Pakistan

Controlled democracy – Not a good going

In his first address to the nation, Prime minister Imran Khan spoke on a number of issues. It’s very pleasant to see someone speaking about the issues which were barely addressed before, as,  climate change, tourism, agriculture research, new provinces, health insurance, physically challenged people, kids on the streets, merit, child abuse, civil service reforms, developing beaches, building new resorts, ...

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Pakistan and Imran Khan Face a New Crossroad

Pakistan’s July 25 election resembled an episode of the theatre of cruelty: widespread accusation of vote-rigging, suicide bombs, at least 157 death and over 200 wounded, internationally designated terror suspects allowed to contest, the former prime minister behind bars, 370,000 troops deployed to the polling stations and the army officers had the power of magistrates, and at the end, the ...

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Afraid of Revolution?

Sometimes an incident can spur a revolution. If delve into the history, we can find ample examples in which an event has brought down cruel kings or the statuesque has been dashed into pieces at the very least. The aftermath could be debated, whether they got the desired result or not, however one thing is for sure that the statuesque ...

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Defiance breaks out in Pashtun paramilitary

KHYBER AGENCY: An outbreak of disobedience and resignations appeared in the paramilitary of Mehsud Scouts when 23 soldiers tendered their resignations purportedly in reaction to alleged covert support to militant outfits in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, and Khyber Agency. “Inside the Mehsud Scouts it is rumored they have been detained for making public their support to the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement ...

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The repressive policies of the military establishment in Pakistan continue

The repressive policies of the military establishment in Pakistan continue. In Lahore, Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement is going to hold a public meeting tomorrow at Mochi Gate; in order to update all other nationalities on the atrocities, going on against Pakhtuns. The military establishment has started every conspiracy to stop a just cause. The military intelligence agencies have raided the printing ...

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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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‘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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Senior U.S. diplomat visits Pakistan to discuss fight against terrorism

A senior U.S. State Department official has arrived in Islamabad to discuss bilateral ties and Pakistan’s fight against terrorism, the State Department said in a statement. The senior bureau official for the bureau of South and Central Asian affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells, who arrived in the Pakistani capital on March 28, will meet with several senior Pakistani government officials, international ...

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Amnesty International urges Pakistan to resolve enforced disappearances cases

ISLAMABAD: The Amnesty International urged Pakistan to resolve hundreds of cases of enforced disappearances as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted on Monday the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. “As an elected member of this council, Pakistan must uphold the highest human rights standards – to not just acknowledge violations, but take concrete steps to end ...

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Pashtun students’ protest outside PU VC office continues for fifth day

LAHORE: The Pashtun, Baloch and Seraiki students’ sit-in outside the Punjab University’s VC Office continued for the fifth day on Sunday. The students are protesting against the university administration’s action over a clash between the councils and the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on the campus that happened in January. Twelve students were injured when IJT members and Pashtun students clashed ...

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