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 backlash as . . . → 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

PTI workers told to prepare for a two week sit in

The PTI chairman, Imran Khan, on Sunday dashed the hopes of most of the party workers by instructing them to prepare for continuing the sit-in for another two weeks.

A senior leader of the PTI told Dawn that the party chairman was still hopeful that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would resign. He asked the party . . . → Read More: PTI workers told to prepare for a two week sit in

Over 7 militants dead in US drone strike

A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a sprawling compound in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan on Wednesday, killing seven militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike took place in Datta Khel, a town in North Waziristan where the Pakistani army has been carrying out a major offensive against local and foreign militants . . . → Read More: Over 7 militants dead in US drone strike

Real operation will start after the military operation

All of Pakistan has its hopes set on operation Zarb e Azb. Soon entering its second month, operation Zarb e Azb headed by the Pak army is part of a comprehensive action plan to eliminate foreign and local terrorists hiding in North Waziristan.

Given that 400 terrorists have been killed and arms and ammunition recovered, . . . → Read More: Real operation will start after the military operation

Sharif’s holy voyage

You’re not sorry to go, of course—the head of a state, by virtue of his work and the kind of commitment it requires, seldom finds the time to make a holy voyage. Much of what the opposition calls constructive and legitimate criticism has its roots in jealous resentment. It has been over a year since . . . → Read More: Sharif’s holy voyage

Details of Anti-militant operations by Pakistan army

(By SALMAN MASOOD) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — One month into a military offensive to seize control of the tribal district of North Waziristan, the Pakistani military said Tuesday that it had extended its operation to the militant stronghold of Mir Ali, resulting in gunfights between soldiers and Islamist fighters . . . → Read More: Details of Anti-militant operations by Pakistan army