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Friday 20 April 2012
A Pakistani passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed into wheat fields today as it was trying to land in bad weather at an airport near the capital, Islamabad, officials said. Sobbing relatives of those on the flight flocked to the airport as a government minister expressed little hope of finding survivors.
Monday 09 April 2012
It has fallen to a new generation to carry peace talks forward
Wednesday 21 March 2012
A Pakistani parliamentary commission yesterday demanded an end to drone attacks inside the country and an apology for deadly air strikes last year as part of a review of its near-severed relations with the US.
Sunday 04 March 2012
Having set a date for pulling British forces out of Afghanistan, ministers are being too passive - and are not even selling the policy
Saturday 03 March 2012
Outcry from innocent victims’ families as figures show almost a third of strikes fail to hit targets
Tuesday 28 February 2012
Gunmen wearing military uniforms today stopped a convoy of buses in northern Pakistan, ordered selected passengers to get off and then killed 16 of them in an apparent sectarian attack, police said.
Tuesday 14 February 2012
The long-simmering face-off between Pakistan’s government and the judiciary finally resulted in action yesterday as the country’s prime minister was formally charged with contempt by the supreme court.
Wednesday 01 February 2012
President Barack Obama has reignited the controversy over the CIA’s deployment of drones in Pakistan, admitting their use for the first time and insisting they were “precision strikes” against anti-American targets.
Friday 13 January 2012
Foreign Secretary William Hague today appealed for calm in Pakistan amid fears the army could be preparing to stage a military coup.
Thursday 12 January 2012
An American drone attack has killed four Islamist militants in Pakistan in the first such assault since errant US air strikes killed two dozen Pakistani troops in November.
Monday 12 December 2011
A Pakistani Taliban spokesman yesterday denied an earlier announcement by the militant group's deputy chief that it was holding peace talks with the government.
Tuesday 16 August 2011
America's top military commander shunned Pakistan on his final visit to the region because of its decision to allow the Chinese to take a close look at the crashed US helicopter involved in the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden, an official familiar with the discussions told The Independent.
Monday 11 July 2011
The US is suspending around $800m (£497m) in military assistance to Pakistan, a move that will further worsen the relationship between the two countries. In the latest salvo in the battle of words and deeds between the two supposed allies, William Daley, Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, said the relationship must be made "to work over time". Yet he told ABC television that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give".
Monday 11 July 2011
The Pakistani state has long been accused by its Western allies of facing both ways on terrorism. But Admiral Mike Mullen's accusation last week was even more alarming. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff claimed that elements within the Pakistani state "sanctioned" the kidnapping and execution of the journalist, Saleem Shahzad, two months ago. This drew a furious denial from the government in Islamabad.
Tuesday 14 June 2011
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy market in the Pakistani capital yesterday, killing at least one person in the first bombing in Islamabad in more than 18 months, police said.
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