By Rasul Bakhsh Rais
The burning of Ziarat Residency,a national heritage and symbol of honour for many of us,which was the last place where the founder of the country rested before death,came as a big shock. For those who understand the character of the several streams of violent groups,some of which are . . . →Read More:Questioning the problem of national heritage
With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet,Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.
Farooq,from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur,is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the . . . →Read More:Pakistan flaunts first female fighter pilot ready for war
HE’S LOST 819 OF HIS PARTY COLLEAGUES TO TERRORISM,AND SURVIVED AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN 2008. WE RECENTLY SPOKE WITH ASFANDYAR WALI KHAN,CHIEF OF THE TALIBAN-THREATENED AWAMI NATIONAL PARTY,WHICH GOVERNED KHYBER-PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE UNTIL MARCH,ABOUT SATURDAY’S ELECTIONS AND MORE. EXCERPTS:
The ANP has been mercilessly attacked by the Taliban in the run-up to . . . →Read More:ASFANDYAR WALI KHAN –till the last man standing
Over the past few months an ongoing debate about opening the borders to our next door neighbor has engulfed drawing room discussions,economics and politics lectures,the industrialist,the Mazdoor (wage laborer),and of course the talk shows. Those in favor of this upgrade in India’s status have brought to notice a need for better . . . →Read More:Lip Service to Goodwill
Last time I checked,terrorism had no nationality or religion. It was defined as the senseless slaughter of innocents by perpetrators of violence.
No matter what causes these terrorists claim to endorse,the damage they inflicted was not supposed to represent the teachings of the religion they identified with or the country they hailed from.
. . . →Read More:Does Muslim=Terrorist?
Badami Bagh is no less than a ravaged town awaiting life once again. Along the sides of the roads are little yellow tents set up for the Christian families who lost their homes when an angry mob set fire to the entire residential area.
These little tents are filled with people. It is as if . . . →Read More:Conversations with Badami Bagh residents
At least 60 bags of blood and one million rupees arrived in donations for the survivors of the Abbas Town bomb blasts barely 24 hours after the terrorists struck. Fortunately though,by Monday night all needs were met.
. . . →Read More:Nation steps up to help Abbas Town victims
Consumed with weapon purchases,maritime capabilities and external threats from China and Pakistan,India has it seems neglected to peek at the state of affairs within its own boundaries. In the past few months,multiple incidents infringing the right of freedom of speech have occurred which has prompted writer Salman Rushdie to smear India with . . . →Read More:Who will provide affirmative action in India?
Though western media have a soft corner for India,as they consider it a largest democracy of the world and a secular state,reports abound that India’s security forces use torture and rape as a weapon to punish,intimidate,humiliate and degrade the victims in Kashmir and elsewhere in India. The pattern of Army’s misconduct . . . →Read More:The Amazing Indian Army