By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015
India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”
By Sampath Perera, 27 June 2015
The victims have died because of electricity outages, water supply shortages, inadequate healthcare facilities and government indifference.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015
Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.
By Athiyan Silva, 28 April 2015
The deal would allow China to largely circumvent the threat of a blockade of its energy imports by US and allied navies in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2015
The statement from the White House gives a glimpse of the reality of US drone warfare, in which thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered.
By Sampath Perera, 7 January 2015
With not a single opposing vote, Pakistan’s parliament has ceded to the military’s demands and voted to establish military courts.
By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014
Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 17 December 2014
The Pakistan Taliban sought to justify yesterday’s brutal attack as retaliation for the war the Pakistani state is waging, at Washington’s behest, in North Waziristan.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 October 2014
India and Pakistan have exchanged bellicose warnings over what are being described as the most serious border skirmishes in more than a decade.
By W.A. Sunil, 8 October 2014
Forcible deportations of Pakistan and Afghan asylum seekers from Sri Lanka continue after the court rejects a human rights appeal.
By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2014
The political impasse facing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has deepened, with protest leaders continuing to call for his resignation.
By Sampath Perera and K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2014
After a violent police crackdown last weekend, a discussion is now taking place within Pakistan’s political establishment on whether the military should take power.
By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014
Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”
By K. Ratnayake, 30 August 2014
The direct involvement of the army in the current political turmoil is an ominous sign that further inroads into democratic rights are being prepared.
By Sampath Perera, 21 August 2014
Prime Minister Sharif’s failure to contain the protests has led to media speculation of military backing for the effort to unseat the government.
By Sampath Perera, 15 August 2014
The so-called “Freedom March” is demanding Prime Minister Sharif’s resignation and the formation of an unelected interim government.
By Sampath Perera, 11 August 2014
Eight protesters died and hundreds were injured in violent clashes with police on Friday and Saturday.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move amounts to establishing military rule in the capital.
By Sampath Perera, 22 July 2014
The offensive has wrenched close to a million people from their homes, provoking a humanitarian crisis that threatens to become a catastrophe.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 16 July 2014
The Awami Workers Party and its international Pabloite allies are cheering on the military offensive the Pakistani state is mounting, in close collaboration with Washington, in North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 21 June 2014
In close coordination with Washington, Pakistan’s military has launched a brutal offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera, 11 June 2014
The attacks were triggered by the Pakistan military’s provocative air raids in the tribal region, especially North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2014
Despite the hoopla, there is nothing to suggest the meeting achieved anything apart from another pledge to restart the countries’ long-stalled “peace dialogue.”
By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2014
Up to 100 people have reportedly been killed, triggering a mass exodus of people fearing a full-scale military offensive, as demanded by Washington.
By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014
Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.
By Sampath Perera, 10 February 2014
The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance will give the military total legal immunity.
By Sampath Perera, 1 February 2014
Behind the drawn-out legal wrangling over Musharraf’s treason trial lie sharp differences in the country’s ruling elite.
By Sampath Perera, 25 January 2014
The Pakistani military offensive is part of a US campaign to crush opposition to its plans for keeping military bases in Afghanistan after a so-called “withdrawal.”
By Sampath Perera, 20 January 2014
The US secretary of state praised Pakistan’s brutal North Waziristan offensive, then demanded Islamabad do still more to support the US war in Afghanistan.
By Sampath Perera, 31 December 2013
Sharif made clear that he intends to rein in opposition to the drone strikes, in order to ensure US support.
By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013
Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 23 November 2013
Thursday’s attack—which killed at least six people, including several civilians—was only the second-ever US drone strike outside Pakistan’s tribal areas.
By Sampath Perera, 15 November 2013
Nasiruddin Haqqani—reputedly the chief financier of a Taliban-allied militia that functions on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border—was gunned down Sunday in the outskirts of Islamabad.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 November 2013
The past three months have seen a surge in cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistan military forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
By Sampath Perera, 4 November 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is caught between Pakistan's strategic alliance with the US on the one hand and mass popular opposition to the criminal drone war on the other.
By Sampath Perera, 26 October 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif concluded a four-day visit Wednesday after meeting with President Obama and other top US officials.
By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2013
Areas of Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest province, have been devastated in the country’s latest disaster.
