Pakistan

After Kashmir attack, US media threaten to support India in war with Pakistan

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.

India launches campaign to “punish” Pakistan

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.”

Pakistan replies with belligerence to Indian threats

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.

India and Pakistan teeter on the precipice of war

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.

Bellicose campaign in India against Pakistan after attack on Kashmiri base

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.

Pakistan “reassessing” relations with US following Modi visit, Mansour assassination

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.

US assassination of Taliban leader signals escalation of Afghanistan-Pakistan war

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.

US refuses to finance F-16 fighter jets for Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 16 May 2016

As tensions with Washington escalate, Pakistan has indicated it is looking for alternative jets from China and Russia.

Pakistan’s military expands its power in wake of Lahore terror attack

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.

Terrorist attack hits crowded children’s park in Pakistan

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.

The Hillary Clinton emails: A record of imperialist crimes

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.

Inaccurate metadata analysis used to kill thousands in US drone strikes

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.

Pakistan steps up privatization drive after unions suppress airline strike

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.

Unions preparing to shut down Pakistan airline workers strike

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.

Pakistan airline workers defy government repression, continue strike

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.

Two workers killed as government seeks to crush Pakistan airline strike

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.

India-Pakistan talks may be derailed even before they begin

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.

India’s Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan

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.

Scores killed in Pakistani textile factory collapse in Lahore

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.

US-Pakistan summit fails to paper over growing strategic rift

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.

Mounting humanitarian crisis in wake of Pakistan-Afghanistan quake

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2015

The lack of government assistance and aid in both countries is creating mounting discontent amid deteriorating conditions.

Hundreds dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

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.

Pakistan expresses alarm over ever-expanding US-India strategic partnership

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.

India and Pakistan exchange war threats

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.

India-Pakistan talks abruptly cancelled

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.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalate despite Modi-Sharif meeting

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.”

Over 1,100 killed by heat wave in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 27 June 2015

The victims have died because of electricity outages, water supply shortages, inadequate healthcare facilities and government indifference.

Obama gave CIA free rein for drone assassinations in Pakistan

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.

China invests $46 billion in strategic Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

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.

Obama admits US drone strike killed two Al Qaeda hostages

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.

Kerry presses Pakistan to intensify anti-Taliban war

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.

Pakistan parliament authorizes military courts

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.

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

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.

Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children

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.

India and Pakistan trade warnings over escalating border clashes

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.

Sri Lankan Supreme Court endorses deportation of asylum seekers

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.

Pakistani talks to end anti-government protests collapse

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.

Anti-government protests deepen Pakistan’s political crisis

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.

Sri Lankan government deports asylum-seekers

By W.A. Sunil, 1 September 2014

Colombo’s expulsions violate international law and the principle of “no-forced-returns.”

Pakistani military intervenes in political crisis

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.

Political tensions escalate in Pakistan as protests demand PM’s resignation

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.

Pakistani opposition parties launch anti-government protest

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.

Pakistan: Opposition protests demand government’s resignation

By Sampath Perera, 11 August 2014

Eight protesters died and hundreds were injured in violent clashes with police on Friday and Saturday.

Pakistan’s government mobilises the army in Islamabad

By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2014

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move amounts to establishing military rule in the capital.

Pakistan military’s North Waziristan offensive provokes humanitarian crisis

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.

Pseudo-left Awami Workers Party cheers on Pakistani offensive in North Waziristan

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.

Pakistan military and US drones pound 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.

Pakistan’s largest airport attacked by Taliban group

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.

India-Pakistan tensions remain high, despite Modi’s meeting with Sharif

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.”

Pakistani air raids escalate in North Waziristan

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.

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline stalled

By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014

Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.

Pakistani government provides the military with further antidemocratic powers

By Sampath Perera, 10 February 2014

The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance will give the military total legal immunity.

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant for ex-military dictator

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.

Pakistan air force pounds North Waziristan, massacring scores of civilians

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.”

Pakistani PM warns against anti-US drone protests

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.

US defence secretary warns Pakistan to end NATO supply blockade

By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013

Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.

US expands its drone war on Pakistan

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.

Afghan insurgency leader assassinated in Islamabad

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.

Indo-Pakistani relations fraught after months of border skirmishes

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.

US drone attack kills Taliban leader in Pakistan

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.

Pakistani prime minister holds talks in Washington

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.

Earthquake kills more than 350 in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 27 September 2013

Areas of Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest province, have been devastated in the country’s latest disaster.

IMF imposes stringent austerity measures on Pakistan

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.

Suicide-bomb attack on Christian church kills 80 in Pakistan

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.

Tense standoff between India and Pakistan along their disputed Kashmir border continues

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.

Pakistan’s former US-backed dictator indicted for Benazir Bhutto’s murder

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.

Renewed clashes between India and Pakistan in disputed Kashmir

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.

New Pakistani government desperate for IMF bailout

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.

Latest drone strike kills at least 16 in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan’s new government delivers pro-business budget

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.

New flare-up of Indo-Pakistani tensions in disputed Kashmir

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.

Pakistan’s new prime minister to continue close relations with US

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.

First US drone strike in Pakistan since Obama’s drone speech kills seven

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.

Incoming Pakistani prime minister pledges loyalty to Washington

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.

Pakistani voters trounce parties that waged Washington’s AfPak war, imposed austerity

By Keith Jones, 13 May 2013

Pakistani voters have decisively repudiated the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government.

The political fraud of the Pakistani elections

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.

Top Indian official threatens Pakistan with nuclear annihilation

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.

Detention of ex-dictator Musharraf adds to tensions in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan staggers toward elections amid civil war and impending economic collapse

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.

Reports detail CIA war crimes in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan’s interim government to seek IMF loan

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.

Amid deepening crisis, Pakistan announces May general election

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.

UN says US drone war in Pakistan violates international law

By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2013

According to the UN, the strikes launched by unmanned US drone aircraft in Pakistan are illegal.

Pakistan begins construction of Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline

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.

Pakistan transfers strategic Gwadar port to China

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.”

Murder charges dropped in Pakistani factory fire

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.

Pakistan Supreme Court orders arrest of PPP prime minister

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.

India and Pakistan exchange threats in Kashmir border dispute

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.

Bomb blasts kill over 120 in Pakistan

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.

India and Pakistan clash again in disputed Kashmir area

By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013

Clashes in Kashmir between the militaries of Pakistan and India underscore the highly volatile situation in the region.

India and Pakistan involved in fatal border clash

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.

New US drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen

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.

UK High Court rejects inquiry into British role in Pakistan drone strikes

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.

IMF demands deeper austerity in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2012

The executive board report made clear that a further bailout will require unprecedented pro-market “reforms.”

Pakistan: Ethnic violence in Karachi deadliest since 1994

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.

UK High Court hears Pakistan drone killing case

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.

Report highlights poverty in rural Pakistan

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:

Washington seeks to exploit outrage over attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

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.