ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States should focus on defeating Muslim militant enemies inside Afghanistan instead of blaming Pakistan for its failure, Pakistani officials said on Monday.
Washington accused Pakistan on Saturday of having links to the Haqqani network, which Washington blames for an attack on the U.S. Embassy and other targets in Kabul, and said the government in Islamabad must cut those ties.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The U.S. warning on militants based in Pakistan, blamed by Washington for this week’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, works against counter-terrorism cooperation between the two allies, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
It was referring to comments by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the United States would do whatever it takes to defend American forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan-based militants.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The U.S. warning on militants based in Pakistan goes against counter-terrorism cooperation between the two allies, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
“We believe these remarks are not in line with the cooperation that exists between the two countries,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani officials on Thursday fended off a warning that the United States would do whatever it takes to defend U.S. forces from Pakistan-based militants staging attacks in Afghanistan, saying there was no proof of such cross-border operations.
U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, suspect militants from the Haqqani network were behind Tuesday’s rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, as well as a truck bomb last Saturday that wounded 77 American forces.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan said Monday it had arrested a senior member of al Qaeda with help from the United States, dealing a fresh blow to the Islamist militant group and prompting both countries to stress they were working closely on counter-terrorism.
The arrest of Younis al-Mauritani in the southwestern city of Quetta and comments about intelligence cooperation suggested the United States and Pakistan were putting behind them the bitterness caused by the unilateral raid by U.S. forces who killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan said on Monday it has captured a “senior al Qaeda leader” named Younis al- Mauritani who was responsible for conducting international operations and ordered by Osama bin Laden to hit U.S., European and Australian economic targets.
The United States helped Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency conduct the arrests, the military said, suggesting ties heavily damaged by the killing of bin Laden had improved.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan said on Monday its main intelligence service has captured a “senior al Qaeda leader” named Younis al- Mauritani, who it said was responsible for conducting international operations and had been ordered by Osama bin Laden to hit American, European and Australian economic interests.
Pakistan’s military, describing the capture as “another fatal blow” to the militant group, said in a statement that two other senior al Qaeda operatives were also detained.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani tribal elders are holding talks with Taliban militants in Afghanistan for the release of scores of young tribesmen kidnapped during an outing along the border, officials said on Sunday.
The teenage tribesmen from Pakistan’s northwestern Bajaur tribal region were abducted by the militants on Thursday while they were on an outing in Afghanistan’s border province of Kunar on the Muslim festival of Eid.
ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A Pakistani court ordered the
confiscation of exiled former president Pervez Musharraf’s
property and the freezing of his Pakistan bank accounts over
accusations that he failed to provide security for assassinated
former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, a lawyer said on Sunday.
The charismatic Bhutto was the first female prime minister
in the Muslim world. She was killed in December 2007, when
Musharraf was president, in a gun and suicide bomb attack after
an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi after she had
returned from years of self-imposed exile.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military is ready to help stem a tide of political and ethnic violence in the city of Karachi, if the civilian government asked it to do so, a newspaper Sunday quoted country’s powerful army chief as saying.
The comments by General Ashfaq Kayani came amid growing calls by political parties and business groups for the army to step in to stop worsening security situation in the commercial hub of the country where about 900 people have been killed in violence this year, almost a third of them in July.