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Omid Bidar on Thursday, 31 January 2013
The huge rise in militancy across Pakistan (pdf) is also creating a number of hazards for aid workers. On New Year’s Day gunmen on motorbikes ambushed and killed six female aid workers and a doctor in Khayber-Pakhtunkhwa province. It marked the latest in a series of attacks on polio vaccination charity workers.
On December 18, five female aid workers were killed as they were administering polio vaccinations. The following day another polio supervisor was killed along with her driver in north-western town of Peshawar.
In a country where 33 percent live below the poverty line, and where the state has a tax-to-GDP ratio of 10 percent, apathy and inability to work toward reducing poverty are fundamental, leaving progress a distant pipe dream for those stuck at the bottom.
By Salma M Siddiqui
As the Pakistani government appeals for additional flood relief aid, one of the sources being considered for generating the much needed revenue is a flood tax.
Any way you slice it, Pakistan's government has failed to effectively manage the country's worst crisis in decades, but there are plenty of others willing to fill the political vacuum, Naveed Ahmad writes for ISN Security Watch.
By Naveed Ahmad in Kot Addu and Nowshehra, Pakistan for ISN Security Watch
The monsoon-inflicted floods have hit Pakistan's soft belly to the tune of $5 billion in damages and 21 million people affected.
With thousands of Swat Valley residents displaced, the Pakistani government must work quick to tend to their needs and at the same time battle the Taliban, writes Claude Rakisits for ISN Security Watch.
By Claude Rakisits for ISN Security Watch
Few people seem to realize that the Pakistan army's military operation to dislodge the Pakistani Taliban militants from the Swat Valley has caused about 2.5 million people to flee and seek refuge elsewhere. This vast and sudden movement of people is the world's biggest since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Amid mounting concern about the growing power of the Taliban and its allies in Pakistan, the country's faltering economy and its impact on the government's ability to combat extremism receives little attention, Shaun Waterman writes for ISN Security Watch.
By Shaun Waterman in Washington, DC for ISN Security Watch
Thanks to research by psychologist Marc Sageman and economist Allan Krueger, it has become a generally accepted principle of counter-terrorism strategy that there is no direct link between poverty and …
Following a peace deal that allowed the imposition of Sharia law in Swat Valley, the Taliban take advantage of Islamabad's weakness to further expand their control toward a nervous Islamabad, Naveed Ahmad reports for ISN Security Watch.
By Naveed Ahmad in Islamabad for ISN Security Watch
Two months after reaching a peace deal with the local Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley, the army is back on the offensive, attempting to keep the Taliban from moving closer to the capital Islamabad, while the government, enjoying its first consensus against extremism, seeks to regain a …
ISN SECURITY WATCH (Wednesday, 7 December: 22.12 CET) - At least seven survivors of the October earthquake in Pakistan have been killed and three others injured after their tent caught on fire, news agencies reported.
Four children were among those killed in the late Tuesday incident.
Officials speculated that the fire may have been caused by a candle.
The earthquake left some 3.5 million people homeless and more than 200,000 are living in tents.