Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pakistan optimistic China to replace US as world power

An international survey forecast that China either will replace or already has replaced UnitedState as the world's superpower, state media said.The majority of those surveyed in developing economies, such as Pakistan, Mexico and China, are optimistic that China will replace the United States as the world's dominant power.That sentiment is also largely shared in Western Europe countries, such as France, Spain, Britain and Germany, all of which report percentages of more than 60 percent seeing China overtaking the US with the highest in France at 72 percent. Readmore...
Pakistan Courts China as US Announces Military Aid Cuts
US is withdrawing some $800 million in military aid from Pakistan looks to do more serious harm to US-Pakistani relations, but if administration officials expected the “rebuke” to be met with an act of contrition from
the Pakistani military, they were mistaken. Readmore...
China builds Pakistan’s case for NSG membership
China is learnt to have questioned India’s membership proposal before the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on grounds that an exception should not be made for just one country. In a clear attempt to build a case for Pakistan too, China has told the 46-member grouping that all potential candidates must be considered for membership, reported Indian Express  Readmore...
China praises Pakistan, downplaying risk of rift
Ma Zhaoxu, said his government stood by Pakistan, in comments apparently intended to quash any notion of a rift over the attack in Xinjiang, where members of the Uighur minority have protested against Beijing's control and the Han Chinese presence."Pakistan is an important front in the international fight against terrorism, and has made an outstanding contribution to battling terrorism," Ma said in a statement on the ministry's website (www.mfa.gov.cn).  Readmore...
ISI chief on secret China visit as US ties take a blowISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha has embarked on a secret visit to China that is being seen as part of Pakistan's efforts to reduce its dependence on the US in the wake of strained military and intelligence ties.Lt Gen Arshad undertook a week-long trip to Beijing last month to discuss what officials in Islamabad described as "the option of a strategic dialogue" between Pakistan and China on the pattern of the Pakistan-US engagement  Readmore...
China to give squadron of advanced fighter aircraft to Pakistan
Taking bilateral defence relations to a new high, China will give Pakistan a squadron of the advanced J-10B fighter aircraft.The J-10B fighters are equipped with the latest weapons and Pakistan will be the first country, after China, to have these advanced aircraft. Readmore...
ISI chief asked US to stop drone strikes
 
After years of pussyfooting, Pakistan has finally asked the United States to stop the CIA-run unmanned air strikes into its tribal areas.
According to diplomatic sources, Mr Pasha told acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell that the raids had become a major source of embarrassment for the Pakistani government as it was blamed for failing to stop a foreign power from killing its own citizens. Readmore...
US ducks question on ending drone attacksA White House spokesman has sidestepped a question about the stirring call from a former American intelligence chief for an immediate halt to the drone attacks inside the Pakistani soil, saying the US makes “no apologies” to go after terrorists.  Readmore...
Timing of US drone strike questioned
The American ambassador to Islamabad phoned Washington with an urgent plea: Stop an imminent CIA drone strike against militants on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border.Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said the jirga "was carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life."The former aide said the strike reflected the CIA's anger at the ISI, which it blamed for keeping Davis in prison for seven weeks."It was in retaliation for Davis," the aide said. "The CIA was angry."  Readmore...
Under fire from afar: Harrowing exhibition reveals damage done by drones in Pakistan

If you want to understand the impact of the "war on terror" on America's ally, Pakistan, look no further than Noor Behram's photographs which show, he says, collateral damage as a result of US drone strikes in the tribal area. Readmore... 
Lawsuit against Pakistan intel agency could be disastrousThe Consequences of this judicial inquiry have the potential to be disastrous.The intrusion of these actions into the politics of Pakistan will fuel violence and extremism, directed against the government the US intends to support.  Readmore...
Another CIA chief flees PakistanCIA chief in Pakistan pulls out after clashes.The station chief was evacuated for "medical reasons" a fortnight ago. But an official familiar with CIA-ISI relations told The Independent that the US's top clandestine officer was due to be replaced in September, after just 10 months on the job. The illness, the official added, merely "expedited" his recall. The station chief will not be returning to Pakistan.The CIA's Islamabad station chief, who oversaw the intelligence team that uncovered Osama bin Laden's hideout, has left Pakistan.American television, citing US and Pakistani officials, said the officer who headed one of the Central Intelligence Agency's most sensitive positions worldwide was not expected to return. Readmore...  OR  Readmore...
US stresses Pak role in Afghan peace planThe United States was not contemplating any reconciliation process in Afghanistan without the active engagement of Pakistan, said Marc Grossman, US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.“The US does not foresee any reconciliation in Afghanistan without Pakistan,” the US envoy said.  Readmore...
Blinded by its military might, the US for a long while insisted on reaching a solution through the use of force, and when experienced setbacks after setbacks conceded only to talk to what Mr Lodin called “foot soldiers” and failing again it came round to contacting the top leaders of the Taliban hierarchy.Strangely, in this exercise for a ‘safe exit’, the Obama administration has failed to appreciate the key input Pakistan is making in the war on terror and has been working against its interests. And the pleas of their own man on the spot, Ambassador Munter, for stopping drone attacks have been turned down by the CIA, which apparently had the power to overrule any suggestion in this matter. In the final analysis, the groundswell of anti-Americanism existing in the country gets reinforced. While on the one hand, it wants to pursue a policy of reconciliation, on the other it persists in indulging in acts that provoke tribesmen’s sympathy for the Afghan resistance and provides new recruits to its cause. The dual-track policy is counterproductive.

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