Five years after he resigned as Pakistan’s president and left the South Asian nation, Gen. Pervez Musharraf will return to the country intent on leading his party in upcoming elections, he announced Saturday.
Musharraf plans to fly on a commercial airline into Karachi on March 24, then attend a rally attended by 50,000 people including more than 200 Pakistani expatriates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, he said in a statement.
But whether the rest of Pakistan welcomes him back, including the authorities now heading the country, remains to be seen.
A day after the United States promised new missile defense interceptors to guard against a North Korean attack, Pyongyang responded Saturday by blasting the Americans’ “hostile policy” and saying it won’t negotiate with them over its nuclear program.
“(North Korea’s) nuclear weapons serve as an all-powerful treasured sword for protecting the sovereignty and security of the country,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. “Therefore, they cannot be disputed … as long as the U.S. nuclear threat and hostile policy persist.”
For the first time as pontiff, Pope Francis celebrated Mass before a packed crowd at Sant’Anna Parish in Vatican City on Sunday morning.
He will also deliver his inaugural Angelus, or noon blessing, from his papal apartment window to the crowds gathered below in St. Peter’s Square.
A judge is expected to hand down a decision Sunday morning in the trial of two Steubenville star high school football players accused of raping an allegedly drunk 16-year-old.
Judge Thomas Lipps said he will announce his decision after reviewing evidence presented over four days of testimony in the case against 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond.