Masroor Gilani

Masroor Gilani

Masroor Gilani

 

Former Pakistan premier barred from election

Masroor Gilani

Pakistani authorities on Monday banned former premier Nawaz Sharif from standing in next month's general election, further damaging the credibility of a vote that the opposition may yet boycott. The ruling came as Sharif prepared to hold crunch talks with fellow opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Students killed in battle at radical Pakistan mosque

Masroor Gilani

Pakistani security forces fought fierce gun battles with students at a pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad on Tuesday after a lengthy stand-off exploded into violence, leaving nine dead and 140 hurt. Clerics at the radical Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, threatened suicide attacks to avenge the "blood of martyrs" after the day-long clashes.

Paragliding takes flight in Pakistan as economy booms

Masroor Gilani

For Pakistan's new class of affluent but bored young people, action sports like paragliding are providing a healthier outlet than fast cars and recreational substances. "It is better than drugs and drag racing on city roads," says local pioneer Sajjad Shah (43) as he unloads gliders from his green Toyota Prado in the scenic north-western village of Thipra.

Freezing quake survivors wait for help

Masroor Gilani

Hundreds of thousands of quake survivors in the mountains of northeast Pakistan were on Monday desperately waiting for help after spending a second night in freezing temperatures, as the confirmed death toll rose to nearly 20000. In many villages and towns hardest hit by Saturday's quake, people dug through the night with their bare hands in an often futile attempt to reach friends and relatives trapped in the rubble.