Let us never forget

Pakistanis are a strange lot; we have witnessed more than our fair share of violence, extremism, dead bodies and devastation. While some believe we have become a brave and resilient nation in the process, there are others who fear that after being subjected to violence on such a large scale it has desensitized us.  Today, . . . → Read More: Let us never forget

Peshawar school attack – the inhuman side of TTP

(By Afshaq Yusufzai, Peshawar and Richard Spencer) The wounded children of Peshawar Army Public School paid tributes to the teachers who died saving their lives yesterday as Pakistan woke to the Taliban massacre’s full horror.

Nine staff members, including the headmistress, were killed in the attack, along with more than 130 pupils. As . . . → Read More: Peshawar school attack – the inhuman side of TTP

Taliban’s senseless desperation behind their brutality

By David Rothkopf

Why the Taliban can’t win in its fight against the future — and other bad omens for 2015.

Jihadis are waging the most futile war possible. Perhaps that explains the senseless desperation behind their brutality. They are not battling America or the West or regimes that seek to end their violence. Rather, . . . → Read More: Taliban’s senseless desperation behind their brutality

TTP’s choice of target has a deadly symbolic meaning

Pakistan is no stranger to militant attacks, but the brutal assault that left at least 132 children dead at an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday shocked the nation.

It also drew international condemnation, from the likes of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed . . . → Read More: TTP’s choice of target has a deadly symbolic meaning

Army Public School Peshawar – A story retold

Once you enter the gates of the school, there is a long straight road ahead of you, with a playground to the right of the road and the school wall to the left. Perhaps it would not seem so long now, 13 years later.

In my mind’s eye, the length of the road remains the . . . → Read More: Army Public School Peshawar – A story retold

Don’t weep for me, Mama

By Halima Islam

“Mama, I sat there alone, trembling with fear that the men in the heavy black boots were coming for me next. Mama, I wanted to scream, cry, do everything in my control for you to come and save me but I knew they would turn their weapons on me. I wanted to save . . . → Read More: Don’t weep for me, Mama

A failure from all sides

There are moments in life when everything loses its meaning and words become shallow. Today is that day when over 130 children, in a Peshawar school, were sacrificed for the political agenda of terrorists. It is not failure of just the state or intelligence agencies it is failure of all of us as . . . → Read More: A failure from all sides

Malala and Satyarthi receive joint Nobel Peace Prize

Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint… by mi-tech

Both recipients of the award gave a speech at the ceremony in Oslo

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

The Nobel committee described both laureates as “champions of peace”.

. . . → Read More: Malala and Satyarthi receive joint Nobel Peace Prize

PML-N fails to realize and react… again

It is 10:30 in the morning (Monday) as I write this and different TV channels are reporting live on the deteriorating situation in Faisalabad. Whatever happens this much is clear: the situation is not in the control of the local administration, Rana Sanaullah’s bluster notwithstanding. And please bear in mind this is not Mianwali, Imran . . . → Read More: PML-N fails to realize and react… again

24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation on Friday to be the guest of honor at India’s 66th Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2015 in New Delhi (WSJ,Reuters, NDTV). Modi — @narendramodi — tweeted: “This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over… invited President Obama to be the . . . → Read More: 24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates