US rebukes Pakistan over militants

The United States says Pakistan is serving as a “platform for terrorism” and that this must stop.

The US ambassador to Islamabad, Nancy Powell, also urged Pakistan to ensure that militant groups are no longer able to cross into Indian-administered Kashmir. Correspondents say Ms Powell’s comments are unusually strong for a serving US ambassador in Pakistan and amount to a rebuke to the government there. Ms Powell was speaking in the city of Karachi where, exactly one year ago, US journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Islamic militants who later killed him. He was investigating links between Pakistani militant groups and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda movement. Full Story

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