Pakistan Shuns C.I.A. Buildup Sought by U.S.By ERIC SCHMITT and DAVID E. SANGER Published: January 27, 2008WASHINGTON — The top two American intelligence officials traveled secretly to Pakistan early this month to press President Pervez Musharraf to allow the Central Intelligence Agency greater latitude to operate in the tribal territories where Al Qaeda, the Taliban…

Pakistan’s Army Steps Aside From ElectionIn Shunning Direct Role In Voting, Military Chief Seeks To Distance Army From Controversy ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 27, 2008Gen. Ashfaq Kayani has indicated that the Army will not have any direct involvement in Pakistan’s parliamentary election next month. (ISPR) (CBS) This article was written by CBS News reporter Farhan Bokhari…

Gen Kayani’s name echoes in House of CommonsBy By Rauf Klasra 1/20/2008LONDON: The name of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has echoed in the House of Commons during a debate on the current war on terror in Pakistan and some MPs hope that the Army may be kept out of politics under…

Analysis: Kayani is his own manByKamran Rehmat in IslamabadSATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 200818:25 MECCA TIME, 15:25 GMTIn the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, the debate over who will form the next Pakistani government after February’s elections appears to have dissolved into semantics without dilating on the role of the army, the real arbiter of power.Perhaps it…

In Musharraf’s Shadow, a New Hope for Pakistan RisesJanuary 7, 2008 By DAVID ROHDE and CARLOTTA GALLISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Over the last several months, a little-known, enigmatic Pakistani general has quietly raised hopes among American officials that he could emerge as a new force for stability in Pakistan, according to current and former government officials.…

Endgame for Pakistan? China Matters Friday, January 18, 2008To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Pervez Musharraf’s survival may have been greatly exaggerated.The same goes for the opposition alliance of Bhutto’s PPP and Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N.Musharraf’s government reached out to Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N, hoping to pre-empt the electoral challenge of the PPP with a…

Pakistan has paid dearly for America’s most generous and tragic patronageBy Roger Morris, War in Context, January 17, 2008Benazir Bhutto was a precocious 23-year-old in 1976 when she noticed Army Chief of Staff Mohammed Zia ul-Haq come and go at the office of her father, Pakistani prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. “A short, nervous, ineffectual-looking…

The Pakistan Conundrumhttp://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080116_the_pakistan_conundrum/Posted on Jan 16, 2008By Scott RitterThe assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhuto has prompted much instant analysis and ‘Monday morning quarterbacking’ by observers of that volatile region. Early assessment’s agree that public sentiment in Pakistan has turned decisively against both President Pervez Musharraf and the Islamic Parties who oppose him…

Pakistan more open to accepting U.S. help By ROBERT BURNS Associated PressST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pakistan is taking a more welcoming view of U.S. suggestions for using American troops to train and advise its own forces in the fight against anti-government extremists, the commander of U.S. forces in that region said today.Navy Adm. William J.…