Taliban reject safe passage agreed at trilateral moot * Spokesman says decision of trilateral forum a US tactic to make jihadis surrender By Imdad Hussain link http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C04%5C29%5Cstory_29-4-2012_pg7_3 ISLAMABAD: Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected the trilateral forum agreement in Islamabad to give a safe passage to terrorists willing to talk [...]
Taliban reject safe passage agreed at trilateral moot * Spokesman says decision of trilateral forum a US tactic to make jihadis surrender By Imdad Hussain
Pakistan PM found guilty in contempt case Supreme court delivers verdict in case related to reopening of probe into graft allegations against President Zardari.
PM Gilani, right, could be disqualified from holding public office, forcing early elections [EPA] Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani prime minister, has been convicted by the country’s Supreme Court of having committed contempt of court in a case that could see him thrown out of office. Gilani was sentenced to be detained in the court until the [...]
AfPak: Mutiny on the Bounty By Eric Walberg – CairoKabul was cast into chaos Sunday as the Taliban began their spring offensive with attacks on US, British, German and Russian embassies, NATO headquarters, Camp Eggers, a hotel, President Karzai’s palace compound and parliament. “These are coordinated attacks that went just [...]
Stop Obama’s Drone War in Pakistan by Matthew Rothschild The Pakistani government and its opposition parties have just come together in a rare show of unity to demand that the United States cease all drone attacks inside their country.
. Stop Obama’s Drone War in Pakistan by Matthew Rothschild The Pakistani government and its opposition parties have just come together in a rare show of unity to demand that the United States cease all drone attacks inside their country.As well they should The United States hasn’t declared war on Pakistan. The U.S. has no [...]
Obama Told Pakistan: US ‘Not Ready’ to Stop Drone Strikes ‘No Flexibility’ In Talks by Jason Ditz, March 29, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The highly anticipated meeting between President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani, potentially the last one before Gilani is [...]
‘No charges’ over Pakistan border strike US military reportedly blames November airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops on “battlefield confusion”.
An investgation last year found that both Pakistan and the US bore responsibility for the incident [GALLO/GETTY] The US military does not intend to charge or discipline its officers who were involved in a deadly NATO airstrike on a Pakistani border post last November, a newspaper report from the US suggests. The New York Times reported on Sunday [...]
Pakistani MPs say US drone strikes must end before relations improve Parliamentary committee draws up tough recommendations as basis of new partnership with US after months of tension
The Pakistani parliament house in Islamabad. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP Pakistani MPs say US drone strikes must end before relations improve Parliamentary committee draws up tough recommendations as basis of new partnership with US after months of tension Missile attacks by unmanned US aircraft on militants in Pakistan‘s tribal areas must come to an end before Islamabad [...]
The Pakistani parliament house in Islamabad. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP Pakistani MPs say US drone strikes must end before relations improve Parliamentary committee draws up tough recommendations as basis of new partnership with US after months of tension Jon Boone in Islamabad guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 20 March 2012 11.25 GMT Article history Missile attacks by unmanned US aircraft on [...]
The latest poll shows 61 per cent of Palestinians favouring non-violent resistance as an alternative to stalled negotiations [EPA] Washington, DC - Khader Adnan spent 66 days on hunger strike, a symbolic, self-denying act of non-violent resistance to Israel‘s practice of “administrative detention” or imprisonment without charge. His story quickly became well known and began to [...]
USAID’s FY 2013 budget released; Pakistan to receive $ 2.4 billion Washington: (Tuesday, February 14, 2012) The President’s FY 2013 Budget for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) strengthens U.S. national security, advances America’s economic interests, and elevates America’s global leadership through diplomacy and development. It supports [...]
Pakistani rejects NATO border-attack account Military releases report rejecting US claim that its forces fired on Pakistani troops “in self-defence”.
In the wake of the cross-border strike, Pakistan shut down a US air base in Balochistan and halted NATO supplies [AFP] Pakistan’s army has rejected a US military report that claimed that NATO cross-border air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops in November were regrettable but justified. In a detailed report released on Monday, Pakistan’s [...]
