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Getting Pakistan Out of the Grip of Extremism

The horrific events of the last week in Mumbai, in which at least 188 wholly uninvolved people were gunned down for no other reason than that they happened accidentally to be in the way of merciless gunm...
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Pakistan’s Tribal Challenge

With a revived Taliban and Al Qaeda operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the region has assumed center stage in the US-led “war on terror”. To secure ...
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Preparing for peace in Pakistan

Criticism has been levelled against the Pakistani government's efforts to hold talks with militant groups. While concerns about the Taliban regrouping remain valid, it is in the United States’ long-term security interest not only to support ...
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US Interests Face a Challenge in Pakistan

Although the ascendancy of Yousuf Razaf Gilani to power as prime minister may have reduced, however temporarily, Pakistan’s capacity for political chaos, it throws the future of Washington’...
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Keeping Pakistan’s Military Out of Politics

In addition to uprooting President Pervez Mursharraf’s Muslim League-Q Party by opposition parties in Pakistan’s February national elections, the election has not only created a new alliance ...
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A “Peaceful” Poll in Pakistan

{mosloadposition pakvid} In this video shot by local Pakistani activists, bazaaris were taking what appeared to be purloined ballot boxes to the market t...
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Viewing Pakistan from India

The extent of the political vacuum created by the murder of Benazir Bhutto has yet to be gauged, leaving India groping for a strategy to deal with the crisis. Indeed, the stakes for India in Pakistan&rsqu...
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Pakistan and Feudalism

The appointment of Benazir Bhutto’s son and husband to the leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the aftermath of her assassination may seem unexceptional given the dynastic tendencies of most south Asian democracies. But in ...
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Pakistan’s Northeastern India Agenda

Lt. General Nadeem Taj, the current head of the ISI Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, already accused of ongoing support for Islamist terrori...