PakistanFrances Townsend, the White House homeland security adviser, signaled today that the Bush administration would consider direct assaults on al-Qaeda hideouts in Pakistan.Townsend was asked on “Fox News Sunday” why the United States isn’t sending Special Forces, attack drones and anything else it can to wipe out al-Qaeda. She replied, “Just because we don’t speak…

Intimations of disaster By Ghazi Salahuddin One good thing about President General Pervez Musharraf’s address to the nation on Thursday was that he did not appear in his military fatigues. But that was about all. In a visibly sombre mood, he vowed that no more Lal Masjids would be allowed in the future. And he…

People wait for SC ruling with bated breath By Tariq Butt ISLAMABAD: Everybody is keeping their fingers crossed and holding their breath, waiting for the landmark ruling to be handed down by the 13-judge full court on the presidential reference against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry any time.The judgment will mark the high point of…

National Intelligence Estimate: Al Qaeda stronger and a threat to US homeland Report points to war in Iraq and Pakistan’s tribal areas as allowing Al Qaeda to regroup. By Tom A. Peter The release of a new report Tuesday that says Al Qaeda has reorganized to pre-9/11 strength and is preparing for a major US…

Musharraf in the Twiligh By Frederic Grare washingtonpost.com’s Think Tank Town, July 10, 2007 The end of Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s era in Pakistan approaches. Since March 9, demonstrations have mounted to protest his dismissal of the independent chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. On May 12, protests resulted in carnage during which…

Rethinking Western Strategies Toward Pakistan: An Action Agenda for the United States and Europe By Frederic Grare Publisher: Carnegie Endowment Carnegie Endowment Report, July 2007 Full Text (PDF) Pakistan’s military is complicit in the worsening security situation in Afghanistan—including the resurgence of the Taliban, terrorism in Kashmir, and the growth of jihadi extremism and capabilities,…

From The Sunday TimesJuly 15, 2007Bin Laden’s deputy behind the Red Mosque bloodbathDean Nelson, Islamabad and Ghulam HasnainAL-QAEDA’S leadership secretly directed the Islamic militants whose armed revolt at the Red Mosque in Islamabad ended last week with more than 100 deaths after it was stormed by the Pakistan army.According to senior intelligence officials, the troops…

Thursday, July 12, 2007Lal Masjid Siege – Musharraf’s Bluestar The tense standoff between the Pakistani Army and clerics and suspected militants at Islamabad’s Lal Masjid mosque finally ended in blood shed with the Army using tanks and small artillery fire to storm the mosque and kill the deputy chief cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi. The total…