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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

Top Tweets Feb 13: Modi, Musharaf and Hayatabad Shia Killing

Malik Omaid Three main issues kept their space on Friday’s Pakistani twitter. The surprise and not so surprise resume of peace talks after the Obama visit to India and his Phone call to Nawaz Sharif. The unfortunate Peshawar attacks on Shia Imam Bargah and the Musharaf’s interview to International Media accepting of cultivating Taliban during his reign in Afghanistan. Spoke to President @ashrafghani, PM Sheikh Hasina, PM Nawaz Sharif & President Sirisena. Conveyed my best wishes for the Cricket World Cup. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 13, 2015 The Dawn reported: “The announcement came a day after US President Barack Obama called Prime Minis¬ter Sharif to update him about his administration’s efforts for improving Pakistan-India ties. The United States had been nudging India to normalise relations with Pakistan after a spate of skirmishes along the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, India, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Photos, Raza Rumi, Secterainism, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, war

Islamic University Islamabad: My education in a Saudi funded university

Islamic University Islamabad: My education in a Saudi funded university

By Amna Shafqat Whenever I hear these empty notions of ‘No Space for Extremism Left’ so confidently floated in wake of Peshawar Attack, I remain unconvinced. My doubts about these ‘Anti-terrorism’ measures strengthen when I give a cursory look at the present unchecked activities of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). The national consensus against extremism means nothing when you know that Saudi’s takfiri ideology is being expanded every day, inch by inch, into small towns of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Citizens, Islamabad, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Terrorism, Women

عمران خان کے نام تین خطوط

عمران خان کے نام تین خطوط

محترم جناب عمران خان صاحب! امید ہے کہ آپ، محترم پرویز خٹک اور کے پی کے حکومت کے تمام وزراء خیریت سے ہوں گے اور حکومتی مراعات اور سکیورٹی کا بھرپور استعمال فرما رہے ہوں گے۔جناب اعلیٰ آپکی حکومت نے سکولوں کی حفاظت کے پیش نظر اساتذہ کو ہتھیار فراہم کرنے کا جو اعلان کیا ہے اسے سن کر دلی خوشی ہوئی ۔ ہماری مدت سے یہ تمنا تھی کہ اساتذہ اور طلباء کے ہاتھ میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Children, Citizens, Democracy, Education, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, Society, Taliban, Terrorism

Citizens Criminals Police Liaison Cars (CCPLC)

Citizens Criminals Police Liaison Cars (CCPLC)

Naeem Sadiq Sindh can add one more feather to its unenviable inventory of achievements. The Sindh police, based on the notion of “equal opportunity for all classes” has come out with a car numbering scheme that enables the same car to be used by any citizen, criminal or policeman. In simple words, the car is painted, numbered and suitably monogrammed in a manner that it meets all three requirements simultaneously. The manufacturing process of this unique … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Secterainism, Sindh, Terrorism, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

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

Peshawar Army Public School Attack – Time to prepare

Peshawar Army Public School Attack – Time to prepare

Dr. Jahanzeb Effendi The anger, frustration, disappointment, and rage cannot be expressed in words. The dastardly terrorist attack on 16th Dec, 2014, targeting the students and staff of the Army Public School on Warsak Road , Peshawar has shocked not just Pakistan, but the entire world. It is time Pakistan realizes that they no longer have the luxury of fighting conventional warfare. War is no longer limited to the battlefield. It has come into the streets, neighborhoods, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Children, Pakistan, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Combating crisis

Combating crisis

Letter to Editor Today we are living in a time of immense crisis. Militancy and extremism have affected us all profoundly. In this situation, we feel it is vital that the media play a role in reshaping opinion and determining peoples’ behavior towards each other. The owners, operators and publishers of all TV channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets need to run a campaign for one year to combat extremism. To achieve this, all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, journalism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Regulatory Affairs, Rights, Terrorism

