Pakistan Supreme Court bans PM Gilani from office (BBC)
@2 years ago with 6 notes
“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)
@2 years ago
“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 withdraws from Afghanistan peace conference (Telegraph)
@2 years ago with 3 notes
“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)
@2 years ago with 25 notes
“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)
@2 years ago with 11 notes
“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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