Pakistan has announced that it has charged former president Pervez Musharraf with treason stemming from his 2007 order to impose emergency rule. The former military general and president of Pakistan from 1999-2008 also faces other charges, including one related to the assassination of prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, the nations first elected woman to such office.
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Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed Friday by a US drone strike.
Mehsud had a $5 million bounty of his head after orchestrating a suicide bombing that killed several CIA agents. That attack occurred in December 2009 at a US Forward Operating Base in Khost, Afiganistan. He also was apart of the failed Time Square car bombing in 2010.
Mehsud took over as Pakistani Taliban leader from Baitullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike in 2009.
There has been a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan's Balochistan province, and was felt as far away as Karachi and in India's capital, Delhi. So far six people have been confirmed dead.
The earthquake struck at 6:28am this morning at a depth of 15 miles according to the USGS.
The area in and around Balochistan province is remote and sparsely populated but has been the location of strong earthquakes in the past.
Most of the casualties come from Labach, on the northern outskirts of Awaran town, an area where mud houses are still the majority of houses.
Washington, D.C. -
Federal authorities have seized 14 franchised owned 7-11 stores owned by Pakistanis who are now accused of ID theft, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and harboring illegal immigrants. There were 10 stores in New York's Long Island and four more in Virginia, plus another 40 stores are under investigation.
Hafiz Saeed, the leader of a terrorist group, and head of the Defense Of Pakistan Council, has offered help to Americans who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy saying, "We are ready to send food items, medicines and doctors to the U.S. for the people affected by the storm,... America [may] fix bounties on our heads but as followers of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), we feel it is our Islamic duty to help Americans trapped in a catastrophe."
Police in Mingora, Pakistan have arrested several suspects they believe have material information or part of the group responsible for shooting 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, an outspoken girl who championed education for girls and criticized the Taliban.
Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck after leaving school recently and has been in critical condition since. Yesterday she was transferred to a hospital in the nations capital while two british medical doctors arrived to help consult on Yousufzai medical care and recovery.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a report to congress declaring the Haqqani Network inside of Pakistan a terrorist group, something most have said for a long time.
Clinton said the U.S. will continue a "robust campaign of diplomatic, military, and intelligence pressure on the network, demonstrating the United States' resolve to degrade the organization's ability to execute violent attacks."
The move though will have a negative impact on Afghan, Pakistan-US diplomatic efforts and peace talks because Pakistan does not list the group as a terrorist organization.
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A U.S. unmanned drone strike has killed Al-Qaeda's second in command in Pakistan, Abu Yahya al-Libi, in a hideout in North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal areas according to the White House Press secretary, Jay Carney, who described it as a "major blow".
The U.S. has maintained drone strike in Pakistan despite the objections of the Pakistani government, and there is a growing sense the Pakistan is no longer an active ally, but merely a symbolic one at most, with so many terrorist and terror leaders being found and killed inside Pakistan.
Pakistan has sentenced Dr. Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison under its Frontier Crimes Regulations, FCR, for helping the United States hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.
Afridi ran a vaccination clinic for the public and also helped to quietly collect DNA samples in Abbottabad of the population for the CIA's search for bin Laden for a decade. Human rights groups have called the FCR abuse because it is a special set of regulations that govern the restive tribal region of Pakistan where clan leaders and militants rule.