Pakistan Supreme Court bans PM Gilani from office (BBC) 

Pakistan’s top court has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court.

In April, the Supreme Court convicted Mr Gilani of failing to pursue corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari.

  the governing Pakistan People’s Party is in emergency session to decide its next move.

It has the necessary majority in parliament to elect a successor to Mr Gilani.”

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Pakistan to attend NATO summit (France24) 

Pakistan and the United States appeared on the verge of clinching an agreement to reopen ground supply lines into Afghanistan, a U.S. official said, as Islamabad confirmed its president will attend a summit of NATO leaders this weekend in Chicago.

Pakistan closed down the supply lines for the Afghan war effort following the NATO air strike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. That strike fanned national anger over everything from covert CIA drone strikes to the U.S. incursion into Pakistani territory last year to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

In a statement, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s office said ministers had backed a proposal to allow NATO to send only non-lethal equipment into Afghanistan on Pakistani roads.”

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#Pakistan #Afghanistan #United States #diplomacy #news #NATO #chicago 

Pakistan withdraws from Afghanistan peace conference (Telegraph) 

Its decision to boycott Monday’s meeting of 90 countries in Bonn will remove a key player in pushing Taliban insurgents towards reconciliation and raise further doubts about Pakistan’s commitment to stabilise Afghanistan before and after the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of 2014.

A main aim of the conference is to convince the Afghans that they will not be deserted once the current 130,000 Nato troops – led by 90,000 Americans and 8,000 British – dwindles to a residual training force.

Given the general pessimism about President Karzai’s ineffectual government, rampant corruption and slow progress in training the Afghan security forces, expectations of a breakthrough announcement in Germany have been played down.

But the withdrawal of Pakistan makes any kind of progress more difficult. The deadly Nato air strike has at the very least handed Pakistan an opportunity to push for greater influence in any settlement in Afghanistan, according to analysts and diplomats.”


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The Gloves Come Off (FP) 

Washington is launching a full-court press to show that it will no longer sit idly by while terrorist groups, abetted by the ISI, kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan. Never before have we seen this sort of high-level, across-the-board pressure from the U.S. government. And never before have U.S. demands on Islamabad to get tough on the Haqqani network been coupled with what — at least implicitly — sound like threats of significantly expanded U.S. unilateral action inside Pakistan.”


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U.S. Blames Pakistan-Based Group for Attack on Embassy in Kabul (NYT) 

Raising the death toll sharply, American and Afghan officials said Wednesday that the complexity and execution of the siege of the American Embassy and NATO’s headquarters in Kabul bore the hallmarks of a militant group based in Pakistan that has become one of the American military’s most implacable foes.

The militant group that officials blamed for the attack, the Haqqani network, is a crucial ally of Al Qaeda in the Pakistani border region and has been a longtime asset of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s military chiefs have resisted American pressure to go after the Haqqanis, whose primary base is in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s tribal areas.”

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Short-Range Pakistani Missile Launched in Trial (GSN) 

Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a trial launch of a ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads up to 37 miles, Agence France-Presse reported.

The Hatf 9 missile, as known as the Nasr, would be loaded with lower-yield nuclear weapons, former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tanvir Ahmad Khan said earlier this month.

The military in a prepared statement said the system also offers precision targeting and significant mobility, the Xinhua News Agency reported.”


@2 years ago
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#Pakistan #nuclear weapons #short range missile #warheads #news #india #South Asia 

White House in first detailed comments on drone strikes (BBC) 

Mr Brennan said unmanned drone strikes were legal, ethical, necessary and proportional, overseen with what he called extraordinary care and thoughtfulness, especially when the target was an American citizen.”

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#drones #drone strikes #Obama #Afghanistan #pakistan #yemen #osama bin laden 

Ten years of meltdown in Pakistan (BBC) 

Although Pakistan has received $20.5bn (£12.8bn) from the US in aid since 2001, about 70% of that has gone to the military. Spending on education and health has declined dramatically. Since it came into power in 2008, the Pakistan People’s Party government has failed to offer good governance and is mired in corruption scandals.”

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#Pakistan #US #aid #militants #terrorism #democracy 

Pakistan 'backed Haqqani attack on Kabul' (BBC) 

The most senior US military officer has accused Pakistan’s spy agency of supporting the Haqqani group in last week’s attack on the US Kabul embassy.

'The Haqqani network… acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,' Adm Mike Mullen told a Senate panel.

It is often described by Pakistani officials as a predominantly Afghan group, but correspondents say its roots reach deep inside Pakistani territory, and speculation over its links to Pakistan’s security establishment refuses to die down.



US officials have long been frustrated at what they perceive to be Pakistani inaction against the Haqqani network, and analysts say US concern about the group’s capabilities is particularly acute as Nato begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.”

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Pakistan 'tried to tilt US policy on Kashmir' (AJE) 

"Pakistan has spent at least $4m since the mid-1990s lobbying the US Congress and the White House in a covert attempt to influence American policy on the disputed territory of Kashmir, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] affidavit filed in a US court.

The FBI affidavit detailed the alleged scheme in which Fai’s organisation, the Kashmir American Council [KAC], received up to $700,000 annually from Pakistan to make campaign contributions to US politicians, sponsor conferences and other promotions.

Foreign nationals and governments are banned from making contributions to US campaigns and anyone who lobbies on behalf of a foreign government must register with the US justice department.”

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#pakistan #america #United States #lobbying #foreign policy #Kashmir 
Pakistan Supreme Court bans PM Gilani from office (BBC)→

Pakistan’s top court has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court.

In April, the Supreme Court convicted Mr Gilani of failing to pursue corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari.

  the governing Pakistan People’s Party is in emergency session to decide its next move.

