Opinion

Renewed hopes

KABUL: Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah hoped that the newly-sworn US President Donald Trump would continue supporting the Afghan people and government. The statement came after the new US president talked to his troops stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. Terrorism and extremism are biggest threats. Pakistan has supported the notorious groups for long. Therefore, the time is high that Trump should ...

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An Afghan agenda for Trump

As U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office on January 20, he leaves behind an unfinished conflict, the longest lasting and least successful U.S. war in history: Afghanistan. For Afghanistan and the Afghans, Mr. Obama was a President of contradiction whose Afghan policy proved markedly disastrous. He wrongly believed that he would win the War on Terror militarily and by appeasing ...

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Islamabad gets flak; Perpetrators of recent terror attacks live in Pakistan: Ghani to Bajwa

“For ensuring security in our country, we have all necessary preparations in place” KABUL: In a telephonic conversation with President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday, Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces, a statement issued by Presidential Palace said. President Ghani thanked Gen. Bajwa for the sympathy and ...

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Of Intentions and Contentions: Why did von der Leyen make the right statement for the wrong reasons?

Ursula von der Leyen’s stance was not in solidarity with the oppressed women of Saudi-Arabia but a message to the German voters. When German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen made her visit to Saudi Arabia recently, she refused to comply with the country’s strict laws forcing women to dress up in a way declared modest by the male ...

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Pakhtuns after 9/11: Challenges and Lessons

The war on terror and its severe consequences have one silver lining for Pakhtuns and that is the growing realization. The month of September is a grim reminder of the fateful day when some zealots’ struck at the US. The calamity that befell the US took the lives of some 3000 people, the US hit back with extra ordinary measures, ...

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The more Pakistan changes the more it remains the same

Public activities of UN-designated terrorist networks will definitely increase the country’s international isolation. Terminology of “old” and “new” Pakistan has acquired a particular connotation in the recent political discourse in the country. Parallel to that discussion there have also been similar claims and counter claims in debate about the emergence of a new Pakistan in terms of facing the challenge ...

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Edhi and Taliban: The saint and the devils

“Don’t murder, put in the cradle”, this is how Edhi  became father to the disowned. Not only Muslims but the people from all over the world, no matter of what religion, creed or sect they belong to, are deeply grieved, upset and sad at the sorrowful demise of the philanthropist Abdus Satar Edhi. He was a true humanist, a Muslim ...

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Haqqania Budget: An investment in rupees, profit in dollars

A lot of sane minds are furious and raising questions over the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa government’s decision of allocating Rs. 300 million in their annual budget, for a notorious religious Madrassa, Darululoom Haqqaania, located in the Nowshehra district of Pukhtoonkhwa. Haqqania is run by Jamiat Ulema Islam (S) chief, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who is also known as, “Father of the Taliban.” The ...

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Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: Scapegoats for the Pakistani State

The relation between the Islamic States of Afghanistan and Pakistan is a complicated love affair.  In public, both countries claim being brothers sharing various cultural, linguistic and historic relations; in private, however, their policy makers may do whatever evil fits their purpose for their so called “strategic interests”.  And when relations soar, Pakistan is quick to point fingers to the ...

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Taliban future after the death of their leaders: Opinion

After the death of Taliban leaders, Pakistanis have to hear such statements. ‘The slain leader is a martyr’. ‘Even if a dog, fighting against USA, is killed will be considered martyr’. ‘This operation was conducted after Pakistan’s approval’. ‘USA should respect sovereignty of Pakistan’. ‘After DNA report we can assert anything’. ‘Taliban chose their new leader’. Following are the few ...

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