Calling on the army to protect Islamabad, from dangers yet to be adequately defined, is no one-off affair. It is the latest addition to a pattern we have seen growing rather dramatically over the last three months: the army’s influence on the rise, its profile getting bigger, even as civilian authority recedes and comes close to a point of total collapse. This is a takeover in all but name.
As far as anyone can tell, no one has planned this outcome. It is the playing out of no strategic configuration. No one has ever accused General Headquarters (GHQ) of such subtlety before, and this is a subtle drama we are witnessing: almost a creeping coup, a coup by stealth, Pakistan’s first ‘soft’ coup. No “meray aziz humwutnon” – my dear countrymen, the familiar invocation heralding Pakistani coups – no seven-point national agenda a la Musharraf.
Continue reading Is PML-N Government digging it’s own grave?
As Muslims mark the end of yet another Ramadan, one which has brought with it heightened tragedies across many regions; Eid has commenced with what seems like burdened grief; even though many have released photos of the Gazans celebrating Eid amidst the crushing invasion. With this inhuman invasion in Gaza, the on-going carnage in Syria, the helplessness of the IDP’s in Pakistan, the sectarian violence again, in Pakistan, the injustices against the Rohingya Muslims, the brutality of the hundreds imprisoned in Egypt and not to forget the latest fiasco of flights going missing or crashing; one after the other and many more grave incidents occurring in the world over a daily basis, the general public on social media websites such as twitter and facebook have been quick to pick sides of which tragedy to support over the other. Not only have people been active in voicing their opinion on which massacre or critical incident they’d rather openly speak against, but have pertained to criticizing the ones that are condemning the inhuman’ness of humans altogether.
Continue reading Placing one tragedy over another; the dehumanization of society
Gaza Strip — It is the saltwater coming out of the hotel tap that reminds you where you are, as you wake up in Gaza. And then you imagine your room besieged by honeybees. It is the constant whine of the drones that parade up and down Gaza, selecting targets.
On the street, wearing your compulsory and heavy body armor, only children play in small bunches. There seem to be no adults about. No fishermen in the sea. No one on the beach.
If the Israelis have proved anything, it is that there is no such thing as a forensic strike.
In this besieged strip of land, close to 2 million people live so densely packed that any strike — be it from the air, from the sea or on land — will kill someone more than the intended target. And that someone too often is a child. Continue reading Gaza – A child’s fear of dieing
All of Pakistan has its hopes set on operation Zarb e Azb. Soon entering its second month, operation Zarb e Azb headed by the Pak army is part of a comprehensive action plan to eliminate foreign and local terrorists hiding in North Waziristan.
Given that 400 terrorists have been killed and arms and ammunition recovered, the operation so far has been a success. Moreover, the army has managed to destroy the command and control system of militants in the area. Miran Shah, Boya and Daygan have been cleared of militants according to the Pak army and two ammunition manufacturing factories have been seized.
Continue reading Real operation will start after the military operation
The Dutch head of a team sent to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 praised the Ukrainian recovery workers who collected hundreds of bodies from a giant swathe of land in a war zone for doing a “hell of a job”.
Peter van Vliet, leader of a 3-man team of Dutch body identification experts, the first international investigators to visit the crash area, said his priority would be getting hundreds of bodies now stored in refrigerated rail cars to a location where they can be identified and sent home.
Despite reports that some of the bodies may have been looted and were never properly secured during days lying out in summer sun, van Vliet expressed admiration for the recovery crews that gathered them. Continue reading Dutch expert says Ukraine did an amazing job of body recovery from crash site
Pakistan might lack a million sensible things but the one thing it has never run out of is political drama. As a nation we sure love our dramas – whether they be Turkish or home-grown, the murkier the better.
Continue reading Slipping down slippery tongue slips
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, (PTI) firebrand leader Javaid Hashmi says handing over Islamabad to army ahead of PTI’s ‘million march’ betrays how scared the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is of its unceremonious end down the line, Samaa reported.
“Deploying army in the federal capital is a shameful undemocratic move on the part of a government, which calls itself ‘democratic. We are as undeterred as we have ever been. Our tsunami will wash everything away this time’”, said Hashmi in a statement issued here. Continue reading Government’s move to put army against the people
You’re not sorry to go, of course—the head of a state, by virtue of his work and the kind of commitment it requires, seldom finds the time to make a holy voyage. Much of what the opposition calls constructive and legitimate criticism has its roots in jealous resentment. It has been over a year since the PML (N) floated to victory on a wave of popularity and public approval but the opposition is still throwing a tantrum over the alleged rigging in the elections.
The Prime Minister had every right to spend Eid in KSA with his sons. After all, he has earned it. Thanks to his leadership and foresight, Pakistan is back on track today. We are looking at better roads and overhead bridges, improved public transport and a robust national currency. The opposition will have you believe otherwise though: the economy is nose-diving, institutions are crumbling, the law and order situation is spiraling out of hand and discontent hangs heavy in the air—hatemongers, do they even know better? Give them enough time to bore themselves into a stupor with the recycled propagandistic trash that they keep on spreading through various channels of media.
Continue reading Sharif’s holy voyage
One child in Palestine is killed every hour, according to Save the Children which is a globally leading independent organisation currently working in the West Bank and Gaza.
Entire families are being displaced in Gaza as the bloodshed continues and at least 70,000 children have been forced to move out of their homes due to the violence present in their home while the number of children who require medical support was also rapidly rising and is currently at 116,000.
One organisation – Save the Children – is taking action to stop the constant terror faced daily by citizens and address the immediate humanitarian and long-term development needs of children and adults.
Continue reading Killing one Muslim child per hour not enough for the Zionists
The official name for Israel’s latest assault on Gaza is “Operation Protective Edge.” A better name would be “Operation Déjà Vu.” As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.
This Orwellian situation is eloquent testimony to the continued political clout of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the other hardline elements of the Israel lobby. There is no other plausible explanation for the supine behavior of the U.S. Congress–including some of its most “progressive” members–or the shallow hypocrisy of the Obama administration, especially those officials known for their purported commitment to human rights. Continue reading How Israel has systematically occupied America