WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A video posted on the Internet is raising fresh questions about possible extra-judicial killings by Pakistan’s army, which could threaten U.S. aid to a key ally in the battle against the Taliban.
The United States has asked Pakistan for information about the Internet video purporting to show Pakistani troops, lined up in a firing squad, shooting bound and blindfolded young men in traditional clothing, officials said on Thursday.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities blocked a vital supply route for NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan on Thursday, angered by a cross-border NATO airstrike that killed three Pakistani soldiers, officials said.
Trucks and fuel tankers for foreign forces in Afghanistan were stopped at Torkham border post in Khyber tribal region near the city of Peshawar, hours after the raid, the fourth reported by Pakistani authorities in recent days.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Pakistan’s army on Wednesday dismissed as “very speculative” media reports that this month’s upsurge in U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants in the country’s northwest sought to disrupt attacks on European cities.
Sky News on Tuesday reported that militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London akin to the 2008 militant assault on Mumbai as well as attacks on cities in France and Germany.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States appears to have widened drone aircraft attacks against al Qaeda-linked militants in Pakistan and may have killed a senior leader of the group, Pakistani and U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
While mostly low-ranking militants from different nationalities have been killed, a senior al Qaeda leader, identified as Shaikh al-Fateh, was believed to have been killed in a similar strike on September 26, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States appears to have widened drone aircraft attacks against al Qaeda-linked militants in their Pakistani safe havens as it struggles to stabilize Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials say.
So far 20 strikes have been carried out by the remotely piloted U.S. drones in September, the record number in a month.
KANDARO CAMP, Pakistan (Reuters) – Survivors of Pakistan’s worst-ever floods, which forced at least 10 million people from their homes, are desperate for money to rebuild their houses.
Failure to rehabilitate flood victims nearly two months after the disaster has the potential of triggering instability in a country which is fighting a full-blown Islamist insurgency and is crucial for the United States in its efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.
ISLAMABAD, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Pakistan will push hard for
quick implementation of a long-delayed trans-regional gas
pipeline from Turkmenistan in a bid to ease its mounting energy
crisis, the petroleum minister said on Tuesday.
Senior officials of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and
India on Monday inked the framework of an agreement to
construct the project with an estimated value of $3.3 billion.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Monday signed the framework of an agreement to construct a gigantic pipeline pumping natural gas to South Asia, a Pakistani official said.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, valued at more than $3 billion, has long been discussed by governments and energy companies but instability in Afghanistan has so far made its construction impossible.
Few in Pakistan believe that the army is going to make a grab for power at this time, but it hasn’t stopped speculation over the fate of the civilian government, widely seen to have to failed to mount an effective response to the nation’s worst floods since its creation.
The powerful military which is fighting a full-blown insurgency by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda has raised its standing in the eyes of Pakistanis by spearheading relief efforts. It is unlikely to exploit the vulnerability of the weak civilian government led by President Asif Ali Zardari to itself get bogged down in Pakistan’s enormous problems by staging a coup.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan will soon charge three men with terrorism in connection with the failed attempt to bomb New York’s Times Square, a police official said on Wednesday.
They have been held since May but until now Pakistani authorities had not formally announced their arrest.