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Unilateral airstrikes unacceptable: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: The visiting United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen on Wednesday reiterated US commitment to respect Pakistan's sovereignty, while Pakistan made it clear that unilateral airstrikes in its territory are not acceptable. Sources said the top US commander was informed that Islamabad would not compromise on national sovereignty and only Pakistan […]

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Taliban kill US "spy'

LANDI KOTAL, Pakistan: Local Taliban killed an Afghan national in Khyber Agency on Wednesday for allegedly spying on them for United States forces in Afghanistan, official sources said. The Taliban dumped the body near Government Degree College Landi Kotal. The Afghan was later identified as Zainullah, a native of the Afghan province of Nangarhar. He had […]

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Tribesmen to fight US if incursions continue

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Every Ahmedzai Wazir tribesman will fight US forces on Afghani soil if their incursions into South Waziristan continue, a 3,000-strong jirga ruled on Wednesday. The jirga consisting of pro-government tribal elders and pro-Taliban clerics was held in Wana. "Each and every Ahmedzai Wazir tribesman, be young or old, will take up arms against […]

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Taliban warn woman against working for USAID

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Taliban on Wednesday warned a woman working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) of "dire consequences' if she kept working. USAID employee Dr Aneesa Arif said three armed men with long hair and beards stopped her in front of her house in Hayatabad and demanded she stop working for […]

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6 die in suspected US missile strike in Pakistan

Pakistan: Air-fired missiles hit a militant compound near the Afghan border and killed at least six people Wednesday evening, officials said, soon after a senior American officer met with government leaders to discuss the furor over U.S. attacks inside Pakistan. The airstrike was likely to further fan anger among Pakistanis over a surge in cross-border […]

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Pakistanis Tell of New U.S. Missile Strike

PESHAWAR, Pakistan ‚ Five people were killed and three wounded when a United States Predator drone fired missiles into a house in Baghar Cheena, near Angora Adda in the restive South Waziristan tribal region, local residents said Wednesday. The residents, who brought the wounded to a hospital in the regional center of Wana, said that […]

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The Return of Melamine, and Chinese Product Safety Woes

The Return of Melamine, and Chinese Product Safety Woes

Melamine, a chemical additive used to make plastics and fertilizer, has been confirmed to contaminate milk powder (produced by China's Sanlu Group), which is widely used in baby formula consumed both in China and New Zealand. Today, the contaminated milk product is confirmed to have been included in products reaching as far as Yemen, Bangladesh, […]

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Pakistan Would Fire on Intruders

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan ‚ The Pakistani military said on Tuesday its troops would fire on foreign forces if they crossed the country's borders but denied that this was a change of policy. The comments came after the United States sent commandos into Pakistan to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda earlier this month, and as confusion […]

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Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids

Pakistan's military has ordered its forces to open fire if U.S. troops launch another air or ground raid across the Afghan border, an army spokesman said Tuesday. The orders, which come in response to a highly unusual Sept. 3 ground attack by U.S. commandos, are certain to heighten tension between Washington and a key ally […]

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President to confront many challenges during US visit

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari, who is leaving for New York on September 21, will face not only an enormous challenge to persuade his American counterpart George W Bush for the withdrawal of the latter's decision of launching missile strikes on Pakistan's tribal areas but also to restart the "stalled Indo-Pak' peace process as […]

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Pakistan Says U.S. Copters Repulsed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Monday denied reports that Pakistani troops fired on two U.S. military helicopters after they crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and forced them to turn back. “I’ve checked into that and find it to be a spurious report,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. “Did not happen. I’ve checked all […]

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Does the government have a plan for anything?

Does the government have a plan to help people cope with the ever-rising cost of electricity? No, it doesn't. On the contrary, the government on Tuesday, September 9 (which, coincidentally, also happened to be the day on which Asif Ali Zardari took oath of office as president), increased the electricity tariff by up to an […]

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The politics of vengeance

PAKISTAN may or may not be the world's most dangerous country, but it is certainly the most difficult one to govern. Considering its many problems, it is a source of constant wonder that so many people aspire to the top job. Soon after the coalition government was formed in Islamabad following the February elections, I […]

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Pakistan pursues diplomacy with US on border raids

Pakistan's government eased its rhetoric Saturday against unilateral U.S. attacks on militant havens near the Afghan border, saying it hopes quiet diplomacy will persuade Washington that the raids only inflame sentiment against leaders of both countries. Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar claimed Washington already has agreed to curtail its military activities against militants in Pakistan, although […]

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Pakistani Military Warns U.S. on Raids

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military on Friday warned that it could strike back at U.S. soldiers if they conducted cross-border raids from Afghanistan, escalating the tension between the allies as U.S. missiles again pounded suspected militant hideouts.   Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, seen here meeting with commandos in July, has said American […]

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