27 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan names new army chief
Pakistan named a new army chief on Wednesday, promoting a veteran infantry commander to the most powerful position in the troubled nuclear-armed nation battling a homegrown Taliban insurgency. General Raheel Sharif will take over as head of the 600,000-strong army from General Ashfaq Kayani, who is retiring after six years at the helm.
Malala Yousafzai tops list of most powerful Asians in the UK
Malala Yousafzai has topped a list of the 101 most powerful British Asians and Asians resident in the UK, knocking Labour MP Keith Vaz off the number one spot he held last year
23 NOVEMBER 2013
US Drone Protesters in Pakistan Block NATO Supply Route
Thousands of right-wing Pakistani activists led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden faces charges in child’s death
A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the United States find Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder over a surgery that authorities claim he was not authorized to perform, authorities said Friday.
20 NOVEMBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai gets EU’s Sakharov human rights prize
Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.
17 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason
Pakistan announced Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007
10 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan private schools ban Malala book
Private schools association say Taliban victim’s work is « tool of the West » and does not represent Pakistan.
4 NOVEMBER 2013
Musharraf granted bail in last legal case
Ruling means former Pakistan president is on bail in all the cases brought against him since his return from exile.
3 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan to review US ties after ‘attack on peace’, says interior minister
Calling the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday “an attack on regional peace by America,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said bilateral ties with the US will now be reviewed
Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies
According to the hospital sources, Reshma had been in coma for a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer years ago.
2 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan Criticizes US Killing of Pakistani Taliban Leader
The Pakistan government has criticized the United States for the drone-strike death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, saying his killing jeopardizes peace talks with the militant group.
Khan Said named as new Pakistani Taliban leader
Senior members of the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday picked the group’s No. 2 commander, Khan Said, to be their new leader following the death of their former chief in a US drone attack the day before.
1 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud killed in US drone strike
Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was killed by a US drone strike in the country’s restive North Waziristan region on Friday, security sources and a senior Taliban commander have said.
31 OCTOBER 2013
Three per cent of drone deaths civilian: Pakistan
The number, which was provided by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence to the Senate, is much lower than past government calculations and estimates by independent organisations that have gone as high as 300. The ministry said 317 drone strikes have killed 2,160 Islamic militants and 67 civilians since 2008.
29 OCTOBER 2013
India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary
India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
24 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan’s PM Sharif urges Obama to stop drone strikes
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (photo) pressed US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to stop drone strikes in his country, as the two leaders sought to strengthen ties after years of strained relations.
19 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan playback singer Zubaida Khanum passes away
One of the best playback singers in the Pakistani film industry, Zubaida Khanum breathed her last on Saturday night after suffering a fatal heart attack.
U.S. releases $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan
The Obama administration has decided to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan, a senior administration official said.
11 OCTOBER 2013
The bravest girl in the world
Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Malala Yousafzai, The Bravest Girl in the World, will air Sunday, October 13 at 7 pm ET, and reair during Amanpour’s normal Monday timeslot.
Pakistani Taliban gloat after Malala misses Nobel
The Taliban was « delighted » that Malala Yousafzai, the teenager it tried to assassinate last year for supporting girls’ education, had not won the Nobel Peace Prize, a spokesman in Pakistan said on Friday.
10 OCTOBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize
Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize.
Malala Yousafzai leaves Jon Stewart speechless on Daily Show
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for women’s education, received a standing ovation on a US chat show for her message to the man who had tried to kill her.
Musharraf arrested in Pakistan over Red Mosque case
Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been arrested over a 2007 mosque raid a day after the country’s supreme court granted him bail in another case.
9 OCTOBER 2013
Former Pakistan ruler Musharraf granted bail
Pakistan’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, has been granted bail by country’s top court, his lawyers have said, bringing closer his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/former-pakistan-ruler-musharraf-granted-bail-2013109131449534224.html
7 OCTOBER 2013
Taliban says it would again target Malala Yousafzai, who pushed girls’ education
The Pakistani Taliban would again target 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai an advocate of education for girls who survived an assassination attempt last year, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN on Monday.
4 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai , the Girl Shot by Taliban Wins a Rights Award
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last October is in London declared the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya award given annually by the group Reach All Women in War to a woman who defends human rights. The group said Ms. Yousafzai, 16, had been chosen “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting education for girls.
30 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan forced to rethink India policy
As Pakistan increasingly realizes that terrorism and militancy are by-products of its strategic depth maneuvers in the 2000s, instinctive mistrust of India is fading. The benefits of peace will also soon become clear, with high hope invested in the success of bilateral dialogue that such as that between the countries’ prime ministers on Sunday
29 SEPTEMBER 2013
Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s dismal education prospects
The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child recently published a report noting that Pakistan has the world’s second-largest number of children out of school, while in April 2012 UNICEF indicated that some 20 million Pakistani children, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age, are not in school.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistani Christians protest church attack
Pakistani Christians have protested across the country to demand better protection for their community after a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a historic church in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people and wounding at least 140 others.
22 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan Church Bombing Kills 81
At least 75 people have died and more than 120 wounded in a suicide attack against a church in northwestern Pakistan. A number of women and children are among the victims of Sunday’s violence, being described as the deadliest ever assault on the country’s Christian minority.
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander
Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
17 SEPTEMBER 2013
Malala nominated for EU’s Sakharov prize
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education, and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden have been nominated for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
14 SEPTEMBER 2013
Can Nawaz rescue Pakistan?
Over 46 million people exercised their right to vote in Pakistan in May earlier this year — close to 55 per cent of the population and a record turnout since 1988. Pakistan’s first transition from one civilian government to another is an incredible achievement for a country that has been under military rule for a large part of its history.
Pakistan’s nuclear father dissolves political party
The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections.
9 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s new President Hussain takes office
Pakistan’s new President Mamnoon Hussain took office on Monday, presiding over a government battling to overcome a Taliban insurgency, resolve an energy crisis and repair the economy.
8 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s president Zardari steps down as term ends
Benazir Bhutto’s widower stepped down as president of Pakistan on Sunday, winning praise for completing a full five-year term but attracting criticism for leaving a country mired in economic and security strife.
7 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move
Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said.
6 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan: Drones kill senior militant commander who appeared in video with kidnapped US soldier
The American State Department accused Mullah Sangeen Zadran of orchestrating kidnappings, bombings and co-ordinating the movement of hundreds of fighters across the border into Afghanistan to engage international forces.
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
IMF extends $6.7 bn lifeline to Pakistan
The International Monetary Fund threw Pakistan a $6.7 billion lifeline Wednesday to help the struggling nuclear-armed country achieve economic reforms, particularly in its troubled energy sector.
