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.

India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled peace dialogue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 May 2010

Under pressure from Washington, India and Pakistan have agreed to resume a long-stalled peace dialogue. But the US’s efforts to harness Pakistan and India to its predatory geopolitical goals in Asia are themselves a major source of friction between Islamabad and New Delhi.

US warns Pakistan of “severe consequences”

By Peter Symonds, 12 May 2010

The Obama administration has seized on the failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square on May 1 to insist that the Pakistani military step up its war on Islamic militants and extend its operations into North Waziristan.

Obama widens drone attacks in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2010

The Obama administration has granted secret permission to the CIA to carry out more indiscriminate drone missile strikes in Pakistan, even as protests over civilian casualties caused by the attacks grow.

Pakistani air strike kills more than 70 civilians

By W.A. Sunil, 22 April 2010

In a bid to quell public anger, Pakistan’s army chief was forced to issue a public apology last Saturday over the recent killing of more than 70 civilians near the Afghanistan border.

Pakistan battered by inflation, anemic growth and power cuts

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 April 2010

Eighteenth months after Pakistan was forced to seek emergency support from the IMF, the country remains mired in economic crisis.

US and Pakistan hold “strategic dialogue,” but frictions persist

By Sampath Perera, 25 March 2010

The enduring character of the US-Pakistan relationship is exemplified by the leading role that General Ashfaq Kiyani, the current head of Pakistan’s armed forces, is playing in the talks. Even the New York Times had to concede that Kiyani “has driven the agenda for the talks” and “will be the dominant Pakistani participant.”

Pakistan: Zardari and his PPP-led government weakened by clash with judiciary

By Sampath Perera, 6 March 2010

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and the country’s Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government have suffered a further blow to their power and prestige as the result of a clash with the Supreme Court over judicial appointments.

India and Pakistan talk, but “composite dialogue” not resumed

By Shree Haran, 3 March 2010

The talks held between India and Pakistan last week ended with no more than a promise that the rival South Asian powers will “keep in touch.”

Under US pressure

India and Pakistan to resume long-stalled talks

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 February 2010

India and Pakistan will soon hold high-level talks for the first time in fourteen months. But New Delhi is still balking at the resumption of the “composite dialogue” set in place after the two countries almost went to war in 2001-2002.

US jury convicts Aafia Siddiqui

Protests erupt across Pakistan over torture victim’s frame-up

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2010

Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in angry protests Thursday after a New York jury convicted Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist subjected to rendition and torture, on frame-up charges of shooting at US soldiers.

Obama’s surge: killing spree on both sides of AfPak border

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2010

CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.

US frame-up of Aafia Siddiqui begins to unravel

Pakistani victim of rendition and torture

By Ali Ismail, 1 February 2010

The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected.

AfPak war claimed over 12,500 lives in Pakistan during 2009

By James Cogan, 14 January 2010

A report published this month in Pakistan makes clear that the carnage from the fighting between the Pakistani military and anti-government militants more than matches that taking place in neighbouring Afghanistan.

CIA takes revenge with missile strikes in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2010

In an apparent campaign of revenge, at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent.

US drone missiles slaughtered 700 Pakistani civilians in 2009

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2010

US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad.

The human cost of the AfPak War

By James Cogan, 4 January 2010

The year 2009 ended as the bloodiest thus far of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and the associated Pakistani operations in the tribal regions of North West Pakistan.

US ground attacks reported in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2009

Amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan, it has been revealed that over the past five years US special operations troops have conducted a number of secret cross-border raids into Pakistan.

Pakistan Supreme Court ruling further undermines beleaguered president

By Keith Jones, 18 December 2009

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has unanimously struck down an ordinance that gave the current president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) boss Asif Ali Zardari immunity from prosecution, placing a question mark over his continued rule.

Report documents widespread frustration, alienation of Pakistan’s youth

By Ali Ismail, 9 December 2009

A report commissioned by the British Council reveals widespread dissatisfaction and frustration among Pakistani youth due to bleak economic prospects, great and deepening social inequality, a grossly inadequate education system and the indifference and corruption of the ruling elite.

Obama to extend US attacks in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 8 December 2009

The Obama administration is intent on pursuing the reckless and politically explosive course of escalating the AfPak War.

Civil war spreads across north west Pakistan

By James Cogan, 23 November 2009

Islamists and tribal militants now consider themselves in a fight to the death with the pro-US government of President Zardari.

