Posts Tagged ‘ Pakistan ’

US lawmakers threaten to cut Pakistan aid

February 9, 2011
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Three senior US lawmakers have warned that Congress may halt aid to Pakistan if the country fails to release an American Embassy employee who shot and killed two Pakistanis. The three congressmen said on Tuesday that they met Pakistani officials during a recent trip to the country and made clear there would be repercussions if the American were not released." (02/10/11)

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Pakistan: Bombings kill four, destroy NATO tanker

February 8, 2011
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CNN    

"Three bomb blasts in northwest Pakistan killed four security personnel Tuesday and destroyed an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, police told CNN. One of the bombs was planted along a road and exploded as a military convoy drove by, said senior police official Muhammad Iftikhar Khan. Two soldiers were killed in the explosion and four others were injured, Khan said." (02/08/11)

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Pakistan: Two policemen killed, six injured in Hangu attack

February 7, 2011
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"Terrorists fired rockets and bullets at a police patrol van in Peshawar on Monday, killing two officers and injuring six others, police said. The incident, responsibility of which has been claimed by the Taliban, took place in Balyamina village, 10 kilometres west of Hangu, a town suffering from the effects of a Taliban-linked insurgency." (02/08/11)

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Pakistan: Four accused as US spies, killed

February 6, 2011
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CNN    

"Militants in northwest Pakistan shot and killed four men they accused of spying for the United States, police told CNN. The bullet-riddled bodies were found Saturday dumped along a road in North Waziristan, a district in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border, said senior police official Sajid Mohmand." (02/05/11)

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Thousands in Pakistan rally against American

January 30, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Hard-line Islamic leaders on Sunday rallied at least 15,000 people against an American official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis and warned the government not to cave in to U.S. pressure to release the man. The protest in the eastern city of Lahore, where the shootings took place, came as the U.S. Embassy once again insisted that the American has diplomatic immunity and was being detained illegally by Pakistan." (01/30/11)

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Pakistan: 20 killed in tribal region

December 30, 2010
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United Press International    

"Security forces in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region killed at least 20 suspected insurgents, government officials said. Asian News International said Thursday's action was launched after officials received intelligence that insurgents were gathering in the area. Helicopter gunships attacked the suspected militant hideout and also destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle, ANI said." (12/30/10)

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Pakistan: Attack on NATO truck kills one

December 29, 2010
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Press TV [Iranian State Media]    

"At least one person has been killed and two others wounded as Pakistani militants attacked two NATO supply vehicles transporting fuel destined for US-led forces in Afghanistan. A group of unidentified armed men fired shots at the two oil tankers in Landi Kotal district of the border Torkham town on Wednesday morning. A driver was killed and two others sustained injuries in the attack, local police officials told Press TV. Gunmen also set the tankers ablaze." (12/29/10)

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Pakistani party says it may leave coalition

December 29, 2010
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Washington Post    

"A major Pakistani political party said yesterday that it would pull its two members from the country’s federal Cabinet, renewing questions about the viability of the beleaguered governing coalition led by President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party. The move by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), which controls the city of Karachi, does not immediately endanger the government. But the party indicated it was also considering withdrawing from the coalition, a move that could cost the government its parliamentary majority or, if the MQM joined the opposition, cause the government to collapse." [editor's note: Just as I suspected, Pakistan's a "MOM and PPP" operation - SAT] (12/29/10)

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Pakistan: US drone strikes kill 15

December 28, 2010
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WTMA 1250 AM    

"At least 15 people were killed in four separate drone attacks Tuesday in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan, Pakistan, which shares a border with Afghanistan." (12/28/10)

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Pakistan: Suspected US drone strike kills 18

December 27, 2010
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Guardian [UK]    

"Suspected US missiles struck two vehicles in a Taliban stronghold near the border with Afghanistan today, killing 18 alleged militants, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. ... The latest strikes targeted Shera Tala village in Mir Ali district, where militants are heavily concentrated. The identities of the 18 dead were not immediately known." (12/27/10)

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Pakistan: Dozens die in suicide bombing

December 27, 2010
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BBC News [UK]    

"At least 40 people have died after a suicide bomb on a large crowd receiving food aid in north-west Pakistan. The blast took place in the town of Khar in the Bajaur region, in tribal areas close to the Afghan border -- a Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold. About 1,000 people displaced by fighting had been receiving food at a distribution centre. Reports say at least another 50 people have been injured and the death toll could rise." (12/25/10)

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Pakistani drone victim seeks to put US on trial

December 23, 2010
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CTV [Canada]    

"Sadaullah Wazir says he was relaxing in his front yard when the missile struck, hurling him against the wall and mangling his legs so badly that they had to be amputated. Three of his relatives died. Now the 17-year-old and his family want justice from America, which they say was behind the attack. Detailed accounts by casualties such as Wazir rarely make it outside the tribal regions. He and other tribesmen recently traveled to Islamabad, the capital, to meet with lawyers who are planning to sue the CIA for damages." (12/23/10)

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Nixon adopted this tactic in Vietnam

December 23, 2010
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The Independent [UK]
by Patrick Cockburn  

"Could US Special Forces make a lunge across the Pakistan border in pursuit of the Taliban just as American and South Vietnamese troops briefly invaded Cambodia in pursuit of the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces in 1970? The precedent is not good. What US officers have in mind for the Pakistan border regions is much smaller in scale than President Nixon's venture, but is unlikely to be any more successful. Possible military gains are limited, while the danger of a political backlash is acute." (12/23/10)

