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I left the country as I didn’t want any further bloodshed, Afghan’s President tells his nation

Afghan’s President Ashraf Ghani address to his nation after he fled to United Arab Emirates: “Dear countrymen I am hopeful that the days of  hopelessness will be faded away soon and Afghanistan will be on the path of freedom, development and prosperity again. My whole attention and struggle is for peaceful Afghanistan, a country without any further bloodshed and this ...

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The biggest American fuck ups that screwed Afghanistan

The images of the fall of Kabul will forever represent one of America’s biggest diplomatic failures: Americans occupying the airport in Kabul, focusing on evacuating their own while terrified Afghans cling to the departing C-17 aircraft.Virtually every American news channel has been focused on the fate of hundreds of thousands of Afghans who risked their lives to support the U.S. ...

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‘Stand behind my decision,’ says Biden on US withdrawal

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US President Joe Biden said on Monday he stood “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan despite searing images of chaos in Kabul that exposed the limits of US power and plunged him into the worst crisis of his presidency. Breaking his silence on the US pullout after scenes of bedlam dominated television news channels for days, ...

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Babarra Massacre haunts Pakistani state

Photo courtesy: ANP Peshawar: The 73 years old Khudai Khidmatgars massacre is haunting Jinnah’s Pakistan and its policy makers. Awami National Party (ANP) commemorated the day in various cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. ANP condemned the undemocratic and fascist act of Jinnah and Qayum Khan. The speakers and participants condemn the ruthless and barbaric role of Pakistani state in ...

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On Fawad’s self-assumed dossiers of truth, PTM demands investigation of Pashtuns’ killings in Pakistan

Islamabad: Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) demanded investigation of thousands of Pashtuns’ killing in Pakistan during the last decades. In his tweet, Movement leader Manzoor Pashteen questioned the cold-blood murders of laymen Pashtuns political and intellectual leadership. Islamabad and Rawalpindi boys are shocked and terrified by the recent #SanctionPakistan trend on twitter. To minimize the intensity of the world-wide pressure, Pakistan’s ...

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Censorship footprints in Pakistan and ‘The Lives of Others’ movie

In today’s Pakistan, essential freedoms are being curbed, both openly and covertly on different pretexts. Media and internet censorship is gaining foothold in Pakistan. The current state of freedom of expression reminds us of the 2006 movie ‘The Lives of Others’ by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The movie truly depicts the present situation in Pakistan vis-à-vis silencing of dissent, controlling ...

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The ISI is the enemy of reconciliation between Pashtuns and the West

Benjamin Gilmour’s feature film Jirga remedies maladies of guilt with bravery and redemption.   It is fairly cathartic when a war movie takes us far beyond the horror of bullets, bomb and blood into the other sides of the war—emotional incumbrances on the individuals.  With such a characteristic aplomb, Jirga film unveils the depth of the heartache and guilt of an ...

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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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The election blues

The much talked about democratic transition that was supposed to have started with the general elections in 2008 and continued through the general elections of 2013 has for all practical purposes died down. The so called soft creeping coup which was conceived by the deep state and midwifed by judiciary during the last few years has not only culminated in ...

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