Tensions between India and Pakistan escalate despite Modi-Sharif meeting

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.”

Over 1,100 killed by heat wave in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 27 June 2015

The victims have died because of electricity outages, water supply shortages, inadequate healthcare facilities and government indifference.

Obama gave CIA free rein for drone assassinations in Pakistan

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.

China invests $46 billion in strategic Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

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.

Obama admits US drone strike killed two Al Qaeda hostages

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.

Pakistan parliament authorizes military courts

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.

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

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.

Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children

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.

India and Pakistan trade warnings over escalating border clashes

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.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court endorses deportation of asylum seekers

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.

Pakistani talks to end anti-government protests collapse

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.

Anti-government protests deepen Pakistan’s political crisis

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.

Sri Lankan government deports asylum-seekers

By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014

Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”

Pakistani military intervenes in political crisis

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.

Political tensions escalate in Pakistan as protests demand PM’s resignation

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.

Pakistani opposition parties launch anti-government protest

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.

Pakistan: Opposition protests demand government’s resignation

By Sampath Perera, 11 August 2014

Eight protesters died and hundreds were injured in violent clashes with police on Friday and Saturday.

Pakistan’s government mobilises the army in Islamabad

By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2014

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move amounts to establishing military rule in the capital.

Pakistan military’s North Waziristan offensive provokes humanitarian crisis

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.

Pseudo-left Awami Workers Party cheers on Pakistani offensive in North Waziristan

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.

Pakistan military and US drones pound 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.

Pakistan’s largest airport attacked by Taliban group

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.

India-Pakistan tensions remain high, despite Modi’s meeting with Sharif

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.”

Pakistani air raids escalate in North Waziristan

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.

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline stalled

By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014

Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.

Pakistani government provides the military with further antidemocratic powers

By Sampath Perera, 10 February 2014

The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance will give the military total legal immunity.

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant for ex-military dictator

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.

Pakistan air force pounds North Waziristan, massacring scores of civilians

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.”

Kerry presses Pakistan to intensify anti-Taliban war

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.

Pakistani PM warns against anti-US drone protests

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.

US defence secretary warns Pakistan to end NATO supply blockade

By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013

Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.

US expands its drone war on Pakistan

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.

Afghan insurgency leader assassinated in Islamabad

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.

Indo-Pakistani relations fraught after months of border skirmishes

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.

US drone attack kills Taliban leader in Pakistan

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.

Pakistani prime minister holds talks in Washington

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.

Earthquake kills more than 350 in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2013

Areas of Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest province, have been devastated in the country’s latest disaster.

IMF imposes stringent austerity measures on Pakistan

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.

Suicide-bomb attack on Christian church kills 80 in Pakistan

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.

Tense standoff between India and Pakistan along their disputed Kashmir border continues

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.

Pakistan’s former US-backed dictator indicted for Benazir Bhutto’s murder

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.

Renewed clashes between India and Pakistan in disputed Kashmir

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.

New Pakistani government desperate for IMF bailout

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.

Latest drone strike kills at least 16 in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan’s new government delivers pro-business budget

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.

New flare-up of Indo-Pakistani tensions in disputed Kashmir

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.

Pakistan’s new prime minister to continue close relations with US

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.

First US drone strike in Pakistan since Obama’s drone speech kills seven

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.

Incoming Pakistani prime minister pledges loyalty to Washington

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.

Pakistani voters trounce parties that waged Washington’s AfPak war, imposed austerity

By Keith Jones, 13 May 2013

Pakistani voters have decisively repudiated the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government.

The political fraud of the Pakistani elections

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.

Top Indian official threatens Pakistan with nuclear annihilation

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.

Detention of ex-dictator Musharraf adds to tensions in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan staggers toward elections amid civil war and impending economic collapse

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.

Reports detail CIA war crimes in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan’s interim government to seek IMF loan

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.

Amid deepening crisis, Pakistan announces May general election

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.

UN says US drone war in Pakistan violates international law

By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2013

According to the UN, the strikes launched by unmanned US drone aircraft in Pakistan are illegal.

Pakistan begins construction of Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline

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.

Pakistan transfers strategic Gwadar port to China

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.”

Murder charges dropped in Pakistani factory fire

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.

Pakistan Supreme Court orders arrest of PPP prime minister

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.

India and Pakistan exchange threats in Kashmir border dispute

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.

Bomb blasts kill over 120 in Pakistan

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.

India and Pakistan clash again in disputed Kashmir area

By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013

Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.

India and Pakistan involved in fatal border clash

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.

New US drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen

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.

UK High Court rejects inquiry into British role in Pakistan drone strikes

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.

IMF demands deeper austerity in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2012

The executive board report made clear that a further bailout will require unprecedented pro-market “reforms.”

Pakistan: Ethnic violence in Karachi deadliest since 1994

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.

UK High Court hears Pakistan drone killing case

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.

Report highlights poverty in rural Pakistan

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:

Washington seeks to exploit outrage over attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

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.

UN delegation snubbed by Pakistani officials as violence ravages Balochistan

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 .

The terror of US drone warfare

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.

Pakistani government breaks up protests against the US

By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2012

The protests in Pakistan last week were an expression of deepgoing anger among people against the American imperialism.

Pakistan’s factory fire: An indictment of capitalism

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.

Pakistani government facing public anger over Karachi fire

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.

US designates Haqqani Network in Pakistan as terrorist group

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.

Pakistan factory fires kill over 300 workers

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.

US drone attacks escalate inside Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2012

At least four CIA drone attacks took place last week in North Waziristan, killing more than 35 people.

Pakistani court threatens to disqualify PM

By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2012

Supreme Court contempt of court charges could oust a prime minister for the second time this year.[

Pakistani, US intelligence chiefs discuss US drone attacks

By Eric London, 2 August 2012

Tensions between the Obama administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Conflict between Pakistan’s Supreme Court and government intensifies

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.

US and Pakistan end standoff over Afghan supply routes

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.

New Pakistani prime minister appointed

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.

Pakistan Supreme Court ousts prime minister

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.

US Defense Secretary Panetta threatens ground intervention into Pakistan

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.

US launches new drone attacks on Pakistan

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.

US steps up drone war on Pakistan

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.

Pakistan’s Hazaras targeted by campaign of ethnic-communal killings

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.

US resumes drone killings in Pakistan

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.

US and Pakistan restart talks on prosecuting AfPak War

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.

Pakistan: 250,000 displaced by army operation in Khyber Agency

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.

Pakistan: Power cuts spark mass protests across Punjab

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.

Pakistan’s president delivers annual address amid swirl of economic and political crises

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.

Washington threatens Pakistan over proposed gas pipeline with Iran

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.

US Congress to debate motion on “self-determination” for Pakistani Balochistan

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.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court indicts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 18 February 2012

The ruling has intensified the country’s political crisis by further weakening the unpopular Gilani government.

Pakistan “highly vulnerable” to economic shocks, warns IMF

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.