Cost of West’s war in East which now Pakistan is paying with blood.
Note: Some images might be disturbing.
After recent Pakistani military operations in Pakistan’s own Swat Valley to push out Taliban insurgents who had taken control of the region, its operations are now more focused on the Taliban strongholds in the South Waziristan region. Pakistani troops and Taliban militants have been locked in intense clashes recently in the tribal area which has killed more than 150 people. Relief workers say that more than 120,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. Insurgent responses to the increased military pressure have included numerous bombings and suicide attacks, killing and injuring scores across Pakistan in recent weeks. Just today a car bomb in a busy marketplace in Peshawar killed more than 93 people, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an official visit - announcing the latest in a series of U.S. aid packages to Pakistan. (36 photos total)
Pakistan has been described by Newsweek magazine as “the most dangerous place in the world”. However, as intense fighting continues and casualties rise, Mohammed Hanif in Karachi says that for the moment there is still a thriving social life.
Tamanna Rahman spent two months living on a Bristol housing estate for the BBC’s Panorama programme Undercover: Hate on the Doorstep.
Here she explains her reasons for agreeing to take part in the programme and describes how it felt to be a daily target of racist abuse, both physical and verbal. Her report contains details of racial abuse.
*Four letter word being PAKI which is used in a derogatory racist fashion against Pakistanis or Britons of Pakistani origin.
This year’s operation against the Taliban in the north of Pakistan may have scored some military successes, but it came at a very high human cost: more than two million displaced persons were recorded in April and May. Militant bombing activity is still prevalent near the region, while Pakistan’s military is preparing for a significant offensive in the north. Anna Husarska is senior policy adviser with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a humanitarian group that works to assist those who fled the fighting. She presents the difficult and delicate work of her colleague Rahmad Pari, who is protection coordinator for IRC in Pakistan