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The need to stay for US troops in Afghanistan

By Habib Jan The Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah first official visit to United States for reshaping US-Afghan relations deteriorated during Afghan ex-president Karzai regime due to United States policy of ignorance towards Afghanistan brings new hopes in Afghan political affairs. Post withdrawal course of action by the US in Afghanistan promised by Obama during election campaign was unmindful and inadequate as US led coalition forces have failed to fully cure threats of terrorism in Afghanistan. During his visit to US, Ashraf Ghani highlighted the threats from militants, reiterated Afghan foreign policy, and urged US forces to stay in order to train and assist Afghan national army. Obama administration accepted the request and vowed to provide military assistance due to which 9,800 troops are to stay … Read entire article »

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Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

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ہمیں خود ہی کچھ کرنا ہوگا: جبران ناصر

ہمیں خود ہی کچھ کرنا ہوگا: جبران ناصر

ملک عمید حالیہ دنوں میں جبران ناصر کے نام سے کون واقف نہیں ہے۔ ان کا نام طالبان کی جانب سے آرمی پبلک اسکول پر 16 دسمبر کو ہوئے حملے کے بعد تب سے سوشل میڈیا اور مین اسٹریم میڈیا میں لیا جانے لگا جب وہ لال مسجد کے خطیب مولوی عبدالعزیز کے طالبان کی مذمت سے انکار کرنے کے خلاف لال مسجد کے سامنے اکیلے ہی احتجاج کرنے کے لیے کھڑے ہوگئے۔ دیکھتے ہی دیکھتے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Afghanistan, Army, Benazir Bhutto, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, ISI, Islamism, Kashmir, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Society, Terrorism

جبران ناصر کا دورہ امریکہ اور چند مودبانہ گزارشات

جبران ناصر کا دورہ امریکہ اور چند مودبانہ گزارشات

“نوٹ: پاک ٹی ہاؤس انٹرنیٹ پر فکری تبادلۂ کی ایک کھلی اسپیس ہے اور ہم آزادی اظہار پر مکمل یقین رکھتے ہیں نیز ادارے کا کسی بھی لکھاری کے نظریات سے مکمل متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں۔ ہم اپنے قارئین کو دعوت دیتے ہیں کہ وہ کسی بھی تحریر سے متفق نہیں ہیں تو حقائق اور دلائل پر مبنی جواب ہمیں بھیجیں ہم اسے جگه دیں گے۔” محمد شعیب عادل کچھ ماہ پہلے اسلام آباد میں مولانا عبدالعزیز … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, ISI, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Opinion, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, USA

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Changing Geostrategic Realities: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Well known public intellectual, political analyst and TV anchor person, Mr. Farrukh Khan Pitafi once told me that years ago while he was interviewing Dr. Stephen P. Cohen — a famous American political scientist, a prominent expert on Pakistan, India, and South Asian security and senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution – he asked Dr. Cohen if there is any example in the world in his knowledge … Read entire article »

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A new realism

A new realism

by Saad Hafiz President Obama’s recent visit to India, while ignoring Pakistan, is being seen as a “diplomatic failure of Islamabad”. Failure or not, the visit does warrant a review of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s foreign policy given the changing nature of a state and the realities of the international scene. Generally speaking, a country’s foreign policy is the face that it presents to the rest of the world and should, therefore, be based on a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, India, Opinion, Pakistan, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

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 »

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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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