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Pakistani Troops Still Missing | PakPulse 6-17-10

In Press Roundup on June 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Pakistan

Pakistan troops are missing after attack (Associated Press)

  • Also: Army searches for dozens of soldiers (BBC News)

U.S. showed Pakistan evidence on role of Haqqani network (Reuters)

Punjab government gave $1 million to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (BBC News)

Operation against banned outfits reportedly launched in Punjab (Express Tribune)

China says Pakistan nuclear deal is “peaceful” (BBC News)

Why the Ahmadi community is officially detested (BBC News)

U.S. officials meet with American bin Laden hunter (Associated Press)

Targeted killings claim three more in Karachi (Express Tribune)

Pak-U.S. dialogue on water crisis continues (Express Tribune)

Pakistan seeking U.S. helicopters and other equipment (Express Tribune)

U.S. assures help in overcoming Pakistan’s energy shortfall (Daily Times)

Editorials:

Haqqani talks? (Dawn)

Afghanistan

Military and Pentagon leaders urge patience for Afghan mission (New York Times)

Afghan mineral wealth may be even greater: $3 trillion (Associated Press)

Taliban can keep weapons under new peace initiative (Wall Street Journal)

Experts say U.S. has no long-term strategy in Afghanistan (McClatchy)

In Kandahar, a battle for hearts and minds (NPR)

Kandahar residents wary of promises to fix problems (Reuters)

Taliban attack police in southeast (Associated Press)

In an Afghan valley of death, good news – for now (Time)

Interview with Abdul Salam Zaeef on Taliban perspective (ABC News)

Karzai set for talks with Japan (BBC News)

Afghan anti-graft body to publish officials’ assets (Reuters)

New geological survey points to water problems in Kabul (Reuters)

New York Times fights back on Afghan mineral scoop (Daily Beast)

Canadian Liberal leader calls for Afghan training past 2011 (CBC News)

Valley of death: one platoon’s tour of duty – film review (New York Times)

Opium in Afghanistan – photo essay (New York Times)

Afghanistan through teenagers’ eyes – photo essay (Foreign Policy)

Editorials:

The Afghan roller coaster (Washington Post)

A waiting game to outlast the Obama administration by George F. Will (Washington Post)

Engage America’s friends on Afghanistan by G. Parthasarathy (Wall Street Journal)

Afghanistan’s most important resource by Carl Schramm, Robert Litan & Dane Stangler (Wall Street Journal)

Obama’s mixed Afghanistan messages by Doyle McManus (Los Angeles Times)

The tragic death of Haji Abdul Jabar by James Traub (Foreign Policy)

Obama’s big Afghan dilemma by Joe Klein (Time)

Five ways Obama can fix Afghanistan by Leslie Gelb (Daily Beast)

The Afghan gold rush by Bruce Riedel (Daily Beast)

Rethinking an uncertain case for war by Anthony Cordesman (CSIS)

NATO rethinks mission, perhaps too reluctantly (Christian Science Monitor)

Captured by the Taliban by Jere Van Dyk (Newsweek)

India

Prying open India’s vast bureaucracy (New York Times)

India hopes monsoon will tame inflation (Financial Times)

Indian community torn apart by honor killings (BBC News)

Pakistani Troops Captured by Taliban | PakPulse 6-16-10

In Press Roundup on June 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Gary Faulkner, Osama-hunter, is the new Chuck Norris

Pakistan

American detained in Pakistan had sights on bin Laden (New York Times)

Dozens of Pakistani troops captured by Taliban (BBC News)

Authorities ban public political meetings in Karachi (BBC News)

Pakistani drug addicts denied help after row (BBC News)

Sindh government forms committee on targeted killings (Express Tribune)

Tense India ties cost Pakistan huge losses in trade (Express Tribune)

Two-day U.S.-Pak dialogue underway (Express Tribune)

49% of Pakistan suffers from food insecurity (Express Tribune)

U.S. wants China to clarify Pakistan nuclear deal (Dawn)

Taliban reappear in Bajaur Agency (Daily Times)

Multi-billion rupee scam brewing in power sector (The News)

Editorials:

Pakistan, U.S. play waiting game by Abubakar Siddique (Asia Times)

The benefits of having nuclear weapons by Kamran Shahid (Express Tribune)

Sectarian scourge (Dawn)

Afghanistan

Lashkar-e-Taiba expands attacks in Afghanistan (New York Times)

U.S. bolsters Afghan police to secure Kandahar (New York Times)

