Quetta blast kills at least 14

(By SYED ALI SHAH) At least 14 people were killed and over 10 injured in an explosion near a polio centre in Quetta’s Satellite Town on Wednesday, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said.

“The blast was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber,” said Bugti, speaking to media after the blast.

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Bet you didn’t know this about Pakistan

Pakistan? Isn’t that a dangerous country where people hate their neighbors but at the same time try to escape from their own country? Sure, some may think about leaving but thinking that everyone is living in hell in this country is far from reality. Not everyone’s a terrorist and you might even get shocked on . . . → Read More: Bet you didn’t know this about Pakistan

Blurred vision and environmental issues

(By Syed Rashid Munir) All decisions regarding the economy and society will have to be balanced against the extent of environmental damage that could result from policy in any and all fields.

The world’s attention has been focused on Paris for the past few weeks because of the horrific attacks that claimed many innocent lives . . . → Read More: Blurred vision and environmental issues

How to eliminate Islamic State

(By Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Eric B. Brown and Peter Rough) On June 10, 2014, a little over a year ago, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) shocked the world by seizing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The government in Baghdad watched helplessly as its security forces crumbled . . . → Read More: How to eliminate Islamic State

Humans of NY gives a new perspective on Pakistan

Global perceptions of Pakistan have been largely shaped by natural disasters,terrorism and official corruption. In newspapers and popular culture, meanwhile, the country has been portrayed as a dusty pit of desolation. The visit of Brandon Stanton, the street photographer behind the celebrated Humans of New York project, was nothing if not timely.

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Change is possible but not easy

(By Dr Atta-ur-Rahman) Winds of change are now blowing across the landscape of Pakistan. The corrupt are being caught by the forces led by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) and many are trying to escape to safer foreign shores where they have amassed mountains of dollars and pounds.

Karachi is beginning to . . . → Read More: Change is possible but not easy

Racial killings in America

IN Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday, Dylann Roof spent an hour in a Bible study class with a dozen or so parishioners before declaring, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go.”

He took out his gun and murdered nine people, reportedly reloading his weapon five times. When . . . → Read More: Racial killings in America

PPP banking on Bilawal

A monumental task

Leaving aside the debate whether it is democratic to have leaders at the helm of political parties that are placed there because of the surname they carry, Bilawal is reportedly back within the party fold. Where does Bilawal go from here?

It is well known that there exists an in-party divide. . . . → Read More: PPP banking on Bilawal

The connection between ISIS and US-led coalition

(By Sharmine Narwani) It’s been a bad time for foes of ISIS. Islamic State scored a neat hat-trick by invading strategic Ramadi in Iraq’s mainly Sunni Anbar province, occupying Syria’s historic gem Palmyra, and taking over Al-Tanf, the last remaining border crossing with Iraq.

The multinational, American-led ‘Coalition’ launched last August to thwart Islamic State’s . . . → Read More: The connection between ISIS and US-led coalition

The sleep must end now

Thomas R. Pickering Working Group Chair The Century Foundation Press • New York

The Report of The Century Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan

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