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Dec 1, 2011

NATO attack could hurt war on terror – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan, enraged by a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 soldiers, could withdraw its support for the U.S. war on militancy if its sovereignty is violated again, the foreign minister suggested in comments published on Thursday.

The South Asian nation has already shown its anger over the weekend strike by pulling out of an international conference in Germany next week on Afghanistan’s future.

Nov 30, 2011

NATO attack was blatant aggression: Pakistan army

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A senior Pakistani army official has said a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 soldiers was a deliberate, blatant act of aggression, hardening Pakistan’s stance on an incident which could hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

In a briefing to editors carried in local newspapers on Wednesday, Major-General Ishfaq Nadeem, director general of military operations, also said NATO forces were alerted they were attacking Pakistani posts, but helicopters kept firing.

Nov 28, 2011

Pakistan warns NATO attack threatens Afghanistan peace

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan ratcheted up pressure on NATO on Monday over a cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at the weekend, threatening to drastically reduce cooperation on peace efforts in Afghanistan.

The incident has hurt Washington’s efforts both to ease a crisis in relations with Islamabad and stabilize the region as it tries to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

Nov 27, 2011

Rage grips Pakistan over NATO attack

ISLAMABAD/KABUL (Reuters) – Fury spread in Pakistan on Sunday over a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and could undermine the U.S. effort to wind up the war in Afghanistan.

On Sunday night in Pakistan, more than 40 hours after the incident, many questions remained.

Nov 21, 2011

Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks

ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban
movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding
exploratory peace talks with the government, a senior Taliban
commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The United States, the source of billions of dollars of aid
vital for Pakistan’s military and feeble economy, is unlikely to
look kindly on peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP), which it has labelled a terrorist group.

Nov 21, 2011

Exclusive – Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The United States, the source of billions of dollars of aid vital for Pakistan’s military and feeble economy, is unlikely to look kindly on peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which it has labelled a terrorist group.

Nov 21, 2011

Taliban, Pakistan in peace talks – Taliban commander

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The discussions are focused on the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border and could be expanded to try to reach a comprehensive deal.

Nov 21, 2011

Exclusive: Taliban, Pakistan in peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The discussions are focused on the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border and could be expanded to try to reach a comprehensive deal.

Nov 16, 2011

Pakistani girls defy Taliban school bombings

SWABI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Seven-year-old Marwa cried and shook uncontrollably at the sight of the rubble and shattered glass remnants of her classroom. The Taliban had bombed yet another girls’ school in Pakistan.

“I had to pick her up and hold her close to my chest. My worry is that we will spend our time helping the girls deal with fear instead of teaching them math and science,” said head teacher Razia Begum.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. drone strikes must stop, says American lawyer

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Prominent international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith was impressed by the 16-year-old boy who wanted to draw attention to civilian deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.

Tariq Aziz had volunteered to take pictures of people killed by the remotely piloted aircraft to help Stafford Smith highlight what he calls illegal killings.