Daily Archives: May 31, 2009

Take our hand of friendship, India tells Pakistan

* Indian foreign minister says Islamabad must take credible action against terrorists

* Says New Delhi will like to cooperate with Pakistan against terrorism

By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: India has extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan through its new foreign minister SM Krishna.

But the foreign minister said that dialogue between the two nuclear neighbours might, however, not be forthcoming unless Islamabad dismantled terrorist camps inside its territory and took a more determined action against terrorist organisations. Continue reading

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Pakistan religious schools get scrutiny

The madrasas, schools that teach the Koran and little else, are suspected of nurturing extremism. Under U.S. pressure, the Pakistan government has pledged to reform the system.

By Mark Magnier

Reporting from Akora Khattak, Pakistan — The Darul Uloom Haqqania campus is a sprawling labyrinth of ashen buildings where young men in black beards and white skullcaps spend their days and nights on hard concrete floors learning all 77,701 words of the Koran. Some people call it the University of Jihad. Continue reading

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A Better Bargain for Aid to Pakistan

By C. Christine Fair

The Obama administration pledged more than $100 million in aid last week to Pakistanis fleeing the fighting between the Taliban and the military in the Swat Valley. All told, since 2001, the United States has spent about $12 billion to help Pakistan. Yet last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Pakistan a “mortal threat” to international security.

Washington needs to strike a far better bargain for its billions. Continue reading

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