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Frost Over the World

Pakistan’s humanitarian crisis

Pakistan’s former information minister discusses the conflict in Swat.

Many civilians have fled Pakistan’s Swat valley, where the army is taking on Taliban fighters [EPA]

In this episode of Frost over the World, Sherry Rahman, Pakistan’s former information minister, joins the show to discuss the fighting between government troops and Taliban fighters in the country’s northwest.

This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, May 8, 2009.

Sherry Rahman


Officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have said that a humanitarian crisis is looming in Pakistan as hundreds of thousands flee the fighting between government troops and Taliban fighters in the country’s northwest.

Sherry Rahman, a former Pakistani information minister, discusses the situation in Pakistan. 

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