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A clarion call

A clarion call

By Shanzeh Iqbal How far lifting the moratorium on death penalty would be effective in curtailing terrorism is a matter of debate now. The executions seen as an antidote to terrorism are discussed by some analysts as a feeble method. They argue that the real terrorist has a genuine faith and is not afraid of death; rather he or she is willing to embrace it. So the death penalty may not act as a strong deterrent. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

تحریر: ملک عمید چار سال کا عرصہ اعصاب کو تباہ کرنے اور بندے کو مجنوں بنانے کے لئے کافی ہوتا ہے،مگر یہ پروفیسر صاحب کے مضبوط اعصاب اور اپنے فرض سے دیانتداری کی انتہا ہے کہ جہاں بھی گئے علم کی شمعیں روشن کیں۔ وہ بھیڑیے جو لوگوں کو اندھا کرنا چاہتے ہیں، وہ بھی اپنے بچوں کے لئے روشنی چاہتے ہیں۔وہ لوگ جو ملالہ جیسی ہونہار بچی کو علم کی بات کرنے سے روکنے کے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Education, FATA, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Mosul and FATA

Mosul and FATA

by Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi In 2006 Presidential candidate and then US Senator Joe Biden, now Vice President, proposed a plan that Iraq should be divided into three states i.e. Shia, Sunni and Kurd. That plan now seems to be a realty as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) conquers city after city along a line on a map that divides Sunni majority areas from Shia majority. In my personal view there is no danger … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, China, Europe, FATA, Great game, IDPs, Iran, Iraq, ISI, Islam, Judiciary, North-West Frontier Province, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, state, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war, World

Military operation alone is no solution, it must accompany pragmatic policy changes

By Kashif Shaikh Placed between the devil and the deep blue sea, Pakistan has finally ended its prolong fickle to launch a military operation in North Waziristan. Especially after the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport which resulted in loss of many innocent lives, there has been a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. However, there are still many, flooding on social media – not so happy with this war, labeling their counter-parts as utterly wrong. Let me just say for them that sometimes war is a necessity. More importantly, the government’s decision to declare war against terrorists is consistent with the principles of just war: it is being fought to save Pakistan and Pakistanis from Taliban attacks, it is being undertaken by a legitimate authority and above … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Army, FATA, human rights, ISI, NATTO, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Terrorism, war

Pakistan Starts Military Operation in North Waziristan

Raza Rumi tweets his analysis on the much awaited military operation in North Waziristan against the TTP and other Militant out fits by the Pakistan Army. Operation is named “Zarb-e-Azb”. [View the story “Pakistan Starts Military Operation in North Waziristan” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, ISI, Islamism, Raza Rumi, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Political Reforms in FATA

By Amir Abbas Turi Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), considered to be among the most dangerous places on earth today, was a peaceful territory prior to 9/11 – despite its governance problems. After the 18th constitutional amendment, powers of state executive were transferred from the President of Pakistan to the parliament. However, despite such measures the President, instead of the Parliament still holds an authoritative position for decision making in Tribal areas. Article 247 of the Constitution of Pakistan renders MPs from FATA incapable of legislating for their respective constituencies. Pakistan has been besieged by hostile militants. Keeping in view the current scenario, political reforms in FATA are the need of the hour. In order to implement writ of the state in the region, a constitutional amendment is a required. Currently, clause … Read entire article »

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Strengthening governance in FATA

I am generally skeptical about foreign funded programs as our history shows that aid has often been mismanaged or misappropriated. This is why I always take ambitious sounding development programs with a pinch of salt. The other day I stumbled upon this website (, and inquired details from Raza Rumi, who gave me further information about this program. He also sounded a little cynical as always, but was still hopeful that due to the renewed focus on good governance and peace building in FATA by the major political parties of the country, perhaps there was room to contribute through this project. “AITEBAAR is a Peacebuilding Support to the Post Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA) Programme, which is a DFID, funded initiative implemented in close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and FATA … Read entire article »

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The Waziristan march: Will it be worth it?

