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Zarb-e-Azb

Zarb-e-Azb

By Ebad Ahmed Reality checks are good, delusions are bad. Where the former may sound obnoxious, complex and difficult to digest; however with all its “ill” attached nonetheless at the end of the day it’s a reality, which in its nature demands to be accepted. On the other hand, delusions are sexy; looking at the issues through rose colored glasses keeps one satisfied, but unfortunately where it may bring smiles, in the same breath it keeps far … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Islamism, Kashmir, Pakistan, war, Zarb-E-Azb

My Name is Khan and I am not a Terrorist: IDP’s of North Waziristan

Raza Rumi shares the plight of IDP’s of North Waziristan and the long forgotten miseries of FATA. [View the story "My Name is Khan and I am not a Terrorist: IDP's of North Waziristan" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, FATA, IDPs, Justice, Media, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pakistan, poverty, public policy, Rights, Society, Storify, Taliban, Terrorism, Twitter, Zarb-E-Azb

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

By Husham Ahmed Pakistan Army: Karachi & Hyderabad: Collection points at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil, donation collection points have been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526. Lahore: Collection points at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, FATA, human rights, IDPs, Islam, Lahore, Love, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

A Rodeo of Political Chaos

By Fazal Abbas Tie-down Roping or Calf Roping is a timed rodeo event, particularly famous with American cowboys, which features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse. The goal of this sport is for the rider to lasso the calf, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and control it by tying three legs together. All of these activities have to be executed in as short a time as possible. Now let’s apply this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Islamabad, Lahore, Opinion, Pakistan, Politics, Punjab, Revolution, Taliban, Terrorism

The other side of the operation

The other side of the operation

By Waqas Rafique With Operation Zarb-e-Azb a few days old now, news broadcasts that I get to present these days are dominated with updates on the offensive launched against terrorists and violent extremists that had found safe haven in North Waziristan. In the past, we have been told all such operations have been important and made gains. Be it Operation Rah-e-Rast in South Wazirstan or Rah-i-Nijat, which was the battle for Swat. But we have also seen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Children, Citizens, human rights, Media, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, peace, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, 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

Tackling TTP, Lessons from History

by Fazal Abbas How should we tackle the menace of terrorism plaguing ‘The Land of Pure’? Confusion surrounds us when we try to look for an answer to it. First we have un-ending list of conspiracy theories of Taliban being Indian, American and Israeli agents. Then we have mainstream right wing parties i.e. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) who are ardent supporters of negotiating with the terrorists and going to extent of even providing offices to them. On the other hand we have mainstream left wing parties i.e. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) who have historically supported operations against terrorists but exhibiting confused politics on the issue for last one year or so. Although a firm understanding of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, human rights, ISI, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Talks or War?

Talks or War?

by Mirza Jawad Ahmad After a decade of proxy war now for last couple of years there has been a hype of talks with Taliban in Pakistani politics and military forces. Who are these Taliban? Traditionally speaking it’s a banned extremist outfit, bunch of parasites addicted to suck human blood. Symbolically they can be labelled as living vampires also. Whoever they are the argument shouldn’t be about the physical identity only, rather the mentality that’s the sole … Read entire article »

Filed under: Terrorism

Damned if we do, damned if we don’t…

By Ghazala Akbar Somewhere deep in Last Para lies the HQs of the premier spook outfit, I – espy – eye. The Chief, (codename, Passion) is reading his favourite John Le Carre novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In walks his super boss, Control. Passion: What’s up Doc? You look worried. Control: Just saw our pal Mike Mellon on TV giving evidence to the US Senate Armed Forces He’s talking about us again. Passion: But I only saw him in DC last week and you saw him in Spain. No complaints. Control:  Yup! That’s just it. He was obviously lulling us into a false sense of security over the margaritas and the paella. Passion: What’s he saying now? Control: Same thing. We’re running with the hares, but hunting with the hounds. Passion: So what’s new! They always say that … Read entire article »

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Pakistan is in pieces

[There is plenty here to stimulate a robust debate; Not that surprising, considering who the author is. PTH does not necessarily agree with the views expressed in this article.] Belfast Telegraph, Tuesday, 6 April 2010             By Robert Fisk I tried, in Pakistan, to define the sorrow which so constantly afflicts this country. The massive loss of life, the poverty, the corruption, the internal and external threats to its survival, the existentialism of Islam and the power of the army; perhaps Pakistan’s story can only be told in a novel. It requires, I suspect, a Tolstoy or a Dostoyevsky. Pakistan ambushes you. The midday heat is also beginning to ambush all who live in Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province. Canyons of fumes grey out the vast ramparts of the Bala Hisar fort. “Headquarters Frontier … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Colonialism, Democracy, History, Identity, India, Judiciary, Pakistan, Partition

Pakistan’s War of Choice

NYT, March 24, 2010   By MICHAEL E. O’HANLON   Peshawar, Pakistan: WHAT are Americans to make of all the good news coming out of Pakistan in recent weeks?   First, the Afghan Taliban’s military chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was arrested in a raid in February. Around the same time, several of the Taliban’s “shadow governors” who operate out of Pakistan were captured by Pakistani forces. Last week, the C.I.A. director, Leon Panetta, announced that thanks in large part to increased cooperation from Pakistan, drone strikes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border are “seriously disrupting Al Qaeda,” and one killed the terrorist suspected of planning an attack on an American base in December that caused the deaths of seven Americans. Meanwhile, Pakistan has mounted major operations against its own extremists in places ranging from the Swat Valley … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Pakistan, Taliban