November 15, 2011 |
Once the foreign policy face of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has severed ties with the country's ruling party and is now eyeing a new political life, possibly with a rising party led by former cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan. Qureshi, a former stalwart within President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, announced his departure from the party and his resignation as one of its lawmakers. At odds with the PPP since his ouster as foreign minister in February, Qureshi has been talking with Khan about joining his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
May 6, 2009 |
President Obama begins two days of talks at the White House today with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan to overhaul a painstakingly developed security strategy that was unveiled only five weeks ago but already has become badly outdated. The three countries spent months developing their plan to combat an Islamic insurgency centered in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. But growing militant activity in Pakistan is forcing them to hastily switch focus.
April 14, 2009 |
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed a regulation to put a northwestern district under Islamic law as part of a peace deal with militants, after coming under intense pressure from his party's members and other lawmakers. Islamic militants have terrorized the Swat Valley for nearly two years, seeking to impose their own justice system. Zardari's move was sure to further anger rights activists and feed fears among Western allies that the valley, bordering Afghanistan, will become a haven for militants.
May 3, 2011 |
A growing number of U.S. officials, including key lawmakers such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday questioned whether Pakistan sheltered Osama bin Laden and whether the country should continue to receive substantial amounts of U.S. aid. Speaking to Los Angels business leaders during their annual lobbying trip to Washington, Feinstein said she believed Pakistan was “walking both sides...
March 15, 2008 |
A court quashed Pakistan's last outstanding charge against the husband of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, clearing the way for him to lead her party in a new coalition government. There is speculation that Asif Ali Zardari may seek to become prime minister; anyone convicted of a crime is barred from holding office. A judge in Rawalpindi acquitted Zardari in a case involving the importation of a German limousine. Six other corruption cases against Zardari dating from his wife's time in office in the 1990s had already been dismissed.
August 29, 2009 |
Nearly a year into his term, people close to President Asif Ali Zardari say he knows just how low his popularity has sunk. Pakistanis still call him "Mr. 10%," a reference to corruption allegations that have dogged him since stints in previous decades as a Cabinet minister. The media jabs his inability to solve myriad crises, ranging from daily power shutdowns to a moribund economy. He gets little to no credit for the military offensive to tame local Taliban forces. None of it fazes him, says Fauzia Wahab, a lawmaker with the ruling Pakistan People's Party, or PPP, and a close ally of Zardari.