Pakistanis have long complained about the US drone program that targets people in the country’s tribal area. And they’ve demanded that the US stop their activities. For them, the president’s pledge to “scale back” those strikes isn’t enough. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with reporter Fahad Desmukh in Pakistan.
When voters go to the polls, their ballots will not have the names of any contesting parties printed on them, but rather graphic symbols representing the candidates. Using symbols on ballots has been standard procedure in Pakistani elections for decades, because over 40 percent of adult Pakistanis are illiterate.
The Pakistani government has gone “ban-crazy” recently, in the name of national security. The most disruptive restriction, say critics, has been the ban on cell phone use. Fahad Desmukh reports from Karachi.
The Parsi community of Karachi, Pakistan is shrinking quickly. Farhad Desmukh profiles two young Parsis who would like to stay.
Tensions are boiling over in Pakistan over the anti-Islam video that’s sparked protests in many Muslim nations. In Pakistan, the government has responded to the protests there by declaring tomorrow a national holiday, called “Day for the Love of the Prophet.”
Reporter Fahad Desmukh tells us this material will be very popular on this year’s fashion runway.
In Pakistan, standup comedy is catching on as a form of entertainment. The scene is quite small right now, but has a dedicated and growing number of followers. As Fahad Desmukh reports from Karachi, country’s problems provide a wealth of material for comedians.
Karachi has long been plagued by urban violence, with many incidents attributed to tit-for-tat ethnic or political disputes.
After three years in self-imposed exile, the former military ruler of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, has announced that he wants to return home to run for office.
Pakistani sports-star turned politician Imran Khan held a massive rally Sunday in the city of Karachi. It’s the second time in the past two months that Khan has attracted this kind of crowd.
The young generation in Pakistan, that has grown up using SMS as the predominant means of written communication, is using Latin script to write Urdu.
Pakistan has shut off the US supply route into Afghanistan after a US airstrike last week killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. As reporter Fahad Desmukh tells us, truckers who ferry supplies for the US military are actually applauding the move, even though it hits them in the pocketbook.
Reporter Fahad Desmukh has a story on the reaction to a NATO airstrike on a Pakistani border post over the weekend.
Authorities in Pakistan want to clamp down on unsolicited mobile phone text messages. They have compiled a list of banned words, and ordered telecom companies to filter all text messages containing any of them. But as Fahad Desmukh reports from Karachi, the order — and the list of words — have become a target of both ridicule and criticism.