Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pakistan Launches Assault in Northwest

By Shaiq Hussain and Haq Nawaz Khan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 30 -- Pakistan's military launched a major offensive Tuesday in the northwestern tribal region known as Khyber Agency, temporarily closing a key route used to supply U.S. and allied forces battling insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan.(The Washington Post )

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Taliban Attacks Pakistani Village That Resisted

By RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH
A suicide bombing that killed more than 30 people was the latest demonstration of the Taliban's encroachment.(The New York Times)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pakistan Moves Troops From Tribal Areas to Border With India

By Shaiq Hussain
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 26 -- Pakistan began deploying thousands of additional troops to its border with India on Friday amid rising tension in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month.(The Washington Post )

Pakistan Is Fighting Terrorism, Not Denying It

There has been no denial of truth by Pakistan, as suggested in the Dec. 22 editorial "Time for Truth." The government of Pakistan is committed to the war on terrorism and to confronting the plague of extremism within its... (The Washington Post )

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pakistan Moves Troops Amid Tension With India

By RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. and SALMAN MASOOD
Two Pakistani officials said some troops were headed to the country's border with India, but there appeared to be little indication of a major redeployment.(The New York Times)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pakistan warns India it will respond to any attack

By KHALID TANVEER
MULTAN, Pakistan -- Pakistan warned India on Thursday not to launch a strike against it and vowed to respond to any attack _ a sign that the relationship between the two nuclear powers remains strained in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.(The Washington Post )

Monday, December 22, 2008

'Military dictators used Kalabagh Dam to divide and rule'

By Rana Fawad
Posted: December 22, 2008

WASHINGTON: Military dictators have always used the Kalabagh Dam to divide the provinces and consolidate their rule.

This was stated by Pakistan's National Coordinator Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Dr. Kaiser Bengali. He was expressing his views during his luncheon speech and added, “A part of the reason the Kalabagh became so politicized is because the military dictators used it as a tool to stay in power.” >>>CONTINUED

Suspected US Missile strike in Pakistan kills 8

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Suspected U.S. missile strikes killed at least eight people Monday in volatile northwest Pakistan, officials and witnesses said.(The Washington Post )

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Militants kill three Pakistanis supplying NATO

By Ibrahim Shinwari
JAMRUD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militants killed three truckers returning after taking fuel to Western forces in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday, the latest in a growing spate of attacks on NATO supplies.(The Washington Post )

Friday, December 19, 2008

NATO Materiel Threatened in Pakistan

By Candace Rondeaux and Walter Pincus
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A recent increase in Taliban attacks on a crucial NATO transportation route from Pakistan to Afghanistan could imperil efforts to bolster the flagging, seven-year U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.(The Washington Post )

History, dissent cloud Pakistan's Mumbai reaction

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The black-and-white flag of Jamaat-ud-Dawa still flutters over a relief camp for survivors of an earthquake that hit a remote corner of Pakistan in October.(The Washington Post )

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pakistan demands India provide Mumbai evidence

By NAHAL TOOSI
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan sought to put some of the pressure over the Mumbai bloodshed on India, demanding Wednesday that its neighbor hand over "concrete evidence" against Pakistani citizens and groups allegedly involved in the terror attack. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kerry says Pakistan 'sincere' in Mumbai crackdown

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan appears "sincere" in its effort to crack down on a militant group blamed for the Mumbai terrorist attack and has arrested more suspects, Sen. John Kerry said Tuesday.(The Washington Post)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pakistan: No British access to Mumbai suspects

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan will not let British investigators question suspects detained in Pakistan over the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the prime minister said Monday.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Brown Meets With Pakistani Leader

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 14 -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised Sunday to provide Pakistan with more information about Pakistani links to the Mumbai attacks late last month, saying that Britain will also work to enhance Pakistan's counterterrorism capabilities.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pakistan: India violated airspace

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Indian aircraft violated Pakistan's airspace Saturday but were chased back over the border by Pakistani fighter jets, an Air Force spokesman here said.(The Washington Post)

Friday, December 12, 2008

S. Asian Tensions Trickle Down to Cricket

By Rama Lakshmi
NEW DELHI, Dec. 12 -- Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan after the recent Mumbai attacks appeared to cast a shadow Friday on cricket matches scheduled for next month.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pakistan Arrests Leaders of Charity Linked to Mumbai Attacks

By Candace Rondeaux and Rama Lakshmi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 11 -- Pakistan on Thursday closed 11 offices of a controversial Islamic charity that has been linked to last month's deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and placed the group's leader under house arrest. In India, top government officials announced a massive revam...(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pakistan intesifies crackdown on Mumbai suspects

By CHRIS BRUMMITT
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan has intensified its crackdown on a militant group suspected in the Mumbai terror attacks by arresting 20 more people but will not hand any of its citizens over to India, officials said Tuesday.(The Washington Post)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Former Pakistani Official Denies Links to Lashkar

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 8 -- A former high-ranking Pakistani intelligence official denied allegations Monday that he had given advice and support to a Pakistani militant group linked to the attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai late last month.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pakistan must avoid worse ties with India: McCain

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain during a visit to Islamabad on Saturday urged Pakistan to take steps to prevent tensions with India rising in the wake of last week's militant attacks on Mumbai.(The Washington Post)

Hoax call put Pakistan on high alert: report

By Simon Cameron-Moore
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Nuclear-armed Pakistan put its forces on high alert after a hoax caller pretending to be India's foreign minister spoke to President Asif Ali Zardari in a threatening manner on November 28, two days after the militant attacks on Mumbai began, the Dawn newspaper reported on...(The Washington Post)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mumbai attacks: South Asian community can help

By Rana FawadPosted: December 04, 2008

WASHINGTON: The Mumbai attacks have the potential of derailing the ongoing Indo-Pak confidence building measures and consequently destabilizing Pak-Afghan border, whereas the South Asian community in the US could help bridge the gap between the two archrivals.

These possibilities were enumerated by the Brookings Institution’s senior fellows including Bruce Riedel, Dr. Stephen Cohen, and Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown during a discussion on ‘Mumbai Terrorist Attacks: A Challenge for India and the World’ on Wednesday. Daniel Benjamin, senior fellow and director at the Institution, was the moderator on this occasion. >>>CONTINUED

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pakistan Offers to Aid India in Terror Investigation

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 2 -- Pakistan on Tuesday offered to set up a joint inquiry into last week's terror attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and said it would cooperate with India as it investigates the three-day siege of the country's financial capital.(The Washington Post)

Monday, December 1, 2008

In Wake of Attacks, India-Pakistan Tensions Grow

By ROBERT F. WORTH Indian officials said that Pakistanis were responsible and must be punished for last week's terrorist attacks. (The New York Times)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pakistan-Based Group Accused in India Carnage Thriving Despite Ban

By Candace Rondeaux and Craig Whitlock
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 30 -- In January 2002, the government of Pakistan reluctantly announced that it would ban Lashkar-i-Taiba, a Kashmiri guerrilla group suspected of crossing the border into India and storming the Parliament in New Delhi, an incident that nearly triggered a war between the...(The Washington Post)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pakistan Rejects India's Charges, Seeks Proof

By Emily Wax and Rama Lakshmi
MUMBAI, Nov. 29 -- Pakistan demanded late Saturday that India produce evidence to support allegations it was involved in the three-day assault on India's financial and cultural capital, a battle that came to a close earlier in the day.(The Washington Post)

