By Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016
Washington’s anti-China “pivot to Asia” is fueling war tensions between Pakistan and India, which have escalated since Islamist militants attacked an Indian military base in Kashmir.
By Wasntha Rupasinghe, 28 September 2016
The publicly announced steps India has taken against Pakistan are of a diplomatic and economic character. But behind the scenes feverish preparations continue for a lethal “counterstrike.”
By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2016
The Pakistan Air Force conducted war exercises last week, including over the skies of the national capital, Islamabad, and on the highway connecting it to Lahore.
By Keith Jones, 21 September 2016
Four days after India’s government held Pakistan responsible for a terrorist attack in the disputed Kashmir region that killed 18 Indian soldiers, New Delhi continues to be gripped by war fever.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 September 2016
Led by senior figures in the ruling BJP, India’s political and defense-security establishments are clamouring for military action against Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 15 June 2016
Angered by the US’ downgrading of their alliance and boosting of India, Pakistan has issued warnings that the US has overturned South Asia’s balance of power.
The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part Two
By Thomas Gaist, 7 June 2016
Last month’s assassination of the Taliban’s political leader by a squadron of US military drones that had invaded Pakistan has intensified explosive geopolitical conflicts in the Eurasian heartland.
The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox—Part 1
By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2016
The US’s May 21 assassination of the Taliban’s political leader was an immense provocation and a grave warning to the international working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 May 2016
The killing of Mansour occurred in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, which was previously off-limits to US strikes due to opposition from sections of the Pakistani state.
By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2016
As tensions with Washington escalate, Pakistan has indicated it is looking for alternative jets from China and Russia.
By Sampath Perera, 1 April 2016
Pakistan’s military has seized on last Sunday’s terrorist atrocity to implement plans for an “antiterrorism” offensive and to strengthen its authority over the civilian government.
By Sampath Perera, 28 March 2016
Regardless of who carried out the atrocity on Sunday, it will be seized on by Washington and Islamabad for reactionary ends.
By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016
In its extensive reporting of the email scandal, the American media has virtually ignored the actual content of these emails, which contain a wealth of information about the day-to-day functioning of the Clinton State Department.
By David Brown, 24 February 2016
The Obama administration’s drone assassination program is based on fundamentally unsound metadata analysis that flags thousands of innocent people as terrorists.
By Sampath Perera, 20 February 2016
Nawaz Sharif’s government has seized on the unions’ betrayal of the PIA anti-privatization strike to victimize hundreds of the most militant workers.
By Sampath Perera, 9 February 2016
As the militant strike of 14,000 Pakistan International Airlines workers enters its second week, the unions are maneuvering to shut it down.
By Sampath Perera, 6 February 2016
Workers’ defiance in the face of Tuesday’s bloody crackdown and threats of mass firings and jailings marks a major intensification of the class struggle in Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2016
Pakistan’s government is determined to break the strike so as to demonstrate mass opposition will not deter it from pushing through a sweeping IMF privatization program.
By K. Ratnayake, 13 January 2016
Whoever was responsible for the January 2 assault by armed gunmen on India’s Pathankot Air Force Base, its purpose was to scuttle the US-backed “dialogue” between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2015
Modi’s Pakistan trip was a pragmatic maneuver aimed at placating Washington and shoring up the increasingly embattled Indian government domestically.
By our correspondent, 6 November 2015
At least 21 workers were killed and dozens injured, and fears are increasing that the death toll will go up once the clearing of debris is completed.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 31 October 2015
Pakistani authorities have issued increasingly alarmed warnings that the US has upset the balance of power in South Asia through its military-strategic embrace of India.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015
The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 October 2015
The devastating consequences of the natural disaster will be compounded by 15 years of US-led neo-colonial occupation.
By Sampath Perera, 28 September 2015
In the run-up to today’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Obama, New Delhi and Washington have further enhanced their military-security ties.
By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2015
For months, India and Pakistan have been regularly exchanging artillery fire across the Line of Control that separates Indian and Pakistan-held Kashmir.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 28 August 2015
The collapse of the Indo-Pakistani talks before they even began exemplifies the explosive tensions between the rival nuclear-armed powers.
By Sampath Perera, 1 August 2015
India’s 15-month-old BJP government continues to integrate New Delhi ever more completely into Washington’s anti-China “pivot.”
By Sampath Perera, 27 June 2015
The victims have died because of electricity outages, water supply shortages, inadequate healthcare facilities and government indifference.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015
Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.
