A May 10 poll could underscore how unpopular the regime is, as it slowly opens to foreign aid.
The Awami National Party, which leads the ruling coalition in the crucial North West Frontier Province, espouses a nonviolent approach to tackling extremism.
News of an airstrike on Aden Hashi Ayro came on the heels of the State Department's annual report on terrorism, which concluded that Al Qaeda was rebuilding in Pakistan.
Top parties missed a joint deadline Wednesday to reinstate judges deposed by President Musharraf.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stops in India Tuesday after visiting Pakistan and Sri Lanka on a trip aimed at inking energy deals and curbing the West's influence.
Creative reading of Islamic tradition makes the old-fashioned 'guy meets girl' love match less of an impossibility.
In China's far west, the Muslim ethnic group finds itself relegated to menial jobs. Chinese officials also restrict religious practice and use of their language in schools.