Senators challenge Afghan deadline (New York Times)

Ex-Taliban leaders see hopeful signs for talks (New York Times)

Afghan media criticize security officials’ resignations (New York Times)

Taliban suspected in car-bomb death of district leader (Washington Post)

Afghanistan invites firms to develop mines (Wall Street Journal)

Karzai seeks support on Japan visit (Associated Press)

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan (Associated Press)

Questions on Afghan strategy touch nerve in Pentagon (Reuters)

Afghanistan’s woeful water management delights neighbors (Christian Science Monitor)

Battling IEDs in Afghanistan (Time)

Editorials:

The power of education in Afghanistan by Kathleen Parker (Washington Post)

From land mines to copper mines by Michael Ross (Foreign Policy)

Chinese takeout by Aziz Huq (Foreign Policy)

Will Afghan surge run into the sand? by Simon Tisdall (Guardian)

Newfound mineral wealth could fuel conflict by Michael Williams (Guardian)

Let them buy votes? by Ann Marlowe (World Affairs)

Articles:

Afghanistan’s civic war by James Traub (New York Times Magazine)

Testimony:

Statement of Gen. David Petraeus (Senate Armed Services Committee)

Statement of David Cameron (House of Commons)

India

Clogged rail lines slow India’s development (New York Times)

Editorials:

Remember Bhopal by Philip Bowring (International Herald Tribune)

Osama Hunter Arrested in Pakistan | PakPulse 6-15-10

In Press Roundup on June 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

Exclusive photo of Gary Faulkner, Oasama-hunter, leaving Pakistani custody

Pakistan

Pakistani officials reject report on ISI aid to Taliban (Washington Post)

Washington objects to China-Pakistan nuclear deal (Washington Post)

Aid group halts Pakistan work after employee is slain (Associated Press)

  • Also: Mercy Corps leaves south Pakistan (BBC News)

Pakistan holds American reportedly hunting bin Laden (Reuters)

Malik claims foreign elements behind targeted killings (Express Tribune)

PPP, MQM form fact-finding committee (Express Tribune)

Pakistan will be British priority, says UK minister (Express Tribune)

9% hike in power tariff expected next month (Daily Times)

Zardari to clamp down on banned outfits in Karachi (The News)

Editorials:

Who’s the enemy in the war on terror? by Joseph Lieberman (Wall Street Journal)

ISI charged (Daily Times)

Afghanistan

Setbacks cloud U.S. plans to get out of Afghanistan (New York Times)

Concern on Capitol Hill about Afghan war grows (Washington Post)

Afghan officials elated by minerals report (New York Times)

  • Also: What could $1 trillion mean for Afghanistan? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Also: Can Afghanistan tap its mineral wealth? (Los Angeles Times)
  • Also: Defense Department briefing on the geological survey (DoD)
  • Also: Can buried treasure save Afghanistan? (Newsweek)

Rural outreach snags on technology and fear (Reuters)

Twelve police, six civilians killed in clashes (Associated Press)

Kandahar strategy draws criticism (Financial Times)

UK man tells of Taliban recruitment (BBC News)

Marines, family pack Camp Pendleton to honor sergeant (Los Angeles Times)

Interview with Thomas Ruttig on reconciliation (Foreign Policy)

Regional Command Southwest stands up (ISAF)

Cameron addresses Parliament on Afghanistan (Times of London)

Editorials:

Afghan staying power (Wall Street Journal)

Fighting the Viet Cong in Afghanistan by Richard Cohen (Washington Post)

Why $1 trillion may thwart Afghanistan’s dreams by Amity Shales (Bloomberg)

Afghanistan’s dangerous new wealth by Ravi Somaiya (Newsweek)

Can Obama put more time on the clock? by Peter Feaver (Foreign Policy)

Helmand: anatomy of a disaster by Stephen Grey (Foreign Policy)

Alchemy in Afghanistan by Ann Marlowe (Daily Beast)

A question of life and death by William Galston (The New Republic)

Britain is stuck with a war it can’t afford and can’t win by Mary Riddell (Telegraph)

Testimony:

Developments in Afghanistan by Michele Flournoy (Senate Armed Services Committee)

India

Indian tycoon runs idea up the flagpole (Wall Street Journal)

Safer roads to Indian infrastructure (Wall Street Journal)

Monsoon covers almost half of India (Wall Street Journal)

$1 Trillion in Afghan Minerals | PakPulse 6-14-10

In Press Roundup on June 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

Afghanistan reportedly has mineral resources worth $1 trillion

Pakistan
Report details role of Pakistan intelligence agency in Afghanistan (New York Times)

