US military pushes Obama to allow more Pakistan raids

In a move that would stir intense Pakistani anger, US military chiefs in Afghanistan are pushing the Obama administration to expand cross-border commando raids against Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants hiding in Pakistan's remote tribal areas.

CIA pulls top spy out of Pakistan as cover is blown

The CIA has pulled its most senior spy out of Pakistan when his cover was blown after being named in a lawsuit that accused him of killing civilians in missile strikes.

Security fears over Zardari's nuclear arsenal

Pakistan is portrayed in newly released secret cables as an unreliable friend to the United States and Britain, with a civilian leader who worries about being "taken out" by his army and an ingrained ambivalence about co-operating fully on nuclear proliferation and the fight against terror.

Fifteen Afghan militants killed in missile strike

A suspected US missile strike destroyed a home and a speeding vehicle carrying insurgents near the Afghan border early today, killing at least 15 alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Tube driver cleared of jihad charge

A Tube driver was today cleared of planning to travel to Afghanistan or Pakistan with the intention of taking part in a "violent jihad", a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said.

US unveils $2bn military aid plan

The United States has laid out a five-year, $2bn (£1.3bn) military aid package for Pakistan, and has pressed the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighbouring Afghanistan.

'Dragon's Den' judge apologises for offer to buy Pakistani baby

The multi-millionaire entrepreneur James Caan apologised yesterday for offering to buy a baby for his brother during a trip to Pakistan.

Is Pakistan falling apart?

It has suffered disaster after disaster. Its people have lived through crisis upon crisis. Its leaders are unwilling or unable to act. But is it really the failed state that many believe?

Taliban attacks Nato tankers in Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility today for a pre-dawn attack on tankers carrying fuel to Afghanistan for US and other Nato forces.

Karachi stunned by politician's London murder

The murder of a prominent Pakistani politician in London brought Pakistan's second largest city to a standstill today.

Robert Fisk: The truth about 'honour' killings

All this week, 'The Independent' has been highlighting a global scandal: the murder of thousands of women every year in the name of 'honour'. Here, Robert Fisk concludes a remarkable series of reports by reflecting on his findings

Leading article: A wretched situation made worse

This newspaper's interview today with the Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, reveals a leader at bay. Mr Zardari angrily denies that it was remiss of him to have left the country in the wake of the disastrous floods which have inundated more than a fifth of Pakistan's land mass and affected some 20 million people. He also asserts that the emergency is giving succour to domestic extremists.

Debts pushing Pakistan to the brink of ruin

The flooding crisis has weakened an economy already struggling to cope with its heavy financial burden. Omar Waraich reports from Islamabad

Yousuf's recall: A stroke of genius or act of desperation?

Pakistan will turn again today to one of their greatest ever batsmen, seven months after banning him for dividing the dressing room. Glory or acrimony awaits

Ayesha Siddiqa: My country needs help, not disapproval

An Anglophile writer says Britain could pay a heavy price for showing little understanding of Pakistan's history and current plight
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