Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

Pakistan’s ‘FATA Spring’

Protests in Pakistan’s tribal areas signal the rise of a younger, more educated, and technologically savvy generation. The protests, mostly by youth, in northwestern Pakistan since early February are a clear and visible indication of decades-old resentment among locals against a system based on repression, injustice, suppression of free speech, and widespread corruption in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas ...

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غزاله جاوید په چا مئینه وه اؤ مور یې ورسره کوم دهوکه کړې وه؟

دپښتو د وتلې سندرغاړې غزاله جاوید د ښائست اؤ ښکلي غږ چرچې خو د ډیرو خلکو په ژبه خورې دي خو د غزاله جاوید د دردمند ژوند د اصل کیسې نه به ډیر کم خلک خبر وي ، هغې زړه بائیللی ؤ خو په مینه کې ناکامه پاتې شوې وه. ۲۴ کلنه غزاله جاوید په ۱۸م جون کال ۲۰۱۲م کې ...

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#PashtunLongMarch: Cases like Naqeeb Mehsud are a routine practice

A heart that cries for Kashmir, will cry for Burhan Wani but not for Naqeeb or Mashaal. If the British drawn borders could be challenged by the Bangladesh, why not the Pashtuns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, and Baluchistan. Pashtuns, when asked in urban cities of Pakistan reply raises eyebrows. So you are from FATA? Baluchistan? KPK? First and foremost where ...

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Taliban announce stout support for TAPI gas pipeline project

KABUL: The Taliban on Friday announced stout support for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project, hailing it as a landmark scheme for the country’s economic prosperity. Construction work on the Afghan section of the multibillion dollars natural gas pipeline — linking energy-rich Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India — got under way in Western Herat province today. President Ashraf Ghani, his Turkmen counterpart Kurbanguly ...

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Landmark gas pipeline: Work on Afghan section of TAPI begins

KABUL: Afghanistan hosted leaders from Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India on Friday for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Afghan section of a much-delayed multi-billion dollar pipeline project to transit natural gas from energy rich Turkmenistan to South Asia through Afghanistan. The work on the Afghan section was started after the construction of the Turkmenistan section was completed which was started in ...

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Global watchdog to put Pakistan back on terrorist financing watchlist: Sources

A global money-laundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, a government official and a diplomat said on Friday, in a likely blow to Pakistan’s economy and its strained relations with the United States. The move is part of a broader U.S. strategy to pressure Pakistan to cut alleged links to Islamist militants unleashing chaos ...

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Pakistan’s PM to visit Afghanistan for TAPI gas pipeline inauguration

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will arrive in western Herat province tomorrow (Friday) to attend the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan–Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Abbasi will also hold a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the groundbreaking ceremony in Herat City, a spokesman for Abbasi said on Thursday. Invited by the presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, ...

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Pakistani Democracy (Pakocracy)

“Democracy”, the word is being more than mere a government of people by the people and for the people as Abraham Lincoln put it. It is something more than that. Its basic essence is perhaps the same but different countries have tried to implement and practice their own version, proving not necessarily right always. Moreover, the process of democratization is ...

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Pakistan will collapse like Soviet Union if it pursues arms race: Hussain Haqqani

WASHINGTON: Pakistan will collapse like the erstwhile Soviet Union if it does not quit a “losing arms race”, and, must also seriously consider casting aside its dependence on the armed forces, especially the army, to be regarded as a great nation, said a former envoy. Interacting with students and academia at the Florida State University (FSU) recently, Pakistan’s former Ambassador ...

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Moscow, Islamabad to discuss Afghan peace process

PESHAWAR: Pakistan and Russia will hold high-level talks in Moscow this week on a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, an Islamabad-based newspaper reported on Monday. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will pay a working visit to Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on February 20, according to Daily Times. Russian Foreign Ministry official Maria Zakharovawas quoted as saying: “We maintain ...

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