Pakistan`s ties with India and the ongoing Lok Sabha polls figured on Thursday during a meeting of the country`s top body of civilian and military leadership held to review the internal and external security situation.
Pakistan government on Saturday decided to release up to 13 non-combatant Taliban prisoners as part of a goodwill gesture with the second round of the peace dialogue expected during the next two to three days.
A meeting of the Pakistan government and Taliban-nominated negotiators will be held on Monday that is likely to be chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a cleric considered close to the banned militant group said on Saturday.
Pakistan`s nascent peace process with the Taliban suffered a blow on Friday when a key negotiator nominated by militants said he would not be part of talks with the government till the imposition of Islamic law is included in the agenda.
A leader of the ruling PML-N party has said Pakistan is being put on a "war footing" to counter a surge in terrorism even as he claimed former army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had been "unwilling" to tackle the Taliban.
The Taliban used about 200 kg of explosives for the suicide attack that killed Chaudhry Aslam, one of Pakistan`s most daring counter-terror officials known for his crackdown on the outlawed militant group.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud has demanded the release of 50 prisoners, including those from banned anti-Shia groups, in response to the government`s offer of talks, a media report said on Thursday.
At least 15 people, including women and children, were killed and over 30 injured when a powerful car bomb went off at a refugee camp at Nowshera in Pakistan`s restive northwest on Thursday, officials said.