Pakistan

Pakistan: Ethnic violence in Karachi deadliest since 1994

By Ali Ismail, 20 December 2012

Pakistan’s largest city is being ravaged by increasingly bloody ethnic and sectarian violence, as gangs associated with rival establishment political parties fight over turf and criminal rackets.

UK High Court hears Pakistan drone killing case

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2012

Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone missile strike, is calling on the High Court to look into whether UK intelligence officials provided assistance and if they are liable for prosecution.

Report highlights poverty in rural Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2012

More than half of the 116 million rural population lived in extreme poverty in the last decade.

Imperialism in the garb of human rights:

Washington seeks to exploit outrage over attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012

The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.

UN delegation snubbed by Pakistani officials as violence ravages Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 29 September 2012

A United Nations team investigating the fate of thousands of alleged “disappeared” in Balochistan was snubbed by the military and other leading Pakistani institutions during a 10-day visit earlier this month .

The terror of US drone warfare

By Ernst Wolff, 28 September 2012

A new study, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” describes the terrorizing of Pakistan’s civilian population by US drone assaults.

Pakistani government breaks up protests against the US

By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2012

The protests in Pakistan last week were an expression of deepgoing anger among people against the American imperialism.

Pakistan’s factory fire: An indictment of capitalism

By Wije Dias, 19 September 2012

The fire was a particularly horrific product of the dangerous and oppressive conditions facing tens of millions of workers in Asia and around the world.

Pakistani government facing public anger over Karachi fire

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 17 September 2012

Successive provincial and national governments are responsible for the dangerous, unhealthy and oppressive conditions in the country’s factories.

US designates Haqqani Network in Pakistan as terrorist group

By Sampath Perera, 15 September 2012

The US designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist group intensifies pressure on Pakistani and US forces to attack it inside Pakistan.

Pakistan factory fires kill over 300 workers

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 September 2012

Pakistan’s worst ever industrial accident occurred when a fire erupted at a garment factory in Karachi on Tuesday evening.

US drone attacks escalate inside Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2012

At least four CIA drone attacks took place last week in North Waziristan, killing more than 35 people.

Pakistani court threatens to disqualify PM

By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2012

Supreme Court contempt of court charges could oust a prime minister for the second time this year.[

Pakistani, US intelligence chiefs discuss US drone attacks

By Eric London, 2 August 2012

Tensions between the Obama administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Conflict between Pakistan’s Supreme Court and government intensifies

By Sampath Perera, 28 July 2012

The power struggle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan reflects the deep divisions within the country’s ruling elite.

US and Pakistan end standoff over Afghan supply routes

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2012

The decision to lift the seven-month ban followed a limited apology by the Obama administration over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in US air strikes last November.

New Pakistani prime minister appointed

By Sampath Perera, 30 June 2012

The installation of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister will do nothing to alleviate Pakistan’s worsening political crisis.

Pakistan Supreme Court ousts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 22 June 2012

Gilani’s disqualification reflects bitter feuding in the ruling elites, including the opposition parties, the military and the courts.

US Defense Secretary Panetta threatens ground intervention into Pakistan

By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2012

Speaking in Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta threatened Pakistan with a ground attack if it did not crush forces in Pakistan fighting the US occupation of Afghanistan.

US launches new drone attacks on Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2012

The Obama administration ordered new drone attacks on Pakistan over the weekend, killing at least a dozen people in the tribal area of South Waziristan.

US steps up drone war on Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2012

US drone attacks in northwest Pakistan killed at least 14 people in little more than 24 hours, including 10 dying in a Thursday morning missile strike on a mosque.

Pakistan’s Hazaras targeted by campaign of ethnic-communal killings

By a Pakistani correspondent, 22 May 2012

More than twenty Hazaras were killed and some thirty others wounded in a series of ambushes last month in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

US resumes drone killings in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2012

Washington ended a month-long pause in its campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas Sunday, provoking a formal protest from the government in Islamabad.

US and Pakistan restart talks on prosecuting AfPak War

By Ali Ismail, 28 April 2012

Official negotiations between Washington and Islamabad on Pakistan’s role in the Afghan War and the perpetuation of the US-Pakistani strategic alliance resumed this week.

