Opinion

Naqeebullah Mehsud’s first victory

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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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As Germans prepare to vote, a mystery grows: where are the Russians?

BY GRIFF WITTE: In 2015, suspected Russian hackers broke into the computer networks of the German Parliament and made off with a mother lode of data — 16 gigabytes, enough to account for a million or more emails. Ever since, German politicians have been watching nervously for the fruits of that hack to be revealed, and for possible embarrassment and ...

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Poppy another obstacle: Opinion

KABUL: Despite other issues, the new US strategy also did not focused on fundamental financial resources of the insurgents. It is a matter of concern that new US policy on Afghanistan remained silent over the danger posed by illicit drug cultivation and trafficking. Efforts have to be accelerated in eradication of drug cultivation, as the Taliban insurgents, a terrorist group ...

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On Being a Baloch- 26 August, 2006

‘I have been a Baloch for several centuries. I have been a muslim for 1400 years. I have been a Pakistani for just over fifty’ (Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti).  In 2005, Bugti sahib presented 15 point agenda and demanded justice for the Sindhi female doctor raped by an officer of the Pakistani army near Sui. Mushraff refused to pursue the ...

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