Pakistan

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Pakistani offensive 'nears end'

Article Date: 
19 Jun 2009

The military offensive against Taliban militants entrenched in north-western Pakistan is nearly over, the defence minister has said.

Article Source: 
BBC

Thousands flee life made 'worse than hell' by violence in Pakistan

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Young and old, poor and prosperous, sick and healthy -- residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley continue to flee the violence that has erupted there as the military clashes with the Taliban.

Those who have fled tell of the whole valley being turned into a battlefield as citizens run away, many of them with no shoes and some elderly. They fall ill from sun and heat exposure -- particularly infants and those already weak and sick -- as they flee.

Article Author: 
Ingrid Formanek and Zeeshan Ali
Article Source: 
CNN

Eyewitnesses: Inside Swat

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

The military operation against Taliban militants continues in Pakistan's north-western district of Swat. It is hard to get news from the war zone, other than the official version. The communications network has been destroyed and all journalists have left the region. But the BBC Urdu service's Abdul Hai Kakar has managed to speak to two people in the main town of Mingora. The names have been changed for security reasons.

Article Source: 
BBC

Ethnic violence erupts in Pakistani city

Article Date: 
1 May 2009

Ethnic violence broke out in Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi Wednesday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

Karachi, Pakistan's commercial hub and the capital of southern Sindh province, has a long history of ethnic, religious and sectarian violence but the sprawling city has been relatively peaceful in recent years.

Article Author: 
Imtiaz Shah, Zeeshan Haider, Matthew Jones
Article Source: 
Reuters

Pakistan bows to demand for sharia law in Taliban-controlled Swat Valley

Article Date: 
14 Apr 2009

In Swat, some residents celebrated in the streets, hoping the law would herald a return of peace to the violence-ridden valley, home to a ski resort and a one-time honeymooners' favourite. But that outcome was far from certain.

Human rights activists condemned the law, worrying it would presage the spread of Taliban rule to other parts of Pakistan. "I don't think this law is going to appease the Taliban. It's just going to give them a taste of victory," said Asma Jahangir, the United Nations special rapporteur on relig­ious freedoms.

Article Author: 
Declan Walsh
Article Source: 
Guardian

Pakistan: women's quest for entitlement

Article Date: 
9 Apr 2009

The emancipation of women is often linked to the progress of a society in transformation from a feudal society to a modern state. The story of women in the country that became Pakistan can indeed be told in such terms: as part of a struggle for advancement with education at its centre, and linked at critical moments to wider goals of national emancipation and social reform.

Article Author: 
Pippa Virdee
Article Source: 
Open Democracy

Obama Rules Out US Troops in Pakistan

Article Date: 
29 Mar 2009

"As he carries out a retooled strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama says he will consult with Pakistan's leaders before pursuing terrorist hideouts in that country.

Obama said U.S. ally Pakistan needs to be more accountable, but ruled out deploying U.S. troops there. ''Our plan does not change the recognition of Pakistan as a sovereign government,'' the president told CBS' ''Face the Nation'' in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Article Source: 
AP

Why aren’t we acting now?

Article Date: 
21 Mar 2009

This article poses two questions: on the day after US/Nato forces invade and occupy some of Balochistan and Waziristan, what will we say we should have done, and why aren’t we doing it now? Is this far-fetched?

Article Author: 
Arshad Zaman
Article Source: 
Dawn

CIA chief in Pakistan amid missile strike furor

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

The new director of the CIA held high-level talks in Pakistan on Saturday after a provincial leader warned against expanding U.S. missile strikes on al-Qaida and Taliban targets inside the country's thinly policed border with Afghanistan.

Leon Panetta arrived in Pakistan on his first overseas trip since taking office as the Obama administration seeks a strategy to turn around the faltering war against Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan.

Article Source: 
Associated Press

Chief Justice Iftikhar assumes office charge

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

Chief Justice, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary has taken charge of his office here after mid night.

Article Source: 
Dawn
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