By BB: More so then the Americans it is important for the Pakistan eyes, long been shrouded, to see what is happening in Waziristan In Pakistan, the anti-drone rhetoric has become synonymous with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Last year, its chief Imran Khan marched hand in hand with a group of tribal elders, international lawyers and human right activists towards the Parliament in the capital city. Outside the towering white structure, Khan and the international lobbyist vowed to take their anti-drone protests to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and later to the United Nations.  But what was expected to be uproar soon became a whimper. The petition never reached the abode of the judges. Only a handful of enthusiasts showed up for the rally. And the media barely batted an eyelash. In fact, the tottering hillock of flashlights only showed up to capture … 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 »

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Karachi: Fairgrounds, demos, devils and more

By Ali Arqam: Zulfiqar Mirza’s theatrics, Altaf Hussain’s histrionics, rabble-rouser Qureshi’s anti climax (of Nuclear Arsenal under threat episode), Munawwar Hasan’s  ‘No one loves me’ rants, Fazlur Rehman’s alarm bells of Islam in danger, the new theatrical production is a rally by JuD for “Difa-e-Pakistan”. Welcome to Karachi fairgrounds. First swearing Mirza damned MQM for posing threat to Pakistan’s integrity, then Altaf Hussain waved the map of so called balkanization of Pakistan. Thereafter, Imran came with a life line for Pakistan (he will only share the details when he will come to power) then Munawwar Hasan called on the bearded and hijabis to save Pakistan. Most recently Fazlur Rehman brandished a red flag and now Hafiz Saeed of JuD,  Ahmad Ludhianvi of ASWJ and others have jumped on the bandwagon to defend state of … Read entire article »

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Future of Pakistan’s Western Frontier

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

Getting High On Davis, Diyat And Drones

By D. Asghar Our so highly charged nation is somehow trying to establish a link between Davis, Diyat and Drones. The drones and their targets are absolutely unrelated to this whole Davis affair. Only a fool would have thought that drone strikes will cease, once Davis was released. But as usual the right of the right and highly charged masses are trying to make an issue out of the non issue. I am not a proponent of such strikes, but somehow fail to understand, why all of a sudden, there is such hue and cry about these drones. The strikes were going on for ever. No one seems to ask a question, why are those drones targeted in one particular area? Who is there? Who are these drones seeking? All of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Pakistan

New Light on the Accuracy of the CIA’s Predator Drone Campaign in Pakistan

By Matthew Fricker, Avery Plaw and Brian Glyn Williams Widely-cited reports of the inaccuracy and disproportionality of civilian to militant deaths in the CIA’s ongoing Predator drone campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Pakistan are grossly misleading. The most detailed database compiled to date, assembled by the authors of this article, indicates (among other important findings) that the strikes have not only been impressively accurate, but have achieved and maintained a greater proportionality than either ground operations in the area or targeting campaigns elsewhere. [1] This finding is striking because highly critical reports over the last year, emanating in particular from the Pakistani press, have impugned both the accuracy of the CIA’s drone strikes in the tribal areas of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda

Pakistan's disaster could lead to a systemic collapse

Pakistan's disaster could lead to a systemic collapse

Raza Rumi The colossal humanitarian tragedy and the imminent economic meltdown, will now shape a new Pakistan or rather, exacerbate its predicament in the months and years to come. Pakistan’s chronic political instability, structural economic constraints and a warped national security policy are all going to be affected by the unfolding drama of the national disaster, perhaps the severest, in the country’s history. Whilst the challenges have snowballed within a short duration of ten days, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Pakistan, strategy, Terrorism, violence, Zardari

Blowback in Lahore

We have posted Omar Ali`s previous post titled “The Dead Parrot” a few weeks back. Below we reproduce his comment on the Lahore massacre. Dr. Ali discusses compelling reasons why we are here and where we are heading towards from here. We did not get into this mess overnight and we will not get out of it soon enough. Too many innocent Pakistanis are losing their lives as Pakistan struggles to overcome its previous policy errors. PTH may not necessarily agree with all points raised in the following post (AZW)   Blowback In Lahore By Omar Ali Terrorists (Punjabi Taliban) simultaneously attacked two Ahmedi sect mosques in Lahore during Friday prayers and killed over 80 people. First thoughts on this evil attack: The choice of target is easy to understand. Ahmedis are a persecuted and vilified minority in Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, FATA, History, Identity, India, Islam, Islamabad, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, state, strategy, Taliban, USA, violence, war