Nuclear-armed Pakistan is too critical for Washington to abandon again as it moves to withdraw from Afghanistan. The tragic flooding in Pakistan gives the United States a rare opportunity to demonstrate goodwill and break the cynical cycle of its relationship with Islamabad.
Sixty nations convene in London Thursday to discuss Afghanistan's future. Will President Karzai announce plans to bring Taliban into his government? Will he criticize US role in Afghanistan?
To succeed in Afghanistan, the US must negotiate a deal with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, says retired Brigadier Sultan Amir Tarar, a former Pakistan intelligence officer. He trained Mullah Omar to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan.
The three Pakistanis and one Saudi named belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Wednesday, a US airstrike killed 11 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border.