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4-30-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on April 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

Top stories:
Pakistan weighs attack on militant lair in North Waziristan (New York Times)
Other stories:
Mehsud alive but may be sidelined (Washington Post)
Water dispute fuels India-Pakistan tensions (Associated Press)
UN sounds alarm on Pakistan aid funding (Reuters)
Pakistan and India still have much to do on ties (Reuters)
Elders’ absence hinders army goals in NW Pakistan (Associated Press)
Punjab heartland is alive with extremist groups (McClatchy)
  • Also: Punjab on knife-edge, says governor (Guardian)
U.S. moving to reimburse Pakistan for military costs (AFP)
  • Also: Pakistan to get $600m under U.S. program (Dawn)
BBC concerned over Urdu FM news ban in Pakistan (BBC News)
Pakistan taps ethnic pride as defense against Taliban (Christian Science Monitor)
Pakistan reportedly sets free another Taliban leader (Newsweek)
Where have all the suicide bombers gone? (Express Tribune)
Court orders seizure of Musharraf’s property (Express Tribune)
Asian Tigers claim responsibility for killing former ISI agent Khwaja (Dawn)
Asian Development Bank to invest $40m in energy sector (Daily Times)

In pictures: Pakistani vehicle art (BBC News)
Who is Hakimullah? by Mansur Khan Mahsud (Foreign Policy)
The new, new face of the Pakistani Taliban? by Mansur Khan Mahsud (Foreign Policy)
Coal-based energy (Dawn)
Supreme Court judgment (Dawn)
Pakistan deal signals China’s growing nuclear assertiveness by Mark Hibbs (Carnegie Endowment)

Other stories:
Blue dye, banks and 119: Afghans step up graft fight (Wall Street Journal)

Video shows Guantanamo detainee building bombs in Afghanistan (Washington Post)
Amb. Sedwill anticipates NATO combat role for 3-4 more years (Guardian)
Afghan deaths spark protest (Wall Street Journal)
Where is the war funding bill? (Foreign Policy)
Homesick for nowhere by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:
India commissions radar-evading frigate (Financial Times)
India watchdog seeks radioactive waste explanation (BBC News)
Indian soldiers held for stealing and selling arms (BBC News)
High alert on India’s water borders (BBC News)

4-29-10 PakPulse

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2010 at 8:17 am

Top stories:

Hakimullah Mehsud believed to be alive (Associated Press)
India, Pakistan leaders talk at regional meeting (Associated Press)
Other stories:
U.S., Pakistan bolster joint efforts, treading delicately (Washington Post)

Pentagon sees Pakistan shift, downplays Afghan impact (Reuters)
Taliban militants reappear in Swat valley (BBC News)
Pakistan annuls major gas import contract (Wall Street Journal)
Taliban flogging video awakened Pakistan to group’s reach (Los Angeles Times)
House hearing questions legality of drone attacks (CNN)
Indian ban on cotton exports hit Pakistani textile industry (Reuters)
Militants blow up schools in Orakzai, Mohmand (Express Tribune)
50 additional U.S. military personnel to arrive in Pakistan (Express Tribune)
Supreme Court verdict rocks Gilani’s bureaucracy (Dawn)
U.S. unlikely to block Chinese nuclear exports to Pakistan (Dawn)
Asian Tigers have new demands for release of hostages (The News)
An end to impunity? (Daily Times)

Other stories:
U.S. seeks to prop up Kandahar governor (Washington Post)

U.S. questions Karzai support, anti-corruption zeal (Reuters)
  • Also: Pentagon reports on Taliban gains and strains (Wall Street Journal)
  • Also: U.S. releases damning report ahead of Karzai visit (BBC News)
  • Also: Afghan Taliban growing stronger, Pentagon reports (Los Angeles Times)
  • Also: Pentagon assessment is downbeat (McClatchy)
Afghan lawmaker’s relative killed in night raid (Associated Press)
  • Also: U.S. troops raided home of female MP (Reuters)
On a holiday for Afghans, tight security and violence (New York Times)
Conspiracy theories widespread in the north by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)
Canada’s Afghan detainee scandal by Colin Horgan (Guardian)
Report on progress toward security and stability in Afghanistan, April 2010 (Department of Defense)

