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The Pashtun Uprising: Thousands of Pashtuns rally in Pakistan against state sponsored terrorism

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Tens of thousands of ethnic Pashtuns — led by the young activist Manzoor Pashteen — gathered in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on April 8 for a mass demonstration to demand the protection of the rights of Pashtuns. RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal correspondents say as many as 60,000 people took part in the gathering, despite a media blackout ...

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The Uprising

His mission is not to attain power but to dismantle the power of those who has invited nothing but miseries to his nation in the name of religion. Any big event is rarely engineered and put in action. It is the capturing of a moment by someone, who may or may not be in routine limelight. The present uprising of ...

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Policing Fata

THE passage of the Extension of Jurisdiction to Fata Bill, 2017, extending the superior courts’ jurisdiction to Fata, is a measure to free the tribal population from a colonial past, besides being the first practical step to introduce a modern criminal justice system in the area. But without judicial mechanisms and a functional lower judiciary, modern law enforcement may not ...

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Malala completes emotional four-day visit to Pakistan

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is heading back to Britain after completing her four-day visit to Pakistan, the first to her home country since she was shot by Taliban militants in 2012. Malala and her family had arrived early on April 2 at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, where she boarded her flight to London. Malala, now 20, traveled to ...

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Unprecedented protest in restive Afghan province pushes for peace

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Afghan men and women are participating in an unprecedented protest to push the warring sides in Afghanistan to cease hostilities and conclude peace. Under the banner of the previously unknown People’s Movement, scores of demonstrators took part in the fifth day of a sit-in protest in Lashkar Gah. The dusty city of an estimated ...

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Pak FM speculate new cold war between US and Russia in Afghanistan

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khwajah Asif speculates the start of a new cold war between Russia and Moscow as he insists that his country would remain neutral in such an event. Asif made the remarks during a television program hosted by Pakistan’s Geo News recently. “The US has not threatened or put sanctions on any other country as it ...

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Karzai condemns Kunduz airstrike

KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai “strongly” condemned the recent airstrike on the Dasht-e-Archi district in the northern Kunduz province in which civilians were killed. “The former president calls air raids that target houses, schools and hospitals under the pretext of fight against terrorism as anti Islamic act and against all humanitarian norms,” Karzai’s office said Monday in a statement. He ...

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Afghanistan: IEC Chief confirms October date for Parliamentary Elections

KABUL: Afghanistan’s election authorities have set October 20 as the date for long-delayed legislative and district council elections. Abdul Badi Sayad, chief of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), said on April 1 that the commission was confident the vote could go ahead despite the difficulties in areas controlled by the Taliban. “Afghan security forces have assured us they will carry ...

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Kabul: Meshrano Jirga lends weight to Helmand sit-ins

KABUL: Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday threw their weight behind an ongoing movement for peace in southern Helmand province. A number of youth, including women, have erected tents over the past eight days in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, to demand peace after a suicide attack killed 16 people and injured 55 others. During the sit-ins, a number of protesters went on hunger strike ...

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‘Back with eyes open’: Malala visits hometown after five years

SWAT: Malala Yousafzai visited the Swat valley Saturday for her first trip back to the once militant-infested region where she was shot in the head by the Taliban more than five years ago. “I left Swat with my eyes closed and now I am back with my eyes open,” she said, referring to how she was airlifted out in a coma ...

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