By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2012
An investigation by British and Pakistani journalists found that the CIA followed up drone missile strikes with further attacks that targeted rescue workers and funerals.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2012
President Obama is deliberately embracing and thereby seeking to justify and normalize the criminal actions of the US military-intelligence apparatus.
By Keith Jones, 1 February 2012
Pakistan’s prime minister made a humiliating climb down last week, retracting, after weeks of refusing to do so, his accusation that the Army chief and the head of Pakistan’s principal intelligence agency had acted illegally and unconstitutionally.
By Ali Ismail, 27 January 2012
Despite the tough-sounding rhetoric from Islamabad and Rawalpindi over the NATO air strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan’s civilian and military elite is moving to restore full and open cooperation with Washington.
By Ali Ismail and Keith Jones, 13 January 2012
Relations between Pakistan’s civilian government and its military establishment have deteriorated sharply, leading to press speculation that the military is preparing to oust President Zardari and the PPP-led government.
By Keith Jones, 12 January 2012
The US carried out a drone missile strike in Pakistan Tuesday, killing four people. It was the first drone attack since US forces killed 26 Pakistani soldiers in late November.
By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2011
Backed by sections of the ruling elite, Imran Khan is functioning as a useful safety valve to defuse mounting popular anger over the US-led Afpak war.
By Keith Jones, 24 December 2011
The US military has grudgingly conceded its mistakes played a role in the November 25-26 NATO attack that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. But the US continues to defend both the violation of Pakistani sovereignty and the deadly airstrikes themselves.
By Sampath Perera, 21 December 2011
Pakistan is continuing to blockade shipments of fuel, food and other supplies to the US-NATO forces occupying Afghanistan in protest of a Nov. 26 US attack that killed more than two dozen Pakistani troops.
By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2011
Pakistan’s government has been shaken by allegations that its former ambassador to the US composed a memo pledging compliance with Washington’s demands, in return for help preventing a military coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2011
Thousands of students in Lahore and other cities staged protests as it was reported that President Obama has rejected a proposal that he issue a formal apology for the US raid that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.
By Sampath Perera, 1 December 2011
The major Pakistani parties’ record of subservience to the US “war on terror” has left Imran Khan’s conservative-nationalist PTI party able to posture as the only representative of opposition to the war.
By Alex Lantier, 29 November 2011
US and Pakistani officials held intensive talks as outrage grew in the Pakistani population and army over the NATO bombing of two Pakistani border posts on Saturday.
By Keith Jones, 28 November 2011
Relations between the United States and Pakistan are near breaking point after a US airstrike early Saturday morning killed more than 25 Pakistani soldiers stationed at two army posts located near the Afghan border.
By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2011
The joint military exercise by Pakistan and China began as US-China rivalries in Asia intensify.
By Vilani Peris and Ali Ismail, 5 November 2011
US threats to mount cross-border raids into Pakistan have prompted the country’s military to warn that Pakistan will repel any force that violates its sovereignty.
By Vilani Peiris, 26 October 2011
Popular anger over chronic electricity load-shedding erupted earlier this month, producing violent clashes in many Pakistani cities.
By Sampath Perera, 19 October 2011
While the Indus Valley floodwaters have started to recede, the threat of famine and diseases is mounting for millions forced from their homes.
By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2011
The protracted US-led war in Afghanistan has transformed that country into a hornet’s nest of political intrigue and profoundly destabilised the entire region.
By James Cogan, 6 October 2011
The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 October 2011
Close associates of French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been accused of using kickbacks from submarine sales to Pakistan in 1994 for illegal party funding.
By Sampath Perera, 1 October 2011
The continuing floods in a condition of little or no assistance to millions of affected and displaced people have worsened a public health crisis and risks of malnutrition has intensified.
By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2011
The crisis in US-Pakistan relations continues to escalate more than a week after chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani network.
By Ali Ismail, 21 September 2011
Popular anger is spreading throughout Pakistan over the PPP-led government’s pitiful response to the massive floods that are ravaging the country for the second year in succession.
By Ali Ismail, 8 September 2011
Flash floods brought on by monsoon rains have killed over 130 people in Pakistan in recent weeks and forced millions to flee their submerged villages.
