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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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.
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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
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan. He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter's body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide. He tells her he is not a drug smuggler, despite the 3.6 kilos of opium found in his suitcase at the Islamabad airport.
WORLD
January 21, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes and Mark Magnier
Stepping up pressure on Pakistan to help thwart further terrorist attacks on India, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that the Indian government probably would not show the same level of restraint that it did in 2008 if struck again. Gates said at a news conference that Al Qaeda and other Islamic militant organizations are hoping to ignite a regional clash between Pakistan and India, a confrontation he said must be averted. Gates has praised India's "statesmanship" in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, which left at least 166 people dead and has been attributed to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based extremist group aligned with Al Qaeda.
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
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.
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan. A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court declared that protesters' ad hoc inspections of container trucks traveling into Afghanistan, which frequently barred trucks carrying NATO goods, were illegal and unconstitutional. Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, had set up unofficial checkpoints along a highway passing through the provincial capital of Peshawar since Nov. 24 to protest U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal areas.
WORLD
February 24, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the Iranian consulate in an upmarket section of this northwestern city Monday evening, killing two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers and wounding 10 people, officials said. The latest violence to rock Peshawar came when the vehicle was stopped by soldiers outside the consulate in the University Town district, which houses offices of the United Nations and international aid agencies. The blast occurred outside tents belonging to members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, who were guarding the consulate, officials said.
WORLD
February 23, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - - At least 10 people including a child were killed Sunday when a roadside bomb struck a passenger bus near the troubled tribal area of northeast Pakistan, police said. Sixteen others were injured in the bombing in Kohat, which has seen attacks in the past by Pakistani Taliban militants against the area's minority Shiite Muslim population. Police said most of the victims in the blast were Shiites. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, which occurred when a 10-pound bomb packed into a crate exploded along a busy road.
WORLD
February 17, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani government's improbable bid to negotiate a truce with Islamist insurgents verged on collapse Monday after reports that militants had executed 23 paramilitary soldiers held captive since 2010. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the “heinous, criminal act” and government negotiators canceled scheduled talks with Islamist representatives. A militant group operating in the Mohmand tribal area, in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, issued a statement late Sunday claiming responsibility for the killings of the Frontier Corps paramilitary soldiers, believed to have been captured in an attack on a checkpoint in 2010.
WORLD
December 18, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Hashmat Baktash
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Five security personnel were killed and 34 wounded Wednesday evening when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden mini-truck into a mosque near a checkpoint in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency, officials said. Army and Frontier Corps troops were praying at the roadside mosque when the explosion took place, said an official who asked not to be identified for security reasons. Five bodies were retrieved from the debris and 34 wounded soldiers were rescued.
WORLD
February 16, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Militants again took aim at a polio vaccination campaign in this provincial capital, killing one police officer and injuring another Sunday morning with a bomb blast. Police official S.P. Rahim Shah told reporters that a bomb was planted near a vaccination post set up near a graveyard on Charsadda Road in Peshawar. Authorities put security in the district on a red alert following the incident. The bombing marred the third round of a major polio vaccination campaign by the provincial government, which aims to inoculate 600,000 children against nine deadly diseases.
WORLD
February 12, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Nine members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed execution-style at a house on the outskirts of this troubled provincial capital, in the latest violence to mar the Pakistani government's effort to open peace talks with outlawed Islamist militants. Police said most of the victims were members of the same family, which had belonged to a local committee that helped law enforcement agencies track and thwart the movements of militant groups in the area. The militias were established in 2008 after a surge in militant activity in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, with authorities providing guns and ammunition to volunteers who conducted patrols in their areas.
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