Pakistani lawyers call for restoration of judiciary
Pakistani authorities say they have captured a top Taliban commander and five fighters near the Afghan border today. Mullah Mansoor Dabullah has led attacks against NATO and US-led troops in Afghanistan – he was wounded along with five others before being captured. Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin is missing and feared kidnapped in the tribal region. Meanwhile, at least 25 people are dead and at least 50 more wounded after a suicide bombing Saturday at a political rally in Pakistan, also near the Afghan border. With just a week to go before the country’s parliamentary elections, the violence is raising fears about increased election-related attacks. The bombing occurred just hours after police brutally battled hundreds of lawyers and civil rights activists with tear gas, batons, and rocks, in one of the largest clashes of its kind in the country’s capital. Zack Baddorf has more in Islamabad.