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Pakistan’s crooked roots

December 23, 2010
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  

"Benazir Bhutto had many flaws. Her second government was marred by corruption scandals, she was never able to consolidate the civilian and secular institutions she championed in her country, and she was slow in grasping the blessings of economic globalization. But she was right about the most important thing: Pakistan’s original sin — the reason for its instability, its dysfunctional politics, and the penetration of its state and society by religious fanaticism — was the brutal influence of military rule in that republic’s short life. And it still is." (12/22/10)

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Pakistan: Two arrested in Bhutto murder case

December 22, 2010
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Sify [India]    

"Pakistani authorities Wednesday arrested two senior police officers for alleged dereliction of duty over the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said. ... A court in Rawalpindi this month issued warrants for the arrest of Saud Aziz, who was city police chief at the time of the killing, and Khurram Shahzad, another senior policeman for their 'failure' to protect Bhutto, Dawn News reported. Both police officers were accused of providing insufficient security to Bhutto and hosing down the crime scene before all the evidence was collected." (12/23/10)

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NATO denies US plans Pakistan escalation

December 21, 2010
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Los Angeles Times    

"The NATO force in Afghanistan denied Tuesday that the American military intends to carry out ground raids inside Pakistan in pursuit of insurgent leaders hiding there. ... The New York Times reported in Tuesday's editions that senior U.S. military officials believe they will soon be authorized to send American special operations forces into Pakistan's tribal areas with the aim of capturing figures from the Taliban and a virulent offshoot organization, the Haqqani network." (12/22/10)

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Invading Pakistan? The worst idea yet

December 21, 2010
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The Nation Blog
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"Two good reporters for the New York Times ... write today that the United States is preparing for send troops across the border into Pakistan in pursuit of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and any other bad guys they can find. If there’s a worse idea, I don't know what it is. ... Like President Nixon’s decision to expand the war in Vietnam into Cambodia in pursuit of alleged Viet Cong 'sanctuaries' -- a decision that hugely destabilized Cambodia and led to millions of deaths -- a policy of attacking Pakistan would destabilize that country, too, and serve only to push the sanctuaries deeper into Pakistan." [editor's note: Viet Nam/Afghanistan = Cambodia/Pakistan ... the analogy is just frickin' eerie! - SAT] (12/21/10)

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The Pak-Af problem

December 21, 2010
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Slate
by Christopher Hitchens  

"The critical political question is now this one: Are we committed to Afghanistan or to the Karzai government? There are many, many Afghans who will fight the Taliban and al-Qaida whether we continue to do so or not: the Hazara and the Tajiks and a good number of the nation's women and city-dwellers. Not to feel some sort of duty and solidarity here would be morally deaf. But in what sense are these allies represented by a regime that cannot any longer even claim to have won an election?" (12/20/10)

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Iran hangs 11 Sunni rebels, urges Pakistan to act

December 20, 2010
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Reuters    

"Iran has hanged 11 people linked to a Sunni rebel group that killed 39 people in a mosque bombing, the Justice Ministry said on Monday. ... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, urging Pakistan to arrest 'identified terrorists' and hand them over to Iran, state television reported. The Justice Ministry said those executed were all supporters of Jundollah, which claimed a double suicide bombing of Shi'ite worshippers in the southeast on December 15." (12/20/10)

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Pakistan: Militants destroy NATO supply tankers

December 20, 2010
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Sify [India]    

"Suspected Islamist militants in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border Monday torched two oil tankers carrying fuel for the NATO forces in Afghanistan, official said. The incident took place in Khata Kashta area of Khyber, one of the seven mountainous tribal districts that are known bastions of Taliban and Al Qaeda rebels." (12/20/10)

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Pakistan: 60 killed in year’s deadliest drone hit

December 19, 2010
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The Nation [Pakistan]    

"On the second consecutive day on Friday the US drones targeted three suspected bases of alleged militants in the inaccessible Tirah valley, tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency, killing at least 60 suspected militants including two militant commanders and leaving more than a dozen injured, official sources said. ... This was the first drone attack after President Barack Obama announced the review of Afghan war on Thursday last. There had been more than 100 drone attacks in 2010, over double than last year’s total." (12/19/10)

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How the Afghan counterinsurgency threatens Pakistan

December 18, 2010
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The Nation
by Anatol Lieven  

"By now, almost all the likely outcomes of US strategy in Afghanistan are bad ones. They range from unending civil war, with government forces barely managing to hold their own against the Taliban, to de facto partition of the country. There is a chance that the Taliban would accept a settlement involving a timetable for the complete withdrawal of US forces and a neutral central government of respected Muslim figures, together with de facto Taliban control of the Pashtun heartland in the south and Western economic aid." (12/16/10)

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CIA’s Pakistan chief outed, removed

December 18, 2010
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Washington Post    

"U.S. officials said Friday they are increasingly convinced that Pakistan's intelligence service deliberately exposed the identity of the CIA's top spy in Pakistan, triggering death threats and forcing the agency to pull him from his post. ... The CIA officer was rushed out of the agency's massive station in Islamabad on the same day that President Obama issued a new warning to Pakistan's leaders that 'terrorist safe havens within their borders must be dealt with.'" (12/18/10)

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