News / Asia

Pakistan Delays US Envoy's Visit

Marc Grossman, U.S. special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan (file photo)
Marc Grossman, U.S. special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan (file photo)

Pakistan is delaying a visit by U.S. Special Envoy Marc Grossman until Islamabad completes a review of U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Media reports quoted unnamed Pakistani officials Tuesday as saying it was not possible for Grossman to visit Islamabad during his current trip to the region.  U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner later confirmed the postponement.

The U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan is leading a delegation to Afghanistan this week in an effort to get approval from Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the resumption of preliminary peace talks with the Taliban.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are at a new low point after 24 Pakistani troops were mistakenly killed in a a NATO airstrike on a Pakistani military outpost near the Afghan border.

Last month, Pakistan announced it was reviewing cooperation with the United States and NATO.  The review currently is before parliament with no clear timeline on when recommendations will be made to the government.

A U.S.-NATO-Afghan investigation of the November 26 incident found that mistakes on both sides as well as a breakdown in communications between the allies led to the incident.  Pakistan - which refused to participate in the investigation - rejected the findings and closed its border crossings into Afghanistan to NATO supply convoys.

In early 2011, Pakistani authorities detained a CIA contractor in Lahore for the shooting death of two Pakistanis who allegedly tried to rob him.  

In May, U.S. special forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during a covert raid in a military garrison town near the Pakistani capital.  Pakistan was furious it was not made aware of the operation beforehand, and some U.S. lawmakers threatened to cut American aid to Pakistan after bin Laden was discovered hiding out there.

The year also saw the continued U.S. use of unmanned military aircraft to attack suspected militants in the remote and mountainous tribal areas of Pakistan.  The Pakistani government publicly has long maintained the drone strikes violate its sovereignty.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid