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Mar 10, 2012

Pakistan PM appoints new head of ISI

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani appointed a new director-general of the country’s powerful spy agency on Friday, Gilani’s office said in a statement, creating a possible opening for improved U.S.-Pakistan relations after 15 months of tension.

Lieutenant-General Zaheer-ul-Islam, who has participated in U.S.-based training programs, will take over as director-general of the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after serving as the commander of the V Corps, one of the most important in the army and based in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and its commercial hub.

Mar 9, 2012

Pakistan PM appoints new head of powerful spy agency

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani appointed a new director-general of the country’s powerful spy agency on Friday, Gilani’s office said in a statement, possibly allowing a fresh approach to U.S.-Pakistan relations after 15 months of tension.

Lieutenant-General Zaheer-ul-Islam will take over as director-general of the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after serving as the commander of the V Corps, one of the most important in the army and based in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and its commercial hub.

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Pakistani director wins Oscar for film on acid attack victims

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani filmmaker and first-time Oscar nominee Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won an Academy Award on Monday for her documentary about acid attack victims, a first for a Pakistani director.

Her victory shines a spotlight on a subject which affects thousands of women in Pakistan and elsewhere, but is seldom discussed at home.

Feb 17, 2012

Afghanistan, Pakistan hold “hard” talks on Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – After two days of high-level talks, Afghanistan appears to have failed to gain more Pakistani support for its bid to advance its reconciliation process with Taliban insurgent.

Pakistan is seen as critical to efforts to reach a settlement to Afghanistan’s conflict, now in its 11th year, and is believed to have influence over Afghan insurgent groups.

Feb 17, 2012
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      "Pakistan Bureau Chief. Born in Arkansas, Allbritton has been in Pakistan since mid-2009, working as a freelance reporter for TIME Magazine and other publications. Prior to that, He spent a year on a John S. Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University, where he examined foreign correspondence and the online medium. Allbritton got his start as a reporter on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, followed by two years working for the Associated Press in New York. In 2002, he pioneered reader-funded reporting through his Back-to-Iraq.com website and for the past six years he has focused on covering the Middle East, including ..."
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      2010
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