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Britain, US, others pledge billions to Pakistan

According to British conservative newspaper The Telegraph, the United Kingdom and the United States are leading a group of countries that have pledged $5 billion to Pakistan:

More than $5 billion (£3 billion) has already been pledged, $2.5 billion of which has been earmarked to help rebuild homes, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals decimated in the Pakistan Army's operation to break the Taliban's control over the the Swat valley....

NYC benefit concert for Pakistani IDPs 8/18 TOMORROW-- DJ Rekha!

Come support an emergency benefit concert on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 (at 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY, from 730-11pm, tickets $8 advance, $10 at the door) to raise money for Pakistani IDPs. DJ Rekha of Basement Bhangra, K-Salaam, and performances by The Kominas and AbstractVision.

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.

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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
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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.

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Appeal For Donations for Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan

We're hoping to write something longer on Pakistan soon, but I thought I would pass on this appeal in the meantime.  I don't know enough about this situation and haven't researched many of the organisations below to understand how relief fits in with my politics here, so please act on and send on as and how you see fit.  You can see the original unexcerpted text at the website linked above.

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 religĀ­ious freedoms.

Article Author: 
Declan Walsh
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