2 SEPTEMBER 2013
Police to investigate Pervez Musharraf’s role in Red Mosque operation
Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, could face a fresh murder charge dating back to his role in clearing the Red Mosque of armed radicals in 2007 which ended with the deaths of more than 100.
29 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan orders retrial of Bin Laden doctor
A Pakistani judicial official has overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011.
26 AUGUST 2013
Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.
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25 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan realease over 300 fishermen in “goodwill gesture”
Following clashes this month along the Kashmir border Pakistan has freed 362 Indian fishermen detained over the past two years as a goodwill gesture. They were detained, says Pakistan, after straying into their territorial waters. The newly-elected Pakistani government is seeking to ease its often-troubled relations with India.
19 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan PM invites extremists for talks
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called for dialogue with extremists to end bloodshed that has left thousands dead in the country in more than a decade of violence.
18 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan: Don’t Resume Executions, Says HRW
Pakistan’s government should revoke its decision to resume executions and renew its moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said in a joint letter to the Pakistani government today.
17 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan drops charges in Rimsha ‘blasphemy’ cleric case
A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a Muslim cleric who had been arrested on suspicion of framing a Christian girl accused of blasphemy.
13 AUGUST 2013
Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India
Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir.
11 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan says India fired on border posts
Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides.
6 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan Rebels Target Bus Convoy
A local official in southwest Pakistan says rebel separatists have kidnapped and killed at least 13 people after stopping their convoy of buses as it headed to Punjab province.
Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies
Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir
2 AUGUST 2013
John Kerry pledges early end to Pakistan drone strikes
US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants « very, very soon ».
1 AUGUST 2013
US and Pakistan agree to restart security talks
America and Pakistan have announced a new chapter in their turbulent alliance, agreeing to upgrade ties dominated in recent years by rows over drone strikes and Islamic terrorists.
30 JULY 2013
Mamnoon Hussain is elected 12th president of Pakistan
Ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, replacing Asif Ali Zardari whose five-year term expires in September.
About 200 inmates escape in Pakistan Taliban attack on prison
Taliban gunmen wearing police uniforms attacked the largest jail in a northern Pakistani province early Tuesday, allowing about 200 inmates to escape, authorities said.
26 JULY 2013
Pakistan Opposition Boycotts Presidential Vote
Pakistan’s main opposition party says it will boycott the upcoming presidential election to protest the change in the date of the poll without being consulted.
20 JULY 2013
Women ‘banned from shopping alone’ in northern Pakistan
Islamic clerics and tribal elders in Pakistan’s north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have barred women from shopping without a male relative.
14 JULY 2013
First Pakistani women paratroopers make history
Pakistan’s first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a « landmark achievement » for the deeply conservative Muslim country.
12 JULY 2013
Malala’s forgotten sisters
Girls as young as 5 are still being sold into marriage in Pakistan. And no one will stop it. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/12/malalas_forgotten_sisters_girls_marriage_pakistan
Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23282662 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10175821/The-Taliban-have-failed-brave-schoolgirl-Malala-Yousafzai-tells-UN.html http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pakistans-malala-celebrates-sixteenth-birthday-with-un-education-appeal/1700490.html
10 JULY 2013
Pakistan bomb kills Zardari security chief
The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23259860 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013710143218541754.html
5 JULY 2013
China, Pakistan ink transport pact
China and Pakistan signed an agreement on Friday on the blueprint for a huge transport project linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/06/content_16739853.htm http://asiancorrespondent.com/110307/pakistan-china-set-sights-on-arabian-sea-link/
5 JULY 2013
Death penalty back in Pakistan
Pakistan’s new government has allowed a ban on the death penalty to expire, in a move condemned as « shocking and retrograde » by London-based rights group Amnesty International. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013758546675143.html
3 JULY 2013
Pakistan condemns US drone attack
Pakistan has strongly condemned a US drone strike that killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in North Waziristan’s Miranshah bordering Afghanistan. In a press release on Wednesday, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the strikes were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201373145444176859.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/110159/us-drone-kills-16-suspected-militants-in-pakistan/
24 JUNE 2013
Pakistan: Sharif says Musharraf should face treason charges
Pakistan’s government says it’s planning to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial on treason charges. Newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement in parliament on June 24. http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/24/pakistan-sharif-says-musharraf-should-face-treason-charges/
23 JUNE 2013
Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for killing nine foreign tourists
Nine foreign tourists and their local guide were murdered when Taliban gunmen dressed as policemen forced their way into a climbing camp during the night in a remote northern region of Pakistan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10137506/Pakistan-Taliban-claims-responsibility-for-killing-nine-foreign-tourists.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/23/tourists-killed-in-pakistan/
15 JUNE 2013
Gunmen in Pakistan bomb female students’ bus then attack hospital
At least 23 people were killed in the twin attacks – including 12 women on the bus, travelling to a university in Quetta, capital of the troubled Baluchistan province. Eleven others died when a bomb exploded in the emergency ward of the city’s Bolan Medical Complex where the wounded were taken. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10122549/Gunmen-in-Pakistan-bomb-female-students-bus-then-attack-hospital.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/201361510251151772.html
12 JUNE 2013
Pakistan Female Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes
With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-female-fighter-pilot-wins-battle-of-sexes/1680672.html
5 JUNE 2013
Nawaz Sharif formally elected Pakistan Prime Minister for historic third time
After securing 244 votes in the 342-member parliament on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif was formally elected as Pakistan’s 18th prime minister returning to power after surviving a military coup, a seven-year exile in Saudi Arabia, and a government dismissal http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/05/nawaz_sharif_formally_elected_pakistan_prime_minister_for_historic_third_time
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif urges end to US drone strikes
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for an end to US drone strikes in his first address since being re-elected to the post. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22779669 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22788570
1 JUNE 2013
New Pakistan parliament sworn-in
Pakistan’s new parliament was sworn-in on Saturday, completing the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power in a country ruled for half its history by the military. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/new-pakistan-parliament-sworn-in/694660.html http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-marks-first-peaceful-democratic-transition/1673338.html
30 MAY 2013
Pakistani Taliban withdraw talks offer after leader killed
The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of peace talks with the government following the death of their second in command in a US drone strike. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10089719/Pakistani-Taliban-withdraw-talks-offer-after-leader-killed.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135301492770448.html
29 MAY 2013
Top Pakistan Taliban leader ‘killed by drone’
A US drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, Wali-ur-Rehman, in North Waziristan region, according to three security officials in Pakistan. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201352955158237275.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22698363
27 MAY 2013
Imran Khan’s party won second most votes in Pakistan election
Imran Khan’s party won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan’s general election, according to newly released data, despite finishing third in terms of seats. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10082600/Imran-Khans-party-won-second-most-votes-in-Pakistan-election.html
22 MAY 2013
Chinese premier begins Pakistan visit
Chinese premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, as the long-time allies look to boost trade ties. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135224581824859.html
20 MAY 2013
Pakistan election results in full
Here are the results of the 11 May general elections in Pakistan, which were won by Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Polling was postponed in some areas, with the results of re-runs still to come in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22558474
