Opinion

#PashtunLongMarch – A peaceful resistance

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It has been a week that thousands of Pashtuns man, women, youth have gathered outside the press club in Islamabad highlighting human rights violations against their community. The march began with demand ‘justice for Naqibullah’ A young Pashtun shopkeeper killed in a fake police encounter on January 13 in the financial heart of Pakistan, Karachi and claimed that he was ...

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The power of social media

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It was only with the blessings of various social media platforms that not only declared Mashal Khan innocent in the eyes of the public but also forced the authorities to investigate and arrest the people allegedly involved in the dastardly act. The public outcry at the injustice meted out to Zainab Amin of Kasur and Naqeebullah Mahsud from Waziristan recalls ...

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We will organize, we shall overcome!

NYO

BY MUHAMMAD ZUBAIR: In the aftermath of Naqib’s extra-judicial murder and the spontaneous emergence of Pashtun protests organized by youngsters against the state oppression, some friends have raised important questions: For example, they ask: how could Pashtuns be organized against state oppression if the mainstream political parties, i.e, PkMAP and ANP are sidelined, whose political leadership is being ‘unfortunately’ discredited ...

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Naqeebullah Mehsud’s first victory

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Dear Naqeeb your soul that whispered in my ears and asked will there be any justice?  And I said I have no answer to your question because I had seen how Pashtuns were victimized, how a whole lot of an entire generation was pushed into extremism and Talibanization for Pakistan’s strategic designs and games, and I had seen how much ...

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There is hardly a man across the tribal belt who has not seen the barbarism of the terrorists in uniform

Muhammad Zubair Khan

Naqeebullah Mehsud’s incident is not just one incident rather one among thousands of incidents where thousands of Naqeebs have been killed. We should also voice our concerns in the protests ignited by the ruthless and extra judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud regarding those nameless and innocent Mehsud and Wazir tribesmen who are languishing in the internment centers/torture cells of napak ...

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Despite Trump, Kabul must know Pakistan still holds the key

Aimal Faizi

Is Donald Trump really cutting Pakistan off from the sources of aid that have kept it afloat these past several years? In a September 2012 telephone conversation with the erstwhile US president Barack Obama, then Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked him to “cut into the activity of war and make up with Pakistan on the peace process with the Taliban” in ...

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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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Why must we boycott Deewa and Mashal radios?

JUI activists carrying out a protest demonstration against Deewah Radio and Mashal Radio where they sought ban on these two radio channels running their programs respectively from Washington DC and Prague

The zebrati boys are the most sacred people for they are God chosen and whatever they do and foresee is  infallible Almost every second and third day, a bang, a blast, and a gun shot, followed by American drone strikes and Pakistani aerial blitzkrieg while pounding terrorists hideouts. This is how the Pashtuns lived for a decade. The clouds of ...

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Why must we boycott Deewa and Mashal radios?

JUI activists carrying out a protest demonstration against Deewah Radio and Mashal Radio where they sought ban on these two radio channels running their programs respectively from Washington DC and Prague

The zebrato boys are the most sacred people for they are God chosen and whatever they do and foresee is  infallible. Almost every second and third day, a bang, a blast, and a gun shot, followed by American drone strikes and Pakistani aerial blitzkrieg while pounding terrorists hideouts. This is how the Pashtuns lived for a decade. The clouds of ...

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Trump’s South Asia strategy sparks outrage

AP

Following US President Donald Trump’s televised South Asia policy speech last month, Pakistan appears to be in a quandary. Historically, the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the United States has been fractious at times. And given Pakistan’s angry response to his comments, the fractures run particularly deep this time. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif reacted angrily, saying the administration’s policies ...

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