Suicide bomb attack on military installation; Presidential elections to be held on September 6; Violence in Swat and Kurram Agency continues; Rice: No political asylum for Musharraf in US
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  • At least 70 people were killed in twin suicide attacks outside the gates of an ordnance factory in Wah Cantonment on August 211. The Tehrik-e -Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack2.

    The Election Commission announced on August 22 that elections for a new president would be held on September 6. The process of nomination and scrutiny would be completed by August 283. Reports in the week suggested that there was consensus in the PPP on Asif Zardari’s candidature for the presidency. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also expressed its support for Zardari4. Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated that the possibility of granting asylum to former President Pervez Musharraf was not being considered5.

    Militant attacks continued resulting in the death of nearly 70 people, including around 50 militants, in Swat on August 236. Earlier in the week, at least 47 people were reported to be killed in clashes between the security forces and militants in Shawar in the tribal region of Kurram Agency7.