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Challenges for Pakistan's New Ambassador to the US

Then-Pakistani Information Minister Sherry Rehman briefs media representatives in Islamabad in 2008. Rehman was named Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2011. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Pakistan has appointed former Minister for Information Sherry Rehman as its new ambassador to the United States, following a controversy surrounding a mysterious memo that forced the country's previous representative, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, to resign. Asia Society's experts believe that the new ambassador will be facing tough challenges in Washington.

Mind Your Text Messages, Say Pakistani Officials

A Pakistani mobile seller shows phones to a customer at a Lahore electronics market in 2010. As of late 2011, Pakistan is estimated to have 100 million cell phone users. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) are planning to impose a ban on a list of words considered obscene or offensive.

The Guardian story Butt out! Pakistan Telecom Watchdog drafts rude text message ban mentions words like "strap-in", "beat your meat", "crotch rot". "love pistol", "pocket pool" and "quickie" from the banned list to illustrate some examples. 

Photo of the Day: Lulusar Lake, Pakistan

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A view of Lulusar Lake, the source of the Kunhar River which lies along the Naran-Babusar-Chilas Highway, in Mansehra District, Pakistan, taken in October 2009. The lake is famous for its placid waters and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. (Imran M. Khan)

Interview: Ayesha Haroon on Pakistan Education and Religious Intolerance

Pakistani and foreign religious students taking an exam at the Jamia Binoria madrasa in Karachi in 2009. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

A new study by the U.S. government's commission on religious freedom (USCIRF) found that Pakistan's public schools and madrassas — privately run religious schools — fuel discrimination by casting Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities in a negative light.

Mishra: Kashmir "Doomed to a Very Long Silence"

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard in front of a wall bearing the grafitti 'Gaza Strip' during an undeclared curfew in Srinagar on May 21, 2011. Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir placed separatist leaders under house arrest to thwart a rally marking the anniversaries of the killing of two of the independence movement's key figures. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Authors Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra appeared at Asia Society in New York to discuss their new book Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Roy stated: "The word has gotten out … many more Indians are now aware and uncomfortable about participating in this occupation." But has the word truly "gotten out"? And do all sides view this as an "occupation"?

Pakistani Activist Honored With Human Rights Award

Asma Jahangir, recipient of the UNA-USA Human Rights Award, in New York City on Nov. 9, 2011. (Joseph Catapano/UNA-USA)
Policy

Asma Jahangir, Pakistani human rights activist and outgoing president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association, was awarded the 2011 United Nations Association of USA (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force award November 9 at a special ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

Jahangir spoke about fighting the odds to uphold human rights as a former rapporteur for the UN and the challenges she faced as an international monitor on human rights in Pakistan.

Interview: Beena Sarwar on Journalism and Safety in Pakistan

Journalist Beena Sarwar. (Maha Sarwar Shahid)
Policy

The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday in a remote part of the troubled Pakistani province of Balochistan, marking the seventh death of a Pakistani journalist in 2011 and placing Pakistan on pace to rank as the world’s deadliest place for journalists for the second year in a row, according to a report by The Committee to Protect Journalists.

The Cricket Verdicts: Pakistan, and the World, React

Former Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt (L), Mohammad Asif (C), and Mohammad Aamer (R) have been found guilty of match-fixing. (Carl Court /AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

It's a scandal that has damaged the reputation of Pakistani cricket and rocked the international sport. In a London courtroom yesterday, former captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted for corruption after being found guilty of plotting to cheat and take bribes to fix a match against England last summer.

Podcast: Another Pakistan, the Two-Hour Version

Pakistani students wave national flags at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on August 14, 2011, to mark the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)
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Here’s the short form, as we say: Nearly a month of strong conversation in Pakistan this past summer, distilled to two radio hours.

The first hour explores the living history and dynamic present of The Country That Could Kill the World:

Photo of the Day: Sufis and Soothsayers in Pakistan

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Religious devotees dance in a state of trance at the shrine of Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the ancient city of Sehwan Sharif, Sindh Pakistan in July 2011. (Madiha Aijaz)