Other stories:
For India’s ruling party, challenge is governing (New York Times)
Indian university was source of radiation exposure incident (New York Times)
India ID project fights dust, doubt (Reuters)
Finance minister says high inflation worrisome (Wall Street Journal)
Commercial fast breeder nuclear reactor delayed (Wall Street Journal)
School is a right, but will Indian girls be able to go? (Time)
India ahoy by Rory Medcalf (Wall Street Journal)
Getting Asia right means getting India right by Daniel Twining (Foreign Policy)

4-28-10 PakPulse

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

Other stories:
China to build nuclear reactors in Pakistan (Financial Times)
  • Also: Pak-China relations to strengthen (Dawn)
What have Pakistan’s military offensives achieved? (BBC News)

U.S. begins inquiry on spy network in Pakistan (New York Times)
Militants, troops clash in North Waziristan (Associated Press)
Prime ministers of Pakistan, India to hold talks Thursday (Associated Press)
Five policemen killed in car bomb attack (Reuters)
Letter from Pakistan: A brewery’s recipe for survival (Washington Post)
Behind India’s bust of a Pakistan spy (Time)
Terrorist attacks spike in Pakistan, Afghanistan (Associated Press)
Defense attorney predicts decision next month in DC 5 case (CNN)
Musharraf edges toward comeback (Express Tribune)
World Bank approves $110m fund for border areas (Daily Times)
Hafeez deplores lack of U.S. interest in bailing out Pakistan (The News)
The Bhuttos and their books by Saba Imtiaz (Foreign Policy)
Fault lines by Marvi Memon (Express Tribune)
Policies for growth by Asad Zaman (Express Tribune)
Game plan? (Dawn)

Other stories:
Afghans mark anniversary of victory over Soviets (Associated Press)
Afghanistan to launch internet crackdown (Financial Times)
Prominent Kandahar elder is shot dead (BBC News)
Roadside bomb kills 12 civilians in southeast (Reuters)
Briton sentenced for Afghan bribery (Wall Street Journal)
Afghanistan denies police role in killing of UN staffers (Los Angeles Times)
Musical chairs in Holbrooke’s shop (Foreign Policy)
Ex-New York student guilty of sending gear to al Qaeda in Afghanistan (Reuters)
U.S. plan to arm militia founders on tribal rivalries (McClatchy)
Families of Helmand victims criticize US and UK authorities (Guardian)
Warped lives by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:
Women spreading political wings in India (New York Times)
After parliament vote win, India to move on nuclear bill (Reuters)
India diamond cutters aim to stave off China (Financial Times)
Is climate change South Asia’s deadliest threat? (BBC News)

4-27-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on April 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

Other stories:
Pakistanis living on brink, often in the dark (New York Times)
13 militants are killed in Orakzai (Associated Press)
Pakistan defends its soccer industry (Wall Street Journal)
India arrests diplomat in Islamabad for spying (BBC News)
  • Also: Indian diplomat held for passing secrets to Pakistan (Times of India)
State Department’s Chaudhary moves to NSC (Foreign Policy)
Zardari calls for unity in Khyber Pkhtunkhwa (Express Tribune)
Qureshi urges India to move on from 26/11 (Express Tribune)
Islamic banking consolidates in Pakistan (Express Tribune)
UN says aid must follow Pak military gains (Express Tribune)
University professor killed in Quetta (Dawn)
Scholarships for Balochistan, FATA students in jeopardy (Daily Times)
Court bars Punjab AG from representing Shahbaz (Daily Times)
Pakistan, Nepal pledge to improve ties (The News)
Where is Maulana Fazlullah? (The News)
What’s in a name? by Bilal Baloch (Foreign Policy)
China and Pakistan renew atomic friendship by Saurav Jha (World Politics Review)
The economic cost (Dawn)
A foot in the Punjab door (Daily Times)