US prepares contingency plans to seize Pakistani nuclear triggers

By James Cogan, 20 November 2009

According to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, US officials have pushed for an “understanding” that American forces can enter Pakistan to secure its nuclear arsenal in the event of a direct threat, particularly a mutiny by anti-American Islamist tendencies inside the Pakistani armed forces.

Wave of bombings hits Pakistan’s north west

By James Cogan, 17 November 2009

The Pakistani Taliban is carrying out an intense campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations in retaliation for the military offensive in the tribal agency of South Waziristan.

Pakistanis challenge Clinton over drone attacks, US bullying

By Keith Jones, 2 November 2009

During a visit to Pakistan last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encountered widespread popular anger over the US’s treatment of Pakistan—its support for a succession of military dictatorships and readiness to push Pakistan toward civil war in pursuit of victory in Afghanistan.

Pakistani army offensive devastates tribal communities

By James Cogan, 28 October 2009

The military offensive into South Waziristan is having a devastating impact on the entire civilian population. Villages and towns are literally being bombed into rubble and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives.

Washington pushes Pakistan to the brink

By Keith Jones, 23 October 2009

Under heavy pressure from the Obama administration, Pakistan is now waging all-out war in South Waziristan.

Reports of indiscriminate bombing in South Waziristan

By James Cogan, 21 October 2009

Civilians seeking to escape are being forced to walk out of the war zone under constant threat of attack.

Pakistani military launches offensive into South Waziristan

By James Cogan, 19 October 2009

The Waziristan offensive under pressure from Washington is the latest chapter in the history of mercenary relations between the US and Pakistani governments.

Pakistan descends deeper into civil war

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2009

As the Pakistani military is poised to launch a major offensive into the tribal agency of South Waziristan, Islamist militants carried out coordinated, high-profile attacks yesterday on police facilities in the city of Lahore.

Following attack on army headquarters

Pakistan vows to mount new military offensive

By Keith Jones, 12 October 2009

Pakistan’s army was forced to storm a section of its own national headquarters complex to put an end to a day-long assault and hostage-taking by unidentified anti-government insurgents.

UN agency bombed in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 9 October 2009

A Pakistani Taliban militant carried out a suicide bombing against the UN World Food Program headquarters in Islamabad on Monday, killing five UN workers.

US faces worsening military situation in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 3 October 2009

The anti-occupation insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces.

Protests mount against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2009

Pakistan’s draconian “blasphemy” laws have come under renewed criticism since several Christians were killed this summer by a mob of Muslim fundamentalists in a pogrom-style attack.

Washington’s “good war”

Death squads, disappearances and torture in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2009

Reports from Pakistan’s Swat valley of the disappearance, torture and execution of civilians at the hands of the military death squads expose the reality of the so-called “good war” prosecuted by the Obama administration.

Obama’s AfPak war intensifies on both sides of border

By James Cogan, 29 August 2009

The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war.

US presses Pakistan for offensive in South Waziristan

By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2009

Washington sent its special envoy Richard Holbrook to Islamabad this week to pressure Pakistan into launching a major offensive in South Waziristan.

Violence sweeps northwest Pakistan in wake of Mehsud assassination

By James Cogan, 15 August 2009

The civil war between the US-backed government of President Asif Ali Zardari and Islamist and tribal militants is escalating in the wake of the assassination of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

The assassination of Baitullah Mehsud

By James Cogan, 8 August 2009

The American political establishment and the US media, along with Washington’s client government in Islamabad, are reveling in the reports that missiles launched from an unmanned US Predator drone on Wednesday killed Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Two days of US drone attacks kill nearly 80 in Pakistan

By Barry Grey, 9 July 2009

The United States fired multiple missiles from pilotless drones on Wednesday in two separate attacks on insurgents in Pakistan’s South Waziristan district, killing up to 60 people.

US drone strike kills 80 Pakistanis

By Tom Eley, 25 June 2009

A US drone on Tuesday fired missiles into a funeral gathering in the Pakistani region of South Waziristan, killing as many as 80 people and maiming dozens more.

Pakistani military begins offensive in Waziristan

By James Cogan, 23 June 2009

The Waziristan offensive follows bloody fighting and mass civilian displacement in the Swat Valley and other districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

AfPak war depopulates and devastates north-west Pakistan

By James Cogan, 1 June 2009

The Pakistani military claims to have largely shattered the Islamist militant movement in the Swat Valley, Lower Dir and Buner districts.

