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Pakistan insists air strikes were deliberate

WASHINGTON — Pakistan stood firm Thursday in charging that US-led forces deliberately carried out air strikes that killed 24 soldiers and led Islamabad to shut critical NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. Pakistan’s embassy in Washington invited reporters to a briefing at which officials showed images and maps that they said…

Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON — The US Senate passed a $662 billion defense bill Thursday that also freezes some Pakistan aid, imposes sanctions on Iran’s central bank, and approves the indefinite imprisonment of suspected terrorists. The Democrat-led Senate voted 86-13 for the Defense Authorization bill, which was passed Wednesday by the House. President…

Deadly attack on NATO convoy in Pakistan

Gunmen attacked NATO oil tankers stranded in southwest Pakistan for the second time in days as Islamabad warned it could enforce its blockade of the US lifeline into Afghanistan for weeks. The attackers shot dead a driver and destroyed seven tankers in a blaze of fire late Sunday, the second…

Pakistani government denies talks with Taliban

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s interior minister and prime minister have both denied the government is holding peace talks with its homegrown Taliban, according to media, saying it would do so only if the militants first disarmed and surrendered. The deputy commander of the Pakistan Taliban, who have been waging a…

U.S. vacates air base in Pakistan to meet deadline

QUETTA, Pakistan — The United States on Sunday vacated a Pakistani airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in the wake of anger over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24 soldiers, officials said. Pakistan’s military said in a statement that the last flight carrying US personnel and equipment…

Gingrich: ‘Extremists’ within reach of Pakistan nukes

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal was at risk of being seized by “extremists” who had probably infiltrated Islamabad’s military. “My guess is that they have well over 100 nuclear weapons and that the Pakistani military is so penetrated by extremist elements you have…

Pakistan president suffers minor heart attack

Pakistan’s embattled President Asif Ali Zardari will remain in hospital in Dubai until further notice after suffering a minor heart attack and undergoing an operation, officials said on Wednesday. The unpopular 56-year-old head of state flew to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday after falling ill in the midst of a major scandal over…

Key senators urge review of aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The United States must “fully review” ties to Pakistan and weigh possible cuts or new restrictions to military and economic aid, Republican US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged Monday. “The United States has been incredibly patient with Pakistan. And we have been so despite certain undeniable…

Karzai accuses Pakistan of stalling talks with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan, which is boycotting an international conference on Afghanistan starting Monday in Bonn, of undermining all negotiations with the Taliban. “Up until now, they have sadly refused to back efforts for negotiations with the Taliban,” Karzai told Der Spiegel weekly in comments reported in…

Pakistan cable TV operators block BBC

Pakistani cable television operators blocked broadcasts of the BBC World News channel on Tuesday and threatened to suspend other Western channels over “negative propaganda” about Pakistan. The president of the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan, Malik Furqan Riaz, criticised the BBC for showing what he called an “anti-Pakistan documentary” and said the channel had been taken off…

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