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The need to stay for US troops in Afghanistan

By Habib Jan The Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief executive Abdullah Abdullah first official visit to United States for reshaping US-Afghan relations deteriorated during Afghan ex-president Karzai regime due to United States policy of ignorance towards Afghanistan brings new hopes in Afghan political affairs. Post withdrawal course of action by the US in Afghanistan promised by Obama during election campaign was unmindful and inadequate as US led coalition forces have failed to fully cure threats of terrorism in Afghanistan. During his visit to US, Ashraf Ghani highlighted the threats from militants, reiterated Afghan foreign policy, and urged US forces to stay in order to train and assist Afghan national army. Obama administration accepted the request and vowed to provide military assistance due to which 9,800 troops are to stay … Read entire article »

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Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

ایک دن پاک فوج کے ساتھ

ایک دن پاک فوج کے ساتھ

تحریر: عائشہ کنول، عثمان شاہد فوجی مائنڈ سیٹ میں واضح تبدیلی محسوس کرنے کےلئے کسی کتاب، تجزیہ نگار یا تحقیقی مقالہ کی ضرورت نہیں ۔ دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ سے آرمی پبلک سکول پشاور پر دہشت گردوں کے حملہ تک بہت کچھ بدل چکا ہے اور تبدیلی کا یہ سلسلہ جاری ہے۔ تاہم ایک بات واضح ہے کہ فوج کسی طرح بھی اپنی طاقت، رتبے اور عزت میں کمی کےلئے تیار نہیں ۔ سیاست دانوں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Education, India, ISI, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Zarb-E-Azb

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 »

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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