The leaders of Pakistan's opposition parties -- fresh from their victories in Monday's general elections -- are scheduled to meet to begin plans for a coalition government.
Pakistan People's Party leader Asif Zardari -- husband of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto -- and Pakistan Muslim League-N chief, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will meet later on Thursday in Islamabad.
On Wednesday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf called for a "harmonious coalition" after the victory by the opposition parties. Some opposition politicians urged him to step down, but the president says he has no plans to resign.
Zardari has said the parties plan to restore parliamentary powers weakened under President Musharraf.
Also on Wednesday, a detained Pakistani lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, warned that his colleagues will resume protests if the government does not reinstate judges who were dismissed when Mr. Musharraf imposed a state of emergency last November.