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Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

تحریر:تنویر آرائیں بلوچستان کا دارالحکومت کوئٹہ ایک بار پھر لہو سے بھیگ گیا جب کالعدم تنظیم کے کارندے پولیس ٹریننگ سینٹر میں گھسے اور بارود کی بو دور دور تک بکھیر دی۔ بارود کی اس بو نے ٹریننگ سینٹر کی حدود متعین کرنے والی کچی دیواروں کو شرما دیا اور خوں سے لت پت لاشیں منہ تکتی رہ گئیں جبکہ ملک میں بسنے والی کروڑوں زندہ لاشیں یہ سوچنے پر ایک بار پھر مجبور ہو گئیں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

Aslam Kakar               A little over a week has passed since the massacre of lawyers in my hometown and Balochistan’s capital, Quetta. The shock and pain from the attack, while writing these lines from a university bench on the streets of New Jersey, is ever recurring and daunting. Away from home and writing about a carnage, which was too cruel to be true, is beyond the description of words: however, they are my only refuge from the devastation … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Judiciary, Justice, quetta, state

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

را، این ڈی ایس، اچھے طالبان اور بلوچستان کا مسئلہ

کوئٹہ حملوں کے بعد  برخوردار خان کا ٹویٹر اکاونٹ اخباروں اور ویبسائٹس کی زینت بن گیا جب انہوں نے اپنی ٹویٹس کے ذریعے  اس بات کو واضح کیا کہ وکلا برادری نے اس حملے کے نتیجے میں کس قدر نقصان کا سامنا کیا ہے۔  کوئٹہ حملے کے بعد ہر طرف سے بیانات کی بھرمار ہوگئی اور مولانا فضل الرحمان اور محمود اچکزئی کے ایجنسیوں پر تنقید کرنے کے بعد بہت شور اور ہنگامہ ہوا ہے۔ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, RAW, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, Urdu, Zarb-E-Azb

Gallery of the Dead

Gallery of the Dead

By Arooj Zahra When Hassan’s best friend Baqir was not responding to his calls for more than a week, fear griped him and he decided to visit the place where someone missing from the sense for long could be found: Alamdar Road. To his horror, Hassan located him – well not exactly him but his picture, hanging amongst the hundreds of Hazaras killed in a several suicide blasts. ‘I met him last month and in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malik Omaid Malala Yousufzai the Swat girl who wrote diaries as “Gul Makai” for the BBC Urdu service and was shot by Taliban on speaking for Girls right of education won this years Nobel Peace Prize. While the whole world was praising this young girl, 17 years of age and the youngest of all Nobel Laureates, for her courageous promotion of Girls education not only in Taliban effected Pakistan but also worldwide, she was target of … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Malik Omaid Quetta’s Hazara Shia community was again under attack yesterday when a suicide attacker blew himself inside Hazara town, the self maintained Ghetto by the Hazara community. Five people have died and 25 have been injured in the attack (Source)  No one has yet claimed responsibility but in the past Hazara Community has been under attack due to their Shia Identity and this is a fourth attack in the Hazara Town in past two years. … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, minorities, quetta, Religion, Secterainism, violence

The Dwindling Hope and the Case for Military Action

The Dwindling Hope and the Case for Military Action

Raza Habib Raja Terrorism has again struck Shiites in Quetta killing many people. As I write these sentences, the targeted Hazaras who have witnessed massacre over the past many years, are refusing to bury the bodies and demanding direct military rule in Quetta. This is the lowest Pakistan can get where the state has become so dysfunctional that people actually start wanting direct military rule. In the rest of the Pakistan, there have been sporadic protests … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Islam, quetta, Religion, Terrorism

How Trolls are confounding the Shia Rights Discourse

by Abdul Majeed An article recently published in a notorious blog went on to criticize The Friday Times, Raza Rumi, Saleem Javed, Khaled Ahmad and Ali Chishti,because they dared to use the word “sectarian killings” instead of “Shia genocide” which is the term favored by the author of that post. The article also posited that there is a systemic genocide committed against Shias and that the #DeepState is somehow promoting it. The author did not specify exactly what benefit the #DeepState gets if they are actually complicit, when all it does is to actually compromise and damage its own writ and control. The article wanted us to believe that “Sectarian Violence/Genocide” is being “mis-represented” as a Proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The article mentioned the plight of the Hazara … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, baluchistan, Citizens, Democracy, Iran, Islam, Media, Pakistan, quetta, Religion, Society, Taliban, Uncategorized, USA

