Category: Pakistan

Kerry signals end of drone strikes

The United States is seeking to end drone strikes in Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry told a Pakistani television station that President Barack Obama has a “very real timeline” for ending the strikes.

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“We hope it`s going to be very, very soon,” Kerry said, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the State Department.

“I believe that we`re on a good track. I think the program will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it,” Kerry said.
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Forty militants killed in Mohmand operation

Ref: Pakistani troops backed by jets and helicopter gunships have killed 40 militants in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan in the past three days, a military commander said Thursday.

Brigadier Aftab Ahmad told AFP by telephone that his forces had destroyed 17 militant hideouts in the Baizai region under his command in the lawless tribal area of Mohmand.

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Pakistani police station attacked

Ref: At least 12 people have been killed after a police station in northwestern Pakistani came under attack from suspected Taliban fighters.

Three explosions sent plumes of smoke into the air at the Kolachi police station in the Dera Ismail Khan district during the assault, which prompted a standoff on Saturday.
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Pakistan must be part of Afghan peace process: US

Ref: Pakistan must be a part of the Afghan peace process, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress on Thursday while announcing that senior Afghan, Pakistani and American officials would meet next week for further talks on this issue.

But the outgoing Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that success was possible in the war in Afghanistan even if Pakistan failed to fully cooperate in countering militants along its border.

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Over 30 people detained in Abbottabad investigation

Ref: Intelligence authorities have rounded up more than 30 people and questioned several others as part of the Abbottabad probe, Islamabad’s ambassador in Washington Husain Haqqani said Sunday.

Haqqani revealed that Pakistani intelligence detained or questioned several people to identify members of eliminated al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s support network.
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Drone strike kills seven in Kurram tribal region

Ref: Pakistani officials say a second suspected US missile attack has struck a house in northwest Pakistan but casualties are not yet known.

Local government official Noor Alam says Monday’s attack on the house in the Kurram tribal area occurred minutes after missiles hit a nearby vehicle and killed seven people, five of whom were suspected militants.
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Two blasts hit Peshawar market; 34 killed

Ref: Twin bomb blasts minutes apart ripped through a crowded supermarket complex killing 34 people and injuring more than 80 in Peshawar late Saturday.

The attack hit the Khyber Super Market area, which includes residential flats for students, shops, a fruit juices kiosk and a hotel.

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CIA chief on visit to repair ties with Pakistan

Ref: CIA Director Leon Panetta met over dinner Friday with Pakistan’s spy chief and army head for talks on how to repair ties between the two countries that were fractured by the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a Pakistani and a U.S. official said.

Panetta’s visit was his first to Pakistan since the unilateral American operation on May 2 killed the al-Qaida leader in a Pakistani army town, triggering an angry backlash by the powerful military. It is likely to be his last before he becomes the next U.S. defense secretary.

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Deadly militant attack on Pakistan security checkpoint

Ref: Eight Pakistani soldiers and 12 insurgents have been killed in fighting in north-western Pakistan, local officials say.

They say militants – armed with rockets and heavy weapons – attacked a security checkpoint in the volatile Waziristan region early on Thursday.

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US to withdraw troops from Pakistan

Ref: The Pentagon said it had received a request from the Pakistani government to reduce its presence in the country.

There have been protests across Pakistan over the US raid to kill Osama Bin Laden

There have been protests across Pakistan over the US raid to kill Osama Bin Laden

The request came after a raid by US special forces killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in early May.
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