Pakistan

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Pak: How did they triumph?

Article Date: 
21 Mar 2009

The movement for the restoration of the judiciary makes Pakistani civil society proud of its achievement. It is awesome how ordinary professionals struggled for two years to ensure that a civilian and military dictatorship did not obstruct the move for the independence of the judiciary.

Article Author: 
Ayesha Siddiqa

Pakistan's chief justice retires

Article Date: 
21 Mar 2009

Pakistan's Supreme Court chief justice retired Saturday, opening the way for the restoration of a judge ousted by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and championed by opponents of the current pro-Western government.

Article Source: 
Associated Press

Pakistan's clear message to the West

Article Date: 
21 Mar 2009

Not surprisingly, when lawyers and ordinary citizens took to the streets in 2007, there was mostly collective silence from Pakistan's key Western allies. Former President George W. Bush went so far as to describe Musharraf as "a solid friend" who deserved the United States' continued support. Although the U.S. spoke of spreading democracy to the Muslim world, it did nothing publicly to help this most democratic of peoples' movements.

Article Author: 
Mustafa Qadri
Article Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Senate polls today: 69 in the run for 19 seats

Article Date: 
4 Mar 2009

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party is all set to emerge as the single largest party in the Upper House with the completion of the crucial process of Senate elections today (Wednesday).

All the candidates from Sindh and Punjab (11 from each province), seven general seats from NWFP and one general seat from Islamabad have already been elected un-opposed as a result of a political understanding reached between various political parties.

Article Author: 
Iftikhar A. Khan
Article Source: 
Dawn

Pakistan sets up 'mobile courts'

Article Date: 
2 Mar 2009

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has issued a decree to establish mobile courts that can adjudicate on minor offences on the spot, officials say.

The purpose of the courts is to deliver quick justice "at the doorstep" in remote areas, they say.

Opposition parties fear the courts will be used to target their activists.

The decree comes as protests are planned by a number of opposition groups and legal circles over the next few weeks.

Article Author: 
M Ilyas Khan
Article Source: 
BBC News

Pakistan’s growing reliance on remittances amid political instability

Article Date: 
18 Jan 2009

Remittances to Pakistan rose by 24.0% year-on-year in July-November 2007, demonstrating the importance of the emigrant community. Remittances in fiscal year 2006/07 reached 4.3% of GDP. This has helped Pakistan's economy to remain relatively resilient to political turbulence. Since a growing amount of remittances come from the Middle East rather than the USA, this should provide some insulation in the event of a slowdown in the US economy.

Article Author: 
Media Eghbal
Article Source: 
Euromonitor International

EU, Pakistan sign aviation deal

Article Date: 
25 Feb 2009

full story:

The FINANCIAL -- According to EU business, the European Union and Pakistan on February 24 signed a civil aviation deal, allowing EU-based airlines to operate flights to Pakistan from any EU state which already has an agreement with Islamabad.

"The agreement signed today is good news for both Pakistani and EU airlines as well as for passengers as it removes the legal uncertainty" from existing bilateral deals, said EU Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani.

Article Source: 
The Financial

Obama Widens Missile Strikes in Pakistan

Article Date: 
20 Feb 2009
Article Author: 
MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID E. SANGER
Article Source: 
New York Times

Probe still continuing: PM

Article Date: 
31 Jan 2009

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday that Pakistan was carrying out investigations into the Mumbai terror attacks and would share its findings with the world.

Article Author: 
someone
Article Source: 
Dawn

U.S. Envoy To Visit Pakistan, Afghanistan Soon

Article Date: 
25 Jan 2009

This is encouraging - doesn't make up for the airstrikes killings though.

Article Source: 
Daily Times
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