Pakistan: 250,000 displaced by army operation in Khyber Agency

By Ali Ismail, 13 April 2012

Fierce clashes between Pakistani troops and Islamist militants in the country’s northwest tribal areas have forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes since January.

Pakistan: Power cuts spark mass protests across Punjab

By Ali Ismail, 29 March 2012

Mass protests have erupted in Pakistan’s largest province in response to prolonged electricity-power cuts that have disrupted daily life and exacerbated the economic crisis ravaging the country.

Pakistan’s president delivers annual address amid swirl of economic and political crises

By Ali Ismail, 22 March 2012

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari used his annual presidential address to hype the supposed “achievements” of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government, describing a Pakistan that the country’s workers and toilers would be unable to recognize.

Washington threatens Pakistan over proposed gas pipeline with Iran

By Ali Ismail, 9 March 2012

The Obama administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Pakistan if it proceeds with plans to build a natural gas pipeline to Iran, its eastern neighbor.

US Congress to debate motion on “self-determination” for Pakistani Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2012

Cynically invoking human rights abuses of the Pakistani state, Republican Congressmen have presented a resolution to Congress advocating “self-determination” for Balochistan, threatening Pakistan with dismemberment.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court indicts prime minister

By Sampath Perera, 18 February 2012

The ruling has intensified the country’s political crisis by further weakening the unpopular Gilani government.

Pakistan “highly vulnerable” to economic shocks, warns IMF

By Ali Ismail and Sampath Perera, 16 February 2012

The International Monetary Fund has warned that Pakistan confronts anaemic growth, double-digit inflation, large budget and trade deficits and could soon face a balance of payments crisis.

CIA drones target rescue workers, mourners

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2012

An investigation by British and Pakistani journalists found that the CIA followed up drone missile strikes with further attacks that targeted rescue workers and funerals.

Obama publicly embraces drone killings

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2012

President Obama is deliberately embracing and thereby seeking to justify and normalize the criminal actions of the US military-intelligence apparatus.

Pakistan’s prime minister kowtows to military in bid to end political crisis

By Keith Jones, 1 February 2012

Pakistan’s prime minister made a humiliating climb down last week, retracting, after weeks of refusing to do so, his accusation that the Army chief and the head of Pakistan’s principal intelligence agency had acted illegally and unconstitutionally.

Pakistani elite preparing to restore full cooperation with US in Afghan War

By Ali Ismail, 27 January 2012

Despite the tough-sounding rhetoric from Islamabad and Rawalpindi over the NATO air strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan’s civilian and military elite is moving to restore full and open cooperation with Washington.

Pakistan faces creeping military coup

By Ali Ismail and Keith Jones, 13 January 2012

Relations between Pakistan’s civilian government and its military establishment have deteriorated sharply, leading to press speculation that the military is preparing to oust President Zardari and the PPP-led government.

US resumes drone missile attacks in Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 12 January 2012

The US carried out a drone missile strike in Pakistan Tuesday, killing four people. It was the first drone attack since US forces killed 26 Pakistani soldiers in late November.

Mass opposition rally heightens political crisis in Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2011

Backed by sections of the ruling elite, Imran Khan is functioning as a useful safety valve to defuse mounting popular anger over the US-led Afpak war.

US admits partial blame in deaths of Pakistani soldiers, but defends airstrikes

By Keith Jones, 24 December 2011

The US military has grudgingly conceded its mistakes played a role in the November 25-26 NATO attack that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. But the US continues to defend both the violation of Pakistani sovereignty and the deadly airstrikes themselves.

Pakistan continues to halt the supply of US forces occupying Afghanistan

By Sampath Perera, 21 December 2011

Pakistan is continuing to blockade shipments of fuel, food and other supplies to the US-NATO forces occupying Afghanistan in protest of a Nov. 26 US attack that killed more than two dozen Pakistani troops.

Pakistani elite plunged into crisis over reputed secret offer to US

By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2011

Pakistan’s government has been shaken by allegations that its former ambassador to the US composed a memo pledging compliance with Washington’s demands, in return for help preventing a military coup.