  • Also: Pakistan denies allegations of meddling (Reuters)
  • Also: Spy agency said to collaborate with Taliban (Los Angeles Times)

Pakistan minister sacked over drunken brawl (BBC News)

Religious parties fail to revive MMA (Express Tribune)

Third round of Pak-U.S. talks on June 24 (Express Tribune)

McChrystal holds talks with Kayani (Dawn)

Hafiz Saeed rubs shoulders with Lahore party chiefs (Dawn)

Pakistan buying time in North Waziristan (Daily Times)

Editorials:

The cloud in the sky by Huma Imtiaz (Foreign Policy)

Al Qaeda after al-Yazid by Bruce Riedel (Jamestown Foundation)

Anti-terrorism laws (Dawn)

Afghanistan

Top stories:

U.S. identifies vast mineral riches in Afghanistan (New York Times)

  • Also: Mineral deposits could be worth $1 trillion (Reuters)
  • Also: Afghanistan’s vast resources untapped (Foreign Policy)

Other stories:

U.S. adopts reintegration strategy to subdue insurgency (Washington Post)

In Kandahar visit, Karzai outlines anti-Taliban plan
(New York Times)

U.S. backs Karzai on security (Wall Street Journal)

NATO reveals new command structure in Afghanistan
(Reuters)

18 Afghan police killed in insurgent attacks (Reuters)

Officials say insurgency is growing in southwest (Associated Press)

Interview with Abdul Salam Zaeef (BBC News)

UN says nearly 6,000 Afghan children smuggled into Europe last year (Associated Press)

Editorials:

Taking stock in Afghanistan (New York Times)

A surge of problems in Afghanistan by Jackson Diehl (Washington Post)

America’s forgotten war by Peter Beinart (Daily Beast)

Reports:

The Wolesi Jirga in 2010: Pre-election politics and the opposition by M. Hassan Wafaey (AREU)

Consolidating private security companies in southern Afghanistan by Kimberly Kagan & Carl Forsberg (ISW)

India

Boat capsizes on Ganges, 35 feared dead (Associated Press)

Indian inflation rate rises to two year high (BBC News)

Editorials:

Let’s talk some strategy by Gautam Adhikari (Times of India)

LSE Report Links Pakistan, Taliban | PakPulse 6-12&13-10

In Press Roundup on June 13, 2010 at 10:57 am

"Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistani army, which controls ISI, rejected the report, calling it 'rubbish.''

Pakistan

Report slams Pakistan for meddling in Afghanistan (Reuters)

  • Also: Support for Afghan Taliban is “official ISI policy” (BBC News)
  • Also: Pakistan army calls report “rubbish” (Associated Press)
  • Also: Pakistani puppet masters guide Taliban (Times of London)
  • Also: Evidence suggests Pakistan heavily involved in insurgency (Times of London)

Iran approves pipeline deal with Pakistan (Reuters)

  • Also: Pakistan and Iran ink gas pipeline project (The News)

As Pakistan stares at India, India eyes the world (Reuters)

Obama’s dilemma with homegrown terror (Newsweek)

Deadlock ends between PPP and JUI-F (Express Tribune)

U.S. to deliver F-16s by month’s end (Express Tribune)

NAB chairman formally resigns (Express Tribune)

World Bank cancels $750k in technical aid (Daily Times)

Editorials:

One myth, many Pakistans by Ali Sethi (New York Times)

Is a Punjab operation a good idea? by Ayesha Siddiqa (Express Tribune)

The economy and militancy by Hasan-Askari Rizvi (Daily Times)

Violence in Sindh (Dawn)

Afghanistan

Ahmed Wali Karzai, ally and obstacle (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence puts new focus on Afghan graft
 (New York Times)

Karzai is said to doubt West can defeat Taliban (New York Times)

As Afghan fighting expands, U.S. medics plunge in (New York Times)

UN could hasten removal of Taliban leaders from blacklist (New York Times)

Karzai seeks support for Kandahar operation (Associated Press)

  • Also: President visits Taliban spiritual home (Reuters)

NATO upbeat despite Kandahar delays (BBC News)

Poland wants NATO to plan end to Afghan mission
 (Associated Press)

UK government shuffles military team as it deals with Afghanistan (Associated Press)

Good times don’t come easy at Canadian outpost (Reuters)

Is NATO to blame for Russia’s Afghan heroin problem? (Time)