Pakistan ‘memogate’ witness refuses to testify Mansoor Ijaz, who claims Pakistani ambassador to Washington wrote secret memo to US military, says he fears for his safety
The former Pakistani ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani. Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP The US businessman at the heart of Pakistan‘s “memogate” political scandal will not come to the country to testify, blaming concerns for his own safety, according to his lawyer. After proclaiming he was prepared to give evidence even at the risk of his own life, [...]
Pakistan Secretly Helping US Drone Campaign Officials Say Recent Strikes ‘Joint Operations’ by Jason Ditz,
Pakistan Secretly Helping US Drone Campaign Officials Say Recent Strikes ‘Joint Operations’ by Jason Ditz, January 22, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum A new report from Reuters cites unnamed security officials who confirm that the Pakistani intelligence community is, despite government protestations to the contrary, [...]
Analysts: US , Pakistan collaborating again on drone strikes BY TOM HUSSAIN MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS ISLAMABAD – Two apparent U.S. drone attacks last week on militant targets in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan very likely signal the resumption of joint counterintelligence operations by the CIA and Pakistan’s military spy agency, security analysts here [...]
Pakistan PM faces disqualification over contempt of court action Yousaf Raza Gilani ordered to face supreme court to explain his failure to ask Swiss to reopen corruption cases against president
Pakistan‘s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, has been issued a contempt notice by the country’s supreme court. Photograph: Mian Khursheed/Reuters Pakistan‘s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, has been threatened with jail for contempt of court and ordered to appear before the supreme court in person, raising the possibility that he could be disqualified from office. [...]
New US Strategy in Asia is Just Old US Hegemony by John Glaser, January 12, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The Obama administration has announced a new defense strategy for the country based on slightly slimmer armed forces, more drones and special ops, and a renewed focus on Asia-Pacific due to China’s supposed military build-up. [...]
Pakistan defence official fired amid tension Secretary removed from post as army says PM’s criticism of top security officials will have “serious ramifications”.
The army has objected to allegations made by the prime minister against the army and intelligence chiefs [EPA] Pakistan’s prime minister has dismissed the country’s defence secretary in a move likely to escalate tensions between his civilian government and the country’s powerful military. Yousuf Raza Gilani‘s decision comes against the backdrop of a scandal involving an unsigned memo that apparently [...]
China planning military base in Pakistan, Indian report says China is planning a military base in Pakistan, India Today reported, citing “a secret report prepared by the government’s joint intelligence committee.”
Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani talks to China’s Premier Wen Jiabao during a singing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 18, 2011. (Jason Lee/AFP/Getty Images) China is planning a military base in Pakistan,India Today reported, citing “a secret report prepared by the [...]
A Pakistani Spring? Imran Khan’s ‘Tsunami’ Brings Hope ‘Peace in Karachi, a stable and progressive Pakistan’
A Pakistani Spring? Imran Khan‘s ‘Tsunami’ Brings Hope ‘Peace in Karachi, a stable and progressive Pakistan’ Nuclear-armed Pakistan has been through turmoil for many years with military coups, rampant corruption and US drone attacks. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan’s Movement for Justice party, is emerging as a leading contender to lead Pakistan into [...]
In Pakistan, a news media minefield In the most dangerous place on Earth to be a journalist, the media’s problems are reflections of the state’s incapacity.
Pakistani journalists say they face threats from both state and non-state actors, and lack any protection [EPA] In 2011, Pakistan was, for the second year running, the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), seven journalists were killed in the country as [...]
Musharraf faces arrest in Pakistan Official says former president will be arrested in connection with assassination of Benazir Bhutto if he returns home.
Prosecutors allege Musharraf was part of a conspiracy to kill Bhutto, but Musharraf has denied the charge [EPA] Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be arrested in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto if he returns to the country, a government prosecutor has said. There is no need for any “fresh [...]
Air strikes and the decline of western prestige The response to recent air strikes in Pakistan shows to what extent US power abroad has declined.