Attacks Imperil Delicate U.S. Role Between Rivals

By MARK MAZZETTI and PETER BAKER American officials may have trouble preventing an Indian military response against Pakistan. (The New York Times)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Pakistani Militants At Center Of Probe

By Craig Whitlock and Karen DeYoung
BERLIN, Nov. 28 -- Pakistani militant groups on Friday became the focus of the investigation into the attacks in Mumbai as India and its archrival Pakistan jousted over who was responsible. Both sides pledged to cooperate in the probe, but tensions remained high amid fears the conflict could...(The Washington Post)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

News Analysis: India's Suspicion of Pakistan Clouds U.S. Strategy in Region

By JANE PERLEZ The Mumbai attacks seem likely to sour Indian-Pakistani relations and hamper, at least for now, America's ambitions for reconciliation in the region. (The New York Times)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in town

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2008: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry delivered a lecture on 'Public Interest Litigation in Pakistan' at the Georgetown University Law Center on Monday (Nov. 24). He informed the students about various cases of public interest before he was made dysfunctional on November 3, 2007 for the second time by former army chief and President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf. >>>CONTINUED

Saturday, November 22, 2008

U.S. Kills Al-Qaeda Suspect

By Candace Rondeaux
KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 22 -- A suspected al-Qaeda operative linked to a 2006 plot to blow up British airliners was killed Saturday in a suspected U.S. missile strike in northwestern Pakistan, according to two Pakistani intelligence officials. At least four other extremist fighters were also...(The Washington Post)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gates Backs Buildup of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

By Ann Scott Tyson
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that he supports a fresh troop buildup in Afghanistan -- officially estimated at more than 20,000 U.S. troops in the next 12 to 18 months -- to fight a growing insurgency and safeguard the 2009 Afghan elections. But he stressed that in the long run...(The Washington Post)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pakistan protests over U.S. missile strikes

By Simon Cameron-Moore
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan summoned U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson on Thursday to protest over missile strikes launched by pilotless drone aircraft against militant targets in Pakistan.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Akbar Ahmed honored

WASINGTON - Nov. 19: The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington held its 29th annual interfaith concert at the Washington National Cathedral on . This year’s concert honored Pakistan's former High Commissioner (ambassador) to the United Kingdom Akbar Ahmed and his family for their work as Muslims to promote inter-faith understanding. (More)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cabbie [Mazhar Nazir] Had Seat Belt On When Found Fatally Shot

By Tom Jackman
When police found Mazhar Nazir shot to death in his taxi Nov. 2 in Tysons Corner, he was sitting in the driver's seat with his shoulder and lap seat belt fastened, a Fairfax County prosecutor said yesterday.(The Washington Post)

US says it fired at insurgents in Pakistan

By FISNIK ABRASHI
KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan launched a barrage of artillery at insurgents attacking their position from inside Pakistan's volatile tribal region, in a cross-border strike coordinated with Pakistan's military, U.S. and NATO officials said Tuesday.(The Washington Post)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Solo flight won't work in Pakistan - a study

By Rana Fawad

WASHINGTON – Nov. 17: “Military operations alone will not defeat Pakistan’s militant groups” without “strengthening governance and rule of law, creating economic opportunities, and exploring political negotiations.”

This has been concluded by the authors of a report titled ‘Partnership for Progress: Advancing a New Strategy for Prosperity and Stability in Pakistan and the Region’ issued on Monday by a US think-tank Center for American Progress.

The report acknowledges the recent US policy shift from a military-focused aid to civilian-centered assistance to Pakistan’s civilian government, but declares “…these changes are not sufficient to meet the considerable challenges.” (Complete Story)

Juctice Iftikhar Chaudhry to visit Washington

WASHINGTON: Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry of Pakistan will be in town to attend an event at the Georgetown University Law Center (Hotung International Law Building, Room 2001) on November 24 (Monday).
The event will take place at 600 New Jersey Avenue N.W, 6:00 pm (time yet to be confirmed), instead of the main campus.
Justice Chaudhry, who, along with all his colleagues, was suspended on November 3, 2007 by the then Army Chief and President of Pakistan Gene Pervez Musharraf as he imposed the state of emergency in the county that day. (Complete Story)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pakistan agrees to $7.6 billion IMF bailout

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan said Saturday it had agreed to borrow $7.6 billion from the International Monetary Fund in an effort to stabilize the economy of this strategically important U.S. ally on the front lines of the battle against al-Qaida and the Taliban.(The Washington Post)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Qaeda stung by U.S. pressure in Pakistan: CIA chief

By Randall Mikkelsen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. pressure on al Qaeda near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan has put the group "off balance," but the region remains the biggest terrorism threat to the United States, the CIA's chief said on Thursday.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

U.S. Soldier, 18 Others Die in Afghan Bombing

By Candace Rondeaux
KABUL, Nov. 13 -- An American soldier and 18 Afghan civilians were killed Thursday after a suicide bomber rammed his car into a convoy of U.S. military vehicles in a busy market in eastern Afghanistan.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gunmen Kill American Aid Worker in NW Pakistan

By Candace Rondeaux and Haq Nawaz Khan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 12 -- An American aid worker and his driver were shot dead Wednesday in a neighborhood favored by diplomats in the city of Peshawar, the latest sign of deteriorating security in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

akistan: Militants seize convoy for US-led forces

By RIAZ KHAN
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Suspected Taliban fighters hijacked trucks carrying Humvees and other supplies for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, authorities said Tuesday after a brazen attack near the Khyber Pass that underscored the militants' grip across key mountain strongholds.(The Washington Post)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pakistanis Mired in Brutal Battle to Oust Taliban

By JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH In a vital corridor to Afghanistan, the Taliban has proven far more resilient than the Pakistani Army anticipated. (The New York Times)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pakistan: 13 alleged militants killed in northwest

By HABIB KHAN
KHAR, Pakistan -- Airstrikes pounded suspected insurgent hide-outs in a northwestern Pakistan tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 13 alleged militants in the latest round of a bloody army offensive, officials said.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Embassy to organize nationwide mushaira

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s embassy in Washington DC will start organizing a nationwide mushaira (live poetry recitation) annually apart from making it a monthly feature in this area.

This was announced by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani on Friday (November 7) during his concluding remarks at the end of a mushaira, which he described as the first one of many such events being planned in the coming months. (More)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Airstrike Kills 12 in NW Pakistan

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 7 -- At least 12 people were killed Friday when two missiles slammed into a village in northwestern Pakistan in a suspected U.S. airstrike near the border with Afghanistan, according to a Pakistani intelligence official.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bush officials finalize still-controversial plans for a U.S. office in Iran

With barely two months left in office, the Bush administration is moving toward restoring partial diplomatic relations with Iran—a country President Bush once denounced as a part of the "Axis of Evil."(Newsweek)

Bombers kill 19 and wound dozens in NW Pakistan

By HABIB KHAN
KHAR, Pakistan -- Two suicide bombers attacked pro-government tribesmen and security forces Thursday in Pakistan's volatile northwest, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens, officials said.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Petraeus, in Pakistan, Hears Complaints About Missile Strikes

By JANE PERLEZ Pakistan’s political leaders told Gen. David H. Petraeus that U.S. missile strikes in the country’s tribal areas are “counterproductive” and creating a “credibility gap.” (The New York Times)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Afghan Rebel Positioned for Key Role

By Candace Rondeaux
KABUL, Afghanistan -- As U.S. and NATO officials revamp their strategy in Afghanistan, a renegade Afghan commander could prove central to U.S. plans to rein in the insurgency through negotiations.(The Washington Post)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pakistan warns US general against missile strikes