Millions displaced as Pakistani military extends its offensive

By James Cogan, 28 May 2009

The Pakistani military is deepening its assault against Islamist militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) district of the Swat Valley and beginning to extend its campaign into other ethnic Pashtun-populated areas.

Two million rendered refugees by fighting in Pakistan

By Vilani Peiris, 25 May 2009

The Pakistan military offensive against pro-Taliban militia in the country’s North-West Frontier Province has produced a massive humanitarian crisis. More than one-and-a-half million people have fled their homes. The fighting and resulting exodus of Pashtuns from the NWFP is also exacerbating national-ethnic tensions in Pakistan.

Obama’s AfPak war engulfs Pakistan’s Swat Valley

By James Cogan, 23 May 2009

The Pakistani military assault into Buner, Lower Dir and the Swat Valley has rapidly degenerated into the savage collective punishment of entire Pashtun communities.

Pakistan government prepares for long-term war

By Peter Symonds, 14 May 2009

Refugees continue to flood out of embattled areas of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) as the military extends its offensive in the Swat, Buner and Lower Dir districts against Taliban militants.

Pakistan war fuels international tensions

By Peter Symonds, 11 May 2009

Comments by China’s ambassador in Islamabad last Thursday highlight the reckless path on which the Obama administration has embarked in Pakistan.

Massacre of civilians overshadows “AfPak” summit

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2009

The Pentagon is attempting to cover up its responsibility for the massacre of at least 120 civilians in western Afghanistan—the worst atrocity since the war began—as the Obama administration prepares to escalate the US intervention.

Pakistani military intensifies its offensive

By Keith Jones, 8 May 2009

Amid a mounting, war-induced humanitarian crisis, Pakistan’s armed forces have intensified their offensive against Pakistani Taliban insurgents in Swat and two adjacent districts in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province.

Oppose the Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Peter Symonds, 7 May 2009

The US summit with Afghanistan and Pakistan currently underway in Washington marks the onset of a major escalation of military violence in both countries.

What is the United States preparing in Pakistan?

By Keith Jones, 5 May 2009

The US political and military establishment and the American media have been mounting an increasingly shrill campaign to bully Islamabad into fully complying with US diktats in what Washington has redefined as the AfPak war theater.

Obama administration seeks extraordinary military powers in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2009

The Obama administration is demanding that the military be given a free hand in directing the escalating US intervention in Pakistan, rejecting congressional conditions or civilian control over billions of dollars in military aid to Islamabad.

Pakistan: Tens of thousands displaced by US-ordered offensive

By Keith Jones, 30 April 2009

Tens of thousands of Pashtun-speaking villagers have been forced to flee from their homes in recent days as the result of the punishing offensive the Pakistani military has mounted, at Washington’s urging, against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s North-West Frontier Province.

US escalates threats against Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 25 April 2009

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned Pakistani authorities that US-Pakistan relations will be imperiled unless they heed Washington’s admonitions and bloodily suppresses a growing Islamacist insurgency fueled by the US occupation of Afghanistan.

US expands war into Pakistan

Missile strikes to be intensified

By Keith Jones, 8 April 2009

The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan visited Islamabad this week to press Pakistani authorities to intensify their efforts to staunch the anti-American insurgency in the country’s Pashtun-speaking Afghan borderlands.

Pakistan’s government backs down under pressure from Washington and military

By Keith Jones, 17 March 2009

Under intense pressure from Washington and the military, Pakistan’s government conceded one of its key demands, lifting a draconian ban on all political meetings and protests.

US missiles kill 24 in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2009

US missiles killed at least 24 people in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Kurram Thursday evening. The American military attack came in the midst of an intense political crisis that is calling into question the Pakistani government’s stability.

Pakistan’s government suppresses opposition protests

By Keith Jones, 13 March 2009

Pakistan’s government is using antidemocratic measures akin to those employed by the former US-backed dictator General Pervez Musharraf to suppress an agitation mounted by the principal opposition party and lawyer groups.

Pakistan: Terrorist attack targets international cricket match

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2009

Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured when unidentified terrorists mounted a commando-style raid Tuesday morning on a convoy of vehicles carrying players and umpires to a Pakistani-Sri Lankan cricket match in Lahore.

