Pakistani extortionists cash in by posing as Taliban

| Nov 17, 2013

Pakistani extortionists cash in by posing as Taliban

by Gohar Abbas

It began innocuously enough — two men on a motorbike delivered a plain brown envelope to the home of Mohammed, an Islamabad businessman. But the contents plunged him into a terrifying three-month nightmare. The letter, headed with the banner of the Pakistani Taliban, informed ...

Malala plotter chosen as Pakistani Taliban chief

Nov 8, 2013

Malala plotter chosen as Pakistani Taliban chief

The ruthless commander behind the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as well as a series of bombings and beheadings was chosen Thursday as the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, nearly a week after a U.S. drone strike killed the previous chief. The militant ...

Nov 2, 2013

Man claims he told U.S. of bin Laden home in '03

AP — A U.S. businessman says he told federal investigators the location of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan years before the al-Qaida leader’s assassination and is seeking a $25 million reward. A letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press from a Chicago-based law ...

U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

Nov 2, 2013

U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

A U.S. drone strike Friday killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, delivering a major blow to the group after the government said it had started peace talks with the insurgents, according to intelligence officials and militant commanders. Mehsud, who was on ...

Nov 1, 2013

Pakistan airports to get security gear

Japan has extended Pakistan a $20 million grant for installation of security equipment at airports serving Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to help them meet international requirements. “Our assistance to Pakistan has been broadened to a security sphere,” Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata said at a ...

U.S. keeps Pakistani officials in loop on drone strikes

Oct 24, 2013

U.S. keeps Pakistani officials in loop on drone strikes

Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. The ...

Human rights groups slam U.S. drone program for civilian casualties

Oct 23, 2013

Human rights groups slam U.S. drone program for civilian casualties

The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan. Human Rights Watch alleged ...

Oct 13, 2013

Pakistan Army chief supports dialogue with Taliban

Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, on Saturday said the army supports the government’s policy of dialogue with the Taliban to end the insurgency wracking the country. Last month the main Pakistani political parties backed a government proposal to seek negotiations with the ...