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan on Monday urged the American general taking charge of the war in Afghanistan to halt missile attacks on militants in its border badlands to avert a backlash against the U.S. in this vital ally in the war on terrorism.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Petraeus signals US priorities with Pakistan visit

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Gen. David Petraeus, newly tasked with responsibility for America's two wars, arrived in Pakistan on Sunday as part of his first international trip as head of the U.S. Central Command.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

As Taliban Overwhelm Police, Pakistanis Hit Back

By JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH Citizens have been encouraged to form posses of their own in a sign of the shortcomings of Pakistan’s police forces. (The New York Times)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Suspected U.S. Missile Strike Kills 15 in Pakistan

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Intelligence officials say a suspected US missile strike has killed 15 people in northwest Pakistan.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kids in Pakistan quake zone beg for food

By ASHRAF KHAN
WAM, Pakistan -- Children begged for food from trucks passing through Pakistan's quake zone Thursday as the death toll rose to 215 and survivors prepared for another frigid night camped out amid wrecked mountain villages.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pakistan Protests U.S. Attacks Within Its Borders

By JANE PERLEZ Pakistani officials said they had told the U.S. ambassador that strikes on militants should be “stopped immediately.” (The New York Times)

Strong Quakes Hits Pakistan, at Least 170 Killed

By Shaiq Hussain
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 29 -- A strong earthquake jolted southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday, killing at least 170 people, injuring hundreds of others and destroying houses and government buildings, Pakistani officials said.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Afghans, Pakistanis Opt to Talk to Taliban

By Shaiq Hussain
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 28 -- Pakistani and Afghan leaders on Tuesday agreed to make contact with insurgent groups, including the Taliban, in a bid to end bloodshed and violence in their troubled border regions.(The Washington Post)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Suspected US strike kills up to 20 in Pakistan

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Suspected U.S. missiles killed 20 people at the house of a Taliban commander near the Afghan border on Monday, the latest volley in a two-month onslaught on militant bases inside Pakistan, officials said.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wrong Way in Pakistan

By Marvin G. Weinbaum
Conducting raids into Pakistan without their permission or cooperation will only make things worse.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Al-Qaida influence apparent in groups in Pakistan

By KATHY GANNON
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Almost three years ago, Sajjad Khan used to buy supplies for the Pakistani Taliban with U.S. dollars that he says came from al-Qaida.(The Washington Post)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Four held in connection with Pakistan hotel blast

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police have arrested four suspects in connection with a suicide truck bomb attack on the Marriott hotel in Islamabad last month and produced them in an anti-terrorism court on Friday, an official said.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pakistan parliament stresses talks to end militancy

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament has passed a resolution urging a review of security strategy to fight militancy, saying dialogue must be the highest priority.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pakistan Will Give Arms to Tribal Militias

By Karen DeYoung
Pakistan plans to arm tens of thousands of anti-Taliban tribal fighters in its western border region in hopes -- shared by the U.S. military -- that the nascent militias can replicate the tribal "Awakening" movement that proved decisive in the battle against al-Qaeda in Iraq.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Saudis Held Talks Between Taliban, Afghans

By Faiza Saleh Ambah and Candace Rondeaux
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 21 -- Saudi Arabia hosted a session between Afghan officials and the Taliban last month at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday.(The Washington Post)

Long-Closed Kashmir Trade Route Reopens

By Emily Wax
CHENNAI, India, Oct. 21 -- More than a dozen trucks carrying apples, honey, rice and rock salt rumbled across a long-disputed frontier between India and Pakistan in the Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday as an ancient trade route was reopened. It had been shut down after the two countries gai...(The Washington Post)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pakistan court orders American held in jail

By CHRIS BRUMMITT
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A Pakistani court has ordered an American detained for two more weeks after he was accused of trying to enter a militant stronghold near the Afghan border, police said Monday.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Rebuffed by China, Pakistan May Seek I.M.F. Aid

By JANE PERLEZ Accepting an economic rescue package from the I.M.F. would be seen as a humiliating step for the government. (The New York Times)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

China to help build 2 Pakistan nuclear plants

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
-- ISLAMABAD, Pakistan _ Pakistan said China will help build two more nuclear power plants in the energy-starved Muslim nation, tightening its bonds with Beijing as rising militant violence strains its anti-terror alliance with the United States.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Afghan Officials Say Allied Airstrike Killed Civilians

By JOHN F. BURNS While NATO confirmed that an air strike had taken place in the area, it said that the command was “unable to confirm any civilian casualties.” (The New York Times)

In Scramble for Cash, Pakistan Turns to China's Deep Reserves

By Anthony Faiola and Karen DeYoung
Pakistan has reached a critical new phase in its long-deteriorating financial situation, as investor flight and bleeding of national reserves force the country to scramble for international funds to shore up its economy. With the global financial crisis draining coffers in the United States and E...(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In Scramble for Cash, Pakistan Turns to China's Deep Reserves

By Anthony Faiola and Karen DeYoung
Pakistan has reached a critical new phase in its long-deteriorating financial situation, as investor flight and bleeding of national reserves force the country to scramble for international funds to shore up its economy. With the global financial crisis draining coffers in the United States and E...(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

UN: Nearly 190,000 flee Pakistan battles

By ASIF SHAHZAD
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Nearly 190,000 people are reported to have fled fighting between Pakistani troops and militants near the border with Afghanistan, the United Nations said Tuesday as fresh clashes in the area killed 17 militants.(The Washington Post)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Water row may affect Pakistan-India ties: Zardari

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has warned a brewing row with India over the waters of the Chenab river in the disputed Kashmir region could harm improving ties between the old rivals.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The World Vote

Barack Obama is almost universally favored over John McCain outside the United States. Should that matter to Americans?(The Washington Post)

U.S. Refuge for Singer Fleeing the Taliban

By BEN SISARIO A hostile cultural climate forced Haroon Bacha, a Pashtun musician, to leave his homeland and come to New York. (The New York Times)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pakistan tribes raze Taliban houses after bombing

By Mohammad Hashim
KOHAT, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani tribesmen exchanged fire with Taliban militants and destroyed their houses in a northwestern tribal region after a suicide attack killed at least 50 people, residents and officials said on Saturday.(The Washington Post)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Danger Ahead for the Most Dangerous Place in the World

By Sumit Ganguly
Here's an alarming thought: Pakistan is in even scarier shape than most of the so-called experts are willing to admit.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pakistanis Repudiate Violence

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 9 -- The television advertisement that debuted this week starts with a simple scene: A mother is waiting on a street corner for her child to get out of school. It looks like any other sunny day in any one of Pakistan's major cities.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pakistan's spy chief briefs lawmakers on terrorism

By MUNIR AHMAD
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's new spy chief showed lawmakers video and photos of militants killing people at a rare closed briefing Wednesday on the government's fight against Taliban and al-Qaida extremists, attendees said.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Afghans refugees flee Pakistan war zone

By ASIF SHAHZAD
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Afghan refugees ordered out of a Pakistani war zone begged Tuesday for bus fares and flowed over the border into their homeland, worsening a humanitarian crisis resulting from an army offensive against Taliban militants, officials said.(The Washington Post)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Off the Track: News Media Feel Limits to Georgia's Democracy

By DAN BILEFSKY and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ Georgia’s critics cite a lack of press freedom as a glaring example of the shortfalls in the country’s democratic standards. (The New York Time)