19 MAY 2013
Senior Pakistani politician killed in Karachi
Zahra Shahid Hussain, central vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party and one of its founding members, was killed late on Saturday, just hours before re-elections took place on Sunday. The motives behind the attack remained unclear. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013518193629150615.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/19/pakistan-senior-female-politician-in-khan-s-pti-party-shot/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10066786/Imran-Khan-blames-London-based-rival-for-Zahra-Shahid-Hussain-killing.html
14 MAY 2013
Video shows ‘vote rigging’ in Pakistan
Amateur mobile phone footage allegedly showing vote rigging at a polling station during Pakistan’s general elections has surfaced amid growing complaints from various political parties over vote fraud in Saturday’s election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10056503/Video-shows-vote-rigging-in-Pakistan.html
12 MAY 2013
Nawaz Sharif poised to return as Pakistan PM
Nawaz Sharif, winner of the Pakistani elections, is holding talks to form a new government, with fixing the economy and tackling the armed insurgency likely to be his two biggest challenges. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351215947745266.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/12/former-pakistan-prime-minister-makes-triumphant-return/
11 MAY 2013
Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistan presidential election
The frontrunner to become Pakistan’s next prime minister on Sunday night promised to stand together with the West in taking on the forces of terrorism, hours after voting finished in the country’s historic general election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10051440/Nawaz-Sharif-claims-victory-in-Pakistan-presidential-election.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nawaz-sharif-imran-khan-elected-to-parli/671718.html
10 MAY 2013
Record number of women fight to be heard in Pakistani election
Saturday’s general election in Pakistan will see a 129.8 per cent rise in the number of women candidates compared to the previous elections in 2008. But about 10 million women are not registered to vote, and even the activists face serious obstacles. http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20130510-record-number-women-fight-be-heard-pakistani-election
9 MAY 2013
Gunmen abduct Pakistan ex-PM Gilani’s son at election rally
The son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen during an election rally. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22462410 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135985715497546.html
9 MAY 2013
Infographic: How the Pakistan elections work
Explaining polling process in the May 11 vote for national and provincial assemblies across the nation of 182 million. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/05/20135815269941163.html
6 MAY 2013
Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week
Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641
29 APRIL 2013
Pre-election violence continues in Pakistan
At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Peshawar, police have said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013429144211458515.html
23 APRIL 2013
Pakistan’s Musharraf Appears Before Anti-Terrorism Court
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered the country’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, to be made part of an ongoing investigation into assassination of Benazir Bhutto five years ago. Also on Tuesday police say they found a vehicle packed with explosives near the Musharraf residence. http://www.voanews.com/content/article/1647276.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342352843862374.html
22 APRIL 2013
Pakistan Government Declines Treason Charges Against Musharraf
Pakistan’s caretaker government will not file treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, saying the move would be beyond its limited mandate. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistani-government-declines-treason-charges-against-musharraf/1646208.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10010152/Pakistans-government-refuses-to-try-Pervez-Musharraf.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22253247
20 APRIL 2013
Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf in custody for two weeks
Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22229320 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/20/pakistan-s-ex-president-in-custody-for-two-weeks/ http://www.voanews.com/content/musharraf-to-remain-in-custody/1645465.html
19 APRIL 2013
Pakistani police arrest Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad
He was initially placed under house arrest at his home in Islamabad but later transferred to the police headquarters in the city. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22211766 http://dawn.com/2013/04/19/musharraf-surrenders-to-authorities-appears-in-court/ http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
18 APRIL 2013
Musharraf placed under house arrest
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been placed under house arrest, his spokeswoman said Thursday. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/18/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134185552874909.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22196101
17 APRIL 2013
Deadly blast hits Pakistan election rally
At least 16 people killed and dozens wounded after bomb strikes campaign rally of secularist politician in Peshawar http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201341616343565646.html
16 APRIL 2013
Pakistan court bars Musharraf from elections
Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been barred from running for parliament in the only seat he had been approved to contest http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013416103441625181.html http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-180413.html
13 APRIL 2013
Pakistan’s democracy is yet to be substantive
When Pakistan holds elections on 11 May 2013 it will be the first time in Pakistan’s history that an elected government hands over power to another elected government. Though this is a positive development, most Pakistani and international observers are not optimistic that the elections form part of a broader transition from procedural to substantive democracy http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/13/pakistans-democracy-is-yet-to-be-substantive/
11 APRIL 2013
Pakistan: Dynamics of Failing State Theory
“Pakistan speaks of America’s continual betrayal. America finds Pakistan duplicitous wants it to focus on global threats, be it communalism or Jihadist. Pakistan wants to concentrate on the threat next door –India. http://southasianidea.com/geopolitics/pakistan-dynamics-of-failing-state-theory/
8 APRIL 2013
30 Pakistani soldiers killed in northwest valley
Four days of fierce fighting in northwestern Pakistan left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead as the army attempted to wrestle control of a remote, mountainous valley from the Taliban and their allies, military officials said http://asiancorrespondent.com/104721/30-pakistani-soldiers-killed-in-northwest-valley/
8 APRIL 2013
Pervez Musharraf ordered to answer treason allegations
Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been ordered to appear in court over treason allegations and has barred him from leaving the country. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9978894/Pervez-Musharraf-ordered-to-answer-treason-allegations.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22062324
6 APRIL 2013
Malala charity to fund education of girls in Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last October – has started a fund to educate other girls in Pakistan. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/05/pakistani-schoolgirl-shot-by-taliban-launches-malala-fund-charity/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22045269
4 APRIL 2013
How my brother tried to kill me in ‘honor attack’
This Pakistani girl’s life of misery and suffering began at the tender age of 12, when instead of going to school she was married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She says: « My family married me off when I was 12 years old. My husband was 60. Every day he would beat me. I would cry and beg him stop. But he just kept on beating me. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/afghanistan-honor-killing-survivor/index.html?hpt=ias_t2
30 MARCH 2013
Pakistan gunmen attack primary school in Karachi
Gunmen on Saturday hurled a firecracker and opened fire at a primary school in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing its principal and wounding eight children, police said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9962446/Pakistan-gunmen-attack-primary-school-in-Karachi.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013330132359756777.html
29 MARCH 2013
Pakistan’s Musharraf granted bail to run in election
Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf has won a legal victory in a Karachi court which means he cannot be immediately arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder and illegally removing from office a number of judges, including the Supreme Court chief justice. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/29/pakistan-s-musharraf-granted-bail-to-run-in-election/
28 MARCH 2013
Teacher’s murder sparks calls for school protection for Pakistan’s girls
The murder of a teacher has prompted a petition calling for Pakistan’s government to take a greater role in protecting girls and teachers attending school http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/27/world/asia/pakistan-teacher-death-petition/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
20 MARCH 2013
UN denounces US drone use in Pakistan
The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html
19 MARCH 2013
Pakistani Taliban suspend peace talks with government
The Pakistani Taliban have suspended peace talks with the Pakistani government, claiming the stakeholders are “not serious” with the peace initiative, a spokesman for the banned outfit said in a video released Monday http://dawn.com/2013/03/18/ttp-suspends-talks-with-government/
16 MARCH 2013
Pakistan’s Ashraf government makes history
