(By Syed Talat Hussain) If Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa’s tweets and statements are something to go by, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s US visit is the best thing that has happened in the country’s foreign and defence relations in the past six decades.
The fulsomeness of self-praise is obvious, as is the unmistakable desire to . . . → Read More: Functional national institutions needed to fight terrorism
(By Satya Sagar) I am a humble cow from India and writing this to clear up some of the bull being propagated about me and members of my family for a long time.
I am not using the term ‘humble’ out of some false sense of modesty but only because this . . . → Read More: The myth of the ‘holy cow’
(By M K Bhadrakumar) The United Nations has unanimously passed the resolution tabled by France on fighting the extremist groups operating in Syria and Iraq. The speed with which this has happened is partly explicable by the sense of horror over the terrorist strikes in Paris and partly by the fact that the Islamic State . . . → Read More: The shameful resolution by UNSC P-5
By DR NIAZ MURTAZA
BY winning the recent Punjab LG polls, the Sharifs have re-demonstrated their political hold in the province and by extension in Pakistan. Counting tenures as chief executives federally or provincially, the Sharifs have ruled Pakistan longer than any dictator or political family (party-wise, the PPP is still . . . → Read More: Sharifs lack the political vision
(By Eric Margolis) Last week’s massacre in Paris was not, as almost every writer mistakenly claimed, the worst atrocity in the City Of Light since World War II.
As the renowned Mideast expert Robert Fisk quickly pointed out, an even worse atrocity occurred in Paris 54 years ago, on 17 October, 1961.
Paris chief Maurice . . . → Read More: The past catching up with present – Paris attacks
Recently a lot of media hype was created on Pakistan’s nuclear program and its presumed relentless and reckless expansion. The Stimson and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace papers by Toby Dalton and Michael Krepon, reporting by David Ignatius and the inevitable editorials of the New York Times were all aimed at creating alarmist concerns about . . . → Read More: The nuclear deals and Pakistan narrative
(By Robin Lustig) Why do we insist on ignoring what stares us in the face? The suicidal fanatics who threaten to kill us in the name of their perverted brand of Islam are not refugees from Syria, or deranged zealots from the mountains of Pakistan: they are, with only very few exceptions, men and women . . . → Read More: Reacting to the Paris attacks
It wasn’t just one of the attackers who vanished after the Paris massacre. Three nations whose history, action – and inaction – help to explain the slaughter by Isis have largely escaped attention in the near-hysterical response to the crimes against humanity in Paris: Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
The French-Algerian identity of one of . . . → Read More: The France’s Algeria atrocities, Paris attack