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Winning the ideological war

Winning the ideological war

Balal Haider “This is a war of ideologies, and idea can’t be defeated by force and bombs. The truth will be the winner” Omar Khorasani, the spokesman of the TTP Mohmand Agency tweeted early today on his official twitter account. This statement in isolation is correct but when put into context spells the disaster for TTP and all allied terrorists. TTP are known to have spreading their ideology throughout the region trough sword. They force people to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Terrorism

A Fruitless Discourse

By K. M. Khan: If the current political situation was a fairy-tale then Pakistan would be the heroine in trouble and Taliban would be the prince charming to the rescue of his dream girl from the nexus of the villain (USA). The prince would save his princess from the villain through tough action and in the end everybody will live happily ever after. Sadly, this is the reality of the perception of many people in Pakistan. The Nawaz Sharif government has by taking a U-turn from confrontation to engagement proven that it is either naive or really foolish to believe that the dialogue with the Tehrik-i-Taliban will make them surrender their weapons and barbarity. In the past deals with the Taliban had been signed but the only result was that that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

On negotiations with Pakistan’s Taliban

by Malik Rashid As Pakistan’s government begins to talk with the Taliban, many Pakistanis wonder if the two negotiating parties are real adversaries. Can the so-called negotiations terminate the little freedoms Pakistanis have gotten acquainted with in the past few years? Since enmity across the borders hasn’t been operational lately, military’s new doctrine identified homegrown militancy as the biggest threat to ‘national security’. Like the old doctrine proposed a perpetual war of survival against neighboring states, the internal war must be indefinite to maintain military’s domination of the state. Hence the fear could be well founded that negotiations with Taliban could limit freedoms and democracy in the name of Islam instead of establishing peace in the country. But it is not 1977, and lately the Tunisian constitution has offered a rare hope on terms of reconciliation between … Read entire article »

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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 »

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Sheikh Hasina’s Witch-Hunt in Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina’s Witch-Hunt in Bangladesh

I am highly grateful to Mr. Riaz Haq to contribute this article. Please, PTH DOES NOT essentially agree with all the things written in this article. However, for the sake of freedom of speech, we are publishing this article. Regards Raza Habib Raja Riaz Haq Bangladesh Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina Wajid, daughter of independence leader Shaikh Mujib ur Rehman, set up what she calls “International Crimes Tribunal” (ICT) in 2010 to try those accused of committing … Read entire article »

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A Few Question on the Drone Strikes

A Few Question on the Drone Strikes

By Asifa Ali Undoubtedly, drone attacks that impinge on our sovereignty are condemnable and damaging as they generate sympathy for the militants and breed more. It is also a fact that USA is continuing drone attacks as they serve two purposes; eliminate militant leaders not serving their interests and Pakistan faces the backlash. All this is known and discussed unabated on media. What, we fail to, however, discuss is answers to the following:- TTP has claimed responsibility for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Citizens, Drones, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war

Boston Bombing

Prof Farakh A Khan: Two Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) exploded (15.4.13) at the finishing line of Boston Marathon a prestigious event for the Americans killing three and injuring more than 170 innocent people. Although the two young people from Chechnya have been implicated the motive is far from clear. So far the world is looking at this incidence from humanitarian and tactical angles. I am going to look into the historical aspect of war, which will throw some light on the future of wars. Humans developed stone knife, axe and the spear to hunt and stay alive during the Stone Age. Soon bow and arrow was invented and spread to all corners of the world. These also became tools of war with neighbouring groups. Then came the invention of bronze implements especially the sword … Read entire article »

Filed under: USA

Perils of Arundhati Roy Style Liberalism

Raza Habib Raja As a philosophy liberalism is more inward looking and hence does not try to shift blame on the outside forces. By its orientation, it also does not have an overly negative assumption about human nature and consequently is not obsessed with crime and punishment. It believes in the rationality of humans and further assumes that human intelligence is capable of creating an artifice where ethnic, linguistic and other such “ natural” differences can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Imperialism, India, Marxism, Taliban

