WBEZ | Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/tags/pakistan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Taliban attack school in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-16/taliban-attack-school-pakistan-111238 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP964797281715.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Pakistani Taliban have attacked a military school, killing at least 130 people, most of them children. Aqil Shah, an expert on the Pakistani military, joins us to discuss the attack.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-taliban-attack-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-taliban-attack-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-taliban-attack-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Taliban attack school in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-16/taliban-attack-school-pakistan-111238 Press freedom in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-23/press-freedom-pakistan-110983 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP886336077094.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the second time this year the Pakistani government has suspended the license of a private television news channel. We&#39;ll find out why Amnesty International says these suspensions are &#39;politically motivated.&#39;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-press-freedom-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-press-freedom-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-press-freedom-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Press freedom in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-23/press-freedom-pakistan-110983 Global Activism: Sonia Shah Foundation Update http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-sonia-shah-foundation-update-110807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Sonia Shah_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Accomplished, multilingual Winnetka teenager, Sonia Shah, traveled and studied around the world. She started the <a href="http://www.kulsoomfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Kulsoom Foundation for Girls</a> (now named the <a href="http://www.soniashahfoundation.com/#">Sonia Shah Foundation</a>) to build a school for girls in Pakistan. But before the school was completed, Sonia was tragically taken from us in a 2012 auto accident at age 18. Since then, Sonia&#39;s mother, Iram Shah, has taken the baton to continue her daughter&#39;s work. We <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-kulsoom-foundation-build-girls-school-pakistan-honor-late">first spoke with Iram</a> in 2013. For today&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, she&#39;s back for an update.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>The Sonia Shah Foundation&#39;s <a href="http://www.soniashahfoundation.com/join-us-september-20th/">annual gala</a> will be Saturday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook IL, 60523.</strong></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168326357&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe>In 2011, Sonia was the youngest intern at Capital Hill and in 2012, she was one of the youngest intern at Obama campaign headquarters. In his condolence letter, President Obama says &lsquo;although Sonia was one of the youngest interns at the campaign headquarters, she was one of the most determined&rsquo;</p><p><em>Iram reflected on Sonia and her mission ahead of a 2013 Foundation event:</em></p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">As we prepare for the big day, I want to thank everyone who has been part of this journey&hellip;people who donated, people who contributed through their service, words of sympathy&hellip;you are all awesome!!...You are all part of this journey of helping to change lives of girls, who will change their communities and eventually our world!</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;"><br />&hellip;For me personally it has been a very emotional but fulfilling journey. Sonia&rsquo;s legacy and mission continues. Although my dream for Sonia to grow up into a mature woman, get married and have children will never be fulfilled but I guess her dream of helping poor girls is more meaningful than my dream for her! I still long for Sonia but slowly beginning to feel that instead of mourning her death, I should celebrate her life more.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;"><br />&ldquo;What moves through me is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget&rdquo;.</p></p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-sonia-shah-foundation-update-110807 Political unrest in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-05/political-unrest-pakistan-110758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP91454790294.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A political crisis in Pakistan is deepening as protesters call for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. We&#39;ll find out what is behind the unrest from political scientist Aqil Shah.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political unrest in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-05/political-unrest-pakistan-110758 Pedophilia and the Catholic Church http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-15/pedophilia-and-catholic-church-110664 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP607723356423.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pope Francis said in July that about two percent of Catholic clergymen are pedophiles. But how exactly does one research and arrive at such numbesr? We&#39;ll find out from the BBC.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-pedophilia-and-the-catholic-church/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-pedophilia-and-the-catholic-church.