US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Russia Today, March 20

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether, according to a new report.

The draft of a Pakistani resolution, first reported [...]

Pakistan-Taliban peace talks under way

BBC, February 6

The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun at an “undisclosed location”, officials say.

They are due to start charting a “roadmap” for peace talks to end a decade-long insurgency.

The government side has entered the talks “wholeheartedly”, the interior ministry tells the BBC.

Militants from [...]

Pakistan Ex-President Musharraf Will Be Put on Trial for Treason

TIME – Pakistan’s government will request the Supreme Court to try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, the Interior Minister said Sunday.

Government officials are accusing Musharraf of treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while he was in power, the Associated Press reports. Musharraf rose to power after a 1999 [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.

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Malala Yousafzai meets Barack Obama, asks for drone strikes to end

Raw Story, By George Chidi, October 12

Malala Yousafzai may have missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but she did get a chance to talk to the president about education, human rights … and drone strikes in Pakistan.

Obama invited Yousafzai to the White House “to thank her for her inspiring and [...]

Earthquake in Balochistan: Death toll touches 150, creates new island

(IHT) – A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing hundreds in Balochistan, besides creating a new island off the Gwadar coastline in its wake, Express News reported.

Tremors were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.

The Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly stated that at least 150 people had died [...]

Pakistani drone victims’ lawyer accuses US of blocking his visit to Congress

(The Guardian) – Shahzad Akbar says visa hold-up means he cannot take his clients to Capitol Hill to testify on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan

7.8 earthquake strikes Pakistan, shaking felt in New Delhi

Russia Today, September 24

An earthquake measuring 7.8 has struck southwest Pakistan, with tremors felt across the region and as far as New Delhi. The quake struck in Balochistan, just 69 km north-northeast of Arawan, the nearest city.

The US Geological Survey has measured the quake at 7.8 magnitude. A “RED” alert has been issued [...]

Musharraf indicted in Bhutto murder case

(Al Jazeera) – Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been charged with murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and bomb attack in December 2007, court officials say.

The case of Bhutto’s murder is one of several that Musharraf is facing since his return from self-imposed exile earlier this [...]

Drone strikes on rescuers in Pakistan – New report says yes

If civilian ‘rescuers’ are indeed being intentionally targeted, there is no doubt about the law: those strikes are a war crime.

by Chris Woods Bureau of Investigative Journalism August 1 Creative Commons Additional reporting by Mushtaq Yusufzai

A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Pakistan’s tribal areas appears to confirm that the [...]

Pakistan’s Sharif plans to try Musharraf for treason

(BBC) – Pakistan’s new government has said it plans to put former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason.

Should We Be Taking This Syrias?

It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:

Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.

However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.

This all sounds suspiciously, or [...]

AFPAK: No silver lining

(UPI) – In Afghanistan it is later than one thinks; in Pakistan, even later.

National Security Archives – All things nuclear Pakistan, South Africa, Brazil, China

National Security Archives: Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013 – China was exporting nuclear materials to Third World countries without safeguards beginning in the early 1980s, and may have given Pakistan weapons design information in the early years of its clandestine program, according to recently declassified CIA records. The formerly Top Secret reports, published today by [...]

Pakistan’s Musharraf barred from May polls

(BBC)- Pakistan’s former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been barred from standing in general elections in May. An election tribunal disqualified him from running in Chitral in the north-west. Earlier, he failed in an attempt to stand in three other seats.

Mr Musharraf’s lawyer says he plans to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

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