Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pakistan halts strikes on insurgents for Ramadan

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 ....

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)