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Geoff Brown: Pakistan: failing state or neoliberalism in crisis?
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 143
Note: See also timeline of key events related to this article.

The popular image of Pakistan is of a failing state with nuclear weapons. Neither the government nor the army can prevent the Taliban’s terrorist outrages, not least because they cannot do without the proxy forces they use against Afghanistan and India, forces often indistinguishable from the Taliban in their methods. What follows seeks to show the falsity of this pathologising, Islamophobic mythology that pays little attention to Pakistan’s place in the global division of labour.
Geoff Brown: Pakistan: Timeline of key events
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 158
Note: Related to: Pakistan: failing state or neoliberalism in crisis?
Jonathan Neale + Geoff Brown: Doctors’ hunger strike wins victory for poor people in Punjab
Socialist Worker nr. 2341, feb 13 – side 15
Note: Jonathan Neale and Geoff Brown report on an inspiring struggle for the right to health care in Punjab, Pakistan.
Rizwan Atta: Letter from Pakistan
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 9
Note: Rizwan Atta looks at the growing tensions between the US and Pakistan and the outbreak of struggles from below.
Yuri Prasad: US provokes deep anger in Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 4
Note: President Barack Obama’s decision to send a hit squad to assassinate Osama Bin Laden has nudged up his faltering opinion poll ratings at home. But in Pakistan it has stoked a crisis that threatens the country’s status as a US client state.
Yuri Prasad: Pakistan: Poor pay price for West’s agenda
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 3
Note: Western commentators were quick to blame Pakistan for allowing Bin Laden to hide in Abbottabad—a military town just miles from the capital Islamabad.
Sartaj Khan + Yuri Prasad: Crisis and conflict in Pakistan
International Socialism Journal nr. 126, apr 10 – side 29
Note: Sartaj Khan of the International Socialists of Pakistan spoke to Yuri Prasad about growing nationalist and ethnic tensions and the need for a working class response.
Alen Stefanovski: Pakistan – en ny frontlinie i krigen mod terror
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 295, feb 10 – side 2
Note: „Krigen mod terror“ har ødelagt Irak og Afghanistan og udløst ødelæggende konflikter i Yemen, Somalia og Pakistan. I Pakistan har USA intensiveret sin tilstedeværelse med bombninger ved den nordvestlige grænse, som støder op til Afghanistan. Dette bliver gjort med ubemandende fly, hvilket resulterer i store ødelæggelser og mange civile ofre i det, Obama kalder for AfPak-krigen.
Yuri Prasad: Pakistan: Faultline of the war on terror
Socialist Worker nr. 2182, dec 09 – side 8
Note: Yuri Prasad looks at the current situation in the country
Pakistan: What is the root of the crisis?
Socialist Worker nr. 2182, dec 09 – side 9
Note: Pakistan was formed in 1947 when the British Empire partitioned the Indian subcontinent as it withdrew.
Sartaj Khan: Analysis: Imperialism, religion and class in Swat
International Socialism Journal nr. 123, jul 09 – side 21
Note: The Pakistan military claimed at the beginning of June that it had achieved success in its all-out assault on Taliban insurgents after driving more than two million people from the Swat Valley and other areas of the north west of the country.
Gul Pasand + Ali Hassan: Refugees organise in Pakistan
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09 – side 21
Note: Ali Hassan and Gul Pasand of International Socialists Pakistan visited the Jalala refugee camp near Peshawar and found a mood to organise against the military assault.
Asim Jaan + Geoff Brown: Pakistans nye katastrofe
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 289, jun 09 – side 12
Note: Pakistans seneste angreb på Swat-regionen har udløst en dyb politisk krise i landet. Geoff Brown vurderer situationen sammen med Asim Jaan, en pakistansk socialist.
Asim Jaan + Geoff Brown: Pakistan's new catastrophe
Socialist Review nr. 337, jun 09 – side 14
Note: Recent attacks on the Swat region of Pakistan have caused a deep political crisis in the country. Geoff Brown looks at the situation and talks with Asim Jaan, a socialist based in Karachi, about the impact of the offensive and how the left is responding.
Salim Haidrani: Letters: Pakistan: Left needed
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 8
Note: Geoff Brown's analysis of Pakistan shows how a country which was the product of British imperialism continues to support the proxy wars of the US in the region (Feature, Socialist Review, April 2009).
Geoff Brown: Pakistan on the brink
Socialist Review nr. 335, apr 09 – side 15
Note: As the protest movement in Pakistan scores a victory, the Afghanistan war threatens increasing instability along the countries' shared border. Geoff Brown assesses this key faultline of US imperialism.
Simon Assaf: Truce in Pakistan is a blow to US war aims in Afghanistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 16
Note: Unmanned US Predator drones are continuing to wreak death in Pakistan’s tribal areas despite a peace deal signed between the government and insurgents in the country.
Pakistan: On the edge
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 9
Note: Pakistan is facing economic collapse. Inflation has soared to a 30-year high and in October its currency plunged to an all-time low.
