KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan.
Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of the Central Command, disclosed in congressional testimony this week that despite a new U.S. policy of pressuring Pakistan, the Islamabad government is still supporting the Taliban terrorist group in the border region with Afghanistan.
Newsweek announced Tuesday that the magazine is considering ending its licensing agreement with its Pakistani affiliate after a controversial tweet about child sex from the publication’s editor.
The Pakistani ambassador to the United States on Monday cautioned the United States against abandoning its longstanding partnership with Islamabad amid increasingly strained relations, warning a break in cooperation would harm efforts to secure peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has said it is no longer allied with the United States after the Trump administration severed security-related aid to Islamabad over charges that the country is harboring militants, signaling a further deterioration of relations with the longtime counterterrorism partner.
China is constructing its second overseas military base in Pakistan as part of a push for greater power projection capabilities along strategic sea routes.
The United States has added Pakistan to a special watch list for “severe violations of religious freedom,” the State Department said Thursday.
Pakistani woman Aasia Bibi was arrested on murder charges after officials say she tried to flee an arranged marriage by poisoning her husband’s milk, inadvertently killing 17 others in a remote village.