20 in Pakistan Die in Bombing

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Oct. 6 -- At least 20 people were killed and 35 injured Monday in a suicide bomb attack that targeted the home of a well-known politician in central Pakistan, according to Pakistani authorities.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

UN raises Pakistan security after hotel bombing

By STEPHEN GRAHAM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The U.N. ordered children of its international staff to leave the Pakistani capital and other areas it considered unsafe, raising its security level following the bombing of the Marriott Hotel, officials said Thursday. (The Washington Post)

U.S. raids hurt terrorism fight: Pakistan minister

By Jon Hurdle
PRINCETON, NJ (Reuters) - U.S. military raids against militants inside Pakistan threaten to hurt progress being made against them by Pakistani forces and are an intrusion on Pakistan's sovereignty, the country's new foreign minister said on Wednesday. (The Washington Post)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Analysis: US, Pakistan ties too important to fail

By CHRIS BRUMMITT
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Beyond the bullets and the bluster, the United States and Pakistan need each other too much to allow tensions along the Afghan border to derail their relationship.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

House Approves Nuclear Trade Deal With India

By REUTERS The agreement, which would end a three-decade ban on nuclear trade with India, passed the House by a margin of 298 to 117.(The New York Times)

Pakistan's Faith in Its New Leader Is Shaken

By JANE PERLEZ Pakistan is struggling with a financial meltdown and terrorism that has hurt confidence in the government. (The New York Times)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Iran and Pakistan Issues Split Candidates

By DAVID E. SANGER The candidates delved for the first time into whether to threaten military action inside Pakistan or against Iran. (The New York Times)

Pakistan's New Leader Denies Firefight as Mullen Confirms It

By Colum Lynch
NEW YORK, Sept. 26 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday denied that American and Pakistani forces exchanged fire along the Afghanistan border this week, even as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff acknowledged that the two sides engaged in a brief firefight.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pakistani and American Troops Exchange Fire

By ERIC SCHMITT Ground troops exchanged fire along the border with Afghanistan on Thursday after the Pakistanis shot at two American helicopters.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

US bans all personnel from big Pakistan hotels

By MATTHEW LEE
NEW YORK -- The State Department has banned all U.S. personnel from staying at or even visiting major hotels in Pakistan's capital and two other cities over fears of new attacks following the deadly truck bombing at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad.()

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

U.S., Afghans and Pakistanis Consider Joint Military Force

By Ann Scott Tyson
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are discussing the creation of a joint military force to attack insurgent sanctuaries on both sides of the rugged Afghan-Pakistani border, a senior Afghan official said yesterday.(The Washington Post)

Pakistanis say suspected US drone shot down

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani troops and tribesman shot down a suspected U.S. military drone close to the Afghan border Tuesday, three intelligence officials said.(The Washington Post)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Did Pakistan soldiers shoot at US helicopters?

By CHRIS BRUMMITT
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- U.S. helicopters flew into Pakistan's militant-infested border region, but returned to Afghanistan after troops and tribesmen opened fire, intelligence officials said Monday. Washington denied the account.(The Washington Post)

Pakistan, Afghanistan discuss joint border force

By David Morgan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan and Afghanistan are discussing a possible joint force to combat militants on both sides of their border near Pakistan's tribal region, which has become a safe haven for al Qaeda and other groups, a senior Afghan official said on Monday.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

21 Foreigners Among Dead in Islamabad Suicide Bomb Blast

By Shaiq Hussain and Pamela Constable
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 21 -- Pakistani officials said Sunday that 21 foreigners, including two Americans stationed at the U.S. Embassy, were among the victims of a massive suicide truck bombing Saturday night that destroyed a luxury Marriott hotel in the capital.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Bombing at Hotel in Pakistan Kills at Least 40

By CARLOTTA GALL A huge truck bombing at Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel was one of the worst acts of terrorism in Pakistan’s history. (The New York Times)

Bombing Is Marriott's Biggest Loss In 81 Years

By Michael S. Rosenwald
As a symbol of Western capitalism around the world, Marriott International's hotels have been hit by terrorists before.(The Washington Post)

Blast Kills Dozens in Pakistan

By Shaiq Hussain and Pamela Constable
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 20 -- A massive suicide truck bomb ripped through a luxury hotel in the Pakistani capital Saturday night, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 250 as the building was engulfed in flames, officials said.(The Washington Post)

Friday, September 19, 2008

U.S. sees threat from Afghan-Pakistan border area

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan is not yet equipped to combat the militant threat emanating from the remote area bordering Afghanistan, a senior Bush administration official said on Friday amid stepped-up U.S. strikes in that area.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

'06 Blueprint Leak Intensifies Concerns Over U.S.-India Deal

By Joby Warrick
In January 2006, an Indian government agency purchased newspaper ads seeking help in building an obscure piece of metal machinery. The details of the project, available to bidders, were laid out in a series of drawings that jolted nuclear weapons experts who discovered them that spring.(The Washington Post)

Pakistan: No compromise on US cross-border strikes

By NAHAL TOOSI
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that strikes by foreign forces were "counterproductive," as officials said there was no warning about the latest U.S. missile strike in the Pakistani northwest.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

U.S. Strike Reported as Mullen Consults Pakistanis

By Pamela Constable and Shaiq Hussain
KABUL, Sept. 17 -- A new reported U.S. missile strike inside Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to undermine American efforts to defuse a growing confrontation with Pakistan over aggressive U.S. military actions against Islamist extremists in the country's turbulent northwest border region.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Defeating al-Qaeda's Air Force: Pakistan's F-16 Program in the Fight Against Terrorism

Donald Camp, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Statement Before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on South Asia Washington, DC

September 16, 2008

Chairman Ackerman, Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to address you today on Pakistan’s F-16 program.

On February 18 of this year, the Pakistani people went to the polls and elected moderate leaders who are working to set a stable, prosperous, democratic path for Pakistan into the future. The journey along this path is going to be a difficult one as Pakistan faces increasing economic challenges and the serious threat of growing instability in the border regions. The United States wants to see this new government succeed, not only because it represents the desires of the Pakistani people but because we believe that a moderate government with a democratic mandate is the most effective partner in the fight against terrorists and violent extremism.

During Prime Minister Gillani’s visit to Washington in late July, you saw the United States and Pakistan committed to maintaining and strengthening our broad-based partnership, and the United States committed to steps that can help Pakistan deal with economic problems and increase its effectiveness in countering the extremist threat. The Administration’s request to re-direct Foreign Military

Financing in 2008 and beyond to support F-16 Mid-Life Updates speaks directly to these two commitments. Updates to Pakistan’s F-16s will make these aircraft far more effective against terrorist targets, while helping with these payments will provide the newly-elected Pakistani government valuable fiscal flexibility as they deal with rising food and fuel prices.
Mr. Chairman, my colleagues and I represent the Administration’s commitment to the F-16 program and we ask for your support to approve the Administration’s request to re-direct the remaining $110 million in 2008 Foreign

Military Financing for the Mid-Life Update and an additional $142 million in the future. The new Government of Pakistan stands behind these requests and has committed to assume subsequent payments with national funds beginning in December 2009.
F-16s Defined U.S.-Pakistan Engagement

The sale of F-16s to Pakistan became a transformative element of the U.S.- Pakistan bilateral relationship over 20 years ago, and this historical context is important to understand and remember as we determine how to handle the questions of F-16 financing today. Not only a component of Pakistan’s national defense, the F-16 has become an iconic symbol of our bilateral relationship and our commitment to each other.

