August 18, 1988 |
President Reagan pledged Wednesday that U.S. military aid for Pakistan will continue undiminished despite the death in a plane crash of autocratic President Zia ul-Haq, but American foreign policy experts said a period of instability that could damage U.S. policy from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf is almost a certainty.
April 17, 1987
Pakistan's air force shot down an Afghan combat plane that had penetrated six miles into Pakistani territory, the Defense Ministry said in Islamabad. A ministry statement said debris from the aircraft was seen falling in the mountains north of Miranshah on the northwest Pakistan border. It was the second intruding Afghan plane brought down by Pakistan in four weeks.
April 27, 1998 |
Afghanistan's warring factions promised Sunday to continue a cease-fire as they opened face-to-face talks in Pakistan aimed at ending the bloody civil war that is devastating their impoverished nation. The battlefield, just 18 miles north of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, was silent as a reading from the Muslim holy book, the Koran, marked the ceremonial opening in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, of the two sides' first direct talks.
May 4, 1998 |
A dispute over blockades hemming in thousands of malnourished Afghans broke down peace talks Sunday that had come tantalizingly close to ending two decades of bitter conflict. "They have been suspended indefinitely," said James Ngobe, the United Nations representative at the troubled talks. The Taliban militia, which wants a ruling government of Islamic scholars in place before the blockades are lifted, accused U.N.
September 16, 2001 |
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban threatened neighboring Islamic countries with war Saturday, including invasion, if they grant the United States use of airspace or military bases in the quest to capture suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. The warning, directed principally at Pakistan, came as the government here pondered for a third day its detailed response to an American "wish list" for help to fight terrorism.
September 25, 2001 |
The Pakistani government confirmed Monday that it had recalled the last of its diplomatic officers from Afghanistan in a move that adds to the Taliban regime's growing international isolation. "In view of the abnormal situation and the security of our personnel, they were withdrawn over the weekend. They are all in Pakistan," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Riaz Mohammed Khan, revealing that about 12 diplomats had been pulled out.