It has the necessary majority in parliament to elect a successor to Mr Gilani.”

2 years ago
#Pakistan #South Asia 
Short-Range Pakistani Missile Launched in Trial (GSN)→

Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a trial launch of a ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads up to 37 miles, Agence France-Presse reported.

The Hatf 9 missile, as known as the Nasr, would be loaded with lower-yield nuclear weapons, former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tanvir Ahmad Khan said earlier this month.

The military in a prepared statement said the system also offers precision targeting and significant mobility, the Xinhua News Agency reported.”


2 years ago
#Pakistan #nuclear weapons #short range missile #warheads #news #india #South Asia 
Pakistan to attend NATO summit (France24)→

Pakistan and the United States appeared on the verge of clinching an agreement to reopen ground supply lines into Afghanistan, a U.S. official said, as Islamabad confirmed its president will attend a summit of NATO leaders this weekend in Chicago.

Pakistan closed down the supply lines for the Afghan war effort following the NATO air strike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. That strike fanned national anger over everything from covert CIA drone strikes to the U.S. incursion into Pakistani territory last year to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

In a statement, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s office said ministers had backed a proposal to allow NATO to send only non-lethal equipment into Afghanistan on Pakistani roads.”

2 years ago
#Pakistan #Afghanistan #United States #diplomacy #news #NATO #chicago 
White House in first detailed comments on drone strikes (BBC)→

Mr Brennan said unmanned drone strikes were legal, ethical, necessary and proportional, overseen with what he called extraordinary care and thoughtfulness, especially when the target was an American citizen.”

2 years ago
#drones #drone strikes #Obama #Afghanistan #pakistan #yemen #osama bin laden 
Pakistan withdraws from Afghanistan peace conference (Telegraph)→

Its decision to boycott Monday’s meeting of 90 countries in Bonn will remove a key player in pushing Taliban insurgents towards reconciliation and raise further doubts about Pakistan’s commitment to stabilise Afghanistan before and after the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of 2014.

A main aim of the conference is to convince the Afghans that they will not be deserted once the current 130,000 Nato troops – led by 90,000 Americans and 8,000 British – dwindles to a residual training force.

Given the general pessimism about President Karzai’s ineffectual government, rampant corruption and slow progress in training the Afghan security forces, expectations of a breakthrough announcement in Germany have been played down.

But the withdrawal of Pakistan makes any kind of progress more difficult. The deadly Nato air strike has at the very least handed Pakistan an opportunity to push for greater influence in any settlement in Afghanistan, according to analysts and diplomats.”


2 years ago
#Pakistan #Afghanistan #peace talks #terrorism 
Ten years of meltdown in Pakistan (BBC)→

Although Pakistan has received $20.5bn (£12.8bn) from the US in aid since 2001, about 70% of that has gone to the military. Spending on education and health has declined dramatically. Since it came into power in 2008, the Pakistan People’s Party government has failed to offer good governance and is mired in corruption scandals.”

2 years ago
#Pakistan #US #aid #militants #terrorism #democracy 
The Gloves Come Off (FP)→

Washington is launching a full-court press to show that it will no longer sit idly by while terrorist groups, abetted by the ISI, kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan. Never before have we seen this sort of high-level, across-the-board pressure from the U.S. government. And never before have U.S. demands on Islamabad to get tough on the Haqqani network been coupled with what — at least implicitly — sound like threats of significantly expanded U.S. unilateral action inside Pakistan.”


2 years ago
#Pakistan #US #Afghanistan #terrorism #ISI 
Pakistan 'backed Haqqani attack on Kabul' (BBC)→

The most senior US military officer has accused Pakistan’s spy agency of supporting the Haqqani group in last week’s attack on the US Kabul embassy.

'The Haqqani network… acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,' Adm Mike Mullen told a Senate panel.

It is often described by Pakistani officials as a predominantly Afghan group, but correspondents say its roots reach deep inside Pakistani territory, and speculation over its links to Pakistan’s security establishment refuses to die down.



US officials have long been frustrated at what they perceive to be Pakistani inaction against the Haqqani network, and analysts say US concern about the group’s capabilities is particularly acute as Nato begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.”

2 years ago
#Pakistan #United States #terrorism #Haqqani 
U.S. Blames Pakistan-Based Group for Attack on Embassy in Kabul (NYT)→

Raising the death toll sharply, American and Afghan officials said Wednesday that the complexity and execution of the siege of the American Embassy and NATO’s headquarters in Kabul bore the hallmarks of a militant group based in Pakistan that has become one of the American military’s most implacable foes.

The militant group that officials blamed for the attack, the Haqqani network, is a crucial ally of Al Qaeda in the Pakistani border region and has been a longtime asset of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s military chiefs have resisted American pressure to go after the Haqqanis, whose primary base is in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s tribal areas.”

3 years ago
#Pakistan #terrorism #Afghanistan #bombing 
Pakistan 'tried to tilt US policy on Kashmir' (AJE)→

"Pakistan has spent at least $4m since the mid-1990s lobbying the US Congress and the White House in a covert attempt to influence American policy on the disputed territory of Kashmir, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] affidavit filed in a US court.

The FBI affidavit detailed the alleged scheme in which Fai’s organisation, the Kashmir American Council [KAC], received up to $700,000 annually from Pakistan to make campaign contributions to US politicians, sponsor conferences and other promotions.

Foreign nationals and governments are banned from making contributions to US campaigns and anyone who lobbies on behalf of a foreign government must register with the US justice department.”

3 years ago
#pakistan #america #United States #lobbying #foreign policy #Kashmir