Pakistan’s PM has hailed as « a victory » for democracy the completion of a full term by an elected government for the first time in the country’s history. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21817492
15 MARCH 2013
Balochistan govt to be dissolved on March 19
The disgruntled chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani on Friday agreed to end the ongoing constitutional crisis in the province after a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari. http://dawn.com/2013/03/15/balochistan-govt-to-be-dissolved-on-march-19/
11 MARCH 2013
Pakistan defies US with gas pipeline to Iran
Iranian and Pakistani leaders have inaugurated the construction of a much-delayed section of a $7.5bn gas pipeline linking the two neighbours, defying the threat of US sanctions. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/201331110555932441.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/11/pakistan-iran-gas-pipeline-inaugurated-defying-us-opposition/ http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-130313.html?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_222310431
10 MARCH 2013
Police Arrest Dozens in Pakistan Christian Attack
Police in central Pakistan have arrested dozens of men a day after a mob burned a Christian area in Punjab province over alleged blasphemy. The incident has outraged Christians and civil society activists, who took to the streets on Sunday to demand effective protection of minorities and reforms in the controversial blasphemy laws of majority-Muslim Pakistan http://www.voanews.com/content/christian-homes-set-ablaze-in-pakistan/1618681.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259092/1/.html
9 MARCH 2013
Dozens of Christian homes set on fire by Muslim mob, Pakistani authorities say
More than 100 homes of Christians were set on fire by outraged Muslims in the Badami Bagh community in Lahore on Saturday after police arrested Sawan Masih, a Christian in his mid-20s accused of speaking against the Muslim prophet Muhammad, officials said. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/09/world/asia/pakisan-unrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
9 MARCH 2013
Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome
Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ». http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html
5 MARCH 2013
Benazir Bhutto’s friends attempt to seize party from her husband
Benazir Bhutto loyalists are launching an attempt to wrest control of her party back from President Asif Ali Zardari, her widower, hurling accusations that he is destroying her legacy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9909851/Benazir-Bhuttos-friends-attempt-to-seize-party-from-her-husband.html
3 MARCH 2013
Deadly bombings hit Shia district in Karachi
A bomb attack in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi killed at least 35 people, including women and children, and wounded 70 others, police said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/20133315617954671.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21649412
23 FEBRUARY 2013
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security
22 FEBRUARY 2013
Pakistan ‘militant leader’ Malik Ishaq arrested
Pakistani police have detained Malik Ishaq, founder and former head of militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), at his home in Punjab province. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21553492
19 FEBRUARY 2013
Pakistan Shiites call off protest, agree to bury dead
Thousands of Pakistani Shiite Muslims called off nationwide protests Tuesday and agreed to bury the dead from a bombing that killed 89 people, after the government promised to arrest those responsible http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1255192/1/.html http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-02-20/hundreds-arrested-over-quetta-bomb-attack/1090936
Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander
Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250
Gwadar: a potential base for Chinese expansion?
After inheriting the Pakistani port of Gwadar from Singapore on Feb. 18, China now has a promising base to project its influence over the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, reports the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid produced under the auspices of the party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130219000016&cid=1101
18 FEBRUARY 2013
Quetta: Shia Hazaras refuse to bury Pakistan bomb dead
Ethnic Hazara women in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury the bodies of scores of people killed by a huge bomb in a Shia commercial area. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21495975
16 FEBRUARY 2013
Bomb rips through Shiite enclave in Pakistan
A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace killed at least 67 people on Saturday. The strike occurred the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/16/world/asia/pakistan-blast/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254678/1/.html
15 FEBRUARY 2013
Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier
A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446
26 JANUARY 2013
Pakistan’s battle for democracy
Democratic forces in Pakistan continue to fight an uphill battle despite a multitude of national challenges. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/26/pakistan-democracy/
17 JANUARY 2013
Derailing Democracy in Islamabad
Official refuses court order to arrest Pakistan PM
Pakistan’s anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister in a graft case Thursday, citing a lack of evidence, in the latest clash between the government and the country’s top court. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95630/official-refuses-court-order-to-arrest-pakistan-pm/
Pakistan cleric signals end to Islamabad sit-in
Tahir-ul Qadri made the announcement as the country’s corruption watchdog told the Supreme Court it did not yet have enough evidence to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on graft allegations, as the top judge had ordered. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130117-396264.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21055900
15 JANUARY 2013
Pakistan top court orders PM arrest
The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country’s prime minister, in connection with a corruption case, officials say. The court ordered the arrest of Ashraf on Tuesday morning, in case relating to contracts for the purchase of rental power plants by the federal government when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power. ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201311592859175153.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21022855
12 JANUARY 2013
Talks fail to quell Pakistan Shia protests
Talks between Pakistani officials and Shia leaders have failed to quell a protest that brought thousands of people out onto cold, wet streets for a second night to watch over the bodies of 96 people killed in Quetta in one of the country’s worst sectarian ttacks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013112182336231791.html
11 JANUARY 2013
More than 100 dead in bombings across Pakistan
At least 115 people have been killed in a series of bombing across Pakistan, including 81 who died after two successive bombs exploded minutes apart in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta late Thursday, police sources said. http://www.france24.com/en/20130110-quetta-pakistan-50-dead-twin-explosions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20989329
10 JANUARY 2013
Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues
A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/
8 JANUARY 2013
India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border
Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html
6 JANUARY 2013
Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops
A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/
4 JANUARY 2013
Bahawal Khan to succeed Pakistan militant leader Mullah Nazir
A successor to Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir, who was killed in a US drone strike, has been announced. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20909841
Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20908439 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/04/world/europe/uk-pakistan-malala-discharged/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
3 JANUARY 2013
US drone kills senior Pakistan tribal leader
Commander Mullah Nazir, known to have ties to Afghan Taliban, among at least nine fighters killed in separate strikes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9778161/Mullah-Nazir-very-much-an-American-target.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013135203260995.html
Shot schoolgirl given peace award
A 15-year-old schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban will be honoured for her courage and determination. http://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/national/shot-schoolgirl-given-peace-award-1-4633462
2 JANUARY 2013
Pakistan’s tactical nukes
Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller « tactical » nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/02/pakistans-new-nuclear-problem/
30 DECEMBER 2012
Pakistan’s bleak outlook lightened by the game-changer with India
With a general parliamentary election likely to be held early in the year, and changes to the leadership of the army and judiciary due by the end of the year,Pakistan faces some daunting challenges as it enters 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/30/pakistans-bleak-outlook-lightened-by-the-game-changer-with-india/
Pakistani Taliban execute captured policemen
Government officials say 21 out of 23 tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been executed by their captors in northwest Pakistan. Naveed Akbar Khan, a local government official, told the AFP news agency on Sunday: « We found 21 bullet riddled bodies of security personnel a short while ago in an uninhabited area. » http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/20121229214853934265.html
20 DECEMBER 2012
Clerics call for protests over polio worker killings
In Pakistan hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of another victim of the attacks on UN-backed polio eradication teams. The total number of deaths has now risen to nine.
