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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 when we continued with our life even after a series of bombs and several deaths. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Children, Opinion, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

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 رہے ہوں گے مگر دہشت گردی کی روک تھام میں نہیں بلکہ اس معاملے میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Peshawar, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

THE BEST TIME IS NOW!

Waqas Rafique Microblogs these days are sensationally good enough to make for tv news and newspaper headline material. New ways for the new generation- Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto for example uses twitter to his great benefit and it works for him! He uses it to make harsh and much needed statements against terrorism and sometimes indulges with MQM on it too. Maryam Nawaz Sharif is not far behind in humble bragging. Interestingly she appears as a spokesperson of her dad on, the Prime Minister and mostly uses retweets of certain accounts that appear to be influenced by PML-N media cell. Apart from this, what meets the eye is nuanced by tweets! Case in point is fresh Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s two day visit to Islamabad. Though the Afghan leader has interacted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Blogroll, Islamabad, Pak Tea House, secular Pakistan, south asia, Terrorism

Corporatization of Militancy

Corporatization of Militancy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It was the year 2011; pro-Shia TV channels and wire services were abuzz with claims about US and Saudi Arabia funding and arming anti-Shia groups all over the Middle East. During the same period, there were several Shia uprisings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and of course Iraq and Syria.The Pakistani government too continued to face the onslaught of anti-Shia groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jondullah, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat, and Lashkar-e-Islam. Videos of men … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islamism, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence, war

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

Sit-ins in Pakistan mean ‘Old Wine in New Bottle

By Aoduley Aryan The on going sit-ins in Islamabad Pakistan staged by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf and another by a cleric Tahiurl Qadri. Their followers have caused a  severe political crises threats to democracy and are pushing the country on the verge of destruction. The country’s masses are already faced with terrorism, sectarianism and religious extremism. Above all, the worst threat to the country is downing democracy and its vulnerable parliament that are toppled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Islamabad, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Revolution

Photo of the Day: Pakistan Army digging trenches at Durand Line

Photo of the Day: Pakistan Army digging trenches at Durand Line

Malik Omaid In an attempt to counter insurgency from Afghanistan, Pakistan Army has started to dig trenches on the Durand Line. Though these will be of little help in stopping terrorists from entering the country, it will surely affect the social circle of Pashtuns living on the both sides of border being relatives to each other. On more details on the trenches The Express Tribune reports: QUETTA: The Paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan has started digging 480-kilometre-long trenches along the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Citizens, Images, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, war

Oath of the scented ones

Oath of the scented ones

By Saad Hafiz Some newspaper reports indicate that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made an appeal to the local population in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan to support its struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate. It has also been reported that a number of hardline groups operating in the area have announced support for the self-styled ISIS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These groups have claimed that they want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Iraq, Islamism, Opinion, Religion, Taliban, USA, violence, war, Women

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

Zarb-e-Azb: A Decisive Battle?

By Syed Ali Zia Jaffery Clausewitz defined war as an act of violence aimed at compelling the enemy to submit to our will. While theorizing war, the Prussian military strategist agreed to the fact that the concept of “absolute war” was impossible in the real world. It is erroneous to mix “absolute war” with “total war”. The former imagine a utopia where war and warriors are unbridled. No account is taken of political and social objectives. Total … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, Citizens, human rights, Islamism, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

List of Banned Outfits in Pakistan

Courtesy: www.pinfo.pk List of Banned Organizations in Pakistan  Sr.  Organization  Former Name  Sect./Group  Leader Area ofInfluence YearBanned    1  Balochistan Bunyad Parast Army Political(Settlers)  Balochistan  Aug 4, 12  2  Tehreek Nafaz‐e‐ Aman Political(Pashtoon)  Balochistan  Aug 4, 12 3 Tahafuz Hadudullah Deobandi KP Aug 4, 12  4  Balochisan Waja Liberation Army Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Aug 4, 12  5  Baloch Republican Party (Azad) Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Aug 4, 12  6  Balochistan United Army Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Aug 4, 12  7  Islam Mujahideen  Deobandi KP, FATA,Afghanistan  Aug 4, 12 8 Jaishe Islam Deobandi FATA (Bajaur) Aug 4, 12  9  Balochistan National Liberation Army Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Aug 4, 12 10 Anjuman‐e‐ Imamia Shiite Gilgit‐Baltistan Apr 24, 12 11 Muslim Students Organisation Deobandi Gilgit‐Baltistan Apr 24, 12  12  AI Harmain Foundation Wahabist /Salafi  Karachi, KP  Mar 6, 12  13  Rabita Trust Wahabist / Salafi Pakistan,Afghanistan, Global  Mar 6, 12  14  Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat  Siph-e-Sahaba Pakistan  Deobandi Central/ Southern Punjab  February 15, 12 15 Shia Talba Action Committee Shiite Gilgit‐Baltistan Oct 10, 11 16 Markaz Sabeel Organisation Shiite Gilgit‐Baltistan Oct 10, 11 17 Tanzeem Naujawana‐e‐Ahle Sunnat Deobandi Gilgit‐Baltistan Oct 10, 11  18  People’s Aman Committee Political (Baloch ethnic)  Karachi (Layari)  Oct 10, 11  19  Balochistan Republican Army Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Sep 8, 10  20  Balochistan Liberation Front Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Sep 8, 10  21  Laskhare Balochistan Political (Baloch ethnic)  Harbiyar Marri  Balochistan  Sep 8, 10  22  Balochistan Liberation United Front Political (Baloch ethnic)  Balochistan  Sep 8, 10  23  Balochistan Musalla Difa … Read entire article »

