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Azhar Masood

Azhar Masood received his Masters in International Relations from the University of Karachi in 1971. During the 1980's, he reported on the Afghan war for Arab News and other news organizations. Throughout the 90's, he covered numerous conflicts and events relating to international affairs, including the war in Bosnia. He covered both the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq from within the countries and his services have been hired by the New York Times, Newsweek, and CNN, BBC, Fox News, and al-Jazeera, among others. He is currently based in Islamabad and is in charge of special tasks and assignments for PTV.

Pakistan and U.S. Intend to Strengthen Civilian Security Apparatus

Pakistan and the United Satates have resolved to strengthen the civilian security apparatus in Pakistan for effectively fighting against militants. This resolve emerged after an important meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, who called on the President on Friday.

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Pakistan Armed Forces Target Baitullah Mehsud

Terrorist activities ranging from the attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, attacks on the police rescue and training centers in Lahore, the murder of Pakistan’s respected religious scholar Dr. Sarfraz Naeemi, and the attack on the mosque in Nowshehra last Friday have been claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud, according to the governor of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Awais Ghani, who also said Sunday, “Now the armed forces have been asked to eliminate him wherever he is hiding.”

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