The Telegraph: According to the official Pakistani report on the matter, no one in Pakistan was aware Osama Bin Laden was living in Abottabad. “An independent commission has spent the past year and a half questioning military officers, bin Laden’s wives and residents of Abbottabad.
The Daily Telegraph has learnt from a senior government official that no one else in the town knew the world’s most wanted man had taken up residence there. It clears Pakistan’s government and military establishment of involvement, a verdict that will prompt accusations of a cover-up and infuriate Western diplomats.”
Dawn: US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has claimed it is not time to ‘divorce’ Pakistan. “Mr Romney, however, endorsed the drone strikes, saying that he supports the Obama administration’s policy on this key issue.
Mr Obama did not directly address this issue but when confronted by the moderator, CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, he said he was also engaging the countries where the United States was fighting terrorists.
Mr Obama also avoided responding directly to questions about Pakistan and neither the moderator nor Mr Romney pressed him for an answer, reflecting an apparent understanding on not concerning the president on sensitive security issues.”
Pakistan Today: Islamabad police have arrested two militants believed to be members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). “According to security sources, the police on a tip-off conducted raid at a hotel where the two TTP militants were present and took them into custody.”
Pakistan Today: At least three have been killed in North Waziristan when mortar shells hit a number of houses. “According to Security sources, the casualties took place in Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, where terrorists attacked a check post.
Officials said security forces retaliated against the militant attack during which few mortar shell landed on nearby houses, killing three people and injuring nine others, including women and children.”
The Nation: The Afghan Interior Minister has said that the country’s war against terrorism cannot be won without Pakistan’s complicity. “‘As long as the terrorist safe-havens are not eradicated from Pakistan and it does not come under more pressure to be more serious against these insurgents, the war against terrorism will be unwinnable,’ spokesman Sediq Sediqi told the media.”
Analysis: Rajiv Chandrasekaran writing for the Washington Post: Both presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama’s views on Afghanistan are at odds with many independent assessments of the situation. “Obama said, “There’s no reason why Americans should die when Afghans are perfectly capable of defending their own country.” Romney noted that the training program “is proceeding apace.”
But as The Post reported this weekend, no Afghan army battalion is capable of operating without U.S. advisers; many policemen spend more time shaking down people for bribes than patrolling; front-line units often do not receive the fuel, food and spare parts they need to function. Intelligence, aviation and medical services remain embryonic. And perhaps most alarming, an increasing number of Afghan soldiers and police officers are turning their weapons on their U.S. and NATO partners.”
Analysis: Editorial for India Today: This year’s “hugely successful tourist season” in Jammu and Kashmir should not “blind us” to the threat of terrorism and insurgency faced by that area. Srinagar has been struck five times over the past year, and it is estimated that “a significant number of armed militants” continue to hide out in the state. In spite of this, 1.5m tourists have visited the state this
year, providing the most important income stream.
Analysis: Jonathan Kay writing for The National Post: Pro-Khalistan elements are operating “in the open” with cooperation from foreign Sikh groups and the Pakistani ISI, Gen. Brar – victim of a recent assault in London, possibly by Sikh radicals – has stated.
“Khalistani Sikhs — in the Punjab, Canada and everywhere else — should step back and look at what their cause has done to their communities and even their families. In that respect, this month’s shameful knife attack on a 78-year-old man, walking the streets of London with his wife, perhaps can serve as a wake-up call.”
Fox News: Bangladesh is investigating the background of a man arrested in the United States charged with attempting to blow up the US Federal Reserve. Arrested in New York on Wednesday, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis’ family denies his involvement, arguing that he moved to the United States to study.