World public opinion of the US military and its operations has soured after 9/11 [GALLO/GETTY] New York, NY - Portents of declining US and Western prestige marked the closing months of 2011. There is of course the ongoing economic crisis, and the inability to respond to it effectively. But another sign was the rapidity with [...]
Pakistani Militants Announce Truce With Pakistan, Will Focus on Fighting NATO Groups Said to Pledge Aid to Mullah Omar
Imran Khan: set to play the innings of his life After years on the political fringes, the playboy cricketer turned philanthropist and party leader is being widely hailed as the new saviour of Pakistan
Imran Khan, former cricketer, philanthropist and party leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Photograph: David Levene The crowd gathered fast and within an hour, the dust of the sports ground below the old city walls of Lahore was obscured by a mass of shouting, grinning, pushing men. Above them, behind a makeshift stage, hung two giant portraits: [...]
Pakistan to investigate ‘memogate’ scandal that warned of military coup Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani denies being author of note asking for American help to rein in Pakistan’s powerful military
Pakistan‘s president, Asif Ali Zardari, faces questions over links the the ‘memogate’ scandal, which is being investigated by the supreme court Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Pakistan‘s supreme court is to investigate the scandal surrounding an unsigned memo – reportedly sent by a close ally of the president, Asif Ali Zardari, to the US after Osama [...]
Blame game continues US Report on Pakistan Attack Blames NATO for Failures Pakistan Formally Rejects US Report on Killings
Imran Khan: Pakistan’s saviour? Famous cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has galvanised the political scene in Pakistan, but is it enough?
Former cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan has brought out crowds in unprecedented numbers, but he’s often criticised for being hyped up beyond his actual political impact [EPA] “I now present you the man who will save Pakistan.” That’s how cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan was introduced to a crowd of more than 100,000 of his [...]
Imran Khan draws more than 100,000 to rally in Karachi Cricketer-turned-politician hits home with anti-corruption, anti-US message at rally in Pakistan’s largest city
Imran Khan with supporters at the rally in Karachi. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images More than 100,000 people have rallied in support of the Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the country’s biggest city, Karachi, further cementing his status as a rising force in politics. His message of cracking down on corruption and [...]
REUTERS For the second year in a row, Reporters Without Borders has named Pakistan the most deadly country in the world for journalists. The biggest threat is not terrorists, but the intelligence service, a prominent talk show moderator alleges. The same man just received an ominous warning via text message. Hamid Mir leans back in his [...]
Pakistan army rejects US findings on border attack American investigation concludes mistakes on both sides led to US air strikes killing 24 Pakistani soldiers
Pakistani women protest in Karachi against the Nato attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month. Photograph: Corbis Pakistan army rejects US findings on border attack American investigation concludes mistakes on both sides led to US air strikes killing 24 Pakistani soldiers reddit this Associated Press guardian.co.uk, Friday 23 December 2011 07.55 GMT Article history The [...]
The blame sharing game Inquiry into US airstrike on Pakistan troops finds both sides to blame Pentagon says incident which led to the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers due to poor co-ordination
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani pledged to ‘defend the sovereignty of the country at all costs’ following the attack. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty AUS military investigation into the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in repeated air strikes by American warplanes on two border outposts last month has found that both sides were to blame after a chain [...]
Pakistan PM fears plot against his government Yousuf Raza Gilani says certain institutions were behaving like a state within a state.
Gilani criticised the security forces’ inability to detect Osama bin Laden‘s presence on Pakistani soil [EPA] Link to Al Jazeera article http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/2011122215143225409.html Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan‘s embattled prime minister, has said conspirators were plotting to bring down his government, delivering an unprecedented tirade against the country’s powerful military. Without directly naming the military, Gilani said on Thursday [...]
“A regrettable mistake” Strike on Pakistani base ‘not deliberate’ US and NATO say “mistakes and misunderstandings” resulted in the strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.
Following the deadly strike on Pakistani soldiers, the US was forced to vacate Shamsi air base in Balochistan [EPA] The US military has said that “mistakes and misunderstandings” resulted in the NATO strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month, AFP news agency reported. A US military statement on Thursday said its probe into the incident revealed [...]
