Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Pakistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Pakistan

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See also Information Technology, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan, Iraq

May 5: Security forces arrested Abu Faraj al-Libbi, an al-Qa'ida operative who was allegedly behind two assassination attempts against President Pervez Musharraf in 2003. [DAWN, 5/5]

May 17: Information Minister Sheikh Rashid told reporters that President Pervez Musharraf would seek to stay in power when his term of office expired in 2007. Under Pakistan's constitution, the country is due to hold parliamentary elections in 2007. The President will then be selected by an electoral college made up of members of Parliament and the assemblies of Pakistan's four provinces. Supporters of Musharraf hold a majority in Parliament and three of the provincial assemblies. [BBC, 5/17]

May 27: At least 20 people were killed in a suicide bombing at the Bari Imam shrine in Islamabad. Hundreds of Shi'ites had gathered at the shrine, which honors a popular Sufi saint, to celebrate the end of a religious festival. [DAWN, 5/27]

June 6: Al-Qa'ida suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi was handed over to US authorities. The Libyan-born al-Libbi was captured on May 5. [BBC, 6/7]

June 7: President Pervez Musharraf met with visiting separatist leaders from Indian- administered Kashmir to discuss the Kashmir dispute. Most of the visiting Kashmiri leaders were from the separatist All-Parties Hurriyet Conference. It was the first time that the Indian government allowed Kashmiri separatist leaders to visit Pakistan. …

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