Filed under: movements, Pakistan

The Islamization of Pakistan

The Islamization of Pakistan

by Syed Foaad Hassan Quaid-e-Azam in his March 1940 presidential address said “It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religious in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders; and it is only a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality. This misconception of one Indian Nation has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Jinnah

A Few Question on the Drone Strikes

A Few Question on the Drone Strikes

By Asifa Ali Undoubtedly, drone attacks that impinge on our sovereignty are condemnable and damaging as they generate sympathy for the militants and breed more. It is also a fact that USA is continuing drone attacks as they serve two purposes; eliminate militant leaders not serving their interests and Pakistan faces the backlash. All this is known and discussed unabated on media. What, we fail to, however, discuss is answers to the following:- TTP has claimed responsibility for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Citizens, Drones, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war

A Distortion of History?

By Umair Tariq Recently I came across an essay written by renowned historian William Dalrymple – best known in Pakistan for his famous work ‘The Last Mughal’ – examining the current Afghanistan situation within a historical context. Reading the essay pained me greatly for it was like looking at a burlesque fantasy where the author conveniently distorted facts and mingled them with his love for the Indian establishment and Hamid Karzai. The essay – if not completely then partially—is murder of historical accounts and acute distortion of facts that quite unworthy of a reputable international historian like Dalrymple. Dalrymple grossly misinterpreted history and twisted it in favor of Hamid Karzai, all the while overlooking the drastic mismanagement, corruption and acute embezzlement in Karzai’s government. It starts with Dalrymple pointing the barrels of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Fall out of Malala Tragedy

Fall out of Malala Tragedy

By Prof. Farah A Khan: It was a sad day when 14 years old Malala was shot at point blank range in her school van in Mingora, Swat. Two other girls were also injured. This brought out massive grief and anger in the Pakistani society. But it left me and so many others confused. The TTP admitted responsibility for the shooting claiming that she was ‘defaming’ the Taliban and fraternizing with the enemy i.e. the Western … Read entire article »

Filed under: Terrorism

A Battle of Ideas

by Abdul Majeed Abid “When I knew that they were burning our schools, I thought they were burning education, they were burning books. I have to be educated. I’ll be educated no matter what the odds.” Malala Yousafzai Last Week’s attack on Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old beacon of hope from Swat, garnered all sorts of reactions. Most people were shocked by the brutality of the perpetrators. The timing of that attack, in my opinion, was an extremely unfortunate one as it co-incided with the ending of PTI’s “Peace March” towards Waziristan. Attack on Malala has been construed as a stepping stone to military operation in Waziristan, a primer that turns public opinion towards a certain tilt. Conspiracy theories have been spun at an alarming pace about involvement of various Intelligence Agencies … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Democracy, Education, FATA, Islam, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, violence, Women

Imran’s Peace March into Waziristan

By Prof. Farah A. Khan: On September 7th Imran’s PTI Peace marchers against drone attacks in Waziristan reached 20 km from Tank at the border of South Waziristan Agency but were stopped from going to Kotkai by the army. His opponents were ANP, JUI-F, PPP and PML-N who have never offered a solution to Fata issue. They have finally found common ground to unite against Imran. Maulvi Fazal (JUI-F) went over board. He accused Imran of not holding on to his Jewish wife and his children living abroad were being brought up by a Jewish mother. Under Islam this is nonsense. He also claimed that Imran was pushing Israeli agenda (Yahood and Ansara) but could not explain how and distributed pamphlets and made announcements in the mosques to the same effect. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion