Our children under threat

“The attackers were like us ─ they were very young,” said one of the eyewitnesses after the attack on Bacha Khan University. Reportedly between 18 and 25 years old, the students and attackers both belonged to the same age group.

Our children are the new front of the war. All our children; those who die . . . → Read More: Our children under threat

A sense of fear and terror looms around the last eve of 2015

Disrupted terrorist plots. Increased police presence. Warnings to stay alert.

Fears of terrorism and stepped-up security provide a sobering backdrop to planned New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world.

In the United States, federal and local security officials are tightening security in high-profile locations, including New York’s Times Square and the . . . → Read More: A sense of fear and terror looms around the last eve of 2015

Lahore factory building collapse, more deaths expected

Rescue crews resumed digging through the rubble of a collapsed factory in Lahore Friday as officials said they expected to find at least two dozen more bodies, with the death toll standing at 26.

More than 100 survivors have already been pulled from the debris of the four-storey Rajput Polyester polythene bag factory near Lahore . . . → Read More: Lahore factory building collapse, more deaths expected

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