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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 »

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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 »

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Future of Pakistan’s Western Frontier

By Prof Farakh A Khan (This is continuation of my last article.. It was felt that this subject requires greater depth since people in Pakistan have distorted view of our Fata issue. The origin and evolution of Jihadi Wahhabi movement has to be put in proper perspective) Conflict in society is the oldest human response inherited from our evolutionary animal past. As human society graduated from sticks and stones as weapons of aggression to high explosives and air war the level of carnage increased dramatically. We are now entering phase of robotic war lased with nuclear technology where power of destruction has escalated to a new level. The level of misery caused by modern wars is not acceptable anymore. War in Afghanistan either by foreign forces intervention or internal conflict for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics

A study of Anti-Americanism in Pakistan (Part II)

By Abdul Majeed Abid History tells us that relations between Pakistan and United States started on the right note, as demonstrated by aforementioned speech of Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan. It was followed by the decade of co-operation between the two countries in matters of trade and military training. As we can see, the seeds of perceived animosity were laid during the 1965-71 period during which United States stopped the military aid to both Pakistan and India in the wake of the 1965 war. The people responsible for arousing these sentiments were the dexterous politicians of Pakistan and to some extent the religio-political parties and they did that just to mask their own shortcomings. A similar attitude was shown by Mr. Bhutto when he blamed the alarming political situation upon the machinations … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics

Future of Pakistan’s Western Frontier

Prof Farakh A Khan’s exclusive contribution for PTH The aggressors have called people of what are now Fata and of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa different names at different times of history labelled as terrorists or freedom fighters. The ten-year war has taken toll of the American purse and its fighters. On the other hand the Afghan people are constantly suffering. The Americans are openly talking to Afghan Taliban leadership since November 2010 to end American occupation of Afghanistan. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: FATA, Pakistan

How can Pakistan Army Retreat from Fata?

By Prof Farakh A Khan: The American and Pakistan armies are locked in Afghanistan (2001) and Fata (2004) respectively. Pakistan is a poor country and cannot financially afford its continued presence of 1.5 lac soldiers deployed in Fata and sooner than later the army has to pull out since Pakistan cannot afford a 100-years war. My questions are how can the army pull out of Fata if at all? And when? Pakistani Afghan policy is tied to the American policy in that country. The Americans after 10 years have realised that they are unable to bring peace or their form of democracy to Afghanistan. The American trained Afghan army and police force are corrupt and unreliable despite huge amounts of dollar inflow. At the same time the Americans cannot leave Afghanistan to … Read entire article »

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