CIA winds down drone strike program in Pakistan

May 30, 2014

CIA winds down drone strike program in Pakistan

The CIA’s targeted killing program in Pakistan, once the mainstay of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism effort, is winding down. Because of stricter rules, diplomatic sensitivities and the changing nature of the al-Qaida threat, there hasn’t been a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas ...

Key faction splits from Pakistani Taliban

May 29, 2014

Key faction splits from Pakistani Taliban

A leading faction within the Pakistani Taliban split from the umbrella militant organization on Wednesday, a top commander said, underscoring the difficulty the U.S.-allied government will have in negotiating an end to a decade of violence with increasingly fragmented militant groups. The split came ...

India's new leader talks with Pakistani counterpart

May 28, 2014

India's new leader talks with Pakistani counterpart

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the leader of rival Pakistan on Tuesday and asked that his country “abide by its commitment” to prevent terrorism against India arising there and to speed up investigations into the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. They also ...

In a first, Pakistani leader to attend Indian inauguration

May 25, 2014

In a first, Pakistani leader to attend Indian inauguration

Pakistan’s prime minister will attend the inauguration of India’s Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, a first for the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said Saturday. Pakistan and India have a history of uneasy relations. They have fought three wars over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir since ...

May 24, 2014

Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan after complaints

Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to “blasphemous” and “unethical” content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block ...

May 17, 2014

Pakistani minority 'blasphemer' slain

A teenager reportedly walked into a Pakistani police station Friday and shot dead a 65-year-old man from a minority sect who had been accused of blasphemy, the second murder involving the country’s controversial blasphemy laws in as many weeks. Victim Khalil Ahmad was a ...

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

Apr 24, 2014

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

Pakistan’s powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls “false” reports that the country’s intelligence service shot one of its top anchors. Press freedom advocates on Wednesday decried the move against Geo ...