By Athiyan Silva, 28 April 2015
The deal would allow China to largely circumvent the threat of a blockade of its energy imports by US and allied navies in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2015
The statement from the White House gives a glimpse of the reality of US drone warfare, in which thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered.
By Sampath Perera, 20 January 2015
The US secretary of state praised Pakistan’s brutal North Waziristan offensive, then demanded Islamabad do still more to support the US war in Afghanistan.
By Sampath Perera, 7 January 2015
With not a single opposing vote, Pakistan’s parliament has ceded to the military’s demands and voted to establish military courts.
By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014
Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 17 December 2014
The Pakistan Taliban sought to justify yesterday’s brutal attack as retaliation for the war the Pakistani state is waging, at Washington’s behest, in North Waziristan.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 October 2014
India and Pakistan have exchanged bellicose warnings over what are being described as the most serious border skirmishes in more than a decade.
By W.A. Sunil, 8 October 2014
Forcible deportations of Pakistan and Afghan asylum seekers from Sri Lanka continue after the court rejects a human rights appeal.
By Sampath Perera, 12 September 2014
The political impasse facing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has deepened, with protest leaders continuing to call for his resignation.
By Sampath Perera and K. Ratnayake, 2 September 2014
After a violent police crackdown last weekend, a discussion is now taking place within Pakistan’s political establishment on whether the military should take power.
By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014
Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”
By K. Ratnayake, 30 August 2014
The direct involvement of the army in the current political turmoil is an ominous sign that further inroads into democratic rights are being prepared.
By Sampath Perera, 21 August 2014
Prime Minister Sharif’s failure to contain the protests has led to media speculation of military backing for the effort to unseat the government.
By Sampath Perera, 15 August 2014
The so-called “Freedom March” is demanding Prime Minister Sharif’s resignation and the formation of an unelected interim government.
By Sampath Perera, 11 August 2014
Eight protesters died and hundreds were injured in violent clashes with police on Friday and Saturday.
By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move amounts to establishing military rule in the capital.
By Sampath Perera, 22 July 2014
The offensive has wrenched close to a million people from their homes, provoking a humanitarian crisis that threatens to become a catastrophe.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 16 July 2014
The Awami Workers Party and its international Pabloite allies are cheering on the military offensive the Pakistani state is mounting, in close collaboration with Washington, in North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 21 June 2014
In close coordination with Washington, Pakistan’s military has launched a brutal offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera, 11 June 2014
The attacks were triggered by the Pakistan military’s provocative air raids in the tribal region, especially North Waziristan.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 30 May 2014
Despite the hoopla, there is nothing to suggest the meeting achieved anything apart from another pledge to restart the countries’ long-stalled “peace dialogue.”
By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2014
Up to 100 people have reportedly been killed, triggering a mass exodus of people fearing a full-scale military offensive, as demanded by Washington.
By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014
Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.
By Sampath Perera, 10 February 2014
The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance will give the military total legal immunity.
By Sampath Perera, 1 February 2014
Behind the drawn-out legal wrangling over Musharraf’s treason trial lie sharp differences in the country’s ruling elite.
By Sampath Perera, 25 January 2014
The Pakistani military offensive is part of a US campaign to crush opposition to its plans for keeping military bases in Afghanistan after a so-called “withdrawal.”
By Sampath Perera, 31 December 2013
Sharif made clear that he intends to rein in opposition to the drone strikes, in order to ensure US support.
By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013
Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.
By Keith Jones, 23 November 2013
Thursday’s attack—which killed at least six people, including several civilians—was only the second-ever US drone strike outside Pakistan’s tribal areas.
By Sampath Perera, 15 November 2013
Nasiruddin Haqqani—reputedly the chief financier of a Taliban-allied militia that functions on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border—was gunned down Sunday in the outskirts of Islamabad.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 November 2013
The past three months have seen a surge in cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistan military forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
By Sampath Perera, 4 November 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is caught between Pakistan's strategic alliance with the US on the one hand and mass popular opposition to the criminal drone war on the other.
By Sampath Perera, 26 October 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif concluded a four-day visit Wednesday after meeting with President Obama and other top US officials.
By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2013
Areas of Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest province, have been devastated in the country’s latest disaster.
By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2013
In exchange for a $6.6 billion bailout, the IMF is demanding strict austerity measures that will devastate the living conditions of workers and the poor.
By Sampath Perera, 23 September 2013
The attack on a church in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was designed to inflict maximum casualties.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 August 2013
For more than three weeks, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery fire dails across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region.
By Sampath Perera, 24 August 2013
Pakistan’s government indicted former military strongman Pervez Musharraf for Bhutto’s 2007 assassination, escalating tensions with the military.
