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Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.   Iraqi-born expert on Middle East politics and affairs, and the syndicated columnist of Jerusalem Post, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – in February 2007 — wrote about the miscalculations terrorists commonly make when they plan some significant and spectacular terror attacks. He took a case of 9/11 attack on New York and Washington DC and pointed out some indiscretions … Read entire article »

Bloody-isms

Bloody-isms

Andaleeb Rizvi I wrote a long time ago that our threshold of feelings- good-bad, happy-sad, elated-depressed- for everything just keeps increasing. One smoked half a joint and moved on to two joints a day, as half lost its kick after some time. There were days when a single bomb blast with no deaths depressed us for days. Then came a time … Read entire article »

دہشت گردکامیاب ہورہے ہیں، دس کھلی کھلی نشانیاں!

دہشت گردکامیاب ہورہے ہیں، دس کھلی کھلی نشانیاں!

ملک عمید آپریشن ضرب عضب جاری ہے اور پشاور حملوں کے بعد ہم روز وزیرستان کے دور دراز علاقوں میں بے نام دہشت گردوں کے مرنے کی خبریں سنتے ہیں، ساتھ ہی ساتھ یہ بھی معلوم پڑتا ہے کہ کیسے ہم ان دہشت گردوں کے خلاف کامیابیاں سمیٹ رہے ہیں، مگر یقین جانیے اس آپریشن میں تو ہم کامیابی پا ہی … Read entire article »

The Real Culprits

The Real Culprits

Raza Habib Raja Pakistan has removed the moratorium on the death penalty and has started to speedily execute the convicted terrorists. Everywhere on social media, I see many “activists” promoting the death penalty and suddenly many of the Imran Khan supporters have also joined the “movement” for hanging the convicts. This is really ironical, because it is their leader who more than … Read entire article »

An appeal to Pakistanis

An appeal to Pakistanis

Kashif Shaikh I know each of us is angry, stunned, speechless and horrified at Peshawar attack. I also know that it has woken up our collective conscience, broken our hearts but also united us like never before to fight this scourge of militancy. But emotional exhortations alone are not enough to prompt change unless accompanied by effective action. See More: The Darkest Hour In … Read entire article »

Identifying the Internal Enemy

Raza Rumi identifying the internal real enemy of Pakistan.   [View the story "Identifying the Internal Enemy" on Storify] … Read entire article »

We burnt our flowers, we killed them.

We burnt our flowers, we killed them.

By Balal Haider Never have I rushed home in such speed, never have I gone straight to my young son and kissed him and embraced him with such warmth. Never have I ever bursted in to tears on his impulsive laughter. Never have I gone room to room in my home feeling as a coffin lies somewhere. Never can take out … Read entire article »

English/Urdu Bipolarity Syndrome in Pakistan

By C. M. Naim An editorial—‘Into the Open’—in the Express-Tribune of December 16, 2014, begins: ‘There has been much speculation, frequently alarmist or simply ill-informed, as to the extent or otherwise that the Islamic State (IS) has a presence in Pakistan. Government ministers have gone on-the-record to say that there is no IS presence, but there are reports of supportive wall-chalking and the circulation of literature that supports the IS from several parts of the country.’ It then goes on to allow that ‘there are parts of the country where the extremist mindset has been fostered and grown over many years, and the ideology of the IS may find fertile ground to root itself in,’ and offers two … Read entire article »

IN THE CITY OF FLOWERS

By Neelum Ahmad Basheer A black day had dawned in the city of flowers scary looking monsters with their long beards their ugly faces scarred with sins descended to suck the blood of the flowers of my womb eat my heart raw swindle the soul out of my helpless existence set fire to trees dancing in the winds of life the winds carried the stench of burning flesh smelled like sweet incense to the gods above in the heavens above sitting on thrones in the garden of Eden and my king was smiling happy in his hangover that the enemy s horses have retreated the jungle is all mine,,again..he teased will you dine with me as a gesture of goodwill come waltz with me…enemy of mine all flowers held their breath and withered away in … Read entire article »

Young Blood for Sale

By Mehreen Hamdany   Far from home, from the warm embrace of a mother, He cowers under a flimsy desk, and chokes on the scream he tries to smother, Above his head, lead was flying, The air stained with smoke, and the stench of the dying. On the black market of the faithless, Young blood was on sale, The blood of those before, of the wrong brand – too stale, This blood was fresh, and still unspoiled, Blood that was only slightly soiled. Many moons before, another winter had crept, On the coffins of others, who silently slept, The sleep of martyrs, who can never die, Death came only for those, who just watched and stood by. … Read entire article »

Death Penalty is Justified

Death Penalty is Justified

By Kashif Shaikh Two recent terrorist attacks have proved to be a watershed in our history. First, the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport that resulted in loss of many innocent lives and thereby, creating a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. Since then, there have been debates on what a successful military operation entails? The commentators have … Read entire article »

مجھے پشاور کی ماؤں کو پُرسہ دینا ہے اور بس

مجھے پشاور کی ماؤں کو پُرسہ دینا ہے اور بس

عابدہ چوہدری۔سڈنی آسٹریلیا اے مالکِ لوح وقلم ! تیری دنیا میں پہلے سے موجود ،حزن وملال اورآہ وزاری کےلئے مستعمل سارے لفظ آج بے معنی اور حقیر ہوگئے ہیں۔مجھ پہ اَن چھوئے لفظوں کی وحی اتار کہ مجھے پشاور کی ماؤں کو پُرسہ دینا ہے ملالہ کو نوبل پرائز ملا تو میں نے سوچا قوم کی بیٹی ہے اور بے وطن ہے … Read entire article »

Photo of the Day: Political parties show Unity while Imran Khan calls of ‘Dharna’

Photo of the Day: Political parties show Unity while Imran Khan calls of ‘Dharna’

Malik Omaid In a positive outcome after the deadly Peshawar Attack on innocent children, the political leadership of Pakistan has sit together setting all political differences aside. Express Tribune reports: “We have decided to draft a national plan of action against terrorists and act upon it immediately,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said while reading out decisions taken at a meeting of heads of … Read entire article »

Peshawar Attack: Taliban and Banu Qurayzah

Peshawar Attack: Taliban and Banu Qurayzah

Since the appalling murder of nearly 150 innocent souls in a Peshawar school, a Taliban propaganda snippet in Urdu has been circulating on social media. In this, their spokesman Khurasani makes the outrageous claim that Taliban did a repeat of Banu Qurayzah against these children as per the Sunnah: killing of children who had attained puberty and justifying the murder … Read entire article »

Peshawar: City of flowers to City of Coffins

Peshawar: City of flowers to City of Coffins

Amir Abbas Turi Peshawar: a fabulous and historic city, also known as city of flowers has now been remodeled into the town of coffins, terror and blood. Yesterday’s heart shattering incident – attack on military-run school, Army Public, by heinous monsters – in the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has had shocked the world. The messages of condolences from … Read entire article »