- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 18, 2011


The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan over the weekend publicly accused the government in Islamabad of having ties with terrorists who attacked the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Afghanistan last week.

Ambassador Cameron Munter linked the Pakistani government to terrorists known as the Haqqani Network, which operates in tribal areas of Pakistan near the Afghan border. The government repeatedly has denied any contact with the Haqqanis but did not respond to Mr. Munter’s comments, broadcast Saturday over the state-run Radio Pakistan.

“Let me tell you that the attack that took place in Kabul … was the work of the Haqqani Network,” Mr. Munter said, referring to the assault in the Afghan capital.

“There is evidence linking the Haqqani Network to the Pakistan government. This is something that must stop.”

Terrorists armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades killed seven Afghans in their Sept. 13 attack on the embassy and NATO headquarters in a heavily defended zone in the capital. Afghan troops killed six terrorists and captured two militants. One was identified as a Haqqani terrorist and the other a member of the Taliban.


The Canadian government has ordered its diplomats in Washington to lobby the White House and Congress for the removal of provisions in President Obama’s jobs’ bill that could violate U.S.-Canadian free-trade agreements.

International Trade Minister Ed Fast criticized parts of the bill that would urge recipients of federal money to buy American products only. He called those provisions “protectionist measures [that] stall growth and kill jobs.”

“Our government will raise with the Obama administration and Congress concerns regarding measures that impede access for Canadian workers and businesses to the U.S. market,” he said last week.


Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, who addresses the Competitive Enterprise Institute on Western freedom. On Tuesday, he briefs the Heritage Foundation on his proposals for reforming the European Union.

• Claude-France Arnould, chief executive of the European Defense Agency, who discusses trans-Atlantic defense challenges in a briefing at the European Institute.

• Benjamin Lugo, head of the Coordinators for Civil Society of Nicaragua; Marcos Carmona, head of the Human Rights Commission of Nicaragua; and Violeta Granera, director of the Movement for Nicaragua. They discuss civil rights under a Sandinista president in a briefing at the Inter-American Dialogue.


• Vladimir Kara-Murza, a member of the Russian democratic opposition movement Solidarity. He testifies at a hearing before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 2 p.m. in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.

• Olli Rehn, European Union commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, who addresses the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

• Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima of the Philippines, who discusses foreign investment at a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• Kristalina Georgieva, European Union commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response. She addresses the Atlantic Council.

• Haifa Abu-Ghazaleh, minister of tourism and antiquities of Jordan, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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