By Ali Ismail, 2 September 2011
Karachi Electric Supply Company workers demonstrating against nonpayment of their salaries were brutally attacked on Monday when KESC security guards and Karachi police opened fire on them, injuring at least eight.
By Ali Ismail, 24 August 2011
A wave of ethnic-killings arising from turf wars between Karachi's establishment parties and the rival gangs they patronize has sparked calls for the army to be deployed.
By Ali Ismail, 11 August 2011
A recent report on the “disappeared” in Balochistan is a devastating exposure of the brutal tactics Pakistan’s military and security agencies are using to suppress Baloch ethnic-nationalists in the country’s poorest province.
By Ali Ismail, 22 July 2011
The austerity budget that Pakistan’s PPP-led coalition government is implementing in the 2011-12 fiscal year is a conspiracy against the country’s workers and toilers.
By Vilani Peiris, 15 July 2011
Washington suspended aid to Pakistan, trying to force it to do Washington’s bidding in the US “AfPak” war waged in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2011
The operation has been ordered to restore relations with the Obama administration following tensions that developed in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
By Vilani Peiris, 25 June 2011
US deputy special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiro arrived in Islamabad on Monday, part of a series of visits to Pakistan by US administration officials since the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 1.
By Keith Jones, 23 May 2011
In the aftermath of the assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, there are now signs that the longstanding conflict between India and Pakistan will intersect with growing tensions between the United States and China.
By Ali Ismail, 20 May 2011
The Pakistan Muslim League (Q)—the civilian face of the military regime that ruled Pakistan till 2008—has joined the country’s deeply unpopular Pakistan People’s Party-led federal government, so it can implement an IMF austerity program.
By Niall Green, 19 May 2011
Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.
By Keith Jones, 18 May 2011
Two Pakistani soldiers were injured, at least one seriously, Tuesday when Pakistani ground troops were fired on by NATO helicopters that had crossed into Pakistani airspace over North Waziristan.
By Keith Jones, 10 May 2011
Pakistan’s Prime Minister has warned that Pakistan reserves the right to “retaliate with full force” to any future violation of its national sovereignty.
By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2011
An important element in the carefully calculated decision to murder Bin Laden was the frustration in Washington over resistance in Islamabad to US demands over the AfPak war.
By Ali Ismail, 25 April 2011
A Pakistani delegation returned home from Washington last week after failing to win approval from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of the sixth tranche of an $11 billion loan.
By Keith Jones, 23 April 2011
Yesterday’s US missile attack in North Waziristan came on the eve of a two-day mass protest against Predator drone strikes that its organizers claim will mobilize hundreds of thousands.
By Keith Jones, 15 April 2011
The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday.
By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2011
A recent report from a Pakistan government-established task force paints a harrowing picture of the state of education in the world’s sixth most populous country.
New US drone attack kills dozens
By Ali Ismail, 18 March 2011
One day after Pakistani authorities released CIA agent Raymond Davis, the US carried out a fresh atrocity in Pakistan killing more than three dozen people.
By Ali Ismail, 16 March 2011
Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Religious Minorities Minister and a vocal opponent of the country’s reactionary and discriminatory blasphemy laws, was assassinated March 2.
By Ali Ismail, 5 March 2011
Potentially explosive allegations concerning the covert activities of Raymond Davis, the CIA operative who gunned down two Pakistani youth in a Lahore market in late January, continue to emerge.
By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2011
The New York Times revealed that Davis was part of a covert, CIA-led team responsible for gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups in Pakistan.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 February 2011
After a US air strike killed up to 51 civilians last Thursday in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Kunar province, General David Petraeus reportedly accused local residents of burning their children to fake evidence of civilian casualties.
By Keith Jones, 18 February 2011
Washington ratcheted up pressure on Pakistan this week to drop all criminal charges against a US security operative who gunned down two young men in a busy Lahore market, killing both.
16 February 2011
The WSWS is publishing in Urdu a statement recently issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, “Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program: Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!” We are also publishing the Urdu translation of the WSWS perspective, “A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class,” which explains the significance of the Marxist Voice statement.
By Ali Ismail, 10 February 2011
Pakistan’s government is facing escalating US pressure to release Raymond Davis, the American national responsible for gunning down two Pakistani youths in a Lahore market on January 26.