Jonathan Neale: Afghan war: Instability grows as the US bombs Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2119, sep 08 – side 5
Note: The resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan is growing, spreading and winning. In response, a frightened US military is edging closer to war with Pakistan.
Riaz Ahmed: War and poverty – faultlines in Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2117, sep 08 – side 4
Note: Recent political instability in Pakistan has highlighted the strategic role the country plays in the US-led “war on terror”. Riaz Ahmed, a socialist activist in Pakistan, spoke to Socialist Worker about the war, the recent resignation of President Pervez Musharraf and the prospects for the working class.
Talat Ahmed: Pakistan: The US's man has left
Socialist Review nr. 328, sep 08 – side 4
Note: In a long resignation speech, General Pervez Musharraf, dictator of Pakistan, finally stood down last month. The “hard man” of Pakistani politics looked pathetic as he claimed to be acting “for the good of the country” and placing himself in “the hands of the people”.
Editorial: Pakistan spirals into ever deeper instability
Socialist Worker nr. 2116, aug 08 – side 12
Note: With US and Nato casualties rising in Afghanistan, Pakistan is coming under yet more pressure to crack down on insurgents around the country's 1,500 mile border with Afghanistan.
Yuri Prasad: Key Bush ally Musharraf forced out of power in Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2115, aug 08 – side 16
Note: One of George Bush’s favourite dictators fell on his sword this week. Pervez Musharraf, the former general and president of Pakistan, resigned rather than face impeachment by the country’s parliament.
Pakistan military submits to US orders
Socialist Worker nr. 2113, aug 08 – side 5
Note: The government of Pakistan has agreed to US demands to send its army into the restive border areas with Afghanistan. But it claims it will limit its actions to “special forces” operations involving assassinations of rebel leaders.
US meddles in Pakistan’s affairs
Socialist Worker nr. 2101, maj 08 – side 3
Note: The havoc wreaked by the US’s “war on terror” created further instability in Pakistan this week after Nawaz Sharif and his allies quit the country’s governing coalition on Monday.
Yuri Prasad: Pakistan: Beating of Dr Riaz Ahmed sparks protests against Musharraf's regime
Socialist Worker nr. 2096, apr 08 – side 4
Note: The savage beating of democracy activist Riaz Ahmed by armed police last week is a mark of how little has changed in Pakistan since February's election rebuffed US-backed dictator Pervez Musharraf.
Talat Ahmed: Book review: Frontline Pakistan
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 27
Note: Zahid Hussain, IB Tauris, £9.99
Terms such as "Talibanisation" and "failed state" are often used to describe the inevitable crisis in Pakistan. As the US pursues Islamist militants across western Asia and the Middle East, its relentless war machine has plunged Pakistan into a political nightmare.
Yuri Prasad: After the election: Where next for Pakistan?
Socialist Worker nr. 2090, mar 08 – side 8
Note: Last week’s crushing election defeat for US ally general Musharraf may have caused panic in the Bush administration, but the victors are still wedded to the “war on terror”.
Yasser Chaudhary: Voices from Pakistan: ‘A revolution has begun’
Socialist Worker nr. 2090, mar 08 – side 9
Note: Interviews with people around the country by Yasser Chaudhary, a journalist from east London who has just returned from a research trip to Pakistan.
Yuri Prasad: Musharraf humiliated in Pakistan assembly vote
Socialist Worker nr. 2089, feb 08 – side 2
Note: In a blow to US-backed dictators the world over, voters in Pakistan have decisively rejected the country’s president Pervez Musharraf and his crackdown on the county’s democratic institutions.
Pakistan spirals out of control
Socialist Worker nr. 2086, feb 08 – side 2
Note: While Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf was in London being praised by Gordon Brown as a “key ally in the war on terrorism”, his country’s border with Afghanistan was in flames.
Unjum Mirza: Pakistan: Making peace with Washington
Socialist Review nr. 322, feb 08 – side 4
Note: The crisis of legitimacy faced by Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has been exacerbated by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December.
Haroon Khalid: Pakistan i krise efter Benazir Bhuttos død
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 275, jan 08 – side 1
Note: Mordet på Benazir Bhutto i slutningen af december har yderligere destabiliseret Pakistan. Haroon Khalid fra Internationale Socialister i Pakistan fortæller om situationen.
Analysis: Pakistan: over the edge?
International Socialism Journal nr. 117, jan 08 – side 5
Note: The title of article we ran on Pakistan 18 months ago was “On the Edge of Instability”. Now the country is well inside the arc of instability created by the “war on terror”, adding to the multitude of problems besetting US and British imperialism all the way from the Horn of Africa to the Indus.
