Everything you need to know about Salala: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Everything you need to know about Salala: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Rawalpindi, May. 2 (ANI): A five-member US Congressional delegation, led by Senator Joe Donnelly, has commended Pakistan's efforts, role and support in the war against terrorism.
Islamabad, Mar 16 (ANI): Pakistan's envoy to the US Masood Khan has said Islamabad's relations with Washington are back on track after a brief period of tensions.
Islamabad, Feb. 8 (ANI): Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that more needs to be done in the fight against terrorism, according to a statement by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Islamabad, Feb.1 (ANI): Pakistan's government has failed to act against abuses by the security and intelligence agencies, which continued to allow extremist groups to attack religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013.
Washington, Dec. 19 (ANI): The Pentagon has notified Congress this month that it would reimburse Pakistan nearly 700 million dollars for the cost of stationing 140,000 troops on the border with Afghanistan.
Islamabad, Nov. 30 (ANI): In a sign that Pak-US relations are on the mend, the Pakistan government has waived half of the demurrage charges on NATO containers stranded on the country's sea ports due to blockage of the land route.
Islamabad, Nov. 8 (ANI): Supply of fuel to NATO troops through the Torkham border post resumed after one year when two oil tankers crossed into Afghanistan amid tight security on Wednesday.
Islamabad, Nov. 3 (ANI): Whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama win the White House race, Pakistan should not expect a 'pendulum swing' in terms of policy changes, according to an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper.
Washington, Oct. 7 (ANI): The United States has waived aside restrictions on this year's assistance for Pakistan, saying that flow of economic and security aid to that country is in the security interest of Washington U.S.
Karachi, Oct. 5 (ANI): Pakistani parliamentarians, who were disqualified by the Supreme Court for holding dual nationalities could now be tried by foreign countries for treason, since all parliamentarians, including those who hold foreign nationalities, voted in favour of a resolution against the interests of Western countries, legal experts have said.
Washington, Oct.1 (ANI): The United States should make a greater effort to understand Pakistan, its compulsions and stop looking at it through the Afghanistan prism.
Islamabad, Sept. 17 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss revival of strategic dialogue and mutual understanding on drone attacks, during a meeting in Washington this week.
Islamabad, Sept. 3 (ANI): Uncertainty still looms large over the resumption of the strategic dialogue between Pakistan and United States, which was postponed indefinitely in May last year.
Islamabad, Aug 20 (ANI): Top Pakistani and American officials have agreed to give a fresh start to the strategic dialogue between both countries during the 67th United Nations General Assembly session, to be held in New York next month, sources in the Pakistan Embassy in Washington have said.
Islamabad, Aug. 8 (ANI): Pakistani security agencies have declared the NATO containers parked near Chakri are a security risk.
Washington, Aug 1 (ANI): U.S. Ambassador-designate to Pakistan Richard Olson has vowed to push Islamabad to 'do more' to root out the Haqqani network, a Taliban-related group based in Pakistan that launches attacks in Afghanistan.
Islamabad, July 25 (ANI): Following the reopening of NATO supply routes, the United States has released the first installment of the Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan, sources said.
Karachi, July 24 (ANI): The containers carrying goods for international forces stationed in Afghanistan remain stranded at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) even though the NATO supply routes through Pakistan were officially reopened three weeks ago.
Islamabad, July 21 (ANI): Pakistan's 'duality' on the Afghan issue may instigate the U.S. to abandon the country and withdraw all support, including the critical economic support it currently provides to the country, according to an editorial.
Islamabad, July 19 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has admitted that Pakistan unnecessarily prolonged parliamentary deliberations beyond January and dragged its feet over resolving the stand-off over the reopening of NATO supply routes.
Lahore, July 18 (ANI): The chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is scheduled to visit the U.S. in coming days to meet his Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counterpart.
Islamabad, July 17 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, in a letter to Ambassador Sherry Rehman, has said the U.S. apology for the Salala incident is a vindication of Pakistan's rightful stand and an acknowledgement of the inviolability of Pakistan's sovereignty.
Karachi, July 16 (ANI): A top U.S. diplomat in Islamabad, while describing the NATO air raid on Pakistan's border posts in the Salala area of Mohmand Agency as a 'tragedy', said it should be made sure that such a tragedy never happens again.
Washington, July 10 (ANI): The Pakistan Ambassador to the United States has said that Pakistan has not agreed to American drone strikes in its territory in exchange for Washington's apology over the Salala attacks, and continues to deem unilateral unmanned aerial attacks as a violation of international law.