Editorials:

Afghanistan: war of obligation (Telegraph)

The march of folly by Maharajakrishna Rasgotra (The Hindu)

Our mission is doomed by Matthew Parris (Times of London)

India

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake reported in Indian Ocean (Associated Press)

India’s industrial output surges (Wall Street Journal)

India interviews U.S. Mumbai plotter Headley (BBC News)

Traditional Hindu piety makes way for popular culture (Washington Post)

Recycling India’s e-waste brings jobs but health fears (Washington Post)

Drone Strike in North Waziristan | PakPulse 6-11-10

In Press Roundup on June 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

15 militants have reportedly been killed in North Waziristan's main town, Miran Shah

Pakistan

U.S. missile strikes reportedly kill 15 near border (Associated Press)

  • Also: Drones target North Waziristan (BBC News)

Pakistani Taliban claim NATO convoy attacks (BBC News)

Tribal Pakistan is “rights-free zone” (BBC News)

State persecution and Pakistan‘s Ahmadi sect (The Economist)

Pakistan embraces the sexual fringe (Newsweek)

Recent spate of violence kills five in Karachi (Express Tribune)

Pakistan aims to provide trade route to Central Asia (Express Tribune)

Military hardware request is on U.S. agenda (Express Tribune)

Pakistan urges talks on Iran nuclear issue (Dawn)

PML-N to support 18th amendment (Dawn)

Pakistan, Russia to consolidate anti-terror cooperation (The News)

Editorials:

Pakistan‘s new networks of terror by Imtiaz Gul (Foreign Policy)

Reasons for an operation in south Punjab by Farhat Taj (Express Tribune)

Afghanistan

What Marja tells us of battles yet to come (New York Times)

U.S. offensive stalls in Kandahar (Wall Street Journal)

McChrystal forecasts slower pace in Afghan war (New York Times)

The Afghan government’s fraying unity (The Economist)

Militia is said to be target of Afghan wedding attack (New York Times)

McChrystal probes Helmand lessons (Financial Times)

Two U.S. troops, eleven Afghan civilians killed in south (Associated Press)

NATO secretary-general warns Afghan success not yet assured (Reuters)

Cameron visits British troops in Afghanistan (Financial Times)

Taliban hone hit-and-run, assassination tactics (Christian Science Monitor)

New plan to woo Taliban could harm villages (Christian Science Monitor)

As violence escalates, U.S. presses NATO allies (NPR)

Editorials:

Cameron and Karzai by James Landale (BBC News)

If Afghanistan seems violent now, just wait by Andrew Bast (Newsweek)

All silent on the lefty front by Michael Cohen (The New Republic)

Crises converge: oil spill and Afghanistan by Will Inboden (Foreign Policy)

Scholar soldiers in Afghanistan are on dangerous terrain by James Denselow (Guardian)

Afghanistan: all in the mind (Guardian)

India

The valley at the center of the Kashmir insurgency (BBC News)

India relaxes citizenship norms for Pakistanis (Express Tribune)

The perilous arithmetic of caste discrimination (The Economist)

‘As If Hell Fell On Me” | ReportReader

In Terrorism on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Thursday, June 9th Amnesty International released a 150 page report on the “human rights crisis” in Northwest Pakistan.

“I lost my sense when I reached the door of my house and saw and heard the crying of my close neighbors and relatives–as if hell fell on me. When I saw people putting the dead bodies of my children, parents, and other relatives in bed I couldn’t bear it anymore and fell on the ground…” -A 25-year-old man who lost nine relatives after Pakistani security forces hit his home in the Loi Sam area of Bajaur Agency.

This Thursday Amnesty International released “As If Hell Fell On Me,” a 150 page report documenting systemic human rights abuses by the government and extremist forces in Northwest Pakistan. (Read the full PDF here.)

The report, which is based on more than 300 interviews with residents of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and surrounding regions of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has already drawn the ire of the Pakistani government.

The Pakistani Minister for Human Rights, Mumtaz Alam Gilani has called it  “unfortunate and incorrect.” Chief among the government’s disagreements with Amnesty’s findings is that nearly 4 million Pakistanis are living under Taliban rule and that the FATA is a “human rights free zone.”

The report asserts that the Pakistani government has not provided the people of FATA with the political rights or judicial institutions afforded to the rest of the Pakistani population, specifically condemning the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), the colonial era laws exclusively governing the FATA, and that the Pakistani military’s operations and actions of local lashkars have resulted in high numbers of civilian casualties.

