Pakistan’s first animated series, The Burka Avenger, has wowed audiences across the world.
The Taliban continues to play the role of fashion cops in Pakistan. Shopkeepers have been warned they can be fined as much as $500 if they sell sheer or tight-fitting clothes for men. The Taliban wants everyone looking suitably nondescript for the holy month of Ramadan.
While in Bajaur, Pakistan — considered the main refuge and supply-route for Taliban insurgents — Shane Smith from Vice gets a first-hand look at what a raid operation with Bajaur Scouts looks like.
They’re called “honor” killings, but there’s nothing honorable about the brutal, point-blank murder of women and children condoned in Pakistan and other predominantly Muslim countries. Jonathan Rugman, foreign affairs correspondent for Channel 4 in Great Britain, reports on one such case. Warning: The content is both shocking and disturbing.
Polio remains endemic in only three nations around the world — Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. But efforts to eradicate the disease in Pakistan have hit a brick wall, as radical Islamists have begun to systematically assassinate vaccine makers. Apparently, the Taliban-aligned killers believe that the vaccine makers from the United Nations are part of a front engaged in espionage operations.
Taliban assassins yesterday attacked 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, leaving the girl with a bullet wound in the head. Yousufzai, winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Award, was targeted because she has been an outspoken advocate of education for girls. The attack occurred as she was making her way home from school in Mingora, the region’s largest city. Doctors at the hospital in Mingora said the young victim should recover, but Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — the Pakistani Taliban — vowed that the group would target her again if she survives. Two other girls also were injured.
Here is a New York Times profile of Yousufzai and her family created in 2009, when she was only 11 years old. At the time, some 200 schools for girls were being closed across Pakistan in areas under control of the Taliban. The closures included a school run by Yousufzai’s father, who expressed great sadness over the edict while also refusing to leave the Swat Valley.
Imran Khan achieved legendary status as a global superstar in the sport of cricket, but now he’s tackling an even more formidable challenge — running as a reform candidate for prime minister of Pakistan. His hands-on style of campaigning places him in great personal danger in one of the most dangerous countries on the planet. But Khan is undeterred, promising to lead a “tsunami” of political change. Karim Shah from Australia’s SBS Dateline follows Khan on the campaign trail.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, calls for foreign aid to end for Egypt, Pakistan and Libya “until they act like our allies.” Paul advocates that half the savings be reallocated for veterans’ benefits and the balance applied to debt reduction.
In the opposite camp, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, argues that foreign aid serves a vital purpose to maintain stability, promote democracies worldwide and to project American power.
What’s your position? Ours lies between the two poles represented by Rand and McCain. The United States needs to be careful in doling out aid to these turbulent nations. Conditions must be attached ensuring the safety of American interests — such as embassies or businesses. And we should never give aid — not one penny more — to nations hostile to us.