Pakistan

CIA drones target rescue workers, mourners

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.

Obama publicly embraces drone killings

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.

Pakistan’s prime minister kowtows to military in bid to end political crisis

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.

Pakistani elite preparing to restore full cooperation with US in Afghan War

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.

Pakistan faces creeping military coup

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.

US resumes drone missile attacks in Pakistan

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.

Mass opposition rally heightens political crisis in Pakistan

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.

US admits partial blame in deaths of Pakistani soldiers, but defends airstrikes

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.

Pakistan continues to halt the supply of US forces occupying Afghanistan

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.

Pakistani elite plunged into crisis over reputed secret offer to US

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.

Pakistan protests mount as Obama rejects apology for US strike

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.

Cricketer Imran Khan’s party: A dead end for opposition to US war in Pakistan

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.

Outrage spreads in Pakistan over NATO bombings

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.

NATO raid kills two dozen Pakistani soldiers

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.

Joint military exercise highlights growing Pakistan-China relations

By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2011

The joint military exercise by Pakistan and China began as US-China rivalries in Asia intensify.

US again threatening to take military action inside Pakistan

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.

Riots erupt over Pakistan’s chronic electricity cuts

By Vilani Peiris, 26 October 2011

Popular anger over chronic electricity load-shedding erupted earlier this month, producing violent clashes in many Pakistani cities.

Neglected Pakistan flood victims left to survive on their own

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.

Obama ramps up pressure on Pakistan

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.

India-Afghan pact further poisons Afghan-Pakistan relations

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.

French president’s associates charged in “Karachigate” scandal

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.

Devastating floods threaten famine, disease in Pakistan

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.

US-Pakistani relations worsen following accusations and threats from Washington

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.

Public anger mounts as floods again engulf Pakistan

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.

Five million ravaged by floods in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan: KESC security guards and Karachi police open fire on protesting workers

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.

Karachi torn by mounting political-ethnic violence

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.

Pakistan: Report lifts veil on military and intelligence apparatus’ repression in Balochistan

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.

Pakistan Peoples Party budget imposes further IMF-dictated austerity

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.

US suspends aid to Pakistan

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.

Pakistani military launches offensive into Kurram agency

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.

Bin Laden killing roils US ties with Pakistani army

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.

Pakistan and China strengthen ties after Bin Laden assassination

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.

Pakistan: Military sponsored-PML (Q) joins PPP-led coalition government

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.

Pakistan’s President Zardari visits Moscow

By Niall Green, 19 May 2011

Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.

Pakistani, NATO forces clash amid rising US-Pakistani tensions

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.

Pakistan warns US “unilateralism” could have “serious consequences”

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.

After bin Laden killing, US intensifies pressure on Pakistan

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.

Pakistan: IMF demands brutal restructuring in return for further funding

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.

Pakistan: CIA drone kills 25 on eve of mass protest against US missile strikes

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.

Drone attacks trigger fresh crisis in US-Pakistani relations

By Keith Jones, 15 April 2011

The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday.

Pakistan: Report reveals deplorable state of country’s education system

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.

CIA killer Raymond Davis released by Pakistani authorities

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.

Pakistan: Government minister opposed to blasphemy laws assassinated

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.

Pakistan: US spy Raymond Davis allegedly tied to Islamicist groups

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.

Pakistan: Tensions rise as Raymond Davis revealed to be a CIA operative

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.

Dozens slaughtered by US forces in Afghanistan-Pakistan air attacks

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.

Diplomatic crisis intensifies over US operative who gunned down Pakistanis

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.

WSWS posts Marxist Voice statement from Pakistan in Urdu

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.

US bullying Pakistan to release “diplomat” who killed two in Lahore market

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.

Pakistan: Red Cross warns of Tunisia-style unrest in wake of floods

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.

US drone attacks provoke fury in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan’s summer floods: A man-made disaster

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

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

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.

Pakistan’s PPP-led government on brink of collapse

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

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 3

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.

New Year begins with multiple US missile attacks in Pakistan

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

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 2

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.

A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class

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

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 1

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.

CIA drone strikes kill 25 in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan president appeals to opposition to support IMF austerity measures

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.

New York Times reports US plans for military escalation in Pakistan

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.

US drones slaughter 54 in Pakistan

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.

Hundreds killed in national-ethnic violence in Pakistan’s largest city

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.

WikiLeaks cables fuel hostility to US role in Pakistan

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.

Pakistani workers express support for Indianapolis GM rank-and-file committee

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.

Seven million without shelter months after Pakistan floods

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.

US agencies had warnings before Mumbai terrorist attack

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.

Pakistan: Popular discontent, military intrigue rise after August floods

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.

Pakistani, European officials charge US manufactured terror scare

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.

US apologies for killing troops fail to halt Pakistan blockade

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.

US threatens wider war in Pakistan

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.

US frame-up victim Affia Siddiqui sentenced to 86 years

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.

Pakistani attacks on NATO tankers deepen US crisis in Af-Pak war

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.

Pakistan shuts key Afghan war supply-route

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.

US escalates killing on both sides of Afghanistan-Pakistan border

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.

International aid for Pakistan flood victims grossly inadequate

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.

The Pakistani cricket match-fixing scandal

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.

Flooding crisis worsens in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan: Political infighting escalates in floods’ wake

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.

IMF demands blood from flood-ravaged Pakistan

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.

US charges Pakistani Taliban leader with murder of CIA agents

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.

Pakistan floods exacerbate child hunger and malnutrition

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.

Pakistan floods displace another million people

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.

Pakistan’s floods, partition and imperialist oppression

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.

Pakistan floods unleash desperate economic crisis

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.

Pakistan lacks adequate international flood aid

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.

Millions of Pakistani flood victims face continuing crisis

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.

As Pakistan drowns, Washington focuses on security threats

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.

Pakistan floods affect 20 million people as disaster worsens

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.”

Pakistan after the floods: “The situation is explosive”

17 August 2010

The World Socialist Web Site received the following letter Sunday from a supporter in Pakistan.

Pakistani floods affect millions, but level of international aid pitiful

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.

Pakistani floods: A man-made not a natural disaster

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.

Hundreds killed in devastating Pakistani floods

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.

Leaked documents expose imperialist war in Afghanistan

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.

Zardari's visit strengthens Pakistan-China relations

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.

US opposes Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline

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.

France: Investigation of 2002 Karachi bombing implicates Sarkozy

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.

Austerity measures unveiled in Pakistan’s budget

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.