Country Reports on Terrorism 2007: South and Central Asia Overview – II Friday , 09 May 2008 Pakistan International terror organizations, including al-Qa’ida (AQ) and its supporters, operated and carried out attacks in Pakistan. Violence stemming from Sunni-Shia sectarian strife and militant sub-nationalists also claimed civilian lives. Attacks occurred with greatest frequency in the regions…

PAKISTAN ON THE TIGHTROPE Isaac Kfir* This article examines Pakistan following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the recent parliamentary elections within the confines of the challenges that arise from the need to embrace democracy. The article accepts that Pakistan must contend with a powerful military, rising Islamism, tribalism, an unstable political system, quarrelling leaders,…

Notes on Pakistan[Phillip Carter, Thursday April 3, 2008 at 7:56am ](Below is a guest contribution from “BG” — a highly respected intelligence officer who’s recently served multiple tours overseas in interesting places — on the current state of affairs in Pakistan. I think he poses some very important questions.)What is better? Supporting an undemocratically elected…

Karzai unhurt after parade attackPlease turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play.The moment when gunfire broke out at the military paradeAt least one person has been killed and 11 were hurt in an attack on a military parade in Kabul attended by President Hamid Karzai and other dignitaries.Security forces whisked Mr Karzai away from…

Pakistan: ‘We shall see’By S KhanWe shall see/Certainly we too shall see/The promised day /Written in eternal ink/When the looming mountains of tyranny and oppression/ Evanesce like fluff/And beneath our feet we the oppressed/Feel the earth tremble and throb. The interplay of lyricism and revolutionary passion characterising his work is one reason why Faiz Ahmad…

Zardari makes fun of ‘deadline’ on judges’ returnBy By Ansar Abbasi 4/24/2008ISLAMABAD: Both Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have agreed to delay their immediate London visits to get the judges’ restoration issue resolved before things really get out of their control, thus, risking the collapse of the coalition.But the real catch is Nawaz Sharif…

PML-N being cornered by Zardari party on judgesPublished: Friday, 25 April, 2008, 03:16 AM Doha TimeISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), which has so far been a great champion of the restoration of the judiciary controversially sacked by President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, through parliament, is considering the option of a Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry-specific…

http://www.atimes.com Musharraf bolsters China-Pakistan bondBy Pallavi Aiyar BEIJING – The timing of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s six-day visit to China this month imbued the interactions between the leaders of the “all-weather” friends with added significance. This was Musharraf’s first official visit abroad after parliamentary elections in February saw a coalition of parties opposed to him…

Sacked Pakistani chief justice a stumbling block for coalition Islamabad, April 24 (IANS) Sacked Pakistani chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has become a stumbling block as the country’s ruling coalition moves to keep its promise to reinstate all Supreme Court and High Court judges President Pervez Musharaff axed after declaring an emergency in November. It…

Judges conundrumContrary to the general expectation that the PPP and the PML-N will be able to resolve the issue of judges in accordance with their much-trumpeted Bhurban Declaration, inexplicable delay in the materialisation of their promise has raised many eyebrows. Not a day goes by without reports telling a curious nation that many formulas are…