Today in the Swat Valley within 100 miles of the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad, at least 41 people were killed. The incident came as the Taliban claimed responsibility for a separate weekend attack on a Pakistani army facility that killed dozens more. Should the United States send even more money to Pakistan to try to quell the violence there?
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More than 500 schools were destroyed when Pakistan's army launched an offensive in Swat Valley to root out Taliban fighters. Now, Pakistan is trying to re-open schools before winter.
Residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley are readjusting to life after the end of Taliban rule. Under Taliban rule, barbers were banned from shaving off beards. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that even now, having a beard is not a matter of choice.
Pakistani government forces have stepped up their attacks on Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan. Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses the offensive and the refugee situation.
Pakistan’s military offensive against Taliban militants in the Swat Valley is nearly over, according to the country’s defense minister. However, the offensive has had enormous humanitarian costs, with more than 2 million people displaced as a result of conflict this year. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Pakistan writes about the growing refugee crisis.
Government officials in Pakistan say a car bomb that killed more than two dozen people and wounded hundreds in the city of Lahore could be retaliation for the Pakistani military's month-long war on the Taliban. Alex Thier of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the bombing and public opinion about the government offensive.
Pakistan's armed forces are engaged in a widening offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest part of the country. Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly discusses the ethnic dimension of Pakistan's conflict and the security of the country's nuclear weapons.
As Pakistan battles Taliban militants, President Obama said he was "gravely concerned" about the stability of the Pakistani government. Teresita Schaffer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses Pakistan's offensive and security concerns over the country's nuclear arsenal.
At an international donors conference in Tokyo, the United States and Japan each pledged $1 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next two years. Ahmed Rashid, a leading Pakistani journalist, discusses the deteriorating economic and political situations in Pakistan.
Dan Rather of "Dan Rather Reports" and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine discuss the week's top stories: Shock waves in the global economy, the controversial peace plan between Pakistan and Taliban militants and more American troops headed to Afghanistan.