This year has seen an unprecedented number of articles, appearing in various publications regarding Pakistan’s nuclear policy. All of them have a common theme. Why Pakistan needs them, if it’s necessary, and if it has the ability to keep its nuclear arsenal safe. The tone of the articles varies, from outright bias towards Pakistan’s need for nuclear assets or subtly attacks its policy, by misrepresenting facts in a language, which prima facie looks like it comes from a place of concern. What the reader needs to hone in on, is that they are all based on a lot of “ifs”.

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Designers, artists on Pak terror hit-list

PHOTO: AFPSindh police released on Wednesday a ‘hit list’ bearing names of celebrities and fashion designers allegedly recovered from “arrested suspects or terrorists affiliated with banned outfits.”

“A potential target list has been found bearing names of people belonging to media, such as prominent anchor persons, fashion designers, showbiz personalities and persons working in NGOs having foreign links,” a report released from the office of DIG Police South Zone Dr Jamil Ahmed said.

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Pak – India train disruption due to farmer protests in India

Indian authorities on Thursday requested Pakistan Railways officials not to send the Samjhauta Express train over security concerns in light of an ongoing protest by farmers in Indian Punjab.

Indian railway officials told their Pakistani counterparts over a special hotline that farmers are protesting in the country and that there were fears of an attack on the train service. Continue reading Pak – India train disruption due to farmer protests in India

Modi’s Incredible India

Last week, a mob lynched a Muslim man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumors that he had slaughtered a calf and eaten beef. This is India—under Modi’s rule. The ethos is being re-defined to take on a narrow, exclusivist vision for the world’s largest democracy. It is a dangerous pursuit—next-door neighbor Pakistan is already knee-deep in a war to reclaim its identity. Merely sympathizing with Pakistan’s problems by issuing statements condemning the violence that is plaguing the country while noble is easy. Sympathy entails speaking from a position of power, of superiority—sympathy does not come from imagining one’s self in the shoes of the victim. Incredible India thinks itself poised to become a global heavy-weight in the future. It imagines that the journey has already begun. Perhaps, it’s only normal to trivialize a hardship that one has not been subjected to. Nowhere in India’s ambitions to become a force to be reckoned with in the days ahead, is an appreciation of the possible impact of a recklessly following the Hindutva agenda.

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China will build submarines in Pakistan

China will build four of the eight submarines in the port city of Karachi under a defence deal signed with Pakistan.

Announcing the deal, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said that the construction of the submarines would simultaneously begin in Pakistan and China. Continue reading China will build submarines in Pakistan

Tenth anniversary of Kashmir earthquake

WHEN they spoke in the past of the growing irrelevance of international borders, this is not what the leaders of India and Pakistan had in mind. They meant the march of globalisation. But their countries have always been linked by far more primordial forces. The epicentre of the huge earthquake that struck them on the morning of October 8th was near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir. But it was also felt across the Indian-held part of the disputed territory, as well as in Afghanistan to the north and as far south as India’s capital, Delhi.

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Musical festival returns to Lahore

File photo. PHOTO: EXPRESSContinuing in its 57-year-old tradition, the All Pakistan Music Conference kicked off on Tuesday evening at the Lawrence Garden open air theatre.

Music lovers congregated at the venue to become a part of the historical festival that dates back to 1959. “Since 2008, we had shifted to Alhamra in view of the adverse security situation. But this year we decided it was time for us to return to our original venue,” All Pakistan Music Conference joint secretary Farhan Ahmad Irfan said.

He said they felt that it was safe to return to the venue as the security situation across the nation had improved. He said it felt great to return to the festival’s traditional venue. “The response here has been great. We have actually witnessed a greater footfall this year as a large number of our older audience, which is familiar with Lawrence Garden, has staged a comeback too,” Irfan said. Continue reading Musical festival returns to Lahore

Sartaj Aziz – No Pak – India cricket under current circumstances

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is awaiting a final response from their Indian counterparts on a series due to be played in December-January in United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Monday ruled out a potential cricket series against India, saying he saw no chance of a revival of ties between the arch-rivals under “the current situation”. (Wasim Akram Urges PM Narendra Modi to Revive Indo-Pak Cricket)

Aziz’s remarks come with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) awaiting a final response from their Indian counterparts on a series due to be played in December-January in United Arab Emirates. Continue reading Sartaj Aziz – No Pak – India cricket under current circumstances

Pakistani singer Ghalam Ali forced to cancel concert in India by Shiv Sena

Ghazal legend Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai is called off despite CM Devendra’s assurance to provide full protection.—AFP/FileThat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Mumbai says it will give security to Pakistan’s singing star Ghulam Ali is nothing short of a positive change in the Modi administration’s approach towards the neighbour. That its troublesome ally and local rival, the Shiv Sena, got the ghazal programme to be cancelled after threats on Wednesday is indication of a domestic turf war.

There was another gesture on Wednesday, this time in New Delhi, that indicated things were on the mend. It was the galaxy of political bigwigs that showed up at the launching of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book. They included former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former home minister L.K. Advani, former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha, former cabinet minister Farooq Abdullah, former diplomat and peace activist Mani Shankar Aiyar. Continue reading Pakistani singer Ghalam Ali forced to cancel concert in India by Shiv Sena

Muslim minister in occupied Kashmir thrashed by Hindu minsiters

Jammu and Kashmir Lawmaker Thrashed By BJP Members Day After Beef PartyIn the Jammu and Kashmir assembly this morning, several BJP lawmakers beat up an Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, who had hosted a beef party on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has condemned the assault saying, “You cannot manhandle an MLA.

“I don’t approve of what has happened, but the way he organised the beef party at the MLA hostel was not right,” said Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh of the BJP, which partners the Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party or PDP in governing Jammu and Kashmir.   Continue reading Muslim minister in occupied Kashmir thrashed by Hindu minsiters