Three million of Pakistan’s richest income tax evaders will get 90 days to take up a government amnesty offer after which they will be hounded by inspectors under the nation’s most ambitious plan to improve its finances.
Pakistan’s ruling party nominated Makhdoom Shahabuddin, former textile minister, as its prime ministerial candidate for tomorrow’s vote in parliament, Farhatullah Babar, presidential spokesman, said by phone from Islamabad.
Pakistan said the disclosure of about 92,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan wouldn’t affect its relations with the U.S. or its role in the conflict after the White House condemned the leak.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has offered to resign to defuse a controversy in Islamabad over an alleged appeal to top U.S. military officials to prevent a coup in Pakistan earlier this year.
President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Pakistan as the Supreme Court opened hearings to determine whether he asked the U.S. in May to intervene against a possible army coup, an account that has widened a rift between civilian and military leaders.
Pakistan’s U.S. ambassador, Husain Haqqani, will fight claims that he secretly asked for American help to block his country’s military from any move to overthrow its government, his wife told reporters yesterday.
Pakistan’s central bank Governor Shahid Kardar resigned, the second person to quit the post in 15 months in an economy with one of Asia’s highest inflation rates and where growth has been hobbled by terrorism and floods.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court began contempt of court proceedings against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for failing to obey its order to pursue corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari, a step that may lead to Gilani’s dismissal.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was invited to the Chicago summit by North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to discuss security issues and Afghanistan’s future, the president’s spokesman said in a statement.