Pakistan has witnessed several political assassinations, attempted killings and even suspicious death of national leaders since it gained independence in 1947.
The conviction of the former military chief could set a precedent for civilian-military relations in the future.
Pakistan's military swiftly slammed the special court's ruling, saying in a statement that the armed forces were in "pain and anguish" over the decision.
India's move to integrate Jammu and Kashmir into the central state has inadvertently led to a rise in the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's popularity among Kashmiris.
Thousands of members of a religious party and other opposition groups have camped out in Pakistan's capital, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan over poor economic performance.
Former Pakistan President arrested on Monday over allegations he had fake accounts amid graft case in Islamabad.
Zardari arrested over investigation into bank accounts and money laundering, the country's anti-corruption body says.
"New Pakistan" has been Khan's catchphrase since he re-entered politics, promising to change the status quo. His new interior minister Ijaz Shah is a retired brigadier and ex-spy chief whom slain former PM Benazir Bhutto regarded as a deadly enemy.
Pushed into the shadows, the armed group largely operates from the bordering provinces of Afghanistan, mostly targeting Pakistan's impoverished Balochistan province.
As India marks 71 years of Independence on August 15, its media is going through a serious crisis with voices of first-rate journalists like Karan Thapar muzzled for questioning the government.
Though many people don't get to hear much about it, Pakistanis have made their global presence felt in various fields through their contributions to politics, economy, welfare as well as sports and the arts.
Pakistan is a flawed democracy, but its shortcomings should not lead to a dismissal of the country as a 'failed state' or an intrinsically undemocratic one. Pakistanis are demonstrating that the arc of Pakistan's politics, bends towards democracy.
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