Pakistan protests mount as Obama rejects apology for US strike

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2011

Thousands of students in Lahore and other cities staged protests as it was reported that President Obama has rejected a proposal that he issue a formal apology for the US raid that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

Cricketer Imran Khan’s party: A dead end for opposition to US war in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 December 2011

The major Pakistani parties’ record of subservience to the US “war on terror” has left Imran Khan’s conservative-nationalist PTI party able to posture as the only representative of opposition to the war.

Outrage spreads in Pakistan over NATO bombings

By Alex Lantier, 29 November 2011

US and Pakistani officials held intensive talks as outrage grew in the Pakistani population and army over the NATO bombing of two Pakistani border posts on Saturday.

NATO raid kills two dozen Pakistani soldiers

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2011

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are near breaking point after a US airstrike early Saturday morning killed more than 25 Pakistani soldiers stationed at two army posts located near the Afghan border.

Joint military exercise highlights growing Pakistan-China relations

By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2011

The joint military exercise by Pakistan and China began as US-China rivalries in Asia intensify.

US again threatening to take military action inside Pakistan

By Vilani Peris and Ali Ismail, 5 November 2011

US threats to mount cross-border raids into Pakistan have prompted the country’s military to warn that Pakistan will repel any force that violates its sovereignty.

Riots erupt over Pakistan’s chronic electricity cuts

By Vilani Peiris, 26 October 2011

Popular anger over chronic electricity load-shedding erupted earlier this month, producing violent clashes in many Pakistani cities.

Neglected Pakistan flood victims left to survive on their own

By Sampath Perera, 19 October 2011

While the Indus Valley floodwaters have started to recede, the threat of famine and diseases is mounting for millions forced from their homes.

Obama ramps up pressure on Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2011

The protracted US-led war in Afghanistan has transformed that country into a hornet’s nest of political intrigue and profoundly destabilised the entire region.

India-Afghan pact further poisons Afghan-Pakistan relations

By James Cogan, 6 October 2011

The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.

French president’s associates charged in “Karachigate” scandal

By Kumaran Ira, 3 October 2011

Close associates of French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been accused of using kickbacks from submarine sales to Pakistan in 1994 for illegal party funding.

Devastating floods threaten famine, disease in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 October 2011

The continuing floods in a condition of little or no assistance to millions of affected and displaced people have worsened a public health crisis and risks of malnutrition has intensified.

US-Pakistani relations worsen following accusations and threats from Washington

By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2011

The crisis in US-Pakistan relations continues to escalate more than a week after chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani network.

Public anger mounts as floods again engulf Pakistan

By Ali Ismail, 21 September 2011

Popular anger is spreading throughout Pakistan over the PPP-led government’s pitiful response to the massive floods that are ravaging the country for the second year in succession.

Five million ravaged by floods in Pakistan

By Ali Ismail, 8 September 2011

Flash floods brought on by monsoon rains have killed over 130 people in Pakistan in recent weeks and forced millions to flee their submerged villages.

Pakistan: KESC security guards and Karachi police open fire on protesting workers

By Ali Ismail, 2 September 2011

Karachi Electric Supply Company workers demonstrating against nonpayment of their salaries were brutally attacked on Monday when KESC security guards and Karachi police opened fire on them, injuring at least eight.

Karachi torn by mounting political-ethnic violence

By Ali Ismail, 24 August 2011

A wave of ethnic-killings arising from turf wars between Karachi's establishment parties and the rival gangs they patronize has sparked calls for the army to be deployed.

Pakistan: Report lifts veil on military and intelligence apparatus’ repression in Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 11 August 2011

A recent report on the “disappeared” in Balochistan is a devastating exposure of the brutal tactics Pakistan’s military and security agencies are using to suppress Baloch ethnic-nationalists in the country’s poorest province.

Pakistan Peoples Party budget imposes further IMF-dictated austerity

By Ali Ismail, 22 July 2011

The austerity budget that Pakistan’s PPP-led coalition government is implementing in the 2011-12 fiscal year is a conspiracy against the country’s workers and toilers.

