December 19, 2008 |
Thousands of anti-government protesters demanded that Pakistan close the route along which supplies are ferried to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, adding to the growing pressure on Islamabad's beleaguered leaders. The demonstration by more than 10,000 people in the northwestern city of Peshawar also focused on a recent series of U.S. missile strikes against suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border and Pakistani military assaults against Islamic insurgents.
October 20, 2008 |
Pakistani forces killed as many as 30 militants near the Afghan border as the region's chief minister told a U.S. diplomat that he wanted to resolve problems there through dialogue. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher traveled to the city of Peshawar to meet North-West Frontier Province chief Amir Haider Khan Hoti, according to a statement from Hoti. The visit comes amid strains between the nations over apparent U.S. missile attacks on militant targets on the Pakistani side of the border.
January 29, 2009 |
A federal judge in Washington ruled that the government could continue to detain a 29-year-old Yemeni at the U.S. military prison in Cuba. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the government had met its burden in alleging that Ghaleb Bihani was an "enemy combatant" who supported Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Bihani's lawyers argued that their client was only a cook and never fired a weapon at U.S. forces. But Leon said "helping prepare the meals" for Taliban forces was enough to justify the detention.
April 8, 2002
Re "Keep Pakistan on Target," editorial, April 3: The question why it took so long to apprehend Abu Zubeida betrays a lack of basic understanding about the very nature of counter-terrorism operations. They require the collection of extensive intelligence information, meticulous planning and smooth execution--necessarily a time-consuming exercise. That Osama bin Laden and the senior Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders are still to be apprehended, despite the deployment of all necessary military and intelligence resources by the coalition, proves how difficult and time-consuming this enterprise is. Those familiar with the porous nature of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border recognize how difficult it is to completely seal it. Our armed forces and police are making their best efforts to prevent any cross-border movement, a fact underscored by the arrest of several Al Qaeda and Taliban elements.
September 21, 2004 |
Two American soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan on Monday, as U.S. military officials reported that Al Qaeda and Taliban militants had held recent high-level meetings in Pakistan to discuss ways of derailing next month's Afghan elections. The soldiers, who were not named because their relatives had not yet been notified, died in an exchange of gunfire in the southeastern province of Paktika along the Pakistani border, the U.S. military in Kabul, the capital, said.
November 1, 2009 |
Every time Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to win over Pakistanis during her three-day charm offensive this week, they fired back a polite but firm message: We don't really trust your country. No matter how hard Clinton tried to reassure audiences in Lahore and Islamabad with talk of providing economic aid where it's needed most, Pakistanis seized on her visit as the perfect moment to lash out at a U.S. government they perceived as arrogant, domineering and insensitive to their plight.