Narrative that can defeat terrorists

The closer you want to get to eradicating the menace of terrorism, the bigger this menace seems to get.

For the past week, following the attack in Peshawar, our leaders, both in Khaki and Mufti, have deliberated and deliberated. But this piece is not about them and the solutions they might come up with. It . . . → Read More: Narrative that can defeat terrorists

Taliban’s senseless desperation behind their brutality

By David Rothkopf

Why the Taliban can’t win in its fight against the future — and other bad omens for 2015.

Jihadis are waging the most futile war possible. Perhaps that explains the senseless desperation behind their brutality. They are not battling America or the West or regimes that seek to end their violence. Rather, . . . → Read More: Taliban’s senseless desperation behind their brutality

Operation Zarb-e-Azb Phase 1

Operation Zarb-e-Azb Phase1 result is a joint… by arraja73

Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a joint-military offensive operation involving the Islamic Republic of Pakistan against armed insurgent groups such as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), al-Qaeda, East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Afghan militant factions such as the Haqqani network.

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The amazing history of Waziristan

KARACHI: To understand the Waziristan conundrum, go back 78 years. The year is 1936. The place is Mirali, North Waziristan. A Hindu girl converts to Islam and elopes with a young Pashtun schoolteacher.

The girl’s mother alleges forced conversion. A court sentences the youth to two years in jail and returns the girl . . . → Read More: The amazing history of Waziristan

Pakistan claims over 10 more people killed in US drone strike

(By Mushtaq Yusufzai) PESHAWAR, Pakistan — At least 10 more people, all suspected to be foreign militants, were killed in a second drone strike early Thursday in Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan tribal region.

The attack came in the same village, Tabi Tolkhel, only a few hours after six suspected militants . . . → Read More: Pakistan claims over 10 more people killed in US drone strike

Sartaj Aziz: Writ of state to be established in tribal areas

The federal government expects to restore control in all regions of Pakistan’s tribal belt soon, said Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

“We have restored the writ of the state in six out of seven agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata),” Aziz said. “For . . . → Read More: Sartaj Aziz: Writ of state to be established in tribal areas

Afridi: whistleblower or traitor?

Shakil Afridi once again makes headlines with even more controversial statements. The doctor who headed a fake polio vaccination program was responsible for disclosing the hiding location of OBL to the US forces. The entire incident was a great source of embarrassment for the Pakistani government and especially the army. Rumors about ISI’s involvement with . . . → Read More: Afridi: whistleblower or traitor?

The Good the Bad and the Ugly Taliban

On June 19, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain shocked us all when, at the end of his keynote speech at a CRSS-Radio launch ceremony in Peshawar, he asked all those present to raise their hands and pray for the safety of all in the province. Never before did Hussain, who lost his son . . . → Read More: The Good the Bad and the Ugly Taliban

Tacstrat: What double-game?

By Zoon Ahmad Khan

For the most part Americans and the World believe Pakistan has fallen no short of treacherous in the ‘War on terror’ that started eleven years ago. Islamabad’s so-called ‘shady tactics’ have given her biggest ally cold feet, time and again. With aid cuts and unilateral attacks Washington has been able to . . . → Read More: Tacstrat: What double-game?

War is too serious an issue to be left to the Generals

In the days before the Empire, generals – particularly Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs – kept their mouths shut. The Founders’ justified fears of military intrusion into the political realm were still present in the American consciousness, and the idea that an American general might try to influence policy directly, by making public statements on . . . → Read More: War is too serious an issue to be left to the Generals