4 NOVEMBER 2012
Pakistan court orders action against Taliban, armed groups in Karachi
In an interim order issued Saturday, the Supreme Court’s bench five-member hearing a case for the implementation of the apex court’s earlier order in a suo motu case related to the law and order situation in Karachi directed the provincial government to arrest all prisoners released on parole and present them before it. http://dawn.com/2012/11/03/sc-orders-action-against-taliban-armed-groups-in-karachi/
3 NOVEMBER 2012
Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack
It’s the latest cruel tactic in the Pakistani Taliban’s battle to stop girls and women from getting an education: acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from following in their footsteps.
19 OCTOBER 2012
Pakistan court rules army must stop interfering in politics
In a rare challenge to Pakistan’s powerful generals, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the military should stop interfering in politics
15 OCTOBER 2012
Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Swat, has arrived in the UK for medical treatment.
9 OCTOBER 2012
Shot down because demanding the right for girls to go to school
Leaders from around the world have condemned the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education and rights activist in the northwestern Pakistani region of Swat. Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora while on her way home from school.
6 OCTOBER 2012
Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, is leading a “peace march” in protest against US drone strikes
1 OCTOBRE 2012
Setback for Pakistani teen facing blasphemy charges
Three witnesses whose testimony could absolve a 14-year-old Pakistani girl facing life in prison have changed their statements.
22 SEPTEMBER 2012
Anti-Islam film: Pakistan minister offers bounty
A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US
21 SEPTEMBER 2012
Insults to Islam stir mass Pakistan protests
Reports say more than 17 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan, a day after protesters tried to storm the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad
19 SEPTEMBER 2012
Pakistan’s government has declared Friday a national holiday to allow protests against the anti-Islam film.
The announcement came hours after hundreds of lawyers surrounded the Islamabad compound that houses the US Embassy on Wednesda
18 SEPTEMBER 2012
Pakistan to ‘reopen Zardari fraud cases’
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf says he will obey Tuesday’s Supreme Court order to reopen a corruption case against the country’s president
17 SEPTEMBER 2012
Reports: Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile
Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed multi tube Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), having a range of 700 kilometers
Protestors go on rampage in Karachi
One person was killed and nine others were injured after protestors led violent protests in front of the US consulate in Karachi
Pakistan’s blasphemy law ‘vaguely formulated and arbitrarily enforced’
With Muslim leaders in many countries calling for a global law barring what they call insults to Islam, the main non-Catholic world Christian grouping on Monday said just such a law in Pakistan is used to persecute other religions
12 SEPTEMBER 2012
Hundreds killed in Karachi factory inferno
Factory fires in two major cities in Pakistan have killed more than 300 people and injured dozens more, including some who had to leap from windows to escape the flames, officials and survivors have said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129124543681430.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19566851
8 SEPTEMBER 2012
India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel
Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia
Pakistan frees Christian girl jailed in blasphemy case
A young, mentally-challenged Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy after she was found to be in possession of burned pages of the Koran has been released from jail, Pakistani officials said Saturday, a day after a court granted her bail http://www.france24.com/en/20120908-pakistan-frees-christian-girl-accused-blasphemy-case-rawalpindi-rimsha-koran-burning
6 SEPTEMBER 2012
Save the Children foreign staff ordered out of Pakistan
Save the Children’s foreign staff have been ordered to leave Pakistan within two weeks, the aid agency confirms http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19500103 http://www.france24.com/en/20120906-save-children-foreign-staff-expelled-deported-pakistan-afridi-osama-bin-laden-usa
3 SEPTEMBER 2012
Asif Ali Zardari ‘extending Pakistan political dynasty’ with son
Pakistan’s ruling political dynasty has been accused of abusing its power after it emerged that President Asif Ali Zardari’s 23-year-old son met several world leaders during a recent summit in Tehran.
2 SEPTEMBER 2012
Palistani cleric arrested for falsifying evidence in blasphemy case
A Pakistani cleric has been arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence after he submitted burned pages of the Koran as proof against a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy, police said on Sunday. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-cleric-imam-arrested-tampering-evidence-blasphemy-case-rimsha-khalid-chishti-pakistan
15 AUGUST 2012
Pakistan frees 55 Indians for independence day
Pakistan on Wednesday released 55 Indian fishermen, 15 of them teenagers, as a « goodwill gesture » to mark independence day in India
3 AUGUST 2012
Pakistan jails Brig Ali Khan and four other top officers
A Pakistani military court has convicted five senior officers of links with a banned organisation.
