A Pakistani court has granted bail to former President Pervez Musharraf in a case related to the death of a radical cleric, in what may be the first step to his release after more than six months under house arrest.
In today's edition of Asia Live, our correspondents in Islamabad bring us the latest on the situation with the Taliban in Pakistan. In Karachi, paramilitary forces are about to carry out operations against the Taliban. Meanwhile, the northern region of Pakistan is coming increasingly under the Taliban's influence.
Nine people were killed in the Pakistani city of Quetta Friday when gunmen opened fire outside a mosque, marring the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr. The US has ordered non-essential staff to leave its Lahore consulate because of the threat of attack.
On May 2nd 2011, al Qaeda's leader and charismatic founder was killed in a raid carried out by the US military. Osama Bin Laden had been hiding for 5 years just yards away from Pakistan's most prestigious military school. It was a victory over terrorism for President Obama, but an insult which is hard to forgive for the Pakistani army. An inquiry launched by the Pakistani government has yet to make its findings public.
A high-ranking military officer was shot dead in broad daylight in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad Thursday despite tight security clampdowns as the military conducts an anti-Taliban offensive in South Waziristan.
Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs, Hamid Saeed Kazmi (pictured left) was injured in a gun attack in the capital of Islamabad Wednesday that killed his driver. A moderate cleric, Kazmi has been a vocal opponent of the Taliban.
Officials say Taliban fighters have withdrawn from Buner district, just 100 kilometres north-west of Islamabad, after seizing control of the area earlier this week. Taliban advances have caused mounting alarm in the US and Islamabad.
A Taliban regional spokesman says its fighters will withdraw from Buner, a region just 100km from Islamabad, after seizing control of the district earlier this week. Taliban advances have caused mounting alarm in the US and Islamabad.