Taliban Khan: A lethally accurate label

PLENTY, if it happens to be ‘Taliban Khan’. The wit who bestowed the nickname on Imran Khan probably had no idea how lethally accurate this label would prove to be. He may have intended to be ironic, but turned out to be prescient.

The TTP, in nominating the PTI chief to their negotiating team, recognised . . . → Read More: Taliban Khan: A lethally accurate label

Swat Valley sees boost in tourist activity

Starting from Eid-ul-Fitr over 300,000 tourists from across the country have so far visited Swat Valley.

Confirming this, officials and residents said that during this time not a single act of violence took place in Swat valley, which is known for its archaeological sites of Gandhara civilisation and scenic hamlets. They said that . . . → Read More: Swat Valley sees boost in tourist activity

Face of Second Largest Hand Carved Buddha Statue to be reconstructed

By Sebastian Abbot

When the Taliban blew the face off a towering, 1,500-year-old rock carving of Buddha in northwest Pakistan almost five years ago, it fell to an intrepid Italian archaeologist to come to the rescue.

Thanks to the efforts of Luca Olivieri and his partners, the 6-meter (nearly 20-foot)-tall image near the town of . . . → Read More: Face of Second Largest Hand Carved Buddha Statue to be reconstructed

A better period for India and Pakistan

By Shashi Tharoor

 

India and Pakistan are enjoying one of the better periods in their turbulent relationship. Recent months have witnessed no terrorist incidents, no escalating rhetoric, and no diplomatic flashpoints. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari just made a successful, if brief, personal visit to India (mainly to visit a famous shrine, . . . → Read More: A better period for India and Pakistan

Pakistan’s competitive skiers arrive in Malam Jabba

As life for the people of Swat valley begins to normalise, a skiing gala tournament kicked off on Thursday in one of the valley’s most beautiful resorts, Malam Jabba.

Peace Ski Gala 2011, which will go on till January 30, has been organised by Swat’s pioneer skiing school, Ski School, in collaboration with the Provincial . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s competitive skiers arrive in Malam Jabba

Pakistan army hails anti-Taliban heroes in TV drama

Pakistani actor Kamran Mujahid acting the role of a soldier during a TV serial

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Taliban-fighting soldiers are set for celebrity status with the launch of a multi-million-dollar glossy television drama hailing army victories over militants.

Emotive tales of 11 brave Pakistanis battling an Islamist insurgency that is plaguing Pakistan and neighbouring . . . → Read More: Pakistan army hails anti-Taliban heroes in TV drama

Health woes: Swat fights infections induced by drought

A number of diseases have spread in Swat valley due to the long, continuous drought, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A majority of the patients are children and diseases that have spread the fastest are chest infections, fever, influenza and skin disorders.

The displacement of a myriad of people from their homes in flood-hit areas is . . . → Read More: Health woes: Swat fights infections induced by drought