In the early 1980s, the U.S. government initially agreed to sell Pakistan 111 F-16 aircraft. This decision was influenced by our close partnership with Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. By October 1990, however, Pressler sanctions were imposed when President (George Herbert Walker) Bush was unable to certify that Pakistan was not developing a nuclear weapon. The Pressler sanctions led to a decade-long suspension of security assistance to Pakistan and a deficit of trust between our two countries that we are still working to overcome. The suspension of our security assistance programs required under Pressler meant the suspension and eventual cancellation of an additional sale of F-16 aircraft that would have augmented the 40 F-16s Pakistan purchased in 1982. That cancellation has been viewed as a symbol of the collapse of our relationship during the 1990s, a period which remains highly emotional for many Pakistanis. The suspension of our security assistance also precluded Pakistani military officers from attending U.S. military schools, which has produced nearly a generation of Pakistani military officers who have not traveled to the United States to learn sideby- side with American officers.

September 11 Re-defined Our Relationship
As you know, Mr. Chairman, the September 11, 2001 attacks resulted in a profound shift in U.S. policy towards South and Central Asia. The terrorist attacks on our homeland led to a strategic choice by the Government of Pakistan to support U.S. efforts to remove the Taliban regime from power in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s decision gave us the support of a critical neighbor, enabled us to undertake Operation Enduring Freedom and has helped to sustain coalition operations over the last seven years, with Pakistan’s road networks and port facilities serving as the critical supply line for our military forces in Afghanistan. - 3 -

In return, after September 11th, the Administration committed to reinvigorating the security relationship between our two countries. This led to Pakistan’s designation as a Major Non-NATO Ally in 2004 and the President’s commitment to provide Pakistan a $3 billion assistance package over five years, evenly divided between security and development. Soon after, the Administration sought to overturn decades of bitterness by agreeing to sell Pakistan a new generation of F-16s and providing it with the ability to upgrade its existing fleet. This agreement was formally codified in September 2006 when Pakistan signed three separate Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) that constitute the core of Pakistan’s F-16 program. Prior to signing the Letters of Offer and Acceptance, the Administration notified Congress that the sale would serve to stabilize the conventional military balance in South Asia, provide Pakistan the ability to conduct Close Air Support in ongoing operations in the Global War on Terror and restore Pakistan’s confidence in the enduring nature of our relationship with them.

The Purchase
Pakistan had originally planned a total purchase valued at $5.1 billion, almost all of it in national funds. The 2005 Kashmir earthquake and subsequent financial constraints caused Pakistan to reduce the number of new planes it wanted to purchase from 36 to 18, which lowered the overall value of the deal to approximately $3.1 billion. The 18 new planes are valued at $1.4 billion, with the remainder of the $3.1 billion dedicated to associated munitions (valued at approximately $641 million) and 46 Mid-Life Update (MLU) kits for Pakistan's existing F-16 fleet (estimated to cost $891 million). Additionally, the United States has provided Pakistan with 14 F-16s designated as Excess Defense Articles (EDA).

Pakistan will use reprogrammed funds to purchase the Mid- Life Update kits to upgrade the Excess Defense Article F-16s delivered over the last two and a half years. The Mid-Life Update case was written and agreed upon by the U.S. and Pakistan as a "mixed funding" case, allowing Pakistan to use $108.395 million in FY 2006 FMF credits on the overall $891 million case. Pakistan’s subsequent request to use additional Foreign Military Financing has led us to the current request to re-direct funds in FY 2008 and beyond. The Pakistanis have requested that the Administration allow it to use a portion of its FY 2008 and FY 2009 Foreign Military Financing Presidential commitment, totaling $368M, for the Mid-Life Update program. They have also - 4 - committed to making all additional payments beyond this request with national funds. Even with this Pakistani request, over 83% of the F-16 program will have been funded through Pakistani national funds. It is important to note that Pakistan has a consistent payment record on the three other Foreign Military Sales cases associated with this sale and historically on all other Foreign Military Sales cases.

F-16s and theWar on Terror
F-16s provide a critical counterterrorism capability to Pakistan and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has recently made extensive use of its aging F-16 fleet to support Pakistan Army operations in the Swat Valley and in the Bajaur Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to information furnished to us by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, the PAF flew 93 sorties in August 2008 in operations against the Taliban. However, their current model F-16 can be used for close air support missions only in daylight and good visibility. They cannot be employed at night, a fact not lost on the Taliban and other extremist groups being targeted.

U.S. F-16s use day-night, all weather, air-dropped precision-guided munitions to great effect in Iraq; and we believe Pakistan should be able to use this capability to achieve our shared goals in countering militants along its western border. The new and enhanced F-16s will provide Pakistan the ability to attack fleeing targets with precision during all weather conditions. The Mid-Life Update will enable the Pakistan Air Force to use an advanced targeting pod that provides the ability to generate ground position data that can then be used to direct guided munitions to a target. In addition, the Mid-Life Update comes with an advanced communications system that enables real time communication with ground forces – a critical capability for Close Air Support missions. Combined, these systems provide Pakistan’s Air Force with the technological capability to conduct precision close air strikes against Al Qaeda, Taliban, and associated terrorist targets in the FATA, as well as provide non-traditional Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR), a critical enabler in a counterinsurgency campaign. The Pakistan Air Force will receive considerable training associated with the F-16 cases including specific F-16 pilot and maintenance training for their F-16 technicians. We are currently finalizing a comprehensive training plan with us that will include Close Air Support, Combat Search and Rescue, aerial refueling, and night flying operations. This will also mean an improved ability to limit civilian casualties, which will in turn lead to greater willingness on the part of the Pakistani military to employ the F-16s in a counter-terrorism role.

It is also important to note that Pakistan’s request to use Foreign Military Financing for the Mid-Life Update program will not detract from investments in other equipment that is being employed in direct support of ongoing military operations in the Tribal Areas. Our original congressional notification for the use of $247 million of Pakistan’s Foreign Military Financing allocation stated that Pakistan would use this assistance to finance the refurbishment of Pakistan Navy P-3C aircraft, to purchase Pakistan Air Force Command and Control articles and services, tactical radios for Pakistan’s Army, TOW missiles and to modernize and maintain Pakistan’s Cobra helicopters. Twenty million dollars of the $247 million will still be used to purchase TOW missiles and tactical radios. In addition, the Cobra helicopters, for which there are signed Letters of Offer and Acceptance, will be financed through Pakistan’s remaining FY 2008 Foreign Military Financing allocation of $50.57 million, which will be released pending expiration of the congressional notification period.

Conclusion
Mr. Chairman, I would like to emphasize the strategic importance of Pakistan to U.S. interests, not just regionally, but globally. While the F-16 plays an important role in Pakistan’s efforts to defeat extremism, it also has achieved strategic importance as a symbolic barometer of the overall state of our relationship and trust between our militaries. Given the tangible and symbolic importance of Pakistan’s F-16 program we request Congressional support to redirect the remaining $110 million in Foreign Military Financing in Fiscal Year 2008 and up to $142 million in the future. I thank you for this opportunity to appear before this Committee. My colleagues and I are happy to respond to your questions at this point. Thank you. (Courtesy: US Department of State)

Lawmakers question using aid for Pakistan planes

By FOSTER KLUG
WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday promised close scrutiny of a Bush administration request to use hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-terrorism aid to upgrade Pakistan's aging fleet of U.S.-made F-16 fighter planes.(The Washington Post)

Top U.S. Military Official in Pakistan for Unexpected Visit

By Pamela Constable
KABUL, Sept. 16 -- The top U.S. military official flew unexpectedly into Pakistan on Tuesday night for meetings with senior officials there amid an escalating confrontation over recent U.S. military incursions into Pakistan in pursuit of al-Qaeda and Islamic extremists.()

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pakistan says troop fire turns U.S. helicopters back

By Zeeshan Haider
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani security officials said on Monday that troops had fired on U.S. military helicopters and forced them to turn back to Afghanistan, but both the Pakistani and American militaries denied the incident.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Washington Post urges Bush administration to continue strikes inside Pakistan

The War in Pakistan
U.S. attacks on Taliban and al-Qaeda targets are risky -- and necessary.

