11 members of a minority killed in 2014, no one punished

Eleven Pakistani members of the Ahmadi religious minority were murdered for their faith in 2014 and authorities failed to apprehend any of the killers, a report said Monday, highlighting growing intolerance toward the sect.

The figure represents a rise on seven killings the year before, with the report blaming growing hate speech in conferences and . . . → Read More: 11 members of a minority killed in 2014, no one punished

How to make FATA work

(By Yasmeen Aftab Ali) A leading newspaper carried news that Sarah Sewall, the US Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, argues: “In the Pak-Afghan region, Tehreek-e-Taliban has long exploited local grievances in the tribal belt in order to sustain itself.” (March 12, 2015) She makes a lot of sense, common yet not so . . . → Read More: How to make FATA work

Afghan criminals, murderers and torturers getting support from USA

(BY JOHN SIFTON) The United States continues to fund and support a network of abusive Afghan strongmen in the name of security. It’s time to stop.

In October 2013, police in Kandahar — the Afghan province that is the birthplace of the Taliban and home to some of the fiercest fighting in the war — . . . → Read More: Afghan criminals, murderers and torturers getting support from USA

Malala’s tribute to Aitzaz Hasan

Let this be the last time an innocent child loses life due to terrorism. Though our dear country has been a target of terrorism for years, there have been courageous people and youth who have stood up for peace and even sacrificed their lives for their rights.

Think about the story of the brave teachers . . . → Read More: Malala’s tribute to Aitzaz Hasan

There is no freedom in hate speech

(By Vijay Prashad) Sadness and pain from Peshawar to Paris should not blind us to the clichéd responses of those in power. More airstrikes in Syria and Iraq will not help France with its social disintegration. Hypocrisy diverts and only breeds war.

Peshawar… Imagine the pain that courses through the veins of Andaleeb Aftab, a . . . → Read More: There is no freedom in hate speech

The endless sorrow – Peshawar school attack martyrs

The death toll following the massacre at a military-run school in Pakistan his risen to 141 — including 132 children, most of whom were 16 years old or younger. A number of people are taking to social media to express grief and share stories about the victims. Here are some of those who . . . → Read More: The endless sorrow – Peshawar school attack martyrs

Our resolve is stronger than your bullet!

Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif received on Monday children to mark resumption of schooling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after horrific Taliban-led attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar on December 16 last leaving some 150 people, including 132 schoolchildren, massacred.

“Everyone (is) in high spirit,” a tweet from ISPR chief Maj.-Gen Asif Bajwa quoted Gen . . . → Read More: Our resolve is stronger than your bullet!

Livin’ on a Prayer

Recently, a former politician turned television host, with a huge fan following, in his infinite wisdom placed the blame of the Peshawar attack solely on the shoulders of a much targeted minority sect on his wildly popular morning show. With absolute conviction, he stated that the members of this sect are Zionist agents and do . . . → Read More: Livin’ on a Prayer

Inciting violence through media

It is now time for the institutions to engage in self-reflection, to sit down and ponder over the current state of affairs and the right way forward. There is a grave need for some institutional debate and reforms to counter the menace of extremism. This unfortunate Peshawar incident not only brought together political . . . → Read More: Inciting violence through media

We must embed these horror images in our hearts

1. A mother mourns the death of her son, Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, who was brutally killed by the Taliban attackers. This is simply heartbreaking.

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