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Fight continues in Darra Adam Khel as the Indus Highway remains closed due to Taliban attacks. A soldier was killed in a mortar and rocket attack on a check post in Bajaur. During peace talks in Sawt, the Taliban distributed pamphlets asking the government, military, and people of Pakistan to join hands with the Taliban against the United States. Maulana Abdul Aziz, the former leader of the Red Mosque, was granted bail in 26 of 27 cases.
The PML-N has quit the government after its attempts to reinstate judges dismissed by President Musharraf failed. The provincial government of the Northwest Frontier Province has entered a cease-fire with Mullah Fazlullah's Taliban in Swat. The Army deployed tanks in Darra Adam Khel after the Taliban closed the Indus Highway. The Taliban destroyed a electricity tower in Peshawar and issued a warning for NGOs to halt activity in Kohat. Pakistan has been readmitted to the Commonwealth.
Fifty tribesmen were arrested after the Taliban kidnapped 20 soldiers in Bajaur. Three terrorists with suicide jackets were arrested in Rawalpindi. An explosion damaged a mosque in Swat. Police defused a bomb planted near a police station in Peshawar.
One policeman was killed and two more were injured in a roadside bombing in Swat. Pakistani authorities and the Taliban led by Maulana Fazlullah have declared a cease-fire in the volatile Swat Valley. The Taliban said they are holding six soldiers in Bajaur agency while the Pakistani Army claimed only one soldier is missing. The new government in Pakistan has released Akthar Mengal, a nationalist leader from Balochistan province, from prison.
A tribal jirga made direct contact with Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in North Waziristan. The Taliban torched a girls' primary school in Swat. The UN is reviewing Benazir Bhutto's murder case. The US declined to send $81 million in military aid requested by Pakistan.
A suicide bomber killed three and wounded 10 Pakistanis in Bannu. Two police were killed in Swat. The Taliban has taken control of police stations in Swat. Five suicide bombers associated with Baitullah Mehsud are reported to have entered Karachi. A bail hearing for Maulana Abdul Aziz, the former leader of Islamabad's Red Mosque, has been delayed until May 13. A policeman involved with the escape of al Qaeda operative Rashid Rauf has been granted bail.
An Army official was wounded after the Taliban resumed attacks in South Waziristan. The Taliban attacked a village in Kurram agency. Haji Namdar's Taliban group in Khyber agency has established a virtue and vice squad to punish those who miss prayers and shave their beards. The residents of Mardan fear the Taliban will resume attacks if peace talks fail.
The information minister for the Northwest Frontier Province said talks with the Taliban are still underway. A Taliban leader in Khyber agency ordered Baitullah Mehsud's fighters to leave the agency. The Taliban said the government should hold talks with Mullah Fazlullah, not Sufi Mohammed, to restore peace in Swat. The Taliban torched a girls' school and bombed 17 shops in Swat. Three shops were bombed in Bajaur agency.
Haji Namdar, a Taliban commander in Khyber agency, is teaching his followers not to fight the Pakistani government. Namdar does advocate jihad against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. "Yes, we do attack the US forces across the border and that is what real jihad is all about," he said. The Hakeemullah Group, a Taliban group close to Baitullah Mehsud, admitted to attacking Namdar's madrassa in a suicide attack.