Pakistan’s NAP score?

Pakistan instituted the twenty-point National Action Plan (NAP) on Dec. 24, 2014, as a comprehensive, consolidated list of steps needed to be taken by the state and law enforcement institutions to curb terrorism and extremism in the country. For Pakistan to finally take this step, it took a horrendous attack on schoolchildren at the Army . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s NAP score?

Three PTI activists killed and two injured in Abbottabad

Three activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf were killed and two others were injured in an incident of violence related to local government elections here on Tuesday.

With the latest killings, death toll in poll-related violence in Khyber Pakhunkhwa has risen to 21.

According to police, supporters of a PML-N candidate, who had lost the election, . . . → Read More: Three PTI activists killed and two injured in Abbottabad

What does one do after Sabeen’s departure?

HOW do you report on a funeral where you were one of the hundreds of people who bore the body?

How do you separate yourself from the grief, the anger, and the dozens of whispered conversations you hear all around you — from your friends, from strangers — about how she completely changed people’s lives?

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Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

The assassination of two liberal bloggers in quick succession in February and March raises some very disturbing questions.

First was that of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, who came to attend the “21st February” book fair where a couple of his books were on sale. Machete wielding assailants killed him while his wife Rafida Bonna was . . . → Read More: Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

Canada visit – Modi’s dark past and even darker present

When Stephen Harper hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Canada this week, they will be greeted both with adoring fans and with protests. Modi, an extremist Hindu nationalist, has support within a section of Canadian Indians. But his past comes back to haunt him. A human rights organization called Sikhs . . . → Read More: Canada visit – Modi’s dark past and even darker present

Yemen for dummies

Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years, as competing forces fight for control of the country.

Impoverished but strategically important, the tussle for power in Yemen has serious implications for the region and the security of the West.

Here are some key questions explained.

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Finally Pak, Afghan and US objectives converge

The US drone strike in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan has reportedly killed 13 militants belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other affiliated groups on March 24, 2015. The area targeted in the drone strike was near the Khyber Agency, a region that has become a battleground for the military in its fight against . . . → Read More: Finally Pak, Afghan and US objectives converge

Declaring and defining terrorists

The Washington Post reports that “terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.’” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that “terrorism” is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, . . . → Read More: Declaring and defining terrorists

ISIS and TTP – Pakistan a breeding or a battle ground?

With the Taliban dominant, ISIS will have trouble making space in Pakistan—though the group is becoming more popular

The brutal methods that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has become notorious for were already seen some years ago, first in Afghanistan and later in Pakistan, as the two branches of the . . . → Read More: ISIS and TTP – Pakistan a breeding or a battle ground?

Thoughts, ideas and hope – Lahore Literary Festival

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an overbearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying . . . → Read More: Thoughts, ideas and hope – Lahore Literary Festival