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Pakistan crisis as Musharraf cracks down on protests

15 May 2007
Karachi, Pakistan’s most populated city, has been paralysed for the last week by an outpouring of violence orchestrated by the military regime of general Musharraf, and his political allies in the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). It has left at least 41 people dead.

Pakistan protests throw Musharraf’s regime into crisis

24 March 2007
A growing crisis threatens military rule in Pakistan, a key US ally in the "war on terror".

Tim: Glorifying the Pakistani cricket team

26 August 2006

Oval cricket fiasco: Pakistan have cause to complain

19 August 2006
When bad light stopped play shortly before tea on the penultimate day of the Fourth Test between England and Pakistan, we were disappointed but not surprised, for clouds had been gathering over the Oval cricket ground in south London for some time. Little did we realise how apt this image would be for the coming (metaphorical) storm.

World Social Forum in Pakistan is a success

08 April 2006
Over 30,000 people attended the Karachi World Social Forum (WSF) held in Pakistan from 24 to 29 March.

Pakistan and Kashmir earthquake didn’t get Blair’s compassion

18 March 2006
"Disaster Fatigue" is not unlike "Weapons of Mass Destruction". It is a phrase that has been rammed into the public consciousness quicker than you can say "media spin".

Anti-war protests in India and Pakistan against Bush’s visit

11 March 2006
While a certain corner of our capital was transformed by red carpets in preparation for George Bush’s visit last week, the other corners were lined with banners, placards and posters that reflected the utmost contempt for Bush and his policies.

International round-up

21 January 2006
Protest over torture in Greece Support was growing this week across the Greek labour movement for a demonstration this Saturday over the torture of Pakistani immigrants by the intelligence agency last summer.

Now US kills children in Pakistan

21 January 2006
An act of cold-blooded murder. Not one Western leader would dispute that if it were 18 innocent people in London or New York who were blown apart in the early hours of last Friday.

Pressure is on Greek minister

14 January 2006
Pressure is on Greek minister

Greek activists force minister’s resignation

14 January 2006
Christos Markogiannakis, the Greek deputy minister for public order, was forced to resign on Tuesday of this week in the wake of the scandal over the kidnap and torture of 28 Pakistani immigrants by Greek secret services and MI6 last year.

Immigrants tortured in Greece as MI6 watched

07 January 2006
The British foreign office has been forced to admit that a senior MI6 officer was present at the interrogation of Pakistani immigrants who were illegally seized in Greece. The 28 men were abducted from their homes then beaten and psychologically tortured.

Eyewitnesses to the devastating effects of the Asian earthquake

07 January 2006
A delegation from Sheffield, including several Respect members, recently visited Pakistan and Kashmir, a region of south Asia occupied by India, Pakistan and China.

Pakistan’s poorest feel the aftershock

22 October 2005
Within a matter of weeks winter will bring snow to the mountains in Kashmir and temperatures will drop below zero. Without shelter, food or warm clothing thousands of people who have already lost loved ones and friends in the recent earthquake will perish.

The occupation and oppression of Kashmir

22 October 2005
The state of Jammu and Kashmir, where most of the casualties caused by the earthquake occurred, has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1947. India was partitioned by the British after a long fought freedom struggle.

Nato and Pakistani army fail to give earthquake aid

15 October 2005
In my village, Sir Sayebaan, there are dead bodies lying in the street 48 hours after the earthquake hit. There is no one to pick them up.

Community shocked as Sajid family is deported

01 October 2005
The local community in Teesside in the north east of England were shocked last week when immigration officials snatched and deported the Sajid family to Pakistan.

Guantanamo Bay: behind the wire

24 September 2005
Last week the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan and spokesman for the regime, was released from the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay and sent home — a free man — at the request of Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

World Social Forum: three crucial gatherings

17 September 2005
The next World Social Forum (WSF) will take place simultaneously in three cities — Caracas in Venezuela, Karachi in Pakistan and Bamako in Mali. It is set to take place from 25-29 January 2006.

Civil liberties, war and racism

20 August 2005
Manchester Manchester Stop the War Coalition held a public meeting recently where 100 people gathered at the Pakistani Community Centre in Longsight against the backdrop of the London bombings.

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