Showing posts from January, 2008

Trough Times Ahead

Remember the saying—"When the US sneezes, the world catches a cold"? Well, this was amply evident earlier this month as fears of a US recession sent global stockmarkets—including India's—into a tailspin.

'Power Cannot Be Carved Up On A Dictator's Table'

In an interview from Pakistan with our Washington correspondent , the new co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party discusses the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto, his concerns about Pakistan's ability to hold free elections, and his plans for the PPP.

Musharraf regime will try to rig polls: Zardari

In a freewheeling interview with The Tribune’s Washington correspondent Ashish Kumar Sen, Asif Ali Zardari, the new co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party discusses the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto, his concerns about Pakistan’s ability to hold free elections, and his plans for the PPP.

‘We want our rightful share in power’

The leader of Pakistan's largest opposition party is doubtful that the February 18 parliamentary elections in his country will be free or fair and wants the international community to monitor the vote.

Bush happy for Burns’ role

US President George W. Bush is “pleased” that Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns will continue to play a role in pushing the US-India nuclear deal toward the finish line, the White House said on Friday.

Out Here The Nano Is A No-No

The American always had his Model T. Sans radio, or air bags, he just won't fancy Tata's car.

Zardari seeks ‘international probe’

Snubbed by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari has written to United Nations secretary- general Ban Ki-moon urging him to initiate an "international investigation" into Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

US must pressurise Mush for fair poll: Experts

Lawmakers in the US must pressurise Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to ensure free and fair elections on February 18 or risk chaos in the country, a panel of foreign policy analysts told the Congress on Wednesday.

Bhutto's party open to deals, not 'dictatorship'

The leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party yesterday said he is willing to explore all possibilities for the return of democracy to his country, but none that would extend President Pervez Musharraf's "dictatorship." In an interview with The Washington Times, Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, said, "Coalitions and power-sharing are concepts under normal politics and constitutional rule. ... We are open to all options to ensure restoration of democracy, but we will not become part of any excuse to maintain dictatorship."

Bobby Jindal sworn in Louisiana Governor

Piyush Bobby Jindal, the son of Punjabi immigrants, was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on Monday, first person of the Indian origin to serve as chief executive of an American state.

Indo-US N-Deal: Worried, critics shoot missive to 48 countries

Critics of the US-India civil nuclear deal shot off letters to four dozen countries this week, warning the governments that the agreement “would damage the already fragile nuclear nonproliferation system and set back efforts to achieve universal nuclear disarmament.”

The smile is back, Hillary wins New Hampshire

Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Senator John McCain won surprising victories in the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night keeping alive their chances of becoming their parties’ nominees for the presidential election in November.

Mush: I personally warned Bhutto

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says he personally warned Benazir Bhutto about the threat to her life but in the end her luck ran out.

New polls show Obama way ahead of Hillary

Senator Barack Obama, fresh off a surprise victory in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, has taken a commanding double-digit lead over presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to two state polls released on Sunday.

Democrats agree on right to pursue Osama in Pak

The Democratic presidential candidates agreed in a debate on Saturday night that the USA has the right to pursue Osama bin Laden in Pakistan regardless of whether it had permission from the government in Islamabad.

Bhutto may have been shot: Mush

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has for the first time conceded that Benazir Bhutto may have been killed by an assassin’s bullet, but said the former Prime Minister was responsible for her death.

South Asians propelled Obama to historic win

Many South Asians were among the record number of Democratic voters who propelled Barack Obama to a historic win in the Iowa caucuses on Thursday.

US should proceed wisely: Scholar

U.S. efforts to bring together Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in an effort to form a power-sharing alliance have been criticised as “profoundly unwise” by a South Asia scholar in Washington.

Obama beats Hillary in first test; Huckabee wins Republican contest

The Iowa caucuses — the first step in the long road to the White House — threw up twin surprises on Thursday night when voters in the state picked Democratic senator Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee from among a packed slate of candidates.

Mush preferred Scotland Yard to US help

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf shunned an offer of help from the United States when he turned to Britain’s Scotland Yard for help investigating Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

Scotland Yard to probe Bhutto death

Bowing to international calls for a transparent investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf today asked Britain's Scotland Yard to assist in the probe.

Musharraf deploys army for elections

President Pervez Musharraf last night ordered the army to the streets of Pakistan ahead of delayed parliamentary elections, and he accepted a British — but not a U.S. — offer to help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Chandigarh man in US kills daughter and her family

A 57-year-old man from Chandigarh set a fire that killed his pregnant daughter, her husband and the couple’s 3-year-old son because he was furious his son-in-law came from a lower caste and had not asked permission to marry his daughter.

Al-Qaida Link to Bhutto Killing: US not buying Pak claims

American intelligence officials are not accepting Pakistani claims that a militant with ties to Al-Qaida masterminded the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.