By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2010
Britain’s Guardian newspaper published comments Friday from a high-ranking Pakistani government official and European intelligence officials stating that the recent US terror alert was politically motivated.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2010
Formal apologies from US officials for a September 30 cross-border helicopter raid that killed three Pakistani frontier troops have failed to halt a blockade on US supplies imposed by Islamabad.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2010
The week-old standoff between Washington and Islamabad over US military attacks and the blocking of a vital NATO supply line underscores the growing threat that the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan is spiralling out of control.
By Ali Ismail, 4 October 2010
A US court’s September 24 sentencing of Pakistani neuroscientist Affia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison has sparked protests throughout Pakistan.
By Barry Grey, 2 October 2010
More than two dozen trucks and oil tankers carrying supplies for the US military offensive against Kandahar in Afghanistan were destroyed in two separate attacks Friday in southern Pakistan.
By Keith Jones, 1 October 2010
Pakistan shut down a pivotal US-NATO Afghan war supply route yesterday following a NATO attack on a Pakistani border post that killed three Pakistan Frontier Corps troops and injured three others.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2010
Amid signs of increasing desperation in the nine-year US war in Afghanistan, Washington has simultaneously launched a major offensive in Kandahar and escalated its attacks across the border in Pakistan.
By Tom Peters, 24 September 2010
While shedding crocodile tears over the flood victims, international leaders accompanied their tiny pledges of aid with demands for sweeping austerity measures and increased taxes on working people.
By Tom Peters, 21 September 2010
The media campaign and charges against Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt reveal the extent to which cricket has become dominated by commercial imperatives.
By Sampath Perera, 17 September 2010
Even by official estimates, hundreds of thousands more people have been made homeless by floodwaters in the past four days, particularly in the Dadu district.
By Ali Ismail, 15 September 2010
Seven weeks after catastrophic floods first hit Pakistan, the government has done next to nothing to provide relief to the 20 million flood-affected. Instead, the various political parties have descended into bickering, as they try to shift blame for the disaster onto their rivals.
By Sampath Perera, 10 September 2010
Callously exploiting the humanitarian disaster caused by six weeks of flooding, the International Monetary Fund is spurning Pakistan’s pleas for the release of funds under a 2008 loan agreement until Islamabad implements policy changes that will punish the country’s impoverished toilers.
By Tom Peters, 6 September 2010
The Obama administration has filed criminal charges against Hakimullah Mehsud, who is alleged to have organised the suicide bomb attack that killed seven CIA agents in Afghanistan in December 2009.
By Ali Ismail, 2 September 2010
The UN World Food Programme and UN Children’s Fund have warned that the floods ravaging Pakistan will exacerbate child hunger and malnutrition. This is in a country where millions of children already suffered from acute malnutrition or stunting.
By Sampath Perera, 31 August 2010
Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh over the past few days as flood waters threatened cities and towns.
By Keith Jones, 30 August 2010
The floods in Pakistan are a calamity of monumental dimensions. Yet for the rival national bourgeoisies of Pakistan and India, it is business as usual.
By Ali Ismail, 26 August 2010
The catastrophic floods spreading across Pakistan have dashed any hopes of an economic recovery in the poverty-stricken country.
By Sampath Perera, 25 August 2010
Three weeks after floods inundated Pakistan, millions of people are still without basic assistance—food, clean water, shelter and medicine. While aid promises have increased, the UN reported on Monday that it had received only about 70 percent of its emergency appeal.
By Vilani Peiris, 21 August 2010
After a two-day UN session ended yesterday, international aid pledged for Pakistani flood victims still fell well short of the UN’s emergency aid appeal for $460 million.
By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2010
As the toll of death and destruction in Pakistan from unprecedented flooding continues to mount, US government officials and the American media are raising concerns not over the colossal human tragedy, but over the potential threat to political stability and US security interests in the region.
By Vilani Peiris, 17 August 2010
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the devastation as the worst that he had ever seen. “In the past, I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.”
17 August 2010
The World Socialist Web Site received the following letter Sunday from a supporter in Pakistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 11 August 2010
With heavy rain continuing, the worst flooding in Pakistan in 80 years is still spreading. Pakistani relief organisations are stretched to the limit, yet the level of international aid remains pitiful.
By Wije Dias, 7 August 2010
The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as a result of the country’s worst floods in 80 years is a devastating indictment not only of the present Pakistani government, but of its international allies—the US in particular—and the profit system as a whole.
