National Assembly session to be called in ten days time; Army to support the new elected government; PPP undecided on prime ministerial candidate; PPP and PML-N demonstrate two-third majority in Punjab Assembly
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  • President Pervez Musharraf has stated that he would convene parliament in 10 days time, and vowed full support for the incoming government. “Durable, stable governments should be formed at the Centre and provinces for five years,” Musharraf said at Jacobabad on March 71. For his part, Army Chief General Kayani affirmed in Islamabad that the Army would support the newly elected democratic set-up and stay outside the government structure2.

    Meanwhile, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) once again postponed the announcement of its prime ministerial candidate subject to further discussion on the issue among party members3. There were some reports of differences between Asif Zardari and Makhdoom Amin Fahim4. Having together secured a two-thirds majority in the Punjab assembly5, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif met in Bhurban on March 8, to work out a detailed framework for the forthcoming coalition government at the centre6.

    Amongst other developments, as many as 42 people were killed and 58 others were wounded in a bomb blast in Darra Adamkhel on March 9 during a tribal peace jirga7. In another incident of violence, two suicide bombers attacked the Navy War College in Lahore on March 4, killing four naval personnel and injuring 21 others8.