Habib Jalib's tragic murder – a blow to national integrity

PTH strongly condemns this act of barbarity and tragic persecution of Balochi leadership. We cannot afford to let this continue. About time, the Balochistan package is fully implemented and widened in its scope. We have to redress all genuine grievances of this troubled province and instead of looking for a foreign hand, analyse where we went wrong. If the Balochis are with Pakistan, no foreign hand can be successful. This would the beginning of a new chapter in our federal history. We are posting a press release by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan that makes pertinent points and gives a way forward for the rulers. We cannot allow the elimination of representative voices.  Raza Rumi Jalib’s murder a blow to national integrity: HRCP … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, quetta, Terrorism, violence

…On the Birth of Balochistan Liberation Army

The Stunning Investigative Story on the Birth of Balochistan Liberation Army By Tariq Saeedi in Ashgabat, Sergi Pyatakov in Moscow, Ali Nasimzadeh in Zahidan, Qasim Jan in Kandahar and SM Kasi in Quetta MARCH 1: Deception and treachery. Live and let die. The ultimate zero sum game. Repetition of bloody history: Call it what you may, something is happening in the Pakistani province of Balochistan that defies comprehension on any conventional scale. Four correspondents and dozens of associates who collectively logged more than 5000 kilometers during the past seven weeks in pursuit of a single question – What is happening in Balochistan? – have only been able to uncover small parts of the entire picture. However, if the parts have any proportional resemblance to the whole, it is a frightening and mind-boggling picture. … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Islamabad, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, quetta, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zardari

Moving Towards a Global Afghan Taliban Settlement

Stratfor Analysis January 25, 2010 will be remembered as the day when much of the planet buzzed about diplomatic talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban movement. The chatter comes in the context of a number of conferences that will be held over the course of the next week that focus on dealing with Afghanistan’s jihadist insurgency. The countries being represented at the meetings — including the United States, the Central Asian states, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, India and China — have a stake in what happens in Afghanistan. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, FATA, Great game, India, Iran, Islam, Islamabad, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, quetta, Religion, strategy, Taliban, Terrorism, USA

Defining "Strategic Depth"

By Kamran Shafi From Daily Dawn, Published 19th January, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-defining-strategic-depth-910     And how does it help us? We are engaged in the Great Game in Afghanistan, we are told, because ‘strategic depth’ is vital for Pakistan due to the fact that our country is very narrow at its middle and could well be cut into half by an Indian attack in force. Strategic depth, we are further informed, will give respite to our armed forces which could withdraw into Afghanistan to then regroup and mount counter-attacks on Indian forces in Pakistan. I ask you! I ask you for several reasons. Let us presume that the Indians are foolish enough to get distracted from educating their people, some of whom go to some of the best centres of learning in the world. Let us assume that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, baluchistan, Great game, India, Islamabad, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Punjab, quetta, state, Taliban

Jennifer Musa

From Daily Telegraph UK, Published 18-Jan-2008 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1575879/Jennifer-Musa.html   Irish nurse who became head of a tribe in Baluchistan and dedicated her life to its interests Jennifer Musa, who has died aged 90, was an Irishwoman of modest stock who took over from her husband as head of a tribe in the remote borderlands of Baluchistan; unveiled and uncompromising, she dedicated her life to the conservative Muslim tribesmen among whom she lived for 60 years until her death. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, baluchistan, Democracy, History, Jinnah, Pakistan, Partition, Politics, quetta, Taliban

Grow up Guys

Cross Post from Daily The Dawn December 10, 2009 By Cyril Almeida Afghanistan is so last week. What with the NRO hearings, suicide bombings, drone strikes, talk of the Quetta shura and Al Qaida’s safe havens there really is too much going on for anyone to think about Afghanistan right now. In any case, so much has been written and said about Afghanistan post-Obama’s speech that it is difficult to imagine anything new or original being added to the debate. Except, having digested much of what has been talked about here in Pakistan, there is a nagging feeling that the state has missed yet another chance. A chance if not for a fresh start, then to be creative or even add something positive to the mix. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Democracy, Economy, India, Iran, Islam, Islamabad, Pakistan, quetta, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war