WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday said the current “status quo” in Pakistan’s restive tribal areas, which has become a safe haven for Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists, is “unacceptable” amid growing fears that Islamabad was not doing enough to battle militants holed up near the Af-Pak border.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, told reporters that there is “no excuse” for not taking action against the al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists and their allies in the tribal and border areas of the country.
Top US officials have repeatedly asserted that the restive tribal areas near the Af-Pak border is a safe haven for terrorists and Pakistan needs to act fast.
Gibbs assertted that while “we understand that the status quo as are there now is also not acceptable.” He said there is “no excuse for not taking action” against the al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists. …
WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s intelligence agency is pressuring Afghan Taliban members to shun US-backed peace talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, a Wall Street Journal report alleged.
Citing Taliban commanders and US officials, the newspaper said Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has encouraged Afghan insurgents to step up attacks, including those on civilians, and resist surrender or peace talks.
“The ISI wants to arrest commanders who are not obeying (ISI) orders,” the Journal quoted a Taliban commander in Kunar province. The commander said he had no plans to stop fighting foreign troops, but war opposed to the broad-based attacks being urged by some ISI officials.
“The ISI wants us to kill everyone — policemen, soldiers, engineers, teachers, civilians — just to intimidate people,” the newspaper quoted the commander, adding that the agency had tried to arrest him when he refused. ….
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The supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan, passing through Khyber Pass and border town of Torkham, remains closed. Two increasingly reluctant countries of the Afghan coalition and NATO, France and Germany, are on an alert for possible Mumbai style terror events. The attackers are reported to have trained in FATA. However, on October 6th came the word of Afghan peace talks, which are well underway, and the associated debate about the key positions of various stakeholders. This article looks at pressures of the end game in Afghanistan. The outcome of the present US and Pakistan showdown will determine who has the upper hand at this stage. …
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Boots are marching in! – by Dr. Qaiser Abbas
Any political change, constitutional or unconstitutional, imposed by the military in Pakistan will further complicate the internal chaos by creating more political conflicts rather than resolving them as we have seen during the last military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf.
History shows military leaderships in Pakistan never learn from the past but surprisingly it was different this time around. In the “fine” tradition of military dictators coming to power by force and clinging to it until they are forcefully removed, the situation was ripe again during the last two weeks when rumors were abound that the big boots were coming again to “save” Pakistan. …
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By Nidhi Singhi
India – LUDHIANA: Partition saw him move to Pakistan but his heart still lies here [Ludhiana] in this city. Seventy-five-year-old Shabbir Ahmed Mufti Ludhianvi has a last wish — to spend the last days of his life in Ludhiana, a city he was born in and where he spent his childhood. And, he wants to find grooms for his daughters in the city.
Shabbir, who has come all the way from Pakistan to meet his sister and friends here, plans to write to the deputy commissioner to take up his request, though a strange one — to grant him a “visa-till-he-dies” Born in 1935 in Mochpura area of the city, he loves to visit Ludhiana to meet his relatives and friends and feels that the unnecessary trouble created by authorities in issuing visas discourages people from coming to India.
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