Sabika Sheikh was studying in the USA through an exchange programme funded by the State Department.Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student, is one of the student victims in Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. But here there was no incident expect for one, at an army school.He learned of her death from turning on the television after iftar, the meal Muslims eat to break the daily Ramadan fast, he told The Associated Press.The suspected gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is being held in the death of eight fellow students and two teachers in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston on Friday morning.The ceremony took place on May 20 at an Islamic center in Stafford, Texas, which is not far from Santa Fe High School, where the massacre took place."We were on the ground, all piled up in random positions", he said.He called his daughter's friends, but they weren't responding either. "Who are we?" he added."Once the scene was somewhat secure I was contacted by my … [Read more...] about ‘Nightmare’: Pakistan family mourn daughter killed in Texas shooting
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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bilateral ties. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing told an unofficial conference of government representatives and experts from the three countries in Islamabad on Tuesday that Beijing had initiated the trilateral vice foreign ministers-level dialogue in 2015. He said that since then, several rounds of talks have taken place, with the mission of easing Kabul's tensions with Islamabad and promoting security, counterterrorism and economic cooperation among the three nations. "So, for this purpose the Chinese government has proposed to ... hold the next round of the strategic dialogue and also the practical cooperation dialogue at the end of this month in Beijing," Jing announced. The engagement will further enhance "our sense of common community, our … [Read more...] about China Tries to Bring Pakistan, Afghanistan Closer
As U.S. ambassador to Pakistan more than a decade ago, Ryan Crocker spent much of his time trying to convince the government in Islamabad to take action against militants moving freely inside the country and plotting attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.In 2007, toward the end of his three-year tenure, Crocker spoke with the head of the Pakistani army, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who explained why Islamabad was not ready to reverse course.The United States had a short attention span, the general said, according to Crocker. "How long are you staying this time? Because you come and you go," Kayani told Crocker."If you think we are going to turn the Taliban and Haqqanis and others into mortal enemies of ours and watch you walk out the door, you are completely crazy. Are we hedging our bets? You bet we are."The two men's exchange captures the mutual frustration and misunderstanding that have plagued relations between Pakistan and the United States, nominal allies with little … [Read more...] about Is Trump ready to dump Pakistan?
FIRST LOOK: “Vice President Gore Urges ‘No’ Vote on [California’s] Proposition 23: In a new video statement, Gore explains what's at stake for America's clean energy future” – Climate Protection Action Fund release: “Al Gore and the Climate Protection Action Fund have released a new video statement urging opposition to a harmful California ballot initiative, Proposition 23. … ‘The fight for America's clean energy future is taking place right now, and it's come to California. … This is a fight we simply cannot afford to lose.’” YouTube http://bit.ly/cpGjRv PLAYBOOK ODDS FIXING: If the election were held today, we forecast a Republican pickup of 47 House seats (39 needed for majority; net gain could reach 55). The Senate is looking +8 -- two short of the 10 needed for a GOP majority. Nevada’s Sharron Angle, with her comment about Hispanic pupils looking Asian, seems to be desperately trying to lose to … [Read more...] about 13 DAYS OUT: Obama to go on Jon Stewart and hold mostly-women backyard event – POTUS works African-American and Hispanic radio – But Dems fear effect of base strategy on blue collar voters
GAME CHANGE -- ROBERT DRAPER goes deep in PalinWorld for the cover story of the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, and leaves the clear impression she is PLANNING A RUN. From “THE PALIN NETWORK: How the GOP’s leading shadow candidate runs her guerilla organization”: “‘I am,’ Sarah Palin told me … when I asked her if she was already weighing a run for president. ‘I’m engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here.’ Palin went on to say that there weren’t meaningful differences in policy among the field of G.O.P. hopefuls ‘but that in fact there’s more to the presidency than that’ and that her decision would involve evaluating whether she could bring unique qualities to the table. ‘Yes, the organization would have to change,’ Palin said during an hourlong phone conversation. … [Read more...] about SARAH PALIN TO ROBERT DRAPER: ‘I’M ENGAGED IN THE INTERNAL DELIBERATIONS’ ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL RACE– GOP insisted White House postpone summit – Dan Bartlett promoted — Boehner, Dean, Susan Rice b’days
