ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan is being swept toward violent chaos by a growing wave of Islamist extremism, newspapers said on Thursday, a day after Taliban militants killed the country’s only Christian government minister.
The assassination of Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday, threatens to further destabilize the nuclear-armed U.S. ally where secular-minded politicians are imperiled by a rising strain of violent religious conservatism in the society.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An American jailed for shooting two Pakistanis is shielded by diplomatic immunity, the Pakistani government said on Wednesday, a move that may help end a bruising row between the troubled allies.
A local court, however, has to decide the fate of Raymond Davis, the U.S. consulate employee who shot and killed two Pakistani men in the city of Lahore last month in what he said was a robbery attempt.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistani Taliban warned the government on Tuesday it would punish any move to release a U.S. consulate employee accused of murdering two Pakistanis in a case that has inflamed already strained ties with Washington.
U.S. Senator John Kerry was due in Pakistan as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to resolve the crisis.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 15 (Reuters) – An influential Pakistani
Islamist party accused the United States on Tuesday of riding
roughshod in the case of a U.S. consular employee held over the
killing of two Pakistanis and said it would hold protests if he
Raymond Davis was arrested after shooting two Pakistanis in
what he called self defence during an armed robbery attempt and
what Lahore’s police chief called “clear-cut murder”.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An influential Pakistani Islamist party accused the United States on Tuesday of riding roughshod in the case of a U.S. consular employee held over the killing of two Pakistanis and said it would hold protests if he is freed.
Raymond Davis was arrested after shooting two Pakistanis in what he called self defense during an armed robbery attempt and what Lahore’s police chief called “clear-cut murder”.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court Monday charged a police guard with the murder of a moderate politician who opposed the country’s harsh anti-blasphemy laws, a case that exposed deep fissures in Pakistani society.
Mumtaz Qadri, who admitted to killing Punjab governor Salman Taseer on January 4, gained wide support, especially from Islamists who see liberal politicians such as Taseer as straying from Pakistan’s Islamist credentials.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan expressed the hope on Sunday that its growing row with the United States over a jailed U.S. embassy employee will not scuttle its crucial talks with Washington and Kabul on efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.
Tensions have been rising between Pakistan and the United States over the case of Raymond Davis, a U.S. consular employee who shot dead two Pakistanis last month in what he said was an attempted robbery.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan warned Saturday it would be “extremely counter-productive” if ties with the United States were to be harmed by the case of an American held in a Pakistani jail and accused of murder.
Despite the apparent effort to defuse a crisis between the two long-time allies over the arrest, the United States went ahead and postponed a meeting of Pakistani, Afghan and U.S. high-level officials in Washington scheduled for this month.
NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India and Pakistan have agreed to resume formal peace talks that were broken off by New Delhi after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, with Pakistan saying on Thursday discussions between the nuclear-armed rivals would start before July.
Both nations have been under pressure from the United States to resolve contentious issues, including concerns about militant violence and the disputed Kashmir region. Their rivalry spills over into Afghanistan, complicating peace efforts there.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A boy in a school uniform blew
himself up at a Pakistani army recruitment centre on Thursday,
killing 20 cadets, officials said, in an attack that challenges
government assertions that crackdowns have weakened militants.
Pakistan’s army has carried out a series of offensives
against al Qaeda-linked Taliban insurgents. But the operations
in lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border have failed to
break the resolve of Taliban fighters determined to destabilise
the U.S.-backed government.