Provincial parliament dissolved

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The governor of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province dissolved the provincial parliament yesterday, a day after the governor of Punjab province called assembly elections, according to officials, agencies report from Peshawar. Political analysts said the dissolutions raised fears the two other provincial parliaments would be dismissed to force new general elections after the Supreme Court restored the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, last week.

In Islamabad, the US signed a pounds 40m ( pounds 25.8m) credit to Pakistan, the first since Washington cut off aid in 1990.