Pakistan protested the latest U.S. missile strike on targets near its border with Afghanistan, saying the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of drone aircraft has become “a core irritant” in the war against militants.
U.S. missiles struck near a Pakistani village on the border with Afghanistan, days after Pakistan’s army leadership reportedly pressed the Obama administration to reduce attacks by remotely piloted aircraft.
Engineer Liu Zhangteng says he feels “very comfortable” when he walks to work at his construction site in the mountains of northwest Pakistan. It takes the presence of 1,500 local soldiers to sustain his tranquility.
Pakistan’s destructive floods will raise the cost of the U.S. effort to keep the country from sliding further under the influence of Islamic militants allied to al-Qaeda who oppose America’s presence in the region.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are pursuing a new peace initiative that would permit members of the Taliban to be removed from the United Nations terrorist list to join negotiations and hold Afghan government posts.
Pakistan’s ruling party moved to buttress its coalition government after its biggest ally withdrew, leaving Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani without a parliament majority for his battles against Asia’s highest inflation and Taliban guerrillas.
Pakistan’s embattled President Asif Ali Zardari was weakened further by the assassination of a senior aide in the country’s most prominent political killing since the 2007 death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto .
The Pakistani Taliban distanced itself from the capital’s most lethal attack in more than five years, underscoring the difficulty of enforcing a cease-fire it declared three days ago to revive flagging peace talks.