Pakistan's Empowerment and Self-Governance Ordinance falls short of local demands and provides only a change in nomenclature rather than genuine political reform.
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This retreat was organized by youths from Islamabad in order to share a message of progressive tolerance.
Though Pakistanis had once bristled at the idea of being lumped in with the Afghan state, there is now a subtle admission that their futures are shared.
The recent killing of Baitullah Mehsud by a US-led drone attack still does not seem to work in favor of the drone attacks.
Tired of hearing people complain about what's wrong with Pakistan, these students decided to do something about it by meeting every Sunday to clean up trash.
For American reporters and editors, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.
Their caution, therefore, seems to be based on a lack of trust in the government to ensure services and security, as well as an overall fatigue from living with host families or in camps.
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