April 1, 2012 |
LAHORE, Pakistan - It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke, they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him that his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam to marry a Muslim boy. Only days later, Seema Bibi, a Christian woman in the province of Punjab, was kidnapped along with her four children after her husband couldn't repay a loan to a large landlord.
September 25, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A surging crowd of mourners on Friday touched and kissed the coffin of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, slain by a suicide bomber claiming to carry a Taliban peace message, and vented at their own government and its efforts to reconcile with the insurgency. In angry chants at a hilltop cemetery, grieving followers of Rabbani's political faction vilified President Hamid Karzai, blamed Taliban insurgents for Afghanistan's woes, and denounced Pakistan for allegedly stirring up the conflict.
May 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel expressed its outrage Thursday over Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million - $1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason. The punitive move came on top of deep reductions the Appropriations Committee already had made to President Obama's budget request for Pakistan, a reflection of the growing congressional anger over its cooperation in combating terrorism.
January 26, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's prime minister toned down his criticism of the country's powerful generals Wednesday, a sign of lessening tension between the civilian government and the army that some predicted could topple the nation's leaders. The two sides have long been in conflict, but tempers flared in recent months over a secret memo allegedly sent by the government to Washington last year asking for help in stopping a supposed army coup after the U.S. operation to kill al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.
April 26, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - After meeting for more three hours here Wednesday with Afghan and Pakistani leaders, Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in relaunching talks but warned, "We're not going to raise expectations or promise results that can't be delivered. " Instead, Kerry said before boarding a plane to return to Washington, the leaders agreed to "under-promise, but deliver. " "We're all going to go home and do our homework," Kerry said, flanked by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani.
April 4, 2013 |
In September 2009, I sat next to Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, at a poolside dinner in his honor in Villanova. When he flew home from a self-imposed, four-year exile two weeks ago, I couldn't help recalling our conversation. The former president spoke about his secret efforts to produce a framework for ending the bitter 66-year-old conflict between Pakistan and India over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Such an accord might have prevented the current jihadi surge in Pakistan, and ensured a far more hopeful future for Afghanistan.
January 12, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The confrontation between Pakistan's civilian government and its powerful army escalated sharply Wednesday when Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani fired the defense secretary, and the military warned that remarks by Gilani this week had "potentially grievous consequences. " The removal of the retired general who was the top bureaucrat in the defense ministry - replaced him with a ruling-party loyalist - fueled rumors that the government is considering changing the military's leadership, a move that is legally authorized but poses huge risks.
February 2, 1991 |
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said yesterday that pro- Saddam Hussein feeling had been sweeping her country since the allied bombing of Iraq began. Still, she said, she does not expect Pakistan to withdraw the 10,000 troops it is contributing to the U.S.-led coalition in the Persian Gulf war. "There are strident and emotional calls for pulling the troops out of Saudi Arabia," Bhutto told a World Affairs Council audience in Center City. "And in fact people who do not carry Saddam Hussein's picture are assaulted in the streets, their cars are broken down, their windowpanes are smashed.
May 12, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Despite a bloody campaign marred by Taliban attacks, Pakistan holds historic elections Saturday pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister once exiled by the army and an incumbent blamed for power blackouts and inflation. The vote marks the first time in Pakistan's 65-year history that a civilian government has completed its full term and handed over power in democratic elections. Previous governments have been toppled by military coups or sacked by presidents allied with the powerful army.
November 24, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's government appointed a liberal lawmaker and rights activist Wednesday as its U.S. ambassador, swiftly replacing an envoy who was forced out amid allegations that he sought Washington's help in trying to rein in Pakistan's powerful military. Sherry Rehman, who has faced extremist death threats for speaking out against Pakistan's antiblasphemy laws often used to persecute Christians, appeared to be acceptable to both the army and the weak civilian government.