US suspends aid to Pakistan

By Vilani Peiris, 15 July 2011

Washington suspended aid to Pakistan, trying to force it to do Washington’s bidding in the US “AfPak” war waged in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistani military launches offensive into Kurram agency

By James Cogan, 9 July 2011

The operation has been ordered to restore relations with the Obama administration following tensions that developed in the wake of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden killing roils US ties with Pakistani army

By Vilani Peiris, 25 June 2011

US deputy special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiro arrived in Islamabad on Monday, part of a series of visits to Pakistan by US administration officials since the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 1.

Pakistan and China strengthen ties after Bin Laden assassination

By Keith Jones, 23 May 2011

In the aftermath of the assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, there are now signs that the longstanding conflict between India and Pakistan will intersect with growing tensions between the United States and China.

Pakistan: Military sponsored-PML (Q) joins PPP-led coalition government

By Ali Ismail, 20 May 2011

The Pakistan Muslim League (Q)—the civilian face of the military regime that ruled Pakistan till 2008—has joined the country’s deeply unpopular Pakistan People’s Party-led federal government, so it can implement an IMF austerity program.

Pakistan’s President Zardari visits Moscow

By Niall Green, 19 May 2011

Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.

Pakistani, NATO forces clash amid rising US-Pakistani tensions

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2011

Two Pakistani soldiers were injured, at least one seriously, Tuesday when Pakistani ground troops were fired on by NATO helicopters that had crossed into Pakistani airspace over North Waziristan.

Pakistan warns US “unilateralism” could have “serious consequences”

By Keith Jones, 10 May 2011

Pakistan’s Prime Minister has warned that Pakistan reserves the right to “retaliate with full force” to any future violation of its national sovereignty.

After bin Laden killing, US intensifies pressure on Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2011

An important element in the carefully calculated decision to murder Bin Laden was the frustration in Washington over resistance in Islamabad to US demands over the AfPak war.

Pakistan: IMF demands brutal restructuring in return for further funding

By Ali Ismail, 25 April 2011

A Pakistani delegation returned home from Washington last week after failing to win approval from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of the sixth tranche of an $11 billion loan.

Pakistan: CIA drone kills 25 on eve of mass protest against US missile strikes

By Keith Jones, 23 April 2011

Yesterday’s US missile attack in North Waziristan came on the eve of a two-day mass protest against Predator drone strikes that its organizers claim will mobilize hundreds of thousands.

Drone attacks trigger fresh crisis in US-Pakistani relations

By Keith Jones, 15 April 2011

The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday.

Pakistan: Report reveals deplorable state of country’s education system

By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2011

A recent report from a Pakistan government-established task force paints a harrowing picture of the state of education in the world’s sixth most populous country.

CIA killer Raymond Davis released by Pakistani authorities

New US drone attack kills dozens

By Ali Ismail, 18 March 2011

One day after Pakistani authorities released CIA agent Raymond Davis, the US carried out a fresh atrocity in Pakistan killing more than three dozen people.

Pakistan: Government minister opposed to blasphemy laws assassinated

By Ali Ismail, 16 March 2011

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Religious Minorities Minister and a vocal opponent of the country’s reactionary and discriminatory blasphemy laws, was assassinated March 2.

Pakistan: US spy Raymond Davis allegedly tied to Islamicist groups

By Ali Ismail, 5 March 2011

Potentially explosive allegations concerning the covert activities of Raymond Davis, the CIA operative who gunned down two Pakistani youth in a Lahore market in late January, continue to emerge.

Pakistan: Tensions rise as Raymond Davis revealed to be a CIA operative

By Ali Ismail, 24 February 2011

The New York Times revealed that Davis was part of a covert, CIA-led team responsible for gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups in Pakistan.

Dozens slaughtered by US forces in Afghanistan-Pakistan air attacks

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 February 2011

After a US air strike killed up to 51 civilians last Thursday in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Kunar province, General David Petraeus reportedly accused local residents of burning their children to fake evidence of civilian casualties.

Diplomatic crisis intensifies over US operative who gunned down Pakistanis

By Keith Jones, 18 February 2011

Washington ratcheted up pressure on Pakistan this week to drop all criminal charges against a US security operative who gunned down two young men in a busy Lahore market, killing both.