Networking Holy Wars

By Hifza Shah Jilani: Religion, ‘opium of masses’ (Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto) deems to be a near truth phrase. Indubitably in the passages of history, we have seen religious warfare starting from the first ever war if you follow Genesis 4:1-12, the Cain’s Anger had been a religious war, not caused by religion but a religious war. While the writings of Josephus and two books of Maccabees claim the first religious war by the Jews in the year 167 BCE against Hellenism. Modern history defines the period of 1562-63 as the first religious war, France. The whole concept of Holy War, used incessantly over and over by religionists, dates back to a history of a continuous warfare in desperate attempts to justify their version of religion, to fulfill a religious goal or to win a group’s conformity. From the Crusades, French wars, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

OBL, Saddam and the War on Terror

By Hassan Naqvi: Ever since Man learned to swing a sword there have 2 types of conflicts: Those that revolve around issues and those that revolve around people. The current war on Terror was meant to be the latter type. The ultimate objective of the Iraq invasion was to vanquish Saddam Hussein. The ultimate point of the Afghanistan Invasion was to vanquish Osama Bin Laden. It could be said the war on terror was initially just a man hunt for these two. Now Saddam is dead, and Osama is dead yet the war continues. Furthermore it continues with no end in sight. When President Mubarik stepped down in January last year the Egyptian revolution ended. When Hitler committed suicide in 1945 WWII ended. Conflicts that revolve around people end when those … Read entire article »

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Profile: Zaid Hamid

Profile: Zaid Hamid

by Abdul Majeed Biography Zaid Hamid was born in Karachi on March 14, 1964. His father, Col. Zaman Hamid (Retd), served in the Pakistan Army. Zaid spent his early life in Karachi. He received a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Computer Systems Engineering from NED University, Karachi in 1980′s. According to the brochure published by BrassTacks, available on the website www.zaidhamid.pk. Zaid Hamid rose to the fore when he started a program named Brass Tacks on a TV channel, discussing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, History, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, Society, Terrorism

Amy Goodman: “Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War”

In her weekly column and podcast, “Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War,” award-winning journalist andDemocracy Now! host Amy Goodman looks at the latest news in Afghanistan, questioning if “democracy can be delivered through the barrel of a gun” or if “terrorism can be fought by terrorizing a nation.” Goodman writes about the killing of 16 civilians allegedly by a U.S. Army staff sergeant last week in Kandahar: “The attack has been called tragic, which it surely is. But when Afghans attack U.S. forces, they are called ‘terrorists.’” The massacre has “shocked the world and intensified the calls for an end to the longest war in U.S. history.” “The violence doesn’t just happen in the war zone,” Goodman notes. “Back in the U.S., the wounds of war are manifesting in increasingly cruel ways.” In a recent interview on Democracy Now!, Goodman … Read entire article »

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A psycho-social perspective on terror

By Raza Rumi The launch of Dr Unaiza Niaz’s excellent book in September was most symbolic, as the world commemorated the ghastly incident of 9/11 and the subsequent ten years of ‘war’. The global media pundits had remarked that the world will not be the same place after 9/11. In our neighbourhood we have seen a gruesome war and occupation in Afghanistan; and its spillover into Pakistan making it a playground for terrorists of all shades … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Reviews

Some sobering lessons

By Raza Rumi: Adecade after the ghastly attacks on the Twin Towers, the world has not changed. It is business as usual: imperial projects, ‘dangerous’ foes and millions of hapless, voiceless people. 9/11 was a reprehensible act perpetrated by a desperate and rogue network whose ideologues had hijacked a faith and its symbolism long before they started to assert their worldview by force. While most 9/11 perpetrators belonged to the Middle East and its infamous Holy Kingdom, Pakistan emerged as the epicentre of terror in the global imagination and continues to occupy that exalted position. Its neighbourhood has been ransacked and occupied by the liberators and now the war on terror has turned into a contested, essential Pakistani experience. Nearly a million people in Iraq are dead or missing but never mind. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

We have to be the change, we wish in country

By Riaz Ali Toori (@RiazToori) Terrorism is not a new word for anyone but it is tightening its grip on Pakistan day by day and we seem to be losing this war against terrorists. It’s not the time to chew the cud of hackneyed ideas. Several news items appear daily in newspapers and on the electronic media, reporting merciless killings of men, women and innocent school children. Today a child was killed for no fault of his but no one feels bothered about it. People are slaughtered and murdered on the spot and our lips remain silent. The whole nation seems to be desensitized as if accepting this ongoing tragedy of extinguishing lives. The flames of this fire have engulfed the entire country from Parachinar to Karachi. Report says that parallel to … Read entire article »

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