Governments’ refusals to entertain the possibility of dialogue with groups such as al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State is ahistorical and causes needless deaths, argues Jonathan Powell, who served as the British government’s chief negotiator in the Northern Ireland peace process. In Terrorists at the Table, Powell writes that governments can only resolve conflicts with . . . → Read More: Negotiating with the terrorist
(By Aarefa Johari) “Aap India se hai? You are Indian? That makes you our guest. We can’t take any money from you!”
It was my fourth and last day in Islamabad, and this reaction from a handicrafts shop salesman didn’t surprise me any more. I’d been getting it from the first day, this outpouring of . . . → Read More: How do ordinary Indians feel about Pakistanis
The White House released a statement today acknowledging the deaths of three U.S. citizens and one Italian citizen in recent U.S. counterterrorism operations. The statement and accompanying remarks by President Barack Obama are consistent with prior administration policy of admitting to the deaths of (most) American citizens by drone strikes, while refusing to provide transparency . . . → Read More: USA’s failed drone operations
Hindu terrorists in India approached a church in India’s Uttar Pradesh region, with this message: We will burn down the whole church if you do not leave. According to the report:
Under pressure from Hindu extremists, local officials kept a church from meeting on Good Friday (April 3) in India’s Uttar Pradesh state and ordered . . . → Read More: No Christian safe in new India
After the adoption of a National Action Plan and a constitutional amendment to tackle terrorism through military courts, the clerics in Pakistan are worried. Records show many terrorists with a madrasa background, some used also by a state that has lost several essential attributes of normality.
The Nawaz Sharif government says madrasas are sacrosanct and . . . → Read More: Government’s failure to control religious seminaries
1. A mother mourns the death of her son, Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, who was brutally killed by the Taliban attackers. This is simply heartbreaking.
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The terrorists who attacked and massacred children in Peshawar, murderers who end lives all around the world, or States that wage wars on the innocent, are not the worst. For me, even the most vicious of murders is surpassed, in brutality and inhumanity, by rape.
The act of sexually assaulting or abusing another human . . . → Read More: Humanity has failed
Three long, agonizing days have passed since the unspeakable events in Peshawar on December 16. As people everywhere grapple with a tragedy that is beyond comprehension, the one thing that unites all Pakistanis – indeed, all those who care for humanity – is the desire to do whatever it takes to fight back against the . . . → Read More: After Peshawar tragedy – State policy on terrorism
HISTORY tells us that it is not the majority but a resolute minority that brings change. Those pained by the existence of bigotry and violence in Pakistan often argue that it is a fanatical intolerant minority that is holding our country hostage, which otherwise comprises rational, tolerant and amiable people. Has the Peshawar catastrophe given . . . → Read More: Eliminating the beasts amongst us