Taliban attacks five star hotel in Kabul Afghanistan SunMonday 14th January, 2008 The Serena Hotel, Afghanistan’s only five star hotel, has been the target of an attack by the Taliban.Ten people are dead, including two of 4 attackers, one of whom blew himself up, and the other who was shot by security police.A Swedish reporter,…

GINA COBBMysterious Crowd Stopped Bhutto’s CarTwo new reports suggest that the assassination Benazir Bhutto may have been the result of an ambitious plot, rather than an isolated act:Two new reports on the assassination last month of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto suggest that the killing may have been an ambitious plot rather than an isolated…

Reading The Pictures: Who Killed Benazir Bhutto? Is Anybody Looking At Condi? Looking at this photo, which was included in TIME’s 2007 Images Of The Year, you immediately think of Iraq, don’t you?The photo was taken just before Condi Rice testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee last October. As she prepares to sit down,…

Strategic IssuesCrisis in Pakistan’s NWFP: A Pastun insurgency?Billy I AhmedIt is difficult to pin down the real nature of the crisis in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. Bracing the overall crisis in the region as a “Pashtun insurgency” provides a context, but it doesn’t answer all the relevant questions. The dubiety of the military…

Meddling in Pakistan SIMON JENKINSPosted January 10, 2008 12:04 PM (EST)Read More: Benazir Bhutto, Bhutto Assassination Blog Posts, Pakistan, Pakistan Democracy, Pervez Musharraf, Breaking Politics News The Pakistani senator gazed at the headline in despair. It read “US weighs new covert push in Pakistan”. Washington was authorising “enhanced CIA activity” in the country while Democratic…

Thursday, Jan. 03, 2008Why Pakistan MattersBy Simon Robinson/IslamabadAs the new self-appointed standard bearers of Pakistani democracy, Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari don’t inspire much confidence. One is a feudal aristocrat widely reviled as corrupt and blamed for his wife’s undoing when she was the country’s Prime Minister in the 1990s. The other, their…

AHMED RASHID IN NAUDERO , AT THE GRAVESIDE OF BENAZIR BHUTTO. Wednesday, January, 9, 2008 Nearly two weeks after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, people are still coming in their tens of thousands to condole with her husband Asif Ali Zardari and weep and rage at her graveside. They come on camels and tractor trolleys,…

Two Wars, One EnemyJanuary 9, 2008: The Taliban offensive, that has been going on for nearly a year now, is transnational. About 40 percent of the action takes place across the border in Pakistan. Thus while the fighting has killed about 6,500 in the past year (two-thirds of them Taliban) in Afghanistan, 3,600 have died…

Bhutto’s son issues election warningBy Farhan Bokhari in Naudero and Quentin Peel in LondonPublished: January 8 2008 15:58 Last updated: January 8 2008 15:58Asif Zardari, the husband of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s assassinated former prime minister, has emerged as the de facto leader of her Pakistan People’s party as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the couple’s eldest son,…