Another suicide attack near Peshawar kills 10 at a market place; Foreign Minister Qureshi: US should involve Pakistan in the formulation of new Afghan Strategy; NRO dropped by government;
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  • Yet another suicide bomb blast at a busy market in Matani near Peshawar on November 7 claimed 9 lives and left several people injured. Among those dead included the member of an anti-Taliban outfit.1

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on November 1 that Pakistan has urged the US to consult more closely with it in the deliberations leading to the formulation of a new Afghan strategy, in view of his country’s vital role in the solution to the Afghan problem.2

    In domestic developments, the Pakistan government decided to shelve the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) due to lack of consensus amongst the various political parties and adverse public opinion.3 PM Gilani, addressing the media after the inauguration of a power plant in Jamber on November 7 stated the NRO was a non-issue and has been “buried forever.” He added that the issue relating to the abolition of Article 58(2b) was no longer relevant.4 Addressing the National Assembly on November 3, Gilani also promised to implement the Charter of Democracy (CoD) so as to “transfer powers from Presidency to PM.”5

    Military operations against the Taliban in South Waziristan continued, with Pakistani troops reaching Makin, the hometown of the Baitullah Mehsud, former chief of the TTP.6