By Ali Ismail, 9 February 2011
Last year’s floods have exacerbated food insecurity in Pakistan to the point that the poverty-stricken country could soon see Tunisia-style unrest, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2011
Sunday’s three attacks took the number of Predator strikes in the first weeks of 2011 to at least 10, making clear there will be no letup in the US carnage inside Pakistan.
By Ali Ismail, 13 January 2011
More than six months after catastrophic floods first hit Pakistan, millions of people remain without proper shelter and adequate food supplies and at risk of disease. This tragedy is a stunning indictment of the Pakistani bourgeoisie and its international allies, above all Washington.
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By of Marxist Voice, 6 January 2011
The World Socialist Web Site is publishing here a statement from Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International and undertaken to work with the ICFI to build it as the World Party of Socialist Revolution.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 5 January 2011
The survival of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led national coalition government is in jeopardy following Sunday’s defection by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By Marxist Voice, 5 January 2011
The WSWS is publishing here the third and concluding part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2011
At least 20 were killed in three separate strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region.
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By Marxist Voice, 4 January 2011
The WSWS is publishing here the second part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
By Keith Jones, 3 January 2011
The statement issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, which the World Socialist Web Site today begins to serialize, represents an important advance in the elaboration of a revolutionary perspective for the workers of Pakistan and South Asia.
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By Marxist Voice, 3 January 2011
The WSWS is publishing here the first part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
By Joseph Kishore, 28 December 2010
The latest slaughter took place in the North Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan and has been targeted by the majority of US missiles fired from unmanned aircraft over the past year.
By Sampath Perera, 28 December 2010
Pakistan’s president has personally appealed to the head of the country’s largest opposition party to help his Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government impose a series of IMF diktats, including punishing tax increases.
By Barry Grey, 22 December 2010
In a front-page article, the New York Times reported Tuesday that the Obama administration is close to approving a major expansion of Special Operations ground raids into Pakistani regions bordering Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2010
A series of CIA drone missile attacks Friday killed at least 54 people in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghanistan border.
By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2010
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recently reported that more than 1,350 people have been killed in Karachi this year in ethnic-political violence perpetrated by gangs aligned with parties in Pakistan’s national coalition government.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2010
Diplomatic cables from the US Embassy in Islamabad released by WikiLeaks have exposed the criminal and duplicitous role played by both Washington and the Pakistani government.
4 November 2010
Workers in Pakistan sent a message of solidarity to GM workers fighting wage cuts and the threatened closing of their plant in Indianapolis.
By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2010
Seven million of the 21 million Pakistanis affected by this summer’s floods are still without shelter, the United Nation’s Pakistan Office reported this week. And an estimated 14 million continue to need urgent humanitarian assistance.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2010
An American informant had a high-level role in the preparation of the December 2008 assault, in which 166 people were killed by bullets and grenades.
By our correspondent, 9 October 2010
Amid rising popular discontent over lack of assistance to tens of millions of people displaced by massive flooding in Pakistan, the Pakistani military and Washington are increasing pressure on the Pakistani government.
By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2010
Britain’s Guardian newspaper published comments Friday from a high-ranking Pakistani government official and European intelligence officials stating that the recent US terror alert was politically motivated.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2010
Formal apologies from US officials for a September 30 cross-border helicopter raid that killed three Pakistani frontier troops have failed to halt a blockade on US supplies imposed by Islamabad.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2010
The week-old standoff between Washington and Islamabad over US military attacks and the blocking of a vital NATO supply line underscores the growing threat that the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan is spiralling out of control.
By Ali Ismail, 4 October 2010
A US court’s September 24 sentencing of Pakistani neuroscientist Affia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison has sparked protests throughout Pakistan.
By Barry Grey, 2 October 2010
More than two dozen trucks and oil tankers carrying supplies for the US military offensive against Kandahar in Afghanistan were destroyed in two separate attacks Friday in southern Pakistan.
By Keith Jones, 1 October 2010
Pakistan shut down a pivotal US-NATO Afghan war supply route yesterday following a NATO attack on a Pakistani border post that killed three Pakistan Frontier Corps troops and injured three others.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2010
Amid signs of increasing desperation in the nine-year US war in Afghanistan, Washington has simultaneously launched a major offensive in Kandahar and escalated its attacks across the border in Pakistan.
