Showing posts from April, 2009

Islamabad wish-list

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani laid out a laundry list of items Pakistan needed from the US to fight the terrorists -- "night-vision equipment, jammers that can knock out FM radio transmissions by the terrorists, and a larger, modernised fleet of helicopter gunships for ground support in the massive sweeps that are necessary to contain, repel and destroy the enemy”.

Obama sure Pakistan’s N-arsenal safe

At a press conference to mark his first 100 days in office, President Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted he was "gravely concerned" about the situation in Pakistan, but said he was confident Pakistan's nuclear arsenal would remain secure.

Now, Obama wants to relax Pak aid terms

Having initially promised that US aid to Pakistan would no longer be a "blank cheque," President Barack Obama's administration is now trying to persuade members of Congress not to attach strict conditions to billions of dollars Washington wants to give Islamabad.

If Kashmir blows up, all bets off: US

Warning that if Kashmir “blows up” then “all bets are off,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the US is encouraging Pakistan to mend relations with India so that it can focus on the terrorists that threaten Pakistan.

Pak ‘mortal threat’ to world

As the Taliban spreads its tentacles toward Islamabad, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday accused the government of “abdicating” to the extremists and urged the people of Pakistan to speak up against the militant menace.

The political bond

After a full day’s work at Penn State University, where he is a professor of engineering and department head, Dinesh Agrawal returns to his home in State College, Pennsylvania, and promptly turns on his computer to indulge his passion for politics. But it’s not the daily duels between Democrats and Republicans in America that transfix him. Dr Agrawal’s attention is focussed laser-like on the election season drama playing out halfway across the globe.

Election grips US-based Indians

After a day's work at Penn State University, where he is a professor of engineering and department head, Dinesh Agrawal returns home and turns on his computer to indulge his passion for politics.

'Unrealistic To Expect India To Move Without Pak Resolving Mumbai'

Obama's Af-Pak expert says India has a security interest in Pakistan's future, and no interest in seeing Pakistan as a failed state.

‘CIA no longer using secret prisons’

The CIA no longer operates secret detention facilities outside the United States where terrorist suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, outside the reach of US law, CIA Director Leon E Panetta said on Thursday.

N-Korea defies world, fires missile

North Korea launched a long-range missile on Sunday defying international warnings and prompting a stern rebuke from US President Barack Obama who condemned the “provocative act”.

Berman’s bill to monitor counter-terrorism

A top US Congressman has introduced legislation in the Congress that seeks to triple economic aid to Pakistan, establishes a democracy fund and boosts military aid intended for use in the fight against Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Unlike in the past, however, this bill includes rigorous auditing to ensure that US taxpayers’ money is “truly benefiting the Pakistani people.”

'We Failed To Communicate The Essence Of The N-Deal'

India's outgoing ambassador to the USA, the high point of whose tenure was no doubt the N-Deal, talks about his various diplomatic assignments.

‘Pak sees India as main threat’

Even as Pakistan is hit regularly by terrorists operating on its soil, many Pakistani leaders consider India a "principal threat" and some see the extremist groups as "a potential strategic asset against India," according to a top US general.