Pakistan court strikes down contempt law Pakistan’s top court on Friday struck down a new law exempting members of the government from being tried for contempt, clearing the way for legal proceedings against the prime minister
2 AUGUST 2012
India overturns ban on Pakistan investments
India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35
1 AUGUST 2012
Report blasts Myanmar treatment of Rohingya
Myanmar security forces have killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, a rights group has said, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128154245751775. htmlhttp://asiancorrespondent.com/86908/human-rights-group-cites-atrocities-in-western-burma/
Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted
Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348
31 JULY 2012
World’s biggest ever blackout as India is brought to a standstill
The world’s biggest ever blackout brought half of India to a standstill, as a catastrophic power outage left 670 million people without electricity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9441940/Worlds-biggest-ever-blackout-as-India-is-brought-to-a-standstill.html
30 JULY 012
Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’
The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholic-dissident’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html
29 JULY 2012
Anna Hazare begins fifth hunger strike in 16 months
Anna Hazare, the Indian activist, began his fifth hunger strike in 16 months on Sunday as he pushes for strong anti-graft legislation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9436316/Anna-Hazare-begins-fifth-hunger-strike-in-16-months.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216398/1/.html
2 AUGUST 2012
India overturns ban on Pakistan investments
India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35
27 JULY 2012
British ambassador says Pakistan is ‘world leader’ in visa application fraud
During a news conference to publicise the London Olympics, Adam Thomson said UK visa officials had sifted out thousands of forged documents submitted by Pakistanis trying to obtain travel documents for Britain during the past year.
24 JULY 2012
Pakistani Taliban chief warns Islamabad
Mualana Wali-u-Rehman, known in militant circles as « Molvi Sahib », carries a Turkish-made Zigana-K pistol and a Russian AKS-74U assault rifle. Rehman, a former activist from Pakistan’s largest religious-political party, Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam, was one of the founding members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban, or TTP) in South Waziristan, when it emerged in late 2007.
19 JULY 2012
Pakistan’s courts take on the ISI
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency to close a notorious cell that focused on monitoring internal politics, in a direct challenge to the ISI’s ability to operate as a « state within a state ».
10 JULY 2012
Protests in Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
There have been protests in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
8 JULY 2012
Ex Pak IB chief hid bin Laden in Abbotabad with Musharraf’s approval: ex ISI chief
A retired Pakistani military officer, Brigadier Ijaz Shah is alleged to have harboured Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan for years, former head of Pakistan’s spy agency, the directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Ziauddin Butt, has claimed.
4 JULY 2012
Pakistan mob burns man to death for ‘blasphemy’
A Pakistani mob has taken a man accused of blasphemy from a police station and burnt him to death, police say.
3 JULY 2012
Pakistan ends blockade of Nato supply routes
Pakistan has announced it will end its blockade of Nato supply routes into Afghanistan, after the US finally apologised for a mistaken attack that killed 24 of its troops. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9373772/Pakistan-ends-blockade-of-Nato-supply-routes.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18691691
22 JUNE 2012
Pakistan elects Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister
Pakistan’s parliament on Friday elected a former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201262244252924620.html
21 JUNE 2012
Pakistan courts order arrest of new prime minister nominee
Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts on Thursday sabotaged the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.
19 JUNE 2012
Pakistan Supreme Court bars PM Gilani from office
Pakistan’s top court has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18506728 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012619104352956999.html
18 JUNE 2012
Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines
A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.
13 JUNE 2012
Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan dies
Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Pakistan’s legendary classical singer who captivated millions of music fans across South Asia, has died. He was 84. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012613105952254143.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18421080
11 JUNE 2012
US withdraws supply route negotiators from Pakistan
US negotiators who have been trying to reach a deal with Pakistan over a supply route to Nato troops in Afghanistan have quit the talks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18401465
India and Pakistan in talks over Siachen Glacier
Indian and Pakistani defence officials held a fresh round of talks on Monday seeking to end decades of dispute over the Siachen Glacier, dubbed the world’s highest battlefield.
5 JUNE 2012
US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Al-Qaida No. 2
U.S. official says a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, dealing what is said to be a major blow to the terror group. Tuesday’s 5 confirmation of al-Libi’s death came a day after missiles from a U.S. drone hit a vehicle and compound in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 15 people, including foreigners
23 MAY 2012
Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden
A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012523111832779910.html
18 MAY 2012
No-confidence vote only way to unseat me, Gilani tells opposition
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani challenged the opposition Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz on Friday, daring the Sharifs to bring a vote of no-confidence against him
27 APRIL 2012
Defiant PM vows not to cede office
Armed with the support of his party, allies, and some argument, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani took his turn on Friday 27 to hit back hard at his political foes, telling the National Assembly he would not cede office owing to his conviction by the Supreme Court for contempt unless the house disqualified him
United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology
The latest high-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday 27 over Pakistani demands for an unconditional apology from the Obama administration for an airstrike http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/world/asia/talks-between-us-and-pakistan-fail-over-airstrike-apology.html?_r=1&ref=asia#
26 APRIL 2012
Pakistani PM Gilani guilty of contempt but spared jail
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty in a contempt of court case. However, the court gave Mr Gilani only a symbolic sentence and he will not have to serve any time in jail.
