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Rampage in Pakistan Shows Reach of Militants By: Sabrina Tavernise, Waqar Gillani, and Salman Masood | The New York Times
Pakistan, a nuclear-armed state, has been mired in political wrangling since an election last year, with leaders fighting each other instead of joining efforts against the insurgency, which is slowly strangling the country. The government’s impotence will greatly complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to bring order to Afghanistan, whose militants slip through Pakistan’s porous borders.

Can Pakistan Be Governed? By: James Traub | The New York Times

Terrorists. Secessionists. Angry neighbors. Smoldering generals. And Asif Ali Zardari, with the job of keeping his country from becoming the most dangerous failed state in the world.

Zardari’s poll numbers are dreadful. More important, he has given little sustained attention to the country’s overwhelming problems — including, of course, the Islamist extremism that, for the Obama administration, has made Pakistan quite possibly the most important, and worrisome, country in the world. Zardari has bought himself more time, but for Pakistan itself, the clock is ticking louder and louder.

The Two Frances by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal 7 April 2009: “One a bourgeois paradise; the other, an urban fear zone”

World Politics Review | Rights & Wrongs in Pakistan: The Normalcy of Crisis

World Politics Review | Kashmir Skirmishes Exacerbate India-Pakistan Tensions: A series of brazen infiltration attempts by militant groups in Indian Kashmir have resulted in fierce gun battles with security forces, and threaten to exacerbate already tense relations between India and Pakistan. The skirmishes come amid fears of militant attacks on prominent political leaders as the campaign for India’s parliamentary elections gets under way.

  1. December 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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