Chronology: Pakistan

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2003

Oct. 21: US investigators confirmed that Khaled Shaykh Muhammed, the senior alQa'ida leader accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, was directly responsible for the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. [WP, 10/22]

Nov. 16: Following the outlawing of three Islamic parties suspected of supporting terror, Pakistani authorities arrested dozens of Islamists in sweeps across the country. [WP, 1 1/17]

Dec. 4: Pakistani authorities froze the bank accounts of three groups banned in November 2003 for promoting Islamic extremism and terrorism: Hizb-alTehrir, Jameat-al Furqan, and Jameat-al Ansar. |AFP, 12/13]

Dec. 13: A bomb exploded on a bridge shortly after the motorcade of General Pervez Musharraf drove past. Authorities believed it was an assassination attempt on the Pakistani leader. [FT, 12/14]

Dec. 19: India accepted Pakistan's offer to set aside its demand for a UN-mandated plebiscite on the future of Kashmir, which India accepted. Pakistan and India also agreed to resume rail service between Lahore, Pakistan, and Attari, India. [NYT, 12/20]

Dec. 24: President Pervez Musharraf announced that he would step down as head of the army by the end of 2004, but that he would maintain his position as Pakistan's President. [WP, 12/25]

Dec. 25: President Pervez Musharraf survived a second assassination attempt after suicide bombers in two pickup trucks rammed into the rear of his motorcade in Rawalpindi. 15 people were killed. [WP 12/26]

Dec. 29: The Pakistani Parliament passed a constitutional amendment giving President Pervez Musharraf power to serve out his presidential term, which ends in 2007, and formalizing the president's powers over the prime minister and parliament. …