Islamabad, July 10 (ANI): After waiving transit fees for NATO supplies, Pakistan has now given up on a huge chunk of another payment from the U.S.
Islamabad, July 9 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik has branded the JuD-led Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), including its chief, Mumbai mastermind, Hafeez Saeed 'patriotic citizens' of Pakistan.
Islamabad, July 7 (ANI): Soon after reopening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan by Pakistan, the United States has launched a drone attack in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing several suspected militants.
Karachi, July 7 (ANI): Pakistan authorities will scan all containers passing through the country's borders to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan to ensure they do not contain ammunition and weapons, according to a report.
Islamabad, July 6 (ANI): Pakistan's envoy to the United States Sherry Rehman has said that Islamabad and Washington are set to resume broader talks on security cooperation, militant threats, and other issues following the agreement to reopening NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.
Islamabad, July 6 (ANI): The Pakistan Government is not pushing the United States to halt its deadly drone attacks inside the country's tribal regions, according to a report.
Islamabad, July 5 (ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, has quashed rumours of a 'secret deal' with Washington, a day after Islamabad a re-opening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.
Islamabad, July 5 (ANI): Pakistan should begin rethinking on the issue of Pakistani Taliban as unless the nation dumps its policy of supporting Afghan Taliban proxies, Islamabad will find it hard put to it to deal with their other home grown fanatics and terrorists, according to an editorial.
Islamabad, July 5 (ANI): Former Pakistan leader General Pervez Musharraf has said that the reopening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan was in the interests of the country.
Islamabad, July 4 (ANI): Simply re-opening NATO supply routes will not help the U.S. achieve its aims in Afghanistan until and unless it addresses the main problem of continuing Pakistani support for terror groups like the Taliban and Haqqani network, an expert has warned.
Islamabad, July 4 (ANI): Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani has said that the "privately-rendered soft apology" of ISAF commander General Allen over the Salala incident is 'insufficient'.
Islamabad, July 3 (ANI): A technical-level agreement with the US regarding resumption of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan is ready to be signed, Pak government sources have revealed.
Islamabad, July 2 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, and expressed hope that relations between Washington and Islamabad would improve during his tenure in office.
Islamabad, June 30 (ANI): The Obama administration is ready to hold talks on the issue of a apology to Pakistan over the Salala incident in which US forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year.
Islamabad, June 29 (ANI): Pakistan Defence Minister Naveed Qamar has said that Pakistan had not backtracked on its demand of a U.S. apology over the Salala attack.
Islamabad, June 28 (ANI): America's attempts to actively exploit Pakistan's civil-military disconnect are likely to end up strengthening right-wing rhetoric in Pakistan, and create even more space for security-centric policies, and further alienate the Pakistani people from the U.S., states an op-ed in The New York Times.
Islamabad, June 27 (ANI): U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said America regrets the Salala check post incident and intends to expand ties with Pakistan in diverse fields.
Washington, June 22 (ANI): U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ruled out an apology over an air strike in Salala last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and set back efforts to improve U.S.-Pakistani ties, saying it was "time to move on."
Islamabad, June 21 (ANI): The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has said that by demanding one-sided steps from Pakistan, the U.S. cannot get desired results in the region, especially after the Salala incident.
Islamabad, June 20 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani has said there are 'positive signals' from Washington for a possible apology over the November 2011 Salala incident.
Islamabad, June 19 (ANI): The chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production has said the NATO supply routes would be reopened this month, but only if America tenders an apology for the Salala attacks.
Islamabad, June 19 (IANS) Pakistan wants an "appropriate" apology from the US over the NATO air strike last year that killed its two dozen soldiers, the country's ambassador to Washington Sherry Rehman has said.
Washington, June 19 (ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to America, Sherry Rehman, has sought for greater appreciation of the Pakistani perspective on the fight against terror, and emphasised the importance of an "appropriate" American apology over the Salala incident to move forward the relationship.
Islamabad, June 18 (ANI): Pakistan's Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) has said it would not allow the resumption of NATO supplies through the country even if the U.S. offers an apology over the Salala attack.
Islamabad, June 18 (ANI): A meeting is expected to take place between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, regarding the apology over the Salala incident, on the sidelines of Rio+20 conference in Brazil this week, official sources said.
Islamabad, June 17 (ANI): Pakistan is considering the latest U.S. offer of a soft apology for the death of 24 soldiers in the Salala attack last year, hoping for a rapprochement with Washington.
