Every year, about 10,000 Pakistanis are granted student visas to Britain, while up to 20 times as many are rejected. Worldfocus contributing blogger Faisal Kapadia describes the difficulties faced by Pakistani students and travelers hoping to qualify for visas.
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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.
As the battles intensify and suicide attacks increase in Afghanistan, the Taliban is in talks with the Afghan government -- and on some level, with American officials. Charles Sennott of GlobalPost recently returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan and discusses the talks and their chances of success.
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.
On Tuesday, militants stormed the gates of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshwar, Pakistan, where they detonated explosives that killed at least 11 people. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Karachi reacts to the recent violence.
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.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met on Sunday to discuss their nations' potential cooperation on a wide range of issues, from drug trafficking to militant insurgencies. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the summit.
The U.S. has pledged more than $100 million dollars in emergency assistance for Pakistan. Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses Pakistan's humanitarian crisis and the anti-Taliban military campaign.
India's Congress Party won a landslide victory in national elections. Arvind Panagariya of Columbia University discusses the main issues of the election and what the U.S. and Pakistan can expect from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his second term in office.
In India, the results of national elections are in, and they give the Congress Party a landslide victory. Worldfocus contributor Luv Puri assesses what the results will mean for internal Indian politics as well as the country's relations with the United States and Pakistan.