By Tom Peters, 24 September 2010
While shedding crocodile tears over the flood victims, international leaders accompanied their tiny pledges of aid with demands for sweeping austerity measures and increased taxes on working people.
By Tom Peters, 21 September 2010
The media campaign and charges against Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt reveal the extent to which cricket has become dominated by commercial imperatives.
By Sampath Perera, 17 September 2010
Even by official estimates, hundreds of thousands more people have been made homeless by floodwaters in the past four days, particularly in the Dadu district.
By Ali Ismail, 15 September 2010
Seven weeks after catastrophic floods first hit Pakistan, the government has done next to nothing to provide relief to the 20 million flood-affected. Instead, the various political parties have descended into bickering, as they try to shift blame for the disaster onto their rivals.
By Sampath Perera, 10 September 2010
Callously exploiting the humanitarian disaster caused by six weeks of flooding, the International Monetary Fund is spurning Pakistan’s pleas for the release of funds under a 2008 loan agreement until Islamabad implements policy changes that will punish the country’s impoverished toilers.
By Tom Peters, 6 September 2010
The Obama administration has filed criminal charges against Hakimullah Mehsud, who is alleged to have organised the suicide bomb attack that killed seven CIA agents in Afghanistan in December 2009.
By Ali Ismail, 2 September 2010
The UN World Food Programme and UN Children’s Fund have warned that the floods ravaging Pakistan will exacerbate child hunger and malnutrition. This is in a country where millions of children already suffered from acute malnutrition or stunting.
By Sampath Perera, 31 August 2010
Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh over the past few days as flood waters threatened cities and towns.
By Keith Jones, 30 August 2010
The floods in Pakistan are a calamity of monumental dimensions. Yet for the rival national bourgeoisies of Pakistan and India, it is business as usual.
By Ali Ismail, 26 August 2010
The catastrophic floods spreading across Pakistan have dashed any hopes of an economic recovery in the poverty-stricken country.
By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2010
Three weeks after floods inundated Pakistan, millions of people are still without basic assistance—food, clean water, shelter and medicine. While aid promises have increased, the UN reported on Monday that it had received only about 70 percent of its emergency appeal.
By Vilani Peiris, 21 August 2010
After a two-day UN session ended yesterday, international aid pledged for Pakistani flood victims still fell well short of the UN’s emergency aid appeal for $460 million.
By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2010
As the toll of death and destruction in Pakistan from unprecedented flooding continues to mount, US government officials and the American media are raising concerns not over the colossal human tragedy, but over the potential threat to political stability and US security interests in the region.
By Vilani Peiris, 17 August 2010
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the devastation as the worst that he had ever seen. “In the past, I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.”
17 August 2010
The World Socialist Web Site received the following letter Sunday from a supporter in Pakistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 11 August 2010
With heavy rain continuing, the worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years is still spreading. Pakistani relief organisations are stretched to the limit, yet the level of international aid remains pitiful.
By Wije Dias, 7 August 2010
The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as a result of the country’s worst floods in 80 years is a devastating indictment not only of the present Pakistani government, but of its international allies—the US in particular—and the profit system as a whole.
By Vilani Peiris, 3 August 2010
While the Pakistani government has put the death toll in the current monsoonal flooding at around 800, officials in the worst affected, north-western region estimate a far higher figure of more than 1,500.
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010
Nearly 92,000 military documents posted on the Internet by the WikiLeaks web site paint a devastating picture of US-NATO imperialist atrocities in Afghanistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 22 July 2010
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent visit to China points to growing rivalry between the major powers. China sees Pakistan as its main ally in South Asia, while the US wants to keep Islamabad under its sway, supporting the war in Afghanistan.
By Sarath Kumara, 9 July 2010
Despite opposition from the US, Pakistan has signed an agreement with Iran for a major gas pipeline between the two countries.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 June 2010
Mounting evidence supports allegations that a deadly 2002 bombing in Karachi was linked to non-payment of kickbacks in submarine contracts linked to French political party funding, as the scandal threatens to engulf France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy.
By Sampath Perera, 16 June 2010
The Pakistan government this month announced a budget based on IMF dictates to slash social spending, setting the stage for deeper unrest.