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January 2, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Zulfiqar Ali
At least 75 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded Friday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an outdoor volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan, police said. The attack apparently was aimed at members of an anti-Taliban "peace committee" that has been challenging the influence of insurgents, officials and town elders said. The bombing took place as a crowd of more than 200 people watched a match between local teams about 20 miles south of the town of Lakki Marwat in North-West Frontier Province.
April 8, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — They serve on a remote Himalayan glacier known as the world's highest combat zone, in a fiercely disputed region that has sparked two wars between archrivals Pakistan and India. But instead of dying in battle, 117 Pakistani soldiers were feared lost Saturday in a massive avalanche that entombed their lonely headquarters. Most of the soldiers were believed to have been in the battalion's main building when the avalanche struck about 6 a.m., burying the men under 70 feet of snow, Pakistani military officials said.
December 5, 2008 | Laura King, King is a Times staff writer.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, the self-styled "Army of the Pure," has left its footprints in the snows of Kashmir, the back alleys of Lahore and Karachi, the harsh terrain along the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier -- and now, investigators say, in Mumbai, India, the scene of last week's horrific rampage by gunmen. The growing case against the Pakistan-based militant organization speaks directly to a doubt that has plagued U.S.-Pakistani relations since the two countries became allies after the Sept.
October 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari won help from ally China as his nation grapples with an ailing economy and chronic electricity shortages. Zardari and Chinese President Hu Jintao signed 11 deals in Beijing, including on economic and technical cooperation, environmental protection, agricultural research, and electricity. There was no mention of a civilian nuclear deal. Pakistani media have speculated that Zardari would seek a nuclear power deal with China after rival India secured such a pact with the U.S.
March 13, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Asif Ali Zardari, the jailed husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was elected to the Senate by legislators in southern Sindh province. Bhutto's government was dismissed on charges of corruption and economic mismanagement. She has denied the charges. Zardari, former investment minister in Bhutto's government, was arrested in November, hours after the sacking of his wife's government.
November 21, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Pakistan has rejected a request from the United States to expand its drone missile campaign against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants, a decision that limits Washington's use of one of its most effective tools against insurgents hiding out in the country's northwest. Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said the government would not allow the U.S. to carry out drone strikes outside the tribal belt along the Afghan border and repeated Islamabad's request that Washington abandon its use of drones in Pakistan on the grounds that the program violates the nation's sovereignty.
June 30, 2010 | By Rajan Menon
Pakistani authorities have reacted angrily to a study released this month by the London School of Economics, which concludes that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence has been systematically funding and maintaining top-level ties with the Taliban, and on a larger scale than generally believed. Despite the attention it has garnered, the report affirms what has been common knowledge among academic specialists on Afghanistan and journalists with extensive experience in that country. The ISI, together with the armed forces, has long amounted to a state-within-a state in Pakistan.
September 11, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was acquitted of charges that he used political influence to pressure a state bank into granting a huge loan, without sufficient collateral, court officials in Karachi said. The Sindh High Court dismissed the case against Asif Ali Zardari and said it will release its explanation later. Zardari, 39, still faces trial on other charges.
February 7, 1993 | Times Wire Services
A Pakistan anti-terrorist court Saturday freed Asif Ali Zardari, husband of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, after more than two years in jail without a conviction. "It is the people's victory," a delighted Zardari said in an interview. "It shows the cases against me were cooked up. There is no truth in the charges."
May 2, 2011
President Obama: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of Sept. 11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the twin towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
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