Pakistan cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan speaks to the media after casting his vote in the  general election. Photograph: Aamir  Quereshi/AFP/Getty Images.

Former Pakistan cricket star Imran Khan’s party says it has acquired the support of the politicians required to form a coalition government after winn(...)

Supporters of Imran Khan, head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, celebrate the result of the National Assembly elections in Hyderabadi. Photograph: Nadeem Khawer/EPA.

Imran Khan has begun putting together his governing coalition as the former cricketer looks set to take over as Pakistan’s prime minister within days,(...)

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on September 26th, 2017. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

A Pakistani court has indicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges stemming from documents leaked(...)

Aitzaz Ahsan (centre), a Pakistani politician of the People’s party, who moved a  Bill in parliament against honour killings which has been passed. Photograph: BK Bangash/AP Photo

Pakistan’s parliament has passed a law that stiffens the penalty for convicted “honour” killers and closes a loophole that often allowed them to go fr(...)

Terror in Pakistan

Nature abhors a vacuum. And the failure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three-month-old government to articulate its long-promised terrorism strategy(...)

Supporters of Nawaz Sharif carry portraits of the Pakistani prime minister in Lahore yesterday as they celebrate his election victory. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Nawaz Sharif has been here twice before, and the last time it did not end well for him or for Pakistan. Many of those celebrating the we(...)

People celebrate in the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, declared that his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, would emerge as winner of the election. Photograph:     Tyler Hicks/The New York Times.

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and today was heading for a third term as Pakis(...)

Sharif’s return

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