Tripping of transmission lines was a ‘National Disaster’: Kaira

ISLAMABAD:Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that tripping in the transmission lines which suspended electricity for hours in Karachi, was a National disaster.While speaking in a private TV Channel program, Qamar Zaman Kaira has cleared that though he was not favoring KESC, however, tripping in transmission lines was “rather an…

Beyond binaries

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to resume contact with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of a multilateral gathering in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg and ask the foreign secretary to start talking to senior officials in Islamabad was widely expected. Discerning observers would ignore New Delhi’s attempts at differentiating between “meeting” Pakistani…

Realigning Pakistan's Security Forces

Author:Jayshree Bajoria, Staff WriterJune 18, 2009IntroductionPlans for ReformAn Uneasy RelationshipIntroductionGrowing militancy inside Pakistan has spotlighted the inability of the country’s security forces to fight domestic insurgency. Militants have been expanding their reach: Large swaths of territory in northwestern Pakistan are out of government control; extremist groups across the country are working together; and suicide bombings…

Iran plays the blame game

Simon Tisdallguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 June Long-term instability in Iran is an alarming prospect for western countries keen to resolve disputes over the country’s nuclear programme and other contentious issues. But continuing political weakness in Tehran is also likely to produce the opposite effect – increased regime concern about external attempts to interfere, destabilise, and exploit…

Rivals groups rally in Tehran

Tens of thousands of opposition and pro-government demonstrators have held rallies in the Iranian capital, raising fears of possible clashes.Thousands of people gathered at a government-organised rally in Tehran’s central Vali Asr square on Tuesday, while a similar-sized demonstration was held by opposition supporters in the city’s north.State television footage showed a crowd of thousands…

In Iran, an Iron Cleric, Now Blinking

Tens of thousands of opposition and pro-government demonstrators have held rallies in the Iranian capital, raising fears of possible clashes.Thousands of people gathered at a government-organised rally in Tehran’s central Vali Asr square on Tuesday, while a similar-sized demonstration was held by opposition supporters in the city’s north.State television footage showed a crowd of thousands…