April 24, 2009 |
The Obama administration reacted with increasing alarm yesterday to ongoing Taliban advances in Pakistan , warning the Pakistani government that failure to take action against the extremists could endanger its partnership with the United States as well as American strategy in neighboring Afghanistan . "The news over the past several days is very disturbing," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, adding that the administration "is...
March 23, 2008 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan , March 22 -- Pakistan's leading political party announced its pick for prime minister Saturday, setting the stage for a transfer of political power that would seal the end of more than eight years of military rule under President Pervez Musharraf. The Pakistan People's Party tapped Yousaf Raza Gillani, a party loyalist and close associate of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, as its nominee. Gillani, 55, who served under Bhutto for three years in the 1990s as speaker of the country's National Assembly, will face off in a largely symbolic vote Monday against a still-to-be nominated member of Musharraf's Pakistan Muslim League-Q for the country's top parliamentary post.
March 19, 2009 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan , March 18 -- Pakistan's ruling party, which narrowly survived a meltdown this week in the face of massive street demonstrations, is working to regroup and regain credibility despite the weakened position of its top leader, President Asif Ali Zardari. Many Pakistanis hope Zardari, who was forced to capitulate to a coalition of opponents Monday and reinstate a group of deposed senior judges, will rise above his personal defeat and reach out to forge a permanent reconciliation, especially with his arch rival, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
August 1, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan and the United States agreed Thursday to resume broad partnership talks that were suspended two years ago amid widespread anger here over American drone attacks and other perceived slights to Pakistani sovereignty. Still, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said during a visit to the Pakistani capital that the drone strikes will continue as long as the United States sees the need. Kerry said he is aware of the sensitivity of the issue but warned Pakistanis that the terrorists in their midst are the ones who "violate the sovereignty of this country.
August 26, 2008 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan , Aug. 25 -- Pakistan's ruling coalition broke apart Monday amid a political battle over the presidency, paralyzing the U.S.-backed government at a time when Taliban insurgents here and in neighboring Afghanistan appear to be gaining ground. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said he would oppose the candidacy of his onetime political partner Asif Ali Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People's Party and widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. President Pervez Musharraf, a longtime U.S. ally, resigned under threat of impeachment a week ago, and Parliament is set to elect his successor on Sept.
February 22, 2008 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan , Feb. 21 -- Pakistan's victorious opposition parties agreed Thursday to form a governing coalition in the newly elected Parliament, signaling a break from past political rivalries and imposing a fresh challenge to President Pervez Musharraf, a U.S. ally. Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, said his political movement will join forces with Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister who heads a faction of the Pakistan Muslim League. Zardari's slain wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and Sharif were bitter rivals for years but began working in tandem against Musharraf before her Dec. 27 assassination.
May 4, 2009 |
As Taliban forces edged to within 60 miles of Islamabad late last month, the Obama administration urgently asked for new intelligence assessments of whether Pakistan's government would survive. In briefings last week, senior officials said, President Obama and his National Security Council were told that neither a Taliban takeover nor a military coup was imminent and that the Pakistani nuclear arsenal was safe. Beyond the immediate future, however, the intelligence was far from reassuring.
March 16, 2009 |
LAHORE, Pakistan , March 16 -- Unable to crush street protests Sunday that spilled out of this city and threatened to reach the capital, the Pakistani government announced early Monday morning that it would restore the former chief justice of the Supreme Court and a group of other deposed judges in a major capitulation to opponents. The move reflected the weakening position of President Asif Ali Zardari, a key U.S. ally, but it also signaled a peaceful end to a mounting political crisis in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation of 172 million.
April 16, 2013 |
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Can a cricket bat tame a lion? That question lies at the core of a parliamentary contest unfolding here in National Assembly District 56, one urban political tableau in a landscape where the future leadership of Pakistan hangs in the balance. The instantly recognizable political party symbols — the king of beasts and the curved wooden bat — adorn lampposts, trees and storefronts in Rawalpindi and beyond, harbingers of next month's historic national elections.
January 23, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Just days ago, the rumblings of a familiar process seemed underway in Pakistan: The squeezed civilian government berated the looming military. The army darkly warned of consequences. A new general assumed control of a brigade known for helping to oust past governments. The president flew overseas. A coup d'etat was coming, the Pakistani media screamed. Except that it did not. Instead, Pakistan again defaulted to what is also becoming a familiar ritual.