HONY’s last words on Pakistan

Imagine that every time you have a lapse in judgment, it gets printed in newspapers around the world: every time you lose patience with your children, every time you scream at someone in traffic, every time you drink too much and do something you regret. Each time you . . . → Read More: HONY’s last words on Pakistan

The Political Economy of Intolerance in Pakistan

Intolerance in society – an individual with an intolerant mindset, or a community with values of intolerance and hatred – is the prime incubator for extremism, which manifests itself in the form of violent militancy and terrorism. Counter-terror policies are completely inadequate if they do not include the necessary social, political, educational and . . . → Read More: The Political Economy of Intolerance in Pakistan

Are you Clean or Grey?

LAHORE – An unprecedented cross-country intelligence operation is underway to comb out local and foreign elements who are playing or could play into the hands of terrorists, The Nation has learnt.

The mega operation is an important development in the efforts against terrorism. It is in fact the first major practical step being taken after . . . → Read More: Are you Clean or Grey?

Questioning the problem of national heritage

By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

The burning of Ziarat Residency, a national heritage and symbol of honour for many of us, which was the last place where the founder of the country rested before death, came as a big shock. For those who understand the character of the several streams of violent groups, some of which . . . → Read More: Questioning the problem of national heritage

Dealing with Burma: Reality versus Rumor

July 12th: According to ‘some’ international news agencies: 500 villages torched, thousands killed by Buddhist mobs and the Burmese army.

July 16th: The photos, all the evidence is out!

July 17th: Somehow all of that makes Pakistanis are unpatriotic for not staying in the country.

July 19th: Google images prove the photos were a . . . → Read More: Dealing with Burma: Reality versus Rumor

Dr. Afridi delivers another blow to polio eradication in Pakistan

With the story going through so many changes so quickly, the truth about Dr Afridi’s case is cloudier than ever. One thing is clear, though – Dr Afridi did engage in one indefensible act: Using a critical healthcare programme as cover for his activities. Unfortunately, in expressing concern about Afridi’s willingness to risk the credibility . . . → Read More: Dr. Afridi delivers another blow to polio eradication in Pakistan

The Inadequacies of Pakistan’s Liberal Media

From a tool for state propaganda to playing whistle blower in high profile scandals, the media of a country yields incredible potential by holding the reigns to the sway of public opinion. The interminable manifestation of violence in the country fuelled by religious extremism has by design or default blackened more pages than any other . . . → Read More: The Inadequacies of Pakistan’s Liberal Media

Are We a Nation in Denial?

Amidst chaos once more; this time the people are better prepared, but perhaps only mentally. It seems like the Pakistani Society (especially the youth) has acclimatized at a miraculous pace. Be it bomb blasts, suicide attacks, open fire on civilians, floods, earthquakes, dengue; we can know it all and still strut down the sidewalks with . . . → Read More: Are We a Nation in Denial?

Carnage in Jumrud, Pakistan

PESHAWAR: At least 56 people were killed and 123 injured, confirmed Edhi sources, in a suicide attack inside Mandokhel Masjid in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency on Friday.

Locals said that a young boy aged 15-16 years had entered the mosque through a window and exploded himself in the main hall during Friday prayers. . . . → Read More: Carnage in Jumrud, Pakistan

The Good Ol’ Days

There was a time when the US and Pakistan were real allies; when both governments respected each other and the peoples of both countries found more common ground than dividing factors. Fifty years later, people joke about the US and Pakistan as frenemies; following a friendship that really doesn’t work because their interests are . . . → Read More: The Good Ol’ Days