Minister Gilani has defended the Pakistani government’s actions, saying

When there is a war there is no civil right, there is no court and these areas are traditionally beyond the normal laws. We are getting hold of different places to manipulate and to further forward our attack on the enemy,” said Gilani. “They are on the run now. They are not on the attack. So such type of reports, they discourage the government of Pakistan ‘s intentions and attitude [and] they do not help (VOA).

The report also focuses on those displaced by military operations, stating that the 1 million who were forced to leave their homes and have not returned are “largely ignored” by the government.

In addition to the criticisms leveled against the Pakistani leadership, Amnesty cites the U.S. for the civilian casualty rate resulting from drone strikes.  It is critical to note that while Amnesty does not call for a halt to drone strikes altogether, it urges the U.S. to “investigate, discipline or prosecute, in a credible and transparent manner any officials found guilty of violating international humanitarian law or rules of engagement in conducting drone strikes”. (For more on these drone-specific recommendations, see here.)

The report highlights abuses by the Pakistani Taliban and extremist groups, particularly focusing on right deprivations in Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, South Waziristan and North Waziristan agencies.  It condemns gender-based abuses and the bombing of girls schools.

Funnily enough, the report also has recommendations for the Pakistani Taliban, including that it acknowledge its obligation to comply with international law and that it respect the UN Declaration of Human Rights.  Needless to say, if the Pakistani government cannot get behind this report, how can the Taliban?  Still, the report emphasizes the role the international community can take on in achieving these objectives; the results remain to be seen.

Afghan Wedding Tears | PakPulse 6-10-10

In Press Roundup on June 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

A policeman talks to a man injured in the Kandahar wedding blast. Photo: Allauddin Khan/AP

Pakistan

Sprawling Karachi becomes extremist melting pot (McClatchy)

Bomb in southern Pakistan kills one (Associated Press)

Swat administrator reflects on past year (BBC News)

Pakistani-American sentenced for aiding al Qaeda (BBC News)

Punjab law minister rules out operation (Express Tribune)

Government decides to scrap Value Added Tax (Express Tribune)

Amnesty report says 4m people under Taliban rule in Pakistan (Express Tribune)

Pakistan, China sign five agreements (Express Tribune)

Pakistan ranked world’s fifth most unstable country (Dawn)

Qureshi: North Waziristan is next priority (Daily Times)

U.S. hopes for progress in Indo-Pak talks (Daily Times)

Editorials:

Drone war hitting its targets by Peter Bergen & Katherine Tiedemann (CNN)

Between war and peace by Rafia Zakaria (Dawn)

Reports:

As if Hell fell on me: Human rights crisis in northwest Pakistan (Amnesty International)

Afghanistan

Blast tears through Afghan wedding (New York Times)

  • Also: Dozens killed at Kandahar party (Reuters)

Taliban aim at officials in wave of killings (New York Times)

Britain reaffirms support for Afghanistan effort (New York Times)

McChrystal: Kandahar operation will take longer (Associated Press)

  • Also: General sees slower pace for operation (Reuters)
  • Also: Major parts of the operation are pushed back (Washington Post)

Special Operations forces triple in Afghanistan (Reuters)

“Still a long way to go” in Marja operation (Washington Post)

Saleh argues against talking to Taliban (Associated Press)

  • Also: Ex-intel chief believes Karzai has lost faith in U.S. ability (Guardian)

Interview with Hekmatyar on Afghan peace talks (Christian Science Monitor)

UK commander considered resigning over Helmand (Times of London)

U.S. pushes Europe again to provide more trainers (Associated Press)

Editorials:

Lessons of Helmand (Times of London)

Would killing Mullah Omar do any good? by Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai (Newsweek)

Soldier takes leave from Afghan school by Joe Klein (Time)


Karzai: Afghanistan’s weakest link
by Daniella Peled (Guardian)

India

Other stories:

India and Sri Lanka bolster friendship following meeting (Christian Science Monitor)

India moves to alter divorce laws (BBC News)

Editorials:

India sets sail for leadership by Walter Ladwig (Wall Street Journal)

NATO Supply Convoy Attacked Near Islamabad | PakPulse 6-9-10

In Press Roundup on June 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

6 Die in Attack on Supply Rigs in Pakistan. Photo NYT

Pakistan

Six dead in attack on NATO supply rigs in Pakistan (New York Times)

Army says it has driven militants from all but one region (Telegraph)

U.S.-Pakistan strategic dialogue meetings begin (Express Tribune)

