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Scotland Yard team expected in Pakistan

A team of police from Britain's Scotland Yard is expected to arrive in Pakistan on Friday to help probe the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto as the controversy over her death rages on. On Thursday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf admitted he was ''not fully satisfied'' with his own country's handling of the investigation.

Pakistan election to be held in February, says official

Pakistan parliamentary elections scheduled for January 8 will be held in February, a senior election commission said on Tuesday. ''Elections will not be delayed beyond February. We expect it to be towards the later part of next month,'' the official said. The commission was to make a public announcement later in the day.

Pakistan to delay vote, say officials

Pakistan's elections will be delayed by at least four weeks due to mass unrest after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a Cabinet official said on Monday. Other government and election officials confirmed that the January 8 polls would be postponed. Bhutto's party rejected any delay.

Musharraf to lift state of emergency

President Pervez Musharraf promised on Thursday to lift Pakistan's state of emergency on December 16, making a long-awaited gesture of reconciliation hours after being sworn in as a civilian leader. Addressing the nation on television, Musharraf said he would also restore the Constitution, which was suspended when he declared emergency rule on November 3.

Pakistan’s Sharif joins election battlefield

Pakistan's ex-premier Nawaz Sharif plotted tactics with key aides on Monday as he sought to capitalise on his hero's welcome home from exile to spur opposition to President Pervez Musharraf. Sharif, who was ousted by Musharraf in a coup in 1999, was due to file his nomination papers for general elections, despite warning his party may end up boycotting the January 8 vote.

Bhutto to return to Pakistan in October

Former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto will return from self-imposed exile on October 18, her party said on Friday, adding to the political turmoil facing President Pervez Musharraf ahead of elections. The government said it will not obstruct Bhutto's return, but added that she must still face corruption charges.

Pakistan: Caught between military rule and radical Islam

As Pakistan marks its 60th anniversary, the country finds itself chafing under military rule with its identity and very existence threatened by a rising tide of Islamic extremism. Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network and its Taliban allies plot insurrection and global terror from bases in Pakistan's northern tribal zones.

Pakistan mulls state of emergency

Embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was set to decide on Thursday whether to impose emergency rule due to ''external and internal threats'', a government spokesperson said. Official sources said late on Wednesday they believed that a proclamation of a state of emergency was likely following a meeting later on Thursday at the president's camp outside Islamabad.

Pakistan tightens security after mosque blast

Pakistan boosted security on Saturday fearing further attacks a day after a suicide bombing during protests at Islamabad's pro-Taliban Red Mosque killed 14 people. Authorities were also investigating how the attacker was able to strike at a crowded market in the heart of the capital.

Musharraf attack ‘linked to siege’

A Pakistani cleric said a bid to shoot down President Pervez Musharraf's plane was apparently in revenge for the bloody government siege of his mosque, in which he alleged that 70 students had died. The claim came as fighting intensified on the fifth day of the stand-off between radicals holed up in the bullet-scarred Red Mosque in Islamabad and security forces

Pakistan probes reports al-Qaeda number two killed

Pakistan is investigating whether al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a deadly United States air strike on a village near the Afghan border, Pakistani and US officials said on Saturday. US Central Intelligence Agency sources said they had unconfirmed indications that a high-level target was killed by a US Predator drone in Pakistan.

Fear, cold intensify in quake camps

Earthquake survivors in Pakistan said on Thursday they fear for their future as a bitter winter intensifies and their life in makeshift tent camps becomes more miserable with each passing day. Almost eight weeks after the devastating October 8 disaster, which killed more than 73 000 people, the fate of the 3,5-million others who were left homeless is far from secure.

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