Other stories:
We have met the enemy and he is PowerPoint (New York Times)
U.S. training Afghan villagers to fight the Taliban (Washington Post)
UN temporarily shuts mission in Kandahar (Reuters)
Karzai’s brother vows to back NATO in Kandahar (Financial Times)
  • Also: Kandahar “king” poses dilemma for U.S. (Financial Times)
  • Also: Battle for Kandahar tougher than expected (Time)
Obama sends skeptical lawmakers first Afghan update (Reuters)

UN report on attack cites friendly fire (Associated Press)
Afghan court jails Briton on bribery charges (BBC News)
India offers strong support to Afghan president (Dawn)
Obama must decide whether to talk to the Taliban by Ahmed Rashid (Washington Post)
The war through the eyes of a soldier’s wife by Georgie Hanlin (Christian Science Monitor)
Afghanistan’s little men by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:
India government gathers allies before confidence vote (Reuters)

Indian man dies after radiation exposure (New York Times)
Indian party denies tapping phone calls (Wall Street Journal)
The dangers of digging up the truth in India (Time)
Modi’s operandi by Sadanand Dhume (Wall Street Journal)

4-26-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on April 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Other stories:
Pakistani officials say drone strike killed four (Associated Press)
CIA turns to smaller missiles in Pakistan (Washington Post)
India-Pakistan cloud hangs over SAARC summit (Express Tribune)
PPP decides to lock horns with Supreme Court (Express Tribune)
UK sent back 12 Pakistani students in 2009 (Express Tribune)
Military operation launched in Khyber agency (Dawn)
PML-Q to table 19th amendment in parliament (Dawn)
Police get powers to close shops in Islamabad (Dawn)
Pakistan seeks IMF waiver on fiscal deficit target (The News)
Kerry says budget cut to hurt efforts against terror in Pakistan (The News)
No secrets in the sky by Peter Bergen & Katherine Tiedemann (New York Times)
Why Pakistan has to work by Mustafa Qadri (Guardian)
In the national interest by Osman Samiuddin (Express Tribune)
The inimitable Rehman Malik by Javed Chaudhry (Express Tribune)
Can there be an end to this war? by Daud Khattak (Daily Times)
Circular debt (Dawn)
The almanac of al Qaeda by Peter Bergen & Katherine Tiedemann (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:
Explosions in Kandahar kill two (Associated Press)
Karzai set for talks with Indian PM Singh (Guardian)
  • Also: Afghan, Indian leaders to meet in Delhi (AFP)
Grisly Afghan museum honors anti-Soviet jihad (Reuters)
Afghans burn NATO trucks in response to civilian killings (Washington Post)
German leaders and voters coming to terms with war (Economist)
Enforcement of liquor ban rankles foreigners (Los Angeles Times)
NATO snubs Gordon Brown over Helmand withdrawal plans (Telegraph)
Taliban condemns poison gas attack in Kunduz (The Independent)
NY police let Zazi slip through (Wall Street Journal)
Mr. Karzai comes to New Delhi by Matthew Rosenberg (Wall Street Journal)

Other stories:
Indian justice inches closer to chapters of violence (New York Times)
India to consider Kasab’s extradition (Express Tribune)
Indian cricket king suspended (New York Times)
Uproar in India over phone tapping (BBC News)
Contrasting fortunes of Indian car workers (BBC News)

4-23-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on April 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Other stories:
Killings rattle Pakistan’s Swat valley (New York Times)
  • Also: Targeted killings rekindle fear in Swat (Reuters)
Army says militants kill 7 soldiers in North Waziristan (Associated Press)
  • Also: Pakistani troops are killed in ambush (BBC News)
“Jihadi channels” opened to secure release of former ISI spies (Daily Times)
U.S. encouraged by Pakistani public opinion trends (The News)

