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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Pakistan looking for NATO supply resumption – Sherry Rehman

Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has said that Islamabad is looking at 'positive conversation' about reopening of NATO supply routes during the Chicago Summit. Rehman, however, stressed that it would be pre-mature to say when the trucks will resume supply. During an interview with CNN, she also said that 'Pakistan is still demanding President Barrack Obama's apology over killing of 24 soldier ...

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Memogate comes to an end

After four arduous months, proceedings of the Memo Commission finally concluded at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday. During the final proceedings, the commission directed the foreign office secretary to brief it in-camera regarding secret funds used by former ambassador Hussain Haqqani during his tenure. This decision was taken after Mansoor Ijaz’s counsel Akram Sheikh claimed to have information th ...

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