By Vilani Peiris, 3 August 2010
While the Pakistani government has put the death toll in the current monsoonal flooding at around 800, officials in the worst affected, north-western region estimate a far higher figure of more than 1,500.
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010
Nearly 92,000 military documents posted on the Internet by the WikiLeaks web site paint a devastating picture of US-NATO imperialist atrocities in Afghanistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 22 July 2010
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent visit to China points to growing rivalry between the major powers. China sees Pakistan as its main ally in South Asia, while the US wants to keep Islamabad under its sway, supporting the war in Afghanistan.
By Sarath Kumara, 9 July 2010
Despite opposition from the US, Pakistan has signed an agreement with Iran for a major gas pipeline between the two countries.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 June 2010
Mounting evidence supports allegations that a deadly 2002 bombing in Karachi was linked to non-payment of kickbacks in submarine contracts linked to French political party funding, as the scandal threatens to engulf France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy.
By Sampath Perera, 16 June 2010
The Pakistan government this month announced a budget based on IMF dictates to slash social spending, setting the stage for deeper unrest.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 May 2010
Under pressure from Washington, India and Pakistan have agreed to resume a long-stalled peace dialogue. But the US’s efforts to harness Pakistan and India to its predatory geopolitical goals in Asia are themselves a major source of friction between Islamabad and New Delhi.
By Peter Symonds, 12 May 2010
The Obama administration has seized on the failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square on May 1 to insist that the Pakistani military step up its war on Islamic militants and extend its operations into North Waziristan.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2010
The Obama administration has granted secret permission to the CIA to carry out more indiscriminate drone missile strikes in Pakistan, even as protests over civilian casualties caused by the attacks grow.
By W.A. Sunil, 22 April 2010
In a bid to quell public anger, Pakistan’s army chief was forced to issue a public apology last Saturday over the recent killing of more than 70 civilians near the Afghanistan border.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 April 2010
Eighteenth months after Pakistan was forced to seek emergency support from the IMF, the country remains mired in economic crisis.
By Sampath Perera, 25 March 2010
The enduring character of the US-Pakistan relationship is exemplified by the leading role that General Ashfaq Kiyani, the current head of Pakistan’s armed forces, is playing in the talks. Even the New York Times had to concede that Kiyani “has driven the agenda for the talks” and “will be the dominant Pakistani participant.”
By Sampath Perera, 6 March 2010
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and the country’s Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government have suffered a further blow to their power and prestige as the result of a clash with the Supreme Court over judicial appointments.
By Shree Haran, 3 March 2010
The talks held between India and Pakistan last week ended with no more than a promise that the rival South Asian powers will “keep in touch.”
Under US pressure
By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 February 2010
India and Pakistan will soon hold high-level talks for the first time in fourteen months. But New Delhi is still balking at the resumption of the “composite dialogue” set in place after the two countries almost went to war in 2001-2002.
US jury convicts Aafia Siddiqui
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2010
Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in angry protests Thursday after a New York jury convicted Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist subjected to rendition and torture, on frame-up charges of shooting at US soldiers.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2010
CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
Pakistani victim of rendition and torture
By Ali Ismail, 1 February 2010
The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected.
By James Cogan, 14 January 2010
A report published this month in Pakistan makes clear that the carnage from the fighting between the Pakistani military and anti-government militants more than matches that taking place in neighbouring Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2010
In an apparent campaign of revenge, at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2010
US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2010
The year 2009 ended as the bloodiest thus far of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and the associated Pakistani operations in the tribal regions of North West Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2009
Amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan, it has been revealed that over the past five years US special operations troops have conducted a number of secret cross-border raids into Pakistan.
By Keith Jones, 18 December 2009
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has unanimously struck down an ordinance that gave the current president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) boss Asif Ali Zardari immunity from prosecution, placing a question mark over his continued rule.
By Ali Ismail, 9 December 2009
A report commissioned by the British Council reveals widespread dissatisfaction and frustration among Pakistani youth due to bleak economic prospects, great and deepening social inequality, a grossly inadequate education system and the indifference and corruption of the ruling elite.
By James Cogan, 8 December 2009
The Obama administration is intent on pursuing the reckless and politically explosive course of escalating the AfPak War.
By James Cogan, 23 November 2009
Islamists and tribal militants now consider themselves in a fight to the death with the pro-US government of President Zardari.