Sunday, September 14, 2008; Page B06

FOR MORE than six years, the Bush administration has relied on Pakistan's government and army to combat Taliban and al-Qaeda networks based in the country's tribal territories along the border with Afghanistan. The result has been the strengthening of both networks in the rugged and virtually lawless region; a steady increase in Taliban assaults on U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan; and ominous reports that al-Qaeda is using its bases to prepare for new attacks on Western targets, including the United States. By now it is clear that Pakistani army and security forces lack the capacity to defeat the extremists -- and may even support some of the Taliban commanders. Pakistan's army has arranged truces with some of the extremists that don't preclude them from fighting in Afghanistan. U.S officials say that the Pakistani intelligence service was complicit in a July 7 suicide bomb attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul.

In these circumstances President Bush's reported decision in July to step up attacks by U.S. forces in the tribal areas was both necessary and long overdue. According to a count by the Associated Press, there have been seven missile strikes by remotely controlled Predator aircraft in the past month, as well as one ground assault by helicopter-borne American commandos. At least two of the targets have been Taliban commanders reportedly considered friendly by Pakistani intelligence -- including Jalaluddin Haqqani, the alleged author of the Indian embassy bombing. The results of the attacks are hard to gauge, since U.S. officials refuse to discuss them; reports from the remote areas, often by sources sympathetic to the Taliban, frequently allege that most or all of the casualties are civilians.

To its credit, the Bush administration has tried to execute this shift in tactics while preserving its alliance with the Pakistani army and the new civilian government. It's a tricky balancing act: The latest attacks have prompted outraged public statements by the army commander in chief and the prime minister, and there have even been threats to retaliate against American forces. But army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani was briefed by senior U.S. commanders at a summit meeting on an aircraft carrier last month, and his forces still are in line for billions of dollars in U.S. aid. Pakistan's newly elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, also will desperately need U.S. support to extract the country from a worsening economic crisis and move forward with an ambitious program to counter extremism in the tribal territories with economic development.

There's a risk that the missile strikes will prompt a breach between the U.S. and Pakistani armies, or destabilize Mr. Zardari's democratically elected administration, which is the friendliest Washington could hope for in a country with strong anti-American sentiment. Some experts argue that U.S. attacks only increase support for the Taliban. But the group already appears to have a stranglehold on large parts of the tribal territories. U.S. commanders say that victory in Afghanistan is impossible unless Taliban bases in Pakistan are reduced. And no risk to Pakistan's political system or its U.S. relations is greater than that of a second 9/11 staged from the tribal territories. U.S. missile and commando attacks must be backed by the best intelligence and must minimize civilian casualties. But they must continue. (The Washington Post)

Bush's Overseas Policies Begin Resembling Obama's

By Dan Eggen
Barack Obama contends that a John McCain presidency would amount to little more than President Bush's third term. But as it turns out, an Obama presidency might look a bit like Bush's second.(The Washington Post)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pakistan Did Not Agree to New Rules, Officials Say

By Karen DeYoung
New rules of engagement authorizing U.S. ground attacks inside Pakistan, signed by President Bush in July, were not agreed to by that country's civilian government or its military, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Karzai backs U.S. on Pakistan

By Augustine Anthony
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai backed a proposed U.S. strategy on Thursday to hit al Qaeda and Taliban militants in neighboring Pakistan, but NATO said it would not join any cross-border U.S. raids.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan

By ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI The order allowing Special Operations forces to act without the prior approval of the Pakistani government underscores U.S. concerns over Pakistan’s ability and will to combat militants. (The New York Times)

U.S.'s Top Military Officer Calls for Better Strategy in Afghanistan

By Ann Scott Tyson
The nation's top military officer offered today a blunt assessment of the war in Afghanistan, saying that although victory is possible, the current strategy is not necessarily leading in that direction.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Zardari, Karzai Pledge New Era of Cooperation

By Candace RondeauxISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 9 -- Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as Pakistan's president Tuesday, and within hours he appeared with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, pledging to work with him to resolve long-standing tensions between their two countries and fight the rising Taliban insurgency on both...(The Washington Post)

In Hunt for Bin Laden, a New Approach

By Craig Whitlock
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Frustrated by repeated dead ends in the search for Osama bin Laden, U.S. and Pakistani officials said they are questioning long-held assumptions about their strategy and are shifting tactics to intensify the use of the unmanned but lethal Predator drone spy plane in the moun...(The Washington Post)

Monday, September 8, 2008

U.S. Strikes Taliban Stronghold in Pakistan

By Shaiq Hussain
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 8 -- At least 20 people were killed and 25 others injured Monday after several missiles fired by unmanned U.S. Predator drones hit a religious school and the house of a powerful Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan, near the border of Afghanistan, according to witnesses and a ...(The Washington Post)

Guantanamo inmate returned to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani security officials were questioning a man freed from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay and returned to his homeland more than six years after his detention, a senior official said Monday.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pakistan's Zardari urged to get new image and focus

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, must dispel the perception he is an artful politician and urgently address a deteriorating economy and worsening militant violence, newspapers said on Sunday.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bhutto's Widower Elected Pakistani President

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 6 -- Pakistan's lawmakers on Saturday elected Asif Ali Zardari, widower of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, to take over the country's presidency amid political and economic turmoil and fears of a strengthening Taliban insurgency.(The Washington Post)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Pakistan's Zardari marked by corruption, tragedy

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The likely next president of unstable, nuclear-armed Pakistan following Saturday's election is a horse-loving aristocrat who has spent more years in prison than in politics _ a novice leader lifted to prominence by his marriage to Benazir Bhutto and propelled into power by her...(The Washington Post)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bhutto Widower With Clouded Past Is Set to Lead

By JANE PERLEZ Asif Ali Zardari will start his tenure as Pakistan’s president burdened by unproven corruption allegations. (The New York Times)

Pakistani Tortured, Her Attorney Says

By Carol D. Leonnig
NEW YORK, Sept. 4 -- The attorney for an American-trained behavioral scientist charged with trying to kill U.S. personnel in July said in court Thursday that she believes that her client was imprisoned and tortured for several years before the incident and now could be mentally incompetent.(The Washington Post)

Pakistan's Zardari, Once on the Sidelines, Eyes Presidency

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 4 -- Two decades ago, Asif Ali Zardari was virtually unknown in the high-flying political circles that his new wife, Benazir Bhutto, traveled in.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pakistan's Prime Minister Unhurt After Shooting

By SALMAN MASOOD Shots were fired at Yousaf Raza Gilani’s motorcade, but the prime minister was not in the procession. (The New York Times)

