May 2nd, 2010
05:27 AM ET

Fire erupts at U.S. embassy in Pakistan

A fire broke out Sunday on the first floor of the U.S. embassy building in the Pakistani capital, officials said.

The cause of the blaze was unknown, but crews were close to putting it out, according to an embassy spokesman.

It was unclear whether there were any casualties. No more information was immediately available.

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  1. new kid in the block

    there u go again. Pakistan is a terrorist state and we must avoid all relations with this terrorist country. I dont understand why American Politicians wants to be so friendly with this country. They should be friendly with India and China, who are going to be superpowers in 25 years. Not Pakistan!!

    May 2, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammad Ali

    You are right on new kid. Pakistan is a terrorist state. May be america is afraid of them and thats why america is so friendly to them.

    May 2, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Clifford

    Simple really , speak loudly with your wallet. Don't buy from countries that hate US ( Canadians like me included since we are the same to them ). Shop by buying from countries that like us. Pakistan and even china are no friends of ours,.. Just look at North Korea , if not for China's backing there would be a much smaller problem. China Need the US consumer and they can threaten all they like. Know who your friends are.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. R R McTaggart

    Has everybody forgotten that a Pakistani mob of junglies were allowed to destroy the Islamabad Embassy in November 1979?

    May 2, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ronno

    While it could always do more, the Pakistani government is helping to fight terrorism. If we shut off the allies we have in all these countries, we will shut off the information streams that our intelligence analysts need to keep us safe.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Clifford

    Example: bought a North American made Grill , paid about the same as a crappy quality Chinese made grill ( 525 ) but love it and 10 protection,

    May 2, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jon

    Leave Pakistan, is no interest there for the US. Not worth one American life.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. MSA

    Everybody know that Inida is doing everyhting to break the Hell loose in Pakistan , they wan to Isolate Pakistan. They are the one who is terrorising the country, so no one wants to Invest in the country. Wake up guys.. Pakistan is the victim of terrrorism...

    May 2, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. well therre it is

    Another example of American short-term memory problems. Please try to remember more than the past four years folks. Pakistan is a nuclear country having conducted six tests in 1998. They border on India, Iran, and Afghanistan amongst others including Kashmir which is a disputed territory with another nuclear power, India. Not to mention the majority Muslim population of Pakistan has fundamental differences with India's Hindu population and military action has occurred many times. Yes, Pakistan is of interest to the U.S. but perhaps not to the uneducated.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. zzk

    Guys.. where is the love

    we are all the same..

    May 2, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. fed up

    I don't know why you are all upset over this, nowhere does it state that it was a terrorist attack. It simply states a fire broke out, probably a circuit was over heated.... check your facts first.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. James

    I used to work there. That place was an electrical nightmare waiting to happen. Everything was overloaded.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nouman A. Siddiqui

    Americans are victims of their own pathetic leadership for the past 3 decades! This dates back to the time since American foriegn policy became ferociously active in Middle East and Asia! I ask, what is America's interest beyond it's borders? A Super-power pass to mandate?

    Remember! The possibilities are endless! Every thing falls only when its at its peak!

    May 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cindy

    The reason we need to stay friends with this country is because they have NUKES. What would you prefer? Would you want them to fall to the Taliban and be taken over by those type of extremists? You would want those nukes to fall into the hands of the Taliban? Consider how close Afghanistan and Pakistan are. Look at our own country and how much rhetoric has taken over. Now consider us not paying any attention to what goes on in Pakistan and letting the people of that land become more like in mind with the Taliban.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yaara

    "Leave Pakistan, is no interest there for the US. Not worth one American life."

    Embassies serve a more important function for Americans than you seem to think. Even if there were "no interest [in Pakistan] for the U.S." (and actually Pakistan is very important to us at the moment), it would be vital to maintain an Embassy there. Without our Embassies and Consulates, how would we be able to visit and monitor the treatment of American citizens held in foreign jails? Who would issue new passports to American tourists and businesspeople who are robbed or who lose their travel documents overseas? Who would help Americans who are injured or die overseas? That's aside from the other important functions Embassies carry out - reporting on events as they happen, furthering our public diplomacy interests, negotiating with foreign governments. I'd say that the less friendly our relationship is with a foreign government, the more important it is for us to have an Embassy there.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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