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Pakistan’s polio fight goes under the radar

A few torn remnants of a government poster advertising an anti-polio drive conducted in 2012 are still visible on the gate of Sajjida Bibi’s house, and the impression given to passers-by is that years of vaccin...
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Pakistan’s Missing Middle Class

In most countries, it is the middle class – the bourgeoisie – who form the bulwark against radicalism because of their vested interest in property, business and the country’s institutions. In Pakistan, what mid...
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Karachi: Burning and Dying

The spate of violence that has engulfed Karachi, Pakistan's chaotic commercial and economic hub, has come to resemble in many ways the lawlessness of the tribal areas, giving it the dubious distinction of being known as the world's most dangerous megacity. ...
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Pakistan’s Lawless, Impoverished Northwest

The rugged, lawless region lying across the North Western frontier of Pakistan under the name Federally Administered Tribal Areas, universally called FATA, is known as the "hub of terrorism" in a coun...
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Pakistan’s Uneducated Children

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai's speech at the UN in New York calling for "free, compulsory education all over the world for every child" is a reminder that back in her home country several mil...
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Balochistan: Ignored and In Trouble

To understand the long-running and fast-growing insurgency in Balochistan, Pakistan's desperately poor western province, it is necessary to look at Islamabad's near-fatal economic and governmental negligence over what is geographically the country's largest a...
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Democratic Transition in Pakistan

The national elections in Pakistan last month were surprisingly successful, with turnout of 55.02 percent, the largest since 1970 and a victory for democracy in that the voters refused to buckle under to the in...
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US Drones Kill Innocent Civilians, Crisis Group says

In a critical report issued today, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said the US Central Intelligence Agency's secretive drone strike program has killed significant numbers of Al Qaeda and Taliban l...
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Pakistan Fighting Forces Refugees to Flee

Around 40,000 residents of Pakistan's Tirah Valley, close to the border with Afghanistan, have fled their homes after renewed fighting in the last few weeks, according to the Disaster Management Authority in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FDMA). M...
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How Drone Strikes Hamper Humanitarian Aid

Aid workers say drone strikes in rural parts of Afghanistan are affecting humanitarian and advocacy work. In places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, strikes by unmanned planes flying in the US's secretive dron...