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White House refuses to comment on rules of engagement

WASHINGTON, Sept 12: The United States continues to refuse to talk about US military actions inside Fata with the White House saying that it does not want to comment on rules of engagement with the enemy. But unnamed Pentagon officials, in interviews to CNN, BBC, Fox News and other channels, confirmed that President Bush had […]

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U.S. Reported to Kill 12 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan ‚ As the American campaign against suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan's tribal areas seemed to intensify on Friday, two missiles fired from remotely piloted American aircraft killed 12 people on Friday in an attack on a village compound in North Waziristan, according to a local journalist and television reports. At […]

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Why Pakistan Invastion Won't Help Washington

The New York Times reported that President Bush secretly signed an executive order authorizing the American military forces operating in Afghanistan to carry out cross border raids, attack or both if necessary to fight the Taliban. The question is whether this will help or hurt the fight against terrorism.  Every leading foreign policy expert has […]

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President Zardari and media obsessions

On Tuesday, at the press conference following his swearing-in, President Asif Ali Zardari set the tone by saying: "The president will only carry forward the brief of the government and bow before the parliament; the president will be subservient to parliament". This is all he could say as president, but those present around him wanted […]

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Pakistan backs army chief over US rebuke

Pakistan's civilian leadership today endorsed the head of the army after he took the unusual step of criticising the US for launching unilateral attacks on Pakistani soil. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, considered by the US as a pivotal figure in the “war on terror”, said yesterday Pakistan had never agreed to allow the US to […]

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Pakistan: al-Qaeda Operatives Killed

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan ‚ Two important al-Qaida operatives were among four foreign militants killed in a CIA missile strike in Pakistan's northwest, officials said Wednesday. Some Pakistani intelligence officials said one of the men was in charge of the terror network's activities in Pakistan's tribal regions, semiautonomous areas that the U.S. fears have become […]

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The children of 9/11

Another terrorist group tried and sentenced in Britain; another link with Pakistan as the training centre for terrorists established. This time, the group of eight accused of trying to blow up seven airliners over the Atlantic two years ago was in the spotlight following a lengthy trial. Three were found guilty of assorted terrorism charges, […]

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Pakistani, Afghan Presidents Pledge to Work for Peace

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 9 — Signaling a historic shift for a region troubled by decades of conflict, newly elected Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed Tuesday to work together to resolve long-simmering tensions between their two countries and to fight the rising Taliban insurgency on both sides of their border. […]

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Bush urges Pakistan to 'take responsibility' for extremists

George Bush today described Pakistan as a central battleground in the so-called war on terror, alongside Iraq and Afghanistan. In a barbed message for the new Pakistani president, Asif Ali Zardari, Bush said Pakistan had a “responsibility” to fight extremists “because every nation has an obligation to govern its own territory and make certain that […]

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Zardari Sworn In as President of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The widower of assassinated former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto took office as the country's new president Tuesday, facing immediate pressure to crack down on Islamic militants and address daunting economic problems. Pakistan's top judge swore in Asif Ali Zardari at a brief ceremony in the presidential palace recently vacated by Pervez Musharraf, […]

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Bring them on our side

Pakistan is under attack by the Taliban who are determined to destroy Pakistan's secular values, and by the Americans, who are also determined to eliminate the Taliban. Poor Pakistanis are being squeezed to the limit and there is no way out for the ordinary Pakistanis and they are trapped in this unavoidable battle. Pakistan did […]

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'Dictatorship' warning on eve of Zardari's inauguration

Asif Ali Zardari will be sworn in tomorrow as Pakistan's president, following his election victory at the weekend, amid warnings from opposition voices that the country is in danger of a “civilian dictatorship” after the military rule of General Pervez Musharraf. Zardari inherits a country facing a deep economic and security crisis, where the hold […]

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A doomed presidency

Foget labels. In reality, two giant parties struggle perennially for power in Pakistan. One is the politicians’ party, whose candidate, Asif Ali Zardari, has just been elected president. The other is the army party, which prefers bazookas to ballot boxes. Democracy in this pivotal country is a frail blossom. And Zardari is as frail as […]

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U.S. Strikes Taliban Stronghold in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 8 — At least 20 people were killed and 25 others injured Monday after several missiles fired by unmanned U.S. Predator drones hit a religious school and the house of a powerful Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan, near the border of Afghanistan, according to witnesses and a Pakistani security official. The missile strike […]

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Blasts kill 9 in Pakistan militant stronghold

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Explosions reportedly caused by missiles fired from U.S. drone aircraft hit a house and seminary linked to a key Taliban commander in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing at least nine people, officials and witnesses said. The blasts occurred in a village in North Waziristan, a militant stronghold in Pakistan's wild […]

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