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How best to serve Pakistan’s 750,000 IDPs?

Residents escaping the latest round of fighting in Khyber Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) say they did not even have time to bury their dead before leaving their homes in the Tir...
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Pakistan’s Troubled Inoculation Program

Pakistan is paying the price for its inability to inoculate its children, with measles killing 310 in Sindh province over the past year and with health officials and analysts saying more deaths are likely. The ...
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Pakistan and the Wrong Road

Seemingly against the odds, Pakistan's stock market has continued to defy expectations, outperforming the rest of Asia outside Japan for the past 18 months and all of the emerging markets since last March. Since January 2009, the average annual return for t...
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Understanding Karachi’s killing fields

Mukhtar Ahmed Azmi, 75, along with his son and grandson, was about half way home on 6 September when unknown assailants on motorcycles opened fire on them in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. Only Azmi's grands...
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China finds another route to the Indian Ocean

The Port of Singapore Authority’s* decision to pull out of a 40-year contract to operate the new Gwadar deep sea port in southwestern Pakistan, now to be taken over by the Chinese, is causing consternatio...
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Vigilante “Justice” in Pakistan

Pakistani police and government authorities have remained silent over the recent immolation of a mentally disabled Muslim male near Bahawalpur, in the southern region of Pakistan, for alleged blasphemy against the Holy Quran. It is the latest in a growing ...
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Pakistan’s Taliban Nightmare

Contrary to the general perception, Pakistan is not pushing for the return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Instead, the prospect of the Taliban taking over the war-torn country after the pullout of foreign forc...
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Taking the Risk on Pakistan’s Catwalks

It is a hectic schedule for 21-year-old Nagina Nayaz. By day the young Pakistani woman is a nurse at a local hospital in Peshwar. By night she pursues a controversial dream and one that puts her in considerable...
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Pakistan’s Nukes: How Much is Enough?

Pakistan has been on a shooting spree, conducting five test launches of various nuclear-capable missiles over the last six weeks, raising the question of just how large the country’s nuclear arsenal needs to be to fulfill the relatively simple task of de...
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Pakistan’s Hindu Girls Forced into Muslim Marriages

Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her. 
 “Even after a year...