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March 26, 2008 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Signaling a break with Washington's longtime dependence on President Pervez Musharraf as the overriding political force in Pakistan, two senior U.S. envoys held talks Tuesday with the country's new prime minister and other leaders of the erstwhile opposition. The round of discussions involving Deputy Secretary of State John D.
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March 26, 2008 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Signaling a break with Washington's longtime dependence on President Pervez Musharraf as the overriding political force in Pakistan, two senior U.S. envoys held talks Tuesday with the country's new prime minister and other leaders of the erstwhile opposition. The round of discussions involving Deputy Secretary of State John D.
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September 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, today amid tensions over U.S. military strikes against militants near that country's border with Afghanistan. Mullen was also scheduled to talk with Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani.
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June 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Government officials commemorated Benazir Bhutto's birthday with plans to rename an airport after the slain former prime minister, build a monument on the site of her assassination and grant clemency to thousands of death row inmates. Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani announced the proposal in a speech to parliament, which observed a minute of silence for Bhutto, who would have turned 55 on Saturday.
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April 7, 2009
Re "Pakistanis shocked by video of Taliban flogging," April 4 It is unacceptable that atrocities continue to be committed by the Pakistani Taliban. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani must take strong actions against the perpetrators. It is even more shocking that a religious scholar has endorsed such behavior on national television. It is unfortunate that the Taliban and the mullahs have taken Muslims back to an age of ignorance. The prophet Muhammad was appointed by God to raise the status of mankind, but the extremists refuse to follow in his footsteps.
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March 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Senior U.S. envoys have traveled to Pakistan's volatile North-West Frontier Province to visit U.S.-funded border guards who are struggling to secure an area where Osama bin Laden may be hiding. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte and Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher arrived in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday, as newly elected Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani was taking his oath of office. Gillani's civilian government has pledged to roll back the powers of President Pervez Musharraf and review U.S.-backed counter-terrorism policies, though he has said the fight against terrorism would continue.
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August 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Pakistan's presidential front-runner has moved into a tightly guarded government compound over security fears, officials said as a militant campaign against the government led to more violence in the country's volatile northwest. Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani told reporters that Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was staying at a hilltop mansion in Islamabad's government quarters. Zardari is widely expected to win a Sept. 6 presidential election by lawmakers.
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July 27, 2008 | Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King, Special to The Times
The Pakistani government announced Saturday that the country's most powerful spy agency would be placed under civilian control, in a significant conciliatory move in advance of Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani's visit to the United States. The Inter-Services Intelligence agency is known to have nurtured the Taliban movement in the 1990s, and critics allege that some elements within the agency retain links to Islamic militants. Recently, the Afghan government accused the ISI of being behind an assassination attempt against Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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March 22, 2009 | Associated Press
The new CIA director held high-level talks in Pakistan as the Obama administration seeks a strategy to turn around the faltering war against Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Leon Panetta arrived in Pakistan on Saturday on his first overseas trip since taking office amid U.S. concerns that political turmoil in Pakistan is distracting its government and army from combating Islamist insurgents who threaten the stability of the country and the surrounding region.
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December 6, 2008 | Reuters
The Indian government acknowledged Friday that the militant attacks on Mumbai had exposed lapses in security, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the strike originated on a neighbor's soil, a clear reference to Pakistan. The Congress Party-led ruling coalition is facing renewed criticism from the opposition, which accuses it of being weak on security after the three-day rampage by gunmen in India's financial capital last week.
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June 18, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The new government has paid the salaries of the Supreme Court justices ousted by President Pervez Musharraf last year, a move the governing coalition says highlights its commitment to reinstating them, Pakistani officials said Tuesday. Restoring the judges to the bench, a key demand of protesting lawyers, could endanger Musharraf's presidency. The stalwart U.S. ally ousted them in November before they could rule on the legality of his reelection a month earlier. "They are judges, legitimate judges, who were illegally and unconstitutionally removed," Athar Minallah, a close aide to ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, said on the Dawn News television channel.
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