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-pedophilia-and-the-catholic-church" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Pedophilia and the Catholic Church" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-15/pedophilia-and-catholic-church-110664 Military action in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-14/military-action-pakistan-110658 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP737825746234 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Pakistani military is conducting a military offensive in the North of the country in efforts to dismantle the Taliban. We&#39;ll talk about the use of domestic military action in Pakistan with author and professor Aqil Shah.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-military-action-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Military action in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-14/military-action-pakistan-110658 For one Pakistani man, love and sadness in post 9/11 America http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/one-pakistani-man-love-and-sadness-post-911-america-108618 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7379_usman and malena-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the year 2000, When Usman Ally left Pakistan to attend college in Portland, Oregon, it was still relatively easy for people coming from there to get a visa.&nbsp;</p><p>But then his life, like so many others, was forever changed by Sept. 11, 2001.&nbsp;</p><p>Ally joined his wife, Malena, at the Chicago StoryCorps booth to talk about identity and love in post-9/11 America.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong>: Talk a little bit about your experiences in Portland, what you were studying.</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: Portland was fine. It was just very, very homogenous, and that was very difficult for me. Especially once 9/11 happened. I hate to say it, but sometimes I feel like my identity in this country is sort of defined by that event.&nbsp;</p><p>After 9/11, Arab and Muslim men from certain countries were required to go into the immigration office and sign up for &ldquo;Special Registration.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: They would take all of your information, and then they would just ask these questions about who you are and where you&rsquo;re from and what your parents do. I had nothing to hide, but I just remember being terrified each time.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong>: And then we met in Chicago &hellip; What do you remember about me when we first met?</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: ... I had a sort of nervous energy and an excitement to see you, and I was trying to figure you out a little bit. Trying to see if we were compatible at all, you know? Because we were from such different worlds.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong> &hellip; Obviously I made a good impression though, because you asked me to marry you.&nbsp;</p><p>After an arduous visa application process, Malena and Usman were married. But their wedding wasn&rsquo;t a completely happy occasion. Click on the audio above to find out why.</p><p><em>Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described Pakistan as an Arab nation, and has been corrected. </em></p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival</em>.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/one-pakistani-man-love-and-sadness-post-911-america-108618 Egyptian politics, Iraq Veterans Against the War and a Pakistani jail break http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-01/egyptian-politics-iraq-veterans-against-war-and-pakistani-jail-break <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP090504016818.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cherif Bassiouni weighs in on conflict in Egypt. Former Iraq veterans are gathering in Chicago this week to discuss the future of U.S. militarism. The Pakistani legislature has elected a new president. Renata Sago fills us in on new investment happening in Haiti.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103599005&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-veterans-against-the-war.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-veterans-against-the-war" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Egyptian politics, Iraq Veterans Against the War and a Pakistani jail break" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-01/egyptian-politics-iraq-veterans-against-war-and-pakistani-jail-break Panetta: Drone attacks will continue in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-06-06/panetta-drone-attacks-will-continue-pakistan-99855 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120604030821.jpg" title="Pakistani protesters burn representations of US and NATO flags during a demonstration to condemn U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas, in Multan, Pakistan on June 4, 2012. (AP/Khalid Tanveer) " /></div>Just two days after a drone&nbsp;strike killed al-Qaida&#39;s second-in-command, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear Wednesday that such attacks will continue as long as the U.S. needs to defend itself against terrorists that threaten America.</div><p>Speaking in India &mdash; on Pakistan&#39;s doorstep &mdash; Panetta unapologetically dismissed suggestions that the strikes could violate Pakistan&#39;s sovereignty.</p><p>&quot;This is about our sovereignty as well,&quot; he said when answering questions from the audience after a speech at an Indian think tank.</p><p>And he was blunt about the difficulties in the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, as insurgents continue to find safe haven there, despite repeated protests from American leaders.