Salman Rushdie Avoids Assassins in Jaipur, Pakistan Defeats England | Jan. 16 – 20, 2012
Life moves fast. News moves faster. Pakistan considers reopening supply routes to Afghanistan, a corruption case involving Asif Ali Zardari may be reopened and gunmen kidnap aid workers in Punjab.
Open Sesame Nearly two months after a border attack killed 24 soldiers, Pakistan may reopen supply routes used by NATO. Also this move may release some tension between Pakistan and the United States, relations remain strained. [Reuters]
Mr. 10 Percent? Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has two weeks to prepare an argument against President Asif Ali Zardari in a ten-year-old corruption case the Supreme Court wishes to reopen. Claims that Zardari is immune to prosecution while in office prevented the case from being opened sooner. [TIME]
In the Cross Hairs Salman Rushdie chose to avoid the Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia’s biggest, after receiving threats that assassins may have been hired to kill him there. In protest, some writers read passages from Rushdie’s banned book “The Satanic Verses.” [IBN Live]
Three on Two A pair of foreign aid workers were kidnapped in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, according to police on Friday. A group of at least three gunmen picked the pair up from their home in a military cantonment, where they failed to tell the government they were living and working. [CNN]
Smashing! Pakistan handed England a defeat by 10 innings in a Dubai Test match, in their first meeting since the spot-fixing scandal that broke out in Nov. 2011. Pakistani coach Mohsin Khan told pakpassion.net, “Our aim was to turn that around and to provide a boost to the nation and fans of Pakistan cricket and to show the world that there is more to Pakistan cricket than just negatives.” [The Guardian, Businessweek]
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