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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Pakistani Government
The Pakistani government has recently opened negotiations with domestic militants called the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest that has cost thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. A look at some of the main issues involved in the talks:
The Pakistani air force pounded militant hide-outs near the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing dozens of people following deadly bombings against security forces in recent days.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Pakistan Monday for meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the nation's new army chief, hoping to further repair a strained and sputtering relationship between Washington and Islamabad.
Thousands of people protesting U.S. drone strikes blocked a road in northwest Pakistan on Saturday used to truck NATO troop supplies and equipment in and out of Afghanistan, the latest sign of rising tension caused by the attacks.
The Pakistani Taliban confirmed the death of their leader in a U.S. drone strike Saturday, a day after he was killed, as the group's leadership council met to begin the process of choosing a successor.
The Pakistani government said Wednesday that 3 percent of the people killed in U.S. drone strikes since 2008 were civilians, a surprisingly low figure that could alter the highly negative public perception of the attacks.
Secret documents from the CIA show that senior government authorities in Pakistan not only knew about the U.S. military’s drone strike missions in the nation – but actually endorsed them.
The United States may be struggling under the burden of ever-growing debt, but quitting payments to Pakistan is the wrong move, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.
The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.
Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, said all the details surrounding the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden's compound that resulted in the terrorist leader's death are completely false.
A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed a top Pakistani general and two officers on Sunday, army officials said.
Pakistan authorities said they will let go the highest-ranking Taliban member they have in prison, as a means of jump-starting peace talks.
China and Pakistan signed an agreement July 5 that will create an "economic corridor" linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea, according to the official government newspaper China Daily.
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.
Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani before dawn Sunday as they were visiting one of the world's highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan, officials said.