NATO Accused of Civilian Deaths Inside Pakistan

By PIR ZUBAIR SHAH and JANE PERLEZ Coalition forces opened fire in a village near the Afghan border, killing seven people, the Pakistani military said.(The New York Times)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pakistani elders vow to protect vital Khyber Pass

By Ibrahim Shinwari
LANDIKOTAL, Pakistan (Reuters) - Ethnic Pashtun tribal elders in Pakistan have promised to ensure security for supplies trucked through the Khyber Pass bound for foreign forces in Afghanistan, a government official said on Tuesday.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pakistan halts strikes on insurgents for Ramadan

By ZARAR KHAN
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan said Sunday it was suspending a military operation against insurgents in a tribal region for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan but warned any provocations in the area would bring immediate retaliation.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Pakistan's Zardari, two others, in president race

By Augustine Anthony
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's presidential election next week will be a three-way tussle between the country's main parties after the Election Commission on Saturday issued a final list of candidates.(The Washington Post)

Joint Inquiry Sought Into U.S.-Led Strike In Afghan Town

By Javed Hamdard and Candace Rondeaux
HERAT, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 -- NATO's top commander in Afghanistan on Saturday called for a joint investigation into a U.S.-led airstrike that U.N. and Afghan officials say killed as many as 90 civilians recently. Meanwhile, an Afghan military official involved in the attack said misinformation led...(The Washington Post)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Predictions that Pervez Musharraf ....

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Predictions that Pervez Musharraf will have to flee Pakistan to escape treason charges have died along with the coalition that drove him from the presidency.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

U.S.-Pakistani Brainstorming on Border Violence

By ERIC SCHMITT The extreme secrecy surrounding talks between the most senior American and Pakistani commanders on Tuesday underscores how gravely the two nations regard the militant threat. (The New York Times)

Pakistan's next president: Mr. 10 Percent?

By ROBIN McDOWELL
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Asif Ali Zardari, the man poised to become Pakistan's next president, is still known as "Mr. 10 Percent" because of corruption allegations. Now his own lawyers say he may have suffered from mental health problems within the past year.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Peaceful Protests In Kashmir Alter Equation for India

By Emily Wax
SRINAGAR, India -- Inside dozens of cramped kitchens in this Kashmiri city on Saturday, mothers and daughters prepared pots of rice for the hundreds of thousands expected at a sit-in two days later. Outside, their sons and brothers collected change from motorists to buy water and juice.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Taliban Gain New Foothold in Afghan City

By CARLOTTA GALL A spectacular jailbreak in June highlighted the Afghan government’s frailty and the security situation has only worsened since then. (The New York Times)

Monday, August 25, 2008

U.N. Envoy's Ties to Pakistani Are Questioned

By HELENE COOPER and MARK MAZZETTI Zalmay Khalilzad is facing angry questions over his unauthorized contacts with Asif Ali Zardari, a contender to succeed Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan. (The New York Times)

Fractious Coalition in Pakistan Breaks Apart

By JANE PERLEZ The main problem between the leaders of the two coalition parties remains a profound disagreement over the future of the former chief justice. (The New York Times)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

In Nuclear Net's Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals

By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER A C.I.A. deal with a family of Swiss engineers helped end Libya’s bomb program, reveal Iran’s atomic labors and undo Abdul Qadeer Khan’s nuclear black market, officials said. (The New York Times)

Pakistan coalition faces Monday deadline on judges

By ZARAR KHAN
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's ruling coalition was at risk of collapsing Monday if its junior partner carries out a threat to quit unless judges ousted by ex-President Pervez Musharraf are restored immediately.(The Washington Pakistan)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pakistan's Sharif sets new deadline on judges

By Augustine Anthony
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif agreed on Friday to a debate in parliament next week on the restoration of judges deposed last year, putting back a deadline on a demand that could split the ruling coalition.(The Washington Post)

Pakistan to hold election on Sept. 6

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will hold a presidential election on September 6 to vote in a replacement for Pervez Musharraf, who resigned this week, the Election Commission said on Friday.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

64 in Pakistan Die in Bombing at Arms Plant

By JANE PERLEZ The attack was the worst by the Taliban since they began hitting government sites with suicide bombers more than 18 months ago. (The New York Times)

The Perils of Pakistan

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF stepped down as Pakistan's president Monday, brought down by a combination of his own dictatorial overreaching and the resistance of the parliamentary coalition that won elections six months ago. Having given up command of the country's army in November, Mr. Musharraf was already...(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

akistan coalition may-split post-Musharraf: analysts

By Robert Birsel
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Deadlock between Pakistan's coalition partners over the restoration of deposed judges has raised questions about the survival of the government that forced President Pervez Musharraf's resignation.(The Washington Post)

U.S. Push to Expand India's Nuclear Trade Draws Skepticism

By Glenn Kessler
A Bush administration proposal to exempt India from restriction on nuclear trade has aroused skepticism from several members of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, diplomats said yesterday, making it increasingly unlikely that a deal will be reached in two-day meetings that begin today in Vienna.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sharif Threatens to Pull Out of Pakistani Coalition

By JANE PERLEZ A day after President Pervez Musharraf resigned from office, the strains between the ruling coalition parties became apparent in a dispute over fired judges. (The New York Times)

10 French Paratroopers Killed in Ambush Near Kabul

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 19 -- In unusually large and well-coordinated operations in eastern Afghanistan Monday, Taliban fighters killed 10 French soldiers and at least six suicide bombers attacked a base of NATO alliance troops, NATO and Afghan officials said Tuesday.(The Washington Post)

Monday, August 18, 2008

U.S. Officials Urge Stability in Pakistan

By Michael Abramowitz and Glenn Kessler
With the resignation today of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the country's fledgling democratic government now must assume the full burden of fixing the economy and waging a more effective counterterrorism campaign or risk instability in a key U.S. ally, according to U.S. officials and Sou...(The Washington Post)

Beyond Musharraf

By Ahmed Rashid
Musharraf may be on his way out, but it's not clear that better things will follow.(The Washington Post)

Musharraf Resigns as President of Pakistan

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Aug. 18 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's resignation Monday signaled the beginning of a new round of political uncertainty as the country's civilian government tries to reshape the legacy left behind by nearly nine years of military rule.(The Washington Post)

Musharraf Walked a Tightrope

By JANE PERLEZ Pervez Musharraf forged a personal bond with President Bush, but he proved to be a frustrating customer for the U.S. (The New York Times)

A New Quest for U.S. in Pakistan After Musharraf

By JANE PERLEZ The question for Washington will be how firmly it can fix the attention of the leaders of the governing coalition on the raging Taliban insurgency. (The New York Times)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hopeful, Poignant Mood at India-Pakistan Border

By JOHN F. BURNS At dusk every evening, crowds of Indians and Pakistanis gather on either side of a painted line across a narrow road here in Punjab, a region that was divided when British India was partitioned into the separate countries of India and Pakistan. The line, about a foot thick, is called Zero Point, and it marks a frontier that stretches north and south from here for 1,250 miles. (The New York Times)

Pakistan burn victims turn beauticians

By NAHAL TOOSI
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Saira Liaqat squints through her one good eye as she brushes a woman's hair. Her face, most of which the acid melted years ago, occasionally lights up with a smile. Her hands, largely undamaged, deftly handle the dark brown locks.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

harges drawn up against Pakistan's Musharraf

By Robert Birsel
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's ruling coalition has prepared impeachment charges against President Pervez Musharraf focusing on violation of the constitution and misconduct, a coalition official said on Saturday.(The Washington Post)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Impending Impeachment Looms Over Musharraf

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Aug. 14 -- The last of Pakistan's four provincial assemblies voted unanimously Friday in favor of ousting President Pervez Musharraf, leaving him with few options as the threat of his impeachment looms.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Supporters say Pakistan's Musharraf could quit

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Political allies of Pervez Musharraf acknowledged Wednesday that the Pakistani president could quit rather than face impeachment, as another provincial assembly voted against him and speculation mounted that his resignation was imminent.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Is Voting A Measured Decision?

