan, it did not work out so well for him. Sharif won a big election, moved to consolidate his power, and named a new army chief - only to see that same general overthrow him in a coupe in 1999.

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8:39am

Sun May 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistan Elections: Sharif Victory Seen, Completing Comeback

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:19 am

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, second from right, declares victory in Pakistan's general elections, as his brother Shahbaz Sharif, right, and others listen at the party's headquarters in Lahore.
Anjum Naveed AP

Nearly 14 years after being ousted from power by a military coup, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is poised to lead the country once again. Unofficial results from Saturday's general elections predict a return to power for Sharif, 63.

Several media reports indicate the two-time former prime minister's Pakistan Muslim League will capture more than 100 of the 272 National Assembly seats directly elected in the vote. The final tally is still being conducted.

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