Pakistan to suspend military strikes for Ramadan

Pakistan is suspending a major military operation against insurgents in a tribal region along the Afghan border in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the country's top civilian security official said Sunday. Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik added, however, that security forces would retaliate against any militant attacks during the solemn period. The suspension was to take effect early Monday, while Pakistanis are to start the requisite daytime fasting by Tuesday. An army spokesman, meanwhile, said it had not formally received a suspension order.