Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • UN Security Council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Legal challenge to French mayor’s ban of Muslim hijab on beach

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces ‘executed prisoners in reprisal’ for ISIS killings

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

Zardari elected Pakistani president amid violence

©

Latest update : 2008-09-06

Pakistan's parliament on Saturday elected Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated ex-PM Benazir Bhutto, as Pakistan's president. Hours earlier, a blast in the city of Peshawar left at least 16 dead and around 80 injured, local police said.

From Mr 10% to President: Read FRANCE 24's article on Asif Ali Zardari's rise to fame

 

Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, won a presidential election on Saturday, according to an unofficial tally of results.
 
Zardari, who had been widely expected to win, had secured 458 out of 702 electoral college votes, according to partial Election Commission results.
 
Members of the two-chamber parliament and four provincial assemblies voted for a replacement for Pervez Musharraf, who resigned last month.

At least 16 dead in Peshawar attack

 

A car-bomb went off by a police post in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Saturday killing at least sixteen people and wounding about 80, police and hospital staff said.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but al Qaeda-linked militants have set off numerous bombs in Pakistan over the past year, many of them in the northwest and aimed at security forces.

 

The blast came as members of parliament and the country's four provincial assemblies were voting for a new president to replace Pervez Musharraf, who resigned last month.

 

"A vehicle laden with explosives went off near the police post which has been totally destroyed," said senior police official Garanullah.

 

He said the toll could rise as a building had collapsed because of the blast. A witness said he saw 10 bodies being taken away.

 

Elsewhere in the northwest, villagers battled Taliban militants after the Taliban tried to kidnap a Muslim holy man, and 20 villagers and six militants have been killed, police said.

 

The clash in the Swat Valley, about 140 km (85 miles) northwest of the capital, Islamabad, was a rare show of defiance by civilians in the northwest where militants have been extending their influence from strongholds on the Afghan border.

 

The fighting broke out on Friday between militants and residents of Matta district in valley.

 

"Villagers stood up against them and killed six militants when they tried to take Pir Samiullah hostage. Their defiance angered the militants who attacked and killed 20 people," said police officer Fazl-e-Subhan.

 

A pir is a Muslim holy man. It was not clear why the militants wanted to detain him.

 

The fighting continued on Saturday with residents taking positions on mountains to battle the militants, police said.

 

Many Pakistanis have a gun in their homes, often a Kalashnikov automatic rifle, especially in the northwest.

 

Cholera

 

The Swat Valley was one of Pakistan's main tourist destinations until last year, when militants infiltrated from sanctuaries on the Afghan border to support a radical cleric trying to impose hardline Taliban rule.

 

Heavy fighting erupted last November when the military went on the offensive to clear the militants out. Fighting eased off but flared again in August after a peace pact collapsed.

 

Hundreds of people have been killed in the valley.

 

Villagers criticised government forces for not helping them.

 

"We sought their help but all they did was fire some artillery which wasn't enough and that's why we suffered so many casualties," resident Sallahuddin Khan told Reuters.

 

A military spokesman in Swat was not available for comment.

 

Pakistani forces have been battling militants elsewhere in the northwest in recent weeks, in particular in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border, to the west of Swat.

 

The fighting has displaced up to 300,000 people in the northwest and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday cholera had broken out among some of them.

 

"Cholera has started in certain areas ... It is a major concern," Pascal Cuttat, head of ICRC's delegation in Pakistan, told a news briefing in Geneva.

 

Some displaced people began going home after the government said it would suspend military operations in the northwest for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Tuesday.

 

The government said its forces would retaliate if attacked and a Taliban spokesman rejected the ceasefire.

 

Date created : 2008-09-06

Comments

COMMENT(S)