By Ghalib Sultan
A former political appointee Pakistani ambassador to the US has been resident in the US since 2012. He moved there after a court case investigated his possible connivance in a letter to the US asking them to make defanging the Pakistan military a condition for US support. At that time the term . . . → Read More: The ugly man in USA
WHEN THE Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its “torture report” in December 2014, it reignited the battle over the George W. Bush administration’s conduct of the “war on terror.” Unfortunately, the interrogation program was not an anomaly in its lack of transparency. A similar problem exists with the U.S. drone program—which, after . . . → Read More: Why US drone policy is counter productive
An American Journal “Atlantic” has reported that Pakistan’s problem of water scarcity is worse than terrorism faced by them. This truth has not dawned on our policy planners who did not realise the dire state of our water situation. We only store 10 per cent of our river water whereas world average of water storage . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s inevitable water crisis
The Washington Post reports that “terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.’” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that “terrorism” is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, . . . → Read More: Declaring and defining terrorists
At least five most wanted suspects of gang war including Sheraz Comrade were killed in Rangers encounter in Malir Nadi Karachi on Sunday.
According to Rangers Spokesperson, the suspects identified as Akbar Maleeri, Sheraz Comrade, Khalid Lashari, Gulab Hassan aka Peeru and Yousuf Pathan were involved in terrorism, murder and other heinous crimes whereas huge . . . → Read More: Most wanted gang war suspects killed in Malir Nadi, Karachi
The discovery of 5000 illegal SIMs in May 2014, held by just one apprehended terrorist in Karachi, came as a rude surprise to the otherwise highly informed Sindh Assembly.
It is for just such occasions that Mir Taqi Mir wrote his famous couplet “jaane na jaane gul hi na jaane baagh to sara jaane hai”. . . . → Read More: Government’s intentions against terrorism
Or a change of heart
Years of stupor and inertia have been replaced with a collective sense of urgency to root out terrorism with ruthless use of state power. Is it a shotgun marriage brokered by the ubiquitous military or a real change of heart, only time will tell.
The army chief General Raheel Sharif’s . . . → Read More: The civil military forced union
Lately, a lot has been written against the practice of holding candlelight vigils in the aftermath of a national tragedy. The familiar narrative is that these vigils being a product of Christian or Hindu practice are contrary to Islamic practices, and therefore pose a threat to ‘Islamic culture’ in Pakistan.
To better understand the dangers . . . → Read More: The threat from candlelight vigils?
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