Pakistan rocked by protests after opposition leaders stripped of political rights

By Keith Jones, 28 February 2009

There have been demonstrations in cities across Pakistan for the past three days protesting against a Supreme Court ruling that the two principal leaders of the country’s main opposition party are ineligible to stand for election or hold any public office.

Obama expands US military intervention in Pakistan

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2009

The Obama administration is significantly expanding the US military role in Pakistan beyond that pursued by the Bush administration, according to a front-page article published February 21 by the New York Times.

Two US missile strikes in Pakistan in three days kill more than 60

By Barry Grey, 17 February 2009

The two missile strikes, bringing the number since Obama took office to four, were a clear signal that the new administration intends to escalate the US military intervention in Pakistan.

India ratchets up tensions with Pakistan over Mumbai attack

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2009

The Indian government launched a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan this week, with a dossier linking the Pakistan-based Islamist organisation Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. While none of the evidence links the Pakistani government or its agencies to the operation, Indian leaders accused Islamabad of involvement.

Amid rising tensions, Pakistan moves troops to Indian border

By K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2008

Tensions between India and Pakistan intensified last Friday after the Pakistani military began shifting troops from its western border with Afghanistan to bolster positions along the border with India.

US looks for other Afghan supply routes

By James Cogan, 24 December 2008

US supplies into Afghanistan are under threat due to the expansion of the Taliban insurgency and the growth of Islamist activity inside Pakistan.

Pakistan: Conditions attached to IMF “bailout” will exacerbate slump and poverty

By Vilani Peiris, 16 December 2008

A representative of the Royal Bank of Scotland has said that the “stabilization” program the IMF has imposed on Pakistan will result in up to three million job cuts and a further 5.6 million to 7.5 million Pakistanis being pushed into poverty over the next two years.

Pakistan rounds up suspects in Mumbai attacks

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2008

Under intense pressure from the US and India, the Pakistani government has initiated a crackdown on Islamist groups allegedly involved in the terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

The US, Pakistan and the “terrorist” Hamid Gul

10 December 2008

Washington’s targetting of Gul raises an inconvenient fact: that the nexus between the Pakistani military establishment and Islamist militias has its roots in the CIA-backed jihad in the 1980s against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Insurgent attacks on NATO trucks highlight US military crisis in Afghanistan

By Barry Grey, 9 December 2008

A series of attacks on US and NATO military equipment depots in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar have underscored the increasingly dire security situation facing American and allied forces conducting the counterinsurgency war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Tense India-Pakistan standoff continues

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2008

The Bush administration is exerting intense pressure on Pakistan to take action against Islamist groups allegedly responsible for last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Rather than easing tensions between Pakistan and India, Washington’s backing for New Delhi threatens to further destabilise Pakistan and trigger an escalating confrontation between the regional rivals.

US backing for India fuels tensions with Pakistan

By K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2008

Far from damping down tensions between India and Pakistan, the visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the two countries in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks has only added more fuel to the fire.

After the Mumbai siege, India-Pakistan tensions rise

By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2008

The political fallout from last week’s terrorist siege of Mumbai is beginning to emerge in India and neighbouring Pakistan with tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals on the rise.

Terrorist atrocity in Mumbai

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2008

Whoever were the authors of this week’s terrorist attack in Mumbai, it was a vile act that will only serve reaction in India and internationally.

US missiles strike deeper inside Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2008

Missiles launched from an unmanned US drone killed at least five people on Wednesday in the Pakistani village of Indi Khel. The attack is the first outside the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that border Afghanistan.

Pakistani military launches new offensive in border areas

By James Cogan, 17 November 2008

A Pakistani military offensive against Islamist militants is now being extended into the tribal agency of Mohmand.

Pakistan to impose IMF-approved economic restructuring program

By Keith Jones, 13 November 2008

Fearing political repercussions and social unrest, the Pakistani government continues to prevaricate on a request to the IMF for a multi-billion dollar emergency bailout. But the Pakistan People’s Party led-coalition government has already begun to impose IMF-dictated restructuring measures, including the elimination of energy-price subsidies.

US carries out more airstrikes in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 3 November 2008

In open contempt of the repeated protests by the Pakistani government, the US military carried out another two air strikes on October 31 inside Pakistan, killing at least 27 people.