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Jan 19, 2012

Peace talks between Pakistan and Taliban faltering – official

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Exploratory peace talks between Pakistan and al Qaeda-linked Taliban insurgents have made little progress, a senior security official told Reuters on Thursday.

The official said the group, seen as the biggest security threat to the strategic U.S. ally, had flatly rejected a demand that it work through tribal elders to reach a deal whereby fighters approach authorities and lay down their arms.

Jan 19, 2012

Peace talks between Pakistan and Taliban

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Exploratory peace talks between Pakistan and al Qaeda-linked Taliban insurgents have made little progress, a senior security official told Reuters on Thursday.

The official said the group, seen as the biggest security threat to the strategic U.S. ally, had flatly rejected a demand that it work through tribal elders to reach a deal whereby fighters approach authorities and lay down their arms.

Jan 13, 2012

Embattled Pakistan president lobbies for support

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – President Asif Ali Zardari’s ruling party lobbied coalition partners on Friday for a vote of support as the government faces the most intense pressure from the powerful military since a 1999 coup.

One of Zardari’s allies introduced a resolution in parliament which places “full confidence and trust” in the political leadership of the nuclear armed South Asian state.

Jan 12, 2012

Pressure mounts on Pakistan’s accidental president

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Asif Ali Zardari, under threat from a memo seeking U.S. help in preventing a coup by Pakistan’s powerful generals, has never managed to dispel the notion he is an accidental president.

Zardari was elected in 2008 on the back of a sympathy vote after his far more charismatic wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated shortly after returning from self-exile late the previous year.

Dec 23, 2011

Newsmaker: Can Pakistan’s accidental president survive?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Asif Ali Zardari, under threat from a memo accusing Pakistan’s powerful generals of plotting a coup to overthrow him, has never managed to dispel the notion he is an accidental president.

Zardari was elected in 2008 on the back of a sympathy vote after his far more charismatic wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated shortly after returning from self-exile.

Dec 23, 2011

Newsmaker: Can Pakistan’s accidental president survive?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Asif Ali Zardari, under threat from a memo accusing Pakistan’s powerful generals of plotting a coup to overthrow him, has never managed to dispel the notion he is an accidental president.

Zardari was elected in 2008 on the back of a sympathy vote after his far more charismatic wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated shortly after returning from self-exile.

Dec 23, 2011

Can Pakistan’s accidental president survive?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Asif Ali Zardari, under threat from a memo accusing Pakistan’s powerful generals of plotting a coup to overthrow him, has never managed to dispel the notion he is an accidental president.

Zardari was elected in 2008 on the back of a sympathy vote after his far more charismatic wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated shortly after returning from self-exile.

Dec 22, 2011

Army wants Zardari out but not a coup-military sources

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is fed up with unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the country’s 64 years of independence, military sources said.

Tensions are rising between Pakistan’s civilian leaders and its generals over a memo that accused the army of plotting a coup after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.

Dec 22, 2011

Exclusive: Pakistan army wants Zardari out but not a coup

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is fed up with unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the country’s 64 years of independence, military sources said.

Tensions are rising between Pakistan’s civilian leaders and its generals over a memo that accused the army of plotting a coup after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.

Dec 13, 2011

US lawmakers freeze $700 mln to Pakistan as distrust grows

ISLAMABAD, Dec 13 (Reuters) – A crisis in relations
looked set to deepen after a U.S. House-Senate negotiating panel
agreed to freeze $700 million in aid to Pakistan until it gives
assurances it is helping fight the spread of improvised
explosive devices in the region.

Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign
aid and the cutback announced is only a small proportion of the
billions in civil and military assistance it gets each year.