The ugly man in USA

By Ghalib Sultan

A former political appointee Pakistani ambassador to the US has been resident in the US since 2012. He moved there after a court case investigated his possible connivance in a letter to the US asking them to make defanging the Pakistan military a condition for US support. At that time the term . . . → Read More: The ugly man in USA

The clear signs of foreign militant intent in Balochistan

Although in the recent years, Pakistan’s civil and military high officials have been saying that foreign hands are behind the insurgency in Balochistan province in order to destabilize Pakistan, yet army chief’s clear statement in this respect is notable.

During his visit to Quetta, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif on April 15, this . . . → Read More: The clear signs of foreign militant intent in Balochistan

Balochistan to be cleared of all terrorists

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday to discuss national security and the law and order situation of Quetta, Express News reported.

Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that Operation Zarb-e-Azb might be expanded to Balochistan to fight against Baloch insurgents as well.

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Pak PM’s foreign policy and Saudi “expectations”

By Ayaz Amir

Pakistan could have handled this mess better, with slightly more finesse and subtlety. But the quality of decision-making in Islamabad is what it is. So there is no point in moaning over it, or being surprised by the fact that Pakistan is ending up annoying all sides and . . . → Read More: Pak PM’s foreign policy and Saudi “expectations”

Pakistan cancels 25 Million unverified SIMs

By Zulqernain Tahir

More than 25 million unverified and unclaimed mobile phone subscriber identity modules (SIMs) have been blocked after a three-month deadline for biometric verification of 103m prepaid connections expired on Sunday.

Sources in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told Dawn on Monday that 25m SIMs which could . . . → Read More: Pakistan cancels 25 Million unverified SIMs

Mr Tarek Fatah on sale!

This person called Tarek Fatah never ceases to amaze me. He has an uncanny ability to tailor his writings and utterances to suit the desires of the audience he is addressing. No wonder then that he has been given residence and citizenship in a western country that should know better. Not content with . . . → Read More: Mr Tarek Fatah on sale!

Pakistan must neither bend nor offend

The parliament has passed a resolution about the Pakistani foreign policy position on Yemen which largely advise the government to focus on a diplomatic solution. The reaction by state minister of foreign affairs of UAE has been unfortunate which can tantamount to a threat. But one thing is clear from this statement that it is . . . → Read More: Pakistan must neither bend nor offend

Govt must use its muscle to fight Balochistan terrorism

One time too many

The Baloch Liberation Front’s (BLF) cold-blooded murder of approximately 20 construction workers from Punjab and Sindh must not only be condemned in the strongest terms, but both federal and provincial governments must finally move beyond their usual ineffective rhetoric and take decisive action this time. Such bold attacks have become a . . . → Read More: Govt must use its muscle to fight Balochistan terrorism

Pakistan’s hesitations on Saudi – Yemen war

(By Tim Craig and Shaiq Hussain) War-weary Pakistani lawmakers are balking at committing troops to the Saudi-led campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, complicating efforts by Saudi Arabia to build a broad coalition for a possible ground offensive.

On Wednesday, for the third consecutive day, Pakistan’s Parliament debated whether to send troops, and perhaps . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s hesitations on Saudi – Yemen war

Operation Khyber II: Pak Airstrikes kill terrorists

At least 23 militants were killed in airstrikes carried out by security forces in Khyber Agency’s strategic Tirah Valley on Thursday.

Late Wednesday night, military jets bombed the hideouts of militants in the Ghareebee area and killed 16 militants. On Thursday evening, security forces with the help of jet fighters, targeted more hideouts in . . . → Read More: Operation Khyber II: Pak Airstrikes kill terrorists