Declaring and defining terrorists

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

Most wanted gang war suspects killed in Malir Nadi, Karachi

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

Government’s intentions against terrorism

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

Jibran Nasir – Fighting for the people of Pakistan


Mohammad Jibran Nasir, a 27-year-old serial do-gooder from Karachi, has become the inadvertent leader of Pakistan’s post-Peshawar anti-extremist discourse.

Hours after the Dec. 16 attack, Nasir joined a 200-strong vigil for the Peshawar slain in Islamabad. The numbers weren’t exactly bad, but the venue caused him some . . . → Read More: Jibran Nasir – Fighting for the people of Pakistan

The civil military forced union

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

The threat from candlelight vigils?

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?

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

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 . . . → Read More: Don’t weep for me, Mama

How the West lost in the Middle East

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014

Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East

The show must go on!

I am sad that a suicide bomber decided to massacre innocent women, children and men at Wagah Border near Lahore, Pakistan who were there to witness the daily flag hoisting ceremony. I am happy that people of Lahore were there again the very next day to show solidarity with our armed forces . . . → Read More: The show must go on!