Bacha Khan University terror attack – Who’s to blame?

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

It seems the wave of terrorist attacks is emerging again after it subsided for some time in 2015 after the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb. After each terror attack we engage in a predictable behavior. As usual there were statements of condemnation issued by everyone who has . . . → Read More: Bacha Khan University terror attack – Who’s to blame?

Why Sharif’s peace strategy has flaws

Since 1997 Nawaz Sharif has unflinchingly espoused the cause of peace with India. But vested interests and domestic political compulsions in both countries have never allowed his initiatives to come to fruition.

In 1997, Mr Sharif designed the composite dialogue with India’s Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral but the latter couldn’t sell Kashmir’s inclusion in . . . → Read More: Why Sharif’s peace strategy has flaws

The bumpy path of war against terror

(By Asif Haroon Raja) By the time PPP regime took over in March 2008 Fazlullah had created a state within state in Swat and adjoining districts. Former President Zardari and PM Gilani were forced to order a big operation in Swat in April 2009 after Fazlullah broke the peace deal signed two months earlier and . . . → Read More: The bumpy path of war against terror

COAS, PM agree to continue anti-criminal ops

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today and discussed internal and external security situation of the country. They also discussed progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

It was decided that operation against criminals and terrorists will continue unhindered across the country, to optimally utilize the . . . → Read More: COAS, PM agree to continue anti-criminal ops

RAW is providing funds, training and arms to terrorists in Pakistan

In one of the rare on-record references, the Corps Commanders, who met on Tuesday, took exception to Indian intelligence agency RAW’s involvement in whipping up terrorists in Pakistan. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, who chaired the important moot, emphasized the need for continued precision targeting of terrorists squeezed in isolated protects in FATA and directed . . . → Read More: RAW is providing funds, training and arms to terrorists in Pakistan

US explains provision of military equipment to Pakistan

The United States has defended its latest sale of military equipment to Pakistan, arguing the American weapons systems would enhance Islamabad’s counter-terrorism abilities.

“This proposed sale of helicopters and weapons systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counter-terrorism operations inside the country,” US State Department Acting Spokesperson Marie Harf said at . . . → Read More: US explains provision of military equipment to Pakistan

PM briefed by COAS about setting up new FC wings

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House on Thursday and briefed him on the ongoing operation Zerb-e-Azb and the process of rehabilitation of the temporarily displaced persons back to their homes.

According to the prime minister’s media section, matters relating to the return of temporarily . . . → Read More: PM briefed by COAS about setting up new FC wings

How to make FATA work

(By Yasmeen Aftab Ali) A leading newspaper carried news that Sarah Sewall, the US Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, argues: “In the Pak-Afghan region, Tehreek-e-Taliban has long exploited local grievances in the tribal belt in order to sustain itself.” (March 12, 2015) She makes a lot of sense, common yet not so . . . → Read More: How to make FATA work

Polio count jumps to 158

Pakistan’s polio crisis has pushed the country to a point of no return. From 145 cases on September 12, the national case count on Tuesday jumped to 158 when the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed 13 more wild type-1 polio cases in a single day.

With a meeting of . . . → Read More: Polio count jumps to 158

Is ISIS capable of finding support in Paksitan

With Pakistan experiencing the worst period in its political history as well as fighting the Taliban within its borders, the Islamic State could not have chosen a better time to make inroads into Pakistan — if it wanted to.

The political squabble has refused to die down since it began on . . . → Read More: Is ISIS capable of finding support in Paksitan