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The militancy front

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The biggest beneficiary of internal political and institutional polarisation and confrontation leading to chaos over the last few years in Pakistan has been extremist militancy. It is rather ironic that in a country where violent extremism is generally regarded a threat to the very existence of the state and society, it hasn’t been able to focus on this threat. Actually, ...

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De facto as de jure

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

People in the heartland of Punjab aren’t convinced by the verdict, the loud noises made by the cheerleaders of the creeping coup notwithstanding. The clash between de jure (the constitutional system) and de facto (the deep state epitomised by the JIT) predicted and feared by many has taken place in the form of the judicial coup. The de facto has ...

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New war in FATA

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

15 million plus FATA Pashtuns have been cheated once again by the rulers of the country. It has already happened more than a dozen times during the last 70 years. The government has once more failed to implement the publicly promised reforms for bringing out Pashtuns of the area from colonial bondage. But the betrayal is bound to elicit a ...

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Ordeal of Pakistani Democracy

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The fate of Nawaz Sharif, the third time elected Prime Minister of Pakistan who was disqualified and removed from his post by the Supreme Court of Pakistan under charges of corruption on July 28, epitomizes the state of democracy in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif who also heads Pakistan Muslim League (N) was twice elected in 1990s as Prime Minister and his government ...

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Who rules Pakistan?

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The gloves are coming off as the creeping coup is entering its final stage and is going for the kill. We have been told that the JIT is an extension of the Supreme Court. We already know that it’s also an extension of the premier intelligence agencies of the country that are part and parcel of the security establishment. These ...

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The myth of accountability

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Although the Supreme Court is expected to take up the inquiry report of the JIT against the Sharif family on Monday, but it seems to be a mere  formality as the cheerleaders of the creeping coup are determined to force the Apex Court to sack the elected Prime Minister of the country. By now it’s pretty clear that in actual ...

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Afghanistan’s long tradition of cultural exchange – Interview with Nasruddin Saljuqi

Nasruddin Saljuqi

On May 22, 2017, Pakistani band Khumariyaan performed to a packed theatre at Trinity College Dublin. Mr. Nasruddin Saljuqi, who is Chairperson of the Afghan Community of Ireland, was among the keynote speakers on the night. Mr. Saljuqi was born in Herat, Afghanistan in 1956.  After completing his degree in literature at Kabul University, he worked in the Ministry of Telecommunication ...

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Helmand/Quetta/Kurram carnage and Michel Foucault

Muhammad Zubair Khan

Re-plugging my post from Oct 25, 2016: Our friend Saif Nasar shows us very aptly how Michel Foucault would analyze the Quetta attack and discourse surrounding it. I loved his analysis. Consider myself lucky to live in an age where social media could keep you connected with such people. Some of us — who are not very much familiar with ...

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The Kabul massacre

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The bloodbath in Kabul on May 31 will never be forgotten. Like a terrible nightmare it will haunt the memory of generations to come, not that Kabul had not seen atrocities before. Unfortunately, Afghan blood had callously been shed by both foreign oppressors and local warlords at different points in time. Particularly after 1992, Kabul has seen the wild ferocity ...

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A charge sheet against the Islami Jamiat Talaba

Mohsin Dawar

BY MOHSIN DAWAR: On March 21, young men, affiliated with the Islami Jamiat Talaba, stormed an event organized by the Pashtun students to celebrate Jashan-e-Nawroz, a 5,000 year-old festival. It was our right to do so. We had been granted official permission by the university administration. Pakistan is also one of the signatories of the United Nation’s convention that proclaims ...

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