25 APRIL 2012
Pakistan conducts ballistic missile test
Pakistan has successfully conducted a test of an intermediate range ballistic missile, the country’s military has said. The Hatf-IV Shaheen-1A missile is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department said on Wednesday http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/201242545255746331.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/pakistan-missile-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
18 APRIL 2012
Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has called for the demilitarization of the disputed high-altitude Siachen Glacier where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops have been stationed for decades
30 MARCH 2012
More than 100,000 flee clashes between Pakistani troops, Islamists
More than 100,000 people have fled the north-west Khyber tribal region since government troops launched a January offensive against Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants, the UN refugee agency said on Friday
25 MARCH 2012
Taliban threaten Pakistani lawmakers who support resumption of NATO supplies to Afghanistan
The Taliban on Sunday 25 threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taliban-threaten-pakistani-lawmakers-who-support-resumption-of-nato-supplies-to-afghanistan/2012/03/25/gIQA3B3aZS_story.html
9 MARCH 2012
Pakistan bans Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat Islamist group
Pakistan’s government has issued orders banning the country’s largest Islamic extremist group. Activists from the pro-al-Qaeda group formerly known as the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), or Soldiers of the Companions of the Prophet, have been convicted of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims
21 FEBRUARY 2012
Pakistan appeals to Interpol over Musharraf arrest
Pakistan is in the final stages of asking Interpol to help arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday
13 FEBRUARY 2012
Pakistani Court Indicts Prime Minister for Contempt
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, has been charged with contempt of court by the country’s supreme court, after he disobeyed a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-prime-minister-for-contempt.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221344753846407.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/pakistan-gilani-court/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
11 FEBRUARY 2011
Crowds swarm Suu Kyi as campaign begins
9 FEBRUARY 2012
US drone in Pakistan kills ‘al-Qaeda ally’
The second US drone attack in two days in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region killed has killed four people, including a senior militant commander with links to al-Qaeda, Pakistani intelligence officials and Taliban sources said
1 FEBRUARY 2012
Profile: Pakistan’s ISI
The charge that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence is supporting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is just the latest of many charges directed at Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence service, which for decades has been accused of plotting assassinations, backing armed groups, and organising attacks against neighbouring countries
27 JANUARY 2012
Pervez Musharraf postpones Pakistan return, aide says
Mr Musharraf had previously vowed to end his self-imposed exile and fly back to Pakistan by the end of this month to revive his political career
16 JANUARY 2012
Amid tensions, Pakistani lawmakers vote to support ‘democracy’
Pakistani lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution supporting the country’s democratic system, a vote that came after weeks of public speculation and political intrigue about the possibility of a coup in the volatile nation http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/16/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
11 JANUARY 2012
Firing of Pakistan’s Defense Secretary Raises Tension With Army
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani fired his defense secretary, a retired general and confidant of Pakistan’s army chief, on Wednesday 11 as the civilian government appeared headed for a collision with the country’s powerful military leadership
10 JANUARY 2012
Pakistani Judges Press Prime Minister to Defy President
The political and legal crisis in Pakistan took a new turn on Tuesday when the Supreme Court threatened to dismiss Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for failing to comply with court orders to reopen corruption cases against his political boss: President Asif Ali Zardari
8 JUANURY 2012
Former Pakistan President Announces Plans to Return Home
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has announced plans to return to the country later this month. Musharraf told supporters in Karachi via telephone Sunday that he would arrive between January 27 and January 30 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Former-Pakistan-President-Announces-Plans-to-Return-Home-136906133.html
29 DECEMBER 2011
Pakistan murder testimony doctor Baqir Shah shot dead
A doctor who testified that Pakistani security forces had killed a group of unarmed foreigners has, himself, been shot dead. Dr Baqir Shah was gunned down in the city of Quetta after he contradicted police reports from earlier this year
25 DECEMBER 2011
Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan
More than 100,000 people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in 2013
23 DECEMBER 2011
Pakistan Military Denies Conspiracy to Seize Power
Pakistan lurched between crises on Friday with its military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, dismissing talk of a coup and canceling a visit from a top American general, a sign that Pakistani fury at the United States over air strikes that killed 26 soldiers is far from abating
22 DECEMBER 2011
Tumultuous Year Strains US Pakistani Relations
Pakistan and the United States have maintained a critical strategic partnership for the past 10 years despite tense relations over the war in Afghanistan and U.S. suspicions that Islamabad maintains ties to militant groups
5 DECEMBER 2011
Pakistan to review all accords with US, Nato: Gilani
Pakistan will review all its agreements with the US and Nato in the aftermath of the November 26 airstrike that left two dozen Pakistan Army soldiers dead, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said
4 DECEMBER 2011
Obama: NATO raid in Pakistan ‘not deliberate’
US President Barack Obama has told his Pakistani counterpart that last month’s deadly NATO air strike on Pakistani territory was « not a
deliberate attack », the White House said
30 NOVEMBER 2011
Pakistani military decries NATO air attack as deliberate
Pakistani Major-General Ishfaq Nadeem told the press on Wednesday that the NATO air attack Tuesday that killed 24 soldiers was deliberate, and that it was « impossible » that NATO did not know the targets were Pakistani posts.
29 NOVEMBER 2011
US and Pakistan enter the danger zone
The air strike by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the Pakistani military post at Salala in the Mohmand Agency on the Afghan-Pakistan border Friday night is destined to become a milestone in the chronicle of the Afghan war. hours of the incident, Pakistan’s relations with the US began nose-diving and it continues to plunge. NATO breached the »red line »
27 NOVEMBER 2011
Pakistan tells NATO to leave air base
The Pakistani government has given the US fifteen days to vacate an airfield in Balochistan province after an alleged cross-border attack which
killed 25 Pakistani soldiers.
26 NOVEMBER 2011
Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Pakistan After Strike
Pakistani officials said on Saturday that NATO aircraft had killed at least 25 soldiers in strikes against two military posts at the northwestern
border with Afghanistan, and the country’s supreme army commander called them unprovoked acts of aggression in a new flash point between the United States and Pakistan.
10 NOVEMBER 2011
India and Pakistan vow ‘new chapter’ at future talks
The Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan said Thursday they expected to open a ‘new chapter in their relationship’ at future talks between the rival nations after they met at a regional summit in the Maldives.
2 NOVEMBER 2011
Karzai seeks Pakistan’s help with Taliban
The Afghan president has urged Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters.
Pakistan grants India ‘most favoured’ trade status
Pakistan’s cabinet has unanimously approved the award of « most favoured nation » trading status to India.
1 NOVEMBER 2011
Nepal parties agree final part of landmark peace deal
23 OCTOBER 2011
Pakistan wins UN Security Council seat alongside India
Pakistan has won a seat alongside its regional rival India on the UN Security Council. The positions of Pakistan and India are similar on many international issues.
22 OCTOBER 2011
US puts the squeeze on Pakistan
In a carefully framed diplomatic formulation, India’s External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna has warned of « devastating consequences » if the United
States and Pakistan failed to heal their rift. Krishna chose to speak in the
presence of the visiting French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe at their joint
press conference in New Delhi. France just pulled out the first batch of 200
troops from Afghanistan as part of its withdrawal plans. Krishna said:
10 OCTOBER 2011
Pakistan “legalises” persecution through blasphemy laws
Until 1986, only seven people charged with desecrating the Koran or reviling the name of Mohammed. Since the introduction of black law over 4 thousand cases reported, mostly in the last five years. The protest of Christians and members of civil society. The law « protects killers » and those who « incite violence on the streets. »
Islamabad (AsiaNews) – The introduction of the notorious blasphemy laws in 1986, during the dictatorship of General Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan, has led to an exponential increase in complaints for « desecration of the Koran » or « defamation of the Prophet Muhammad. » Between 1927 and 1986, when the « black law » was approved, there were only seven cases of blasphemy. Instead, the victims since 1986 have risen to over 4 thousand and the figure continues to rise: in fact, from 1988 to 2005, the Pakistani authorities indicted 647 people for offenses
relating to blasphemy, but in recent years, there have been thousands of cases of Christians, Muslims, Ahmadis, and members of other religions accused by word of mouth, without the slightest scrap of evidence.
