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Pakistan Secretly OK'd bin Laden Hit—10 Years Ago

Gave Bush permission for raid by Pervez Musharraf

(Newser) - Pakistan is just furious about the US' unilateral raid that took out Osama bin Laden—even though Pakistan agreed 10 years ago to let the US carry out just such a strike on its territory. As the Guardian reports, Pervez Musharraf and George W. Bush struck the secret deal in... More »

Hiding? No, Osama Was 'Chilling' in Pakistan

Jon Stewart doesn't exactly believe that no one knew he was there

(Newser) - After years of Pakistan insisting Osama bin Laden wasn't hiding there, not only does it turn out that he was—but that he had been for six years, noted a flabbergasted Jon Stewart last night . "And by the way, 'hiding' bin Laden? 'Hiding'? Bin Laden... More »

Who’s Not Happy That bin Laden’s Dead?

Hamas blasts 'killing of an Arab holy warrior'

(Newser) - Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death is pouring in from around the world—and not everybody's cheering, Reuters reports:
  • Hamas: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the group’s leader in the Gaza Strip. “We regard
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Pakistan Court: Find Musharraf

Courts issue second arrest warrant in Bhutto slaying

(Newser) - A prosecutor says a court has told Pakistani authorities to trace the address of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to arrest him in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination. Musharraf left Pakistan for London after quitting the presidency in 2008. Prosecutors allege Musharraf was part of the conspiracy to kill... More »

Pakistan Issues Warrant for Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

'Accused' of not providing adequate security

(Newser) - Three years after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto sent Pakistan reeling, a judge has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf, naming him as an "accused" in her death, reports the BBC. Musharraf stands accused of not providing adequate security for Bhutto; two senior cops told investigators... More »

Musharraf: Don't Abandon Afghanistan Again

Time limits won't work, says former Pakistan leader

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf comes out of retirement with an op ed piece today, arguing that a time limit on American involvement in Afghanistan is repeating the mistakes that put the country in the hands of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. A political strategy needs to be found that will stabilize the country... More »

Musharraf: We Zeroed In on Osama, Then 'Lost Track'

(Newser) - The US and Pakistan were this close to catching Osama bin Laden about 5 years ago, says former President Pervez Musharraf. "Then, suddenly, we lost track." In a question-and-answer forum following a speech in South Dakota, Musharraf said intelligence closed in on the al-Qaeda leader in a "... More »

Pakistan's Top Justice Returns to Jubilation

Reinstated judge calls for end to corruption

(Newser) - Pakistan's chief justice triumphantly returned to the bench today, reports the BBC, as supporters showered him with rose petals outside the supreme court in Islamabad. Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was suspended by former president Pervez Musharraf during the 2007 state of emergency. Last week current president Asif Ali Zardari finally fulfilled... More »

Musharraf Mulls Return to Politics

Pakistani leaders' bickering stokes ex-president's hopes

(Newser) - Pakistan's civilian leaders have squandered months on a struggle to oust one another, just when the global financial crisis and ever-bolder religious militants are further destabilizing the country, Time reports. One man sees opportunity in the current fiasco: Pervez Musharraf. After months out of the public eye, the ousted former... More »

Pakistan Frees Nuke Scientist Khan From House Arrest

Admitted giving secrets to North Korea, Iran

(Newser) - The Pakistani scientist who admitted to giving nuclear secrets to rogue states was freed from house arrest today, the BBC reports. Abdul Qadir Khan was pardoned in 2004 but has remained under tight restrictions; the former head of Pakistan’s nuclear program can now leave his house and receive visitors.... More »

Once-Nurtured Militants Have Pakistan Teetering on Brink

Paradoxically, insurgents strengthen after US-inspired strikes

(Newser) - Pakistan’s government is caught between two overbearing powers: the Taliban fighters who want to destroy it, and the American officials who inflame tensions between the government and its people. “The Pakistanis are truly concerned about their whole country unraveling,” a Western military official tells Dexter Filkins, who... More »

Kim Jong-Il a 'Pigmy', 'Tyrant' US Will Miss

Like a good dictator, he kept N. Korea's nukes in check

(Newser) - The Bush administration felt a pending bittersweet goodbye when news leaked that North Korea's Kim Jong-Il likely had a stroke last month, the New York Times reports. True, officials had called Kim a "tyrant" and a "pigmy," but they knew he kept close tabs on his nation's... More »

Pakistani Democracy Is Achievable: Bhutto Widower

Zardari: stakes high in Saturday's elections

(Newser) - Pakistan, still reeling from Benazir Bhutto's assassination and Pervez Musharraf's resignation, can get a grip on terrorists and win the fight against dictatorship, insists Bhutto’s widower in a Washington Post op-ed outlining the stakes in Saturday's election. Asif Ali Zardari, who’s running for president, vows to continue his... More »

Party Quits Pakistan Coalition

People's Party, government's senior partner, likely to remain, with new allies

(Newser) - Pakistan’s coalition government collapsed today, the Wall Street Journal reports, with the Pakistan Muslim League—led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif—breaking with the Pakistan People’s Party. Sharif said his party was quitting the alliance because it wouldn’t restore judges sacked by just-ousted president Pervez Musharraf.... More »

Democracy to Avenge Bhutto's Death: Zardari

Prez nominee says no deal was cut with departing Musharraf

(Newser) - Democracy will avenge Benazir Bhutto's death and diminish rising extremism in Pakistan, Bhutto's widower tells Newsweek. Asif Ali Zardari, now a presidential nominee, says he cut no deal with departing president Pervez Musharraf and hopes he will stay to witness rule by the people. “Personally I would like him... More »

Toll Hits 70 in Pakistan Bombings

Taliban blasts rock civilian government

(Newser) - The death toll in yesterday's twin suicide blasts in Pakistan has risen to 70 people as the tragedy continues to rattle the civilian government just days after the ouster of President Pervez Musharraf, the New York Times reports. Pakistan's Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombings at the gates of... More »

Suicide Bombers Kill 59 in Pakistan

(Newser) - Twin Taliban suicide bombings at Pakistan's largest weapons complex killed at least 59 people today, heightening the turmoil following Pervez Musharraf's ouster as president. The bombers struck two different gates of the government weapons complex just as workers were leaving. The complex, comprising 12 factories, is located in Wah, a... More »

Bhutto Widower Moves Closer to Presidency

Pakistan's Zardari wins key opposition support to succeed Musharraf

(Newser) - A major opposition party has backed Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto's widower and the leader of the Pakistan People's Party, to succeed Pervez Musharraf as president, reports the AP. Zardari's support from the MQM, a party once loyal to Musharraf, will strengthen his hand in a struggle with coalition partner... More »

Musharraf's Exit Leaves Alarming Power Vacuum

Washington frets as nuclear nation steps into unknown

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf was once Washington's most important ally in the Muslim world, but the general-turned-civilian president of Pakistan had become an increasingly unreliable partner in the combat against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents, writes the New York Times. Now that Musharraf has resigned, the US will have to work with Pakistan's... More »

Musharraf Gone, but Pakistan's Woes Remain

Wrangling civilian rulers no match for militants, economy

(Newser) - A “hanging out to dry” by his former colleagues in Pakistan’s army was the last straw for Pervez Musharraf, Jason Burke writes in the Guardian, but indications that the military will likely stay out of politics is one of the few hopeful signs of the president's departure. A... More »

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