Prime Minister Gilani is in talks to save his government after the MQM left the ruling coalition.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
Security has been stepped up as polling begins in Afghanistan's parliamentary election. Germany's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan tells DW he's still optimistic about the country's future.
The Pentagon said it would no longer tolerate Pakistan's "lack of actions" when it comes to dealing with militant groups. The latest decision to strip funds comes ahead of a high level visit to the country.
Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has taken the oath as prime minister. He faces a multitude of challenges at home and abroad, which experts say he may not be able to master as easily as he thinks.
Ordinary Iranians are likely to suffer the most under the latest round of US sanctions. Though some optimism remains about backdoor support through oil exports, the long-term outlook for Iran's economy remains dire.
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