The crime of blasphemy provides for life imprisonment or the death penalty. However, the 30 confirmed victims of blasphemy have died as a result of extra-judicial killings perpetrated by fanatics with the endorsement – or complicity – of the authorities and police forces. Complaints and killings are mostly the result of jealousy, personal enmities, economic or political interests that have nothing to do with Muhammad
and Islam. This long trail of blood caused by the norms 295 B and C of the Pakistan Penal Code are signs of the « Islamization » of the nation, founded in 1947 on the principles of secularism, equal rights and religious freedom. Today the Christian community – around 2% of the population, concentrated mostly in
the Punjab province – is seen as a threat for three fundamental reasons: Christianity is regarded as a « Western » religion, members of religious minority are considered liberal and representatives of a middle class
- especially Protestants – educated, associated with the leadership of the colonial past, what is done by or against the Christians is « exaggerated » or overestimated.
The « Black Law » in the last 20 years has resulted in attacks against entire communities, as happened in Shantinagar and Multan (1997), or in the recent past in Gojra (2009), with deaths and dozens of houses torched. Pakistani Christians and civil society mourn three prominent figures, regarded as « martyrs »: the Catholic Bishop John Joseph, who committed suicide in 1998 in protest against the death sentence of
two Christians, the Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, a Muslim murdered by his bodyguard on January 4 this year, the Minister for Religious Minorities, the Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti, killed by an armed commando on March 2 last year. The last two had requested the cancellation of the law and the liberation of Asia
Bibi, a 45 year old Christian mother of five children, sentenced to death under the black law.
Many Christians and non-Pakistanis protest against the violence and human rights violations perpetrated under the law. For Basharat Gill the blasphemy law « protects the killers and promotes street violence, » revealing the « weakness of the judiciary. » Nadeem Raphael adds that « no religion permits violence and cruelty » against other human beings. « It is not enough that Islam is tolerant – Sadaf Saddique comments – we all need to promote peace, regardless of faith. » Bonnie Mendes warns that « it is absolutely right to stop the killings in
the name of Islam », but he also emphasizes that « even those who kill are wrong in trying to export their model of democracy. »
22 SEPTEMBER 2011
US military chief Admiral Michael Mullen calls Haqqani network a
« veritable arm » of Pakistan’s intelligence agency.
The Haqqani network is a « veritable arm » of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the top US military officer has
said, adding that the agency supported the group in its attack last week on the US embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul.
19 SEPTEMBER 2011
US tells Pakistan to deal with Haqqani threat
According to US officials Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told her Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar, that the Taliban-affiliated militants must be dealt with determination. Khar agreed with
Clinton that the Haqqani network was a threat to Americans and Pakistanis alike.
17 SEPTEMBER 2011
There is evidence linking the Haqqani militant network to Pakistan’s government, the US ambassador to Pakistan has said in a radio interview
23 JUNE 2011
Islamists break Pakistan’s military ranks
The arrest of Brigadier Ali Khan, a senior officer of the Pakistan army, for his alleged ties to Hizbul Tehrir (HuT), a banned Islamic militant group believed to be working in tandem with al-Qaeda under the
garb of pan-Islamism, has brought into the open conflicting Islamists and reformists ideologies that have split the military’s rank and file for a decade
19 MAY 2011
Keep hands off Pakistan, China tells US
Telling America to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty, China Wednesday offered Islamabad ‘anything’ it needs to make defence impregnable and revive economy
12 APRIL 2011
Pakistan Tells U.S. It Must Sharply Cut C.I.A. Activities
Pakistan has demanded that the United States steeply the number of Central Intelligence Agency operatives and Special Operations forces working in Pakistan, and that it halt C.I.A. drone strikes aimed at militants in northwest Pakistan. The request was a sign of the near collapse of cooperation between the two testy allies
Karzai Blames Western Firms for Kabul Bank’s Troubles
As a delegation of Afghan officials traveled to Washington to present their plan to international financial authorities to dismantle Afghanistan’s largest private bank, President Hamid Karzai on Monday
denounced Western accounting firms and advisers for corruption and failing to detect the bank’s troubles
2 APRIL 2011
In Pakistan, Ali Bhutto case to be reopened by Supreme Court
The federal government Saturday (April 2) filed a reference in the apex court to reopen case of former prime minister and founder Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged on April 4,
1979, in Rawalpindi
22 FEBRUARY 2011
Pakistan and the Bomb
Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world. The arsenal is well protected, concealed and dispersed. The Pakistani army makes every effort to deny information about the locations of its weapons out of fear of any falling into enemy hands, especially American hands. The army is ready to use its nukes to defend their country, holding onto the national deterrent against any foreign threat. But the international
community questions Pakistani control: Are the nukes safe from Pakistan’s own home-grown opponents?http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3006&Itemid=180
6 OCTOBER 2010
Afghan war moves deeper into Pakistan
Information supplied by a Pakistani-German jihadi led to the United States Predator drone attack in Pakistan on Monday in which at least eight other Germans were killed, Asia Times Online has learned.
5 JUIN 2010
Pakistan to increase defence spending
Pakistan has announced it is to increase defence spending by 17% in the coming year, with analysts saying much of it will be used to combat militants
31 MARCH 2010
Reopening of Zardari case ordered
Pakistan’s main anti-corruption agency, on March 31, 2010, has asked Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption investigation against Asif Ali Zardari, the country’s president
15 OCTOBER 2009
US Pakistan aid bill has explosive impact
After 10 days of raging controversy centered in Islamabad, United States President Barack Obama on October 15, 2009 signed a major aid bill for Pakistan authorizing some US$7.5 billion in non-military assistance for the increasingly beleaguered country over the next five years
Islamabad: From Green City to Red Mosque
As he writes about militant attacks in Lahore on
October 15, 2009, Salman Masood recalls how his own city, Islamabad, has seen violence and social change
31 JULY 2009
Musharraf’s emergency rule illegal
The emergency rule imposed in Pakistan two years ago by Pervez Musharraf, the country’s former president, was unconstitutional, the country’s supreme court has ruled on July 31 2009
12 JULY 2009
Another Insurgency Gains in Pakistan
Although not on the same scale as the Taliban insurgency in the northwest, the conflict in Baluchistan is steadily gaining ground. Politicians and analysts warn that it presents a distracting second front for the authorities, drawing off resources, like helicopters, that the United States provided Pakistan to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda
22 FEBRUARY 2008
After the February 18 general elections
In this article is the official result on 22 February
What is the balance of forces after the elections