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Supreme Court and Holy Cows
Apr27

Supreme Court and Holy Cows

Posted on Apr 27, 2012

There have been calls for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s resignation after his conviction by the Supreme Court. While Nawaz Sharif has demanded resignation, Imran Khan has threatened a tsunami march on Islamabad. However, the PPP and its allies show no signs of stress or retreat and the diehard PPP supporters consider this yet another case of discrimination against the PPP.  Some view it as a power struggle [between two sections...

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Who really owns and runs Bhoja Air?
Apr20

Who really owns and runs Bhoja Air?

Posted on Apr 20, 2012

Updated April 22, 2012: 1210 Hours PST The crash of Bhoja Airlines is a horrible tragedy. The Bhoja Air Boeing 737 carrying about 127 people was on its first flight from Karachi to Islamabad. The Bhoja airliner crashed in stormy weather on Friday evening. There were no reports of survivors. The crash site was about five aeronautical miles from the airport in Islamabad, authorities said. The flight had lasted roughly 3½ hours. “The...

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The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret
Apr17

The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret

Posted on Apr 17, 2012

By Michael Hastings From Rolling Stone One day in late November, an unmanned aerial vehicle lifted off from Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan, heading 75 miles toward the border with Iran. The drone’s mission: to spy on Tehran’s nuclear program, as well as any insurgent activities the Iranians might be supporting in Afghanistan. With an estimated price tag of $6 million, the drone was the product of more than 15...

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Is Pakistan’s middle class that big?
Apr17

Is Pakistan’s middle class that big?

Posted on Apr 17, 2012

From DAWN Is Pakistan’s middle class around 70 million (or nearly 40% of Pakistan’s population) as a recent article published in the daily DAWN suggested? After the publication of this article titled “Consumption conundrum” by Sakib Sherani (an ex-Banker), a former World Bank official Shahid Javed Burki writing in the Express Tribune seemed to endorse this view although he had put this estimate around 40 million people or 24 per cent...

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Pakistan Spring Emerging From Winter of Discontent
Apr16

Pakistan Spring Emerging From Winter of Discontent

Posted on Apr 16, 2012

By Vali Nasr Former Army Chief Walks to the Supreme Court to appear in the Mehrangate Case  April 16 (Bloomberg) — The snarling between the U.S. and Pakistan won’t let up. The battle began, of course, when U.S. forces sneaked into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden last May. Last week, the U.S. upped the ante, announcing a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of notorious terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is...

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State of the Taliban: The secret US Forces report
Apr14

State of the Taliban: The secret US Forces report

Posted on Apr 14, 2012

We are pleased to publish copy of a classified internal document prepared by a special operations team of the US/NATO forces in Afghanistan. What the Report Means The report, “State of the Taliban: January 6, 2012,” is part of a regularly published series on the insurgency that’s based on the interrogations of thousands of detainees. It offers an unvarnished glimpse into the inner beliefs of the military...

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Americans concede ground to Afghan government
Apr14

Americans concede ground to Afghan government

Posted on Apr 14, 2012

Growing Afghan responsibility for the war serves a wider purpose From The Economist GRIM though much of the news from Afghanistan has been in recent weeks, American and Afghan negotiators have been doggedly at work removing the remaining obstacles to a deal that will do much to determine the country’s future after the bulk of foreign combat forces leave at the end of 2014. On April 8th General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghanistan’s veteran...

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Fake degrees lead India to spend more on education

Posted on Apr 13, 2012

By Unni Krishnan April 13 (Bloomberg News) — Commercial University Ltd. in New  Delhi offers degrees in commerce, one of hundreds of private  colleges trying to fill an education gap as India’s growth  creates a middle class eager for its children to succeed.  The operation doesn’t have a campus, nor are its degrees  recognized by the government. Commercial University, based in a  post office building between the capital and the...

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Kills, Establishment Watches
Apr12

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Kills, Establishment Watches

Posted on Apr 12, 2012

As I watched reports on GEO TV showing relatives of Dr Khalil Chisti eating sweets to celeberate his release in India, I wondered how could our electronic media not highlight that for the last several days,  a beautiful part of Pakistan, Gilgit has been burning , scores have died, cell phone coverage is cut off, and the flights have been suspended.  Most of Pakistan’s media ignored the protest of thousands of Shia Muslims from twin...

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Sectarian militancy thriving in Balochistan
Apr11

Sectarian militancy thriving in Balochistan

Posted on Apr 11, 2012

DAWN by Syed Shoaib Hasan A Pakistani rescue worker is seen through the bullet-riddled window of a passenger train following an attack by unknown gunmen in Mach near Quetta.—AP Photo KARACHI: It is a chilling scene once one realises what is going on, the real horror coming from the cool and unhurried manner of the killers. Passengers are forced off a bus by what appear to be militants. As a jihadi anthem blares in the background the...

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Balochistan: murder and mayhem
Apr08

Balochistan: murder and mayhem

Posted on Apr 8, 2012

From The Economist ZULFIKAR LANGAU was 17 when he ran away “to the mountains”, a euphemism for joining independence-seeking insurgents in Balochistan, a vast, thinly populated province of deserts and mountains in the west of Pakistan. The death of a tribal chief, Nawab Akbar Bugti, in a cave during a clash with the Pakistani army in 2006, transformed Zulfikar’s mind, says his family. That event ignited the latest bloody phase of...

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India pours billions as Pakistan struggles to form an Afghan strategy
Apr05

India pours billions as Pakistan struggles to form an Afghan strategy

Posted on Apr 5, 2012

April 5 (Bloomberg) — An Indian security guard, cradling a Kalashnikov assault rifle, shadowed two Indian engineers as they inspected the concrete shell of the parliament building they are  constructing — in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Erecting the new seat of government is part of a push by India to seek both profit and a greater strategic role in the nearby country, where Taliban guerrillas battle the government with...

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World Bank: An exercise of influence
Apr03

World Bank: An exercise of influence

Posted on Apr 3, 2012

The battle that started in earnest last week to replace Robert  Zoellick as the bank’s president reflects the complications of a world where  power over the institutions of global governance is shifting from those  developed nations that set up the bank to emerging economies. From the Financial Times April 2, 2012 Conventional wisdom about the World Bank goes something like this: dominated by the US – which by convention nominates its...

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Bomb Blasts in Pakistan
Apr01

Bomb Blasts in Pakistan

Posted on Apr 1, 2012

Do you know that: In 2000, there were 14 bomb blasts in Pakistan; 5 in Punjab, 4 in Sindh, 3 in Balochistan, and one each in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in which a total of 79 people died; 55 in Punjab and Sindh, 18 in Baluchistan, 5 in FATA and only one in the KPK. Since 2000, about 62% of the deaths have been in the KPK and FATA although Baluchistan has had the highest...

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