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Pakistanis Debate Their Future On Facebook

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sanjeev Bery

As the Pakistani military rains fire down upon villagers and Taliban alike, Pakistanis and members of the diaspora are engaged in numerous online debates about the future of their country.

Swat Valley Could Be Worst Refugee Crisis Since Rwanda, UN Warns

The Guardian | Declan Walsh in Islamabad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The human exodus from the war-torn Swat valley in northern Pakistan is turning into the world's most dramatic displacement crisis since the Rwandan ge...

Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Banned Group Helping Pakistani Refugees

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARDAN, Pakistan — Members of a charity banned for its alleged links to the Mumbai terror attack have resurfaced in northwestern Pakistan under ...

Pakistani Women Protest Taliban But Support Islamic Law (VIDEO)

Link TV - Global Pulse | Evelyn Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Evelyn Messinger | Link TV - Global Pulse In February, the now-famous video of a young woman being flogged by Taliban brought women in cities across...

Taliban, Swat Outlook 'Pretty Bleak' For Pakistani Army

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pakistan's fight against the Taliban has a limited chance of success because of the army's inexperience and its refusal to accept help from the west, ...

Pakistani Refugees Reach 1.3 Million In Northwest

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARDAN, Pakistan — Helicopters dropped Pakistani commandos into a Taliban stronghold in the Swat Valley on Tuesday, pressing ahead with an offen...

Pakistani President Zardari Absence Drawing Fire

FT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The absence of Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari from his country at a time when military operations against the Taliban have triggered the bigges...

Solving Kashmir

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If Pakistan and India could declare peace and accept a line through the region as their final national boundaries, it could pay off huge dividends in the fight against terrorists.

Curfew's lift lets more flee Pakistani valley

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MINGORA, Pakistan — Tens of thousands of civilians, many on foot or donkey-led carts, took advantage of a lifted curfew to flee Pakistan's embat...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs : AfPak War and Understanding Facts: Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani officially announced a military offens...

Pakistan Refugees Number In The Hundreds Of Thousands

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARDAN, Pakistan — Pakistan's army vowed Friday to eliminate militants from a northwestern valley but warned that its under-equipped troops face...

Swat: Thousands Of Pakistanis Flee Flighting

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARDAN, Pakistan — Thousands of Pakistanis skirted burning military trucks Thursday as they fled clashes between Taliban militants and the army ...

Taliban's Popularity Linked To Perception It Will Lift Pakistanis From Poverty

Huffington Post Contributor | Emi Foulk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

by Emi Foulk The swelling power of the Taliban in Pakistan - or "Talibanistan," as The Nation so pithily put it - has caused much alarm amongst Ameri...

Swat Valley: Pakistanis Flee As Peace Deal Collapses (PHOTOS)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MINGORA, Pakistan — Black-turbaned Taliban militants seized government buildings, laid mines and fought security forces Tuesday in the Swat Vall...

Pakistan-Taliban Fighting Threatens Fragile Peace Deal

AP | ASIF SHAHZAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PESHAWAR — A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a vehicle carrying paramilitary forces in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, kill...


Huffington Post Contributor | Farrukh Rehan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

by Farrukh Rehan Every morning I roll out of bed and scan the papers on the net. Today, like most days, I find something distressing about Pakistan. ...

Pakistan Expands Taliban Assault

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pakistani fighter aircraft are raiding suspected Taliban bases in the country's Buner district, a military spokesman has said, in an apparent widening...

Taliban: Pakistan Peace Pact Is "Worthless"

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani military offensive against insurgent hideouts prompted suspension of controversial peace talks with the Taliban Monday, ...

Pakistan: Who's To Blame?

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

US attacks on tribal areas in Pakistan have done nothing to reduce the Taliban's influence, but rather have backfired and strengthened it politically.

Buner Retreat: Pakistani Taliban Pull Back To Swat Stronghold

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban militants packed up their grenade launchers Friday and vacated a district they overran outside the country's capita...

Pakistan Nearing Collapse

Atlantic Council | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"The move by Taliban-backed militants into the Buna district of northwestern Pakistan, closer than ever to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad, have promp...

Buner Pakistan: Taliban Militants Move To Expand Control Outside Swat Valley

AP | ZARAR KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Taliban militants have extended their grip in northwestern Pakistan, pushing out from a valley where the government has agreed to im...

Taliban: Bin Laden Welcome In Pakistan's Swat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Taliban in Pakistan's Swat says the group will welcome militants from Saudi-Arabia and other Arab countries who intend to settle in the valley. ...

Pakistan Taliban Exploit Class Rifts To Gain Power

New York Times | JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Taliban have advanced deeper into Pakistan by engineering a class revolt that exploits profound fissures between a small gro...

Pakistan-Taliban Truce Will Have 'Horrible Impacts' On Afghanistan: Karzai Spokesman

Quqnoos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan government terms the peace pact with the Pakistani Taliban reinforcement to the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan Afghan President's Spoke...