By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2013
In exchange for a $6.6 billion bailout, the IMF is demanding strict austerity measures that will devastate the living conditions of workers and the poor.
By Sampath Perera, 23 September 2013
The attack on a church in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was designed to inflict maximum casualties.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2013
For more than three weeks, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery fire dails across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region.
By Sampath Perera, 24 August 2013
Pakistan’s government indicted former military strongman Pervez Musharraf for Bhutto’s 2007 assassination, escalating tensions with the military.
By Sampath Perera, 16 August 2013
The killing of five Indian soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region has resulted in a further escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 25 July 2013
Nawaz Sharif’s new government agreed to further austerity and pro-market reforms to be eligible for a bailout.
By Tom Hall, 4 July 2013
Tuesday’s attack in North Waziristan comes on the heels of a damning report on civilian casualties caused by drone strikes.
By Sampath Perera, 19 June 2013
The budget is a desperate attempt to encourage investment, while cutting public spending and imposing huge new burdens on the toiling masses.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2013
India alleges a junior Indian army officer was killed late last week when Pakistan’s military shelled Indian positions across the Line of Control.
By Sampath Perera, 7 June 2013
Sharif’s government will carry out right-wing economic policies and adhere to US policy in the region, including continued drone attacks.
By Niles Williamson, 30 May 2013
On Wednesday the US launched a drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region that killed at least seven people.
By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2013
Pakistan’s incoming prime minister has moved quickly to signal his readiness to work with Washington in prosecuting the AfPak War and with the International Monetary Fund in imposing punishing austerity measures.
By Keith Jones, 13 May 2013
Pakistani voters have decisively repudiated the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government.
By Sampath Perera, 11 May 2013
The ruling elite seeks to use the elections to lend a veneer of “democracy” to a neocolonial regime presiding over a society in a state of economic and political collapse.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 May 2013
The chairman of India’s National Security Advisory Board has warned Pakistan that if it ever uses battlefield nuclear weapons against Indian forces, it will be the target of an all-out Indian nuclear attack.
By Vilani Peiris, 8 May 2013
The former US-backed dictator of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, remains under house arrest, but the country’s interim government has balked at laying treason charges against him.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 4 May 2013
Pakistan’s May 11 national and provincial elections are meant to provide a democratic fig-leaf for IMF austerity, continuing war in Afghanistan, and a military-strategic alliance with Washington that has proven ruinous for the Pakistani people.
By Tom Carter, 20 April 2013
A series of recent articles by journalist Mark Mazzetti published in the New York Times have shed further light on the criminal activities of the US Central Intelligence Agency in Pakistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 20 April 2013
While Pakistan is in the midst of an election campaign, key decisions regarding the country’s acute economic crisis and the AfPak war are being taken behind the backs of the people.
By Sampath Perera, 23 March 2013
In accordance with Pakistan’s constitution, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led coalition government stepped down on March 16.
By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2013
According to the UN, the strikes launched by unmanned US drone aircraft in Pakistan are illegal.
By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 15 March 2013
Amid US threats of sanctions, Pakistan began construction of its portion of a pipeline supplying natural gas from neighbouring Iran.
By Sampath Perera, 26 February 2013
Indian opposition to the transfer of the Pakistani port to China points to the explosive geo-political tensions triggered by the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2013
The dangerous working conditions in the Ali Enterprises garment factories are the norm across Pakistan and in neighbouring countries competing for export orders and foreign investment.
By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 17 January 2013
The Pakistan Supreme Court timed its order for the prime minister’s arrest in order to boost a right-wing protest led by a pro-Army Muslim cleric.
By Sampath Perera, 15 January 2013
Tensions between India and Pakistan remain acute, with the two countries accusing each other of initiating the intermittent border clashes.
By K. Ratnayake, 12 January 2013
The highest number of deaths occurred in Quetta where a double bombing targeting the Shiite Hazara community killed at least 90 people.
By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013
Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.
By Keith Jones, 7 January 2013
India and Pakistan are trading accusations after a bloody clash over the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir early yesterday morning.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 January 2013
The latest attacks demonstrate that the drawdown of US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan will be accompanied by an expansion of illegal drone operations across the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2012
The High Court in London has rejected a request for a judicial inquiry into the alleged role of the UK’s GCHQ spying operation in aiding drone strikes by the US in Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2012
The executive board report made clear that a further bailout will require unprecedented pro-market “reforms.”
