Pakistan judicial commission to probe memo scandal

By the Associated Press | December 30, 2011 | 6:21 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan state television says the Supreme Court has set up a three-judge commission to investigate a secret memo scandal that threatens the government.

The government had opposed the court investigation, announced Friday, claiming it was unnecessary because parliament was already looking into the matter.

The scandal centers on a memo sent to Washington in May asking for help in stopping a supposed military coup in the wake of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The memo was allegedly crafted by Pakistan's former ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, with the support of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Both Haqqani and Zardari have denied the allegations, but the envoy resigned in the wake of the scandal.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — A government official says a bomb has exploded outside a market in a Taliban stronghold in northwestern Pakistan, killing two people.

Tariq Khan, a local government administrator, says the apparent target of Friday's attack was a tribal elder who was a member of an anti-Taliban militia. He was killed, as well as a passer-by.

Khan says three people were also wounded in the blast in Salarzai town in the Bajur tribal area.

The military has conducted an offensive in Bajur, but attacks continue there.

The government has encouraged locals to set up militias to counter the Taliban, but many of the militia members have been killed by the militants.