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An e-mail message believed to have been sent by the kidnappers of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl claimed Friday that he had been killed because their demands for the release of Pakistani terror suspects had not been met. "We have killed Mr. Danny Now Mr bush can find his body in the grave yards of Karachi we have thrown him there," the message read. "The Reason why we killed him is because US killed so many people in Afghanistan and other parts of the world."
The State Department on Friday ordered all but essential employees at the U.S. Embassy and three consulates in Pakistan to return home, a move that signaled serious concern with security in the country. The order was issued five days after an embassy employee and her 17-year-old daughter were killed along with three others in a grenade attack on a Christian church in the diplomatic quarter of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. Secretary of State Colin L.
November 12, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Four U.S. citizens and a Pakistani were killed early today when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Karachi, sources said. Details of the shooting were sketchy, but it is believed that the Americans were auditors who worked for a Houston-based oil company, Union Texas Petroleum. Their identities had not been released. Authorities in the violence-racked southern port city said a red car came up behind the vehicle in which the Americans were riding.
August 22, 1999 | EDWARD WRIGHT, Edward Wright is a former assistant foreign editor at The Times. His column appears monthly
South Asia The downing of a Pakistani military aircraft by India on Aug. 10 further raised the temperature on the simmering subcontinent. Other developments of interest to travelers: Pakistan: Growing evidence indicates that "extremists based in Afghanistan are preparing to attack U.S. interests in Pakistan in the near future," the State Department announced while renewing its long-standing travel warning on Pakistan.
July 13, 2011
A decision by the United States to suspend $800 million in military aid to Pakistan is both understandable and regrettable. Understandable because this country clearly feels the need to respond to provocations unworthy of an ally, but regrettable because the suspension could have the effect of increasing anti-Americanism in Pakistan and complicating joint efforts to fight terrorism. In discussing the cutoff, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said that Pakistanis "have taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we were giving to their military.
January 8, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The State Department today urged Americans who don't have pressing business in Pakistan to leave the country due to "unsettled conditions" resulting from the Persian Gulf crisis. The department urged Americans planning to visit Pakistan to put off their travel if they can. It said Americans already in the country, including non-essential U.S. government personnel and their families, should leave.
July 30, 1995 | EDWARD WRIGHT, Wright is a former assistant foreign editor at The Times. His column appears monthly.
Asia India: Kashmiri separatists have been holding an American and four other foreign tourists who were seized earlier this month while on a trekking vacation in the Himalaya Mountains of northern India. In addition to the American, identified by wire services as Donald Hutchings of Spokane, Wash., the militants also hold two Britons, a German and a Norwegian. At press time Wednesday, the rebels were threatening to kill the hostages unless certain demands are met.
November 5, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf seemed to be one of the Bush administration's most valuable foreign friends after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he denounced Al Qaeda and the Taliban and joined the U.S.-declared war on terrorism. But the value of that friendship has come into question again and again in the last six years, and may be most in doubt today.
One American here is taking the next flight out. Another moved out of his house to a safer hotel. Another, who wants to stay, changed the route he drives to the office. At the American Club, the center of social life for the 2,400 U.S. expatriates living in Karachi, a paper sign tacked to the door summed up the mood: "Closed until further notice." A day after four Americans were slain here, the once-lively American community has closed itself off from its adopted home.
July 23, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella And Josh Meyer
An American Muslim convert from Long Island, N.Y., who was captured while fighting for Al Qaeda in Pakistan is now cooperating with authorities, opening a rare window into the world of Western militants in the network's hide-outs, U.S. and European anti-terrorism officials said. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is one of the few Americans known to have made the trek to Al Qaeda's secret Pakistani compounds, the officials said.
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