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.
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.
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2003 |
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.
September 27, 2013 |
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.
December 13, 2013 |
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.