By Jay Mathews
Twenty years ago, in the midsummer heat of the George H.W. Bush-Michael Dukakis battle for the presidency, I began a lonely effort to warn America of a bone-deep bias that has poisoned our presidential politics and rendered our media's campaign analysis largely irrelevant.(The Washington Post)

Blast in North Pakistan Kills 14

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 12 -- At least 14 people were killed on the outskirts of the northwest city of Peshawar on Tuesday by a powerful bomb blast that targeted Pakistani air force personnel and badly damaged a key bridge that links the city to Pakistan's volatile tribal areas.(The Washington Post)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pakistan Musharraf won't step down: spokesman

By Kamran Haider
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf will not resign, his spokesman said on Monday, as the ruling coalition prepared to launch a bid to impeach the prominent U.S. ally.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Afghan president urges military action in Pakistan

By RAHIM FAIEZ
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that airstrikes carried out in Afghan villages by U.S. and NATO troops are only killing civilians and that the international community should instead go after terror centers in Pakistan.(The Washington Post)

Afghan president urges military action in Pakistan

By RAHIM FAIEZ
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that airstrikes carried out in Afghan villages by U.S. and NATO troops are only killing civilians and that the international community should instead go after terror centers in Pakistan.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Parliament to meet amid move to oust Musharraf

By ZARAR KHAN
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's ruling coalition has called a session of the National Assembly on Monday after vowing to oust U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf, a party spokesman said.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

World Briefing | Asia: Pakistan: Musharraf Delays China Visit

By REUTERS President Pervez Musharraf delayed a visit to China for a day, the Foreign Ministry said, as opponents in the coalition government consulted over his possible impeachment. (The New York Times)

Musharraf Faces Impeachment

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Aug. 7 -- Pakistan's ruling coalition parties agreed Thursday to impeach President Pervez Musharraf, setting up a major showdown between the former military chief and the newly elected civilian government.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pakistani Woman Faces Assault Charges

By William Branigin
A U.S.-educated Pakistani woman suspected of links to al-Qaeda appeared in federal court in New York yesterday on charges of attempting to kill American military officers and FBI agents in Afghanistan last month.(The Washington Post)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Dutch survivor of K2 avalanche describes ordeal

By STEPHEN GRAHAM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Blinded by the glare off the snow and ice, attempting a perilous descent down K2 to save his life, the Dutch mountaineer came upon three Korean climbers.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

9 Climbers on K2 Reported Dead After an Avalanche

By JANE PERLEZ An avalanche struck the climbers on a gully at a height of nearly 27,000 feet, just below the summit of the world’s second highest peak. (The New York Times)

Pakistan PM says Indian accusations hurt peace process

By Krittivas Mukherjee
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister said there was no evidence linking his country to attacks on India, adding such accusations had hurt the peace process, a report said on Sunday.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Pakistan to probe Indian embassy bombing in Kabul

By ASHOK SHARMA
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Pakistan's prime minister on Saturday promised to investigate accusations that his country's intelligence agency was involved in the deadly July 7 bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, a top Indian diplomat said.(The Washington Post)

Afghanistan's Missed Opportunity

By Reviewed by Pamela Constable
DESCENT INTO CHAOS The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. (The Washington Post)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Pakistan Denies Report Its Spy Service Planned Kabul Blast

By SALMAN MASOOD Pakistan on Friday angrily rejected a report that its powerful spy service helped plan the deadly July 7 attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The New York Times)

Strategy for Pakistan

Supporting the fragile democracy while pursuing al-Qaeda will be a tricky balancing act.(The Washington Post)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pakistanis Aided Attack in Kabul, U.S. Officials Say

By MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT The conclusion that Pakistan’s powerful spy service helped to plan the bombing of India’s embassy has strained relations between the U.S. and a longtime ally. (The New York Times)

Mortar kills family of 7 in Pakistan's Swat valley

By RIAZ KHAN
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A mortar shell hit a house in a valley where Pakistani security forces are battling Islamic militants, killing a family of seven, and militants torched a nearby girls school, police said Thursday.(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

NW Pakistan Clashes Intensify; Peace Deals at Risk, Taliban Says

By Candace Rondeaux
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 30 -- Clashes between insurgents and Pakistani troops escalated Wednesday in the country's fractious northwest as Taliban leaders threatened to withdraw their support for peace deals brokered this year with Pakistan's new government.(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Missile strike strains US-Pakistan relations

By FOSTER KLUG
WASHINGTON -- President Bush took care to say it twice after his meeting with Pakistan's new prime minister: The United States respects Pakistan's sovereignty.(The Washington Post)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pakistan: 3 troops, 15 militants killed

QUETTA, Pakistan -- Suspected tribal insurgents ambushed a security forces patrol in southwest Pakistan, and three troops and 15 militants were killed in the fighting, an official said Sunday.(The Washington Post)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pakistan Hopes Premier's U.S. Visit Will Yield Funds, Forbearance

By Karen DeYoung
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani has a clear agenda for his inaugural visit to Washington this week: He wants more aid, more patience and less pressure from the United States as his four-month-old coalition government develops a strategy to combat Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in the...(The Washington Post)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Pakistan's Window of Opportunity

By Rick Barton and Karin von Hippel
How can the U.S. best encourage its nascent democracy?(The Washington Post)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bush Ex-Official Says Corrupt Afghans and a Hesitant Military Hinder Drug Fight

By CARLOTTA GALL The combined failure of Afghan and American efforts to fight narcotics has turned Afghanistan into a virtual narco-state, according to a former Bush administration official. (The New York Times)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

US wants to shift $226 million on Pakistan money

By ANNE GEARAN
WASHINGTON -- The State Department wants to use about two-thirds of its proposed military equipment aid for Pakistan's anti-terrorism programs to help the key U.S. ally upgrade its aging fleet of U.S.-made F-16 fighter planes.(The Washington Post)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Unilateral Action by U.S. a Growing Fear in Pakistan

By JANE PERLEZ Suggestions that the U.S. could resort to unilateral intervention against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan have caused anxiety in Pakistan. (The New York Times)

India blames Pakistan in embassy bombing

By MUNEEZA NAQVI
NEW DELHI -- A top Indian diplomat blamed Pakistan on Monday for the bombing of India's embassy in Afghanistan, saying the attack had put the rivals' peace process "under stress."(The Washington Post)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Can Taliban Win in Pakistan?

Dr Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy at the Middle East Institute (Washington DC) event 'Can Taliban Win in Pakistan' on July 16, 2008

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Dr Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy at the Middle East Institute (Washington DC) event 'Can Taliban Win in Pakistan' on July 16, 2008

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Dr Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy at the Middle East Institute (Washington DC) event 'Can Taliban Win in Pakistan' on July 16, 2008

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Dr Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy at the Middle East Institute (Washington DC) event 'Can Taliban Win in Pakistan' on July 16, 2008

(Video clips produced by Rana Fawad. For the news story, click on http://www.samundarpaar.com/)

Clip 4: About Laal Masjid Islamabad
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