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iandhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:06 PM
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Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats
Source: NY TIMES


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Parts of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are mounting what American officials here describe as a campaign to harass American diplomats, fraying relations at a critical moment when the Obama administration is demanding more help to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

The campaign includes the refusal to extend or approve visas for more than 100 American officials and the frequent searches of American diplomatic vehicles in major cities, said an American official briefed on the cases.

The problems affected military attachs, C.I.A. officers, development experts, junior level diplomats and others, a senior American diplomat said. As a result, some American aid programs to Pakistan, which President Obama has called a critical ally, are grinding to a halt, the diplomat said.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/world/asia/17visa.htm...



THIS IS A "ALLLY" :sarcasm:
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:12 PM
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1. From earlier today: Pakistan 'snubs US plea' for more military action
WASHINGTON Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has rebuffed an appeal from US President Barack Obama for a speedy expansion of military action in tribal areas, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Citing US and Pakistani officials, it said Zardari had written to Obama to pledge that his military would fight insurgents in Pakistan's lawless border region with Afghanistan, but on its own schedule.

Zardari also "called on the United States to speed up military assistance to Pakistani forces and to intervene more forcefully with India, its traditional adversary," the Post reported.

Zardari's three-page letter to Obama, in response to a letter Obama sent last month, did not mention India directly, but "made repeated reference to Pakistan's core interests, unresolved historical conflicts and conventional imbalances," the newspaper reported.

Pakistan has launched several major military operations this year, mainly targeting the Pakistani Taliban in south Waziristan and the Swat Valley, but the Obama administration wants to see action taken against the so-called Haqqani network.

That group, based in north Waziristan, is active across the border in Afghanistan where US troops are among its targets.

Some US officials and regional analysts suspect the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence directorate maintains ties with the group's leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, considering him a useful asset in Afghanistan.

But Pakistani officials say they are committed to going after Haqqani and his group eventually.

"We're committed to this war, but we'll fight it on our terms," a Pakistani official was quoted as telling the Post on condition of anonymity.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h4Fg...

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Zardari sent a three-page f-you to Obama. He said, thanks for the money, get out of our business. We are funding both sides of the war in Afghanistan. Or is it all three sides?
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iandhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:20 PM
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4. There are 1 million reasons...
... why this is probably a bad idea (nukes etc.)

but WHY CAN'T WE LET INDIA TAKE CARE OF PAKISTAN
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Marthian Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 05:51 AM
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6. Do you suggest
that India wage a war against a nuclear armed neighbor state? Are you sound asleep or do you not understand what you are saying?
I understand your statement to be a promotion of war and even of nuclear genocide. Why did I join this group?
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BunkerHill24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:13 PM
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2. "visas for more than 100 American officials and the frequent searches of American diplomatic"
WOW! Visas for hundreds of diplomats, eh? What are all these diplomats doing in Pakistan? Shuttle diplomacy? lol
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:14 PM
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3. The US is nothing but a 3rd World joke at this point
our president and our country are treated with all the respect of Luxembourg
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BunkerHill24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-16-09 10:58 PM
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5. NO.....We have merged our Army and the CIA with mercenaries i.e. Blackwater
....and everyone is suspicious about our diplomats...and that's dangerous, imo.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-17-09 07:57 AM
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7. OK, not Luxembourg - Haiti
We're a 3rd World Banana Republic, run by the CIA and corporate-sanctioned media.
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