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A war of narratives

A war of narratives

By Saad Hafiz Apart from the security challenges, the struggle against jihadi extremism is primarily a ‘war of narratives”. Extremists have been able to cleverly manipulate, promote and reinforce their master narratives, which are largely based on the west’s hegemonic designs in the Muslim world and its crusade against Islam. They have also been able to exploit, to great effect, narratives related to the weak political, social, and historical conditions of Muslims. Jihadi narratives are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism

Civil society says NAP Implementation Disappointing Press Release

Citizens Group to Watch National Action Plan (NAPwatch) Islamabad – March 13, 2015 A broad based alliance of concerned citizens today announced that they would monitor the implementation of NAP and related commitments by the government of Pakistan (including the military) to fight terrorism in the country. #NAPWatch will regularly review the progress made and identify the gaps that need to be addressed. Thus far the most worrying aspect according to the group has been the dilution of NAP agenda as announced by the PM, the vital tasks of madrassa regulation seems to have been dropped. Highlighting the initiative, one of the initiators of #NAPwatch, Marvi Sirmed said that the group was expanding with every coming day with many noted citizens becoming part of it. She said that the presence of scholars … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

تجھ کو پرائی کیا پڑی اپنی نبھیڑ تو

تجھ کو پرائی کیا پڑی اپنی نبھیڑ تو

تحریر : ملک عمید کافی عرصہ سے میڈیا کے “مخصوص حصے” اس خیال کو زور شور سے پروان چڑھا رہے ہیں کہ پاکستان میں ہونے والی دہشت گردی کے پیچھے ہندوستان کا ہاتھ ہے اور ہندوستان ان تمام دہشت گردوں کی مالی معاونت کر رہا ہے جو “پاکستان” میں دہشت گردی کر رہے ہیں۔ یہ الزامات تو سالوں سے لگ رہے تھے مگر چونکہ قومی بیانیہ میں ابھی پچھلے سال تک تحریک طالبان پاکستان والے “پاکستان … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

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