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November 3, 1995
Re "Pakistan Arrests Alleged Plotters," Oct. 19: We were surprised by this article that imputed ulterior political motives to Pakistan's arrest of a group of military officers suspected of conduct inimical to the state. The arrest of these officers is based on prima facie evidence that will be presented to a court of law after thorough investigation. Therefore, to view their arrest as an effort to curry favor with the Clinton Administration and to suggest that it was a deliberate political decision to influence Senate-House deliberations on the one-time waiver of the Pressler Amendment so that arms already paid for may be released to Pakistan is patently wrong.
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WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A week after Pakistani militants refused to extend a cease-fire with the government, at least nine people, including five police officers, were killed and more than 30 wounded in two attacks in the country's restive northwest, officials said Tuesday. Officials said militants ambushed a police patrol in Bhadbare, on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Peshawar, late Monday night. Two police officials were wounded in the attack, and when other officers arrived at the site to retrieve the wounded, the attackers struck again, authorities said.
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OPINION
May 29, 2012
Re "Doctor sentenced for aiding Bin Laden raid," May 24 There's evidence thatPakistan'sintelligence agency provides aid and comfort to the Taliban; the country wants to jack up the price on truck shipments to Afghanistan to $5,000 each; and now its courts jailed the doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden. Why are we giving this country a dime? U.S. aid is certainly not working. Jim Lynch Cardiff, Calif. With friends like Pakistan, who needs enemies?
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - For most of Pakistan's history, the powerful military has held sway over elected officials or simply dumped them from power. Just ask Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister in the last military coup, 15 years ago. Lately, however, a new civilian government is pushing back - led by Sharif. Since he returned to office in June, his government has lodged a case against generals over the disappearance of imprisoned militants and engaged Pakistani Taliban insurgents in a controversial peace process against the army's wishes.
OPINION
June 23, 2012
Re "Divorcing Pakistan," Opinion, June 19 Andrew J. Bacevich's otherwise excellent article refers to Pakistan as " a key partner in the global war on terrorism. " Pakistan has never been a cooperative ally in combating terrorism, nor will it ever become one - just ask India. Becevich notes that Pakistan was once "the planet's leading proliferator of nuclear weapons" and "remains in cahoots with various and sundry terrorist organizations. " Never by any stretch of the imagination can Pakistan be considered a key partner of the United States in the war on terrorism.
OPINION
July 4, 2012
Re "Upsurge in ill-will for U.S.," June 29 Every year, the U.S. channels hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic aid to Pakistan. This includes aid to combat Pakistan's "crippling power crisis" and for "improving its weak educational system. " This week, many U.S. cities suffering a brutal heat wave have been hit by power outages - certainly a "crippling power crisis. " In addition, perhaps the administration could spare a few million to aid California's failing educational system.
OPINION
March 6, 2007
Re "Ex-Taliban minister is captured," March 2 The charade continues. The U.S. leans on Pakistan to do its part in the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. A few days later, Pakistan announces the arrest of a high-ranking leader of the Taliban. Reminds one of the line in "Casablanca" in which Capt. Renault says, "Round up the usual suspects" to cover his tracks. GEORGE PAULIKAS Palos Verdes Estates
NEWS
November 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Michele Bachmann called Rick Perry "highly naive" for saying he would cut off aid to Pakistan, part of a contentious round of questioning in tonight's GOP debate about U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Perry, the Texas governor, said that Pakistan had shown the world that "they can't be trusted. " "And until Pakistan clearly shows that they have America's best interests in mind, I would not send them one penny, period," he said. "I think it is important for us to send the message to those across the world that if you are not going to be an ally of the United States, do not expect a dime of our citizens' money.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - A Portland, Ore., man was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday on charges of aiding one of three suicide bombers who conducted a deadly attack near the headquarters of Pakistan's intelligence service in Lahore in 2009. At least 30 people were killed in the attack, in which armed men sprayed guards with gunfire before sending a van loaded with explosives toward a police building near the provincial headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, one of the most powerful institutions in Pakistan.