By Sampath Perera, 16 August 2013
The killing of five Indian soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region has resulted in a further escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 25 July 2013
Nawaz Sharif’s new government agreed to further austerity and pro-market reforms to be eligible for a bailout.
By Tom Hall, 4 July 2013
Tuesday’s attack in North Waziristan comes on the heels of a damning report on civilian casualties caused by drone strikes.
By Sampath Perera, 19 June 2013
The budget is a desperate attempt to encourage investment, while cutting public spending and imposing huge new burdens on the toiling masses.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 June 2013
India alleges a junior Indian army officer was killed late last week when Pakistan’s military shelled Indian positions across the Line of Control.
By Sampath Perera, 7 June 2013
Sharif’s government will carry out right-wing economic policies and adhere to US policy in the region, including continued drone attacks.
By Niles Williamson, 30 May 2013
On Wednesday the US launched a drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region that killed at least seven people.
By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2013
Pakistan’s incoming prime minister has moved quickly to signal his readiness to work with Washington in prosecuting the AfPak War and with the International Monetary Fund in imposing punishing austerity measures.
By Keith Jones, 13 May 2013
Pakistani voters have decisively repudiated the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government.
By Sampath Perera, 11 May 2013
The ruling elite seeks to use the elections to lend a veneer of “democracy” to a neocolonial regime presiding over a society in a state of economic and political collapse.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 May 2013
The chairman of India’s National Security Advisory Board has warned Pakistan that if it ever uses battlefield nuclear weapons against Indian forces, it will be the target of an all-out Indian nuclear attack.
By Vilani Peiris, 8 May 2013
The former US-backed dictator of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, remains under house arrest, but the country’s interim government has balked at laying treason charges against him.
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 4 May 2013
Pakistan’s May 11 national and provincial elections are meant to provide a democratic fig-leaf for IMF austerity, continuing war in Afghanistan, and a military-strategic alliance with Washington that has proven ruinous for the Pakistani people.
By Tom Carter, 20 April 2013
A series of recent articles by journalist Mark Mazzetti published in the New York Times have shed further light on the criminal activities of the US Central Intelligence Agency in Pakistan.
By Vilani Peiris, 20 April 2013
While Pakistan is in the midst of an election campaign, key decisions regarding the country’s acute economic crisis and the AfPak war are being taken behind the backs of the people.
By Sampath Perera, 23 March 2013
In accordance with Pakistan’s constitution, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led coalition government stepped down on March 16.
By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2013
According to the UN, the strikes launched by unmanned US drone aircraft in Pakistan are illegal.
By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 15 March 2013
Amid US threats of sanctions, Pakistan began construction of its portion of a pipeline supplying natural gas from neighbouring Iran.
By Sampath Perera, 26 February 2013
Indian opposition to the transfer of the Pakistani port to China points to the explosive geo-political tensions triggered by the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2013
The dangerous working conditions in the Ali Enterprises garment factories are the norm across Pakistan and in neighbouring countries competing for export orders and foreign investment.
By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 17 January 2013
The Pakistan Supreme Court timed its order for the prime minister’s arrest in order to boost a right-wing protest led by a pro-Army Muslim cleric.
By Sampath Perera, 15 January 2013
Tensions between India and Pakistan remain acute, with the two countries accusing each other of initiating the intermittent border clashes.
By K. Ratnayake, 12 January 2013
The highest number of deaths occurred in Quetta where a double bombing targeting the Shiite Hazara community killed at least 90 people.
By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013
Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.
By Keith Jones, 7 January 2013
India and Pakistan are trading accusations after a bloody clash over the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir early yesterday morning.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 January 2013
The latest attacks demonstrate that the drawdown of US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan will be accompanied by an expansion of illegal drone operations across the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2012
The High Court in London has rejected a request for a judicial inquiry into the alleged role of the UK’s GCHQ spying operation in aiding drone strikes by the US in Pakistan.
By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2012
The executive board report made clear that a further bailout will require unprecedented pro-market “reforms.”
By Ali Ismail, 20 December 2012
Pakistan’s largest city is being ravaged by increasingly bloody ethnic and sectarian violence, as gangs associated with rival establishment political parties fight over turf and criminal rackets.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2012
Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone missile strike, is calling on the High Court to look into whether UK intelligence officials provided assistance and if they are liable for prosecution.
By Sampath Perera, 23 October 2012
More than half of the 116 million rural population lived in extreme poverty in the last decade.
Imperialism in the garb of human rights:
By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012
The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.