By Ali Ismail, 20 December 2012
Pakistan’s largest city is being ravaged by increasingly bloody ethnic and sectarian violence, as gangs associated with rival establishment political parties fight over turf and criminal rackets.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2012
Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone missile strike, is calling on the High Court to look into whether UK intelligence officials provided assistance and if they are liable for prosecution.
By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2012
More than half of the 116 million rural population lived in extreme poverty in the last decade.
Imperialism in the garb of human rights:
By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012
The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.
By Ali Ismail, 29 September 2012
A United Nations team investigating the fate of thousands of alleged “disappeared” in Balochistan was snubbed by the military and other leading Pakistani institutions during a 10-day visit earlier this month .
By Ernst Wolff, 28 September 2012
A new study, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” describes the terrorizing of Pakistan’s civilian population by US drone assaults.
By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2012
The protests in Pakistan last week were an expression of deepgoing anger among people against the American imperialism.
By Wije Dias, 19 September 2012
The fire was a particularly horrific product of the dangerous and oppressive conditions facing tens of millions of workers in Asia and around the world.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 September 2012
Successive provincial and national governments are responsible for the dangerous, unhealthy and oppressive conditions in the country’s factories.
By Sampath Perera, 15 September 2012
The US designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist group intensifies pressure on Pakistani and US forces to attack it inside Pakistan.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 September 2012
Pakistan’s worst ever industrial accident occurred when a fire erupted at a garment factory in Karachi on Tuesday evening.
By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2012
At least four CIA drone attacks took place last week in North Waziristan, killing more than 35 people.
By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2012
Supreme Court contempt of court charges could oust a prime minister for the second time this year.[
By Eric London, 2 August 2012
Tensions between the Obama administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 28 July 2012
The power struggle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan reflects the deep divisions within the country’s ruling elite.
By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2012
The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November.
By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012
The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.
By Sampath Perera, 22 June 2012
Gilani’s disqualification reflects bitter feuding in the ruling elites, including the opposition parties, the military and the courts.
By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2012
Speaking in Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta threatened Pakistan with a ground attack if it did not crush forces in Pakistan fighting the US occupation of Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2012
The Obama administration ordered new drone attacks on Pakistan over the weekend, killing at least a dozen people in the tribal area of South Waziristan.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2012
US drone attacks in northwest Pakistan killed at least 14 people in little more than 24 hours, including 10 dying in a Thursday morning missile strike on a mosque.
By a Pakistani correspondent, 22 May 2012
More than twenty Hazaras were killed and some thirty others wounded in a series of ambushes last month in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2012
Washington ended a month-long pause in its campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas Sunday, provoking a formal protest from the government in Islamabad.
By Ali Ismail, 28 April 2012
Official negotiations between Washington and Islamabad on Pakistan’s role in the Afghan War and the perpetuation of the US-Pakistani strategic alliance resumed this week.
By Ali Ismail, 13 April 2012
Fierce clashes between Pakistani troops and Islamist militants in the country’s northwest tribal areas have forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes since January.
By Ali Ismail, 29 March 2012
Mass protests have erupted in Pakistan’s largest province in response to prolonged electricity-power cuts that have disrupted daily life and exacerbated the economic crisis ravaging the country.
By Ali Ismail, 22 March 2012
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari used his annual presidential address to hype the supposed “achievements” of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government, describing a Pakistan that the country’s workers and toilers would be unable to recognize.
By Ali Ismail, 9 March 2012
The Obama administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Pakistan if it proceeds with plans to build a natural gas pipeline to Iran, its eastern neighbor.
By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2012
Cynically invoking human rights abuses of the Pakistani state, Republican Congressmen have presented a resolution to Congress advocating “self-determination” for Balochistan, threatening Pakistan with dismemberment.
By Sampath Perera, 18 February 2012
The ruling has intensified the country’s political crisis by further weakening the unpopular Gilani government.
By Ali Ismail and Sampath Perera, 16 February 2012
The International Monetary Fund has warned that Pakistan confronts anaemic growth, double-digit inflation, large budget and trade deficits and could soon face a balance of payments crisis.