Chief Justice says power to amend constitution cannot be limited (Express Tribune)

Clashes in Orakzai, Mohmand kill 46 militants (Dawn)

Most Pakistanis are pacifist, says survey (Dawn)

Musharraf’s political party launched (Dawn)

Senators debate shortcomings in new budget (Daily Times)

Gilani: Pakistan needs aid for tribal areas (Daily Times)

India backs U.S. aid plan for Pakistan (Daily Times)

U.S. urges sustained Pak-India dialogue momentum (The News)

Editorials:

The case for calling them nitwits by Christine Fair & Daniel Byman (The Atlantic)

We need a home-grown national security strategy by Fasih Bokhari (Express Tribune)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan strategy shifts to focus on civilian effort (New York Times)

Allies make way for U.S. troop influx (Wall Street Journal)

Petraeus: Afghan mission will fail without UK help (Associated Press)

Gates: Progress in Afghan war must come this year (Associated Press)

McChrystal confident in progress by end of year (AFP)

NATO helicopter downed in southern Afghanistan (Associated Press)

  • Also: At least four U.S. soldiers killed (Reuters)

U.S. hopes to share prison with Afghanistan (Los Angeles Times)

U.S. weighs reinforcements for Helmand (AFP)

UK military chiefs blamed for blundering into Helmand (Times of London)

British troops unlikely to go to Kandahar (Guardian)

In the Afghan papers: proselytizing (New York Times­)

Editorials:

Karzai: Crazy like a fox by Elizabeth Rubin (Foreign Policy)

Who will replace Saleh and Atmar? by Kate Clark (Foreign Policy)

Military cannot escape blame for Afghanistan (Times of London)

Reports:

Finding the path to victory by Anthony Cordesman (CSIS)

India

Bollywood lays bare India’s brutal politics by Sadanand Dhume (Wall Street Journal)

Public Execution in N. Waziristan | PakPulse 6-8-10

In Press Roundup on June 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

Taliban hold public execution in North Waziristan

Pakistan

Pakistan says Taliban leaders fled outside Af-Pak (Dawn)

Pakistan’s Punjab “in denial” over local militants (Reuters)

Targeted operations to start in Punjab, says Malik (Express Tribune)

Taliban hold public execution in North Waziristan (Reuters)

Holbrooke visit to Pakistan canceled (Dawn)

Clinton due next month for U.S.-Pak strategic dialogue (Daily Times)

MMA to be reunified? (Express Tribune)

Key Taliban leaders have fled region, says Qureshi (Express Tribune)

Tariff raised for Karachi electricity consumers (Dawn)

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey to enhance cooperation (Daily Times)

PML-N decides to defend 18th amendment (The News)

Cyclone Phet kills 10 in Pakistan (AFP)

Editorials:

In Pakistan’s own backyard by Saba Imtiaz (Foreign Policy)

Afghanistan

NATO suffers deadliest day this year in Afghanistan (AFP)

US urges Afghanistan to detail Taliban reintegration plan (AFP)

US takes greater command role in Afghanistan (WSJ)

US trainers shape new ‘face’ for Kandahar police (AFP)

Afghanistan: looking for a few good cops in Marjah (Time)

Karzai’s isolation worries Afghans and the West (New York Times)

U.S. takes greater command role in Afghanistan (Wall Street Journal)

Ex-intel chief Saleh opposed Karzai peace plan (Reuters)

  • Also: Afghan papers ponder ministerial resignations (BBC News)

Afghan troops fear life after foreign pullout (Reuters)

U.S. urges Afghanistan to detail reintegration plan (AFP)

What now in Afghanistan’s crucial year? (BBC News)

Afghanistan not longest U.S. war, says Holbrooke (NPR)

Holbrooke says more reintegration funds expected (Daily Times)

UK to deport child asylum seekers to Afghanistan (Guardian)

Editorial

An urgent call for Afghan trainers by John Tanner (Wall Street Journal)

One of the worst places on Earth for women by Cesar Chelala (Japan Times)

Afghanistan’s troubles far from over by Robert Weiner & Jonathan Battaglia (Washington Times)

India

Major problems surface for Indian Army (WSJ)

India’s welfare gamble: add100 million to the rolls (WSJ)

PM Singh renews Kashmir talks offer (BBC News)

India increases its lead in road fatalities (New York Times)

Painfully slow justice over Bhopal (Financial Times)

Editorials:

Awaiting the monsoon by Ranjani Iyer Mohanty (Int’l Herald Tribune)