Looking beyond Zarb-e-Azb

Pakistani ground forces began their assault into the Shawal Valley, the final substantial militant stronghold in North Waziristan, in August. Shawal represents an endgame of sorts for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the large-scale offensive to clear the region of militants. It has successfully dislodged the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), but Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas face significant challenges as . . . → Read More: Looking beyond Zarb-e-Azb

Police arrest hardened terrorists near Manshera

The local police claimed to have arrested a terrorist group, which had planned to target Ashura processions and attack foreigners associated with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

“Police and other security agencies conducted a joint operation and arrested a group of hardened terrorists, who had planned to attack Ashura processions and foreigners working on CPEC,” . . . → Read More: Police arrest hardened terrorists near Manshera

Change is possible but not easy

(By Dr Atta-ur-Rahman) Winds of change are now blowing across the landscape of Pakistan. The corrupt are being caught by the forces led by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) and many are trying to escape to safer foreign shores where they have amassed mountains of dollars and pounds.

Karachi is beginning to . . . → Read More: Change is possible but not easy

Christine Fair’s tilted discourse

It seems that propaganda against Pakistan has become pastime activity with so called intellectuals of the US who know very little about actual conditions in Pakistan and are bent upon making Pak-US engagement impossible. C. Christine Fair, well known for her Pakistan bashing, came up with yet another anti-Pakistan write-up titled “Groundhog Day in US-Pakistan . . . → Read More: Christine Fair’s tilted discourse

The state’s gradual capture of the feminist narrative

The latest response to the attack on students in Peshawar has rekindled hypernationalist discourse in Pakistan, which in turn, is being strategically used by the State to fortify its own invincibility. Over the years, I have developed different coping mechanisms against this sort of hypernationalism in social media. Sometimes, I write rants on Facebook and . . . → Read More: The state’s gradual capture of the feminist narrative

Pros and (mostly) cons of drone attacks

At the Pearl Continental Hotel, in Peshawar, a concrete tower enveloped by flowering gardens, the management has adopted security precautions that have become common in Pakistan’s upscale hospitality industry: razor wire, vehicle barricades, and police crouching in bunkers, fingering machine guns. In June, on a hot weekday morning, Noor Behram arrived at the gate carrying . . . → Read More: Pros and (mostly) cons of drone attacks

26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Pakistani media mogul sentenced for purported blasphemy

On Tuesday Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of Geo News, Pakistan’s largest media group, was sentenced to 26 years in jail for airing a program that showed people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter (Reuters). The charges were brought against ur-Rehman after the . . . → Read More: 26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

The hive of terror and militants – North Waziristan

(BY WAJAHAT S. KHAN) A television studio for suicide bombers, a market offering car bombs in a variety of colors and a secret tunnel filled with rotting corpses under the local mosque. These were aspects of daily life in the militant-controlled mountain area of North Waziristan, according to Pakistan’s military.

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It was bound to happen

(By ARIF NIZAMI) The much-talked about and feared ‘blowback’ is here. First, there was the suicide blast at Wagah that killed at least 60 innocent citizens last Sunday, and then the very next day a young Christian couple was lynched by a frenzied mob over alleged blasphemy in Kasur.

Our security apparatus had feared a . . . → Read More: It was bound to happen

Peshawar bombing kills 5, Taliban claim responsibility

Woman, FC personnel among dead in attack Taliban say is in retaliation to Zarb-e-Azb Intended target FC DIG Brigadier Khalid Javed narrowly escapes attack Army airstrikes kill 19 suspected terrorists in North Waziristan Agency JSCS meeting vows to combat terrorism, assures success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb

At least five people, including a woman and a . . . → Read More: Peshawar bombing kills 5, Taliban claim responsibility