Islamabad, June 16 (ANI): Pakistan's political and military leaders have reportedly met to discuss the issues of regional security, relations with the United States, and the reopening of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan.
Islamabad, June 15 (ANI): The Pakistan Foreign Office has admitted that an unconditional apology for the Salala attack and drone strikes were bigger issues than the price for reopening of NATO supplies in resetting Pakistan's relations with the United States.
Islamabad, June 14 (ANI): Pakistan is willing to drastically reduce the taxes and transit fees it intends to impose on NATO supplies passing through the country into Afghanistan if the United States accepts full responsibility of the Salala air raid and offers a public apology.
Islamabad, June 13 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has reiterated his call for Pakistan and the U.S. to work closely in order to bridge the trust deficit, and cooperate with each other on clearly defined parameters on the basis of mutual interest and respect.
Islamabad, June 13 (ANI): A senior U.S. official has said the Pakistan government should "bite the bullet" and re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan in order to ease tensions with the United States.
Islamabad, June 13 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has told a U.S. Congressional delegation that the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. is important and both sides cannot afford to ignore this fact.
Washington, June 12 (ANI): Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has said that the return of the U.S. team from Islamabad, following negotiations with their Pakistani counterparts on the revival of NATO supply routes, does not represent an institutional U.S. pullout.
Islamabad, June 12 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary William Hague is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday, hours after the U.S. technical team left Pakistan, apparently to help the two estranged allies resolve their deadlock over a U.S. apology and Pakistan's reopening of NATO supplies.
Peshawar, June 11 (ANI): The JuD-backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has announced that it will hold a protest rally on June 15 against the increasing number of U.S. drone attacks and possible restoration of NATO supply routes.
Washington, June 9 (ANI): The United States and Pakistan are working on the language of a possible U.S. apology for the Salala air strikes to end their stalemate and reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan, diplomatic sources have said.
Islamabad, June 7 (ANI): The U.S.- Pakistan talks pertaining to restoring NATO supplies and review of ties between the two countries remain deadlocked over three important issues, including the rate for charging supply trucks crossing into Afghanistan.
Washington, June 7 (ANI): The new reverse transit agreement between NATO and three Central Asian countries for transport of goods from Afghanistan is for "non-lethal goods" only, said a NATO official, adding that they are in talks for a new transit agreement with Russia.
Mohmand Agency, June 5 (ANI): A militant attack at a checkpost in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area of Salala, has killed four security personnel.
Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) At least 20 militants and four soldiers were killed after an army check-post was attacked in Pakistan's northwest tribal region early Tuesday, a media report said.
Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) At least 20 militants were killed in a counter-attack Tuesday after they raided an army checkpost in Pakistan.
Islamabad, June 3 (ANI): As U.S. frustration with Pakistan's six-month blockade NATO supply routes increases, Islamabad is growing worried that their government's negotiating strategy could globally isolate their country completely.
Islamabad, June 3 (ANI): The United States has reportedly rejected most of the demands made by Pakistan with respect to the coalition support fund claiming them to be unrealistic.
Islamabad, June 1(ANI): The United States has sent two liaison officers to Peshawar to meet with the Pakistan military on matters of border coordination, according to Pentagon spokesman Captain John F Kirby.
Islamabad, June 1 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that disengagement with the world is not a democratic option for the country.
Islamabad, May 29 (ANI): Pakistan and the U.S., who are currently engaged in talks regarding resumption of NATO supplies, are yet to see a major breakthrough.
Washington, May 25 (ANI): A White House official has said U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the reset of U.S.-Pakistan relations in a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari that took place on the sidelines of the NATO Summit on May 20-21.
Islamabad, May 24 (ANI): Amidst continued uncertainty surrounding the troubled ties between Pakistan and the United States, a high-level Chinese delegation, led by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, is scheduled to visit Islamabad next week.
Washington, May 24 (ANI): U.S. Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, the chair and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have said the U.S. should not pay up to 5,000 dollars per truck to Pakistan, which McCain termed as "extortion", to resume NATO supplies into Afghanistan through its territory.
Islamabad, May 23 (ANI): Pakistan and the United States have inched closer to resolving the contentious reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan impasse, official sources have claimed.
Rawalpindi, May 22 (ANI): The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court has admitted a petition against the resumption of NATO supplies for regular hearing.
Islamabad, May 22 (ANI): An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country should realise that time is running out and the rest of the world will move on, without Pakistan if it needs to.
Washington, May 21 (ANI): Hours before the start of NATO summit in Chicago, Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman had called for the U.S. administration to execute Pakistan's five demands to salvage the relationship between the two countries.
