2 women dead in U.S. attack in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Two Pakistani women were killed by U.S. rockets fired from Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for an attack on a U.S. base.

Musharraf: Zawahiri was target of strike

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. recent airstrike on a Pakistani village killed a close relative of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said.

Hamas leader: Resistance is a right

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The leader of Hamas promised Saturday to work with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on governing the Palestinian Authority.

Pakistan lifts ban on Bollywood films

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Pakistanis will be able to legally watch Bollywood films now that the government has lifted a decades-old ban against movies from India.

Pakistan's Musharraf to visit Telenor

FORNEBU, Norway, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The president of Pakistan will visit Telenor's headquarters on Jan. 24, the company said Wednesday.

Deadline ignored by third of madrassas

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- About a third of Pakistan's 12,000 Islamic religious schools reportedly have not met a deadline to register with the government.

Pakistan sentences fugitive Taliban leader

QUETTA, Pakistan, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A fugitive senior Taliban commander was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia by a Pakistan court on Thursday for attempted murder.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2005, with six to follow.
By United Press International

Thwarted plot to kill Bush reported

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Before he was captured last spring, Osama bin Laden's top operational commander planned to assassinate U.S. President George Bush, it was reported Friday. The New York Daily News said Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf also was a target in the plot.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2005 with 17 to follow.
By United Press International

Pakistani journalist reported kidnapped

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Pakistani journalist was reported kidnapped after photographing apparent remnants of a U.S. missile that killed a reputed senior al-Qaida leader.

Jolie and Pitt travel to Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt went to Balakot, Pakistan, Friday to visit with survivors of the October earthquake.

Musharaff calls for end to Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Saturday said devastating earthquake in his country could become a backdrop for improved relations with India.

Heating supplies needed for quake victims

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The United Nations is urging donors to help fund heating equipment before winter isolates some 3 million homeless survivors of the Pakistan earthquake.

Pakistan to delay purchase of F-16s

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said Friday he will postpone buying U.S. F-16 fighter planes and focus on relief work following last month's earthquake. Musharraf said Pakistan needed to focus its resources on relief and reconstruction work, the BBC
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Pervez Musharraf
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd-L) and his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf (R) listen national anthems of their countries during an official welcoming ceremony for Ahmadinejad, in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/HO)

Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: پرویز مشرف, born 11 August 1943), is a retired four star general who served as the 13th Chief of Army Staff and 10th President of Pakistan as well as 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Musharraf headed and led an administrative military government from October 1999 till August 2007. He ruled Pakistan as Chief Executive from 1999–2001 and as President from 2001-08. In the face of impeachment, he resigned on 18 August 2008.

After years of military service, he rose to prominence when Prime Minister Navaz Sharif appointed him Chief of Army Staff in October 1998 when he super headed three most senior generals, notable General Ali Kuli Khan. Sharif appointed him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, despite he was unqualified for the post as of the merit. This appointment of Sharif forced Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Fasih Bokhari to resign from the Navy who was rightfully deserving officer for this assignment. Musharraf was the strategic mastermind behind the Kargil infiltration and the provided a vital support to unannounced Pakistan war in Afghanistan where he sent thousands of Pakistan Army's young soldiers and paramilitary staff to participate in the war against the Northern Alliance. After months of contentious relations, he took power through a bloodless military coup on Sharif's democratically elected government, and placed in under house-arrest later shifted him Adiala Jail.

As Pakistan's head of state, he was a U.S. ally in the War on Terror. He was credited with the development of Pakistan's economy during the early years of his rule. His limited popularity suffered after his suspension of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Lal Masjid siege. His attempt to institute emergency rule failed as calls for his impeachment escalated. The return of Benazir Bhutto and Navaz Sharif from exile fast-tracked the nation towards parliamentary democracy ending Musharraf's reign.

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