Gates pledges US long-term commitment to PakistanWASHINGTON, Sept 10 (APP): Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday said the United States’ relationship with Pakistan is not confined to anti-terrorism assistance alone but it is much broader in range and takes into account the interests of Pakistani people. He cited Washington’s plans for massive economic assistance for…

Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity to be defended at all cost: Gen Ashfaq KayaniRAWALPINDI, Sep 10 (APP): Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesdays said that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be defended at all cost and no external force is allowed to conduct operations inside Pakistan. He was…

US missile strike in Pakistan killed four Al-Qaeda: official, militant3 hours agoPESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — A US missile strike targeting a top Taliban commander in Pakistan’s northwest killed four mid-level Al-Qaeda operatives, a security official and a militant source said Wednesday.Monday’s strike in North Waziristan failed to kill Jalaluddin Haqqani or his son, Sirajuddin, accused…

Pop goes the WeaselWelcome to the Great Game with the same battlefield but different protagonists, different battle cries and different weapon yields.On 26th August 2008, barely two weeks back, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kiyani met with Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen aboard USS Abraham Lincoln that…

Afghans won’t tolerate more civilian deaths in raidsBy David MorganWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military conceded it was not winning the battle against an increasingly deadly insurgency in Afghanistan and said on Wednesday it would revise its strategy for the region to include militant safe havens in neighbouring Pakistan.“I’m not convinced we are winning it…

US attacks overshadow swearing-in of Asif Ali Zardari Bruce Loudon, South Asia correspondent in Islamabad September 10, 2008TWO black goats were ritually slaughtered yesterday “to do away with the shadow of evil” as a solemn Asif Ali Zardari pledged himself to “humility and paucity” and took the reins of power in Pakistan.With a copy of…

Pakistan’s New Leader and the U.S. DilemmaJayshree BajoriaCouncil on Foreign RelationsTuesday, September 9, 2008; 10:29 AMPakistan’s new president (BBC), Asif Ali Zardari, assumes office at a time of great political turmoil, intense terrorist violence, economic weakness, and deteriorating relations with neighboring India and Afghanistan. The powers of his own office, inherited from former President Pervez…

Pakistan’s Zardari urged to get new image and focusReutersSunday, September 7, 2008; 2:25 AMISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, must dispel the perception he is an artful politician and urgently address a deteriorating economy and worsening militant violence, newspapers said on Sunday.Zardari, the widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, swept a…

Afghanistan’s war has a new battlefield By Syed Saleem Shahzad KARACHI – In anticipation of a new era in Pakistani politics under president-in-waiting Asif Ali Zardari, the first volleys have been fired in a renewed joint Pakistan-North Atlantic Treaty Organization venture to fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda beyond Afghanistan’s borders. Barely a week after…