* 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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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
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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