· May, 2009

Stories about Pakistan from May, 2009

Pakistan: Bomb Blasts In Peshawar

  29 May 2009

Chowrangi reports that four bombing incidents “hit Peshawar and rocked Pakistan on Thursday killing thirteen people and injuring more than 120 people”. Pak Tea House says that the fight against terror will only be won if Baitullah (Mullah) Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban chief is brought to justice.

Pakistan: Another Suicide Attack In Lahore

  27 May 2009

Lahore Metblogs reports that 10 people have been killed and close to 100 people were injured as yet another suicide attack was launched in Lahore targeting a police building. Five Rupees predicts that this is the work of the Talibans in response to the Army offensive in North West Frontier...

Pakistan: Naming Practice

  26 May 2009

“The way a society names its cities and places says a lot about its cultural history and social values,” writes Pervaiz Munir Alvi at Doodh Patti while discussing the naming practice in Pakistan.

Pakistan: Healing The Wounds Of The Past

  25 May 2009

Action For A Progressive Pakistan apologizes to Bangladeshis for the atrocities committed by Pakistan army in 1971 and criticizes the Pakistan government: “We find it unconscionable that the Pakistani state has steadfastly refused to acknowledge these atrocities for the past 38 years, leave alone hold those responsible for them accountable...

Pakistan: Don't Wear Western Clothes In Peshawar!

  25 May 2009

Chowrangi informs that “the men of Peshawar have been told to stop wearing the shirt and trousers and wear the shalwar kurta (Pakistan national dress) instead. This is to prevent any crazy Taliban type from attacking those who wear Western clothes (this has happened a few times in the past).”

Pakistan: Local Resistance Against The Taliban

  23 May 2009

CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan informs that the local tribesmen near Swat Valley are forming militias (lashkars) to prevent the Taliban influence in the region. Earlier the Talibans executed many tribal leaders to weaken the domestic resistance against them.

Pakistan: A Humanitarian Crisis

  21 May 2009

Pakistan has been hit by a severe humanitarian crisis as a result of the military onslaught against the Taliban insurgency in the Swat Valley. Over one million people have fled their homes from various areas in the Malakand division and FATA including Buner, Dir and Swat. A massive relief effort has been launched by many organizations and individuals and the Pakistani Blogosphere is also taking a leading role to seek help for the IDPs.

Pakistan: Use of Soical Media Tools In Activism

  19 May 2009

Tamara Palamakumbura of DigiActive took an interview of Pakistani blogger Dr. Awab Alvi where they discussed the use of social media tools in Pakistan by citizen journalists in reporting the 2009 long march protests.

Pakistan: Fighting Poverty Through Microfinance

  15 May 2009

Riaz Haq writes how Microfinancing, along with social entrepreneurship can help empower ordinary people in Pakistan and in other countries “to become self-reliant by lifting them out of poverty and teaching them the right skills to help themselves.”

Pakistan: Information About IDPs

  13 May 2009

A new website has been launched documenting reliable information, including pictures and videos about the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) from FATA, Swat, Dir and Buner in Pakistan.

Pakistan: Swat Crisis Via Live Blog

  13 May 2009

The Swat Plea is a platform to support the Internally Displaced Persons [IDP's] of northern Pakistan. It has launched a live blog to collate all the buzz from blogs and twitter accounts monitoring the Swat crisis.

Pakistan: Help The IDPs

  11 May 2009

Chowrangi blog appeals to the world community to help the 500,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Pakistan and posts ways to help them.

Pakistan: Fighting The Taliban

  10 May 2009

The Pakistan army has started to fight back to take control of several districts of the North-West Frontier Province from the Taliban insurgents. More than half a million people have been displaced due to the fighting and this has become a humanitarian crisis. And the fighting is not going to end anytime soon. Pakistani bloggers weigh in on the situation.

Pakistan: Internally Displaced Persons

  7 May 2009

CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan updates the latest state of the Pakistan’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are fleeing the fighting escalated by the military’s recent operations against the Taliban.

Pakistan: The Tri-nation Summit

Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan comments about the Obama-Zardari-Karzai summit which will be held tomorrow: “The tragedy of this trio is not just that all three countries – USA, Pakistan, Afghanistan – have failed to do the right thing, it is that none of the three have any idea...

Pakistan: The Army Operation In Buner

  5 May 2009

Teeth Maestro reports about the Pakistan army operations against the Talibans in Buner that “the military is targeting the civilian population instead of hideout of the militants which resulted the casualties more than 100.”