PML-N elections will be held in September (Express Tribune)
Power companies ask govt to increase tariff (Express Tribune)
Islamabad High Court reestablished (Daily Times)
Budget deficit to overshoot target (Daily Times)
Nuclear treaties (Dawn)
Where terrorists walk free (Daily Times)
Upholding U.S. values in Pakistan by Patrick Duplat & Renata Rendon (The Hill)
The real crisis by Cyril Almeida (Dawn)

The other strategic assets by Fahd Husain (Express Tribune)
Has Bajaur been cleared of Taliban? by Farhat Taj (Express Tribune)

Other stories:

Allies aim to begin handing control to Afghans (Associated Press)
  • Also: NATO agrees to Afghan security transfer plan (Reuters)
  • Also: Transfer of control could begin this year (Washington Post)
  • Also: Parts of Afghanistan to be transferred this year (BBC News)

Military and diplomats at odds over Kandahar’s electricity woes (Washington Post)
Once docile parliament stands up to Karzai and becomes U.S. ally (Washington Post)
Afghan security forces implicated in killing of UN worker (Washington Post)

Merkel tries to beat back opposition to Afghanistan (New York Times)

Combat Outpost Spera endures amid outpost rethink (Associated Press)
Two U.S. soldiers are killed in the east (Associated Press)
Taliban rift ignites struggle for control of insurgency (Times of London)
Afghan vote chief says West should not mettle (Associated Press)
Military leaders say UK election should not influence Afghan timetable (The Independent)
Russia criticizes NATO’s anti-drug efforts (Reuters)
Mr. Karzai might even agree (New York Times)
The meaning of the Korengal retreat by Bing West (Wall Street Journal)
Helpless to help in Afghanistan’s local government by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:
In ambitious India, growing quest for athletic success (Washington Post)
India sits up to U.S. terror warning (The News)
Kashmir strike to protest against death penalty (BBC News)
Will highway building project be path to growth? (BBC News)

4-22-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on April 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

Top stories:
Pakistan launches plan to tackle power shortages (AFP)
  • Also: As shortages spread, Pakistan switches off the lights (McClatchy)
  • Also: Energy saving measures include shorter working week (Guardian)
  • Also: A new strategy to tackle the power crisis (Express Tribune)
Other stories:

Pakistan holding thousands in indefinite detention (Washington Post)
  • Also: Kayani says courts for prosecution, army for operations (Express Tribune)
On the run, militants find new haven in North Waziristan (Associated Press)
Caught in the crossfire of Pakistan’s war in NWFP (The Independent)

Gunmen kill politician in northwest (BBC News)
Kayani says forces will remain in Swat until complete peace (Daily Times)
  • Also: Taliban still powerful in Swat one year after offensive (Telegraph)
IMF delays aid to Pakistan (Express Tribune)
World Bank links $500m loan with anti-trust law (Express Tribune)
The human cost of the fighting in the north (AFP)
U.S. not to mark out Pakistan, India for NPT (Dawn)
U.S. embassy reacts to allegations leveled by JI (Daily Times)
Cabinet approves SAARC agreement on trade in services (Daily Times)
Indian delegation arrives in Lahore to pursue peace (The News)

Who is the Swat Taliban’s commander? by Daud Khan Khattak (Foreign Policy)
Power plays in Pakistan by Huma Imtiaz (Foreign Policy)
Soft on militancy? (Dawn)
The energy summit (Daily Times)

Other stories:
Building up Afghan capacity seen as key challenge at Quantico conference (Reuters)

