Pakistan's President Zardari could soon cede several of his powers to the prime minister, after a parliamentary committee approved a long-negotiated draft bill to that effect late Wednesday. It is expected to pass.
The US says it doesn't work with the security firm Blackwater in Pakistan, and the Pakistani government insists no Blackwater employees are working in the country. But many Pakistanis doubt those assertions, complicating US efforts to build trust.
Authorities arrested 100 people and sought 700 more in connection with Saturday's deadly mob attack. Threats against Pakistan's minorities are increasing, watchdog reports.
Analysts say political leaders could strengthen militants' appeal if they do not manage deep ethnic tensions – which resulted in clashes that killed 30 people last week.
President Zardari lacked the full backing of the Army and US that his predecessor Musharraf enjoyed, Pakistani and US officials say.
The government agreed Monday to restore deposed judges. Activists want further reforms.
Authorities arrested hundreds of lawyers and activists and banned public gatherings in two provinces.