Tribesmen’s dreams for a better future in Islamabad smeared

Having moved to Islamabad from other parts of the country with dreams of a better life, the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack in a vegetable market had no idea theirs would be cut short so abruptly. . . . → Read More: Tribesmen’s dreams for a better future in Islamabad smeared

Militants against Militants

Several are being reported killed in infighting between two distraught Tehreek-i-Taliban factions between whom fighting intensified on Friday in Waziristan.

The clash started between the two militant factions a few days ago and the cause of infighting was said to be over interference in matters inside one another’s domains.

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The human rights treaties debacle

Amid the state’s efforts to curb another killing binge in our northwest, through talks with Taliban, the following might seem anachronistic and idiotic at best. Still, like most crucial things in our country that are swept under the carpet with a tag of not-for-now, the not-for-now at hand is Pakistan’s inhuman treatment of human rights treaties. What follows is . . . → Read More: The human rights treaties debacle

15 dead in Thai bus crash

At least 15 people, including 13 children, were killed when a bus carrying students on a trip to the seaside collided with a lorry in eastern Thailand Friday, police said.

More than 30 others were injured in the pre-dawn accident in Prachinburi involving the double-decker bus and an 18-wheel truck, the authorities said.

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Anti-drone activists disappearance cause of concern

KAREEM KHAN, WHO SUED GOVERNMENT OVER DRONE ATTACKS, WAS DUE TO ADDRESS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTS NEXT WEEK.

An anti-drone campaigner has “disappeared” from Rawalpindi days before he was due to testify before European parliaments, his lawyer said on Monday, accusing Pakistani intelligence agencies of illegal kidnapping.

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Karachi on standstill as MWM, JUI and AWSJI call for strike

A shutter-down strike on Friday was called by Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) to mourn the Mastung tragedy in Karachi.

A suicide bomber had killed at least 22 pilgrims on a bus that was making its way through the Pakistan-Iran highway in Mastung district on the evening of January 21. Another 31 pilgrims, including women and children, were injured in the . . . → Read More: Karachi on standstill as MWM, JUI and AWSJI call for strike

KPK arms the healers

FOLLOWING a troubling spate of abductions of doctors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government last week announced that it would issue arms licences to the medical community.

This decision puts the province’s doctors in charge of their own safety, and is thus an abdication of the state’s basic responsibility to provide security for all citizens.

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Militants on the retreat as Karachi Operation picks pace

The on-going offensive by Karachi’s security forces is crippling militant and criminal networks, security officials say, citing various successes.

Security officials have arrested thousands of suspects and killed dozens of militants since the September 5 launch of the operation, Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat told Central Asia Online.

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Hashmi’s arrest followed by MQM protests all over Sindh

The urban Sindh, especially the seaside city of metropolis remained completely paralyzed on Wednesday after the police arrested and booked a former MQM lawmaker in the murder of two cops in Haidery area of Karachi.

The former MQM MPA, Nadeem Hashmi, was arrested in Tuesday night in connection with firing on a police mobile in . . . → Read More: Hashmi’s arrest followed by MQM protests all over Sindh

Lesons from the Sikander incident

On 15th August 2013,a middle aged man in the Capital of Islamic Republic of Pakistan started aerial firing in the middle of the city. He started firing into the air in the central Jinnah Avenue neighbourhood — less than a kilometre from the presidency and parliament buildings — after being stopped for a traffic violation on . . . → Read More: Lesons from the Sikander incident