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Jul 11, 2011

Analysis: Less U.S. military aid to Pakistan harms relations

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to suspend $800 million in military aid to Pakistan is more likely to drive the wedge between the troubled allies deeper than compel the military to fight harder against Taliban and al-Qaeda linked militants on its territory,

White House Chief of Staff William Daley confirmed on Sunday a New York Times report that the Obama administration had held off a third of $2 billion in security aid in a show of displeasure over Pakistan’s cutback of U.S. military trainers, limits on visa for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants.

Jul 11, 2011

Less U.S. military aid to Pakistan harms relations, not army

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to suspend $800 million (501 million pounds) in military aid to Pakistan is more likely to drive the wedge between the troubled allies deeper than compel the military to fight harder against Taliban and al-Qaeda linked militants on its territory,

White House Chief of Staff William Daley confirmed on Sunday a New York Times report that the Obama administration had held off a third of $2 billion in security aid in a show of displeasure over Pakistan’s cutback of U.S. military trainers, limits on visa for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants.

Jul 8, 2011

Pakistan rejects U.S. general’s comments on slain journalist

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan on Friday denounced as “extremely irresponsible and unfortunate” comments by the top-ranking U.S. military officer that elements of the Pakistan government had sanctioned the killing of a Pakistani journalist in May, warning that it could hurt cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants.

The remarks by Admiral Mike Mullen on the murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad came at a time when relations between the uneasy allies were already seriously damaged after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces.

Jul 6, 2011

Pakistan panel says bin Laden family won’t be repatriated

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The wives and children of Osama bin Laden detained in Pakistan will only be repatriated once a government-appointed commission investigating the al Qaeda leader’s killing allows them to leave, the panel said.

Sixteen people, including bin Laden’s three wives and several children, were detained by Pakistani security forces after U.S. special forces killed bin Laden in the northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2.

Jun 22, 2011

Four Pakistani majors questioned over Islamist links

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistan army has extended an investigation into officers with links to the Hizb-ul-Tahrir, a spokesman said on Wednesday, in what analysts said was a long overdue move to root out sympathizers of the banned Islamist group.

The military, which said on Tuesday it had detained a brigadier — the highest-ranking serving officer arrested in a decade — said on Wednesday it had questioned four majors over links to the case.

Jun 22, 2011

Pakistani support for military action against militants drops: poll

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Domestic support for the Pakistani military’s campaign against Islamist militant groups has waned in recent years, a poll by a U.S. group has found, showing deep-rooted opposition among the Pakistani public to the United States.

The findings of two Pew Research Center surveys will be disappointing for the United States, which wants its ally to deal forcefully with militants, particularly those fighting U.S.-led foreign forces across the border in Afghanistan who take refuge in northwestern Pakistani border enclaves.

Jun 22, 2011

Pakistani support for action against militants drops – poll

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Domestic support for the Pakistani military’s campaign against Islamist militant groups has waned in recent years, a poll by a U.S. group has found, showing deep-rooted opposition among the Pakistani public to the United States.

The findings of two Pew Research Centre surveys will be disappointing for the United States, which wants its ally to deal forcefully with militants, particularly those fighting U.S.-led foreign forces across the border in Afghanistan who take refuge in northwestern Pakistani border enclaves.

Jun 17, 2011

Pakistan “concerned” by NATO incursion near border

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan said Friday NATO aircraft attacked one of its military posts in the northwest near the Afghan border and it had expressed its serious concern to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad.

The incident in the Mohmand tribal region comes after relations between the United States and its ally hit a new low following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. SEALS in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May.

Jun 14, 2011

Indian foreign secretary due in Pakistan to discuss Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India’s Foreign Secretary is due to visit Pakistan this month to discuss Kashmir, a Pakistani official said Tuesday, the first formal talks between the two rivals on their core dispute since 2008, but analysts expect no breakthroughs.

India broke off peace negotiations with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 by Pakistan-based militants that killed 166 people, but the two sides agreed earlier this year to resume talks.

Jun 14, 2011

Foreign secretary Rao due in Pakistan to discuss Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is due to visit Pakistan this month to discuss Kashmir, a Pakistani official said on Tuesday, the first formal talks between the two rivals on their core dispute since 2008, but analysts expect no breakthroughs.

India broke off peace negotiations with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 by Pakistan-based militants that killed 166 people, but the two sides agreed earlier this year to resume talks.

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      "I have journalistic career spanned over 19 years. I have been working with the Reuters since 2001. My current position is senior correspondent at Reuters bureau in Islamabad."
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