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. AB

    OK, it's apparently an established fact in the minds of some posters here that the USA is terrorizing Pakistan. Yeah, that logic is rock solid. Sooooo, The USA is giving billions in aid to Pakistan. The USA is also terrorizing Pakistan by setting off bombs within Pakistan. That's the perfect strategy: help a country build itself up by giving them lots of $$$, all the while planning on ways to blow up parts of the country. In other words, the US helps Pakistan build that it will have targets to blow up?!!?!!? That must be the most expensive terrorist strategy in the history of the world! But I'm sure the American media has brainwashed me into failing to see the logic in this argument.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I hate stupid people

    AB you must be one of these conspericy theory nuts who believes that the government is out to get you, let me guess you got tin foil on your windows to block the satalites from seeing you. Seriously people you need to stop watching fox news which is one of the biggest brainwashers of all, and actually get out and see the world see that the USA is out there helping people. Any of you see the support that we provided to hatti after the quake next thing your going to tell me that the US government caused that just so we could wast money rebuilding there country.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rkhan

    Looks like a lot of Indians scribbling nonsense on this board. Especially the very first two comments posted two minutes apart.hah

    May 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GH

    AM – not sure where you get your news or where you live. Whatever you watch or read or obtain your education, you should switch it all because you are being filled with poison.
    You have a right to speak your mind, but your pure ignorance is alarming. Your comments are right out of a cartoon book.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yahawaha

    paki's love being compared to India. One can see why. Its a failed state. Period. Coming to people who live in pakisthan, they are not native to the subcontinent nor were they brought here by force. They came here to pillage the resources, did their thing for almost five centuries and when the plundering was going to stop, demanded a seperate state and it was good that the region got rid of them.
    People here decrying Indians should read history before posting comments. Indians never claimed what wasn't theirs and infact left claims to somethings which were rightfully theirs. The philosophy of an average Indian differs vastly from an average pakisthani and we are proud of that fact. By this alone India will remain long after pakisthan goes to dogs.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry Mullin Jr.

    I love it....

    International Affairs for Dummies. Or maybe it's by Dummies. Stop pretending to understand things you don't, start reading more than internet blogs and short CNN news stories, and start trying to figure out how the world really works.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. omer

    fire erupted...reason unknown, but some ignorant Americans are really quick to jump to the conclusion of terror attack. Awesome !!! God bless you.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BofWisconsin

    The Pakistani government is fighting terrorism. I'm glad the racist nuts commenting aren't in charge.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joanna

    Stay in afghanistan and pakistan. When terrorists attack, collateral damage happens. It's better for us if they kill their own people than our innocent civilians with the damage.

    If we left, they would take the fight to us, endangering all of us–if we can keep them occupied half a world away... since dumb religious extremists are dumb and they'll never learn, that sounds like a win in my book.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sree

    Post 32, by Mr Rajesh is spot on , logically , precisely! Whtz it got to do with India? Oh , the english oxford coins it, 'Jealousy'. Sure , its your right.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sree

    And dudes, I am happy with staying in India, calm and peaceful, enough for everyone, and don't worry about me invading/intruding you guys – call it, self-satisfied humans! Hope that meets some peace. Suggestion : fix yourselves first, then may be , if time permits, blame others. Same applies to us indians. Now get back to work!

    May 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fermin

    We need Packistan like a someone in a pit full of snakes needs to be thrown a spiked and burning rope. Climbing the robe will burn the hands and cut them with each reach and pull, but waiting for the snakes to do their lethal business is suicidal.

    Pakistan has always wanted chaos in Afghanistan so it could have a greater influence on what happens there, The rise of the Mujeheddin against Russia was fostered by Pakistan (with US Money). After Russia pulled out of Afghanistan, and then the US declared victory and stopped exerting any influence towards stability there, Pakistan and its secret services Ithe ISI) had all the influence (strategic depth) in Afghanistan it always wanted.

    Now the Pakistan government is schizophrenic – it controls the ISI, but there is a Rump Rogue ISI still in place – that is the lesson of the Mumbai Terrorist Attack.

    Taliban, and Al Queda and the Rogue ISI are the snakes in Pakistan, and the Courageous, and sometimes The Pakistani Military, and Seret Services are the burning spiked rope. We can't take or support any steps for stability in Afghanistan or Pakistan without creating collateral damage to US own interests and and those of a future stable, governable Pakistan.

    There is a power struggle between the Rogue ISI, the Pakistan Military, the Politicians, and the Tribal and Terrorist belligerants.

    To that, we add a 60-year old hot and cold convential and Nuclear terror between Pakistan and India and you have a mess.

    Walking away would be like pouring Kerosene on the same problem that led to 9/11, only much much worse.

    The most accessible parallel I can think of for Pakistan-Afghanistan is Iran-Iraq.

    Iran wants Iraq as an unstable state, or a client state, so it has more room and resources to play with, in its ideological struggle with the Sunni Arabs and the European powers. Iraqi instability provides an arena for attacking US interests directly and through terrorist and extremist Shia proxies.

    In a similar vein the Nationalist and Islamic extremists in the Army and ISI keep frustrating the ambitions of stabilizing Pakistan and Afghanistan so they can prevent the US and India from rooting them out entirely.

    We deal with them at our own peril, and leave the region to be ruled by fatalistic, chaos-loving tyrants. They will create the conditiosns and necessity for us, or our proxies, to return and deal with them later. Guarenteed.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jigga

    US has to maintain good relations with pakistan because they need a base to fight terrorism in that region. pakistan is a terrorist state but its better of the two evils.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. c. m. mody

    Of course any country with majority muslim population is a hotbed for terrorist training to impliment Jihad world wide against non muslims. This country should not permit any pakistani or any other muslims to come on its soil. They are all intorents of any other religion freedom and justice and are all potential terrorist. Instead this country should pramote Buddhist immigration. Most tolerant hard working peace loving individuals.

    posted by a loyal citizen

    May 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jack

    On the somewhat related issue of nuclear weapons, how does our USA defend its philosophy against nuclear weapons knowing our own history regarding the same?

    May 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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