Opinion

Bacha Khan: Waging Non-violence

After the fall of Sikh kingdom in Punjab, the British crossed river Indus in 1847, for the second time in nine years, and violently encountered the first non-Indian people on their imperial frontier – the Pashtun tribes. The rough terrain of the Pashtun territory had not much worth in economic terms for the East India Company, and the earlier British ...

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Pakistan Military: Release from the Past is the way to Future: Opinion

OPINION: Nobody denies the good things that the armed forces do and have been doing since years. However, capturing political and policy making powers isn’t the job for men trained for battle. They tend to do everything in the shortest possible time, and expect results immediately. Indulging the country in Afghanistan and creation of proxies for guerrilla wars by Zia ...

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Unlawful and Inhuman Action of Armed Soldiers Against the Editor-in-Chief of the Pashtun Times, his Family and Children!

Who will Stop the Crimes Committed in the Name of National Security BANNU: Today, while I along with my two small daughters aged 7 and 4 respectively, and my Mrs. entered district Bannu on Kurram Bridge, a convoy of Pakistan army appeared amidst very crowded traffic. A sepoy was brandishing a huge bamboo stick to frighten people and vehicles away. ...

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ISPR’s New Song Carries Strange Sense and Confused Meanings: Opinion

The new song released by the ISPR in lieu of Peshawar Army Public School commemoration day, is neither poignant nor thought provoking and sounds like the expression of dislocated sensibility. The lyrics contain offensive connotations and seem to be focused against a particular community/ ethnic group within Pakistan, identified as the enemy. Or is it that the great fighters of ...

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16th December: Will the Military Dons ever Jettison the Heinous Past Altogether? Opinion

16th December: Will the Military Dons ever Jettison the Heinous Past Altogether Or will their strategic games continue indefinitely? Specially after scoring colossal policy failures both in Afghanistan and Kashmir, there ought to be a rethinking of the paradigm. A general feeler across Khyber Pashtunkhwa is that given the current direction and shape of things in the province and the federally ...

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They Shut Down My Column: Opinion

Under General Sharif, the Pakistan army is carrying out a low-intensity war against diversity of opinion. Along with putting the Pakistani COAS on a pedestal, his media team was actively weeding out his detractors. Pakistan’s globetrotting Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has been peddling the ostensible success of a military operation called Zarb-e-Azb in assorted world capitals. ...

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