National Interest of Pakistan, poor civilian, HRDs and social media activists

Zar Ali Khan Afridi

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered the cyber crime wing of FIA to take immediate action against all those dishonoring the Pakistan Army through social media. This is a new and very fresh threat to all those social media activists and Human Rights Defenders who are already under threats and suffer from state persecution, intimidation and harassment. Interior ...

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‘Schindler List’ for Southeast Europe, Pakistanisation as the final solution for the Balkans?

Prof. Zlatko Hadžidedić

A few days ago Observer published a column under the title Putin-Proofing the Balkans: A How-To Guide, written by John Schindler. In this article the author advocates some new geopolitical redesigns of the Balkans which are actually far from being a novelty. As a matter of fact, these ideas represent a pale copy of the ideas recently published by Foreign ...

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Brazil in the short Strikes – the ultimate price of welfare

Luísa Monteiro

April 28th will be a date to remember. Even though some of the great media claim that there were only demonstrations around the country, it is to assume that, by a consensus or not, what happened here was a strike. A general strike, the first in 20 years, one of the biggest in the History of the country, highly cited ...

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YPG not the real problem of Turkey

Manish Rai

The recent Turkish air strikes on Kurdish positions in north-eastern Syria killed at least 28 YPG fighters (People Protection Units) armed wing of Kurdish Democratic Union Party or popularly known as PYD and wounded 18 others. Since then clashes broke out and continued between the YPG and Turkish military forces in several areas in northern Syria. Even these attacks were ...

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Bravo, new ISI narrative on Afghanistan

Dr. Naimat U. Khan

In his speech at TED Global, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani remarked that an average Afghan listens to three radio stations a day because “the world matters to them”. And it is truer in the case of a change in power in neighbouring Pakistan — The Khaki State. This impact amplifies whenever there is a change of command in the Army’s ...

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You are right or what is right!

Right wrong

Origin is always obscure, says Maclaver. I do concede to his skeptic proposition, but the obscurity of things led to the differences of opinions and controversies. The respect and tolerance is the only ground on which the contrasting opinions can stand otherwise it will led to an inflammable crisis, which will turn into ashes the proponents and the opponents alike. ...

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Mashal Khan: Who to blame for?


Despite the tall claim from the government and state functionaries of eradicating the extremism and terrorism, yet the reality is totally in contrast. The recent horrifying lynching of Mashal Khan, by the mob of university students of AWKUM (Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan) is speaking volumes of the growing extremism in our society. But who to blame for; Mullah, establishment, ...

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Pakistan: Change of Guards


A journey of peoples that have witnessed crossroads of history  Indus civilization ages seven thousand years. Pakistan is just seventy. Sindh and Balochistan together are the core of the Indus civilization that can be called Sindh civilization. Each brick of Maher Garh, a 5000 BC archeological site of Indus near the adorable Bolan hills of Balochistan was sold out by ...

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Meritocracy is injustice


There were five friends somewhere in one of the provinces of Pakistan. They all were trying to get employment in the government sector, owing to the fact that there is no other source of employment in that province. They were highly educated and enlightened, however they were unemployed. Eventually two of them got a reputable job in the government sector ...

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The business of violence and human rights

Usman Mahar

The case of Balochistan — when human life and reason are both collateral damage While only states — both authoritarian and democratic— hold the monopoly over ‘legitimate’ violence, the business of human rights works according to the principles of the market. Of course, it is not as simple as that. There are mechanisms and processes — especially in democratic states ...

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