Was the Attack on Pakistani Outposts Deliberate?: How Far Will the US Go to Target Pakistan’s Military?
Smoldering ruin of a border outpost inside Pakistan attacked by US helicopters. 24 Pakistani soldiers died here and at a second mountaintop outpost in an unprovoked US massacre Shaukat Qadir This past June I posted an article by Anatol Lieven on Facebook. For those who are not familiar with his name, [...]
Pakistan’s legal fight to end the drone war As civilian deaths in Pakistan mount from the US drone war, legal groups work to raise awareness – and impose justice.
Drones, which frequently kill civilians in Pakistan, are operated remotely by the US military and CIA [GALLO/GETTY] “You cannot call me lucky,” said Sadaullah Wazir as he recounted the events of a drone strike two years ago on his home in North Waziristan. The strike killed his two young cousins and an elderly wheelchair-bound uncle. It [...]
Pakistanis protest against US drone strikes Imran Khan leads thousands in Karachi rally, calling for an end to strikes seen as violation of Pakistan’s territory.
Khan leads a rally to condemn US drone attacks targeting suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan [EPA] Imran Khan, Pakistan’s cricket-great-turned-politician and the chairman of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party (Movement for Justice), has led around 6,000 protesters in Karachi demanding an end to US drone strikes on Pakistani soil. Thousands of anti-US protesters had [...]
Imran Khan: Pakistan‘s next leader? The cricketer-turned-politician discusses the fight against corruption and violence in Pakistan. video interview at http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/frostovertheworld/2011/12/20111210942346106.html For years his political ambitions have been overshadowed by his cricket career. Now, his popularity as a politician has suddenly increased massively and his message to get rid of corruption and to [...]
Pakistani Taliban deny talks with government Taliban spokesman denies claims of peace talks with government one day after group’s deputy chief said talks had begun.
The Taliban has been battling the Pakistani army in the country’s northwest for the last four years [EPA] A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has denied earlier claims that the group was in talks with the government in Islamabad. Sunday’s announcement by Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Pakistani wing of the group, comes a day [...]
Pakistani Forces Take Control of Shamsi Airbase The U.S. military had been ordered to evacuate the base.
Taliban announce peace talks with Pakistan • Tahrik-e-Taliban says it is in discussions with government • News likely to inflame Islamabad’s strained relations with US
The Pakistani Taliban, shown here patrolling the Orakzai tribal agency in November 2008, have announced they are in peace talks with the Pakistani government. Photograph: Tariq Mahmood/AFP/Getty Reuters guardian.co.uk, Saturday 10 December 2011 09.26 GMT Article history The Pakistani Taliban have announced they are in peace talks with the country’s government – news that holds out the prospect [...]
Stranded Pakistani Truckers Back NATO Supply Blockade “We risk our lives and take these supplies to Afghanistan for NATO, and in return they are killing our soldiers,”
Pakistani Commission to Probe CIA Presence in Country ‘Abbottabad Commission’ Vows to Release Results to Public by Jason Ditz, December 08, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Speaking today at a press conference, Pakistani Justice Javed Iqbal, the head of the “Abbottabad Commission,” [...]
US Begins Pullout From Pakistan’s Shamsi Airbase Planes Arrive at Secretive Drone Base to Pack Up After Eviction
A Pakistani official has claimed that U.S. officers gave the wrong coordinates when seeking permission to engage by John Glaser, December 03, 2011
Deadly Attack on Pakistani Base Due to U.S. “Errors” A Pakistani official has claimed that U.S. officers gave the wrong coordinates when seeking permission to engage by John Glaser, December 03, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The unprovoked U.S. attack on a Pakistani military border post last week occurred due to “errors” by U.S. [...]
One war means more wars as Nato plans push in eastern Afghanistan to quell Pakistan-based insurgents
Pakistanis burn an effigy of Barack Obama in Lahore: resentment of Nato after the death of 24 soldiers last week has plunged co-operation between the allies into doubt. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images Nato plans push in eastern Afghanistan to quell Pakistan-based insurgents Exclusive: Isaf aims to reduce threat to Kabul by insurgent groups and has [...]