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May 3, 2011

Islamist militants hold prayers for bin Laden in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The founder one of Pakistan’s most violent Islamist militant groups has told Muslims to be heartened by the death of Osama bin Laden, as his “martyrdom” would not be in vain, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), the militant group blamed for the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, has been holding special prayers for bin Laden in several cities and towns since he was killed in an operation by U.S. forces in Pakistan’s northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad on Monday.

May 3, 2011

LeT founder Hafiz leads prayers for bin Laden in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The founder one of Pakistan’s most violent Islamist militant groups has told Muslims to be heartened by the death of Osama bin Laden, as his “martyrdom” would not be in vain, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), the militant group blamed for the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, has been holding special prayers for bin Laden in several cities and towns since he was killed in an operation by U.S. forces in Pakistan’s northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad on Monday.

May 3, 2011

Pakistan, U.S. vow to fight terrorism after bin Laden death

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan and the United States reaffirmed their commitment on Tuesday to fight Islamist militancy on Tuesday, a day after the killing of Osama bin Laden presented an opportunity to reconcile strained ties and find a solution to the Afghan conflict.

Pakistan has faced enormous international scrutiny since bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a military garrison town about 60 km (35 miles) north of Islamabad on Monday, not least over whether its military and intelligence agencies were unaware of the al Qaeda leader’s location, or knew and failed to act.

May 3, 2011

Quiet embarrassment in Pakistan after killing of bin Laden

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – There were no protests and no extra security in Pakistan on Tuesday, a day after the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces, just a sense of embarrassment and indifference that the al Qaeda leader had managed to lie low for years in a Pakistan garrison town.

“The failure of Pakistan to detect the presence of the world’s most-wanted man here is shocking,” The News said in an editorial, reflecting the general tone in the media, where some commentators predicted that Washington would take action to show its displeasure with Islamabad.

May 3, 2011

Osama killing will embarrass authorities: Pakistani media

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani media on Tuesday said the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a U.S. commando raid would heap embarrassment on authorities hard pressed to explain how he had been able to live in the country undetected for years.

Some commentators suggested Washington would take action to show its displeasure with the authorities.

May 3, 2011

Bin Laden killing will embarrass authorities: Pakistani media

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani media on Tuesday said the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a U.S. commando raid would heap embarrassment on authorities hard pressed to explain how he had been able to live in the country undetected for years.

Some commentators suggested Washington would take action to show its displeasure with the authorities.

Apr 26, 2011

Pakistan defends spy agency ISI, rejects criticism

KARACHI (Reuters) – Pakistan’s interior minister strongly defended the country’s top spy agency on Tuesday after the publication of leaked documents revealed the U.S. military classified it as a terrorist support entity.

According to the documents published on Sunday, the U.S. military classified the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, as a terrorist support entity in 2007 and used association with it as a justification to detain prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

Apr 21, 2011

Pakistan rejects “negative propaganda” on militant ties

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army on Thursday rejected as “negative propaganda” suggestions that it was not doing enough to combat al Qaeda and Taliban, hours after the top U.S. military officer accused its main intelligence agency of maintaining ties with militants.

The comments reflected deepening mistrust between the two uneasy allies, whose relations hit a new low after fatal shooting of two Pakistanis by Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor, in January in the city of Lahore.

Apr 13, 2011
via Pakistan: Now or Never?

Twist in the tale : Pakistan seeks reopening of Bhutto’s hanging case

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has written a letter to the Supreme Court to review the hanging of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto — the country’s first popularly-elected prime minister — over three decades ago.

The reopening of Bhutto’s case was one of the long-running demands of the supporters of the charismatic leader but critics say the timing of Zardari’s move was intriguing.

Apr 8, 2011
via Pakistan: Now or Never?

Pakistan seeks to reopen Bhutto’s hanging case

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has written a letter to the Supreme Court to review the hanging of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto — country’s first popularly elected prime minister — over three decades ago.

The reopening of Bhutto’s case was one of the long-running demands of the supporters of the charistimatic leader but critics say the timing of Zardari’s move was intriguing.

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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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