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Pakistan Democracy

Why Pakistanis Don't Like Us: 'Crazy' Times in Islamabad

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Asghar

Pakistani President Asif Zardari is being pressured to leave office in the wake of a high court ruling in Islamabad. This poses a dilemma for Washington as the U.S. government seeks to help stabilize Pakistan.

Can the Center Hold?

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The center is the Pak Army, and the central question today is whether the Army, the steel frame of Pakistani society, can hold the line against the rising tide of Islamist radicalism.

Pakistani Army Fighting The Taliban (VIDEO): Amazing Footage From New PBS Documentary

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"NOW on PBS" has obtained some amazing footage of the Pakistani army taking the fight to the Taliban in Waziristan as part of its look at the U.S.'s ...

What Have We Done to Democracy?

Arundhati Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arundhati Roy

What happens now that democracy and the free market have fused into a single predatory organism with a thin, constricted imagination that revolves almost entirely around the idea of maximizing profit?

Pakistan's Poverty Bomb and the Hypocrisy of Elite Classes

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Pakistan is one of those unfortunate countries where the elite classes have virtually taken over every aspect of life and have left no breathing space for the public.

Screaming Joe Wilson: Newt Gingrich's Frankenstein

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

If congressional politics are inside baseball, Newt Gingrich completely upended the playing field. Joe Wilson isn't an accident, he's an outcome.

Musharraf Admits U.S. Aid Diverted To Strengthen Defense Against India

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Former president Pervez Musharraf says the US military aid given to Pakistan during his tenure was used to strengthen defences against India. The mon...

A.Q. Khan, "Father" of Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb, Speaks Out

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

Though Dr. Khan is no longer associated with Pakistan's nuclear establishment, his pardon and release could embolden others for indulging in illicit nuclear proliferation activities.

A Landmark Ruling Beats Back The Apocalyptic Four

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hisham Wyne

The Supreme Court ruling of the '07 coup as illegal, is the first of its kind in Pakistan's history; a categorical rejection of military rule, with the potential to galvanize the democratic process.

A Pakistani Visits Home A Decade Later

Taimur Khilji | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Taimur Khilji

Little or no attention is being paid, however, to what the country has: a vibrant youth, a relatively free media, and a growing business community.

Musharraf 2007 Emergency Rule Declared Illegal By Pakistani Court

AP | ASIF SHAHZAD and NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state of emergency former President Pervez Musharraf imposed in 2007 was unconstituti...

Summoning Musharraf To Court Sends Out A "Crucial" Message For Pakistan

Maria Tirmizi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Maria Tirmizi

The development has historic significance in a country where Martial Law has been imposed four times, each one accompanied by a nod from a submissive Supreme Court.

Zardari Bans Jokes Ridiculing Him, Gets Ridiculed

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Under Pakistan's new Cyber Crimes Act, anyone who sends an insult or joke "slander[s] the political leadership of the country" through text, email, bl...

Sharif Acquitted: Pakistani Court Dismisses 1999 Hijacking Charge, Lifts Ban Against Running For Office

AP | RASOOL DAWAR and MUNIR AHMAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MIR ALI, Pakistan — Pakistani fighter jets flattened a suspected Taliban hide-out in the northwest early Saturday, killing six associates of a t...

June 8 2009: news update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

Obama makes first stop on trip in Saudi Arabia, saying he wanted to visit place where "Islam began." Does not mention it's also place where 9/11 began.

Pakistan's Genuine Democrats in Peril

Damian Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Damian Murphy

A strong democracy in Pakistan is vital to U.S. interests. The best protectors and promoters of democracy in Pakistan have been its civil society and NGO community.

My Own Green Zone

Huffington Post Citizen Journalist | Peter Holley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Peter Holley, Huffington Post Contributor The two men on the television screen trotted across a grassy roundabout as they unleashed staccato bur...

A Primer on Pakistan: Why It Matters

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Asghar

The biggest reason that Pakistan is relevant is because it has somewhere between 50 and 90 nukes, and the powerful army has many leaders who sympathize with the Taliban

Dawn Reporter Killed, Mass Protest Planned In Pakistan

GroundReport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
GroundReport

Published by GroundReport.com, a global citizen news platform with over 4,000 international reporters. By Imran Schah Lahore-- Journalists across th...

Pakistan's Long March to Democracy

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wajahat Ali

The U.S., which provided support to General Zia and Musharraf's dictatorships, should use its diplomatic resources to force the reinstatement of Chief Justice Chaudhry and the independent judiciary.

What Comes After the Failed Policy of Containment: Review of Engaging the Muslim World

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anis Shivani

Engaging the Muslim World exposes the fallacies of recent myths constituting Islam Anxiety, and offers the first real alternative course of pragmatic engagement.

Islamabad Wire: Democracy Defeats Mob Politics in Pakistan

Farahnaz Ispahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Farahnaz Ispahani

With the issue that divided liberal democratic forces for several months settled, Pakistan can now focus on its real problems. Let it be said that in March, 2009 we chose democracy over mob rule.

Zardari's Weakness Exposed By Pakistan Riots

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary's return as chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, two years after his dismissal by Pervez Musharraf, the then militar...

Pakistan Marches, Crackdown Threaten Regional Stability

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The political and popular strife in Pakistan continues to escalate as police and government security officials attempt to stymie the rising tide of an...

Pakistan's Confused Militants

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

When a local ABC news crew began to interview the Indian family at the next table, I knew the militants had really awoken the... global media in a way their last foray in India did not.