April 29, 2007 |
A suicide bomber believed to have been targeting Pakistan's interior minister set off a powerful explosion Saturday that killed at least 26 people and injured dozens, including the minister, Pakistani authorities said. Officials said the blast, at a political gathering in the restive North-West Frontier Province, appeared to be a renewed challenge by Islamic insurgents to President Pervez Musharraf's government.
January 29, 2002 |
President Pervez Musharraf's decision to reshape Pakistan as a moderate Islamic state carries implications that extend far beyond its borders, many people in this region believe. Among other things, they argue, Pakistan's new moderate course will: * Undercut extremist groups from throughout the Arab and broader Muslim world that have used Pakistan as both an important support base and a way station in the conduct of global terrorism.
January 13, 2002 |
President Pervez Musharraf vowed Saturday that Pakistan will dismantle the structure of extremism in mosques and religious schools that he said has bred violence and perverted Islam in this country. He also banned five militant organizations, saying Pakistanis are tired of a "Kalashnikov culture."
January 10, 2002 |
This was to have been the year that democracy returned to Pakistan. But Gen. Pervez Musharraf has changed his mind. In recent months, he has said that no matter how the October parliamentary election turns out, he intends to stay on as president. This doesn't entirely displease Pakistanis, who have been taken on a breathtaking ride by Musharraf.
December 21, 2001 |
When Osama bin Laden seemed to melt into the snowcapped mountains of eastern Afghanistan more than a week ago, many speculated that he had made a simple escape, taking an obvious route. Bin Laden had headed east, the thinking went, out of the rain of U.S. bombs on Tora Bora and into the arms of friendly tribes along the lawless and porous border with Pakistan. It's a fine theory, many in Pakistan say--although perhaps only a bit better than a few others.
November 2, 2001 |
Groups opposed to the United States' war in neighboring Afghanistan vowed Thursday to go ahead with street protests across Pakistan despite strict new government measures to curtail public dissent. The statements set up the first real test of the restrictions, which include bans on loudspeakers, incitement against the military and processions that disrupt commerce or routine life. Traditionally, the largest public demonstrations in Pakistan come on Fridays, the Muslim Sabbath.