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Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi’s critics say the police, the courts and the election authorities are too scared to touch him. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Throwing money around in mosques is not usually the done thing at Friday prayers, Islam’s weekly holy day. But when Maulana Ahmed Ludhian(...)

An electoral poster of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidates for the upcoming election, is seen on the ground after a bomb blast at a party election campaign office in Quetta today. Photograph: Naseer Ahmed/Reuters

Three people were killed when two bombs targeting the offices of candidates running in this weekend’s election exploded in north-west Pakistan,(...)

Sharif’s return

Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations on Saturday in what is already Pakistan’s most violent election, democracy, albeit imperfect(...)

Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. Photograph: David Sleator

Mohsin Hamid has done it again. His 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, hit the zeitg(...)

A supporter of the political and religious party Jamaat-e-Islami holds a party flag while listening to the speeches of leaders during an election campaign rally in Karachi yesterday. Elections will be held in Pakistan on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro.

A blast at an election rally organised by a religious party in Pakistan killed 25 people today, officials said. (...)

Move to the City. Get an Education. Don’t Fall in Love. Avoid Idealists. Be Prepared to Use Violence. These early chapter headings in Mo(...)

Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar talks to journalists outside the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi,  last month. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Gunmen have killed Pakistan’s lead prosecutor investigating the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, throwing the case that a(...)

 Ireland’s John Mooney. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

Ireland all-rounder John Mooney will miss the first of the two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan in Dublin next month after he was handed(...)

Afghan insurgents kidnapped nine people including eight Turkish nationals after their helicopter crashed near the border with Pakistan. Photograph: REUTERS/ Stringer

The Taliban has captured all aboard a helicopter that crashed on yesterday in a volatile region of Afghanistan's east, a spokesman said today (...)

Climate change is a worthy issue which most of us feel we should be deeply concerned about - but not just yet. In the cosy Western World,(...)

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