Friday, October 31, 2008

Suspected U.S. Missile Strike Kills 15 in Pakistan

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

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

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

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

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

-- 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

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

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

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


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)