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A decade of listening to and fighting America's terrorist enemies

Title: Playing to the Edge - American Intelligence in the Age of Terror; Author: Michael V. Hayden; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 464; Price: Rs 499 The memoirs of the American intelligence operative who headed the NSA, the world's most potent electronic surveillance agency, and then the CIA in the dangerous decade when his country faced its biggest terror attack and went on a worldwide hun...

1 year ago
Pakistan army chief comes on top in tussle with civilian government

The just concluded visit to the US by Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif has been watched with interest and concern by Indian policymakers, and viewed in Pakistan as carrying more weight than the trip by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif three weeks earlier. The message is clear. Raheel Sharif has comprehensively pushed out Nawaz Sharif, who took power in 2013, from the position of Pakistan's a...

2 years ago
Pakistan government, ISI supported Aman ki Asha project

Islamabad, May 12 - In response to allegations by former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf - party chairman Imran Khan, Jang Group managing director Shahrukh Hassan has said that the PTI chairman himself has been in favour of the Aman ki Asha project, media reported Monday. Aman ki Asha or Hope for Peace is a campaign jointly started by the two leading media houses -- The Jang Group i...

3 years ago
Pakistan rejects US media report on Osama bin Laden

Islamabad, March 21 - Islamabad Thursday dismissed as ridiculous and baseless a report in the US media claiming Pakistan's intelligence agency had protected Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan's Abbotabad city by the US military during a special operation in 2011. The denunciation came in the light of a New York Times report published Wednesday stating Pa...

3 years ago
Pakistan rejects US media report on Osama bin Laden

Islamabad, March 21 - Islamabad Thursday dismissed as ridiculous and baseless a report in the US media claiming Pakistan's intelligence agency had protected Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan's Abbotabad city by the US military during a special operation in 2011. The denunciation came in the light of a New York Times report published Wednesday statin...

3 years ago
Pasha-like people should be kept out of army: Pak minister

Islamabad, June 19 - Pakistan's Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has said that people like former Inter-Services Intelligence - director-general Ahmed Shuja Pasha should be kept out of the country's army. Nisar said that though Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has kept away from politics, we need to purge the army and its leadership of such people -, The News International ...

3 years ago
Pasha-like people should be kept out of army: Pak minister

Islamabad, June 19 - Pakistan's Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has said that people like former Inter-Services Intelligence - director-general Ahmed Shuja Pasha should be kept out of the country's army. Nisar said that though Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has kept away from politics, we need to purge the army and its leadership of such people -, The News International rep...

4 years ago
Pakistan must find out who was behind 26/11: daily

Islamabad, Dec 21 - Pakistan must get to the bottom of who exactly was responsible for 26/11 and bring them to justice, demanded a Pakistani daily Friday. The US State Department has determined that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence - and two of its former directors general enjoy immunity and cannot be tried in a New York federal court in the Mumbai attacks case, said an editorial in t...

4 years ago
US immunity to ISI in 26/11 disappointing: India

New Delhi, Dec 19 - Voicing serious disappointment over the US submission that Pakistan's military spy agency Inter Services Intelligence - be given immunity in cases related to the 26/11 Mumbai mayhem filed by relatives of victims, India Wednesday underlined that any state or non-state that sponsors terrorism enjoys immunity. India conveyed its concerns Monday with the US State Department ...

5 years ago
New ISI chief plans Europe visit

Islamabad, April 12 - The new chief of Pakistani spy agency ISI, Lt. Gen. Zahirul Islam, is planning to visit some European countries along with his predecessor Lt. Gen. - Ahmed Shuja Pasha to exchange views with intelligence and military officials on ties with the US and the NATO, a media report said Thursday. Officials said Pasha will be accompanying Islam to help him with the transition ...

5 years ago
ISI has political wing, admits minister

Islamabad, March 13 - Pakistan's powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence - has always had a political wing, admitted Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar. There has always been a political wing in the ISI and the prime minister and the president will be informed about the agency's policies and requirements by newly-appointed ISI chief Lt. Gen. Zahirul Islam, Mukhtar told reporters in Gujr...

5 years ago
Pakistan won't extend ISI chief's term

Islamabad, Feb 26 - The Pakistani government has decided not to extend the tenure of Inter Services Intelligence - chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, a media report said. Pasha, who has been the director general of the ISI for the last three-and-a-half years, will be transferred to the Strategic Plans Division - as its head, the daily Dawn reported citing sources late Saturday. He was...

5 years ago
No threat to democracy in Pakistan: Gilani

Islamabad, Jan 29 - Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said there is no chance of a military coup in the country because the army favours democracy and stability. I don't think there will be a coup in Pakistan ever. There is no threat to democracy, the Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Gilani as saying Saturday in Davos, Switzerland. The political situation in Pakistan...

5 years ago
Everyone wants democracy in Pakistan: Gilani

Islamabad, Jan 27 - All stakeholders in the country favour democracy in Pakistan and no one has a desire to violate the constitution, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said in Davos where is attending the World Economic Forum. Gilani Thursday rejected any perception of a clash between the state institutions and said all stakeholders in the country favoured democracy. He said tha...

5 years ago
Ijaz seeks time to appear before memo commission

Islamabad, Jan 16 - Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, one of the key figures in the memo scandal, Monday sought more time to appear before a three-member judicial commission probing the case. His counsel Akram Sheikh told the commission that his client has applied for a visa at the Swiss embassy and he might be able to appear before it Jan 24, Geo News reported. The commis...

5 years ago
Civil society vulnerable in Pakistan: Faiz's daughter

Kolkata, Jan 16 - Pakistani social activist Salima Hashmi, the daughter of renowned Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, feels civil society in her country is under pressure and extremely vulnerable, with extremism and fundamentalism on the rise, while tension continues between the civilian government and the military. 'Civil society in Pakistan is under pressure today. Civil society is vulnerable in...

5 years ago
I am only answerable to parliament: Gilani

Islamabad, Jan 16 - Declining to clarify his remarks about the country's army and intelligence chiefs over submission of statements to the apex court in the memo scandal, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Sunday that he was answerable to the parliament only and not to any individual. Stating that he represented 180 million people of Pakistan, Gilani said: The prime minister... is answe...

5 years ago
Sacked for not signing affidavit: Pakistan's ex-defence secretary

Islamabad, Jan 13 - Former Pakistani defence secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi, who was sacked by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for misconduct and unlawful steps he took in the memo case, Friday said he was dismissed for not signing a government affidavit. I was asked to sign an affidavit on behalf of the government which I refused to sign. That's why I was sacked. How could I sign an affida...

5 years ago
Army to provide security to Mansoor Ijaz

Islamabad, Jan 13 - A meeting of the Pakistan Army's top commanders has decided to provide security to Mansoor Ijaz, one of the central figures in the memo scandal, when he arrives here for submission in the case. The corps commanders met Thursday amid a widening rift between the powerful armed forces and the civilian government. Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani chaired it. It w...

5 years ago
Pakistan commission orders visa, security for Ijaz

Islamabad, Jan 9 - Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz Monday agreed to appear before the Supreme Court-appointed memo commission after the attorney general was directed to ensure that he gets a visa and is given security on arrival in the country. The commission, probing a memo delivered by Ijaz to the then US army chief Gen. Mike Mullen to help prevent a military coup which the Pa...

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