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Pakistan PM scotches speculation of Taliban offensive

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday scotched speculation his government would launch an offensive against the Taliban following a wave of bloody attacks, saying he wanted to "give the peaceful solution another chance". Sharif's government has come under fire for failing to come up with a strategy to respond to a surge in militant violence, which has seen more than 114 people killed in attacks since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally.

Pakistan PM scotches speculation of Taliban offensive

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday dismissed speculation he would launch an offensive against the Taliban following a wave of bloody attacks, saying peace talks deserved another chance. Sharif also called on militants to observe a ceasefire and named a committee that includes two leading journalists to assist in dialogue efforts. The government has come under fire for failing to set a strategy to respond to a surge in militant violence, which has seen 114 deaths in attacks since the start of the year, according to an AFP tally.

Pakistani PM proposes mechanism for talks with India on terrorism

Pakistani PM proposes mechanism for talks with India on terrorism ISLAMABAD, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday proposed that Pakistan and India should institutionalize the mechanism of meetings between national security advisors of the two countries to discuss matters related to terrorism. "It would help to allay the concerns of the two sides," the prime minister told the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

Obama reassures Pakistan on Afghanistan, not drones

US President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to consider Pakistan's concerns in post-war Afghanistan, but stayed mum on a call by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to end drone strikes. Obama welcomed Sharif to the White House after releasing $1.6 billion in aid -- mostly for the military -- that had been blocked amid high tensions over the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. With US forces preparing to pull out of Afghanistan next year, Obama pledged to brief Sharif fully and to work toward an Afghanistan that is "stable and secure, its sovereignty respected."

Obama reassures Pakistan on Afghanistan, not drones

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised to consider Pakistan's concerns in post-war Afghanistan, but stayed mum on a call by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to end drone strikes. Obama welcomed Sharif to the White House after releasing $1.6 billion in aid -- mostly for the military -- that had been blocked amid high tensions over the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. With US forces preparing to pull out of Afghanistan next year, Obama pledged to brief Sharif fully and to work toward an Afghanistan that is "stable and secure, its sovereignty respected."

Pakistan's Sharif takes up post-war ties with Obama

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif heads Wednesday to the White House looking for smoother ties as the Afghan war winds down but with the uneasy partners divided over drone strikes. President Barack Obama's administration welcomed Sharif by releasing $1.6 billion in aid -- mostly for the military -- that had been blocked amid high tensions over the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan's Sharif takes up post-war ties with Obama

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif heads to the White House Wednesday seeking to build a new type of post-Afghanistan war relationship as he presses for an end to drone strikes. In a nod to the fading of tensions since the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama's administration has moved to release more than $300 million in blocked security assistance to Pakistan.

In US, Pakistan leader urges end to drones

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged the United States to end drone attacks, while separately Amnesty International warned that civilian-killing strikes could constitute war crimes. Sharif, who will meet President Barack Obama on Wednesday, called for warmer ties with the United States and offered Pakistan's assistance in Afghanistan as US forces prepare to withdraw next year. But Sharif said that the unmanned strikes -- which penetrate extremist havens deep in Pakistan's most lawless areas -- represented a "major irritant" in relations.

Pakistan's leader, Nawaz Sharif, urges end to drones on US visit

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged the United States to end drone attacks as Amnesty International warned that civilian-killing strikes could constitute war crimes.

Sharif: India-Pakistan arms race 'massive waste'

Pakistan and India have wasted "massive resources" on a nuclear arms race, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday, ahead of a landmark meeting with his Indian counterpart. Despite clashes in disputed Kashmir this week, Sharif and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are expected to hold a break-the-ice meeting Sunday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, diplomats said. It will be the first talks between leaders of the two nations for three years and Sharif said he was looking forward to the chance to launch "a new beginning."
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