August 13, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - With charges, counter-charges and distrust wafting across the disputed Pakistan-India border like acrid smoke, news spread quickly across South Asia on Tuesday that Pakistan's new leader had urged both countries to come together with a “clean heart” and resolve all outstanding issues in the interest of a new beginning. The reported comments by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif suggested a willingness to push back at the growing recriminations on both sides following a series of clashes in recent days along the de facto border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control.
August 9, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The American Consulate in Pakistan's second-largest city was closed and its employees evacuated, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Friday, in response to a specific threat and in line with a broader warning that Americans should avoid traveling to Pakistan. Spokeswoman Meghan Gregonis did not disclose details of the threat, which she said was specific to Lahore. It wasn't immediately clear whether the danger was linked to an advisory this week about a possible Al Qaeda attack that prompted Washington to temporarily close more than 20 diplomatic missions in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
August 1, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The U.S. and Pakistan will revive high-level talks on a host of issues including counterterrorism cooperation and preventing militancy along the Afghan-Pakistani border, and economic revitalization in the nuclear-armed South Asian nation, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced Thursday after meeting with Pakistan's new civilian leadership. Those negotiations, known to both countries as their “strategic dialogue,” had been on hold since 2011, when relations between Islamabad and Washington veered toward collapse.
May 24, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Obama's commitment to scaling back the use of unmanned aircraft to kill suspected terrorists could pave the way for improved relations between the United States and Pakistan, analysts and political leaders said Friday. But the Pakistani government maintained its insistence that the drone campaign does more harm than good and should be shut down. Obama's decision to continue using targeted killings abroad while imposing restrictions that could significantly reduce the frequency of drone strikes comes at a particularly sensitive time for Islamabad as it prepares for a new civilian government led by Nawaz Sharif, who served as prime minister in the 1990s.
April 16, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Dozens of people were reportedly killed in Pakistan after a massive earthquake struck a remote border area of neighboring Iran on Tuesday. Yet in Iran, officials said the disaster was far less devastating than originally feared, telling reporters there were no deaths on Iranian soil. In Pakistan, television and Dawn newspaper cited officials as confirming 34 deaths in Baluchistan province as hundreds of houses collapsed Tuesday. The Associated Press later reported the same number of casualties and at least 80 more people injured in Pakistan, citing a military official.
January 11, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The "Arab Spring" seems a long way from Pakistan's winter of discontent. Still, when religious scholar Tahirul Qadri talks about his hopes for the massive rally he is planning in Islamabad on Monday, one that he hopes will lure more than a million people into the streets of the quiet capital, the image he uses is that of Cairo's Tahrir Square. Government leaders have tried to warn the gray-bearded mullah, respected by many for his denunciations of the Taliban and his espousal of tolerance, that a gathering on the scale he is planning would give militants the opportunity to carry out a major terrorist act. Pakistanis haven't forgotten that it was at a large rally in Islamabad's twin city, Rawalpindi, that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a suicide bomber in 2007.