Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan’

US finds new friend in Uzbekistan after Pakistan fallout

imagePresident Obama has asked Uzbekistan to expand its role in resupplying troops in Afghanistan as Washington tries to reduce its dependence on Pakistan.

The past fortnight has seen relations between Islamabad and Washington sink to new lows over allegations that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency was working with the Haqqani network to direct attacks on American targets in Afghanistan.

The crisis, the latest in a turbulent year, has seen both countries scrambling to build up alternative regional alliances.

However, more than a third of supplies to Nato forces in Afghanistan pass through Pakistan, giving Islamabad a strong bargaining position.

A White House official said President Obama had discussed sending more supplies through the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan during a phone call with the country’s president, Islam Karimov. (more…)

Pakistan has questions to answer over Bin Laden, says Cameron

imageDavid Cameron has said the Islamabad authorities have “lots of questions” to answer over the support given to Osama bin Laden during his stay in Pakistan, but stressed that a “massive row” with Pakistan’s political leadership was not in Britain’s national interest.

The prime minister said it was important to “engage” with Pakistan and deal with the extremists rather than “throw up one’s hands in despair” because the stronger the country’s democracy, the more it would work with international partners to combat terrorism. (more…)

Guantánamo Bay files rewrite the story of Osama bin Laden’s Tora Bora escape

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Several documents claim al-Qaida leader evaded US offensive by heading north, rather than into Pakistan as widely thoughtOsama bin Laden escaped American and British special forces closing in on his refuge in December 2001 with the help of a minor local warlord who provided fighters to guide him to safety in the north-east of Afghanistan, claims a secret intelligence report compiled by officials at Guantánamo Bay.

The al-Qaida leader’s successful flight from Tora Bora has long been seen as one of the key early lapses of the international military effort in Afghanistan. Though various theories have been floated, no firm account of how Bin Laden evaded the coalition forces and their Afghan auxiliaries has yet emerged.
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Guantánamo Bay files: Al-Qaida assassin ‘worked for MI6’

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• Leaked Guantánamo papers link UK to Algerian militant
• At least 123 prisoners incriminated by one informer

An al-Qaida operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 was at the same time working for British intelligence, according to secret files on detainees who were shipped to the US military’s Guantánamo Bay prison camp.

Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, an Algerian citizen described as a “facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaida”, was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and later sent to Guantánamo Bay.

But according to Hamlili’s Guantánamo “assessment” file, one of 759 individual dossiers obtained by the Guardian, US interrogators were convinced that he was simultaneously acting as an informer for British and Canadian intelligence. (more…)

Devendra Bishoo grabs four wickets as West Indies beat Pakistan

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• Lendl Simmons scores 65 off 44 balls
• Leg-spinner strikes for seven-run victory
The leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets as the new-look West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in a Twenty20 international in St Lucia.The Guyanese bowler ran through the Pakistan middle order as they fell short in their chase of West Indies’ total of 150 for seven.

West Indies picked a youthful team for the one-off game and the upcoming ODI series, having dropped the experienced batsmen Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. One of the young faces, the opening batsman Lendl Simmons, got West Indies off to a great start with a lively 65 off 44 balls and the left-hander Darren Bravo struck 42 off 33 as the Caribbean side brought up their 100 in the 13th over.

But, as so often, Darren Sammy’s side failed to build on their good foundation and ended up falling short of a strong total, with only two other players making double figures.

Pakistan lost both openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, early but Umar Akmal’s 41 from 60 balls put them in with a chance.

Bishoo, who caught the eye of the West Indies selectors with performances in regional Twenty20 cricket, then showed his value with some astute bowling. (more…)

Top US military officer accuses Pakistan’s ISI of links with Haqqani militants

imageThe top U.S. military officer accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of maintaining ties to militants in Afghanistan during a trip to Islamabad on Wednesday that was focused on easing diplomatic tensions.

Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Pakistan’s perceived foot-dragging in tackling strongholds in North Waziristan belonging to the Haqqani network and its continuing relationship with it was “the most difficult part” of the U.S.-Pakistani relationship. (more…)