PakistanPulse 2-23-10

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

Top stories:

Pakistani authorities arrest member of Taliban inner circle (New York Times)

  • Also: Afghan Taliban commander arrested in Pakistan (Washington Post)
  • Also: Mullah Abdul Kabir arrested in northwest Pakistan (Los Angeles Times)
  • Also: Kabir is senior member of Quetta Shura (BBC News)

Pakistan’s finance minister Tarin to quit (Financial Times)

  • Also: Shaukat Tarin resigns from post (Dawn)

Other stories:

Colonel Imam, a profile (Times of London)

Old ties help spur new India-Pakistan talks (Wall Street Journal)

  • Also: India forces change in Pakistan delegation for talks (Dawn)

British woman was killed in Swat blast (The Independent)

Supreme Court returns government’s review appeal on NRO verdict (Dawn)

Government silent as 48-hour Supreme Court deadline expires (The News)

Government ready to face contempt on Swiss cases (The News)

Gilani promises report on constitutional reforms by March 23 (Dawn)

Petraeus discusses security with Kayani (Dawn)

NAB’s claim for share irks Supreme Court (Dawn)

Nawaz ready to keep good relations with government (Daily Times)

Zardari reiterates call for transfer of drone technology (Daily Times)

Karachi administrator is appointed (The News)

Capital gains tax imposed on stock markets (The News)


Man in the news: Mullah Baradar (Financial Times)

The Gilani-Sharif meeting (Dawn)

Constitutional courts by Sanaullah Baloch (Dawn)

Amending local government laws by Syed Mohammad Ali (Daily Times)

Our quasi-feudal political parties by Babar Ayaz (Daily Times)

Turning the tide of militancy by Maleeha Lodhi (The News)

What Zardari must do to survive by M. A. K. Lodhi (The News)

Wrongly targeting Pakistan by Ashfaque Khan (The News)

Other stories:

Blasts kill Afghan civilians in two provinces (New York Times)

Afghan official who will govern Marja makes first visit (Washington Post)

  • Also: U.S.-led troops make “steady progress” in Marja (BBC News)

U.S. special operations ordered deadly airstrike (Wall Street Journal)

NATO chief says support for Afghan mission still strong (Wall Street Journal)

NATO seeks more trainers for Afghan army, police (Associated Press)

U.S. death toll in Afghanistan hits 1,000 (Reuters)

Guilty plea in Zazi case in New York (Los Angeles Times)

  • Also: Zazi guilty plea a boon for Obama (Newsweek)
  • Also: Afghan-born Zazi admits to subway plot (BBC News)
  • Also: Zazi likely to face life imprisonment (Financial Times)

How Afghanistan sank the Dutch government (Time)

Karzai election commission power grab concerns West (BBC News)

Top UN official calls for high-level reconciliation talks (Telegraph)

Dutch crisis highlights war fatigue in Europe (Financial Times)


The conflict cannot be solved by military means by Kai Eide (Telegraph)

How war tests the allies by Richard Wolffe (Daily Beast)

Terrorists without borders (book review) by David Rhode (The New Republic)

Karzai has taken personal control of electoral process by Gerard Russell (Guardian)

Dutch departure saps Afghan effort (Financial Times)


Other stories:

India to step up security for Commonwealth Games (New York Times)

Green Revolution in India wilts as subsidies backfire (Wall Street Journal)

India seeks subsidy cuts to curb deficit (Financial Times)

Maoist rebels offer cease-fire, talks with India (Associated Press)

India may invite bids for 3G bandwidth this week (Wall Street Journal)


The government’s lackluster agriculture reform effort by Geeta Anand (Wall Street Journal)

Time to tackle India’s budget deficit by Eswar Prasad (Wall Street Journal)


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