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Pakistan Crisis

Even Without a Coup, the Military Has Already Won in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Many Pakistanis are torn between their support for democracy and civilian control of the military, on the one hand, and their desire for social and political reform, on the other. Just as Sharif is the flawed advocate of democracy, Khan and Qadri's calls for reform have been tainted by their covert ties with the military and its intelligence arms.

Pakistan's Protest Leader Looks Isolated As Crisis Reaches Crossroads

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

By Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated ...

Pakistan Launches Offensive Against Militants Near Afghan Border

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and ASIF SHAHZAD | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army Sunday launched a long-awaited operation against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan ...

Ethnic Impasse: A Problem of the Past

Mariam Khan | Posted 04.28.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The present government needs to realize that Pakistan should not repeat the events of 1971 when Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan, separated from its Western part. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, serious consideration should be given towards equal rights for all classes and groups.

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

Activist For Poor Latest Victim Of Karachi Chaos

AP | ADIL JAWAD and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.14.2013 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan — Gunmen shot and killed a pioneering Pakistani activist in Karachi who helped bring services like sewer and water to the city...

The State's Role in Pakistan's Ethnic Violence

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Aziz Nayani

The Pakistani state was instrumental in creating an environment that promoted religious and ethnic discrimination, and it is now guilty of inaction - allowing for persecution and violence to exist without putting up any resistance.

Pakistani Women Scale New Heights

Kiran Nazish | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Kiran Nazish

Eight young women from Shimshal, Hunza, lead by Karachi-based, independent filmmaker, Shehrbano Saiyid, broke several records when they conquered three peaks with temperatures dipping -10 or less, at the Karakoram Range, in Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Expectations for the New ISI Chief

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

No matter how attractive or sought after a job can be, it is never easy taking on a role that immediately requires damage control on multiple fronts. By becoming the new Director General of Pakistan's notorious intelligence agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence.

Pakistani Government Bows To Supreme Court Demand

AP | ASIF SHAHZAD | Posted 03.20.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's prime minister struck a conciliatory tone in an appearance before the Supreme Court Thursday, trying to cool down a polit...

Pakistani President Travels To Dubai Amid Deepening Political Crisis

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's president left the country Thursday for what was described as a one-day private visit to Dubai, officials said. during a ...

Pakistan's Political Crisis Escalates

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 03.12.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's prime minister fired the defense secretary Wednesday in a dispute over a memo sent to Washington that has enraged the arm...

Exclusive: NPR's Steve Inskeep Talks About His New Book on Karachi: Can Pakistan Turn the Corner?

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.31.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, has written a most readable, informative, entertaining, and provocative narrative of contemporary Karachi. I recently had an email discussion with Inskeep about the city and the region.

U.S.-Pakistan Shipwreck: China Profits, Again

Barry Lando | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Barry Lando

The killing of 24 Pakistan troops by NATO forces is just the latest disastrous chapter in U.S.-Pakistan relations. As affairs go from bad to catastrophic, it's not just the Taliban who will benefit, but also China.

Wave Of Violence In Pakistan Kills Dozens In Two Days

AP | ASHRAF KHAN | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan — Suspected gang members killed 39 people in two days in Pakistan's largest city, with many of the victims tortured, shot and ...

A Double Game in Pakistan? More Like Double Shame

Rob Asghar | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
Rob Asghar

In a nation of 180 million people, only two million Pakistanis pay taxes. This may at first glance seem a tragic consequence of poverty, but bear in mind that roughly 30 percent of Pakistanis live in poverty, not 99 percent.

Swat Valley: A Return To Hell

Foreign Policy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On a sunny afternoon last fall, I took a Chinook helicopter flight to the grounds of a former boarding school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where I drank...

Pakistan Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Terrorism will always make headlines, but given the political jockeying in Pakistan, many media groups are running alarmist, nearly hysterical headlines predicting the imminent doom of Pakistani democracy.

The Most Dangerous Place

Imtiaz Gul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Imtiaz Gul

f you are wondering why violence in Pakistan has been sharply spiking with every US military surge in Afghanistan, you will find a concise primer in my book.

Musharraf Cometh?

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

On Friday, Imran Farooq, a founding leader of MQM, the fourth-largest political party in Pakistan, was stabbed to death in London. Since 2009, more than 200 MQM workers and supporters have been the victims of targeted killings.

The Great Pakistani Deluge Never Happened

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Juan Cole

The Great Deluge in Pakistan passed almost unnoticed in the US despite Obama's repeated assertions that the country is central to American security. Now, it has washed almost completely off American television and out of popular consciousness.

What Does Pakistan Have to Do With Haiti?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

The floods in Pakistan are proving as devastating in every way as the Haitian earthquake, with the difference that Pakistan is a nation of not 8 million but 170 million people.

Why Is Pakistan Not Getting the Aid it Needs?

Beenish Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beenish Ahmed

Has the world grown weary of opening its wallets to natural disasters? Or is Pakistan a special case, one mired in a complexity that works against the generosity of potential donors?

Pakistan Deserves the Same Humanitarian Support as Haiti

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Samuel A. Worthington

We know from the outpouring of support and concern after the earthquake in Haiti that even during these difficult economic times, we as a country are capable of so much more to Pakistan.

Why the Unfolding Disaster in Pakistan Should Concern You

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Reich

The U.S. has pledged $150 million to Pakistan's flood victims while we've spent over $100 billion this year on military maneuvers to defeat the Taliban in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. This is bizarre and shameful.