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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ahmad Shuja Pasha
There was never a written agreement between Washington and Islamabad on the use of U.S. drones to kill suspected terrorists in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt, but officials had an "understanding," Pakistan's former spy chief said.
Pakistan's government faced a constitutional threat Monday from the Supreme Court, which began contempt proceedings against the prime minister for failing to reopen a corruption investigation against the president.
Fears of a coup in Pakistan increased Wednesday when the military warned of "potentially grievous consequences" after the prime minister criticized the army chief and the head of the country's spy agency.
Pakistan's government fired the defense secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.
Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani, one of the most respected foreign envoys in Washington, has offered to resign over a controversy that involves a shadowy appeal to a top U.S. military official for help in removing the powerful chiefs of Pakistan's army and spy service.
Elements of Pakistan's military and intelligence service assisted Osama bin Laden before he was killed during the recent U.S. raid on his Abbottobad hideout, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday.
Bruised from their latest diplomatic clash, the U.S. and Pakistan are trying to bandage their relationship by forging a new joint intelligence team to go after top terrorism suspects, officials say.
The deputy head of the CIA and a top U.S. envoy launched a push to repair relations with Pakistan on Thursday following the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani army town, officials said.
Two suicide bombers attacked paramilitary police recruits heading home after months of training in this country's northwest, killing 80 people Friday in what the Pakistani Taliban called vengeance for the U.S. slaying of Osama bin Laden.
U.S. intelligence and security agencies are sifting through thousands of pages of documents obtained from Osama bin Laden's lair in Pakistan in a hunt for links between the al Qaeda leader and Pakistan's ISI military intelligence service.
Two U.S. missile strikes killed six alleged Afghan Taliban fighters in a Pakistani tribal region Wednesday, intelligence officials said, just days after Pakistani authorities asked for greater limits on such attacks.
A CIA contractor accused of murdering two Pakistani men walked out of a Lahore prison Wednesday after the families of the dead men "pardoned" him after receiving more than $2 million in blood money, officials said.
Pakistan will "strongly contest" two U.S lawsuits that link its spy chief and his agency to the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, the government said Thursday.
"The Americans had been asked to stop such [drone] attacks on a number of occasions, but it was easier to say 'no' to them in the beginning" than later, Gen. Pasha said.
"The drone attacks had their utility, but they represented a breach of national sovereignty," Gen. Pasha told the commission.