Foreign Secretary removed; Reinstatement of judges delayed; Militants call cease fire in FATA and NWFP; UK supports peace talks with militants
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  • The Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammed Khan was removed from office allegedly for opposing the UN investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Khan would be replaced by Salman Basher who is currently Pakistan’s Ambassador to China1.

    Meanwhile, reports noted that the government had prepared the draft of the resolution for the restoration of judiciary2. Prior to this, Nawaz Sharif discussed the plan with the Federal Minister of Law Farooq H. Naek in Lahore and later with the PPP co-chief Asif Zardari in Islamabad3. However, the process of the restoration would be delayed as the National Assembly was on an ‘indefinite recess4.’

    In other developments, Taliban’s leader in Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud reportedly has called on the militants to stop violent activities in FATA and in NWFP5. Following this, reports indicated that the government had initiated peace talks with the militants in the region6. The visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on his part expressed his support for the peace process in Peshawar on April 207.