Editorial

Taliban’s visit to Islamabad raises many eyebrows in the international community

EDITORIAL: Recent visit of the Taliban delegation to Islamabad has raised many eyebrows in the international community. The delegation comprised of key Taliban leaders including Maulvi Shahabuddin, Mullah Jan Mohammad Madani, and Mullah Abdul Salam visited Islamabad to brief Pakistani officials on the talks held between Afghan government and the insurgent group in Doha. A few days ago, Afghanistan National ...

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Talks in Qatar: Life to the lifeless reconciliation process

EDITORIAL: Media reports suggested that the Taliban and Afghan government have once again engaged in the talks to give a life to the lifeless reconciliation process. According to the reports, the Taliban and Afghan government representatives held a secret meeting in Qatar where a senior US diplomat also participated.  Key Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, and Chief of the ...

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Afghan Refugees: Integration, Repatriation and Human Dignity

EDITORIAL: The world is awakening to the fact that facilitation of refugees both in terms of integration and repatriation is of utmost significance for harmonious socio-cultural and politico-economic dispensation around the globe. There seems to be a widespread realization that the scars in the hearts of refugee families due to leaving their hearths and homes in the midst of natural ...

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Editorial: The Man Who Said the Word

Mahmood Khan of the Achakzais is amidst the uproar of indignant voices for the last week or so for saying the wrong word. There is much to be said about the bullying he has been facing for it. However, to this scribe all that really matters in such scenarios in Pakistan is the fact that such matters are generally disposed ...

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Tip of the Iceberg: Court Martial of Uniformed Officers

  Editorial: After quelling politically motivated terrorism and organized crime in Karachi, the recent episode of indicting high and middle ranking brass as per the rule of law, General Raheel has once again proved that he has the guts and mettle to call a spade a spade. However, the issues facing him are far more graver than is projected through ...

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Editorial: For what crime they want to keep us in the dark for ever

It’s not a new story being told here. It’s the story of perpetual deceit and fraud with one of the planet’s most valiant, noble and faithful race, by their fellow countrymen. It is the story of the defrauded, demonized, radicalised, marginalized, militarized and colonized Pashtun people by their brethren in the name of national interest and the hope of a ...

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Angela Merkel’s stand on refugees is a godly act

Editorial: While commentators and journalists across Europe try to prove hey wrong by the farthest possible count, Angela Merkel’s stance on Syrian refugees shines as a new beacon of hope for mankind’s shared future. The bold stance pointed to the world a number of universal realities which would’ve gone down the drain of history without notice.  Her policies showed that ...

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Ajmal Khattak: The commemoration of sixth death anniversary

Ajmal Khattak, the veteran Pashtun politician, poet, writer and former president of Awami National Party, died in penury on 7 February 2010, after six decades of unremitting political struggle in Pakistan for the political and economic autonomy of the Pashtun people, sliced off by the British-Indian Empire in 1893 from Afghanistan.  Ajmal Khattak was politically active during his student life. ...

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16th December should be More than Enough for the Son of a Man

Kashmir and Afghanistan both have proved to be colossal policy failure for Pakistani deep state policy makers who pivoted every Martial Law legitimacy logic for hoodwinking Pakistani public by trumpeting up the Kashmir issue. Zia went a step further and embroiled the nation in a myth of the rise of Islam from Afghanistan and North Western Pakistan. They all had ...

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No Good Guys can be Wise Guys

United States Congressman Charles Wilson wistfully exclaims at the end of the movie version of his biography, Charlie Wilson’s War (2007): ‘These things happened, they were great and glorious, But we F–d up the end game’, These words rang in memories of those who know the region and Afghanistan; and the devastation inflicted on this unfortunate corner of the earth ...

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