Washington, April 6 - Raising the spectre of a renewed conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, a US study has warned that Islamabad may well turn to trusted Pakistani militant groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT), to do its bidding.
For the past two decades LeT, the group behind the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people, has steadily emerged as one of Pakistan's most lethal and capable militant proxy groups, according to the study.
Washington, March 27 - India and Pakistan will both benefit if they work together to peacefully share and conserve the vitally important waters of the Indus River Basin, according to a new report.
The study by researchers from Stimson Centre, a US-based think tank, the Observer Research Foundation in India and Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Pakistan, was produced by water experts from groups that formed the Indus Basin Working Group.
Washington, Feb 14 - As the US prepares to pull out from Afghanistan, it has sought Pakistan's support on "our shared interest in regional stability, including a secure and peaceful future for Afghanistan."
The issue came up when the new US Secretary of State John Kerry called Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday, the State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Wednesday.
"Kerry has a longstanding relationship with many Pakistani leaders, and he used the opportunity of the phone call to underscore the continuing importance of an effective, strong, and mutually beneficial US-Pakistani relationship," she said
Cambridge (Massachusetts), Jan 26 : In the wake of tensions between India and Pakistan, South Asian students of Harvard University have planned a 'global vigil' Sunday for peace between the two countries.
Sponsored by the South Asia Centre, Boston, and the Alliance for Secular and Democratic South Asia, the vigil at Harvard Square is aimed at voicing the students' concern over ceasefire violations at the LoC and the war hype being built up by "sections of the media and politicians in India that threatens peace in the region."
Washington, Jan 17 - The United States has said it favours a dialogue between India and Pakistan as the "right way" to resolve tensions over the killing of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
"We favour dialogue between India and Pakistan on this issue in any and all channels that both governments consider appropriate," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Wednesday in response to a question.
"That's the right way to work through this," she added.
Washington, Jan 11 - Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the US reiterated its support for their continued high-level dialogue and urged them to work through the issues and end the violence.
Again voicing Washington's "concerns about this violence along the Line of Control", State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday: "We've made representations to both governments urging them to work together to determine the best course of action."
Washington, Jan 10 - The US has asked India and Pakistan to cool down tensions over the killing of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in (LoC) Jammu and Kashmir and talk to each other to improve relations.
"We're urging both sides to take steps to end the violence. We continue to strongly support any efforts to improve relations between the two countries," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Wednesday.
"We've also discussed these latest incidents with both governments, urged them to talk to each other, and urged calm," she said in response to a question about the incident.
Washington, Dec 11 - Safe havens in Pakistan, corruption and limited Afghan government capabilities are the greatest obstacles to stability in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report delivered to Congress.
The coalition surge accomplished its mission, says the "Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan" noting the number of attacks is down and, while the Taliban and its Al Qaeda allies can launch a few flashy attacks, the terror group's capabilities have waned.
Washington, Oct. 3 : The United States State Department, while commenting on recent meetings with leaders of Pakistan, said both countries are trying to get their relationship ''back on track''.
"We are making progress to get our relationship with Pakistan back on track, and I think that was evident when Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was here and after the meeting with President Zardari as well," The Dawn quoted State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, as saying.
Nuland also said Washington is also encouraging Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together to resolve their border disputes.
Washington, Sep 12 - "I'm scared," said Rimsa Masih, a teenaged Christian girl in Pakistan who faced a life sentence for allegedly buring pages of the Quran but has now been released on bail. She told a US broadcaster about her fears that she may be killed.
Rimsha Masih, who was taken into custody under the blasphemy law, told CNN that she was happy to be back with her family but still feared for her life.
"I'm scared," she told CNN over phone. "I'm afraid of anyone who might kill us."
She spoke from her hideout where she was taken in a helicopter after her release on bail.
When asked how she was doing, she said she was good.
Washington, Sep 11 - Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI considered the US its "worst enemy" and Islamabad's cooperation with Washington was just a sham to extract billions of dollars in aid, said the doctor who was jailed for helping the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Shakil Afridi who helped track down Osama's Abbottabad compound before the May 2 raid by US commandos, described torture at the hands of the ISI.
He said the agency was openly hostile to the US.
Islamabad/Washington, Aug 25 : American officials said they had strong indications that Badruddin Haqqani, the operational commander of the Haqqani network, was killed in a drone strike Friday which claimed at least 18 lives, US media reported Saturday.
"There are indications that Haqqani has met his demise," The New York Times quoted a senior US official in Washington as saying.
He said that officials were waiting to sift through evidence, including information on jihadist web sites, before they could be certain that Haqqani was dead, Pakistani news agency Online reported.
Washington, Aug 15 : The U. S. State Department has said the country is seeking coordinated action by Pakistan, Afghanistan and ISAF against the Haqqani Network.
State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said the U. S. is in talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan on action against the Haqqani Network, reports The News.
"We share the grave concern of the Congress with regard to the activities of the Haqqani network," Nuland was quoted, as saying.
Washington, Aug 1 - Expressing great concern over continued threat posed by Lashkar-e-Taiba to stability in South Asia, the United States has asked Pakistan to take more action against the terrorist group responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
"We've urged Pakistan to take more action against Lashkar-e-Taiba," Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism told reporters Tuesday in a special briefing on the State Department's annual terrorism report.
Washington, July 28 : Two officials representing the Obama administration's policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan squared off with Islamabad's envoy during discussion over the country''s troubled relationship with the Washington, drone strikes and treatment of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who had helped the CIA in locating Osama bin Laden.
Lt. Gen Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), who served as U. S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011 slammed Pakistan's decision to sentence Dr Afridi to 33 years in prison.
"In a word, I''d call it outrageous," Politico quoted Gen Eikenberry, as saying.