The Taliban’s attempt at Brand Management

By Shirin Naseer

Malala’s speech was expected to open doors for discussion inviting applause, criticism and preferably a change in mindsets; the possibility of it generating a response out of the Taliban was least expected. The fact that the Taliban took account of a young girl’s cry for help and felt liable to . . . → Read More: The Taliban’s attempt at Brand Management


The Caretakers are in and have started caretaking. The Election Commission under the wise Chief Election Commissioner has swung into action and is working round the clock to clear up all the preparatory work before Election Day. The military and the judiciary are supporting the process staying strictly within their own domains. The media is . . . → Read More: ELECTION WATCHES

Malalai Yousafzai- an inspiration

If Pakistan has a future, it is embodied in Malala Yousafzai. Yet the Taliban so feared this 14-year-old girl that they tried to assassinate her. Her supposed offense? Her want of an education and her public advocation for it.

Malala was on her way home from school in Mingora, Pakistan, in the Swat Valley, on . . . → Read More: Malalai Yousafzai- an inspiration

Pakistan introduces the PACPAD

Inside a high-security air force complex that builds jet fighters and weapons systems, Pakistan’s military is working on the latest addition to its sprawling commercial empire: a homegrown version of the iPad.

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War is too serious an issue to be left to the Generals

In the days before the Empire, generals – particularly Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs – kept their mouths shut. The Founders’ justified fears of military intrusion into the political realm were still present in the American consciousness, and the idea that an American general might try to influence policy directly, by making public statements on controversial . . . → Read More: War is too serious an issue to be left to the Generals

The queasy condition of Pakistan at 64

The queasy condition of Pakistan, incapable of either a complete collapse or of throwing up a regime that could move the country even a few steps forward, has been a cause for depression for many a decade. The privileged elite — military and civilian — live happily in their bubble exercising military, political, administrative, economic . . . → Read More: The queasy condition of Pakistan at 64

Did Pakistan Know Where Bin Laden Was Hiding?

Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistani army chief of staff, spoke to cadets at the Kakul Military Academy on April 23.

“The terrorists’ backbone has been broken and, inshallah [God willing], we will soon prevail,” he said in his speech, which was broadcast on state television.

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