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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

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

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

An appeal to Pakistanis

An appeal to Pakistanis

Kashif Shaikh I know each of us is angry, stunned, speechless and horrified at Peshawar attack. I also know that it has woken up our collective conscience, broken our hearts but also united us like never before to fight this scourge of militancy. But emotional exhortations alone are not enough to prompt change unless accompanied by effective action. See More: The Darkest Hour In past few years, we have seen that when middle class is dissatisfied with things and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Democracy, Islamism, Pakistan, Peshawar, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

We burnt our flowers, we killed them.

We burnt our flowers, we killed them.

By Balal Haider Never have I rushed home in such speed, never have I gone straight to my young son and kissed him and embraced him with such warmth. Never have I ever bursted in to tears on his impulsive laughter. Never have I gone room to room in my home feeling as a coffin lies somewhere. Never can take out the image of a child begging for mercy when a terrorist put his AK 47 … Read entire article »

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

Death Penalty is Justified

Death Penalty is Justified

By Kashif Shaikh Two recent terrorist attacks have proved to be a watershed in our history. First, the unfortunate siege of Karachi airport that resulted in loss of many innocent lives and thereby, creating a proverbial consensus among many Pakistanis in support of military operation. Since then, there have been debates on what a successful military operation entails? The commentators have regularly suggested that military solution must accompany certain policy changes such as terminating the distinction … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, human rights, Islam, Justice, Law, Pak Tea House, Religion, Rights, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

مجھے پشاور کی ماؤں کو پُرسہ دینا ہے اور بس

مجھے پشاور کی ماؤں کو پُرسہ دینا ہے اور بس

عابدہ چوہدری۔سڈنی آسٹریلیا اے مالکِ لوح وقلم ! تیری دنیا میں پہلے سے موجود ،حزن وملال اورآہ وزاری کےلئے مستعمل سارے لفظ آج بے معنی اور حقیر ہوگئے ہیں۔مجھ پہ اَن چھوئے لفظوں کی وحی اتار کہ مجھے پشاور کی ماؤں کو پُرسہ دینا ہے ملالہ کو نوبل پرائز ملا تو میں نے سوچا قوم کی بیٹی ہے اور بے وطن ہے ،تہنیت نامہ لکھوں تا معروف کو سراہنے کا فرض بھی ادا ہو اورکچھ اپنی مہجوری … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Islamism, Malala is a Drama, Malala Yousufzai, Pakistan, Peshawar, poetry, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war