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Pakistan court rules prime minister in contempt

Pakistan’s top court Monday found embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for not complying with orders related to re-opening corruption cases and summoned him to appear in person. The move escalates the pressure on Pakistan’s weakened civilian government, which faces separate court procedures that could unseat its leadership and force early elections at…

Four killed as U.S. drone strikes resume in Pakistan

The deadly US drone campaign in Pakistan’s tribal zone resumed with a missile strike that killed four militants, two months after aNATO raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The CIA campaign had reportedly been suspended to avoid worsening relations between the United States and Pakistan after the deadly November 26 incident, which eroded even more…

BlackBerry maker vows privacy safeguard amid probe

OTTAWA — Research In Motion vowed Tuesday to defend the legal privacy rights of BlackBerry users after a judicial commission in Pakistan ordered copies of smartphone communications in a scandal probe. The Canadian firm reacted to news that a Pakistani commission was seeking records for a probe into an unsigned…

Four soldiers, 12 militants killed in Pakistan attacks

QUETTA, Pakistan — Four Pakistani soldiers and a dozen Taliban militants were killed on Sunday in separate incidents in the violence-wracked country, according to officials. An anti-Taliban fighter also died in a day of clashes and bomb blasts in the country. The first incident took place in Salarzai town, about…

U.S. military urges more trust of Pakistan after airstrike probe

WASHINGTON — The head of US Central Command urged greater trust and communications with the Pakistani military on Monday amid a diplomatic crisis after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month. General James Mattis made his recommendations after his command, which oversees US military operations across a wide…

US pledges commitment to working out tensions with Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The United States said Friday that it was committed to working with Pakistan and pledged support for democracy, amid friction between the war partners and a political showdown in Islamabad. “The issues that we face — the challenges we face — are too important,” State Department spokesman Mark…

Pakistan army wants Zardari out but not a coup

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is fed up with unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the country’s 64 years of independence, military sources said. Tensions are rising between…

U.S. probe cites mistakes in deadly Pakistan air strike: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military investigation has found American and Afghan commandos wrongly concluded there were no Pakistani forces in a border area where an air strike killed 24 Pakistani troops last month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The investigation, due to be presented to U.S. defense…

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis rally against U.S.

LAHORE, Pakistan — Tens of thousands gathered in one of the biggest-ever protests in the Pakistani city of Lahore Sunday to condemn NATO and United States over the killing of 24 soldiers along the Afghan border. The protestors, mainly from Islamist groups and political parties, vowed they would march to…

Army says coup memo attempt to hurt Pakistan: reports

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief has said a memo accusing the military of plotting a coup, which could damage the unpopular president and led to the resignation of Islamabad’s ambassador to Washington, was an attempt to hurt national security, newspapers said. General Ashfaq Kayani, arguably the most powerful man…

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