Taliban militants have assumed control of a district in Pakistan some 100 kilometres from the capital. Hundreds of armed fighters set up checkpoints, occupied mosques and began patrolling streets in the Buner district northwest of Islamabad.
A suicide blast near a police checkpoint in Islamabad killed at least eight soldiers, according to Pakistani authorities. The attack comes days after gunmen stormed a police academy in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who was sacked as Pakistan's chief justice in 2007 by ex-President Pervez Musharraf, resumed his post Sunday following mass protests by lawyers and opposition parties that forced the government to buckle down.
It went through its "9/11 of Pakistan” but today the Islamabad Marriott Hotel has reopened its doors. However, it is not without reinforced security that the jewel of Pakistan's hotel industry once again welcomes guests from all over the world.