Good Saturday morning. BILL DALEY has speeded up his timetable and now is expected to arrive in the West Wing midweek next week. (Aides at first had expected him a little later -- sometime before the State of the Union address, on Jan. 25.) … DAVID PLOUFFE moves in Monday. … ROBERT GIBBS, a lifelong Auburn fan, has headed to Phoenix for Monday night’s championship game against Oregon. Gibbs' out-of-office message features the Tigers’ battle cry: “War Eagle!” A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton will speak. An administration official tells us: “Invites went out formally this week but the planning started last month. … The media coverage is still being nailed down. A number of diplomatic figures are coming that represent different phases of his life.” Story Continued Below --Another official BlackBerries: “Before … [Read more...] about DEMS TO UNLEASH HEALTH-REFORM DEFENSE AS GOP VOTES — Bernanke sees 8% unemployment in 2012 — Obama to appear with Immelt — Biden to Pakistan — AP’s Terry Hunt named deputy bureau chief
Good Saturday morning. WHY SEN. ENSIGN REALLY QUIT (Hint: It wasn’t, as his statement claimed, because of concern about his family): N.Y. Times’ Eric Lipton reports the Nevada Republican was going to have to give sworn testimony about his sex scandal to the Senate Ethics Committee on May 4. His resignation takes effect May 3. What a guy! --“Ensign bolted to avoid more public embarrassment,” by John Bresnahan and Manu Raju: “Ensign told associates that he was ‘100 percent certain’ the Ethics Committee would hold public hearings into the scandal … The ethics panel is still likely to issue a public report laying out its findings.” http://bit.ly/fxMEb1 Story Continued Below --Sources tell Playbook that Ensign knew he could face questions about OTHER WOMEN and at least one additional staffer. NEW CROWD CATCHPHRASE at Obama 2012 rallies (first heard this week at Soundstage 30 at Sony Studios in Culver City): “I’m … [Read more...] about House GOP to capitalize on gas prices — Carol Browner to CAP – Biden econ. adviser leaving, will start blog — POTUS and First Lady to appear on ‘Oprah’
Good Thursday morning. Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC, reports in its FEC filing tomorrow that actor Morgan Freeman donated $1 million last month. Freeman statement: “Pres. Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances. … I am proud to lend my voice … to those who defend him. Priorities USA Action is doing a great job of protecting the values I believe in. I am happy to help them and I hope others will join me." SIREN – “Romney Catches Obama In Virginia, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds … Romney wipes out President Obama's lead in Virginia and the two candidates are deadlocked 44-44 percent in the race for the Old Dominion's 13 electoral votes … This compares to a 50-42 percent lead for President Obama in a March 20 survey … and a 47-42 percent Obama lead June 7. In the state's hotly-contested U.S. Senate race Republican George Allen has 46 percent to 44 percent for Democrat Tim … [Read more...] about 110 days to election — OFFSHORE MONEY HELPED START BAIN – American Crossroads ad names Romney for first time – Mrs. Obama launches ‘It Takes One’ — ‘Driving the Day’ livestreams, 8:30 a.m.
BULLETIN: TURMOIL SPEADS TO YEMEN -- Reuters: “Yemen's embassy in Washington said … no casualties were reported when protesters stormed the U.S. embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Sanaa … An embassy statement … said Yemen's government condemned the attack by protesters angry at a film seen as insulting to Islam.” TIME magazine switched from a science cover to “THE AGENTS OF OUTRAGE: An embassy attacked. Diplomats murdered. The new calculus of violence against America … A chain of violence from Cairo to Benghazi raises the question, Did the Arab Spring make the Middle East more dangerous?” by Bobby Ghosh: “As the Obama Administration struggles to contain the fallout of the killings—and even to piece together exactly what happened—there’s an increasing apprehension that this attack may herald a new genre of Middle East crisis. The Arab Spring replaced the harsh order of hated dictators with a flowering of … [Read more...] about SEPTEMBER SURPRISE: Anti-American eruption may herald ‘new Middle East crisis’ — Washington told Cairo diplomat not to post statement — Peggy Noonan: Mitt ‘looked weak’
International Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Demonstrators shout anti-U.S. slogans at a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday, a day after President Trump tweeted that Pakistan has "given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools." Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images Demonstrators shout anti-U.S. slogans at a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday, a day after President Trump tweeted that Pakistan has "given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools." Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images After a harshly worded New Year's Day tweet by President Trump accusing Pakistan of "deceit" and of harboring terrorists, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed Thursday that the U.S. will suspend most security assistance to Islamabad. The cutoff is not permanent, Nauert said, and only affects military assistance. Civilian assistance is … [Read more...] about U.S. Suspends Most Security Assistance To Pakistan