Tariq Ali: Benazir Bhutto: A tragedy born of military despotism and anarchy
Note: The assassination of Benazir Bhutto heaps despair upon Pakistan. Now her party must be democratically rebuilt (The Guardian)
Tariq Ali: Benazir Bhutto: Daughter of the West
Note: Arranged marriages can be a messy business. Designed principally as a means of accumulating wealth, circumventing undesirable flirtations or transcending clandestine love affairs, they often don’t work. (London Review of Books)
Tariq Ali: The General in his Labyrinth
Note: If there is a single consistent theme in Pervez Musharraf’s memoir, it is the familiar military dogma that Pakistan has fared better under its generals than under its politicians. (London Review of Books)
Tariq Ali: Pakistan at Sixty
Note: The Trouble with Pakistan (London Review of Books)
Further destabilisation as Benazir Bhutto murdered in Pakistan (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2082, dec 07 
Note: Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was murdered today in a brutal suicide bomb attack that also claimed the lives of at least 20 of her supporters.
Riaz Ahmed: Protests defy military rule in Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2079, dec 07 – side 6
Note: Last week was very eventful for the left in Karachi.
Esme Choonara: Hvilken vej for bevægelsen i Pakistan?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 274, nov 07 – side 7
Note: Demonstranterne modstår fortsat den brutale statsundertrykkelse i Pakistan.
Esme Choonara: Pakistan: Where next for the movement?
Socialist Worker nr. 2078, nov 07 – side 2
Note: Protesters continue to defy brutal state repression in Pakistan.
Thousands of lawyers, human rights activists and other campaigners have been imprisoned since General Musharraf declared martial law on 3 November.
Riaz Ahmed: Students intensify Pakistan protests
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 6
Note: The spectre of defeat haunts the dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf and his supporters. Musharraf had thought that silencing the news media by imposing martial law on 3 November would stop the emergence of a movement against him.
Editorial: Democracy in Pakistan will not come from Benazir Bhutto
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 12
Note: As brave lawyers and democracy activists battle it out with General Musharraf’s police, the British and US establishments have been busy behind the scenes.
Esme Choonara: Protesters defy Pakistan's dictator General Musharraf
Socialist Worker nr. 2076, nov 07 – side 16
Note: Socialist Worker went to press just three days after Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, but already several thousand human rights activists, lawyers and left wing campaigners had been arrested.
Riaz Ahmed: Pakistan crisis: Eyewitness report from Karachi
Socialist Worker nr. 2076, nov 07 – side 16
Note: Within 24 hours of it being declared, over 200 people defied the state of emergency to gather on the steps of the Karachi press club.
Riaz Ahmed: Afghan war spreads into Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 – side 4
Note: The bombs in Karachi that ripped through the cavalcade returning former prime minister Benazir Bhutto from exile mark a major escalation of the “war on terror” in Pakistan.
Riaz Ahmed: Pakistan regime under pressure in Waziristan
Socialist Worker nr. 2073, okt 07 – side 4
Note: Mir Ali is a town of around 50,000 people in the Waziristan region of northern Pakistan. Last week the Pakistani military bombed it as part of its long running battle with Taliban forces in the area. An estimated 250 local people were killed, with Pakistan losing 47 soldiers.
Chris Harman: Pakistan on the edge of turmoil
Socialist Worker nr. 2070, sep 07 – side 8
Note: Pakistan is facing growing instability as a result of its role in the US-led “war on terror”. Chris Harman looks at the dilemmas facing its rulers and the background to current events.
Geoff Brown: The long struggle for justice in Pakistan
Socialist Worker nr. 2052, maj 07 – side 4
Note: Geoff Brown outlines some of the key fault lines in the state that emerged in 1947 from the wreckage of British rule in India, and their impact today
Pakistan protests throw Musharraf’s regime into crisis
Socialist Worker nr. 2043, mar 07 – side 4
Note: A growing crisis threatens military rule in Pakistan, a key US ally in the “war on terror”.
Geoff Brown: Pakistan: on the edge of instability
International Socialism Journal nr. 110, mar 06 – side 113
Note: As George W Bush weighs up the odds of military action against Iran, one factor his administration will be taking into consideration is instability in Pakistan. This longtime US client state lies at one end of the arc of instability caused by the US’s occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mulig atomkrig mellem Indien og Pakistan: USA har en beskidt finger med i spillet
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 204, jul 02 – side 4
Note: Millioner af dræbte den første dag. Det er den sandsynlige konsekvens, hvis striden mellem Indien og Pakistan ender i en væbnet konflikt med brug af atomvåben.
Pakistanske protester kan stoppe USA’s krig
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 198, nov 01 – side 4
Note: Siden bomberne begyndte at falde i Afghanistan, er situationen i nabolandet Pakistan blevet stadig mere spændt.
Sabby Sagall: Prospects for Pakistan
Socialist Review nr. 120, maj 89 – side 21
Note: Four socialists in Pakistan talks to SWR about the country's future under prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Nigel Harris: Survey: Pakistan: Feb. 14
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 36, apr 69 – side 5
Note: For the first time in its history, the regime of Ayub Khan looks very close to collapse. The continuous opposition within the country throughout Ayub’s rule has at long last achieved a wider movement. In the past, the opposition has been fragmentary, isolated and often regionalised. In particular, this opposition has been generated in East Pakistan, separated by a thousand miles of Indian territory from the capital in the West.

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