NATO apologizes for killing unarmed Afghans in car (New York Times)
Entrepreneurs rush to open private schools (Los Angeles Times)
An Afghan refugee camp that’s state of the art (Christian Science Monitor)
UN officer was likely killed by Afghan security forces (Foreign Policy)
Surge planned as shift to Kandahar proposed for UK soldiers (Guardian)
Report shows Taliban defectors are rejoining insurgency (Times of London)
New Afghan elections chief sworn in (AFP)
Gen. McChrystal defends Karzai’s efforts (AFP)
Merkel says early Afghan pullout would be more disastrous than 9/11 (Dawn)
The test in Kandahar by Joe Klein (Time)
Ruins and reunions by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)
What happened to the fence? by Martine van Bijlert (Foreign Policy)
Golden surrender: Risks, challenges, and implications of reintegration by Matt Waldman (Afghanistan Analysts Network)

Other stories:
U.S. issues India travel warning (Associated Press)
  • Also: U.S. warns of potential attacks in Delhi (BBC News)
  • Also: Australia, Britain also issue warnings (Dawn)
India unprepared for urban migration (Financial Times)
India and Brazil to pressure China on currency (Financial Times)
BJP protests against high food prices (BBC News)
India’s top tweeter proves a twit by Sadanand Dhume (Wall Street Journal)

4-21-10 PakPulse

In Press Roundup on April 21, 2010 at 11:49 am


Other stories:
At top university, a fight for Pakistan’s future (New York Times)
PM Gilani’s career, from jail to power (Los Angeles Times)
Baradar interrogations yield useful intelligence (Reuters)
Pakistan military fails to woo tribal allies (Times of London)
CIA accused of ordering kidnap of Colonel Imam (Telegraph)
Youths in terror trial allege mistreatment in Pakistan (CNN)
Energy committee finalizes proposal (Express Tribune)
Kayani visits Swat to oversee reconstruction work (Express Tribune)
Targeted killings show Swat Taliban are back in action (Daily Times)
U.S. hopes Pakistan will join fissile material talks (Express Tribune)
Holbrooke cites “substantial improvement” in U.S.-Pak relations (Dawn)
Aid running out for 1.3 million refugees (Dawn)
Pakistan to acquire U.S. Navy warship (Daily Times)
Army announces compensation for airstrike victims (The News)
Gwadar port to boost Pak economy (The News)
Pakistan’s maturing democracy by Michael Meyer-Resende & Hannah Roberts (Guardian)
Begging for security in Pakistan by Taha Gaya (Huffington Post)
The future of coups d’etat (Daily Times)
Energy conference (Dawn)
Pakistan and the fissile material treaty by Zia Mian & A. H. Nayyar (Arms Control Today)

Other stories:
Afghan peace jirga is delayed (AFP)

A killing further erodes Afghan faith in leaders (New York Times)
Taliban intensifies campaign in Kandahar (Financial Times)
Putting Taliban sniper fire in context (New York Times)
Dispute flares after NATO convoy kills four (New York Times)
Afghanistan sees great white hope in marble sector (Reuters)
In Afghan war, a kinder, gentler night raid? (Christian Science Monitor)
Holbrooke takes a swipe at UN diplomat (Foreign Policy)
Farewell to Korengal by Sebastian Junger (New York Times)
Social scientists do counterinsurgency by Nicholas Lemann (The New Yorker)

Other stories:
Mumbai’s Oberoi hotel is grand again (New York Times)
India – states of desire (Financial Times)
Is food security a basic right? by Rahul Dash & Anshul Tewari (Wall Street Journal)
Pull the land issue out from under the Maoists by Barun Mitra (Wall Street Journal)

4-20-10 PakPulse

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

Other stories:
Jamaat-e-Islami politician blames U.S. for suicide bombing (Associated Press)
Breaking the myths of Pakistan’s tribal areas (Reuters)
Pakistan reassigns powers (Wall Street Journal)
Rehman Malik officially cleared for public office (Express Tribune)
Pakistan in catch-22 over power tariff, loan (Express Tribune)
Power conservation measures are proposed (Dawn)
18th amendment challenged in Supreme Court (Express Tribune)
UN hopes to restart aid after attack (Dawn)
Mehsud tribes to help government guard peace (Daily Times)
Gilani says Pakistan is part of Afghan solution (Daily Times)
Textile wars, a resolution by Shahrukh Rafi Khan (Express Tribune)
The military exercises (Dawn)
After the UN report (Daily Times)

