Hiding OBL was not an option for Pakistan

by Asif Haroon Raja As long as Mullah Omar was in power in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda under Osama bin Laden (OBL) enjoyed his patronage and protection. Once his regime was uprooted from power in November 2001 and the Taliban rendered homeless and fugitives, al-Qaeda as an entity also got displaced from Afghanistan to South Waziristan (SW). Ahmadzai Wazirs who had fought alongside Afghan and Arab Mujahideen in th ...

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Indian intelligence goof irks Pakistan

By Rama Lakshmi India’s intelligence agency sparked outrage in Pakistan and self-deprecatory jokes at home this week after it listed ordinary Pakistani shopkeepers as terrorists on a mission to attack some of India’s landmark institutions. The Research and Analysis Wing, India’s premier intelligence agency, issued an advisory to state governments in which it said that five trained militants from Pakistan’s ...

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Why did Ambassador Cameron Munter quit?

Did he quit in anger? Was he forced out? Or did the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan just want to spend more time with his family? The speculation about the resignation of Ambassador Cameron Munter after less that two years on the job has been gripping diplomats and journalists in Islamabad since he quietly told his embassy staff of his decision Monday. Unnamed diplomatic sources whispered to reporters that Mr. ...

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Pakistan insisted not been “complicit” in sheltering Osama bin Laden

Pakistan's PM denies authorities knew Osama bin Laden was living in country Global 'intelligence failure' to blame for al-Qaida leader going undetected for so long, says Yousaf Raza Gilani Pakistan's prime minister has insisted his country had not been "complicit" in sheltering Osama bin Laden and said the fact the late al-Qaida leader was able to live undetected for so long in Pakistan was down to a univer ...

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The International Committee of the Red Cross suspends operations in two Pakistani cities

The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended operations in two of Pakistan’s largest cities and announced it would review its presence in the South Asian country after the brutal murder of Khalil Rasjed Dale, one of its workers who had been kidnapped in January ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended operations in two of Pakistan’s largest cities Thursday and ...

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Joint Statement – Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Prime Minister of the UK

1.Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan and Prime Minister Cameron of the UK today reviewed the significant progress made under the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue between Pakistan and the UK that underscores the enduring partnership between the two countries. 2.The two Prime Ministers noted that since its launch in 2011 the dialogue between the UK and Pakistan has become deeper and broader. At the Summit, the two ...

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Pakistan tests Hatf-III missile

Faheem Belharvi Pakistan conducted a   Short Range Ballistic Missile Hatf-III (Ghaznavi), which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers on Thursday.The launch was conducted at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC). The exercise was aimed at testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group. The field exercise ...

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2 May saga revisited to malign Pakistan

Asif Haroon Raja On the night of 01/02 May 2011, two US Blackhawk stealth helicopters carrying over two dozen soldiers from US Navy SEALs took off from Jalalabad Airbase and headed for Abbottabad to get Osama bin Laden (OBL). The operation was launched on the basis of intelligence provided by the ISI in 2009. Mobile conversation of an Arab from Taxila with another one in Kuwait was recorded and handed over ...

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