On Friday, Pakistan celebrated its 62nd anniversary of independence from British rule. Security was on high alert in the conflict-torn nation. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes the changes Pakistan has gone through since gaining independence in 1947.
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On Friday, the Pakistani government said Baitullah Mehsud -- the head of the Taliban in Pakistan -- had been killed in the South Waziristan tribal area by a U.S. missile on Wednesday. Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation discusses what the apparent death means for the war against the Taliban.
Baitullah Mehsud, the head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was likely killed by a U.S. drone this week. Worldfocus contributing blogger Sana Saleem explores how Mehsud's apparent death will impact the war on the Taliban and Pakistanis' perception of the U.S.
More than a million refugees who fled Pakistan's Swat Valley remain in neighboring regions, overwhelming humanitarian services. Dominic MacSorley of Concern Worldwide joins Martin Savidge to discuss the humanitarian crisis.
As Pakistan reels from both the global financial crisis and the Taliban-led insurgency, many young Pakistanis are looking for a brighter future abroad. Worldfocus contributing blogger Faisal Kapadia in Karachi describes the bleak mindset of Pakistan's next generation.
Pakistan's nazims -- whose role is roughly equivalent to that of mayors in the U.S. -- will soon be replaced, leading some to worry that power will become too centralized. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes the controversy over Pakistan's system of local politics.
The U.S. remains on the offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the Pakistani and American campaigns against the Taliban and the battle for civilians' hearts and minds.
Thousands of U.S. marines along with hundreds of Afghan troops launched a major offensive against the Taliban in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the strategic importance of the mission.
In a sign that efforts to root out militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan may be making headway, American officials say members of al-Qaeda are beginning to flee the region, heading for places like Somalia and Yemen. David Sanger of the New York Times discusses how these al-Qaeda members might be caught.