Search Results for "Pakistan" : 44

by / on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am / in Asia, Issue, Middle East, World

Paki-standing Alone

by Over the last half-century, one of the few constants in both Pakistan and China’s ever-shifting political landscapes has been their intimate and unwavering relationship. In early 2011, Pakistan’s ambassador in Beijing, Masood Khan, vividly described the two countries’ alliance as “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, and sweeter than honey.” Indeed, China has consistently cha…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:47 am / in Asia, World

Islamabad Relations

…stration by Esha Maharishi From the unannounced raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that surprised and humiliated Pakistani officials, to a badly botched NATO operation that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, 2011 was not a great year for US-Pakistani relations. Many American policymakers are dismayed that neither friendship nor financial assistance has induced Pakistan to cooperate with American objectives in South Asia. Moreover, the strategic justif…

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by / on December 5, 2010 at 11:16 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

News on News on News

by In July 2010, the monsoon rains began in Pakistan. Most people within Pakistan took the rains as a matter of course, ducking inside and waiting it out. But this time the rains did not stop. The waters crept over the banks of the Indus River, submerging farms and homes, destroying the livelihood of thousands. 1.2 million homes have either been damaged or destroyed; today 4 million Pakistanis are homeless; and 8 million remain depende…

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by / on October 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Why Pakistan Still Matters

by from Wikimedia Commons This week, the U.S. government agreed to offer Pakistan $1.6 billion in military and economic aid, a surprising move if one looks at the latter’s record at fighting against terrorism and often inconsistent attempts at countering the phenomenon. Aid had been temporarily stopped after the American special operations mission that killed Osama bin Laden. There are several instances where Pakistan’s has been quest…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:08 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

The Pacifist’s Revolt

…rs. As the shrine’s tiles lay smashed in the street, the destroyed temple provided a visual symbol of a derelict Pakistani government torn apart by a new wave of violent domestic terrorism. Since 2005, militant organizations including the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam have targeted the shrines of Sufi Saints in two provinces of North West Pakistan, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Since November 2010, Pakistan has witnessed a startling…

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by / on March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: U.S. Foreign Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

…Journalism, made the opening remarks and set the stage for the conversation between Ahmed Rashid, distinguished Pakistani journalist and author, and Steve Coll, President of the New America Foundation and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Coll began by noting that while Pakistan is indeed always “on the brink” – referring to Rashid’s new book Pakistan On the Brink – the dire problems it faces seem to be continuously evolving and accumulating. T…

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by / on June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm / in Opinion, World

Pakistan and the U.S.’s Long Painful Breakup

by President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari with the Obamas Over the last week, the US-Pakistan diplomatic imbroglio has thickened. A Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, was apprehended last year for his collusion with the CIA. In Pakistan, it is illegal to be on the payroll of any foreign intelligence agency. Afridi had orchestrated a false vaccination scheme, which was actually designed to gather DNA samples on the residents of Abbottab…

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by / on March 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm / in Events

*Updated* Exciting Events March 3rd-9th

…he joined many others in a water-only hunger fast for 13 days on the Washington D.C. Mall.   SAI: Teaching Pakistani History/Teaching Pakistanis History Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Knox Hall, Room 208 Pakistani history has been a contentious topic, especially in Pakistan, where different sets of narratives give differing accounts of what Pakistani history is, and hence, how one imagines Pa…

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by / on March 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm / in Aman Navani, Asia, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Pakistan’s Identity Crisis

by Few would envy the position Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, now finds himself in. Having continuously vacillated between the antithetical policies of diplomatic negotiations and military actions in his dealings with the Pakistani Taliban (known formally as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), the embattled prime minister must now accept the harsh reality that his mission against the terrorist group has largely been a l…

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by / on October 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Breaking Up with Pakistan

…mpatriots, however, we are starting to feel the need to defend ourselves. I used to have such high hopes for us, Pakistan, but I guess it was not meant to be.  What you want and what I want are fundamentally incompatible.  Right now, the mere idea that we could be any more than temporary strategic partners is laughable. Pakistan, please don’t take this too hard.  Just because I am moving on – doesn’t mean I want you out of my life entirely….

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