Abu Yahya al-Libi was confirmed dead yesterday, after a drone attack struck North-Western Pakistan on Monday. This is the eighth strike in the past two weeks, prompting Pakistan’s foreign ministry to issue a complaint to an American diplomat.
There are reports that five alleged CIA informants, who helped lead the CIA to Osama bin Laden have been arrested in Pakistan. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is in Abbottabad, Pakistan and reports on the story. He says that according to Western officials briefed on the arrests, one of the five was at least one Pakistani army major. The Pakistani army has acknowledged the arrests, but deny that they have detained any army personnel. There has been much criticism of the leaders of the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies since Osama bin Laden's capture and killing and those leaders will be looking to prevent any similar incident happening again.
Why should America give millions in foreign aid to a country where the United States' number one enemy was able to hide for years? That's a question many in the U.S. are asking in the wake of the discovery of Osama Bin Laden's hideout. But it's also being asked by many in Pakistan, who wonder if America's financial aid is worth the influence and pressures that come with it. Has it helped or hurt the country? Aleem Maqbool, reporter for our partner the BBC, joins us to discuss the growing debate.
There's a growing sense of anger in Pakistan over the bin Laden killing as well as embarrassment that he was hiding in their country. Did the Pakistani government know that he was there? One Abbottabad resident says that their city was a peaceful one, which explains much of the resentment. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool reports.
Pakistanis are obsessed with the question of why no one knew that Osama bin Laden was living in their country, just north of the capital. "There is a sense of embarrassment that it wasn't the Pakistani forces that killed Osama bin Laden, but that it was Americans," says the BBC's Aleem Maqbool. There is also a sense that the Pakistani authorities must have known that he was there, while at the same time, residents want proof that the al-Qaida leader is dead.
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool reports from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. He describes the scene and talks to one boy who visited the compound several times. Nearby residents are eager for details, while they also about what the killing of bin Laden means for them. Militants in the tribal areas who saw bin Laden as a hero and could take revenge on Abbottabad's citizens.
The Libyan government has said that an American decision to deploy drone aircraft as part of the NATO operation over Libya will cause more civilian deaths. The Libyan deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, said more air strikes would undermine any claims by the U.S. and NATO to be supporting democracy in Libya. The decision to use U.S. drones comes as Senator John McCain visits the opposition-held city of Benghazi for talks with rebel leaders. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Tripoli on reaction to the announcement and how this recasts America's role in the country.
The BBC's correspondent Aleem Maqbool spoke with a 14-year-old schoolboy who blew off his own arm as he attempted to blow up a shrine in Punjab province in Pakistan this month. Umar Fidai's bomb didn't fully detonate and the police shot him in the arm before he could detonate the grenade he was holding. His story reveals how the Taliban convinces young men to drop out of school and carry out suicide missions.
The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are sitting side by side today at the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between the two countries. It's an occasion which is being seen as an opportunity for the two nations to repair relations. India broke off relations with Pakistan in 2008, after it blamed Pakistani militants for attacks on Mumbai, which killed 160 people. Pakistan denied any involvement. This is probably the most watched cricket game ever with a billion people watching the game around the world. Aleem Maqbool, BBC Islamabad correspondent, reports on whether this match will help India-Pakistan relations.
Tensions are on the rise between the U.S. and Pakistan because of a man named Raymond Davis. Davis is an American who has admitted to killing two Pakistani men in Lahore. The Pakistani police say it was cold-blooded murder, while Davis pleads it was in self-defense. Davis says two men on a motorcycle tried to car jack him at gunpoint, in which he responded by killing the two men with his own gun. A third person was killed when they were run over by an American consulate vehicle, as they came to Davis's rescue.
There’ll be a lot more "out of office" emails in Washington this week as key members of the Obama administration are on trips in South Asia, Asia and the Arabian peninsula. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in China today and will travel to South Korea and Japan later in the week. Vice President Joe Biden has just left Afghanistan and is in Pakistan today; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Qatar, continuing her tour of Arab states after her surprise trip to Yemen yesterday. What do these three top officials hope to accomplish abroad, and what challenges do they face?
Pakistan's Punjab governor Salman Taseer was shot dead yesterday by one of his bodyguards, who shot him 30 times. The governor was a businessman and a publisher of a liberal English-language daily. Recently, he was working to repeal Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which lead to fiery demonstrations by religious parties. BBC reporter, Aleem Maqbool is in Lahore, Pakistan, where Taseer's funeral is taking place.
In Pakistan, the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIViC) is calling on the U.S. to acknowledge the number of civilians killed by drone attacks. According to the group, about 1,000 civilians have died in drone-related attacks; the U.S. says few civilians have been killed. We talk with the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, in Islamabad, for more on this story.
In Pakistan, the Indus River is vital to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis, and, as we saw last month, has the power to destroy just as many. As the flood waters receded, the BBC's Aleem Maqbool travelled along the river, seeing not only the physical scars left, but also the mental distress left in those communities that witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in their country's history.
An attack in Lahore, Pakistan has left more than 70 dead after gunmen opened fire on two mosques during prayers. The attacks targeted the Ahmedi community, a minority sect that suffers harsh discrimination in Pakistan. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool details the story.
The Pakistani Taliban are sending conflicting messages regarding their involvement with Times Square terror suspect Faisal Shahzad. A Taliban spokesman on Thursday denied the group's involvement with Shahzad, but said the Pakistani Taliban will expand their focus to include western targets, including the U.S.
In a dramatic scene that could have been pulled from TV’s "24," federal agents arrested 30-year-old Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad on the tarmac of New York’s Kennedy Airport for an alleged connection with Saturday’s attempted Times Square car bombing.
Federal authorities arrested an American citizen of Pakistani origin, who is alleged to be behind the failed bomb attempt at Times Sq. on Saturday. Faisal Shahzad is a 30-year-old man living in Bridgeport, Conn. He was arrested early Tuesday morning as he tried to board a plane at New York's Kennedy airport.
It's been a year after the Pakistan military launched one of its biggest attacks on Taliban militants in the remote Swat valley, but the region has not fully stabilized. Among troubing signs is that Pakistani forces are having difficulty getting refugees to go home. Meanwhile, U.S. and NATO commanders have been saying that their offensive in Kandahar, Afghanistan will come later this year and could be the decisive battle against the Taliban. But what would this victory look like?
As President Obama declared in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech "We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth that we will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes," new details were emerging from Pakistan, where five American Muslims have been detained on suspicions of possible involvement in terrorism. Law enforcement in that country said the United States nationals, who disappeared from Washington D.C. last month, were suspected of planning attacks against "American interests" in Pakistan.
Aleem Maqbool, Islamabad correspondent for the BBC, joins the conversation about these five young men, ages 19-25, whose families recently asked for help in finding them. One possible piece of evidence in the case is a video the men left behind, featuring scenes of armed conflict and a message that young Muslims had to do more.