By James Cogan, 20 November 2009
According to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, US officials have pushed for an “understanding” that American forces can enter Pakistan to secure its nuclear arsenal in the event of a direct threat, particularly a mutiny by anti-American Islamist tendencies inside the Pakistani armed forces.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2009
The Pakistani Taliban is carrying out an intense campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations in retaliation for the military offensive in the tribal agency of South Waziristan.
By Keith Jones, 2 November 2009
During a visit to Pakistan last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encountered widespread popular anger over the US’s treatment of Pakistan—its support for a succession of military dictatorships and readiness to push Pakistan toward civil war in pursuit of victory in Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 28 October 2009
The military offensive into South Waziristan is having a devastating impact on the entire civilian population. Villages and towns are literally being bombed into rubble and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2009
Under heavy pressure from the Obama administration, Pakistan is now waging all-out war in South Waziristan.
By James Cogan, 21 October 2009
Civilians seeking to escape are being forced to walk out of the war zone under constant threat of attack.
By James Cogan, 19 October 2009
The Waziristan offensive under pressure from Washington is the latest chapter in the history of mercenary relations between the US and Pakistani governments.
By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2009
As the Pakistani military is poised to launch a major offensive into the tribal agency of South Waziristan, Islamist militants carried out coordinated, high-profile attacks yesterday on police facilities in the city of Lahore.
Following attack on army headquarters
By Keith Jones, 12 October 2009
Pakistan’s army was forced to storm a section of its own national headquarters complex to put an end to a day-long assault and hostage-taking by unidentified anti-government insurgents.
By James Cogan, 9 October 2009
A Pakistani Taliban militant carried out a suicide bombing against the UN World Food Program headquarters in Islamabad on Monday, killing five UN workers.
By James Cogan, 3 October 2009
The anti-occupation insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces.
By Ali Ismail, 1 October 2009
Pakistan’s draconian “blasphemy” laws have come under renewed criticism since several Christians were killed this summer by a mob of Muslim fundamentalists in a pogrom-style attack.
Washington’s “good war”
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2009
Reports from Pakistan’s Swat valley of the disappearance, torture and execution of civilians at the hands of the military death squads expose the reality of the so-called “good war” prosecuted by the Obama administration.
By James Cogan, 29 August 2009
The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 August 2009
Washington sent its special envoy Richard Holbrook to Islamabad this week to pressure Pakistan into launching a major offensive in South Waziristan.
By James Cogan, 15 August 2009
The civil war between the US-backed government of President Asif Ali Zardari and Islamist and tribal militants is escalating in the wake of the assassination of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
By James Cogan, 8 August 2009
The American political establishment and the US media, along with Washington’s client government in Islamabad, are reveling in the reports that missiles launched from an unmanned US Predator drone on Wednesday killed Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud.
By Barry Grey, 9 July 2009
The United States fired multiple missiles from pilotless drones on Wednesday in two separate attacks on insurgents in Pakistan’s South Waziristan district, killing up to 60 people.
By Tom Eley, 25 June 2009
A US drone on Tuesday fired missiles into a funeral gathering in the Pakistani region of South Waziristan, killing as many as 80 people and maiming dozens more.
By James Cogan, 23 June 2009
The Waziristan offensive follows bloody fighting and mass civilian displacement in the Swat Valley and other districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
By James Cogan, 1 June 2009
The Pakistani military claims to have largely shattered the Islamist militant movement in the Swat Valley, Lower Dir and Buner districts.
By James Cogan, 28 May 2009
The Pakistani military is deepening its assault against Islamist militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) district of the Swat Valley and beginning to extend its campaign into other ethnic Pashtun-populated areas.
By Vilani Peiris, 25 May 2009
The Pakistan military offensive against pro-Taliban militia in the country’s North-West Frontier Province has produced a massive humanitarian crisis. More than one-and-a-half million people have fled their homes. The fighting and resulting exodus of Pashtuns from the NWFP is also exacerbating national-ethnic tensions in Pakistan.
By James Cogan, 23 May 2009
The Pakistani military assault into Buner, Lower Dir and the Swat Valley has rapidly degenerated into the savage collective punishment of entire Pashtun communities.
By Peter Symonds, 14 May 2009
Refugees continue to flood out of embattled areas of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) as the military extends its offensive in the Swat, Buner and Lower Dir districts against Taliban militants.
By Peter Symonds, 11 May 2009
Comments by China’s ambassador in Islamabad last Thursday highlight the reckless path on which the Obama administration has embarked in Pakistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2009
The Pentagon is attempting to cover up its responsibility for the massacre of at least 120 civilians in western Afghanistan—the worst atrocity since the war began—as the Obama administration prepares to escalate the US intervention.
