A new documentary film about the life and death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto — the first woman head of an Islamic country who was assassinated in 2007 — may attract as much interest for its political content as for its artistic or journalistic value; her husband Asif Ali Zardari is now the president of Pakistan, elected after her death.
Pakistan’s aging irrigation infrastructure and years of little rain are adding up to major problems for farmers, prompting the government to subsidize a new drip-style irrigation system. But some farmers still find it too costly to install. Continue reading
Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the failed Times Square bombing plot, pleaded guilty to terrorism and weapons charges on Monday afternoon. Ailsa Chang of WNYC Radio describes the scene in the courtroom then Steve Coll of the New American Foundation speaks with Judy Woodruff about Shahzad’s “puzzling case.” Continue reading
Pakistan’s tribal areas. Graphic by Michael Harry. Pakistan’s border region with Afghanistan is a rugged, mountainous area that has attracted militants and insurgents — and become a target for Pakistani military operations and U.S. drone attacks. A number of terrorists … Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, dozens more people died in new attacks across southern Afghanistan, including four NATO troops shot down in a helicopter in Helmand province. In neighboring Pakistan, seven people were killed as militants attacked a NATO convoy outside Islamabad. Continue reading
n 2003, Sumeena Nazir founded the Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy, a women’s development agency, in her hometown of Chakwal to provide rural women an opportunity to form support networks in their own neighborhoods.
In other news Tuesday, al-Qaida has acknowledged that its No. 3 leader has been killed in the North Waziristan region along the Afghan-Pakistani border and Iraq’s supreme court officially ratified the country’s election results from last March. Continue reading
NPR’s Steve Inskeep traveled with other correspondents to Pakistan and India to file a series of reports for Morning Edition, called “Along the Grand Trunk Road”. He spoke with Kwame Holman from Islamabad about the young people he met, their challenges and perseverance. Continue reading