The Pakistani army claimed advances farther into South Waziristan along
the Afghan border Sunday, a day after the military said it had captured
the hometown of a Taliban leader.
The military said helicopters provided air support as Pakistani ground troops pushed from the strategic town of Kotkai -- the hometown of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud -- and moved deeper into the lawless tribal region.
Also Sunday, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car east of the capital, Islamabad, killing one police officer. Security forces detained another man who was in the car but left the vehicle before the bomb exploded.
In other violence Sunday, a minister for education was assassinated by gunmen in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. A nationalist group, the Baluchistan United Liberation Front, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, visiting Turkish Prime Minister Rayyip Erdogan and his Pakistani counterpart, Yusuf Raza Gilani, held talks in Islamabad aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.
At a joint news conference Sunday, the two men said their countries enjoy a special relationship based on shared values and common interests.
Mr. Gilani and Mr. Erdogan said they discussed a wide range of issues, including the fight against extremism and terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan. They agreed to boost cooperation in trade, commerce, and in the cultural spheres.