How India has failed to handle AFPAK

From the press release issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Tuesday, there is no evidence that the situation in Afghanistan figured in the meeting between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the recent BRICS meeting in Moscow. Regional security as such, surprisingly, didn’t . . . → Read More: How India has failed to handle AFPAK

Making Afghanistan work

What happens in Afghanistan will affect Pakistan — this must be the foundational idea of Pakistan’s policy towards this unfortunate country that has gone through three cycles of war, spanning over a period of about 37 years. News coming out of Afghanistan is not good, and it must worry Pakistan. What is all this news? . . . → Read More: Making Afghanistan work

Is United States using IS?

The Levant Report, the highly respected American NGO-watchdog on the transparency and accountability in government and politics in the United States, has done a great service to the intelligentsia in the South Asian region by obtaining through a federal lawsuit a selection of classified documents from the US Department of Defence and State Department relating . . . → Read More: Is United States using IS?

Afgan Intelligence and ISI to work together to eliminate terrorism

(By BAQIR SAJJAD SYED) In a path-breaking deal Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Afghan intelligence outfit National Directorate of Security (NDS) have signed an accord for cooperation, which is aimed at bolstering fight against terrorism.

The first-of-its-kind deal between the two intelligence agencies followed a landmark visit by Prime Minister Nawaz . . . → Read More: Afgan Intelligence and ISI to work together to eliminate terrorism

Christine Fair lost in propaganda

Christine Fair’s most recent article (tirade) — ‘America’s Pakistan Policy is Sheer Madness’ is a true masterpiece of distortion and opinionated utterances. She calls members of the US Congress, White House, Departments of Defense and State pusillanimous besides faulting them for not just a flawed policy but a policy that harms US interests. . . . → Read More: Christine Fair lost in propaganda

Fight against the multi-billion dollar terrorism

(By Syed Moazzam Hai) On April 17 the UN appealed for $275 million in humanitarian aid to Yemen. What a poor country, we would naturally reflect somberly. And we would overlook that a UN probe disclosed earlier in February that Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh amassed up to $60 billions. That’s 59,725 million dollars . . . → Read More: Fight against the multi-billion dollar terrorism

What does one do after Sabeen’s departure?

HOW do you report on a funeral where you were one of the hundreds of people who bore the body?

How do you separate yourself from the grief, the anger, and the dozens of whispered conversations you hear all around you — from your friends, from strangers — about how she completely changed people’s lives?

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Pakistan Air Force to get 110 JF-17s from China

What is the real annual production capacity of Pakistan’s military aircraft industry?

China will sell 110 JF-17s Thunder fighter jets to Pakistan, the Economic Times reported.

The Economic Times cites Radio Pakistan as a source, which announced that Beijing will deliver the first patch of 50 planes over the . . . → Read More: Pakistan Air Force to get 110 JF-17s from China

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