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Jan 19, 2012

Pakistan-U.S. ties on hold for “re-evaluation”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ties with the United States remain on hold following a NATO cross-border air attack, its foreign minister said on Thursday, and Washington should not push Islamabad to go after militant groups or bring them to the Afghan peace process.

“Now that the re-evaluation process is under way as we speak, so till the time that that re-evaluation process is not complete, we cannot start the re-engagement,” Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

Jan 19, 2012

Exclusive: Pakistan-U.S. ties on hold for “evaluation”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s ties with the United States remain on hold following a NATO cross-border air attack, the country’s foreign minister said, and Washington should not push Islamabad to go after militant groups or bring them to the Afghan peace process.

“Now that the re-evaluation process is underway as we speak, so till the time that that re-evaluation process in not complete, we cannot start the re-engagement,” Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

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Jan 14, 2012

Pakistan’s army chief calls PM’s criticisms “divisive”

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief is furious with the prime minister for statements criticising the army and has demanded that they be clarified or withdrawn, a senior military source told Reuters on Saturday.

“The army chief complained to the president about the prime minister’s statements, and said they needed to be either clarified or withdrawn,” the source told Reuters.

Jan 13, 2012
Jan 13, 2012

Civilians have whip-hand in showdown with Pakistan military

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – For decades, Pakistan’s generals only had to pick up a phone and order the removal of anyone in the civilian government who had crossed them. It’s not so simple anymore, as the army is finding out in its latest battle with President Asif Ali Zardari.

Despite the numerous crises hounding Zardari’s government, the civilians for once hold the most cards in the non-stop bluffing game that defines Pakistani politics, giving it the confidence to stare down the powerful military, its political opponents and perhaps even the Supreme Court.

Jan 13, 2012
Jan 13, 2012

Embattled Zardari lobbies for support

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Asif Ali Zardari’s ruling party, facing intense pressure from Pakistan’s powerful generals, lobbied its coalition partners on Friday for support as fears over the stability of the nuclear-armed country rose.

One of Zardari’s allies introduced a resolution in parliament hoping to build support for the embattled leader. The National Assembly will debate the confidence motion on Monday and the government hopes for a vote in the next week.

    • About Chris

      "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 ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2010
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