Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

A complicit state

Ayesha Siddiqa
Photo: SOAS

A historical overview of the country where religious groups of one hue or the other have played their role in collusion with the state to turn it into the hybrid-theocracy of today. The recent agreement enforced upon the political government is nothing but a small reminder that Pakistan has turned into a hybrid-theocracy where sharia law is gradually being applied ...

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Purpose of Loya Jirga is not to change current govt, says Karzai


‘I favor US presence, if it brings peace, stability, and put an end to the ongoing Afghan genocide’ KABUL: The Former President Hamid Karzai said that the purpose of Loya Jirga is not to end the wok of the current government or to oppose the election, but complement it. In an exclusive interview with the German News Agency (DW), Karzai ...

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“Speaking truth to Power”: Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan

Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai

One of the most influential trends depicted in the evolution of post-colonial studies has been the discourse around history and historiography. The deconstruction of grand historical narratives and reconstruction of alternative frame of analysis has figure out realities that are made invisible under the auspices of state’s tagging narrative of good, bad and the ugly. The post-colonial studies stemmed in ...

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9 dead, 37 wounded as militants attack student’s hostel in Peshawar

Family members of officials trapped inside the agriculture institute wait outside, during a crackdown operation against militants, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Pakistani police say gunmen have stormed a government complex in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing an unconfirmed number of people. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Nine people were killed and 37 injured as at least three terrorists stormed the hostel of Peshawar’s Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) on Friday morning. The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Both police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers based in Afghanistan. A rescue operation was launched by security forces soon after the attack ...

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Former military dictator calls himself ‘liberal and greatest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba’


Former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday declared that he is the greatest supporter of proscribed militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The declaration of support for LeT, Jamaatud Dawa and its chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest, was made during a discussion pertaining to Musharraf’s recently announced 23-party ‘grand alliance’ on ARY News programme 11th Hour. During the talk show, the host pointed out ...

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US general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump’s tough line


WASHINGTON: The top US general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad. US officials have long been frustrated by what they see as Pakistan’s reluctance to act against groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network that ...

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Violence is on the rise in Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai


Former President Hamid Karzai briefs DW on the continued security problems in Afghanistan. He advocates an immediate appraisal of what’s gone wrong, saying Afghanistan’s future is in the hands of the younger generation. DW: Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, thank you for being here at the DW headquarters in Bonn. After more than 16 years of US and NATO forces ...

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Pakistan caught between mosque and military, again

Hussain Haqqani - Former Ambassador of Pakistan to US
Photo: The Pashtun Times

Army chief General Qamar Bajwa seems to be against the military’s direct intervention in politics but Khadim Rizvi and his cohorts have been making insinuations that the general might not belong to the right sect. If the history of Pakistan was made into a movie, one scene would be repeated several times albeit with a new cast of characters each ...

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Government in opposition?

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The pro establishment tv anchors and the so called defense analysts disparagingly comment on the “oppositional” attitude of PML (n) government . They ridicule it for making demands like a party sitting in opposition . But with the three years plus old creeping coup having entered quite an advanced stage, the PML (n) governmentseems to have lost control over most of the commanding heights in ...

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Electronic identity cards, Islam, ethnicity and Afghan govt

Roohul Amin

In pre-Taliban era when the last president of Afghanistan, Dr. Najibullah was ruthlessly hanged to death, Kabul was frozen with terror of the deadliest civil war. The atrocities which followed by are unspeakable. Afghanistan, a land, where you can take any of your war with your enemies, became a living hell for its masses, and paid an unbearable price to ...

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