WORLD
September 27, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A bomb ripped through a bus near Pakistan's restive northwest city of Peshawar on Friday, killing 18 people and wounding at least 40, officials said. The bus was taking mid-level government workers from their jobs in the capital of troubled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to their homes in the nearby town of Charsadda when the explosion happened. It was the second major attack to hit Peshawar in a week. On Sunday, at least 84 people were killed in a double suicide bombing in a historic Anglican church in the city, among the worst attacks on Christians in the nation's 66-year history, sparking angry street demonstrations in cities across the country.
WORLD
April 9, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- At least 19 people were killed and about 50 injured when a high-intensity explosion ripped through Islamabad's crowded fruit and vegetable market Wednesday, police said. A witness said the explosion happened at about 8:10 a.m. during the peak business hour. [Updated, 7 a.m. PDT April 9: Later in the day, the death toll was raised to at least 23, according to Islamabad Police Chief Khalid Khattak. He said more than 100 people were wounded in the blast.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A powerful bomb ripped through a passenger train in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, killing at least 17 people and wounding 46 others, police said. Five children were believed to be among the dead. Police officials said the bomb went off when a train bound for the garrison city of Rawalpindi reached Sibi, a district situated about 100 miles from Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. A separatist group called the United Baluch Army claimed responsibility for the blast, which it said was in retaliation for attacks by Pakistani security forces this week on rebel hideouts in Baluchistan that reportedly killed 40 people.
WORLD
April 4, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Four Iranian border guards kidnapped two months ago by Sunni Muslim militants along the nation's southeastern frontier with Pakistan have been released in Pakistan, Iranian news agencies reported Friday. A fifth kidnapped border guard was reported executed last month by his captors. His body has been handed over to Iranian authorities, according to media accounts. The case sparked outrage in Iran and inflamed tension between Iran and Pakistan, where the abducted guards were apparently held.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf escaped a bombing early Thursday morning as he was being transferred by convoy from a hospital to his farmhouse in the Islamabad suburbs, police officials said. The bomb went off at about 2 a.m. local time along the route that the convoy was due to travel -- about 20 minutes before Musharraf reached the area, officials said. The convoy was rerouted following the blast, in which no one was injured, according to police. [Updated, 7:25 a.m. PDT April 4: A spokeswoman for Musharraf later offered a different account, telling reporters that the bomb went off after the former president had reached his home.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A Pakistani tribal court on Saturday reduced the prison sentence for the doctor identified as helping the CIA track down Osama bin Laden from 33 years to 23 years. Shakil Afridi, convicted in 2012 of links to a banned militant group, was cleared of one of the charges against him: that he sought to wage war against Pakistan. Afridi was arrested by Pakistani authorities shortly after U.S. commandos killed the former Al Qaeda chief in a town outside Islamabad in May 2011.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Aoun Sahi
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Bombs exploded in bustling sections of two troubled Pakistani cities Friday, leaving at least 19 people dead in the latest round of violence to mar government efforts to initiate peace talks with insurgents. In Peshawar, near the northeastern tribal areas that border Afghanistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a market on the city's outskirts as worshipers were gathering for prayers. Nine people were killed and 30 injured, police and hospital officials said.
WORLD
December 13, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Two policemen and a polio worker were killed by gunmen in separate incidents in restive northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said. In the first case, suspected militants fired at two policemen reportedly on their way to guard polio vaccination workers in the Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. One of the policemen, Ijaz Ali, was killed immediately, while the second, Iftikhar Ali, died a few hours later at a hospital. Both were shot in the head, said an officer who saw their bodies.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apart Friday that killed at least 19 people, wounded dozens and underscored the vulnerability of the Pakistani government's attempt to open peace talks with insurgents. In the provincial capital of Peshawar, near the northeastern tribal areas that border Afghanistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a bustling market on the city's outskirts as worshipers were gathering for prayers.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - In a rare assault on the heart of the Pakistani capital, militants stormed a district court complex in Islamabad on Monday, unleashing gunfire and explosives that killed at least 11 people, including a judge, and wounded 25 others. The attack marked a brazen rejection of a cease-fire declared over the weekend by the central leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan's main Islamist organization. A little-known faction claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it opposed the Pakistani Taliban's participation in peace talks with the Islamabad government.
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