iOS app Android app

Spotlight on Pakistan

A Tale of Two amendments -- What the 18th Amendment Means for the People and Politicians of Pakistan

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

The 18th amendment was a watershed in Pakistan. Politicians who were democratically elected put aside bickering to pass a comprehensive set of changes that hark back to the spirit of 1973.

Wailing Over Veiling

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

My personal likes and dislikes do not offer a sufficient raison de'etre to unveil anyone. And neither do yours.

Spotlight On Pakistan

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Spotlight on Pakistan project is a joint HuffPost World and HuffPost Eyes&Ears initiative to cover the political crisis in Pakistan from the groun...

Taliban Returns To Pakistan; Immediate New Offensive By Pak Army In Waziristan Unlikely

Naveen Naqvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naveen Naqvi

Now if the Pakistani Taliban have regrouped and found a leader in the newly elected Hakeemullah Mehsud, is it a good time for the Pakistan military to launch a new offensive in Waziristan?

Pakistan's Ordinance Giving Internal Political Autonomy To Northern Jammu, Kashmir Means Little

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

Pakistan's Empowerment and Self-Governance Ordinance falls short of local demands and provides only a change in nomenclature rather than genuine political reform.

Minus One, Two or Three: Pakistani Politics Is Business Unusual

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Given that a concentrated campaign is underway to ensure that due democratic process is freed from future army interference and Pakistan is stabilized in the face of persistent existentialist threats, decapitating the political system by removing party heads is not smart.

Urban Pak Youth Meet With Their Swat Counterparts To Work Towards Change

Nosheen Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nosheen Abbas

This retreat was organized by youths from Islamabad in order to share a message of progressive tolerance.

Afghan Elections Give Pakistan Bleak Hope

Naveen Naqvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naveen Naqvi

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.

Elite Pakistani Students Pick Up Trash To Clean Up The Country

Nosheen Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nosheen Abbas

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.

Lack of Coverage on Transgendered Pakistanis Shows Bias in US Media

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sanjeev Bery

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.

Baitullah Mehsud's Death Raises Questions About Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan's Stability

Ahsan Butt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahsan Butt

For once, Asif Zardari can prove useful to Pakistan. He must remind Pakistanis that it was his wife that was killed by Baitullah in the midst of a vicious campaign of violence to destabilize Pakistan in the years of 2007 and 2008.

New Domestic Abuse Law Gives Pakistani Women Hope

Naveen Naqvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naveen Naqvi

In third world countries such as Pakistan, domestic violence is a huge problem. At the moment, however, Pakistani humanitarian agencies and women's rights groups are cautiously celebrating.

Pakistan's Kids Work As Garbage Collectors To Make Ends Meet

Zeinab Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zeinab Khan

Without the use of any instruments, face masks and gloves, these scavengers filter through rubbish in search of paper, plastic, metal and any other recyclable material.

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.

Christian Pakistanis, Called "America's Dogs," Have Long History Of Persecution In Punjab

Naveen Naqvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Naveen Naqvi

Worshipers said that as the gunmen opened fire they declared Pakistan would become a graveyard of Christians to avenge deaths in Afghanistan.

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.

Musharraf's Emergency Rule Illegal, Pakistan Court Rules

Maria Tirmizi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Maria Tirmizi

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared the November 3rd, 2007 actions of former president Pervez Musharraf extra-judicial, illegal and unconstitutional.

Conflicting Reports on Pakistan and Quality Reporting

Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Palevsky

Thanks to over a hundred Eyes & Ears investigators who signed up through News Trust, we have highlighted some great journalism on the situation in Pakistan.

What Clinton's Trip to India Meant for Pakistan

Naveen Naqvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naveen Naqvi

As long as we're anxious about the Indians, he argues, we'll keep our troops on the eastern border rather than bring them in to fight the Taliban in Waziristan or deploy them along the Balochistan border in case of spillover from the latest US offensive in Afghanistan.

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.

Explosive Remnants Of War Provide Employment Opportunities For Afghans

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

Unlike most mine action projects in Afghanistan where trained deminers come from elsewhere to remove landmines and unexploded ordnance, community-based demining utilizes a local workforce that is recruited, trained, and employed by an Afghan NGO that oversees all aspects of the operation.

IDP Resettlement A Crucial Step To Keeping Extremism At Bay

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

It was the historic lack of government involvement and social alienation that allowed Islamic militants gain a foothold in the North-Western regions in the first place.

Drone Attacks: Bombs in The Air Versus Boots on The Ground

Kalsoom Lakhani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kalsoom Lakhani

If the strategic costs outweigh the tactical benefits of using drones, why does the US continue to champion such a policy? The answer seems to be: because it is their best worst option.

Pakistan Refugees Reluctant To Return For Lack Of Trust In Government Security

Kalsoom Lakhani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kalsoom Lakhani

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.

More Clarity Needed About Pakistan's Swat Operation

Madiha Sattar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madiha Sattar

More and clearer information would go a long way towards winning over a still- skeptical public burned by three failed operations in the past.