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a complicated relationship, often times frustrating, often times difficult,&quot; Panetta said. &quot;They have provided some cooperation. There are other times when frankly that cooperation is not there. But the United States cannot just walk away from that relationship. We have to continue to do what we can to try to improve (the) areas where we can find some mutual cooperation.&quot;</p><p>Panetta&#39;s message is likely to reverberate in Pakistan, particularly since it was delivered in India &mdash; Pakistan&#39;s long-standing archrival.</p><p>But he also publically urged India to work toward a better relationship with Pakistan, its fellow nuclear-armed neighbor.</p><p>Both the U.S. and India must overcome deep differences with Pakistan to bolster peace and security in South Asia, he said in a speech to the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses here.</p><p>&quot;Pakistan is a complicated relationship, complicated for both of our countries but it is one that we must continue to work to improve,&quot; Panetta said. &quot;India and the United States will need to continue to engage Pakistan, overcoming our respective &mdash; and often deep &mdash; differences with Pakistan to make all of South Asia peaceful and prosperous.&quot;</p><p>He said he welcomed steps that India and Pakistan have taken to normalize trade relations as key to resolving their differences and a way to help Pakistan counter extremism within its borders.</p><p>But Panetta&#39;s speech comes as U.S. tensions with Pakistan continue to fray, strained by the persistent CIA drone attacks that target insurgents inside Pakistan as well as a deadlock in negotiation over U.S. shipments of supplies across the Afghanistan border.</p><p>Adding to that potential discord, Panetta also urged Indian leaders in meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to consider providing additional support to Afghanistan, including trade, reconstruction and assistance for the Afghan security forces.</p><p>Any increase in India&#39;s support for Afghanistan is likely to worry Pakistan, fueling fears that Islamabad&#39;s influence on the Afghans&#39; future could diminish.</p><p>The U.S. is hoping that India can play a more robust role in the war effort, particularly in the training of Afghan forces, as the number of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan continues to decline over the next year.</p><p>In the past, India has cautiously helped the Afghan army, partly to avoid offending Pakistan or being drawn into Afghan security affairs.</p><p>India assisted Kabul mostly with economic and development aid and has helped build up the Afghan security forces by training Afghan police officers.</p><p>Training for Afghan soldiers extended to individual army officers who attended a multination course at the National Defense College in Delhi. There was no organized training of Afghan national army soldiers at Indian defense schools, but Afghan army soldiers have been attending courses at Indian military academies over the past few years.</p><p>Wrapping up a week of travel across Asia, Panetta said military cooperation with India is the linchpin to America&#39;s defense plan to focus more on the region. And he said that the two nations must move beyond individual arms sales and increase both the quality and quantity of their defense trade.</p><p>&quot;For this relationship to truly provide security for this region and for the world, we need to deepen our defense and security cooperation,&quot; he said.</p><p>Panetta made only a passing reference to Iran in his speech and did not mention ongoing U.S. concerns that India continues to import large amounts of oil from Iran.</p><p>Earlier in the day Panetta met with Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony and discussed increased defense trade and plans to conduct military exercises together. America&#39;s defense ties with India have grown steadily since about 2000, including a substantial increase in arms sales that now total more than $8.5 billion over the last 11 years.</p><p><em>Wednesday, </em>Worldview<em> talks with Fauzia Kasuri, the Women&rsquo;s Wing president of the Pakistan Movement for Justice. The Pakistan Movement for Justice is Pakistan&rsquo;s centrist, progressive political party, founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. It&rsquo;s one of Pakistan&rsquo;s fastest growing political parties.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-06-06/panetta-drone-attacks-will-continue-pakistan-99855 Siachen Glacier: Ground war at 22,000 feet http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-16/segment/siachen-glacier-ground-war-22000-feet-98279 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP110719167055_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this month search teams, including sniffer dogs, were deployed to find signs of life beneath an avalanche that buried 138 Pakistani soldiers on the Himalayan Siachen Glacier. At 22,000 feet, the heavily militarized border between Pakistan and India is known as the “world’s highest battlefield.”</p><p><a href="http://www.harishkapadia.com/" target="_blank">Harish Kapadia </a>is one of the few civilians that's been allowed on the army-controlled landscape. He’s visited Siachen Glacier three times.&nbsp; Kapadia wrote about his experiences on the mountain in the book<em> Siachen Glacier: The Battle of Roses</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He shares some of his most memorable moments on the glacier with <em>Worldview</em>.</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:11:12 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-16/segment/siachen-glacier-ground-war-22000-feet-98279