ملٹری کورٹس

ملٹری کورٹس

تحریر:محمد شعیب عادل سوشل میڈیا پر کسی نے خوب کہا ہے کہ کوئی سال پہلے سویلین حکومت ایک فوجی کو سزا دینے چلی تھی مگر سال بعد فوجی اپنی عدالتیں بنا کر سویلین کو لٹکانے چلے ہیں۔۔۔ ملٹری کورٹس کی نوبت کیوں آئی ؟اس میں نواز حکومت کی نااہلی کا بھی عمل دخل ہے جو دہشت گردوں کے خلاف کوئی ٹھوس کاروائی کرنے کی بجائے ذاتی رنجشوں پر آگئی اور ایک میڈیا گروپ کے ساتھ مل … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, Judiciary, Pakistan, peace, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Raza Rumi says state is soft against anti India Jihadists, talks about Lakhvi and post-Peshawar Attack Scenario on Al Jazeera

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi talked with Al Jazeera on prime suspect of Mumbai attack, Zaki ul Rahman Lakhvi being bailed out by Pakistani court. Here is the transcript of the discussion and the video. Raza Rumi says state is soft against anti India… by razarumi1 Al Jazeera: Prime Minister of Pakistan says we will no longer have the policy of Good Taliban and the bad Taliban we are going to go after all of them, since the summer they have done operation Zarb-e-Azb in Waziristan, you know a huge campaign to go against the extremists however just now this week they said they are going o give the master mind of the 2008 Mumbai bombings, the terrorists attacks Zaki ul Rahman Lakhvi, they have just arrested him again, so what kind of signal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Judiciary, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, south asia, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

فوجی عدالتوں کا قیام، ضرورت اور اہمیت

فوجی عدالتوں کا قیام، ضرورت اور اہمیت

تحریر: ڈاکٹر ابرار ماجد پاکستان آج ایک انتہائی اہم موڑ پر کھڑاہے۔ پاکستان کا سب سے بڑا مسئلہ دہشت گردی ہے جس کا سدباب ہماری بقاء، امن اور ترقی کے لیے انتہائی ضروری ہے۔ پشاور والے انتہائی دردناک واقعہ کے بعد پاکستان کی تمام کی تمام سیاسی جماعتیں اور عوام اس فیصلہ پر متفق ہیں کہ ہمیں اس دہشت گردی کے خلاف اب فیصلہ کن حکمت عملی اپنانا ہوگی۔ پارلیمنٹ کے اندر موجود تمام جماعتوں نے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Army, Constitution, Democracy, Judiciary, Justice, Opinion, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

Celebration of murder

Celebration of murder

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan is a country permanently roiled by political chaos and militant jihadism. On December 16, 2014, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, leaving 141 dead, including 132 schoolchildren. Unconfirmed reports indicate that children from military families were separated from their peers and shot in the head. The TTP spokesperson announced that the Peshawar attack was in retaliation to Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting strike), the Pakistani army’s move … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Opinion, Pakistan, Peshawar, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, Zarb-E-Azb

Are they Serious this time?

Are they Serious this time?

By Syed Foaad Hassan Terrorists have targeted our future by attacking Army Public School in Peshawar and killing over 130 children, Sacrifices of our children will not go in vain. Terrorists will have to pay the price for their heinous act, and they will pay soon ·         There will be a crackdown on hate-speech, and action will be taken against newspapers, magazines contributing to the spread of such speech ·         Measures will be taken to stop religious extremism and to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Taliban, Terrorism

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Peshawar Massacre: A Gaffe

Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D.   Iraqi-born expert on Middle East politics and affairs, and the syndicated columnist of Jerusalem Post, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – in February 2007 — wrote about the miscalculations terrorists commonly make when they plan some significant and spectacular terror attacks. He took a case of 9/11 attack on New York and Washington DC and pointed out some indiscretions which the terrorists committed while planning their gruesome act. He wrote, “The fallout from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, strategy, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

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