Dueling about dual nationality

By Parveen Tarique Given the state of the land of the pure where there is no water, electricity, gas, no law and order, and the army gets caught in the crosshairs of snipers and militants, and fall like nine pins, the powers that be are pushing for bills, like the contempt bill and the proposed dual nationality bill. Reports indicate that the contempt bill has sailed through, and dual nationality has the pa ...

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Who is to benefit Nato supply opening?

Eschmall Sardar, Pakistan and the US looked close to a breakthrough as the meeting of Defence Committee of Cabinet came to on the heels of overnight talks between top Pakistan and US officials to narrow down their differences. It was the second time in less than a week that the ISAF Commander, John Allen, landed in Pakistan to help break the impasse on restoration of NATO supplies. He, along with US deputy ...

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Pakistan Political Forecast

Domestic political pressure on the government persists, and the possibility  remains that the prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, may be ousted. Government effectiveness is also low, and it could worsen further as a consequence of the current political uncertainty. The likelihood of an early general election has increased significantly (the poll does not have to be held until February 2013). The killing by U ...

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Shakil Afridi was imprisoned for giving care to militants

Jon Boone The Pakistani doctor who assisted the CIA in its hunt for Osama bin Laden was given a 33-year jail sentence not for aiding the US intelligence service but for providing medical care to banned terror groups, according to leaked legal documents. According to a five-page verdict seen by Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, the administrator from the country's tribal areas that tried and convicted Shakil Afridi ...

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Pakistan test fires Hatf 4 Nasr Missile

Pakistan test fires Nuclear capable Hatf 4 Nasr Missile successfully. [caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignright" width="338" caption="Hatf 4 - Nasr"][/caption] Hatf IX NASR is a short-range surface to surface multi tube missile. With a range of 60km, it can carry nuclear warheads of appropriate yield, with high accuracy, and possesses shoot and scoot attributes. This quick response system addresses th ...

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ISI chief puts off Washington visit over doctor’s treason conviction

By Richard Leiby Pakistan’s new intelligence chief has postponed his first visit to Washington amid harsh U.S. criticism of the 33-year prison sentence imposed on Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor convicted of treason for aiding the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. Lt. Gen. Zaheer ul-Islam, appointed in March to head the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, was set to meet this week with his U.S. c ...

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Shakil Afridi got 33 years sentence of treason charges

By Alex Rodriguez Pakistan -- A Pakistani doctor who led a phony vaccination campaign aimed at helping the CIA pinpoint Osama bin Laden's whereabouts was convicted of treason Wednesday and sentenced to 33 years in prison, a decision that is likely to further fray Washington's fragile relations with Islamabad. U.S. officials have been seeking the release of Shakeel Afridi since his arrest by Pakistani author ...

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