Links to recent articles on Pakistan and the North West Frontier Province:
From the The Daily Telegraph, October 15, 2013:
A fearful President Hamid Kharzai knows that little can be done to prevent the country being overrun when the last Nato troops depart, by Sandy Gall.
From Michael Yon online, October 13, 2013:
A review of Just months ago Pentagon officials dismissed the idea of a total pullout from Afghanistan. Today we are on the verge of ending negotiations on our future there, leading to the “zero option.” Total withdrawal. by Michael Yon
From the REal Clear World, October 9, 2013:
Pakistan's recent release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban's second in command, in an effort to catalyze a peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban has not brought an end - or even pause - to the Taliban's violent attacks on Afghans, Americans, or friends and allies.
From The London Review of Books, September 2008:The four wars fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria over the past 12 years have all involved overt or covert foreign intervention in deeply divided countries.
From The Washington Post, September 23, 2013:
PAKISTAN’S RELEASE this month of eight long-imprisoned Taliban commanders raised hopes that Afghanistan’s moribund peace talks could be restarted. In fact, the gesture, made at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said more about the attempt by Pakistan’s new government to improve relations with Afghanistan than it did about the prospects for peace.
Other useful sites:
International Crisis Group
Relief Web (humanitarian relief news from Pakistan)
The International Institute for Strategic Studies
The Herald (monthly Pakistani news magazine)
Newsline (monthly Pakistan news magazine)
Dawn (Pakistani daily)
The News (Pakistani daily)
Daily Times (Pakistani daily)
Official Pakistan government website on the Federally Administered Tribal Area
This contains substantial background material including:
FATA Sustainable Development Plan 2006-15 (Pakistan Government)
Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific AFAP's mission is to work towards a just world through community partnerships.