Michael's Feed
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.”

Mar 13, 2013

Analysis: 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.”

Mar 6, 2013

Pakistan in critical balance of payments situation, may need $9 bln-ADB

ISLAMABAD, March 6 (Reuters) – Pakistan has reached a
critical balance of payments situation and will need another
package from the International Monetary Fund before the end of
the year to avert a crisis, one of the biggest lenders to the
country said on Wednesday.

The Asian Development Bank’s country director, Werner
Liepach, also told Reuters in an interview Pakistan will need up
to $9 billion from the IMF to shield the economy.

Mar 6, 2013

Pakistan in critical balance of payments situation, may need $9 billion – ADB

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has reached a critical balance of payments situation and will need another package from the International Monetary Fund before the end of the year to avert a crisis, one of the biggest lenders to the country said on Wednesday.

The Asian Development Bank’s country director, Werner Liepach, also told Reuters in an interview Pakistan will need up to $9 billion from the IMF to shield the economy.

Jan 1, 2013

Top Afghan negotiator cautiously optimistic on peace prospects

KABUL (Reuters) – A top Afghan peace negotiator said he was cautiously optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realised a military solution to the war was not possible.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to transform the Afghan Taliban, who have proved resilient after more than a decade of war against U.S.-led NATO and Afghan troops, into a political movement.

Jan 1, 2013

Top Afghan negotiator optimistic over peace prospects

KABUL (Reuters) – A top Afghan peace negotiator said he was cautiously optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realized a military solution to the war was not possible.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to transform the Afghan Taliban, who have proved resilient after more than a decade of war against U.S.-led NATO and Afghan troops, into a political movement.