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May 5, 2013

Sharif says Pakistan should reconsider support for U.S. war on terror

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Nawaz Sharif, seen as the front-runner in Pakistan’s election race, said the country should reconsider its support for the U.S. war on Islamist militancy and suggested that he was in favor of negotiations with the Taliban.

Pakistan backed American efforts to stamp out global militancy after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and was rewarded with billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

May 1, 2013

Pakistan military angered by treatment of Musharraf: reports

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army chief has suggested the military is unhappy with how authorities have treated former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf since his return from exile.

A Pakistani court on Tuesday imposed a lifetime ban on Musharraf from contesting elections, undermining his efforts to regain influence by winning a seat in parliament.

Apr 22, 2013
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Radical Pakistani cleric tries his hand at politics, striking fear in Shi’ites

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(Radical Sunni cleric Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi (C) greets supporters during his election campaign in Jhang, Punjab province April 16, 2013. Picture taken April 16, 2013. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

When Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi greets supporters on the Pakistan election trail, he opens his pitch with the kind of promises to the poor that any other politician might make.

Apr 21, 2013

Insight: Pakistan cleric tries hand at politics

JHANG, Pakistan (Reuters) – When Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi greets supporters on the Pakistan election trail, he opens his pitch with the kind of promises to the poor that any other politician might make.

But behind the reassuring rhetoric lies what his opponents believe is a dangerous agenda – to gain a foothold in parliament and further his designs to oppress Pakistan’s Shi’ite minority.

Apr 20, 2013

Insight: Pakistan cleric tries hand at politics, striking fear in Shi’ites

JHANG, Pakistan (Reuters) – When Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi greets supporters on the Pakistan election trail, he opens his pitch with the kind of promises to the poor that any other politician might make.

But behind the reassuring rhetoric lies what his opponents believe is a dangerous agenda – to gain a foothold in parliament and further his designs to oppress Pakistan’s Shi’ite minority.

Apr 20, 2013

Pakistan cleric tries hand at politics, striking fear in Shi’ites

JHANG, Pakistan, April 21 (Reuters) – When Maulana Ahmed
Ludhianvi greets supporters on the Pakistan election trail, he
opens his pitch with the kind of promises to the poor that any
other politician might make.

But behind the reassuring rhetoric lies what his opponents
believe is a dangerous agenda – to gain a foothold in parliament
and further his designs to oppress Pakistan’s Shi’ite minority.

Apr 2, 2013

Most young Pakistanis pessimistic as economy struggles: survey

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Nearly 100 percent of young Pakistanis are pessimistic about the future and believe their country is headed in the wrong direction, a survey released on Wednesday found.

A British Council study, entitled “Next Generation Goes to The Ballot Box”, also showed that only one in five young adults expect their economic situation to improve over the next year.

Mar 27, 2013

Afghanistan says ready to work for peace without Pakistan help

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan is shocked by Pakistan’s “complacency” in the nascent Afghan peace process and is ready to work without Islamabad’s help on reconciliation, Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin told Reuters on Wednesday.

It was the first time Afghanistan has suggested the possibility of going it alone without its neighbour. Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to stabilising Afghanistan because of its long ties to insurgent groups.

Mar 27, 2013

Exclusive: Afghanistan says ready to work for peace without Pakistan help

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan is shocked by Pakistan’s “complacency” in the nascent Afghan peace process and is ready to work without Islamabad’s help on reconciliation, Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin told Reuters on Wednesday.

It was the first time Afghanistan has suggested the possibility of going it alone without its neighbor. Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to stabilizing Afghanistan because of its long ties to insurgent groups.

Mar 13, 2013

Afghan security vacuum feared along “gateway to Kabul”

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The Afghan policeman manning a checkpoint glances at the snow-covered mountains that are home to Taliban fighters and predicts what would happen if elite U.S. forces leave Wardak province, seen as the gateway to the capital of Kabul.

“The Taliban will take over in one day,” Mohammad Jamil says. “They are nearby.”