Tag: Pakistan

Drone Attacks: A Challenge for Pakistan’s New Government

The newly elected government in Pakistan has spoken of halting the contentious unmanned US aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone attacks on Pakistani soil. However, these hopes were delivered a blow in recent weeks, when the US targeted al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters with a drone strike in the North Waziristan Agency of the Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA), killing six suspected militants including “some high value targets” .

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Security Governance: Major Challenge for Pakistan’s New PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League, has a daunting task ahead of him to provide security for his country’s 187 million citizens. Sharif has inherited the mushrooming Jihadist groups of the Punjab, Talibanization in North West Pakistan and Karachi, insurgency in Baluchistan, and deeply problematic security sector governance policies from previous governments.

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Report: Pakistan’s Police Between Centralization and Devolution

This report highlights potential problems with Western-implemented police reform. Simply increasing capacity is unlikely to have the desired effect, and will only reinforce the status quo. However, reforms enacted without an understanding of the police force’s institutional history and complex power relationships are likely to follow the same circuit already traversed by the failed 2002 reforms.

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