Top Indian and Pakistani Foreign Ministry officials met on Tuesday to review their four-year-old peace process that has stalled since domestic political turmoil erupted in Pakistan last year. It is the first contact India has had with leaders of a new Pakistani civilian government.
British police have concluded that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed by the force of a suicide bomb and not by an assassin's bullet, he New York Times reported in its Friday editions. The findings, if confirmed, would support the Pakistani government's explanation of Bhutto's death.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf conceded that a gunman may have shot Benazir Bhutto but said the opposition leader exposed herself to danger and bore responsibility for her death, CBS News said on Saturday. Musharraf was also quoted as telling the CBS 60 Minutes programme that his government did everything it could to provide security for Bhutto.
The son of slain Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was chosen on Sunday to take the mantle of her party and immediately vowed to keep up what he called her struggle for democracy. At an emotional news conference where his father was named co-chair of the Pakistan People's Party, 19-year-old Bilawal Bhutto said he was ready to lead.
Benazir Bhutto on Monday accused the Pakistani government of staging a cover-up after it refused her request for British and American experts to join the inquiry into last Thursday's suicide bombing. "If people have nothing to hide then they should be open to investigators from all over the world," the former prime minister told a press conference.
Suspected Taliban militants have released Pakistan's envoy to Afghanistan more than three months after he was kidnapped in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region, a senior government official said on Saturday. Pakistani television channels said the envoy, Tariq Azizuddin, had been freed in Afghanistan.
The head of the main United States spy agency has warned that al-Qaeda is training operatives who "look Western" and could enter the United States undetected to conduct terrorist attacks. Central Intelligence Agency Director General Michael Hayden said the terror network has shed its operational reliance on mastermind Osama bin Laden.