By Keith Jones, 8 May 2009
Amid a mounting, war-induced humanitarian crisis, Pakistan’s armed forces have intensified their offensive against Pakistani Taliban insurgents in Swat and two adjacent districts in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province.
By Peter Symonds, 7 May 2009
The US summit with Afghanistan and Pakistan currently underway in Washington marks the onset of a major escalation of military violence in both countries.
By Keith Jones, 5 May 2009
The US political and military establishment and the American media have been mounting an increasingly shrill campaign to bully Islamabad into fully complying with US diktats in what Washington has redefined as the AfPak war theater.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2009
The Obama administration is demanding that the military be given a free hand in directing the escalating US intervention in Pakistan, rejecting congressional conditions or civilian control over billions of dollars in military aid to Islamabad.
By Keith Jones, 30 April 2009
Tens of thousands of Pashtun-speaking villagers have been forced to flee from their homes in recent days as the result of the punishing offensive the Pakistani military has mounted, at Washington’s urging, against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s North-West Frontier Province.
By Keith Jones, 25 April 2009
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned Pakistani authorities that US-Pakistan relations will be imperiled unless they heed Washington’s admonitions and bloodily suppresses a growing Islamacist insurgency fueled by the US occupation of Afghanistan.
Missile strikes to be intensified
By Keith Jones, 8 April 2009
The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan visited Islamabad this week to press Pakistani authorities to intensify their efforts to staunch the anti-American insurgency in the country’s Pashtun-speaking Afghan borderlands.
By Keith Jones, 17 March 2009
Under intense pressure from Washington and the military, Pakistan’s government conceded one of its key demands, lifting a draconian ban on all political meetings and protests.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2009
US missiles killed at least 24 people in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Kurram Thursday evening. The American military attack came in the midst of an intense political crisis that is calling into question the Pakistani government’s stability.
By Keith Jones, 13 March 2009
Pakistan’s government is using antidemocratic measures akin to those employed by the former US-backed dictator General Pervez Musharraf to suppress an agitation mounted by the principal opposition party and lawyer groups.
By Keith Jones, 4 March 2009
Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured when unidentified terrorists mounted a commando-style raid Tuesday morning on a convoy of vehicles carrying players and umpires to a Pakistani-Sri Lankan cricket match in Lahore.
By Keith Jones, 28 February 2009
There have been demonstrations in cities across Pakistan for the past three days protesting against a Supreme Court ruling that the two principal leaders of the country’s main opposition party are ineligible to stand for election or hold any public office.
By Barry Grey, 23 February 2009
The Obama administration is significantly expanding the US military role in Pakistan beyond that pursued by the Bush administration, according to a front-page article published February 21 by the New York Times.
By Barry Grey, 17 February 2009
The two missile strikes, bringing the number since Obama took office to four, were a clear signal that the new administration intends to escalate the US military intervention in Pakistan.
By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2009
The Indian government launched a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan this week, with a dossier linking the Pakistan-based Islamist organisation Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. While none of the evidence links the Pakistani government or its agencies to the operation, Indian leaders accused Islamabad of involvement.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2008
Tensions between India and Pakistan intensified last Friday after the Pakistani military began shifting troops from its western border with Afghanistan to bolster positions along the border with India.
By James Cogan, 24 December 2008
US supplies into Afghanistan are under threat due to the expansion of the Taliban insurgency and the growth of Islamist activity inside Pakistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 16 December 2008
A representative of the Royal Bank of Scotland has said that the “stabilization” program the IMF has imposed on Pakistan will result in up to three million job cuts and a further 5.6 million to 7.5 million Pakistanis being pushed into poverty over the next two years.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2008
Under intense pressure from the US and India, the Pakistani government has initiated a crackdown on Islamist groups allegedly involved in the terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
10 December 2008
Washington’s targetting of Gul raises an inconvenient fact: that the nexus between the Pakistani military establishment and Islamist militias has its roots in the CIA-backed jihad in the 1980s against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
By Barry Grey, 9 December 2008
A series of attacks on US and NATO military equipment depots in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar have underscored the increasingly dire security situation facing American and allied forces conducting the counterinsurgency war in neighboring Afghanistan.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2008
The Bush administration is exerting intense pressure on Pakistan to take action against Islamist groups allegedly responsible for last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Rather than easing tensions between Pakistan and India, Washington’s backing for New Delhi threatens to further destabilise Pakistan and trigger an escalating confrontation between the regional rivals.