US support o Al Qaeda helped create Islamic State

A new memoir by a former senior State Department analyst provides stunning details on how decades of support for Islamist militants linked to Osama bin Laden brought about the emergence of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS).

The book establishes a crucial context for recent admissions by Michael T. Flynn, the retired . . . → Read More: US support o Al Qaeda helped create Islamic State

Visual representation of Karachi crimes

The charts below have been developed using the most up-to-date Citizens-Police Liaison Committee data.

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Why India needs to address its caste system problem

Crowds of up to 500,000 have rallied in Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi’s home state, to press for affirmative action. Riots left nine dead and led to curfews and the deployment of paramilitary troops.

For the past week the western Indian state of Gujurat has seen a prominent community known as the Patels holding mass rallies . . . → Read More: Why India needs to address its caste system problem

An in-depth analysis on Karachi’s gang violence

(By Matthieu Aikins) Meet the mobsters who run the show in one of the world’s deadliest cities.

This spring, the Rangers, Pakistan’s paramilitary security force, launched a series of raids into Karachi’s slums for what was described by the government as a crime-prevention campaign. Members of the force blocked off the streets surrounding . . . → Read More: An in-depth analysis on Karachi’s gang violence

A remarkable police officer – Remembering Safwat Ghayur

August 04 was the fifth death anniversary of Safwat Ghayur. An army officer who met Safwat first time described him as “a lean man, with loosely fitted clothes, a hint of pattas (a pushtu word for hair coming down over the neck) peeping out from behind his beret, with a swagger in his gait, a . . . → Read More: A remarkable police officer – Remembering Safwat Ghayur

How the ECP has damaged the democracy in Pakistan

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has failed to discharge its constitutional mandate. Judicial Commission (JC) and Election Tribunals (ET) in their reports and verdicts have maintained that there were substantial irregularities in last general elections. There were also widespread allegations of irregularities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa local . . . → Read More: How the ECP has damaged the democracy in Pakistan

World News: Rioting in India

BY DAVID STERMAN

India

Modi calls of for calm after a night of rioting in Gujrat

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm after violence broke out at a rally being held by the Patel community, in Ahmedmabad, the capital of the western state of Gujrat, . . . → Read More: World News: Rioting in India

Pakistan at war – From inside and outside

External and internal

All seemed fine on the counter-terrorism front till last Sunday. The dastardly assassination of Punjab home minister and anti terrorism czar Shuja Khanzada in his hometown was a rude wake-up call that we had merely scorched the snake not killed it.

Notwithstanding Shakespearean logic, a “zakhmi sanp” in our lexicon can be . . . → Read More: Pakistan at war – From inside and outside

Modi incapable of developing a workable relationship with Pakistan

(By Sushil Aaron) What makes for good television is not always sound policy. Tackling a state with recidivist elements demands a complex response that goes beyond mere posturing. All that the current approach does is generate toxic effects in Indian society.

Islamabad learnt a bitter lesson in diplomacy during the dust-up over national security adviser . . . → Read More: Modi incapable of developing a workable relationship with Pakistan

Punjab might be the biggest challenge for Pakistan’s war against terrorism

History, we’re told, is a bunch of dates and dead people. But that’s not what Simon Sebag Montefiore, historian par excellence, thinks.

Mr Montefiore writes in his latest, Titans, “In the last half-century, many history teachers seem to enjoy making history as boring as possible, reducing it to the dreariness of mortality rates, tons of . . . → Read More: Punjab might be the biggest challenge for Pakistan’s war against terrorism