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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)