WSWS posts Marxist Voice statement from Pakistan in Urdu

16 February 2011

The WSWS is publishing in Urdu a statement recently issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, “Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program: Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!” We are also publishing the Urdu translation of the WSWS perspective, “A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class,” which explains the significance of the Marxist Voice statement.

US bullying Pakistan to release “diplomat” who killed two in Lahore market

By Ali Ismail, 10 February 2011

Pakistan’s government is facing escalating US pressure to release Raymond Davis, the American national responsible for gunning down two Pakistani youths in a Lahore market on January 26.

Pakistan: Red Cross warns of Tunisia-style unrest in wake of floods

By Ali Ismail, 9 February 2011

Last year’s floods have exacerbated food insecurity in Pakistan to the point that the poverty-stricken country could soon see Tunisia-style unrest, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.

US drone attacks provoke fury in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 26 January 2011

Sunday’s three attacks took the number of Predator strikes in the first weeks of 2011 to at least 10, making clear there will be no letup in the US carnage inside Pakistan.

Pakistan’s summer floods: A man-made disaster

By Ali Ismail, 13 January 2011

More than six months after catastrophic floods first hit Pakistan, millions of people remain without proper shelter and adequate food supplies and at risk of disease. This tragedy is a stunning indictment of the Pakistani bourgeoisie and its international allies, above all Washington.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

By of Marxist Voice, 6 January 2011

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing here a statement from Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International and undertaken to work with the ICFI to build it as the World Party of Socialist Revolution.

Pakistan’s PPP-led government on brink of collapse

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 5 January 2011

The survival of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led national coalition government is in jeopardy following Sunday’s defection by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 3

By Marxist Voice, 5 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the third and concluding part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

New Year begins with multiple US missile attacks in Pakistan

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2011

At least 20 were killed in three separate strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 2

By Marxist Voice, 4 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the second part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

A welcome advance for the Pakistani and world working class

By Keith Jones, 3 January 2011

The statement issued by the Pakistani group Marxist Voice, which the World Socialist Web Site today begins to serialize, represents an important advance in the elaboration of a revolutionary perspective for the workers of Pakistan and South Asia.

Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program

Build the Pakistani section of the International Committee of the Fourth International!

Part 1

By Marxist Voice, 3 January 2011

The WSWS is publishing here the first part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

CIA drone strikes kill 25 in Pakistan

By Joseph Kishore, 28 December 2010

The latest slaughter took place in the North Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan and has been targeted by the majority of US missiles fired from unmanned aircraft over the past year.

Pakistan president appeals to opposition to support IMF austerity measures

By Sampath Perera, 28 December 2010

Pakistan’s president has personally appealed to the head of the country’s largest opposition party to help his Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government impose a series of IMF diktats, including punishing tax increases.

New York Times reports US plans for military escalation in Pakistan

By Barry Grey, 22 December 2010

In a front-page article, the New York Times reported Tuesday that the Obama administration is close to approving a major expansion of Special Operations ground raids into Pakistani regions bordering Afghanistan.

US drones slaughter 54 in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2010

A series of CIA drone missile attacks Friday killed at least 54 people in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghanistan border.

Hundreds killed in national-ethnic violence in Pakistan’s largest city

By Ali Ismail, 3 December 2010

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recently reported that more than 1,350 people have been killed in Karachi this year in ethnic-political violence perpetrated by gangs aligned with parties in Pakistan’s national coalition government.

WikiLeaks cables fuel hostility to US role in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2010

Diplomatic cables from the US Embassy in Islamabad released by WikiLeaks have exposed the criminal and duplicitous role played by both Washington and the Pakistani government.

Pakistani workers express support for Indianapolis GM rank-and-file committee

4 November 2010

Workers in Pakistan sent a message of solidarity to GM workers fighting wage cuts and the threatened closing of their plant in Indianapolis.

Seven million without shelter months after Pakistan floods

By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2010

Seven million of the 21 million Pakistanis affected by this summer’s floods are still without shelter, the United Nation’s Pakistan Office reported this week. And an estimated 14 million continue to need urgent humanitarian assistance.

US agencies had warnings before Mumbai terrorist attack

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2010

An American informant had a high-level role in the preparation of the December 2008 assault, in which 166 people were killed by bullets and grenades.