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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has put the country's nuclear weapons under the control of the president, rather than the prime minister.
The president issued an ordinance - which has to be ratified by parliament some time over the next six months - which formalised his control on Friday.
His move comes amid concern abroad that the nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of Islamist extremists.
The military says that its nuclear weapons security is "foolproof".
A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed five people as he blew himself up outside an army base checkpoint in north-west Pakistan.
Two soldiers and three civilians died, in addition to the bomber.
The attack, which left six injured, happened at the gates of an army services centre in Nowshehra, 120km (75 miles) north-west of Islamabad.
The blast comes hours before President Pervez Musharraf is due to lift the state of the emergency in the country.
Initially the targets were troop bunkers, police stations etc.. one would presume a noble selection of targets for a separatist/freedom movement.
But then the targets slowly changed.. from troop bunkers it went to military hospitals, from police stations to legislative,judicial and executive establishments.
Finally it degraded to even 'softer' targets: Housing Complexes for the families of the army and the police. Members of elected government etc:
and then it leaked out of Kashmir, Indians got a bloody first hand perspective of what was happening in Kahsmir:
Hijacking of an airline: news.bbc.co.uk...
Parliment attack: news.bbc.co.uk...
These guys just would not give up. They kept getting arms, ammunition and training from none other than the Pakistani Military and Secret Services.