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Musharraf humiliated in Pakistan assembly vote

19 February 2008
In a blow to US-backed dictators the world over, voters in Pakistan have decisively rejected the country’s president Pervez Musharraf and his crackdown on the county’s democratic institutions.

Pakistan spirals out of control

29 January 2008
While Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf was in London being praised by Gordon Brown as a "key ally in the war on terrorism", his country’s border with Afghanistan was in flames.

Pakistan in crisis after Benazir Bhutto’s death

08 January 2008
What effect will Benazir Bhutto’s death have on president Pervez Musharraf’s chances of remaining in power?

Further destabilisation as Benazir Bhutto murdered in Pakistan

27 December 2007
Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was murdered today in a brutal suicide bomb attack that also claimed the lives of at least 20 of her supporters.

Refugees left to rot in Calais

11 December 2007
Rejected by Britain, abandoned by France and adrift inside fortress Europe. The countries they fled from reads like a list of the battlegrounds in the "war of terror" – Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Palestine, Somalia, Iran, Eritrea.

Protests defy military rule in Pakistan

27 November 2007
Last week was very eventful for the left in Karachi.

Campaign priorities in months ahead

20 November 2007
Chairing the final session Tower Hamlets Respect councillor Oliur Rahman took an emergency motion from Preston Respect on the crisis in Pakistan which condemned General Musharraf’s regime.

Where next for the movement in Pakistan?

20 November 2007
Protesters continue to defy brutal state repression in Pakistan.

Students intensify Pakistan protests

13 November 2007
The spectre of defeat haunts the dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf and his supporters.

Democracy in Pakistan will not come from Benazir Bhutto

13 November 2007
As brave lawyers and democracy activists battle it out with General Musharraf’s police, the British and US establishments have been busy behind the scenes.

Pakistan crisis: eyewitness report from Karachi

06 November 2007
Within 24 hours of it being declared, over 200 people defied the state of emergency to gather on the steps of the Karachi press club.

Protesters defy Pakistan's dictator General Musharraf

06 November 2007
Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf has launched a wave of repression by imposing martial law, banning public assemblies and shutting down independent TV stations.

Afghan war spreads into Pakistan

23 October 2007
The bombs in Karachi that ripped through the cavalcade returning former prime

Pakistan regime under pressure in Waziristan

16 October 2007
Mir Ali is a town of around 50,000 people in the Waziristan region of northern Pakistan. Last week the Pakistani military bombed it as part of its long running battle with Taliban forces in the area. An estimated 250 local people were killed, with Pakistan losing 47 soldiers.


02 October 2007
Pakistani state jails democracy activists The recent announcement that General Musharraf will be allowed to seek election while remaining head of the military should dispel any doubts about the tyrannical nature of the Pakistani regime.

Pakistan on the edge of turmoil

25 September 2007
Regardless of the outcome of presidential elections planned for 6 October, massive changes of one sort or another seem inevitable in Pakistan.

Red Mosque raid threatens to backfire on General Musharraf

17 July 2007
What is the payoff for being a loyal partner in George Bush’s "war on terror"? For Pakistan’s dictator General Musharraf, it means being granted the means to propagate terror yourself.

Paines Plough hosts new playwrights from Pakistan

10 July 2007
Paines Plough is one of the country’s best known touring theatre companies. It is dedicated to discovering, developing and producing new contemporary works for the theatre.

Call for protests against the arrest of Farooq Tariq in Pakistan

15 June 2007
Nine days after his arrest Farooq Tariq, General Secretary Labour Party Pakistan (LPP), was shifted from Central jail, Bahawalpur, to Kot Lakhpat jail, Lahore, on Friday 14 June.

The long struggle for justice in Pakistan

22 May 2007
The current political turmoil in Pakistan has its roots in the way the Pakistani state was constructed, and tensions that have been present since its birth.

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