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

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

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

Pak Army targets militants in new ground offensive

Just hours after jets pounded targets in Shawal area of North Waziristan, the army announced that it was commencing a ground operation in the region.

According to Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa, the ground operation was being carried out on direction of the army chief, adding that air and ground offensives . . . → Read More: Pak Army targets militants in new ground offensive

LeJ’s Revenge

By Ali Farooq

The year 2015 has been a turnaround for the people of Pakistan. Operation Zarb-E- Azb initiated by the military against terrorism has borne fruit. Terrorism incidents are the lowest in years and Pakistan is seen coming out of the abyss it was in for the last decade. It . . . → Read More: LeJ’s Revenge

How useful can the drones be in Balochistan

By Muhammad Ali Ehsan

In a hard-hitting speech last year, Commander Southern Command Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua stressed the need for a joint political and military resolve to end terrorism. He was addressing a ceremony organised to commemorate the 22 victims of the Mastung tragedy — which occurred in January . . . → Read More: How useful can the drones be in Balochistan

Zarb-e-Azb: the Final Solution?

(By Sachchal Ahmad) Pakistan’s ongoing military operation in North Waziristan, a stronghold of Al Qai’da and Islamist militants, is nearing its end. However, as the Pakistan Army races towards declaring this mission complete, a number of issues of immediate consequence to Pakistan, the region, and the United States remain unaddressed. To succeed in the long . . . → Read More: Zarb-e-Azb: the Final Solution?

Repelling the Taliban Threat: Pakistan and its Coercive Policy

The Taliban is in transition. Its leadership council in Quetta—in Pakistan’s Balochistan province—announced recently that Mullah Akhtar Mansour would replace Mullah Mohammed Omar as the leader of the insurgent movement.

The appointment of Mullah Mansour to head the Taliban is an opportunity for Pakistan to solidify its control over the organization and finally help bring . . . → Read More: Repelling the Taliban Threat: Pakistan and its Coercive Policy

Pakistan forces eliminate foreign influences in Balochistan

India and Afghanistan’s intelligence agencies – the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS), respectively – are fuelling terrorism in Balochistan to destabilise Pakistan, said the Frontier Corps Balochistan chief on Monday.

“We have achieved major targets in preventing foreign influence,” Major General Sher Afgun told editors and senior journalists . . . → Read More: Pakistan forces eliminate foreign influences in Balochistan