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Must See Documentary "Bhutto" Airs Tonight on PBS

Must See Documentary "Bhutto" Airs Tonight on PBS


I urge all our readers who live on the East Coast of the United States to tune into PBS stations at 10pm for “Bhutto”, a two hour investigative documentary on Benazir Bhutto, the assassinated former Prime Minister and PPP leader.  An examination of the …

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Bin Laden Unites Pakistan

Decades have passed since Pakistan’s  elected government, the opposition, the military and the media spoke the same language on one issue. The last time when one saw overwhelming consensus among all these segments of society was perhaps the war with India in 1965. The killing of Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin …

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Understanding the Balochistan Imbroglio

By Malik Siraj Akbar
Foreigners who have never heard of Pakistan’s Balochistan crisis are often comforted by the fact that they are not the only ones who do not know much about the raging conflict. Even most Pakistanis are

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What Did the Pakistani Military and Intelligence Service Know?

The narrative of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan is still in flux, nearly seven days out. The nucleus of that narrative however remains static : what did the Pakistani military and intelligence services know about bin Laden’s whereabouts, when did it know it and what did it …

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OBL's Death Has Saddened Pakistan's 'Right' Media

OBL's Death Has Saddened Pakistan's 'Right' Media


With the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in what appears to be a covert American operation in the garrison town of Abbottabad, Pakistanis are  in a state of deja vu.  While the international community is caught in a state of disbelief that …

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Ambassador to U.S Husain Haqqani Defends Government on Charlie Rose

Yesterday, May 3rd, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani went on Charlie Rose to defend his government’s inaction on the set of circumstances and events surrounding the near capture and, ultimately, targeted killing of Osama bin Laden.
It was a revelatory chat.  For, during that time in one move Ambassador …

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Hoopla!

Bin Ladin is dead. Again. In the last ten years he has been reported “killed” at least four times. The only difference this time was that the President of the United States announced the death of the number one terrorist in the world. Above all, this time he was killed …

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America the Resilient

America the Resilient

Zainab Jeewanjee comments on America’s killing of Osama bin Laden. She describes a resilient, rejuvenated United States that has an opportunity to foster new relationships with our allies, namely Pakistan.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

President Obama is about to address the nation and declare that U.S troops have killed Osama Bin Laden, and that the U.S military is in possession of his body.
The most wanted man in the world, responsible for the attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001 is now dead.  The …

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Is New U.S. National Security Team Bad for Pakistani Military?

General David Petraeus’ appointment at the new Director of Central Intelligence has been a well-regarded move within Washington D.C.’s political establishment. Islamabad, however has shrunk away from President Obama’s national security reshuffle that has now churned up the highest ranks of the Pentagon’s civilian and military leadership, as well as …

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CIA Moves To Appease ISI While Maintaining Covert Operations

It is abundantly clear that the Pakistani military intends to use the recent Raymond Davis affair as a bargaining chip that it hopes will keep rolling back to the negotiating table. Raymond Davis, a 36 year old man revealed to be a CIA contractor fatally shot two Pakistani men on …

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Islamabad Pulls out of U.S. Af/Pak Trilateral Meeting, Citing Recent Deadly Drone Attack

The somewhat plodding resolution of the Raymond Davis affair last week was good news.  Strategic and coordinative relations between the U.S and Pakistan were on the mend.  But the recent drone attack that killed nearly 40 people has cut short that much needed  re-engagement and amity.   Relations have deteriorated …

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Anti-Taliban Leaders Picked off in Pakistan as 34 Funeral Attendees Killed

In a statement released this morning, on the terrible occasion of at least 34 dead, 45 and more wounded at a funeral for the wife of a leading anti-Taliban leader, Kala …

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Is Raymond A. Davis a Bargaining Chip for U.S Concessions?

Is it likely that the government of Pakistan is trying to delay the onset of proceedings against Raymond A. Davis, the man accused of allegedly killing two motorists on the streets of Lahore?  This in order to buy time as back-channel negotiations run up against public sentiment, the natural political …

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Minorities Minister Assassinated: Another Assassination Charged to Blasphemy Laws

Tehrik-e-Taliban, Pakistan’s contagion across the Kush, is bent on taking down the government in Islamabad by destroying the foundational liberal and multicultural bases that it had long promised to cherish.  Militants have shot and killed the minorities minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, a man who had for some time challenged the fundamentally …

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