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Pakistan Considers Changing Laws To Prosecute Mumbai Attackers

Article Date: 
24 Jan 2009

Pakistan is prepared to amend its laws in the wake of the Mumbai attacks to help it prosecute militants who had committed acts of terror outside its borders, the country's prime minister has said.

Yousuf Raza Gilani told the Financial Times that his government was serious in its resolve to investigate and bring to justice those suspected of masterminding the devastating November strike on India's financial centre.

Article Source: 
Financial Times

President orders air strikes on villages in tribal area

Article Date: 
24 Jan 2009

Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people.

Article Author: 
Ewen MacAskill
Article Source: 
The Guardian

State of Emergency: Washington's Role

By: on 4 Nov 2007

A state of emergency has been declared in Pakistan, with General Musharraf finally wearing his true hat, that of a Martial Law Administrator. This declaration puts the democracy movement back a long way.

But what kind of democracy movement is it anyway? The national opposition to Musharraf and military control is in fact opposition to the Pakistani Army’s actions against militants in the Northern Areas, which has led to the destruction of villages and thousands of civilian casualties, retaliation against government and military installations: a civil war by any other name. The opposition to these actions comes in two forms: political and civil society calls for the restoration of democracy and attacks on government installations.

It goes almost without saying that the conflict spreading through the Northern Areas is pushed ahead by the United States’ expectations of Pakistan’s role in the War on Terror. These expectations are not shared by most Pakistanis. Therein lies the problem.

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