Court Bars Haqqani from Leaving, New Veena Malik Controversy | Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2011

Veena Malik. Credit: Foreign Policy

Veena Malik. Credit: Foreign Policy

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Details of the raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers remain muddled, shopkeepers protest foreign retailers in India and al Qaeda claims a 70-year-old American hostage.

Homeward Bound Pakistan’s Supreme Court forbade ex-ambassador Husain Haqqani from leaving the country during its investigation to the “memogate” scandal that led to his resignation last week. A former senior government investigator and a lawmaker will head up the 3-week inquiry. Haqqani said he has no plans to leave the country. [AP]

Crossed Wires United States and Pakistani officials are offering conflicting statements regarding the events that led to the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers by NATO forces last weekend. The U.S. alleges that the Pakistanis approved the strikes, not realizing their troops were there. Pakistan, on the other hand, says the U.S. provided the wrong location information before carrying out the strike. [NPR, USA Today]

David and Goliath Many shopkeepers in India closed their doors Thursday in protest of the announcement that big-box retailers like Wal-Mart would be allowed into the country. Hundreds marched on New Delhi, burning President Manmohan Singh in effigy. While many stores remained open, those that closed represented opposition to the 51 percent ownership of supermarkets and 100 percent ownership of single-brand shops this move would afford to foreign investors. [Huffington Post]

Life Swap Want Warren Weinstein back? Al Qaeda said it would turn over the 70-year-old American aid worker who has been in their custody since August in return for a halt of U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Lead Ayman al-Zawahri also called for the release of prisoners held for ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban. [Daily Mail]

Writing’s on the Arm Pakistani actress Veena Malik is again making headlines for apparently covering FHM India wearing only an “ISI” tattoo. The magazine’s editor insists the photo is real and that it was his idea to put the letters on her arm. Pakistan’s Express Tribune reports a denial of the validity of the photo from one of Malik’s representatives. [BBC News]

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