Top stories:
Deputy mayor of Kandahar is killed (New York Times)
Other stories:

Holbrooke says relations with Karzai are good (Washington Post)
Afghan conference will be in Kabul on July 20 (AFP)

NATO troops fire on vehicle, kill 4 unarmed Afghans (Reuters)
Blast outside Afghan police base, no casualties (Reuters)
Candidate registration begins for polls (BBC News)
U.S. businessman jailed for funding terror in Afghanistan (BBC News)
Taliban claims victory over Korengal Valley (Al Jazeera)
The death of the American Century by Henry Allen (Washington Post)
Memo to America: Stop murdering my people by Malalai Joya (Daily Beast)
Earthquakes and other disturbances by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)
Visiting victims of Afghanistan’s revenge rapes by Anna Badkhen (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:
As India booms, social welfare struggles to catch up (Reuters)
India’s central bank raises rates (Wall Street Journal)
Former minister Tharoor defends his name (BBC News)
The terrorists in India’s midst by Bahukutumbi Raman (Wall Street Journal)
India faces new economic challenges by Kunal Kumar Kundu (Financial Times)

4-19-10 PakPulse

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

Other stories:
On Pak-Afghan border, joining Taliban to settle scores with relatives (Washington Post)
Zardari signs bill curbing presidential powers (Wall Street Journal)
Pakistan military holds back in North Waziristan (Time)

Bomber strikes near political rally (New York Times)
Suicide bombers strike refugees in northwest (New York Times)
Behind the scenes of a Pakistani suicide bombing (Associated Press)
Pakistan sidelines some officials after Bhutto report (Reuters)
Mullah Omar indicates he may be willing to hold peace talks (Times of London)
  • Also: Afghan Taliban reject media reports about Mullah Omar talks (The News)
A six point strategy for the power crisis (Express Tribune)
Pakistan’s new attorney general (Express Tribune)
U.S. to make transformational investments in Pakistan (Dawn)
Roots of Taliban conflict fester in Swat (Dawn)
Al Qaeda using new tactic in war (Dawn)
Pakistan-EU summit postponed (Dawn)
Chief Justice says state must curb corruption (The News)
An intolerant nation (Dawn)
Whither rule of law? by Raza Rumi (Express Tribune)
Forging Pakistan’s economic future by Shahzad Chaudhry (Daily Times)
Mapping the battle for Pakistan (New America Foundation)

Other stories:
UN endorses Karzai’s choice to lead election commission (New York Times)
Karzai under fire over poll reform (Financial Times)
Military scrambles soldiers, staff, and supplies (New York Times)
First-hand look at firefights in Marja (New York Times)
The British election and the wars (New York Times)
American aid official visits Kandahar after attacks on contractors (New York Times)
Taliban targets U.S. contractors on projects in Afghanistan (Washington Post)
Taliban say buildup is underway (Associated Press)
German prosecutors drop Afghan probe (Associated Press)
Afghan police arrest 9 in plot for Kabul attacks (Associated Press)
Blast at Afghan army base near Kabul kills two (Reuters)
Donkey bomb kills three children in Kandahar (Reuters)
Afghanistan frees detained Italians (Wall Street Journal)
Afghan security forces may have killed UN employee (Foreign Policy)
Water polo, in Afghanistan? (Los Angeles Times)
Key to success lies with Afghan officials coming through by Doyle McManus (Los Angeles Times)

Other stories:
Scandal forces Shashi Tharoor to step down (New York Times)
Indian who built yoga empire works on politics (New York Times)
India raises poverty-rate estimate (Wall Street Journal)
Blasts rattle cricket fans in south India (New York Times)
India parliament resumes after cricket cash row (Reuters)
A quota within a quota (Wall Street Journal)
Insuring India’s nuclear power by Henry Sokolski (Wall Street Journal)