Lahore, May 20 (ANI): The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has reportedly sent its representative to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) headquarters in Mansoora with a request that the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) should avoid taking a tough stance against the government during the long march scheduled to take place on May 27, adding that the government will not create any hurdle in its march towards Islamabad.
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has refuted the impression that Pakistan has deviated from its position of demanding an apology from the U.S. on the Salala firing incident, adding that Pakistan would continue pressing for a formal apology.
Islamabad, May 18 (ANI): An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country "has been guided by pure emotion rather than strategic concerns for too long", adding that there was a lot of emotional chest-thumping and rhetoric when what was really needed was realism and pragmatism.
Islamabad, May 18 (IANS) President Asif Ali Zardari has left for Chicago to attend a NATO summit as Pakistan mulls the reopening of supplies for the coalition forces in Afghanistan, a media report said Friday.
Islamabad, May 17 (ANI): 'Honour' can only be defended when a country is really strong and standing on its own feet. Anything less, which applies in the case of Pakistan, must be negotiated with realism and pragmatism, states an editorial in a Pakistan daily.
Islamabad, May 17 (ANI): Pakistani analysts have said although the restoration of NATO supplies would not help in stopping drone attacks in the country, the U.S. has got the message to be careful when striking in future.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): U.S. Department of Defense officials have hinted that the country might not offer any official apology to Pakistan for the Salala incident.
Islamabad, May 17 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar has said in categorical terms that restoring NATO supplies is in the interest of Pakistan, adding that objections raised by the opposition carries no weight.
Islamabad, May 16 (ANI): The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has said the government's decision to re-open NATO supply routes is an open invitation to Washington to attack Islamabad.
Islamabad, May 16 (ANI): Pakistan's Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC), has reportedly directed relevant ministries to conclude the ongoing negotiations for new terms and conditions on resumption of NATO ground supplies.
Islamabad, May 15 (ANI): Pointing at Pakistan's stance on the reopening of NATO supply routes and its strenuous relations with the U.S., an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said "it is about time Pakistan recognises the need to abandon its double game and makes peace with its neighbours and thereby with itself".
Islamabad, May 15 (ANI): Amidst growing realisation that it cannot keep the NATO supply routes blocked for long, Pakistan has dropped the clearest hint yet that it might review a decision that has put its relations with the U.S. in a tailspin.
Islamabad, May 14 (ANI): Top military commanders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and NATO have discussed contentious issues, almost six months after a deadly U.S. air raid killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in Mohmand Agency which had put Pak-U.S. ties in a tailspin.
Islamabad, May 14 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said Pakistan cannot suspend NATO supplies indefinitely.
Islamabad, May 14 (ANI): The U.S and Pakistan have achieved significant progress in the weekend talks, sparking speculations that NATO would invite Pakistan to the Chicago Summit in return for the country's pledge to reopen the NATO supply routes, sources said.
Islamabad, May 14 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she personally believes that NATO supply routes through Pakistan, which have remained closed for almost six months now, should be reopened.
Lahore, May 14 (ANI): Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Syed Munawar Hasan has said the country's ruling leadership has succumbed to U.S. pressure and is getting impatient to reopen NATO supply routes.
Rawalpindi, May 13 (ANI): Pakistan and Western military alliance commanders have failed to make headway on crucial contentious issues, reportedly after the western-side repeated the U.S. stance of not inviting Pakistan to the Chicago NATO Summit, refusal to apologise over the Salala incident, continuance of drone attacks and threats of toughened aid conditions for Pakistan.
Islamabad, May 8 (ANI): Pakistan's folly is that it has tied foreign policy to public passions and is now unable to employ flexible diplomacy where needed, stated an editorial in a Pakistan daily.
Islamabad, May 7 (ANI): Washington has now threatened Islamabad with 'multiple repercussions', if the six-month-long blockade of NATO supplies is not lifted, Pakistani officials have said.
Islamabad, May 5 (ANI): In a bid to break the lingering impasse on the resumption of vital land supply routes for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan as well as drone strikes inside the tribal belt, Pakistan and the U.S. are working overtime, away from the media glare, sources said.
Islamabad, May 3 (ANI): Pakistan's top political and military leadership is in a fix on how to repair troubled ties with the U.S. after Washington's reluctance to apologise over last year's Salala attacks, and halting drone strikes.
Rawalpindi, May 1 (ANI): As the political crisis in Pakistan intensifies, with the government and the opposition constantly clashing over various issues, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said the army supports the democratic process in the country.